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from Russia Profile,
For many years, sports in Russia was primarily associated with the word “patriotism.” Now the word you most often hear in conversations about sports is money. Many Russian athletes have found it difficult to adapt to this new reality. The commercialization of sports has been a worldwide phenomenon over the last few decades but, in Russia, it coincided with the period of market reforms that completely changed the economic situation. ...“Many Russian clubs can offer them salaries of hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Igor Shabdurasulov, the chairman of Moscow’s Spartak Hockey Club. “When you take into account Russia’s [13-percent flat] income tax rates, at the end of the day they can take home more money than in the NHL.”more
from the Edmonton Sun,
Christian Fundytus might never forget his trip around the ice at Rexall Place. "It has been as close as you can get to a dream come true," he said. "You're driving a Zamboni - how much more Canadian can you get than that? - and you are doing it at Rexall, which is home ice." Fundytus is one of 50 arena operators from across Alberta who gathered at Rexall Place yesterday to learn the tricks of the ice-making trade and compete in the Zamboni Challenge.read on
from the National Post,
In a season that has gone better than expected following the lockout, there's a growing call across the league that National Hockey League officials need to rethink a schedule that severely limits crossover games between the Eastern and Western Conferences. "I've been beating a dead horse on this," Wings defenceman Chris Chelios said. "We're not playing enough of the Original Six. True hockey fans would love to see more of those games." "It's the biggest complaint I've heard around the league," Wings pro scout Dave Lewis said. "I think the league got everything else right, but the scheduling needs to be fixed. "You can't force feed rivalries. They're not created in the regular season; they come out of meeting in the playoffs."more
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Imagine quitting your job, flying to a foreign city in a far-off country and living there for six months without knowing anyone in the area. Now, you know what Andreas Hall went through – and continues to endure. The 24-year-old quit his job, left his hometown of Ronneby in Sweden and came to Pittsburgh just to watch the Penguins play this season.continued
from the AP via Forbes,
"It wasn't a secret that I never felt comfortable there," said Niinimaa, traded to New York by Edmonton in March 2003. "I didn't like the (defensive) role I was put in there. "Things just didn't work out. I wasn't happy there and Mike Milbury knew that. I tried. I played my hardest, but it wasn't a comfortable situation for me."more
Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, the second on an amazing play while rolling on the ice, and the Washington Capitals won consecutive road games for the first time all season, beating the Phoenix Coyotes 6-1 on Monday.update 9:00pm, Getzky on the goal-
"That was pretty sweet", the Great One said after Alex Ovechkin led the Washington Capitals to a 6-1 rout of Coach Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes on Monday. "You know, he's a phenomenal player, and he's been a tremendous influence in the game. It's great to see, because he is that good."
The mother of former Montreal Canadiens star goalie Patrick Roy is fighting for her life in a Quebec City hospital after contracting flesh-eating disease, according to reports. Barbara Miller-Roy contracted type A streptococcus, and according to Le Journal De Montreal, the bacteria spread so quickly doctors were forced to amputate her arm over the weekend to save her life.more
from Hockey Refs,
Ken Daniels has spent most of his life around the hockey rink - first as a player, then as an official, and now as a television announcer/commentator. He has served as the voice of the Detroit Red Wings on Fox Sports Net Detroit for eight seasons and also does local and regional college hockey broadcasts. Prior to coming to Detroit, Daniels worked in his hometown of Toronto for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada program. HockeyRefs.com: How hard is it, as a broadcaster, not to criticize the officials? Daniels: Having seen what I have gone through now, I do take a step back. I don’t get mad at referees for making the calls, but I do get mad at referees for making the phantom calls when you lift the guy’s stick and take the puck and get called for hooking. Those calls kill me and that’s when we criticize the referees. Let the battle for the puck go and to me, I hope Stephen Walkom is on the referee making the stupid call.much more
from The Hockey News,
One can dream of something more terrible than a hell where one suffers,” said the 19th-century-era French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. “It's a hell where one would get bored.” That's why you've got to feel for Blackhawks and Bruins fans - they've suffered so consistently over the last three decades, they've become virtually immune to the pain and now bear the look of a rational person who's just endured a 24-hour Growing Pains marathon.continued
from the Las Vegas Sun,
Jeff Mancini is the proud owner of what is believed to be the biggest collection of original table hockey games -- and the metal players that are used to play them -- in the United States. There are 20 games, each double-boxed and each manufactured between 1956-71, in the rafters in his garage. Last week, he pulled them all down and set them all up at the Stiga Las Vegas United States Table Hockey Association tour stop at Paris Las Vegas. It took him about the same amount of time -- three hours and a couple of intermissions -- as it does to play a real hockey game.read on
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