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via the AP,
Carolina Hurricanes forward Trevor Letowski was carried off the ice on a stretcher after apparently being knocked unconscious by a hit from Pittsburgh's Colby Armstrong in the first period Saturday night. Letowski was skating up ice from the Hurricanes' end when he made a drop pass to teammate Eric Belanger between the circles. Moments after he made the pass, and skating with his head turned in the opposite direction, Letowski was checked hard by Armstrong. Armstrong's shoulder clipped Letowski in the head, causing Letowski to drop limply to the ice. The hit appeared to be clean and no penalty was called. Letowski landed face down on the ice at the top of the slot and lay motionless for several minutes. After being attended to by the team's medical staff, he raised his head slightly and a pool of blood could be seen on the ice. After he was lifted onto a backboard and then a stretcher, Letowski had his neck placed in a brace before he was taken to a nearby hospital.
Danny Belisle on his part in Slap Shot from Evan Weiner of NHL.com,
The way the scene took place, the director, George Roy Hill, told the two teams and, of course, Paul Newman was on the opposing team. He just said, 'this is going to be the fight scene. Just pair off, you guys know what to do and the guys who don't sort of help one another.' Of course, we weren't assigned dancing partners and I knew if I could get to Paul Newman, I'd get my little nose in the movie. "So I outfoxed a few of the other players and I got to Paul Newman. The battle went on for about four and a half hours, it was that many takes. It seems like a 100 takes. We started off the fight with Paul Newman sitting on my chest. It was a long morning for me." Did Paul Newman know how to dance? The short answer according to Belisle was no. "No, not really," laughed Belisle. "I was never, ever any fighter and he knew less than me. He had to win, that was the sad part. Meanwhile, I got a few bruises, I had to take all the punches and that's the way it was set up."much more
from Camwest News Service via the Vancouver Sun,
A good teammate will help you move. A great teammate will help you move a body. With this (or perhaps something less heinous) in mind, National Hockey League coaches are employing more and more artificial means to ensure their players progress from good to great. These outings are broadly grouped together as "team-building" exercises and, quite frankly, far too much is made of them. For instance, San Jose's Ron Wilson took his team curling in Banff recently.continued
The technology to air games became ubiquitous, but a glut of pipeline built to fuel a non-sustaining .Com boom caused the price of bandwidth to plummet. The expectant pay-per-view video models eventually gave way to the occasional ad-supported, and even free video streaming ventures. That is exactly where hockey video streaming finds itself now.read on for much more... If you have questions regarding the streaming and videos of NHL play, you may find an answer...
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
TSN tried something new, even mildly revolutionary Friday night for its Buffalo Sabres-Detroit Red Wings telecast. Instead of having the play-by-play team of Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire set up, side by side, to call the game, they went off in different directions. Miller took his spot in the broadcast booth at the Joe Louis Arena, but McGuire worked at ice level between the two benches. In addition to providing game analysis, he reported on developments at the benches and on the ice. This was the first time that a two-man hockey broadcast team called a game from separate locations, although NBC employs a third broadcaster rinkside for its game telecasts.continued Did anyone watch? Was it any different than both guys being in the booth?
from the Vancouver Sun,
To cheer him up, a family friend gave him a Bobby Orr hockey sweater. But not a store-bought sweater, a real one, worn by Orr in road games with the Boston Bruins during the 1968-69 season. Joyce has had the sweater in his closet for decades. Last March, he heard about a sports memorabilia show at the Croatian Cultural Centre. A Montreal firm that had auctioned off Jean Beliveau's personal collection for over $1 million US was going to be there looking for memorabilia -- and the same company had sold a game worn Bobby Orr jersey for $150,000 US. So Joyce went down to meet them. He went up to dealer's table, took the Orr sweater out of a bag and said "Can you look at this?" The guy he handed it to literally started shaking with excitement. A buzz went round the room, and they were instantly surrounded by fans looking to see one of hockey's holy grails.more
from the Star-Ledger,
You have to wonder whether theatergoers ever booed Sir Lawrence Olivier. Sports fans, on the other hand, have no mercy. That was reinforced Thursday night when Devils fans booed and mock-cheered goaltender Martin Brodeur after he allowed five goals in the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs. "They forget quick," captain Patrik Elias suggested. "It's not right. Not every day is going to go perfectly. He's arguably the best goaltender in history. Have a little respect." The boos were heard over the dangerously loud and often inappropriate music played in the arena.more
from the Calgary Sun,
A win is a win is a ... good lord, what else is on? Reruns of The Equalizer? Jennifer Tilly-less championship poker? Each and every one of those are a must-see on TV compared to what's passing for hockey round these parts the past few years. And, sadly, there's no end in sight. Yes, forget the early season panicking about the lack of scoring output from the Flames, what people really should be bemoaning is the lack of entertainment value the home team keeps dumping on the ice.read on
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Senators could use some inspiration from likes of Golden Jet, the Rocket But for a few exceptions, the Ottawa Senators are a sorry bunch when it comes to nicknames -- a rite in sports for many decades. True, nicknames aren't what they used to be, but the Senators could use a lot of help judging from the ones listed in the club's 2006-07 guide. Take bruiser Brian McGrattan, for example, the guy who last season beat up Tie Domi, one of the most notorious NHL fighters of all time. McGrattan is nicknamed "Ernie," after a toupee-wearing bowler played by Bill Murray in the 1996 movie, Kingpin.continued
Once again, Yahoo Sports is promising an online stream, and tonight's selction is the Wings-Sabres game:
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