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Chasing A Dream

from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

Meet Bob Nardella, a 38-year-old third-generation Italian-American who will be playing for the host Italians — a right he earned by playing the requisite three years in Italy's professional league after playing his college hockey at Ferris State University. Nardella's story — his perseverance in playing the game he loves and chasing the dream he harbored since childhood — embodies what many believe is the Olympic ideal. Nardella's story is about sacrifice, it is about disappointment, it is about triumph. Mostly, though, it is about following one's heart despite the obstacles placed in that path.
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Sturm Latest Player To Skip Olympics

via the AP,

Boston Bruins forward Marco Sturm will skip the Olympics due to injury, the team said Sunday. Sturm had been slated to play for Germany at the Turin Games. He suffered an upper body injury during a Feb. 4 game and had not played since them.

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It Is All About The Money

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

While Al Arbour, Denis Potvin, Billy Smith and nearly every other player on the squad is in for the ceremony that will be held prior to that Saturday night match against the Flyers, Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier are out — at least for the time being — as the one-time linemates continue to seek financial reward for traveling to Long Island for what will be a four-day celebration of the dynasty.
read on (reg. req.)...also interesting information about Team USA and Barry Smith should be with the Islanders...

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Are The Olympics Worth It

from the Morning Call,

Olympic hockey has come a long way since its debut in the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium, as an exhibition sport. It's become so popular around the globe, the National Hockey League has decided to shut down operations for the next three weeks so the top players in the world can participate in the Turin Winter Games. Does that move merit a standing ovation? Or time in the penalty box for delay of game?
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$4 Million For Kaberle!

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Maple Leafs have been in freefall for six weeks, but you wouldn't know it by the inactivity of the club's management group. Other than minor-league call-ups, the club has engineered one significant transaction all season, and it came yesterday when rearguard Tomas Kaberle was signed to an eyebrow-raising, five-year contract that will almost double his pay to more than $4 million (all figures U.S.) per season. Kaberle's a nice player, clever offensively with an average shot, and often less than average in his own end. The Leafs have never won anything with him on their blue line, but then again, you could say that about dozens of players.
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Lambeau ‘Ice’ Leap

from Packers.com,

After Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 4-2, the Wisconsin players performed the Lambeau Leap, displaying the hips-over-the-end-zone-wall form Madden lauds. "We were perfect," Adam Burish said. "To be able to jump in there and share that with the fans was a special, special moment." Although Ohio State could not celebrate in the traditional Packers manner, they too enjoyed the experience of playing in front of 40, 890 fans in the Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic at Lambeau Field.
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Traitor

I wonder what Chelios thinks of Mr. Rock now? image (from tonight's Columbus/Nashville game)

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Signing Frenzy Continues- Leafs Lockup Kaberle

via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have locked up defenceman Tomas Kaberle to a long-term contract extension. Sources tell TSN that Kaberle, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, has agreed to a five-year extension that is worth $4.25 million per year.

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Talking Turco

from the Dallas Stars,

Marty Turco is about to have of the biggest thrills of his life -- representing Canada at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. DallasStars.com was able to sit down with Marty to talk a little bit about how he started as a young boy and the role his parents played in this exclusive Q&A. DallasStars.com: How instrumental was the University of Michigan in your development? Turco: "It was very instrumental. The biggest part of my maturation as a person and hockey player was at Michigan. I grew up there, I turned from a boy into a man. There were pressures and challenges, but you couldn't help but succeed when you're surrounded by nothing but good people in a nurturing environment like that. I needed that to prepare me for life and for the NHL. I'll always remember and be grateful for my time at Michigan."
much more

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Gretzky Putting Story To Rest

from TSN,

TSN was informed by a source close to the Coyotes organization that last Monday afternoon Gretzky was contacted by New Jersey Police and informed about the charges against Rick Tochett and the fact that his wife Janet would be questioned as part of the investigation. Shortly after that, Gretzky was said to have phoned Tochett to find out what was going on and according to the source that was the conversation between Tocchet and Gretzky that was recorded on Police wiretap. This contradicts earlier reports that suggested Gretzky may have had prior knowledge of the alleged gambling ring.
read on Good!!! Looking forward to some world class hockey the next two weeks. No more reports from me on this story unless it is major news.

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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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