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Excitement for the London Games

From the BBC,

CEO of the 02, Philip Beard said: “When we announced the games, they pretty much sold out in a couple of weeks. I have to admit that I was surprised.

“We thought it might take a lot longer to promote the event, but not only did sports fans get behind it but the ice hockey leagues in the UK were really keen to promote it as well.”

Beard is particularly pleased with the interest despite the games taking place on a sporting weekend also featuring World Cup rugby and Premier League football.

“It’s fair to say that at the moment there is a massive amount of big sport on, but this weekend is a total sell-out.  People are coming from all over the UK and indeed across Europe,” he told BBC Sport.

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Craig Leipold’s Son Charged with DUI

From the AP via TSN,

The son of Nashville Predators’ owner Craig Leipold was charged with drunk driving Thursday after police pulled him over for speeding, marking his second drunk-driving arrest since May.

Christopher Leipold was pulled over Thursday morning after Officer Kevin Wayne Lovell said he clocked him driving 43 m.p.h. (69 km/h) in a 35-m.p.h. (56-km/h) zone . The officer got out of his car after motioning for the 31-year-old to pull over.

Leipold seemed confused before rolling the window up, then back down, Lovell wrote in an affidavit. Lovell also said he smelled alcohol and that Leipold admitted to having ‘‘a couple’’ of drinks.

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Goalie Expectations in Florida, Boston and Toronto

From the CP via Yahoo! Sports,

A trio of Eastern Conference teams feel they’ve made themselves better this off-season by acquiring goalies who couldn’t hold on to No. 1 jobs in the West.

Trades brought Tomas Vokoun to Florida, Manny Fernandez to Boston and Vesa Toskala to Toronto this summer and every one of those teams is hoping those guys can carry them to the playoffs.

Expectations might be a little high.

All three have shown some shaky form during the pre-season, although it would be foolish to put too much stock in the exhibition play.

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  Tags: boston+bruins, florida+panthers, goalies, manny+fernandez, tomas+vokoun, toronto+maple+leafs, vesa+toskala

McKee Out 4-6 Weeks

via the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Jay McKee will be sidelined the next four-to-six weeks due to a fractured Metatarsal in his right foot. McKee suffered the injury in last night’s game at Minnesota.

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The Literacy Legacy of Jacques Demers

From Stephanie Levitz and Terri Theodore at the CP,

Two hockey hall-of-famers, the owner of a Canadian Tire store and a government employee are among the people who’ve confessed to hockey legend Jacques Demers that they, like him, are illiterate.

Since coming forward with the revelation that he struggles with basic reading and writing in a biography published two years ago, Demers has criss-crossed Canada and the U.S. speaking out about the issue. Once he was hockey’s golden boy, leading the Montreal Canadiens to Stanley Cup victory in 1993 and twice named coach of the year.

He’s since become a poster boy for literacy. He has headlined fundraisers and campaigns like Literacy Now in conjunction with the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games legacy program, the reason he was in Vancouver on Thursday.

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Watching Iron Mike

From the CP,

The Iron Mike watch is underway in Calgary.

Will new head coach Mike Keenan alienate his players? Or will he give a club that underachieved last season the edge it needs to be a Stanley Cup contender?

Eyebrows disappeared into hairlines when Flames general manager Darryl Sutter brought Keenan on board in June, partly because Jim Playfair, handpicked by Sutter to replace himself as head coach prior to the 2006-07 season, agreed to stay on as associate coach to Keenan.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, mike+keenan

Players To Watch

from the CP via the Hockey News,

Of course, everyone will be watching 20-year-old Sidney Crosby as he tries to duplicate his scoring title and MVP award for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

But here’s a look at 10 players who should also be at the centre of the action in the 2007-08 NHL season:

10. Todd Bertuzzi, Anaheim Ducks - The controversial power winger inked an $8-million, two-year contract with the Stanley Cup champions after going to Detroit in a late-season trade from Florida last season. Injuries restricted him to 15 regular-season games in 2006-07, when he had three goals and eight assists. The Ducks are gambling that fallout from the 2004 Steve Moore attack and his one-year suspension will abate and he can become an offensive force again.

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Here’s A First

from the Detroit Red Wings,

The Red Wings will host an open practice on Saturday, September 29 at Joe Louis Arena.

This unique inside look at a Red Wings’ game day practice is free to the public and includes Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom and Vice President/General Manager Ken Holland addressing the crowd following the skate.

continued... open and free are the key words…

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Uncharted European Territory

From the Daily Mail,

The NHL will enter uncharted territory and return to its outdoor roots during a new season that begins on Saturday with the Anaheim Ducks starting their Stanley Cup defence on European ice.

The Ducks and Los Angeles Kings travel to London to play the first NHL regular season game in Europe as the NHL bids to gain a foothold in a market which has also attracted serious attention from the NFL and NBA.

“We’ve got to look at extending our brand outside of North America, whenever we can,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said. “We think that to take regular season games to Europe is a milestone for our league. Is it ideal from a preparation standpoint? No. But I think when the league asks you to go, you go.”

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, brian+burke, london, los+angeles+kings

Modano is Chasing History

With 507 goals, 719 assists and 1,226 career regular-season points in 17 seasons, Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars enters the 2007-08 season just seven points from establishing a record for NHL points by a U.S.-born player.

Modano is attempting to become just the sixth player in history to hold the U.S. mark; Phil Housley has been the all-time leader since March 13, 1999.

Below is a Mike Modano tribute video, produced by the NHL as the Dallas Star enters his 18th NHL season.

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