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from the Brockton Enterprise,
The names may be changed, but the basic story will be familiar to youth hockey teams from Brockton and Fredericton, New Brunswick, who met under stressful circumstances back in March of 2003, a day after the United States began bombing Iraq.
The short-lived tension began when the Brockton teams witnessed anti-American protests while in Canada for a hockey tournament and returned battered, not by the action on the ice, but by the scenes on the streets.
But, by year’s end, the Boxer PeeWee team was back in New Brunswick, this time as guests of the University of New Brunswick in cooperation with the city’s youth hockey program.
This movie aired a few days ago in Canada and you can watch a video story…
from the Calgary Sun,
Making him even more sluggish in his fifth NHL season was the double-hernia surgery he underwent last spring. Cheechoo had tears on both sides of his abdominal muscles, where they attach to the groin, and doctors went in and repaired everything at once late in May.
Undergoing the operation three months before training camp had a significant impact on Cheechoo’s training.
“I run a lot during the off-season, and I wasn’t able to run at all this off-season,” he said. “I wasn’t able to do anything real heavy until probably the last part of August.
“Coming in, I had a little bit of time to make up.”
Cheechoo is now attempting to overcome the cranial side of his slump.
Slap Shot blog at the NYT will be live blogging the Sweden/Russia WJC game which starts at 10:00am ET today.
To follow the play-by-play commentary of the World Junior Championship semifinal match, LIVE, as it happens at the ČEZ Arena in Pardubice, Czech Republic, click “more” and then refresh like crazy. Jeff Z. Klein describes the action.
Don’t forget this game and the USA/Canada game at 2:00pm can be viewed on TSN and the NHL Network in the USA.
from Blueland Blog,
Tonight’s game will feature a pretty cool thing on the the TV broadcast. In the second period, the two TV analysts (Darren Eliot for Atlanta and Tripp Tracy for Carolina) will switch booths, and provide some “enemy perspective.”
Should make for some good TV…if you can’t make it to Philips tonight, be sure to check it out. In Atlanta, the game is on SportSourth.
read the press release…
from All Thing Avs by Adrian Dater,
The fact is, the Avs embarrassed themselves over their latest injury news, regarding Ryan Smyth. The Avs put out the word that X-rays were negative on Smyth’s ankle. They get a sigh of relief from their fans. A day later, they said, ‘Uh, never mind, the ankle is actually broken. He’ll be out eight weeks.’
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
At the risk of generating a whirlwind of speculation, Peter Forsberg believes there is reason to hope he can return to the NHL this season. He’s said to be “cautiously optimistic.”...
To date, Forsberg has avoided any contract or meaningful discussions with teams that would lead to a commitment. However, he has acknowledged his fondness for the 3 NHL teams he has played for, namely Colorado, Philadelphia and Nashville.
Perhaps, wishful thinking, however sources close to the Flyers believe Philadelphia to be Forsberg’s destination of choice.
from David Naylor of the Globe and Mail,
And yet since the Emery controversy, followed by his subsequent public apology and private meeting with teammates, the Senators have looked very much, well, distracted.
How else to explain their composure during back-to-back losses to the Washington Capitals in which they gave up a mind-boggling 14 goals.
“I don’t really think it [distracted us],” Paddock said. “There’s all kinds of stuff that goes on that can or can’t affect a team. Things that go on all the time that no one talks about when you’re winning.”
Jarkko Ruutu and Darcy Tucker had a great middleweight fight last night that seemed to send a wake-up call to the Pens.
Empty Netters has a breakdown of the game if interested.
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from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,
Marc Staal seems comfortable with flying slightly under the radar as he gets far less media attention than two of his brothers did during their NHL rookie campaigns.
Maybe having composure at a young age, 20, has something to do with his demeanour.
The New York Rangers’ defenceman was a remarkable plus-4 for goals scored at even strength when he was on the ice during his first 40 big-league games. His average ice time was 17 minutes 54 seconds. And Staal had more takeaways than giveaways, 21-13.
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