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Where’s The Fog

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Hockey Hall of Fame may or may not have kept Herb Brooks out for 26 years because he was America's Coach, but then what is the explanation for Fred Shero having been kept out forever? The omission of Shero - one of the most innovative, successful and important coaches in NHL history - only serves to cast further doubt as to the mission and credibility of the 15-member selection committee that does its work in the dark and zealously guards its dominion from inspection.
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Dan Snyder’s Rising Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageMentioned on tonight's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast was the Snyder family's website in memory of former Atlanta Thrasher, Dan Snyder:

Graham and Lu Ann Snyder, parents of Dan Snyder, are traveling in an RV across North America, visiting all 30 NHL cities during the 2006-07 NHL season, delivering a message of forgiveness, hope, and determination to players, teams, and communities. In each city , the Snyders will attend a game, visit with teams, and participate in community - minded speaking engagments to raise awareness and funds for the Dan Snyder Memorial Foundation.
The Snyder's are also keeping a blog of their journey. (Update: blog can be directly accessed here.) *Please note that their website seems to be experiencing very heavy traffic tonight and isn't always accessible.

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Thanks Gramps!

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

What a pleasant surprise, after braving America's freeways for ten hours today, to come home and find that Grampa Pinhead had done my job for me. Here are his thoughts on the last few days of Wing activity. I'll be back in the morning with a recap and more pithy brilliance. Tame Game, Lame game DET/StL game 2 of 8 this season, another divisional mismatch (thanks little gary), was only onesided in the SOG, and puck possession departments, as both teams were very careful not to hurt each other because there were 6 more games coming up. The Wings may have been saving it up for the Preds on Sat., but the game looked more like 'bring on Columbus' to the fans. It wasn't exactly like watching paint dry, more like watching snow melt in the driveway. The 'Dominator' turned in a performance that sent the fans home looking forward to the return of those 'Tim Cheveldae nightmares' I shall return. One day after Joey Harrington had his way with the Lions, Manny Legace returned to shutout the shootout with 41 saves on 43 shots. Adding Legace to the Legacy, he seemed to be grinning throughout the game. Interviewed by the local sports station right after the game, he was very professional. Manny said he missed playing for the Wings, and thanked all the fans for their support and mentioned all the signs in the stands, which were never mentioned during the game by the broadcasters. And another one Tonight (thanks again little gary), game 2 of another 8 game series, perhaps a little more rivalry as the Wings swing into the Gay to play the Preds. My guess is a 50/50 chance of another lame, tame game. Chris Mason should be in the net for the preds, Vokoun has hit another stroke of bad luck and will be out for some time wtih thumb surgery. Mason has come up big in the past, and he should have it all together facing the Wings. Give it a rest Rumors of Hasek starting tonight, the second night in a row, may be an indication that management is no longer concerned about his re-injuring his groin. Considering his performance against the Blues, we should all be concerned with his 41 yr old eyes and reflexes.

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Gaborik Improving - Not Practicing Yet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pioneer Press,

Marian Gaborik made the biggest leap yet in his long road back from a strained groin Friday when he shot pucks for the first time in more than a month during an hourlong skate before the Wild's 4-0 victory over Phoenix. "I was shooting all over the place, to tell you the truth," he said. More important was his pain-free skating session, which included more stressful stopping and starting drills, turns and pivots. Gaborik said he hopes to resume practicing with the Wild early next week. "I'm going like 70-80 percent, and it felt good. That's what's important right now," Gaborik said. "Hopefully, I can pick it up."
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Only In Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Metro News,

Killer Bees are attacking in Texas, Mudbugs are mauling Louisiana and Scorpions are crawling all over New Mexico. Condors and Falcons are flying high in California, and Bombers are taking off in Ohio. Don't worry, it's only hockey, and crazy pro team nicknames abound.
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Honoring Red Fisher

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jean Beliveau, freelancer, via the Montreal Gazette,

Tonight, the Canadiens will pay tribute to Gazette senior hockey writer Red Fisher by featuring him on season tickets for their Bell Centre game against the Philadelphia Flyers. In the second season of their four-year centennial campaign, to culminate in 2009, the Canadiens are celebrating 10 special categories on these tickets - Hall of Famers, team builders, captains, Stanley Cups, memorable moments, media members, NHL records, retired jerseys, rivalries and season-ticket holders.
continued... some great stories...

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Rivalries Heating Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The NHL wanted bad blood, and it's getting it. Despite numerous, valid complaints about the schedule, there's no disputing the number of disputes that have arisen from eight divisional games a year. Apparently, familiarity really does breed contempt because rivalries are popping up faster than you can drop a glove.
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Iron Will

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Washington Post Magazine Cover Story, by April Witt,

Alexander Ovechkin, the luminous Russian-born hockey player, sat in a folding seat at RFK Stadium enjoying a great American ritual: ballpark hot dogs. Really enjoying it. He removed a hot dog from a bun with his fingers and fed it directly into the glossy mouth of his voluptuous blond girlfriend. In between bites, the couple giggled and smooched. She wore a black knit dress cut so low that a tiny bright pink bow on the front of her black bra peeked out of her decollete. He wore ripped, $500 Dolce & Gabbana bluejeans and sported a green bruise under one eye.
continued (reg. req.)...long, and a great read...

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When The Lights Went Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Winnipeg Sun,

And as the 20th anniversary approaches of a game expunged from IIHF record books after the teams were disqualified has been revived in a 342-page book by sportswriter Gare Joyce. When The Lights Went Out: How One Brawl Ended Hockey's Cold War And Changed The Game revisits the match to discover what touched off the violence and what has since become of the sport and those involved.... CBC footage (which can be seen on YouTube) focuses for a stretch on Simpson pounding Soviet goalie Vadim Privalov at centre ice, while future NHL stars like Russell's Theo Fleury, Brendan Shanahan, Sergei Fedorov and Alex Mogilny swing freely in a vast melee.
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Stop The Cheap Shots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

Classic NHL: Punish the stuff that looks bad on ESPN, and ignore the stuff that ends careers. We're not talking head shots, trying to ban those is a waste of energy. Puck carriers hunch over when they skate, so heads are always going to be at shoulder level. And if head shots were banned, nobody would be allowed to hit short guys like five-foot-seven Brian Gionta, and six-foot-seven Zdeno Chara wouldn't be allowed to hit anyone at all. If you don't want to get hit in the head, keep it up. But cheap shots, late hits and hits from behind, all the stuff that Campbell seems so reluctant to punish, are another matter.
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