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Sharks on Camera

Blog: KK Members Blog By Alanah McGinley

This post was submitted for Happy Hockey Day by Cody Thompson.
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We own season tickets to the Sharks and last year my father and myself decided to go down to Anaheim to watch the Sharks clinch the division title. We thought it would be boring for just us two to go, so we invited the guy that sits next to and also own season tickets. We flew down the morning of the game and when we went to our hotel we were told by the lady at the desk that their was a party that has not checked out their rooms yet, so we were going to have to wait. So we went to the little lounge area that we could have a couple of sodas and what not.

So a half hour goes by and we see this man walk out of the elevator and is caring a bag with the NHL logo on the back. We thought it might have been an NHL official and ignored it. But when this guy turned around all of our jaws might have dropped to the ground, because we just saw Joe Thornton! We were excited and did not get his picture because we lost sight of him. Then Jody Shelly came out and we ask if I could get a picture with him, and his response was quite funny. He said, “Uh? With me? Sure why not.”

Then Douglas Murray comes out and we politely ask if we could get a picture. He said, sure and got a picture with him, then Campbell comes and we ask and he says of course, however at the time we did not know he would be leaving, but that is besides the point. Anyway, we went to the game having a good feeling and excited. We sat where the Sharks were warming up before the game and we saw Shelly, and when he looked at us we waved and gave a smile and waved back at us.

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Yosemite, California, “Hockey Village”

Blog: KK Members Blog By Alanah McGinley

This article was submitted for Happy Hockey Day by Jason.

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Nobody plays hockey in California, Right? Well up in the mountains of the Sierra we do things a little differently.

Though the snow and ice come late and leave early, the boys of Yosemite drop the puck whenever possible. On just about any given day during the Fall and spring, a visitor to the scenic Gold-Rush town of Mariposa can find a group of high school boys up at the local tennis court with sticks in hand and a trashcan for the goal. No pads, not many rules, just sticks, a ball and passion for the greatest game on Earth. After the game, paying up was simple. The losers buy the winners a pizza at the local pizza factory. Come winter time, the two teams enjoy our two month stint of on-ice games. With a quick drive up to Yosemite, we could play on the open-air sheet of ice in Curry Village. With the wind whipping, El Capitan towering 2,000 feet above us and nothing but the sound of skates on the ice, this convinced me.

Hockey is a game above all games. 

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Changes Atop The AHL

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Earlier this season, I picked the Buffalo Sabres affiliate the Portland Pirates as the best team in the AHL.  Two teams currently have better winning percentages than Portland.  They are the Washington Capitals affiliate the Hershey Bears and the Vancouver Canucks affiliate the Manitoba Moose.  Hershey has an 18-6 record where one loss is a shutout loss.  Manitoba has a 15-4 record. 

Both of these teams have had significant players called up to the NHL recently which should change the make-up of their teams.  The NHL’s Washington Capitals have run into injury problems.  They currently have eight players on the TSN injury list (this leads the league.  Out are Alexander Semin, Mike Green, Sergei Fedorov, Tom Poti, Chris Clark, Jeff Schultz, John Erskine and Brian Pothier.  In order to try to replace them, Washington has called up Sami Lepisto, Karl Alzner and Bryan Helmer.  This is a significant hit to their defence.  Vancouver has also had a significant injury in goaltender Roberto Luongo.  This has prompted them to call up Cory Schneider from Manitoba.  Both teams may struggle to keep up their fast starts given the players called up to the NHL.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2008)—Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller and St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 30.

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Teams Outworking The Wings

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from the blog of Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

There was an interesting development at the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena – while talking about tonight’s game against the Ducks, Mike Babcock threw out a question of his own.
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“Who’s the hardest working team in the National Hockey League?” he said. “Well, in the past I’ve been able to say without any question, here. I don’t think that’s the case right now.”

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Winter Classic TV Spot

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For more on the TV commercial, visit this post from earlier today.

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Ex-NHLer ‘Pit’ Martin Feared Dead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Winnipeg Sun,

Quebec provincial police say Hubert (Pit) Martin, a four-time NHL all-star in the 1960s and ’70s, is feared dead after his snowmobile plunged into an icy lake.

Spokeswoman Marie-Josee Ouellet says Martin, 64, was driving the vehicle on Lake Kanasuta in northwestern Quebec on Sunday when the ice cracked and he plunged into the freezing water.

Ouellet says a team of divers will attempt to retrieve Martin’s body today.

She says their efforts are being hampered by inclement weather.

Martin would have turned 65 next week.

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GM Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

So, Brian Burke is finally the GM (and president) of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here are five things you should know about NHL general managers:

1. One of the reasons we put Ken Holland at the top of our list isn’t because he continues to build Stanley Cup contenders every single season despite drafting in the top 10 about once every two decades….

2. GMs can be a volatile lot. Hey, they’re hockey guys. We remember being in the cramped press box in Detroit during the first round of the 2006 playoffs when Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe raced the length of box to try and get at the NHL officials after a call went against his Oilers. Think gauntlet and you get a sense of Lowe’s path. Lowe’s journey was made even more difficult by the fact he was trying to force out expletives every step of the way.

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Will Kovalchuk Get The Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Knobler of Thrashers Blog,

Yes, that’s Ilya Kovalchuk wearing a red sweater today at Thrashers practice, along with Marty Reasoner and Chris Thorburn. The red sweater has been the fourth line sweater all year. Reasoner has been a third-line center, and Thorburn has bounced between the third and fourth lines.

If John Anderson wanted to make a statement, he picked a strong way to make it.

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Canadian University Goalie Suffers Skate To Neck Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via MetroNews,

A university goaltender is in fair condition in a Windsor, Ont., hospital after having his throat accidentally slashed during a game.

Kury Jory, of Brandon, Man., was hurt Saturday while in net for the Brock University Badgers from St. Catharines, Ont., against the Windsor Lancers.

The 21-year-old netminder suffered a severed vein in his neck when he was clipped by a skate during a goalmouth scramble in the third period.

The Badgers say Jory is in full recovery after undergoing surgery and will return to St. Catharines in a few days.

The Canadian Hockey League requires players to wear neck guards, but Canadian Interuniversity Sport does not have a similar requirement.

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