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Where Did Hockey Begin

from the Vancouver Sun,

Based on discoveries in 2003 by sport historians and CanWest News Service, the town of Deline on the southwest shore of Great Bear Lake has a strong claim to being the site of the world's earliest documented account of hockey being played on ice. References to the game 181 years ago on a small lake near a remote northern fort were found in the writings of John Franklin, the famously ill-fated British explorer who died while leading another Arctic expedition decades later. Overlooked for nearly two centuries, the 1825 documents were freshly interpreted in the light of a thorny debate in Canada about hockey's origins and hailed as important new records in tracing the game's evolution.
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All Bossy

from the Edmonton Sun,

Nearly 20 years after a debilitating lower back injury cut short his NHL Hall of Fame career, Mike Bossy still suffers chronic pain on a daily basis. Yet the 49-year-old legendary New York Islander, who stands at an even six feet, weighs a lean 190 pounds - roughly 10 pounds below his playing weight. So what does he do to keep himself trim and in decent condition - despite his painful flare-ups? "I do a lot of gardening. I do a lot of stuff at home, especially during the summer," says Bossy, who sat down with the Sun during a recent visit to Edmonton.
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Blues Have A Chance To Win

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“When I talked to Dave Checketts and John Davidson, I loved everything that was coming out of their mouths,” Weight said. “They’ve done everything they said they were going to do. I don’t want to be a player that’s here just to get through two or three lean years. I want to be here to give you a chance to win. John said, ‘We’re going to have that chance.’ Those final four teams (last season) showed that if you sign guys and build momentum, you can win.”
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More Malkin Intrigue

from MosNews,

Metallurg Magnitogorsk general director Gennady Velichkin has called Evgeniy Malkin’s letter of resignation a “crude falsification”. Evgeni Malkin filed a letter of resignation today with his Russian Super League team, a procedural move necessary for the star forward to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins and begin his career in the National Hockey League, media reports said. Velichkin told ITAR-TASS news agency Wednesday that he had got a strange fax. He claims that the document, allegedly Malkin’s resignation latter, was not signed by him.
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Brendan Morrision Finding His Stride

from the Vancouver Province,

The return of Morrison's familiar strong stride following May 9 surgery in Vail, Colo., to repair a torn labrum muscle in his left hip has the Pitt Meadows cautiously optimistic. "It's only the third time I've skated and it's gotten better every day," Morrison said following the one-hour session. "I'm still tight pivoting and with a quick change of pace or direction. But as far as skating straight and keeping my momentum going, I feel pretty good. I'm happy where it's at, but I still have a little ways to go. But I'm not labouring, limping or favouring it, so it's definitely progressing." There are several theories why hip-flexor injuries have become the latest ailment affecting many players. From sharper blades and softer ice, to a crackdown on obstruction requiring quicker strides to training methods, there's lots of head scratching going on in the NHL.
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Kessel Picks Bruins

from E.J Hradek of ESPN,

According to a league source, University of Minnesota forward Phil Kessel has decided to forego the final three years of his college eligibility and sign a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins. The club likely will make the formal announcement on Thursday. Kessel will earn the entry-level max $850,000 in annual salary for the duration of the contract. He'll also be eligible for significant performance-based bonuses. For example, rookie stars Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby earned approximately $3 million in bonuses during the 2005-06 season.
added 7:07am, from the Boston Globe, Yesterday, Phil Kessel's college coach cautioned that the Bruins had not signed their first-round pick yet. But University of Minnesota coach Don Lucia sounded like a man nearly certain that Kessel, who would be a sophomore in 2006-07, will be going pro. "Who knows, it could all fall apart in the next 24 to 48 hours," said Lucia, who has informed recruit Jay Barriball, originally slated to join the Golden Gophers in 2007-08, that he could take Kessel's spot this season. "But I'd be surprised. Right now we're preparing for life after Phil. If he ends up back in college right now, I'd be very surprised."

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Ducks Lock-up Beauchemin

from the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Francois Beauchemin to a two-year contract extension. Beauchemin is now under contract through the 2008-2009 season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed. "We are very pleased to have three of our key defensemen under contract for the next three years," said Anaheim Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. "Francois has brought character and skill to our hockey club and we are happy to have him signed long-term."

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They’re Back

from Fox Sports,

Teemu Selanne was one of the first. Now many NHL veterans are trying it. From Dominik Hasek to Shane Willis, players are signing contracts with (or in some cases being traded to) clubs they have previously played with. Which begs the question ... can you really go home again?
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Teams Local TV Situations Shape Up

NHL Local TV Scheds Shaping Up.

Hey everyone, I'm Steve, the new blogger here at KK. I'm very excited to be sharing all the news, notes and nuggets I can find around the league. I'm also a diehard Devils fan, which gives me an upper hand on Paul ('Till the next time they meet in the Finals). My main beat is the TV/Media aspect of hockey, and this is what my first posting has to do with. As the national TV schedule was released last week, teams now are starting to adjust a start time here or there and begin announcing where the local folks can watch their team when they aren't playing on Versus or NBC. Here are some notes from those recent announcements: -The Pittsburgh Penguins will have all 82 of their games on TV. FSN Pittsburgh will air 71 games, while the 11 others will be on national TV. FSN will also travel to Halifax and Moncton for two preseason games and air a documentary on Sidney Crosby's homecoming. Paul Steigerwald and Mike Lange flip flop jobs, as Steigerwald is the new TV voice, and Lange will get that dog off his lawn on the radio now. -The Pens' Pennsylvania rivals will also be on the idiot box all 82 games. Comcast Sportsnet will air 61 games, The CW affiliate in Philly will air 10, and the rest will be on the networks. -The Dallas Stars also give you the maximum in the Metroplex. 39 games will air on FSN Southwest, while 35 will air on MyNetwork TV 27 (Basically what used to be a UPN affiliate for those not in the know). Ralph Strangis and Daryl Reaugh return to the mic. -The Avalanche will also have all games on the tube. Colorado network Altitude will air 72 games and air an "Inside the Avs" type magazine show every week. They'll also air a season preview. Mike Haynes and Peter McNab return to the booth. -The Blue Jackets will show 81 games in their market next season. For the first time, they'll get national recognition, with 6 games combined on Versus and NBC. Plus, FSN Ohio will air 75 games. Buffalo Sabre great Danny Gare joins veteran Jeff Rimer in th booth. -The Phoenix Coyotes will have 66 games on television this season. 40 will be aired by FSN Arizona, 25 by a local station in the desert, and one on Versus. Curt Keilback will call his 27th season with the franchise (Most of them in Winnipeg) and Darren Pang will also return to Phoenix. -The Stanley Cup Champion Hurricanes will have 55 games aired on FSN south, with 6 games combined on Versus and NBC. John Forslund and Tripp Tracy return. -Dan Kelly and Eddie Olczyk have been named the new team of the Chicago Blackhawks on Comcast Sportsnet. Which I must say is a terrific job, because you get to call hockey AND you get a lot of free time. More will be announced in the coming weeks, including additions to Versus' commentating team.

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Cup Rolls Into Thunder Bay

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

After a brief stop for lunch, Staal and his entourage roll into the Thunder Bay Christian Academy, a private Christian school Staal attended through his elementary school years. The parking lot is soon filled and a line of 200 or so snakes along the building where Staal played as a youngster. Staal, the model of patience and politeness, signs everything from coffee mugs to shirts to pictures.
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