Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Sports Illustrated,
Even though the league held its first Amateur Draft in 1963, it was not until 1969 that the best talent was available to all teams. (Before then, team-sponsored junior programs had locked up most of the top players.) Still, junior, high school and collegiate stardom does not always translate into success at the sport's highest level. Players, general managers and fans alike certainly understand this cold fact of hockey life. The players listed below certainly did not live up to the expectations of a No. 1 or No. 2 overall pick, earning their way onto this list of the Top 10 Draft Busts. 10. Doug Smith, C, Los Angeles Kings Selected: No. 2 overall, 1981 GM: George Maguire NHL stats: 535 games, 115 goals, 253 pointsread on for the rest...
Welcome Anaheim Ducks!
850 The Buzz has a nice collection of Hurricane videos. Game 7, post game party, etc... Nice collection for Hurricane fans and a what could be for all of the other teams...
Leafs Lunch reporting Mike Kitchen will receive a new 2 year contract from the Blues.
via the Toronto Sun,
Jose Theodore's antics with Paris Hilton in Toronto possibly has cost him an eight-year relationship. Stephanie Cloutier, the partner of the Colorado Avalanche goaltender, has kicked Theodore out of her life and their house, a source close to the hockey player reportedly told a Montreal television station yesterday. Cloutier was planning to move with their three-month-old daughter to Denver this summer. Theodore had bought a house in Denver, but the former Habs player and his partner had kept their house in Montreal.If you missed the few pics with Paris and Jose...
The Web Guy at the Atlanta Thrashers site picked up on my recent article that NHL.com was kind enough to ask me to write.
It's also an idea that I'd love to see Thrashers fans copy next season. Basically Paul invited a couple of friends over and told them to invite friends who weren't hockey fans. By the end of the night they had a house full of potential new converts to the game we all know and love. If every Thrashers fan did that a few times per season for Thrashers road games imagine how many new fans we could get hooked on the game. What do you think? Are you up for it?More fans need to get involved. In an email I just sent to the Web Guy, I stated I probably would not have asked hockey "newbies" over during the "pre-lockout" period. Now, we are almost guaranteed the game will be exciting and enjoyable to watch. Your "home" team many not win, but at least the game is entertaining. Maybe the NHL could supply us with t-shirts that say, "I watched my first NHL game" and on the back of the shirt, "And I will watch again".
from the Onion,
"Following their leader—a man Canadian officials have identified as one Rod Brind'Amour—a group of between 26 and 30 heavily bearded Caucasians drove onto the Raleigh Chapel Hill Expressway at speeds exceeding 120 mph, causing several traffic accidents and overturning one 16-wheeler, which eventually exploded," Perlov said. "The members of the gang we're calling 'The Hurricanes' then exited their vehicles and descended on Hillsborough Street, where they entered the storied Velvet Cloak Inn, woke up guests by throwing alarm clocks, chairs, and mattresses out the windows, and then promptly burned them." The Hurricanes then proceeded to loot cherished Raleigh establishments such as Brother's Pizza, Snoopy's Hot Dogs, and the Waffle House, leaving many business owners, who had never seen or heard of the players before, confused and frightened.more
from the Edmonton Journal,
The cost of policing Whyte Avenue during the NHL playoffs has climbed to at least $2.2 million, almost double previous estimates, police chief Mike Boyd has revealed. A decision on who will pay the bill has not been made, but Boyd said he will start looking at reallocating budget dollars today. "I know we're not going to find all of it," Boyd said after the meeting. The chief said it was his responsibility to find as much of the money as he can within the existing police budget. Commissioner Murray Billet thinks the province and the city should split the cost. Both Alberta and Edmonton benefited greatly from the Oilers' run to the Stanley Cup final, he said. "This city is on the map," Billet told the police commission.
2K Sports announced today that NHL All-Star center Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks is the official spokesman and cover athlete for NHL 2K7. The 2005-06 NHL assist and points leader was the catalyst behind the San Jose Sharks' 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs run, and has established himself as one of the best centers in the NHL. "It's a great distinction to have been selected as the cover athlete for NHL 2K7," said Thornton. "The NHL 2K series has been recognized as the top rated and premiere NHL video game for several years and to be associated with such a great product is truly an honor." EA Sports announced yesterday Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin will be featured on the cover of NHL 07.
via the News & Observer,
The Cup had survived being accidentally dropped late Monday night while the trophy was changing hands after the Hurricanes defeated Edmonton in Game 7 of the finals. A team spokesman said the Cup suffered a slight "tear" on the edge of the bowl that sits atop the trophy. It will need to be repaired but not until it goes to Montreal as early as September to be engraved. The Cup already has other dents and dings in it from previous mishaps.
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