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Treating Sticks With Care

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Baxter of the Miami Herald,

The first thing Detroit’s Brett Lebda does when he gets a new shipment of hockey sticks is grab a marker and write an inscription on the back.
‘‘I have a little superstition,’’ says Lebda, who has religiously adhered to the practice since he was kid playing on the frozen ponds of Illinois. ``Just something that means something to me.’‘
Keith Tkachuk of the St. Louis Blues, meanwhile, makes sure he takes his three kids with him every time he steps on the ice, writing their names—Matthew, Braeden and Taryn—in neat script on the nob of his stick.

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Watch The Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The Atlanta-Washington game Friday was the teams’ first meeting since Nov. 22, when 176 penalty minutes, 10 fighting majors, seven game misconducts and three player suspensions resulted. Preceded by talk of a second war on ice, the game passed without major incident.
“As business people, we have to look at our sport,” Hartley said.
“Look at the Steve Moore incident in Vancouver (Hartley once coached him in Colorado). We should learn our lesson. There’s a kid out of hockey, lawsuits everywhere, black marks all over our sport. We don’t need this.”

read on... much more on the NHL…

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Don’t Forget Iginla

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

Certainly, a case can be made Sid the Kid is indeed the best player in the game, as has been stated by his Pittsburgh Penguins head coach, Michel Therrien, and Montreal bench boss Guy Carbonneau.
But the Calgary Flames believe captain Jarome Iginla is still very much in the running for that title, as well.
As defenceman Andrew Ference pointed out yesterday, the title of ‘Best Player in Hockey’ is about more than just goals and assists.
Remember, Ference played on a Pittsburgh Penguins team that featured Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Alexei Kovalev, so he knows a thing or two about playing with superstars.

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Downey Has New Marketing Idea

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Peterburg Times,

Step into Aaron Downey’s office.
It is a simple bench in front of his locker at the Bell Centre. But it is here the Canadiens right wing has come up with a marketing device he said would boost NHL attendance and TV ratings:
Get rid of the instigator rule, which doles out heavy penalties for starting a fight.
Downey said he doesn’t want to go back to the bad old days of the Broad Street Bullies and bench-clearing brawls, but there is something to be said for allowing players to police themselves on the ice.

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Leafs Planning Outside Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

The Maple Leafs are finalizing plans for an outdoor regular season game to be played around New Year’s Day 2008 at their new 20,000-seat BMO Field.
“I have spoken to commissioner (Gary) Bettman and he likes the idea,” said Richard Peddie, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. “We haven’t signed off on it yet, but it would be a special event for a new stadium and put it on the map. It’s certainly feasible to put the ice in, but now we have to work with the City of Toronto on such things as the sports bubble (that is to cover the field for winter community use)....”

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Ducks Trying To Get Noticed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks, whose Anaheim home at the newly renamed Honda Center is only 40 minutes away, have the best record in the National Hockey League.
But there are no flags. No giant portraits. And their games might not even be on the TV at the local sports bar — Lakers, Clippers, Bruins and Trojans often take precedence. And in the spring, add Dodgers and Angels to the list.

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Whoa…Nobody Told Me

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If I knew how to spell "apocolypse" I'd say it had arrived. At no point did anyone tell me, when I migrated into the Kukla Empire of Blogs, that I'd be affiliated with the insanity that is the former Vancouver Canucks Op Ed. Yes...it's true. The rumors have come to fruition. AlanaH has unveiled her new home. Oh, I was happy. Happy for her. Happy for The Godfather. Happy for us all. Such unity at such a "special" time. But, then I read further. I try my best to remain even-keeled here at A2Y. Honest, forthright and devoid of sarcasm. You can imagine how shocked and, frankly, saddened I was to read this over the weekend.

I'm afraid I share these accommodations with a very troublesome next door neighbor. You know the type I mean-the kind who pulls his car into the driveway next door and you just KNOW, simply by the way he spins his tires and laughs at his own jokes, that he's gonna drive you freakin' insane. For me, that neighbor is Abel to Yzerman, also a resident writer here's at Kukla's.
To that I say, why? Have I not conducted myself professionally, gentlemanly? On the rare occasions I've mentioned series-turning goals from center ice, Chelios victory laps, 5-hole goals on 6-million dollar goalies....well, I've done so in a compassionate manner. And now...this? This assault? This unprompted attack? Well, I guess...I guess that it's on. Beware bookstore owner.

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KK- Some Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Some tweaks are being done to KK and should be finished within the next day.
RSS feeds may only be showing headlines instead of the complete post but should be corrected within 24 hours.
Also, the KK Front (home) page is not functioning at 100% capability, such as “Continue Reading” links not working or appearing.  If you don’t see a link, just click on the permalink and you will see the complete post.
Sorry for the issues, but the tweaks are being done to enhance your reading pleasure.

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Love To See You Smile

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Star-Tribune:

Tom Reid tells the story with some relish. Thirty-five years takes away memory of the pain, allowing Reid to smile as he tells the tale. It’s a full, bright smile, too. But all those teeth aren’t his own. Which ones? Only his dentist knows. Which is the point of his story, and of this one, too: A lot about hockey and missing teeth has changed in the past three decades.
Reid is playing defense for the North Stars against Vancouver at the old Met Center. Someone takes a shot, which deflects off John Arbour’s stick and winds up hitting Reid in the mouth, destroying a tooth.
“The nerve is hanging down,” said Reid, now the Wild’s radio analyst. “Well, I had to finish the game. We used to chew gum, so I packed the gum around the nerve so the cold air wouldn’t hit it.”

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Hockey In Asia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Bakersfield Californian via the ECHL,

When Josh Liebenow first heard about the Asia League, one of his first thoughts was: “There’s hockey in Asia?”
Then he went through a tryout in Calgary. Then he got a passport. Then, suddenly, he landed in Seoul, South Korea to play for Kangwonland.
“It was different,” the Condors right wing said. “It was definitely a life-changing experience.”

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