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Theo Has Had Enough

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Fleury was ejected in his last game in the British League- via Hockey Refs,

Former NHL player Theo Fleury blasted the British league Wednesday and says he won’t return for next season. “That was the worst officiating I have seen in my career and all it does is harm the league and turn people off from coming to watch the games,” he said following the Giants last regular season home game, which ended in a 5-2 loss to the Cardiff Devils.
read on View the video of the incident, but I was never able to get it to load, very slow or maybe it is a Firefox thing...

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He Is The Show

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from the Christian Science Monitor,

Somehow, the International Olympic Committee has to find a way to give Alexander Ovechkin a gold medal. That might be tricky, considering he plays hockey, and the Olympics aren't in the habit of handing out individual ice-hockey medals. But to be frank, this has become his show.
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Canucks Not Happy

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from TSN,

Canuck Senior Vice President and General Manager Dave Nonis is "appalled at the lack of communication and respect he has received from the Finnish Ice Hockey Federation." Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo suffered a shoulder injury playing for Finland on Wednesday and since the mishap, the Canucks have tried to reach the Finnish Federation on multiple occasions to get an injury update.
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Guess It!

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from ESPN,

Five NHL teams do it, but the Braves are the only baseball team that does it. No NBA team does it anymore, although several used to. And no NFL team has ever done it.
What is it?

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Modano Skips Team USA Meeting

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from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Mike Modano packed up his stuff and left Italy on Thursday, skipping a final meeting with his Olympic teammates after they were eliminated a day earlier in the men's ice hockey quarterfinals. USA Hockey spokesman Dave Fischer said the longtime Dallas Stars forward -- a critic of team management on Wednesday -- was the only member of the 23-player squad not to come to the get-together at the arena where the Americans were knocked out by Finland.
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International Flavor

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Most of us are used to reading North American fourms, blogs, etc. I thought it would be a nice change of pace to read the comments from the international hockey community. For example: Congratulations to the Czech Team! It was the first time they played as a real team and they are becoming better. Good job done by Milan Hnilicka! I am so happy that he play(ed)s now! Remember 1999! Also respect to the Russian team - they played great! Hopefully we will meet in the final again. Cheers to all icehockey fans! Go Czech Republic - go! read more from the IIHF fan corner...

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Ovechkin May Be #1 Player In The World

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from the Toronto Star,

Though it may be difficult for many Canadians to appreciate this morning, they just witnessed another step in Alexander Ovechkin's emergence as, arguably, the best player in the world. And, possibly the most exciting and colourful as well.
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Alfredsson Still Eyes The Cup

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Sweden's Daniel Alfredsson is one step closer to a gold medal now that his team has advanced to the Olympic semifinals, but the big prize Alfredsson is seeking will be awarded in June. "The No. 1 trophy in the world for me is the Stanley Cup," the Ottawa Senators' captain said
continued...plus much more from the players involved in the semifinals...

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USA Needs To Get Desperate

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from the San Francisco Chronicle,

The men's hockey team resembled a bad architectural hybrid, elegant Victorian on the first floor, a Frank Lloyd Wright knockoff on the second. Simply put, there were has-beens, wannabes and not much in between. Where is the new generation of outstanding American hockey players, the fresh-faced Chelios, Keith Tkachuk or Mike Modano? Perhaps on the roster of the 2004 junior team, which won the world championship. If any of them were on this Olympic team, they clearly hadn't reached full bloom.
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Sweden vs. Czech Republic

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Does tomorrow's semifinal game between Sweden and the Czech's count in the NHL standings? Maybe a 1/2 point will be granted to the Wings (five players representing Sweden) or the Rangers (six Czechs).

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