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No More Donnybrooks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Gross at the National Post,

Bench-clearing was in decline by the mid-1980s, and was nearly completely eradicated from the game after Rule 72 hit the books.

But there was that blip 17 years ago.

NHL statistician Benny Ercolani says that March 17, 1991 game was—technically—the last bench-clearer on record.

Asked if he remembers the fracas, former St. Louis Blues’ enforcer Kelly Chase was fairly direct.

“[Expletive], I got suspended 10 games, how could I forget it.”

Chase, who’s now the radio analyst for the Blues, was tagged with Chicago Blackhawks’ enforcer Mike Peluso for a 10-game sit by the league which had adopted anti-brawling regulations in 1987.


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Breaking News From Dallas:  They’re Still Bitter

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Considering how kind we were to Dallas and their fans, you’d think they would look back fondly at the Conference Finals.  Oh, I know it hurt to lose. We’ve been there.  But, I guess I was just hoping fences would be mended.  It’s a secret goal of mine to make peace with fans of the teams whose souls have been crushed under the skates of a Dynasty.

I guess that’s not going to happen any time soon.

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Your Stanley Cup Finals Officials

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (May 21, 2008)—The following officials have been named to work the 2008 Stanley Cup Final. Their career playoff games are also listed (updated through round three).

REFEREES:  Paul Devorski (147); Brad Watson (91); Dan O’Halloran (59); Marc Joannette (52).

LINESMEN: Jean Morin (134); Jay Sharrers (113); Shane Heyer (97); Pierre Racicot (83).

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Ticket Brokers & Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

KK member Heaton brings up an interesting subject in the KK Forums…

Are ticket brokers an underlying cause for the “lack” of passion that people are tying to the empty seats at Joe Louis Arena?  I’m one of those people who usually buries their head in the sand on this subject, I hate it, I think it’s overblown and makes false pretenses about the Wings and their fans.

read on and although this is his first post at the KK Forums, Heaton is well known within the hockey web world.

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The Hockey Will Be Great

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

The Wings’ top four on defence—Lidstrom, Rafalski, Brad Stuart and Niklas Kronwall—is of a quality that the Penguins have not faced this year.

For the first time in these playoffs, the Penguins won’t have home-ice advantage. They’re a perfect 8-0 at Mellon Arena.

Sid and the boys will make this a tougher final than many will predict, but in the end, experience and home ice are the difference for me.

Wings in a very difficult seven. And let’s enjoy every minute of it.


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Kings Fans Get Answers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LA Kings executives met with season ticket holders…

from Inside the Kings,

The next fan had wide-ranging criticisms, mostly about the signings of underachieving free agents, and summed up his question by basically asking, ``Why should I give you my money now, and not wait two or three years to see how this turns out?’‘

(Ron) Hextall said, ``I’m not going to try to sell you on the fact that we’re going to win the Stanley Cup next year, because quite frankly I don’t see it happening. We’re trying to build the team. ... The guys we signed last year, we didn’t expect them to step in and be star players. Michal Handzus, that was the worst year I’ve seen him have. ... You won’t see how good he is until we get to the playoffs and he shuts down a guy like Ryan Getzlaf or Joe Thornton.

much more...

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Stoney and Wojo Welcome Your Pal and Mine….Little Gary Bettman

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

90 minutes from now (1700 EST) on WDFN Stoney and Wojo will be interviewing Gary Bettman, the greatest commissioner in the history of professional sports commissionerism.

Don’t know if they’ll be opening up the phone lines, but if they do?  Well, if they do…

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Ray Shero Answers Questions

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero participated in a NHL teleconference today. Below is the transcript from the Q&A.

Q. Being swept up in the middle of this playoff run, have you had a chance to step back and appreciate what your team has done, the rebuilding process that has gone on in the last couple of years?

RAY SHERO: I think so. In between every round, there’s a different challenge, the first one being Ottawa, which was, honestly, a little nerve-racking. They were a team that beat us last year quite handily in five games. Trying to see how the team would react. Getting the early goal from Gary Roberts in Game 1, that was great.

But it’s been a great experience for our club here. Every round we’ve gone on, I think we’ve got more confidence. Hopefully we’re going to be ready for Saturday night.

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Ryan Malone Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ryan Malone participated in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q. Could you sit back and look at the big picture, where this franchise and team was about 15 months ago when it looked like the team might possibly move, the arena deal was difficult to negotiate. Nervous time for everyone in Pittsburgh. 15 months later you’re in the Stanley Cup final, sold out every game, a new rink on the way. Has that been kind of a fun but nervous ride?

RYAN MALONE: A little bit. I think especially being from Pittsburgh, even being with the team early on, when you heard all the rumors about we might be moving, I think deep down inside with the fan support we had at the time, it was great, so it would have been tough to leave such a good hockey town with the support we were receiving at the time.

I think deep down inside we knew we weren’t really going anywhere. For some reason, people were dragging their feet, finally got the rink deal done. It would have been crazy to think at the end of this year we would be going somewhere else.

Definitely great to see. I think you really have to thank the fans for the way they supported us. Had big rallies during that time to make sure we knew they were supporting us. It was great.

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On the Fight Scene

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Sporting News,

Coyotes left winger Daniel Carcillo—5-11, 203 pounds with a crazy-high 324 penalty minutes in his first full season—is learning the hard way that competitiveness and chaos can be tough to tell apart. Here are his 10 tips for surviving and thriving as a middleweight fighter, as told to SN’s Steve Greenberg.

1. You have to want to do it. Unless you’re 6-8, 250 pounds, you should never let a coach force you to fight. I’m a pretty mellow guy off the ice; a lot of people who get to know me say I’m totally different than the guy they see at the arena. But I’ll tell you something my coach, Wayne Gretzky, and my teammates already know: I like to fight.

Get all Carcillo’s tips for the trade. A great piece.

In other fighting news, HockeyFights.com is handing out their annual awards to the best & worst of the enforcers—be sure to cast your vote! 

And if you want to think about fights even more this week, Patrick Hruby at ESPN writes about The Men Who Love Goons.

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  Tags: hockey+fights

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