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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
They told Martin Gelinas the exact same thing they tell every fresh-faced kid who wins a Stanley Cup early in his career - savour it, because you never know when, or if, you’ll ever win one again.
And, like most of the fresh-faced kids before and after him, Gelinas didn’t listen.
That was 18 years ago, and Gelinas hasn’t won since.
“I took it for granted,” said the 36-year-old Florida Panther. “I thought I would win a bunch of them. I was surrounded by great players. I know now that I didn’t truly appreciate it. You assume it’s going to happen every year and it doesn’t.”
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from the Calgary Sun,
There’s nothing funny about being diagnosed with a deadly disease.
But Calgary’s Brent Peterson soon realized after being told he had Parkinson’s Disease that laughter is the best medicine.
The Nashville Predators assistant coach who, upon hearing he had the debilitating affliction, took the news really hard.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Bill Doern auditions people who want to go to NHL hockey games, and takes along those who have something to offer him.
“This is about engaging people that I have not spoken to before,” said Mr. Doern, a principal with SUM Inc. SCG. “People in Ottawa are passionate about hockey.”
Mr. Doern holds a pair of Ottawa Senators’ season tickets and has taken several clients and acquaintances to hockey games.
From the Winnipeg Sun,
Murray Greig has trained and managed professional boxers and has worked the corner in Canadian, Commonwealth and world title fights. Here he sizes up the fistic prowess of hockey players that he’s personally seen drop the gloves
1. GORDIE HOWE
Arguably the greatest forward in the history of the game, Mr. Hockey was also - indisputably - the best fighter.
Forget about different eras, bigger guys, improved training and conditioning. In terms of pure fighting ability, Howe was the real deal - head and shoulders above the rest.
From the Chicago Sun-Times,
The 8-3 drubbing administered by the Nashville Predators to conclude the first half of the regular season was only part of Friday’s bad news for the Blackhawks.
In a development that might have more far-reaching effects, the Hawks revealed that star winger Martin Havlat has a groin injury. He didn’t play against the Predators, and his return to the lineup is uncertain.
Coach Denis Savard called Havlat’s status day-to-day and said the injury developed with seven minutes left Thursday night in St. Louis. Havlat was at the United Center Friday and didn’t make any formal comments on his injury, but did admit to hearing a pop.
From the AP, via Houston Chronicle,
The New Jersey Devils’ new arena in downtown Newark will be called the Prudential Center, team owner Jeff Vanderbeek said Friday.
Officials from the hockey team and Prudential Financial Inc. will announce the details at a news conference Monday.
Vanderbeek declined to comment on the cost of the naming rights, but had said earlier that the deal would have Prudential pay the Devils about $5 million annually. He said the contract is for 20 years.
from Tim Wharsby of the Globe and Mail,
Earlier this season the players from each of the 30 teams conducted a search to elect their National Hockey League Players’ Association representative. Below is a list obtained by the Globe and Mail.
It’s interesting to note that a pair of outspoken critics of NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin, Detroit Red Wings defenceman Chris Chelios and Dallas Stars forward Eric Lindros, were named player reps by their teams.
read on for the full list…
from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,
Sid The Kid was the NHL’s most valuable player in the first half of the 2006-07 season. At least according to CP’s crack hockey writers.
But who could argue otherwise. Sidney Crosby has raised his game to another level in his sophomore season and was atop the scoring leaders as the NHL hit its official halfway mark Friday. The Pittsburgh centre carried 61 points (19-42) into Friday night’s game at Buffalo. He was on pace for 136 points - which would be the highest output since his Penguins Mario Lemieux had 161 in 1995-96.
all the award winners for the first half…
from Phil Coffey at NHL.com,
As a hockey fan, you have heard it all a thousand times.
“Hockey players aren’t like other professional athletes,” is the refrain, and you also hear phrases like “down to earth” and “salt of the earth” to describe the men who put on skates to make a living.
We in the hockey world have realized this since the first stick was put to puck, and now, others seem to be catching on.
from the CP via Sportsnet,
Canada won a third straight world junior hockey championship and its first in Europe in a decade with a 4-2 win over Russia in Friday’s final.
After taking the title in Vancouver last year and in Grand Forks, N.D., in 2005, the challenge for this Canadian squad was to win it outside North America. The country hadn’t done so since 1997 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Canada rode its excellent goaltending, defencemen and special teams to the final and the only question mark then was whether the team could produce enough goals at even-strength against the skilled and speedy Russians.
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