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I went to my first hockey game with my dad when I was 6 years old - Rangers vs. Bruins - at the old Madison Square Garden. I listened to games on my radio with an ear plug in bed as I did homework when I was a kid. I remember that very fondly.
We moved to Boston from NYC when I was 13 years old and I became a Bruins fan and lived through the Bobby Orr Stanley Cup era.
from Nigel Duncan of the Edinburgh News,
Scotty Bowman, one of the most renowned figures in the world of ice hockey, was at Murrayfield yesterday to dispense some of his vast knowledge to youngsters.
The 74-year-old Bowman, who is in Scotland as he attempts to trace his forebears, is the only head coach in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) ever to have won championships with three different teams….
Yesterday, Bowman took time out from tracing his Scottish roots to talk to youngsters attending a summer hockey school at Murrayfield. Ice Rink.
And he firmly believes that the world’s fastest team sport will go global in the next three decades.
He said: “It is now played in so many countries. Europe is the next phase. The travel is much different now and that’s why they played two (NHL) games in London last year. This year they’re going to Sweden and I think they’re also going to the Czech Republic.
“We’re going global and it will be a global sport. It won’t happen overnight, but, right now, 35 per cent of the players in the NHL are from Europe, another 15 per cent are from the USA and the Canadians produce the rest.
from Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,
He’s got owners under indictment.
He’s got a TV deal with a U.S. cable network that no one watches.
He’s got fading defencemen signed to six-year contracts, 14-goal scorers making $4 million a season and goaltenders going for $12 million a pair, while supplies last.
Gary Bettman is CRAAAAAZZZZZYYYYYYYY!
This week’s special at Crazy Gary’s: A Conn Smythe Trophy winner who will make almost $1.5 million less this season than Michael Ryder.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
There is a thought the Panthers secretly hoped Bouwmeester would sign an offer sheet with another NHL team this summer, giving the Panthers a chance to match the deal and lock Bouwmeester in long-term.
Since Bouwmeester elected to go to arbitration, he cannot sign with another team; Martin said the Panthers aren’t going to trade him.
‘‘We’re confident we’ll get something done,’’ Martin said. ``That’s our approach right now. That’s the way we’re going. We still are having discussions. It’s been a process that’s been good on both parts. It hasn’t been ugly. It’s been healthy discussions from both sides. We’re just trying to find a meaningful pay scale he’ll be happy with.’‘
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
To have hockey-playing giants show up in their villages must have been stunning for kids in Mozambique.
Last month’s encounters were no less eye-opening for said giants—Robyn Regehr and Zdeno Chara.
The National Hockey League players’ one-week tour through the nation on Africa’s southeast coast—on behalf of Right To Play (motto: “Creating a healthier and safer world for children through the power of sport and play’‘)—provided more than a few stunning moments.
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continued and three NHL teams listed including the Winged Wheel as #1.
from Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch,
The biggest offseason signing in Blue Jackets history—the face of the franchise, mind you—doesn’t score goals or play defense, isn’t much of a skater and struggles to move the puck. His weight hovers around 275 pounds, on a 5-foot-10ish frame, and the only time he has worn the C is when jokesters liken him to Captain Kangaroo.
This is the guy the Jackets are pinning their hopes on? Yes, and it’s hard to argue against them. Ken Hitchcock, who signed a threeyear extension yesterday to coach the Blue Jackets through the 2011-12 season, is more important to the team than any recent free-agent signing or draft pick.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
“It was a new frontier that I had a new chance to explore,” (Barry) Smith said Wednesday. “I wasn’t going to be a mercenary and go there for the money. I wouldn’t have done that. It is a new frontier in hockey. You’re seeing what happens with the new league and the new process of North Americans.”
The league had its hiccups, but it’s growing. On his first road trip, his team was forced to walk a mile from its plane to catch a bus after a bomb scare at the airport. On his second road trip, the team hotel caught fire and, with no fire department nearby, was extinguished by employees.
“It was like walking into 1950,” he said with a laugh.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
I’m still very good friends with Pavol and talk to him all the time,” (Geoff) Courtnall, a former Canuck, said Wednesday from Victoria. “I hadn’t seen him in a year and he came out before he went back to Slovakia.
“We only had one day and night together and he told me he loves coming to Vancouver. I told him if the Canucks are one of the teams that comes around July 1 [free agency], you should definitely think of playing there.”
Demitra has done just that.
Not only has the former Minnesota Wild forward stated that the Canucks top his wish list—a Slovakian newspaper has reported he’s close to signing a three-year, $12-million-US deal—general manager Mike Gillis has acknowledged contract dialogue with his former client.
The only problem might be term, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Gillis is trying to get Demitra to commit to two years instead of three.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Before Emery was bought out of the final two years of his $6.75-million contract by the Senators, some league executives were predicting that teams “would be lined up” to sign the netminder, but it never happened.
It’s believed Emery was offered nothing more than a tryout by a couple of teams, with no promise of a contract.
This is the goaltender that led the Senators to the Stanley Cup final two years ago and now he can’t even get a sniff in the NHL. Why is that?
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