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from the Calgary Sun:
Craig Conroy felt a certain comfort making his way back into the Calgary dressing room as a Flame.
He felt that sense of having returned home.
“Even when I used to come in as a visitor, it felt like I should come in this room,” he said, taking in the surroundings. “But you tell yourself, ‘Wrong room, go the other way.’ “
By KK frequent contributor Joe Pelletier
Andy Brown was a minor league goaltender who played only a handful of NHL games. But he is the answer to a most interesting trivia question - he was the last goaltender in the history of the NHL to play without a protective mask.
Brown played his last NHL game on April 7, 1974, and by doing so became the last goalie to play without a mask. Playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brown lost 6-3 to the Atlanta Flames. It was his last NHL game as in the off-season he would sign with the WHA’s Indianapolis Racers.
Brown often wore a mask in practice, but claimed his visibility was hindered by the mask in game situations.
pic via Legends of Hockey
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
He spent about eight weeks on Long Island last season and got into seven NHL games. Even though Dubielewicz had no illusions of becoming the team’s starter this season, DiPietro’s contract all but guarantees that he’ll never hold that job — barring something unforeseen like a serious injury to DiPietro.
But Dubielewicz, a 28-year-old who grew up in Invermere, B.C., is far from bitter about the situation.
In fact, he sees DiPietro’s continued success as the key to getting him out of his current spot in the American Hockey League.
from the Atlanta Thrashers Blueland Blog,
When all was said and done, it was a treat for us to host some of the Atlanta blogging community in the upper reaches of Philips Arena. We had close to a dozen participants (11 to be exact) and as far as we know they all had a good time. There was no hidden agenda on our end- we simply want more people to get blogging and to write about the Thrashers.
read on.. KK readers may know I pointed to one of the bloggers last week, but this is the whole group. A great idea and EVERY NHL team should pick up on this!!!
Just remember, writers are paid to write and attract readers.
Read my NH.com blog for more.
from the Tampa Tribune,
Team president Ron Campbell said Monday, in response to a story by Sports Business Journal, that the team is not actively for sale despite the hiring of investment bank Galatioto Sports Partners.
A story appeared on the publication’s Web site Monday, and will appear this week in print, with a headline that read: “Lightning owner considering sale option.”
Campbell, however, said the hiring of GSP, which took place three months ago, is not about seeking a buyer for the franchise, but rather is on a consulting basis, a common practice the club has used to help in other areas of operations.
“The motivator in this is to fix the business, not sell the business,” Campbell said.
from the Buffalo News,
The All-Star goaltender isn’t being benched per se. That would seem as though he has been punished.
But the Sabres haven’t been happy with Miller’s recent performances and are giving him time to rediscover his game.
“He needs two or three real good practice days where he just gets back to what I call a relaxed comfort zone,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “He seems like he’s been uptight. He’s put a lot of pressure on himself, which he usually does.”
from the LA Daily News,
Lombardi declined to discuss specifics - although he did dismiss a rumored deal that would send Rob Blake to Edmonton - but said his general strategy would be to keep the Kings’ young core of players and trade those with expiring contracts.
“You can look at the contract situations and figure it out pretty well,” Lombardi said.
That would move Brent Sopel, Sean Avery and perhaps Aaron Miller, all potential free agents, to the top of the list, but Lombardi said it’s against his nature of his job to declare any player as “untouchable.”
A former Niagara Falls women’s hockey player joined company with NHL bad guys Todd Bertuzzi and Marty McSorley when she was charged after a vicious on-ice assault in London.
But unlike the disgraced big-league athletes given conditional discharges for hockey violence, Julia Tropea was dealt a criminal record yesterday for kicking London Devilette Carly Bernard in the head with her skate two years ago.
from the Winnipeg Sun,
The Super Draft Hockey Lottery started out with 917 entries and a $5,000 purse in 1984.
Twenty-three years later, Canada’s largest hockey pool boasts more than 6,000 entries and a $90,000 purse.
Not bad for a tiny little town in Saskatchewan. And certainly not bad for a couple of brothers-in-law who were simply chatting about expanding their 10-man hockey pool after a curling game in the spring of 1984.
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