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Chelios Named Captain Of Team USA

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USA Hockey today named Chris Chelios (Chicago, Ill.) captain of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that will be competing at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, later this month. Chelios will serve as captain of the team for the third straight Olympics. Most recently, he helped lead Team USA to a silver medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was also captain of Team USA at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. At 44-years-old, Chelios will be the oldest American ever to compete in an Olympic Winter Games ice hockey tournament, and along with fellow 2006 Olympian Keith Tkachuk (Melrose, Mass.), is one of only two American ice hockey players to be named to four Olympic squads (1984, 1998, 2002, and 2006). “We feel that Chris is not only a tremendous player, but also a terrific leader,” said Don Waddell (Duluth, Ga.), general manager of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “For us to have success, Chris is going to have to be a big part of it.” Chelios will be presented with his Team USA jersey by Don Waddell in an on-ice ceremony just prior to tonight’s NHL game between St. Louis and Detroit at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

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Designing The Mask

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from Slam, You have seen Marlene Ross' wonderful artwork, probably more often than you realize. It comes into your home just about every time you watch a National Hockey League game. continued image

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The Shootout Specialist

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Dallas Stars rookie Jussi Jokinen is the talk of the NHL for using a dazzling shootout move that might have earned him a tongue-lashing had he shown it in the pre-shootout world. ..."This has always been viewed as the best practice move in hockey," former NHL goaltender Darren Pang says. "Every time someone would do it against me or another goalie, you would yell, 'You would never do this in a game, so why do it in practice?' "
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Odds Of Quinn Getting Fired

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from PR WEB via Yahoo,

A new website - www.firepatquinn.com - asks hockey fans whether Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn should be relived of his duties.
more from the press release...

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Fedorov Doing Anything He Can

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

"He’s one of those players who does a lot of the little things the whole game at a high level," Blue Jackets left wing Jody Shelley said. "But when he wants to elevate to the level of superstardom, he can do it. When the game is on the line, you want Sergei Fedorov. Whether it’s win a draw in the defensive zone or forecheck or score a goal, he’s got all those in his tool bag. He’s a good guy to have in the room, boy."
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Mystery Player Wanted By Ottawa

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from the Ottawa Sun,

"A few guys were talking about it, and the thought is there might be a better player out there (Muckler covets)," said Mike Fisher. "It sounds like they wanted a lot for Weight, and I'm glad it didn't happen. Muckler would prefer to add a player that becomes part of the team's longer term future than a "rental," but did say he will bring in a guy just for the rest of this season if the compensation is fair.
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Hartley Eating His Words Tonight

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A little more than two weeks ago, Ilya Kovalchuk's stick was questioned by the Nashville Predators. At that time, Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said, "We all know that Kovalchuk plays with legal sticks.'' Today, he is signing a different tune- from the AP via TSN,

Kovalchuk must have felt even worse. The NHL's top goal scorer failed to hit the net for the fifth game in a row, watched Pominville score the tie-breaking goal, and he was penalized for an illegal stick with just under five minutes remaining, wiping out a potential Atlanta power play. Once Kovalchuk got out of the penalty box, he spent the rest of the game on the bench. Clearly, coach Bob Hartley was disgusted with his young star. "It's a matter of showing respect to the entire team, the organization and the fans," Hartley said. "I hope he'll learn from this."

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Update On Forsberg

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via Sportsnet,

Despite the controversy surrounding his groin injury, and his participation in the Olympics, sources are telling Sportsnet Forsberg received good news on Tuesday from doctors at Duke University. Forsberg sought the advice of William Garrett, a specialist in groin injuries, at Duke University on Tuesday. Garrett's diagnosed the Swedish forward with a strained groin and expects him to resume skating in 2-3 days.
I will be attending one of the many Super Bowl events tonight and updates may be limited.

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Mayers Out With Broken Foot

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from the AP via TSN,

St. Louis Blues forward Jamal Mayers was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after breaking his foot in a victory over Calgary on Monday.
Also via the CP,
Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Adrian Aucoin has a dislocated right shoulder and will be out of the lineup for four to six weeks, the team announced Tuesday.

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Waivers Busy Today

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via the Boston Bruins,

The Boston Bruins have claimed right wing Josh Langfeld off waivers from the San Jose Sharks, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. O’Connell also announced that goaltender Craig Anderson has been claimed off waivers from Boston by the St. Louis Blues.

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