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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
Last year, the tiny segment of the NHL hierarchy that actually does something useful -- the hockey operations department -- instituted a dramatic series of rule changes that improved the game tremendously.... So, if you believe that after a full season, the players finally have realized that the crackdown is here to stay, then you also have to believe that there will be fewer power plays. And therefore, the scoring drought will once again be a problem. Anticipating this development, the league is evaluating further changes that will improve the offensive aspect of the game. That is why the experiment with the larger nets is under way. They are eight inches wider than the standard six feet, and are six inches higher.more
from the Boston Herald:
When Bruins goaltending hopeful Jordan Sigalet, then playing at Bowling Green University, went public in March 2003 about his diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, he received a barrage of supportive letters and e-mails. Among those that meant the most to Sigalet: A letter in the stationary of the Detroit Red Wings, from a man he didn’t know. “With all the e-mails and everything I got, the one thing that sticks out most in my mind was that I got a letter in the mail from Dave Lewis wishing me all the best,” Sigalet said of the new Bruins’ head coach, who three years ago was coaching the Red Wings. “I had never met him,” said Sigalet. “But he had known someone with MS and just wanted to write to me. Now that he’s here, it’s kind of neat. It’s pretty great when people take the time to do something like that.”When the Wings played the NTDP in Ann Arbor during the lockout, Sigalet was a perfect gentleman. As the NTDP'ers and U of M players headed out to enjoy the evening with the Kid Rock and the NHL crowd, Sigalet patiently signed perfectly-penned autographs for those who recognized him. much more...
from the Nashville Tennessean:
It appears goalie Tomas Vokoun will be anchoring the Predators' defense for the next half decade. Vokoun has signed a new four-year contract, one that will kick in when his current deal expires following the 2006-07 season. Financial terms weren't immediately available, but the Predators have scheduled a news conference this afternoon, presumably to announce the deal. "I'm happy to be staying,'' Vokoun said on Sunday night.continued
from Bob Follman of the Chicago Tribune,
Talks on a new deal for left winger Tuomo Ruutu grind along. Both sides say they're optimistic about agreeing before Thursday, but little progress has been reported after weeks of talks. "We're still working on it," said Stan Bowman, the Hawks' director of hockey operations. "It's not like we've had a breakdown in talks. We just haven't gotten a deal done." Ruutu's Chicago-based agent, Bill Zito, and Hawks general manager Dale Tallon are expected to talk again Monday. "We continue to explore ways to make things work for everybody," Zito said.more
from the CBC,
Produced in 2006, Hockey: A People's History traces the history of the game over ten episodes. Featuring stunning re-enactments, rarely seen footage, and the words of the pioneers of the game, the series reveals a tale of hockey’s inventors, innovators and empire builders. More than just the story of a sport, it is a story of a people, serving as a unique lens through which one can view Canada’s social history. Witness the coming of age of a nation, and the remarkable journey of a sport that has woven itself into our cultural language and fabric.more...part 1 & 2 air next Sunday- set the DVR alert for USA border towns...
from Soo Today,
The Michigan Soo is being mentioned in U.S. media reports as one of nine communities expressing interest in becoming the hall's (United States Hockey Hall of Fame) new home. Other places said to be nibbling at the idea include Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, Anaheim and four places in Minnesota: Duluth, Bloomington, Crookston and St. Paul.Any suggestions?
from the Ft. Wayne Business Weekly,
Ron Bulloch has been selling the PowerSkater training system full time for four years, and people still are surprised he works out of Fort Wayne. While the city has a loyal minor-league hockey following and established junior and high-school hockey teams, Indiana is not a state known for its hockey obsession. "Us Canadians think we know everything about hockey," Bulloch said. "If I was home I would never have made this thing." The PowerSkater, his first product, has been sold to several National Hockey League teams, including the Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens, as well as other professional, college and junior hockey teams. It helps hockey players learn to skate properly, and it develops their leg muscles off the ice. Ice-skating instructors also are using the machine to help students learn the fundamentals.read on
from Erin Nicks of the Ottawa Sun,
However you choose to pronounce his surname, you may be curious about the origin. Loosely translated, "Kaigorodov" means, "Fan Hype." This kid's name makes me crazy right now, and it has nothing to do with his play, his impact on the upcoming training camp, or whether a verbal mention of him will lead to a tongue spasm. It's the hype. The Internet hype that's been building for nearly a year. And the confirmation that the 23-year-old will be in Ottawa this week has led to speculation so thick, you couldn't suck it up with a straw.more
from the Veron Morning Star,
Rules used to be pretty much for tourists in the NHL. In today's show, you can look at an opponent. Touch them, however, and you get anywhere from two years to life. Vernon product Tom Kowal is entering his fifth season as an NHL referee. He underwent medical testing Friday and was scheduled for a physical Saturday at the league's officials' camp in Fort Erie, Ont. They start skating today. The rulebook hasn't changed. The game just went south for a few years and every coach at every level taught his players to cheat by hooking, clutching and grabbing. Now, the danglers can dangle without getting assaulted and the players, coaches and fans are happier.read on
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