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The NHL Dress Code

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Don't look for an NBA-style dress code flap in the NHL. That's because most hockey players have been told what to wear for years, long before they reach the NHL. Most junior and minor-pro teams have some form of dress code covering what is and isn't to be worn to games and around the rink. Dress codes for minor hockey teams are also common and are seen as a way of fostering team unity and cohesion. "Ten years old we had to wear a shirt and tie," Tampa Bay Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier said, recalling his days growing up in the Montreal suburb of Ile-Bizard, Quebec. "I had the leather zip-up tie.

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Over The Boards

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from NHL.com,

More goals, shots, excitement mark first two weeks of NHL season All offensive categories 'up.' Schedule hits 100-game mark tonight! Goal-Scoring - Teams have scored a total of 602 goals, an average of 6.2 per game. The figure represents a 32% increase over the average of 4.7 goals scored in the first 97 games of the 2003-04 season. Shots On Goal - Clubs have combined for an average of 58.8 shots per game, 11% above the corresponding 2003-04 figure of 52.9. Late-Game Dramatics - There have been 15 go-ahead goals within the last five minutes of regulation time, more than double the 2003-04 figure of seven.

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Frozen Tundra Game

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from the AP via the Duluth News Tribune,

About 22,000 tickets were sold for an outdoor college hockey game at Lambeau Field in the first day the tickets were available to the public. Tickets went on sale Wednesday for the Feb. 11 game between Wisconsin and Ohio State, dubbed the "Frozen Tundra Game." It's the first hockey game at Lambeau Field. Portable bleachers and football seating will allow around 40,000 fans to attend.

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Touring Hockey Art

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from the CP via the edmonton Journal,

As the NHL celebrates the return of more elegant, wide-open hockey, a new art show travelling across the country makes the case that there's nothing more Canadian than the punched-out teeth, blackened eyes and bruised knuckles of hockey's best brawlers. Billing itself as "honouring the true characters of the greatest sport in the world," Slapshot is in Calgary this weekend after stops in New York, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. The cast of those characters transformed into art includes Dave "Cement Head" Semenko, Ken Daneyko and Toronto's Tie Domi along with Hockey Night in Canada's Don Cherry and Ron McLean.
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No Debating Visors

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from Sports Illustrated,

Gary Bettman gave a speech at a Canadian media awards banquet on Wednesday. Judging by the transcript of his remarks, either his sport is off to a spectacular start or he had just filled a mammoth Ritalin prescription. Gone was the dourness the commissioner had exhibited for most of the last three years, when Bettman routinely trashed his sport, trashed the players and made us all wonder why the nickname Little Ball of Hate had been wasted on Pat Verbeek. Bettman was beaming on Wednesday, and rightly so. The NHL's new era if off to a rollicking start. Scoring is up. Obstruction is down, or at least being heavily penalized. But one unfortunate holdover from the old NHL already has reared its head: the tired and foolish debate about visors.

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Wings On A Roll

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from Doug Ward of NHL.com,

If you thought the League's new salary cap looked a lot like the bill on the Red Wings' high-priced excellence coming due, better think again. With the exception of Derian Hatcher and Darren McCarty, General Manager Ken Holland found a way to keep the core of his team together, and that means it's still hard to differentiate the Red Wings' roster from an All-Tournament team at the Olympics.

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Charitable Penguins

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from the Globe and Mail,

Each autumn for more than 15 years, when the pretty and prodigious foliage of Allegheny County begins bursting with orange and red, Penguins players make a visit to a local mall, meeting up with children aged 5 to 12 who have been selected by the Salvation Army to go shopping for winter coats and boots, hats and mittens. The charity donates $100 (U.S.) for each child; the players donate their time. Sometimes toys slip in among the gloves and galoshes.

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Remember These Guys

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from The Hockey News,

Picture this: It’s August, 2005, and you’re a customs employee at the U.S.-Canada border in Sarnia, Ont. A long-haired, bespectacled man gets out of a 14-foot U-Haul truck and walks toward you. He looks familiar, but you can’t connect a name to the face. “Do you know where I’m supposed to go?” he says. When you examine his paperwork, you see he’s in possession of several Hanson Brothers bobblehead dolls. One thousand, six hundred and twenty of them, to be exact.
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Gamer Alert- Take On Aucoin

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via Hockey Fights.com,

NHL All-Star and Chicago Blackhawks team captain Adrian Aucoin will hit the ice against gamers in NHL 2K6T as part of the latest Xbox Live® "Game with Fame" session. Fans can look for the gamertag aucoingwf on Friday, October 21 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET to test their Xbox® skills against the 2004 "Hardest Shot" winner.

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Sakic & Blake Will Be UFAs

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from the Denver Post,

In a move to clear salary cap space for this season, the Avalanche has declined to pick up the options for next season on the contracts for Joe Sakic and Rob Blake - meaning both can become unrestricted free agents. Sakic and Blake would have earned close to $7 million each had their options been picked up. Based on age and length of NHL service, they will be eligible to become unrestricted July 1. They could avoid that scenario by signing extensions with the team before then.

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