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Praise For Dale Hunter

from the London Free Press,

The most successfully innovative guy in hockey right now isn't some NCAA college coach in Boston or a brainy fellow in Sweden planning the next trap or torpedo system designed to revolutionize the game. Believe it or not, it's Dale Hunter, whose surprising London Knights have clinched a third straight OHL regular season title -- and are again the No. 1 ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League.
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Staying In Top Shape

from the Edmonton Sun,

"It's not only what you're doing, it's how smart, how precise your training is. You don't just go in and do some bench presses and sit-ups and get out of there," he explains. Moreau's regimen, a departure from the typical bodybuilding routine, focuses on explosive Olympic lifts like the snatch, squat, and clean and jerk. He keeps the weights heavy and the reps low. With the goal being power and strength, rather than just putting on muscle mass, Moreau also does plyometrics and sprints at the track.
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NHL Live

Anyone know what happened to NHL Live? I tuned in today and a NCAA Basketball talk show is on. I see the link to NHL Live is not on the homepage of NHL.com, maybe they are replacing the show with a special NCAA Tourney show?

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Report- Columbus To Host 2007 Entry Draft

via the Columbus Dispatch,

The NHL has chosen Columbus to host the 2007 entry draft, The Dispatch has learned. An announcement is expected within the next two weeks. Neither the NHL nor the Blue Jackets would confirm yesterday that a decision had been made, but several sources said it was a done deal, that the Blue Jackets and the city’s tourism group were working on their presentation for a news conference to be held before the end of March.

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Over The Glass

from the Spin, the blog of the Toronto Star's Damien Cox,

Goalies, and former goalies, have had ample reason this season to believe NHL authorities are out to get them, or at the very least, don't have their best interests at heart. From smaller equipment to restrictions on playing the puck, the impact of the NHL goaltender has been reduced this season, and the numbers prove it. But if there was one area in which goalies got their way, it was, after many years of complaining loudly the were able to influence the league to stop treating them differently from skaters when it came to lifting the puck out of play, intentionally or otherwise.
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Preds Peaking

from the Nashville City Paper,

The improved results on the current run have two primary contributing factors. First, a players-only gathering called by Greg Johnson after an embarrassing pair of periods in Edmonton on March 5 in which the Predators were outshot 32-6 during a 3-2 OT loss. Johnson’s attributes as a captain are often overlooked by fans because he is not an overly emotional player, but Coach Barry Trotz appreciated the timing of the meeting. “When you are struggling, you have to have your leadership group deliver the message for the coaches,” Trotz said. “Not only in hockey, but in any business, everybody has to be buying into the system, and the coaches can’t be the only ones harping on what needs to get done.”
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Quote Of The Day

Scott Parker to the Contra Costa Times,

"I was trying to play hockey and you've got this little 4-foot-2 guy trying to do figure-eights around me," a reference to Tootoo, who is 5-foot-8. "I was like, 'Hey, this is my space. Get away from me.'"

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All Jack Johnson

from Inside College Hockey,

Perhaps no one in college hockey this year has been more polarizing than Jack Johnson, Michigan’s immensely gifted freshman defenseman. And that includes Senor Kessel out in Gopherland. Johnson is almost universally hated by opposing fans, tiny CCHA forwards and the entire nation of Canada for his brutally physical style of play. But because of that very physicality, he’s adored by his teammates, the Yost Arena faithful and the hundreds of pro scouts who have watched him play the past few years.
read on for the Q & A with Johnson...

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Early Season Trades Pay Off

from the Globe and Mail,

So much is made of the Band-Aid solutions applied at the National Hockey League trade deadline that often the most meaningful deals of the season are forgotten in the crush of 11th-hour manoeuvrings. Not to be overlooked should be the swaps made before last week that changed the direction of teams that often faltered out of the starting gate.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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