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from Russell Levine at NHL.com,
This is the battle that has been joined by Athletes Against Autism’s founding players: Washington Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig, recently retired Atlanta Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby, and former NHL goaltender Byron Dafoe….
With over 35 athletes in attendance and over 100 golfers on the course Monday, the event raised more than $300,000 for autism research and awareness, bringing the two-year total to over $500,000. In addition to the three founding hockey players, the NHL was also represented by Kolzig’s Washington teammate Matt Pettinger and Brian Willsie of the Los Angeles Kings. They were joined by current and retired players from the NFL, NBA, and MLB, as well as the world of professional volleyball….
At the end of the day, awards were handed out to the winning foursome—a group headed by former NFL player and action star Fred “The Hammer” Williamson—but the real winner on this weekend was the autism community. Thanks to the concerns of a trio of NHL players, a wide spectrum of athletes has lent their voice to this fight. If the growth from Year One to Year Two is any indication, it is a voice that will only gain strength.
via the Arizona Republic,
Left wing Mike York has signed one-year, a $1 million contract with the Coyotes for the 2007-08 season.
York, 29, a free agent, played with the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders last season, garnering 21 points in 66 games. The 5-foot-9, 160-pounder shoots right-handed.
Of all the headlines that the NHL prefers to avoid seeing on a Monday morning, this one has to rank pretty high: “Team ‘Operation Slapshot’ at 2007 World Series of Poker.”
In a little more than a month former NHLer Rick Tocchet will find out his sentence for pleading guilty to charges of third-degree conspiracy and third-degree promoting gambling for his part in the operation of a gambling ring in New Jersey. To kill time Tocchet has decided to play in the 2007 World Series of Poker for his shot at the nearly $7.5 Million first place prize.
As TIB points out, this isn’t at all the same thing as gambling in sports - and there’s nothing wrong with NHL people playing poker. But it still strikes me as sort of obvious-stupid for this particular hockey person to be anywhere near this event. (And according to the the article at PokerBiz, Janet Gretzky participated as well, believe it or not.)
Do these people not have public relations reps telling them “bad idea! don’t do it!”?
from Jim Baumbach at Newsday,
But by Tuesday afternoon, Bossy had had enough of the negative cloud hovering over the team. He read too many e-mails all but calling for the franchise to close its doors … saw too many negative stories online and in newspapers … heard too much criticism of Snow.
So Bossy did what any sane Hall of Famer would do. The Islander legend turned on his computer and typed all of the thoughts swirling through his head into the form of an open letter to fans. It’s a frank reminder that the Islanders’ 2007-08 season was not decided the moment Ryan Smyth left. And it’s clear from reading it that Bossy put emotion into it.
“That,” Bossy said today, “came from the heart.”
from the Vancouver Canucks,
Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have signed defenceman Kevin Bieksa to a three year extension beginning in 2008-09 through 2010-11. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
continued and thanks to a KK member for posting this in the KK Forums.
Kevin Allen reported earlier this morning on WDFN in Detroit that the Wings have signed Dallas Drake.
added 11:28am, from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
We’re very pleased to have Dallas join the Red Wings,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a release. “He’s a very physical player who will add grit to our lineup and make our team even more difficult to play against. He’s a veteran player and you can never have enough experience and leadership on a team.”
First off, I am glad to report that IwoCPO is back in the homeland. Now go read his editorial...
but I was distracted. For instance on the 4th of July I stood on a balcony in one of Saddam’s former palaces and watched nearly six hundred servicemembers re-enlist, the largest mass re-up in history. While their countrymen on the left and right (a great majority of whom have never set foot in Iraq) continue to sling arrows at one another over whether our presence there is just, the warriors who actually live and fight there made the biggest statement of all. Given a choice between going home or staying there to finish a job they believe in, they raised their right hands again.more
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
There still will be some give-and-take, some offers and counter-proposals—maybe even a few snags—before an agreement is reached, but agent Pat Brisson likes the way Sidney Crosby’s contract negotiations have moved along so far.
“They’re going in the right direction,” Brisson said last evening.
He declined to elaborate on the talks, which will resume today unless Brisson, who is based in Los Angeles, managed to hook up with Penguins general manager Ray Shero last night.
from the Montreal Gazette,
With his girlfriend, Montrealer Lindsay Rosen, and his father up from Long Island with a few pals, Komisarek arrived at the Big O with a T-shirt over his proud Polish heart, unsure what awaited him in the stadium.
Madness, as it turned out.
“By the end of the game, I was wearing a jersey and waving a flag, people just giving me this stuff off their backs,” Komisarek said, still amazed. “We were taking pictures, I was signing autographs. My dad was overwhelmed, he couldn’t believe it.”
Roman Komisarek’s 25-year-old son is a hockey star in this town. He’s a huge favourite of Montreal’s Polish community.
But quicker than you can say Grzegorz Krychowiak, who scored the game’s lone goal, Komisarek’s hero status soared higher still in a Polska cheering section, where fans enveloped him and, for a few hours at least, made him one of their own.
added 9:05am, for more on this with some great pictures, check out Habs Inside/Out...
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