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from East Aurora New York,

After months, actually years of hard work by local residents trying to make the dream of creating a venue for local East Aurora youth a reality, the time has finally arrived.

The Aurora Ice Association has obtained possesion of the actual rink and that was used for the Winter Classic event held at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 1st, 2008 between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins.


thanks to Empty Netters for the pointer and they were wondering if Dan Craig was included in the deal?

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Helmets For Coaches While On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CBC,

Minor hockey coaches in Calgary now have to wear helmets on the ice during practices after a coach slipped and suffered a brain hemorrhage.

Goalie coach Troy Williams fell while skating backwards last winter at his son’s hockey practice.

“He was clearing pucks from behind the net and he was skating backwards and just the way he shot the puck, he just went straight back,” recalled his wife Tracy on Tuesday.

Troy Williams fractured his skull and suffered a brain hemorrhage, a potentially fatal injury. He recovered, but still suffers headaches.


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Chris Bourque Determined To Play For Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Stacey of the Salem News,

With four games of NHL experience already on his hockey resume, Chris Bourque is looking to considerably add to that total during the upcoming season….

“I feel like I can compete in the NHL. It’s up to me whether or not I can make that happen (in camp),” said Bourque, who has spent the last three seasons playing in Washington’s American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, Pa., where he had 28 goals and 63 points for the Bears last year.

“I don’t want to go back to the AHL. No knock on Hershey, but that’s not where I want to be. My main focus is on making the big team.”


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Nothing To Say Here Gramps:  Overloaded On The Blue Line Too

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Diggers are waking up and the FNG is keeping pace.

Dave Dye, while not technically “new” (he’s been covering MSU and other sports for the News for nearly two decades) has reported for duty as the Wing bubba at the Detroit News.  And if he keeps up this pace, he’ll be getting a call from Khan(!) soon.  Something about expectations of mediocrity.

An article and a blog entry.  In the hypothetical words of Ansar…“Slowwww down big boy. It’s early.”

Continue Reading »

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Looking for Mike?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A week or so ago, Mike Chen’s blog exploded. Today he’s “kinda” got it back up and running and since many of his readers have been referred here for updates, we figured we should pass the word.

Incidentally, you’ll remember another suicidal blog incident a couple weeks ago and bad things are supposed to come in 3’s, right? 

Time for everyone to get paranoid.

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For The Good Of The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canwest News Service via the Ottawa Sun,

Before Meszaros was traded, the Bolts had told Murray they were prepared to give him an offer sheet, worth in excess of $5 million US per season, but Tampa Bay didn’t have the necessary compensation -_first-, second- and third-round choices in the 2009 draft - to make it happen.

But Murray says he’s glad the deal worked out the way it did because it would have served to drive up the salaries of defencemen similar to Meszaros.

read on

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Jacques was the ‘D’ coach (at the Olympics) so I got to spend some time with him,” McCabe said. “Jacques went out of his way to bring me here and I’m happy to be wanted. Jacques has done a great job (in Florida). He’s got good young talent. And, obviously, the acquisitions this summer have been great.

“Bringing in Cory Stillman, a guy with two Stanley Cups…guys like that are few and far between. And the acquisitions of (Keith) Ballard and (Nick) Boynton is a big upside. With myself added, and Jay Bouwmeester, who is one of the best defensemen in the league, hands down, I think we have one of the best defensive units out there. Plus you have an All-Star goalie.”

more from Bryan McCabe at FloridaPanthers.com.

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Live Blogging My Call To Direct TV

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Last year we live blogged a call to Verizon. It was a huge success.  Huge.  This year, I’m ramping it up. Mainly because the dumpster diving nimrods at Verizon still aren’t offering the Center Ice Package.

Tonite, I’m dialing up Direct TV and it’s only fair that we offer them the same access and opportunity for success.

Continue Reading »

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Conkblocked:  Howard Headed To GR

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

George Malik brings us this from Helene St. James,

“Jimmy is going to lose any tie. I’ve explained that to Jimmy. Our plan is that he is going to be on our team in ‘09-10 for sure.”

1.  HSJ, like a school teacher, seems to work from September through June.  Welcome back.  She also has a few tidbits from Conklin and how it’s “neat” to be skating with the big boys.

2.  Yeah, I stole “conkblock”.  So what.

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Canadiens Gather For Golf, Talk Improvements

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Now the question is whether general manager Bob Gainey will try to make another move. He has roughly US$6 million in cap space to play with, and doesn’t rule out a deal, although he said he has no interest in any of the remaining unrestricted free agents on the market.

“There are possibilities out there for some players to change teams,” he said. “Some teams are over the cap, others have too many players on their roster.

“So there’s going to be some workings among those teams. We’re there with a team we feel pretty good about, but we’re always looking to improve it.”

read on

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