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Joe Sakic participated in an NHL tele-conference today…
Seventeen years ago this Sunday that was January 21, 1990, Joe made his All-Star debut in Pittsburgh and playing on the line with Kirk Muller assisted on the game-winning goal which was scored shorthanded by Muller. Today, 17 years later, the league will be announcing Joe as captain of the Western Conference All-Star Team, and he’ll join Brendan Shanahan who will captain the Eastern Conference team.
Joe is set to appear in his 12th All-Star Game next week in Dallas. Only 12 players in the history of the League have played in more All-Star Games than those 12. In 2004, Joe was named MVP of the All-Star Game, and he is the fan’s choice to start in an All-Star Game for the fourth time in his career.
Q. What do you remember about your first game, and I just wanted to ask you a couple of questions about Ryan Smyth who will be playing in first game. One is what should Ryan expect, and were you always able to wear No. 19, because Ryan is going to have to wear 93 this year, not 94.
JOE SAKIC: Is he? What do I remember about the first game? It was a long time ago and I don’t remember assisting on Kirk Muller’s goal. I just remember how nervous I was, going into the dressing room and sitting there seeing Mario and Ray Bourque and wondering, the year before I was a junior and what the heck I was doing there.
But it was exciting and obviously I’m surprised this is the first time, I thought he was there a couple of times but he is definitely well deserved. He always comes to play every night, and he’s just—for the World Championships and Olympics, he’s the perfect teammate. So I’m really happy that he’s getting an opportunity for his first time about for him to—what to expect. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be nervous, but I think he’s been in enough world championships and Olympic team competitions, he knows most of the guys, so I think he’s just going to fit in pretty nice. It’s going to be easy for him since he probably knows most of the guys.
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
...All the hustle and bustle of the offseason, one that included the departure of the team’s signature star, goalie Roberto Luongo, and the acquisition of disgraced forward Todd Bertuzzi from Vancouver, ultimately has amounted to nothing.
This is, arguably, the NHL’s weakest link, a team that was once very popular playing out of the bandbox Miami Arena when a hail of plastic rats meant the home team had scored but now lives in virtual seclusion somewhere near, but not too near, Fort Lauderdale.
from the Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Gimme a big trade. A nasty suspension. A team on the move or falling into bankruptcy. Some real controversy.
Otherwise, what’s passing for stories of significance in the NHL these days is putting everyone’s feet to sleep.
First, there was this stormy debate over the schedule, an “issue” that now appears to be petering out with no major chances on the way.
But this business of new uniforms really takes the cake.
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note: moved to top of page, first posted on 1/17/07 at 7:09pm
Eyes On The Prize has a first look at the NHL All-Star Jerseys.
update 8:54pm, The real thing..
thanks to a KK reader for the tip, the jerseys are now available at Shop.NHL.com.
added 9:18pm, make sure to check out the comments section, some sketches of possible team uni’s.
added 11:23pm, from USA TODAY via the Arizona Republic,
Nearly two years after the season-long lockout that remade the NHL’s rule book and finances, the league is revamping its uniform. Details on the biggest change since teams switched from the old wool jerseys to synthetic fabrics in the early 1960s:
- The uniforms are 14 percent lighter in pre-game weight, the equivalent of more than a 6-ounce puck in weight. Current jerseys and socks absorb moisture from sweat, ice and water bottles, notes Jennings. But water repellent “Bead Away” technology allows the new duds to retain 76 percent less moisture.
added 8:42am Thursday, The Toronto Star has a pretty detailed article up now…
The Clown Prince, the cut-up, the head case in a hockey sweater, was arguably the most unprofessional professional player on the ‘67 Leafs roster.
Here was a squad stocked with button-down types such as Dave Keon, Red Kelly, Bobby Baun and George Armstrong.
Behind it was Punch Imlach, a disciple of old-school coaching tactics who played favourites, benched malcontents and readily traded away parts of a Toronto franchise that had won back-to-back-to-back Cups to start the 1960s if he felt they no longer fit.
And then there was Eddie Shack.
from Jody Vance at Slam,
Today I put in writing what I’ve stated numerous times on TV and radio: “Fighting is part of MY NHL.”
I’m not an advocate of violence in general. Oddly enough, I’m one of those people who watches scary movies through shielded eyes—can’t even watch a bloody boxing bout without squirming in my seat—and yet a hockey fight brings me to my feet. Fighting is part of hockey, has always been part of hockey and should always be part of hockey.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
When Hitchcock was fired by the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this season, Trotz called his good friend every few days to offer support. Then, on Nov. 22, when the Blue Jackets hired Hitchcock as their coach, the calls abruptly stopped.
Trotz, after all, is coach of the Nashville Predators, the Blue Jackets’ chief rival in the Central Division.
“We go through intermediaries now,” Hitchcock said, with a smile. “We just nod whenever we see each other. That’s the way it has to be.”
The friendship remains strong; but it remains on hold during hockey season.
from the Miami Herald,
Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s late fade in fan voting for the All-Star Game on Jan. 24 in Dallas means he won’t be starting for the Eastern Conference.
But the fact Bouwmeester, in his fourth season, got more than 410,000 votes while playing for a last-place team in a city that’s hardly a hotbed of hockey is evidence that his profile is growing around the NHL.
‘‘It makes you realize a little bit that there’s people out there that kind of recognize what you’re doing,’’ Bouwmeester said Wednesday. ``I didn’t expect it. I was honored.’‘
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