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from Linda Cohn of ESPN,
Now, the Blue Jackets are starting off the new season strong, and relatively healthy. And like the Edmonton Oilers before them, the Jackets have a chance to make the playoffs this season. Don't believe me? Well, I'll tell you why it's more than possible. Grassroots effort One example of the community's dedication to hockey is its effort to promote the sport from the ground up. Hockey is in action at every level: youth leagues, high school, the USHL. Hockey is working in Columbus. Obviously, a playoff berth would help even more. There is an undercurrent of hockey hysteria in Columbus. They are doing it right there. People are ready for an NHL team. You can't just put an NHL team in a town without there being some desire within the community to have a team.more
Today's "Free Friday" submission is from KK member Joe Pelletier. A great and must read for every hockey fan. Make sure to check out Joe's websites, Hockey's Greatest Legends and the 1972 Summit Series.com. "Free Friday" is open to any KK member and must be hockey related. All you need to do is send me a brief overview of your topic and chances are you will be appearing on KK in the near future.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
The Heisman Trophy is college football's Hobey Baker Award. Both pieces of hardware are earmarked for the top players in the U.S. college game, meaning it would be futile to try to sneak in votes for star quarterback Benoit Groulx of the top-rated Laval University Rouge et Or.... The head-to-head academic year tally as a harbinger of professional success? Hobey 6, Heisman 8, one push. Though extremely subjective, that's a lot closer than we expected, too. Maybe we should stop looking down on the Hobey. Or somewhere amid all those weekly charts and polls, make fun of the Heisman.read on
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from Chirs Young at his JABS blog,
A truism from the (pardon the expression) New NHL™: Special teams are important. A key stat, the PP and its PK flipside. But what I'd like to see: stats kept on fouls committed, and who they've been committed against. The NBA (at least on fouls in the act of shooting) and soccer keep track in their play-by-plays of both ends of the candle, but the NHL, as far as I can see, does not.continued
from the St. Louis Review,
In his National Hockey League playing days, Bernie Federko often turned to other Catholic players when he needed support. "You knew that support was there. You knew who they were, and if you needed something they were the first people you would go talk with," said the former member of the St. Louis Blues and now a Hockey Hall of Famer. Some people might not think that a person who takes his faith seriously would play a physical sport such as hockey, but Federko said the perception that the game and its players are violent is a false one. "It’s totally the opposite. There is some intimidation involved, but when you play against somebody it’s just competition," he said.read on
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
For this season, Phoenix Coyotes are wearing large patches on the right shoulders of their jerseys with the slogan "Decade in the Desert" to commemorate the passage of time since they made the move south from Winnipeg. Well, the Coyotes might want to pick it up a bit, or it's not hard to see that slogan being mocked and twisted around a bit. How about "Disaster in the Desert," or perhaps, "Doomed in the Desert?"continued
from the Buffalo News,
Thing is, Miller insists he's not concerned with The Dominator's aura. Rather than chasing ghosts, he is more interested in tracking down something that has proven just as ethereal in Buffalo: a world championship. And at least for tonight, when the Sabres play Hasek's Detroit Red Wings in Joe Louis Arena, Miller will be preoccupied with attaining another elusive feat. For once in the NHL the former Michigan State star would like to beat his hometown team. "I've had two cracks at it and they smacked me around," said Miller, who is 0-2 with a 5.64 goals-against average and .766 save percentage against Detroit. "I want to go in there and get a victory against these guys and keep this team going where we need to go."more
from Mark Spector of the National Post,
Of 15 offensive categories on the NHL stats package, nine of the early leaders are Europeans. They've even infiltrated the rookie ranks, where you can't tie your dog [Lasse Kukkonen] to a Pole [Wojtek Wolski] without finding some guy named Alexander Suglobov or Loui [Satchmo] Eriksson. This deep into the season, it's obvious: The Calder Trophy will go to Anze Kopitar, the Los Angeles Kings draft pick who hails from Slovenia. There, hockey is so scarcely played that one in four registered players makes Slovenia's national team. (And still they wouldn't pick Rob Zamuner). But it's early, right? The Kopitar kid can't keep on averaging 21 minutes and scoring two points per game, can he?read on
SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today a pair of special in-game promotions for their upcoming game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, October 13. The Cats have partnered with Hooters to give fans 13 free chicken wings if RW Juraj Kolnik (#13) scores a goal in tomorrow nights game versus Tampa Bay. In addition, one lucky fan seated in one of the BankAtlantic Center’s seat 13’s will receive two tickets to attend the Guns N’ Roses concert at the BankAtlantic Center on Oct. 24.
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