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from the Chicago Blackhawks,
A study of the 20 players selected first overall between 1987 and 2006 allows one to make three encouraging predictions about the career of the next one to be so chosen:
1. The player will make it to the National Hockey League (19 out of 20*).
2. The player will play in the NHL for the team that drafted him (18 out of 20**).
3. The player will enjoy an extended and productive career.
These predictions may seem like common sense, but accurately forecasting the career paths of young men not even 20 years old is difficult, to say the least. Some of the 20 players selected with the top pick since Buffalo tagged Pierre Turgeon in 1987 played at least one season in a minor professional, major junior, or collegiate league after being drafted but before joining their NHL team.
from the Pioneer Press,
“There’s no doubt that’s a lot of money in goalies,” Risebrough said, “but at some point that will resolve itself.”
How? Either Manny Fernandez will play so well in tandem with Backstrom that the Wild won’t want to deal him, or he’ll play so well some desperate team “will come looking for (a goalie) and make an unbelievable offer.”
That’s sound thinking, but it assumes the Wild enter the 2007-08 season with Fernandez, and his $4.3 million cap hit, on the roster. Risebrough knows his offseason would be hamstrung with that money on the books and acknowledged the ideal time to trade Fernandez probably is during the NHL draft.
While the morning show debated whether they’d want their kid to be a professional athlete, Howard Simon invited two local Stanley Cup-winner-raising fathers to talk pros and cons Tuesday morning.
Clarence’s Ken Adams, father of 2006 Cup winner Kevyn, and Williamsville’s Peter Marchant, father of 2007 Cup winner Todd, shared similar sentiments regarding their sons rise to NHL glory.
“I never thought he’d become a professional athlete because it’s a long shot for almost any 10-, 11-year old boy,” Ken Adams said.
Now that the season’s over and done with, the real fun begins - the Inaugural Japers’ Rink UFA Pool…
The contest is easy enough - pick the teams with which you think the following players will sign. You’ll get one point for each correct answer, no points will be awarded for players whose intentions are known for certain prior to July 1st…
continue on to Japers’ Rink for more details…
I point to the Ducks bloggers in my NHL.com blog today. They are ecstatic and I am jealous.
The winner of the NHL Fathead Contest has also been selected…
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Manny Legace joked after a Monday morning workout in Kirkwood that his wife, Gigi, can finally see his abdominal muscles.
Well, muscle ... singular.
“I have one,” said Legace, who’s been fending off “chubby” jokes much of his NHL career.
Legace may have more abs showing by the time Blues training camp starts in September. He’s working out three times a week with club strength coach Nelson Ayotte, while skating once a week and taking shots from assistant coach Rick Wamsley.
from the Denver Post,
Pierre Turgeon, the NHL’s 27th all-time leading scorer who played his final two seasons with the Avalanche, has decided to retire.
Sources close to the 37-year-old Turgeon said he will make an official announcement soon. He will live with his family in the Denver area, where he helps coach his daughter’s hockey team.
from the Montreal Gazette,
“It’s big business now,” Heinz said from his office in Toronto.
In addition to a five-fold increase in some operating costs (such as $300 for an hour of ice time in San Jose, Calif.) he said competition has become fierce in an industry that isn’t regulated by sporting bodies. “Anybody can call an arena, book the ice and put out a pamphlet claiming they’ve got a hockey school,” he said.
“It’s really up to parents to find a good place for their kids.” For Heinz, the best summer hockey schools are those that make learning hockey both interesting and fun in a positive atmosphere. “Kids get yelled at and beaten up by their coaches all season,” he said. “They need to learn skills, but in a way that will build their confidence and encourage them….
from the Mercury News,
But the arrival of the NFL and Major League Baseball less than 15 miles from HP Pavilion could cause economic headaches for the South Bay’s lone major sports franchise.
Most sports fans don’t have unlimited amounts of money for tickets and merchandise, and could find it just as easy to spend it on the A’s and 49ers instead of the Sharks, though academic analysts say that shouldn’t be a major concern for the NHL team….
Sponsorships could be the area in which the Sharks are most vulnerable.
Though the situation is improving, the team’s sponsorship income still isn’t where it was in 2004 when the NHL canceled its season because of a labor dispute. And sponsorship provides 15 to 25 percent of his team’s revenue, Jamison said.
The Sharks should expect their sponsors to be courted by other pro teams that relocate to the South Bay, said Paul Staudohar, a professor of business administration at Cal State-East Bay.
from Marcia C. Smith of the OC Register,
About a hundred family members streamed from the dressing room and into a holding area beside the ice.
After the players got their turn to hoist the Cup over their heads, many skated to the holding area and searched for their families like passengers coming off a plane at the airport.
Selanne, for one, found his wife and clutched her tightly, dropping his bearded mug onto her shoulder, whispering sentiments into her ear and crying against her cheek.
Giguere found wife, Kristen, and before night’s end, grabbed his son, Maxime, to set the infant in the cradle of the Stanley Cup for a photo.
Players’ families have been occasional extras on the baseball and basketball championship scene but were major supporting actors when the Ducks’ celebrated their crowning achievement.
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