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The Greatest Of All Time?

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

As hockey moments go it was just about perfect except for one thing: In his introduction Messier was called “the greatest leader of all time.”

Not one of many, not even one of a handful, simply the greatest….

But I keep getting stuck on that introduction and my response is twofold: who says so?; and isn’t that a terrible injustice to many hockey players who are already or someday will join him in the Hall?

Don’t misunderstand; this is no knock on Messier’s leadership ability. What he did throughout his career makes a strong argument that he should be considered for that title, but how does one quantify leadership?

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Hockey Movies

Two hockey movies with upcoming American and Canadian premieres: The Rocket and Breakfast with Scott.

(1) The Rocket (DVD here) is being released in U.S. theaters this December:

In Canada, The Rocket has been hailed by MacLean’s Magazine as “the Gladiator of hockey movies.” Starring Roy Dupuis (Jesus of Montreal) as Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame player Maurice Richard, the film also takes a look at the discrimination suffered by French-speaking hockey players during his era (1930’s-1950’s) and features in supporting roles real-life hockey players Sean Avery (New York Rangers), Pascal Dupuis (Atlanta Thrashers), Ian Laperriere (Colorado Avalanche), Vincent Lecavalier (Tampa Bay Lightning), Stephane Kintal and Mike Ricci. Made in 2005 and released in Canada in 2005-2006, The Rocket (a.k.a. Maurice Richard) is finally coming to U.S. theaters via Palm Pictures this December in limited release.

Movie Trailer for ‘The Rocket’:

 

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  Tags: entertainment

US Players Galore Playing For Michigan

from the CP via the Brandon Sun,

The boom in American hockey talent is strikingly apparent with a quick glance at the University of Michigan men’s roster.

There are only three Canadians skating for coach Red Berenson’s No. 1-ranked Wolverines. “I’ve seen it really change in the last 10 years,” Berenson says over the phone line from his Ann Arbor office.

Berenson wants to make it clear that Michigan hasn’t stopped recruiting Canadians. It’s just that there are way more Americans capable of making his team these days.

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Dallas Fires GM Doug Armstrong

From the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars Chairman of the Board and Owner Thomas O. Hicks announced today that he has relieved Doug Armstrong from his duties as General Manager of the hockey club.

“As an owner I have to be responsible for one person in Hockey Operations and that is the General Manager of the team,” said Hicks. “I thought that the team needed a change in direction. I know that change can be healthy and it was my determination that this move needed to be made.  I want the Dallas Stars to return to being one of the elite teams in the league.

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  Tags: dallas+stars, doug+armstrong

AHL on the NHL Network

Press Release via TSN,

NHL Network today announced it has reached a one-year extension for broadcast rights to American Hockey League (AHL) games.  The broadcast package provides NHL Network, in both Canada and the U.S., with 20 ‘Game of the Week’ match-ups, airing Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET throughout the remainder of the regular season. [...]

The 20-game package marks the most AHL games ever televised on NHL Network, which aired 12 AHL match-ups last season.  NHL Network has been televising AHL games since the 2004/05 season.

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  Tags: ahl, media, nhl+network

Get It Right

from the Calgary Herald,

Following Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, Keenan had been asked about his boys coughing up another two power-play goals.

The coach figuratively shoved his goalie to front and centre on a first-period tally by Robert Nilsson. His statement included the line: “It’s pretty difficult to criticize the people on the penalty-killing situation when your goaltender is not part of the solution.”

Damning stuff. Which Iron Mike took measures to clarify Monday.

“Well, first of all, the media has misconstrued the comments,” started Keenan.

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Frustrated Caps

from the Washington Post,

After dropping five of the past six games and dropping into last place, there are lots of frustrated players in the Washington Capitals’ locker room. No one, though, is more unhappy than defenseman Steve Eminger, who isn’t playing and isn’t sure why.

“It’s past frustrating,” he said following yesterday’s practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “It’s just a matter of them putting me in the lineup, and putting me in there for more than one game, or moving me to somewhere I’m going to play. Because clearly I’m not in their plans.”

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  Tags: steve+eminger, washington+capitals

Ducks/Kings Battle

from the LA Daily News,

During tonight’s Kings-Ducks game in Anaheim, the announcer at Honda Center will unveil the new name for Southern California’s hockey rivalry.

The finalists, as voted upon by fans on the Internet, are “Ice-5 Series,” “Freeway Face-Off,” “Freezeway Series” and “Crosstown Showdown.”

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, los+angeles+kings

Weight Trying To Break Out Of Scoring Slump

from the News-Democrat,

With the St. Louis Blues on a three-game losing streak and struggling to find offense, center Doug Weight is more than willing to help.

But with no goals and three assists in the first 14 games, Weight is pressing to find a way to do it.

“I’ve had these points in my career before, where you go 10 or 12 games and you can’t buy anything,” said Weight, who has two assists in his last 11 games. “This is frustrating because the team needs it and we’ve lost some games where I could have helped.”

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  Tags: doug+weight, st.+louis+blues

Emery Tweaks His Back

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Ray Emery has been thrown another curveball in his attempt to earn more ice time in the Ottawa Senators’ net.

Emery, already in coach John Paddock’s doghouse for questionable work habits during practice, left the ice early yesterday because of back spasms that he said originated when he was playing baseball during an off-day on Sunday.

Emery says something happened when he bent over to throw pop-ups.

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  Tags: goalies, ottawa+senators, ray+emery

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