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from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
Fans are captivated by the thing that makes Tucker tick, granting him latitude, more forgiveness than most athletes get, and an unabashed fidelity. “I don’t think it’s necessarily a love affair. But fans can see how much I want to win, for myself and for the city. I’ll do anything to win a hockey game.
“A lot of this city is blue collar. Guys get up in the morning, have their Tim Hortons, go to work. They understand that I have the same blue-collar attitude towards my job. Maybe I didn’t grow up in Toronto watching the Leafs. But I grew up on a farm in Alberta. When I wasn’t playing hockey I was working my tail off like the rest of the world.”
from the Toronto Star,
Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy wade Belak depends on a drink made for babies to help him through an NHL season.
For years the 6-foot-5, 221-pound enforcer has been drinking Pedialyte, a drink designed to help re-hydrate toddlers with diarrhea.
But Belak’s original reason for drinking from the bottle with a teddy bear on its label was decidedly grown-up.
“You really want to know the truth, why I started drinking Pedialyte?” he said yesterday at the team’s practice facility.
“I used to drink it for hangovers.”
Belak isn’t the only athlete making trips to the baby aisle for the drink.
from the Ottawa Sun,
Fisher injured his groin in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final May 30 against the Anaheim Ducks and thought a summer of rest would take care of the problem. It hasn’t.
“It was giving me problems all summer. I thought it would go away and it didn’t,” said the 27-year-old, who is entering his eighth NHL season and is coming off a 22-goal, 48-point season.
“I think we’ve got it sorted out the last few weeks. There’s nothing torn, but there’s a chance I could miss part of camp. I might have to skate on my own for a bit. I can’t get in there full bore just yet.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
A popular figure, McCreary had headed the NHL Alumni Association and his funeral widely was attended by well-known hockey names, including former Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn.
On that day in December 2003, police allege that Ramage was driving a rented Chrysler Intrepid that apparently crossed the lanes of the roadway and collided almost head on with an SUV travelling in the opposite direction.
Magnuson, in the passenger’s seat, didn’t survive the crash. He would have turned 60 this year.
Ramage, 48, the apparent driver, stands charged of impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.
from the Windsor Star,
In an era of increased specialization, hockey teams employ strength coaches, special teams coaches, goaltending coaches, psychologists and video coaches.
And the Montreal Canadiens have taken the trend one step further by exposing their players to a stickhandling coach.
“You look at the great players and they were all great stickhandlers,” said Sean Skinner, who goes on to recite a litany of greats starting with Maurice Richard and Gordie Howe and continuing through Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux to contemporary stars like Joe Sakic, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.
from Pop Jocks,
Garnet “Ace” Bailey was a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins in 1968 and 1970. He ended his hockey career mentoring a young star with the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association named Wayne Gretzky. It was on September 11th, 2001 that the National Hockey League lost a loyal servant.
Mark Bavis was a scout with the Los Angeles Kings working under Ace Bailey in the organization. Both Bavis and Bailey were traveling from Boston to Los Angeles for training camp when Flight 275 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
from the LA Times,
“It was obviously a tremendous accomplishment,” defenseman Chris Pronger said of the Ducks’ first Cup title. “At that point, you feel it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event. But now you’ve got to push yourselves even harder now.
“You’ve got an even bigger target on your back. Everybody’s going to be shooting for you, being the Stanley Cup champions.”
There is one goal left—one that only two teams have achieved in the last 20 years.
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From TSN via CTV,
Last season was all that anyone would have expected of Roberto Luongo, who carried his team to a division title and was runner-up for the Vezina and Hart Trophies in the process.
But his biggest accomplishment was the hope that he gave the franchise. So what does Luongo do for an encore?
“There’s always room for improvement,” he told reporters on Monday. “The more experience you get, the better you become. The harder you work in practice and better your game in aspects you know you can be better at, that’s how you improve yourself.”
from Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,
Brick native Jim Dowd won’t be back with the Devils this season. Instead, the 38-year-old center has accepted an invitation to attend training camp with the Philadelphia Flyers. A source said that though the Flyers did not sign Dowd, an unrestricted free agent, because they don’t have salary cap room, they have promised him an opportunity to make the team as their fourth-line center.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
When asked about a report on the weekend that said the former coach had recently contacted the NHL team about a job — but not the senior consultant position he was offered three months ago — Bowman said he hasn’t talked to the Maple Leafs since June.
Instead, Bowman said he told Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Illitch and general manager Ken Holland in June that he would return for a 15th season with that team.
“I really want to stay with Detroit,” said Bowman, who will turn 74 in a week. “When I went there 14 years ago to coach, I really wanted this to be my last stop.”
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