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Former NHL Defenseman Jamie Rivers Talks about Playing in Switzerland

From Jamie Rivers at friend of the blog MaxHockey.com:

It has been way too long since my last entry and of course there have been some changes. The biggest change has been the fact that I have signed with Ambri-Piotta in the Swiss Elite A league. This will be my first experience in Europe and I am calling this season “The Swiss Experiment”.

It all happened rather quickly. I was back home in St. Louis skating with the NAHL’s St.Louis Bandits who are owned by former Blues winger Kelly Chase and are coached by former Blues defenseman Jeff Brown….You see where this is going right?

Well they are three peat champions of their league and therefore provided me with the highest level of practice available. I was waiting for either a two-way contract offer from the NHL or a legitimate AHL contract, neither were coming very fast….Then one day I receive an e-mail from our European agents saying that there is interest in Switzerland, by this point (end of November) I am very interested in hearing what hey have to say. Well things moved along very quickly and 5 days later I was in Ambri-Piotta about to experience some firsts of my career….and after 14 years I don’t get to say that very often.

My first day at the rink was quite memorable…mostly because our home arena is open air at the ends of the rink…….therefore if it is freezing outside, it’s freezing inside. It’s really quite a sight. To see the mountains and snow from center ice is actually pretty wild to look at. Some of my teammates opt to wear toques (winter hats) under their helmets as I’m sure they are afraid that their ears might fall off. The hockey is played at an incredible speed over here and the players are very talented….they also use the size of the ice very well (Olympic ice). All of my new teammates are very welcoming and have made me feel at home right away. The fact that all of them speak English or at least understand it is huge. They also speak quite a bit of French over here and being that I am completely bilingual in French and English helps immensely.

Click here for more from the former NHLer.

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Where’s the Respect?

I know, I know - the Stanley Cup Playoffs are going on so many of you will wonder why this is even worth a post.

However, I think it’s worth noting that the U.S. Men’s National team advanced to the Semi-Finals at the IIHF worlds in Switzerland with a 3-2 victory over Finland. Former Philadelphia Flyers’ netminder Robert Esche (remember him?) made 47 saves and the team got goals from Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis Blues), and Ryan Suter (Nashville Predators).

Considering that the Winter Olympics are being held next year, I think that this is an important step for Team USA and is worthy of some coverage. However, if you don’t live in Canada, this won’t receive any type of play from the media because one, it’s hockey, and two, not enough people care?

With that being said, one hockey site that is giving it some nice play is MaxHockey.com. They have Ron Hainsey, a defenseman for Team USA and a member of the Atlanta Thrashers, blogging from the tournament as well as some good coverage of the game.

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  Tags: dustin+brown, maxhockey.com, robert+esche, ron+hainsey, ryan+suter, t.j.+oshie, team+usa, world+championships

Thoughts on Canucks’ Game Three Victory

In another short blog I penned for MaxHockey.com, I mentioned how a Versus analyst called the Vancouver Canucks’ play methodic and how the term suited them for tonight’s 3-1 victory, giving the boys from British Columbia a 2-1 series lead heading into Game Four.

Also, click here to check out Stan Fischler’s thoughts on the same game.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, maxhockey.com, stan+fischler, stanley+cup+playoffs, vancouver+canucks

Living Up to Expectations

Over at MaxHockey.com, I posted a few quick thoughts on the Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins series. Feel free to check it out here.

Also feel free to check out Stan Fischler’s playoff page for his latest rantings.

You should also wander over to Zachary Weinstock’s playoff page to see his thoughts and ravings of this year’s Cup playoffs.

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  Tags: maxhockey.com, pittsburgh+penguins, washington+capitals

Taking It To the Max

Here at Kukla’s Korner, we like to promote all things hockey whether it’s news sources, blogs, team sites, player sites, etc.

With that in mind, here is an e-mail interview I did with Dave Kolb, Director of Operations and Managing Editor of MaxHockey.com, a site dedicated to hockey news and columns by writers from around the league.

Continue below for the interview:

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  Tags: dave+kolb, maxhockey.com, new+york+islanders, new+york+rangers

A Day In the Life of a Hockey Player

As some of you are probably aware of, Justin Bourne, a hockey player in the New York Islanders’ system has done some serious blogging this season.

Currently, on MaxHockey.com, he is penning a series: “A Day in the Life of a Player.” Feel free to check out the links below:

- Part 1

- Part 2

- Part 3

- Part 4

Interesting, right?

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  Tags: justin+bourne, maxhockey.com, new+york+islanders

The Difference between an Upset and Consistency

From Stan Fischler at MaxHockey.com:

What’s the difference between an upset and consistency?

ANSWER: San Jose Sharks—now interred by the NHL Playoff Burial Society.

The fact that San Jose paced 29 NHL teams during the regular season led about four million hockey fans to believe that this team could win its first playoff series of 2009.

It didn’t.

Therefore, about 3,999,999 hockey fans considered Anaheim’s series victory one of the great upsets since Lord Stanley of Preston decided that a puck should be round and not square nor rectangular.

Click here for more. Do you folks agree with the Maven’s assessment of the Sharks? Why or why not?

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  Tags: maxhockey.com, san+jose+sharks

An Interesting Take on Wooden Sticks

With the way sticks are breaking these days left and right, game in and game out, there is an interesting take on wooden sticks from Jason Lockhart over at MaxHockey.com.

Here’s a quick peek:

Stick companies can continue to sell all of their overpriced composite sticks but there is at least one NHL veteran, who has tallied a modest 326 career NHL goals who won’t be buying them.

However, even Holik may have to convert to composites because the production of his beloved wooden twigs is coming to an end.

“They’re strictly leftovers,” says Holik, who plans to check how many sticks he has left in stock. “If I play long enough, I might run out of them, and I might be forced to play with composite sticks.”

Click here for more.

What do you folks think about wooden sticks? Do you prefer them or composites?

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  Tags: bobby+holik, maxhockey.com, wooden+sticks

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