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Other Problems More Serious Than Gambling

from Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated,

But until online gambling is legalized, if a professional athlete wants to bet a game in another sport, what's the big deal? Gambling is not and has not been a problem with major league athletes for decades. It receives far more attention than it deserves. Drugs, guns, assaults, drunk-driving, rape -- all the nether activities that all too often regularly involve athletes are what the leagues should devote their concerns to.
read on update 2:47pm, from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
This is the biggest crisis of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's tenure. He can't allow this to fester. In the wake of the police probe, Bettman has to disassociate the league and its teams from lotteries that are popular in western Canada, find a solution to the Pittsburgh Penguins' future that does not involve casino slot licenses and work vigilantly, in conjunction with the Players Association, to root out any problem among the players.
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The Frozen Tundra Classic

No. 4 Wisconsin plays in its final nonconference game of the season with the Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic/U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game on Saturday, Feb. 11 against Ohio State. The game begins at 3 p.m. CT, outside at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. via Packers.com,

The tundra has begun to freeze over. To create the 2 1/2-inch thick layer of ice necessary for the Lambeau Field hockey surface, construction workers released water from a hose on Tuesday. The process, which resembled a firefighter putting out a blaze, is common practice when creating the ice for a hockey rink.
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Hockey Does Not Need This

from the Star-Telegram,

This is not what the NHL needed as it tries to make amends with fans after losing all of last season to a lockout. This is not what hockey needs on the eve of the Torino Winter Olympics, where many NHL stars will represent their native countries. This is a nightmare, and Bettman can only hope that the list of hockey players involved is indeed short. The sports business flourishes because fans and companies that invest in collegiate and professional sports believe in the integrity of the games. That means everything is fair and square. There is a level playing field. Sports are not pro wrestling, where the outcome is scripted.
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Blog- Hosting Issues

My hosting service has been very reliable the past seven months, but in the last week they have experienced a few issues. Sorry for the problem the last few hours. We are working on tracking the issues to see if the same client or problem is happening as it did a few days ago. Will post updates here as we have more info. [edit] db01 should be running normal for clients with database on there, but srv9 web server was force rebooted, and linux is running an fsck on the drive to check for corruption. Will keep you updated as this process can take some time to complete.

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Niedermayer Out Of Olympics

via TSN,

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim defenceman Scott Niedermayer has informed Hockey Canada that he will not be playing for Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino.

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Brad Richards Proud To Be From P.E.I.

from NHL.com,

Undying support for Team Canada is common all across the country. Richards says that, in some ways, being a member the Canadian Olympic hockey team is like being a rock star. "There is such an aura around the team," Richards, one of the band's most crucial members, is saying after a recent Lightning game, while standing in a darkened arena corridor. "So many people want to be around it, want to take pictures, want to get autographs, and want us to do well."
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Two Players Implicated

from the Star-Ledger,

State troopers traveled the country last weekend to speak with more than a dozen NHL players who allegedly placed bets, State Police Lt. Col. Frank Rodgers said. Among those implicated were Los Angeles Kings center Jeremy Roenick and Boston Bruins center Travis Green, according to the sources. There were no allegations the players bet on the NHL, instead gambling on football and basketball games, Fuentes said.
update 11:49am & again at 3:18am Thursday, via the Daily Times, This stroyt fro the Daily Times has been edited which named two current Pittsburgh Penguin players- those names have been removed and therefore I will do the same. update 12:28pm, from ESPN,
Rick Tocchet and his co-defendants, New Jersey State Trooper James J. Harney and James A. Ulmer of Swedesboro, will be arraigned in state Superior Court in Burlington County, N.J. within the next 7-10 days, James Hagerty, the spokesman for the state Division of Criminal Justice told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.

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Reviewing The New Rules

from the Toronto Sun,

The NHL gave its players a lot to chew on this season with a host of radical rule changes. League hockey operations vice-president Mike Murphy believes most have been well-digested, but acknowledges the players weren't going to like everything about the new NHL.
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How Stupid!

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

The morality of hockey players always seemed somehow to be at a higher level than what could be found in other sports. Hockey players were the guys who admitted their mistakes, who played on broken legs, who always signed the autographs. But now, if this investigation uncovers what those of us who love the game fear it will uncover, hockey will be lumped in with the rest of them. It probably shouldn't be. The vast majority of the people in it still qualify as being the friendliest, most honest, most accessible athletes in sport, but their reputation will have been tarnished by those who thought they could involve themselves in a continent-wide illegal gambling ring and no one would notice.
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Wayne Gretzky Responds

via Forbes,

"Listen, first of all, my wife is my best friend," Gretzky said. "My love for her is deeper than anything. The reality is, I'm not involved, I wasn't involved and I'm not going to be involved. Am I concerned for both of them? Sure there's concern from me. I'm more worried about them than me. I'm like you guys, I'm trying to figure it all out." Except for trips to Las Vegas, Gretzky said, he's no gambler. "I'm standing here trying to answer questions and it's not even me this is about," Gretzky said. "It's the frustrating hard part for me, but I understand. I'm a big boy and you guys have a responsibility and a job to do and that's fine."
update 10:30am, via the Arizona Republic,
When asked if his wife had placed bets for him, Gretzky was adamant in his denial. "Absolutely not. I never bet. Anytime there is a spouse involved, that's what people are going to think. She's her own person. "I think that had I been involved, I would have gotten a phone call. I'm pretty hard to hide."

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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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