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from Steven Noble of the Hockey News,
It’s commonly accepted most NHLers spent their off-seasons golfing, but Brendan Witt and Tim Thomas are not most NHLers. Their hobbies are a little more adventurous, and on two particular occasions, almost deadly.... Both Witt and Thomas said what they love most about their respective hobby is being at one with nature. Apparently, that includes being a part of the food chain.read on added 3:31pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
They gathered, mostly on Wednesday mornings this past summer because, as Paul Kariya explained, it was the one day of the week when he and his California-based National Hockey League peers generally didn't lift weights in the off season. Instead, they came together just off the beach at San Clemente, near Kariya's off-season home. It'd be him and Rob Blake and Glen Murray and Sean O'Donnell and all the others too, paddling out past the break, taking in the sights, timing their rides just so and sometimes, even doubling and tripling up on a wave if they could manage it.continued...nice headline too...
from the Waterloo Record,
Research In Motion Ltd. co-chief executive officer Jim Balsillie this morning denied a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article that says he wants to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. The Post-Gazette quoted unnamed sources familiar with the sale process as saying Balsillie is the front runner to buy the team from the current owners, who have been soliciting bids.continued added 4:32pm, Now this from the CP via the Toronto Star,
A source close to the team also confirmed to The Canadian Press on Friday that Balsillie, whose stock in the technology company he helped build is worth about $1 billion, was the front-runner and that "it's going in the right direction." Balsillie, who declined comment to the Pittsburgh newspaper, was revealed as the secretive Canadian bidder who nearly signed a letter of intent with the Penguins in mid-July, the Post-Gazette reported. He apparently wanted to move the team to Hamilton, Ont., and backed out when he realized it wouldn't be simple to do so. Now he's back in the hunt after Hartford real-estate developer Sam Fingold failed in reaching a purchase agreement following his letter of intent in late July. It's not clear what Balsillie intends to do with the Penguins. The NHL has not showed any interest in seeing the Penguins move.more
via James Mirtle,
Carlo Colaiacovo, who has battled postconcussion symptoms since January, had to leave the ice after taking ill during the first day of Toronto Maple Leafs training camp, the Fan 590 reported this afternoon.Stay tuned to James, I am sure he will have an update as soon as possible.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Steve Konowalchuk will miss the beginning of training camp to undergo further medical tests. “Results from standard EKG testing done yesterday revealed an abnormality and further examination is required at this time to determine the exact nature of his condition,” said Avalanche Head Athletic Trainer Matt Sokolowski.
from Nancy Koening, NHL.com blogger,
Yet, today our version of pitchers and catchers reporting was upon us. Sure, in hockey, everyone attends Day One; it isn't just the goalies or anything like that. But the first day is without the luster of on-ice events. It's a tease, in most respects. It's not like the results of the players' medicals are a click away on the team websites. And many sites don't even have their rosters updated yet, let alone today's photos uploaded. On the first official day back, the players have a lot more fun than the fans do, as they play the roles of kids showing up for the first day of school.read on
A Russian arbitration tribunal issued a court order on Friday prohibiting prized rookie Evgeni Malkin from playing in the National Hockey League (NHL). Malkin signed a three-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth at least $3 million this month after leaving his club Metallurg Magnitogorsk last month to pursue a hockey career in the NHL. The tribunal ruled that the 20-year-old, who had signed a new one-year contract with his Russian club just days before fleeing to the United States, cannot play anywhere except in Magnitogorsk.continued added 1:13pm, more on this from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
“My understanding is, the prohibition bans Malkin from playing for any other hockey clubs other than Metallurg Magnitogorsk for the 2006-2007 season,” said Alexander Berkovich, who has represented other Russian teams and players in similar cases. Berkovich said he would send a letter today to the NHL and the Penguins asking them to honor the arbitration award and cancel Malkin’s contract.
from Battle of Alberta,
Former Western Hockey League prodigy and Calgary Flames draft pick Marty Murray could be the dark horse that the Philadelphia Flyers need this season. Murray, who is blazingly quick and one of the most talented playmakers in junior hockey history, has had his professional career stifled by the “Old NHL”.continued added 12:01pm, As noted in the comments, I pointed to another Battle of Alberta blog, not the one many of us hockey fans are aware of, which is www.battleofalberta.blogspot.com.
from the Providence Journal:
Boston Bruins goaltender Hannu Toivonen has a spirited sense of humor when it comes to his mask. It's become a September ritual to unveil the mask he will wear for the season, and for the last couple of years he's donned the basic Bruins logo with a bear painted on it to go along with the cartoon character Piglet from Winnie the Pooh, holding a Finnish flag. Well, Piglet and his native flag are still on the back. On each side Toivonen has his ears and blond hair painted on, but the front is what's interesting. It's a replica of the mask the character Denis Lemieux wore as a goalie in the movie Slap Shot. When asked about it, he started reciting lines from the movie, and with his Finnish accent sounded just like the character, who was played by Yvon Barrette in the 1977 cult classic. In fact, Toivonen and his agent, Bill Zito, came up with the idea.le article
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