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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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Oilers Trying To Mesh

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from the Edmonton Sun,

Are the Edmonton Oilers about to Heritage Classic themselves? Is Craig MacTavish's team already in the process of doing - in and around the latest larger than life event, the Paul Coffey/Wayne Gretzky game - what they did following the outdoor game played before 60,000 fans by sewering their season? Are the Oilers about to blow another Battle of Alberta before it begins? Are they headed down the road to handing the Calgary Flames 11 of 12 points or even more now that they play eight instead of six?

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Igniting Their Teams

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from the London Free Press via Slam,

Of all the surprises unwrapped in the first two weeks of the NHL season, few expected the New York Rangers to look good and Eric Lindros to look great. The previous brittle and boring Boys of Broadway, who haven't made the playoffs since Mark Messier sported some hair and Jaromir Jagr owned the world's biggest mullet, are off to a rocket start since big-league hockey decided it would be smart to play games and make money again. In their first seven contests, the Rangers won four and lost three by a single goal, including two in overtime.

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Why OLN

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The frustration of NHL fans grows daily and I receive about 10-15 emails a day asking if anything is being done about the problems fans have trying to watch the OLN broadcasts. from the NY Times,

If you're a Cablevision or a DISH Network satellite subscriber who looked forward to watching National Hockey League games on OLN, you've fallen victim to an anti-fan policy that boggles the mind. The games you've expected to see since last Monday have been replaced by other programs on OLN - which, until making its deal with the N.H.L., was known largely for carrying the Tour de France - because its parent company, Comcast, wants to boost the number of its own subscribers. But do you deprive Cablevision and DISH viewers of what they were expecting so you can pursue the goal of rapidly increasing the number of subscribers?

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