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from the Toronto Star,
Alexander Khavanov, then a 28-year-old rookie with the Blues, remembers getting his first NHL paycheque and going straight to a St. Louis bank to turn it into cash. It's hard to know who was more flabbergasted, the teller who was asked to hand over $14,000 to a man who could not provide an address or a phone number or the confused customer with little understanding of what he was being told. "I'd never been to a bank in my life, especially an American bank, so I just took my first paycheque, walked into the bank and said, `Give me money.' It's pretty funny now but I didn't know better what to do," recounts the Leaf defenceman. "People could understand me but I couldn't understand people. They talked so fast." The story is worth retelling because it illustrates Khavanov's ability to change and adapt to his circumstances. Something he is trying to do again in his first month as a Maple Leaf.
from the Edmonton Sun,
You have to have success to have success. That may sound like one of those ‘Duh’ deals, but it’s the truth. Ales Hemsky has never had success in the NHL before. But he’s having it now. All of a sudden, overnight, he looks like he’s finally going forward to his future. This, of course, follows a front end of the season where he was invisible, so let’s not get carried away here because he’s suddenly become a standout. But the fact is after scoring two goals in a 5-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets last night, he’s on fire.
Mathieu Dandenault, ex-Wing and current Canadien, sure has changed in the last few years.
from the Edmonton Sun,
Adam Foote finding a new home in Columbus was one of the first major moves of the NHL free-agent frenzy this past summer. His decision was also one that caught out most observers. It seemed so unlikely that one of the league's premier defenceman would choose to ply his trade with a team so far out of the Stanley Cup picture. Granted, there were salary-cap issues that played a significant role in Foote leaving the Colorado Avalanche, where he'd spent his entire 13-year career. But other top-flight teams with fewer monetary concerns than the Avs would have wanted the sturdy rearguard. "I had a lot of good years in Colorado but it just didn't work out for me at the end and I just moved on," said Foote prior to the Blue Jackets' game against the Oilers last night.
from the Tonawanda News,
Sometimes, a teenager’s complaints can lead to more than just arguments and sulking. For Rich DeMarco and Tom Hanna, a 16-year-old girl’s refusal to put up with foul-smelling hockey gear led to a business plan. Two Ole Dads, their recently-opened shop at 2701 Pine Ave., specializes in getting the “sports smell” out of nearly anything that can fit inside a locker-like Sani Sport machine.read on Read about the Sani Sport Machine...
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
Speed and scoring are back, the stickhandling skills of Peter Forsberg to Steve Sullivan have been on display and hope is alive in the NHL as comeback hockey is the early story of the 2005-06 NHL season. No longer will a litany of goaltenders dominate the headlines. And thankfully, a little coaching has been taken out of the game, and a game of chance, instinct and skill has returned. That being said, there is a passionate component missing, and I'm trying to figure out why:
Many younger hockey fans may not be familiar with the great Kharlamov. A must read for any hockey follower. from Reuters,
This small sleepy town, nestled beneath the Ural Mountains, would probably remain anonymous in the annals of sport if not for a Russian hockey hero who graced the local ice almost 40 years ago. Valery Kharlamov, arguably the greatest Russian hockey player of all time, dazzled audiences the world over in the 1970s, way before the next generation of Russians were allowed to leave for North America's National Hockey League (NHL). He died in a car crash in August 1981, aged 33, when his car, driven by his wife, skidded off the rainsoaked Leningradsky motorway, 74 km north of Moscow, and crashed head-on into a truck. The couple, who were returning home from their country house, were killed instantly. On Monday, Kharlamov will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, becoming only the fourth Russian after coach Anatoly Tarasov, goaltender Vladislav Tretiak and defenseman Vyacheslav Fetisov to be granted the honor.
Taken from an article about coaches adjusting to the NHL rules... from the CP via Sportsnet,
As a way to adjust to the tight penalty calling, some players have taken to diving to draw penalties and get their team on the power play. It's worked in some cases. But Big Brother is watching. "We've been sending out warning letters, per the competition committee's direction," Colin Campbell, the NHL's executive vice-president and director of hockey operations, said Tuesday. "The next step for a second dive is that player will be fined $1,000 and his name is put on a list and circulated around the 30 dressing rooms. "In my mind, the fact that his name will be circulated among the 30 dressing rooms is enough to hopefully bring the temperature down in the diving area." About 30 different players have been sent warning letters since the start of the season, including eight already this week. According to the collective bargaining agreement, a third diving incident results in a $2,000 fine and a fourth offence warrants a one-game suspension.
The National Hockey League announced Detroit Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace, who established a League record for most victories by a goaltender in October (10-1-0) and posted a 1.81 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and two shutouts, has been named the NHL Defensive Player of the Month for October. Legace edged Nashville Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun (7-1-0, 2.51 goals-against average), Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe (3 goals, 12 assists in 12 games) and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (3-12--15 in 12 games) for the award. update 6:09 pm, Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal, who led all players with 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 11 games and lifted the Hurricanes (8-2-1) to the best start in franchise history and first place in the Southeast Division and Eastern Conference, has been named the NHL Offensive Player of the Month for October. Staal edged New York Rangers right wing Jaromir Jagr (12 goals, seven assists in 13 games) and Philadelphia Flyers center Peter Forsberg (2-17--19 in 10 games) for the award.
from the AP,
Los Angeles Kings forward Luc Robitaille might miss two to four weeks with a fracture in his right leg. The 39-year-old Robitaille had been playing despite the injury. But he felt persistent soreness in the leg, and an MRI revealed the fracture, the Kings said.
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