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ASG Memories: 1983 New York

1983 All-Star Game – February 8, 1983, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: Wayne Gretzky set an All-Star record with four goals in the third period.

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Happy Birthday to Wayne today, on his 47th birthday.

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  Tags: all+star+game, phoenix+coyotes, wayne+gretzky

Can Hockey Grow In Atlanta

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The hockey community reads All-Star weekend like a barometer for the game’s local importance. And as might be expected of a city with just five ice rinks in the metropolitan area, a stopover by the game’s preeminent players hardly ranks with, say, an SEC championship football game.

“We just haven’t been able to get the excitement of hockey introduced to the fans,” said Schmidt, who has been in his seat in Section 310 for every game the Thrashers have played, save one in 2001 after he had a kidney removed. And he watched that game on television.

“If Chipper Jones gets a hangnail, it’s front page news,” he said. “We need to get a little more excitement going. And to be honest with you, I don’t know how to do it.”

more

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  Tags: all-star+game

IIHF Agreement In Doubt

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The NHL and the European federations – minus the Russians – came to a one-year deal earlier this month that would have seen more players going back to their European teams instead of going to the minors. But after some surprising opposition from GMs around the league and the Swedish decision to pull out, the agreement now would appear to be in serious jeopardy.

The major issue, Loob said, is a provision in the new collective bargaining agreement that forces teams to sign European players within two years of drafting them, which brings them in line with major junior players. Prior to that, teams held the rights or European players in perpetuity after drafting them.

read on

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All Star Fights

From HockeyFights.com

With All-Star weekend upon us, we here at hockeyfights.com thought it would be pretty sweet if we took a glance at some of the notable scraps this seasons’s participants have been in. We know that not every All-Star has been in a fight over the course of their career so we’ve done our homework and singled out the players that have received a fighting major.

Today we take a look at some of those representing the Western Conference. Each player is listed in alphabetical order.

check it out… with links to video of their All Star Scraps. The Eastern Conference will be posted Sunday.

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  Tags: all+star+game, fighting

Live From The Red Carpet In Atlanta

Watch the All-Stars and NHL YoungStars arrive at Phillips Arena before the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills and NHL YoungStars events.

The video stream will begin at 4:30pm ET…

added 4:52pm, The stream has been on and off choppy so it is not your computer, just keep on checking, but everyone is experiencing this issue.

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Alfredsson Having Fun

From David Shoalts in the Globe & Mail blog,

“The game itself is the most fun,” he said on Friday. “Skills competition, I can’t say that I enjoy too much because I’m not really good at anything. The game is the most fun.”

Even more fun, Alfredsson said on Saturday, is just being at the game.

“It’s an ego trip, to be honest” he said. “Everyone tells you how great you are.”

more… on the skills event and thoughts on showboating.

note: a reminder that Steve will be hosting a LiveChat when the skills competition starts.

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg, daniel+alfredsson, ottawa+senators, skills+event

Kaberle Represents Hope for Toronto

From Paul Hunter at the Toronto Star, Tomas Kaberle is “living proof the Leafs actually know how to choose talented players” in the draft:

On a team with a history of dubious draft selections, it is Kaberle who stands out as one of the best; a rare home run for a team that usually goes down swinging. And the good news for Toronto fans is Kaberle arrived under Fletcher’s watch in 1996.

Selected 204th that spring, Kaberle blossomed into a front-line NHL defenceman in Toronto and became a player who excelled to the point that this will be his third all-star appearance.

more… on Kaberle, Cliff Fletcher, and the Leafs’ uneven history with draft selections

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  Tags: cliff+fletcher, drafting, scouting, tomas+kaberle

23 Games Handed Out for OHL Brawl

From the CP:

Oshawa Generals defenceman James DeLory has been suspended eight games for his spear on Sarnia Sting star Steven Stamkos.  He’s among seven players and coaches who will miss a total of 23 games for an ugly Ontario Hockey League brawl that followed Oshawa’s 4-3 win last Sunday.

DeLory, 19, touched off the brawl by spearing Stamkos, the 17-year-old forward projected to be the first pick in this summer’s NHL draft.

Here’s the brawl that started it all:


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  Tags: fighting, james+de+lory, ohl, ontario+hockey+league, prospects, steven+stamkos, suspensions

Stop The Party In Prague & Stockholm

from Darren Dreger at TSN,

The NHL put the cart before the horse.

That’s how NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly responded mere minutes after the National Hockey League announced the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers will open the 2008 regular season in Prague and Stockholm.

The Players Association hasn’t approved the agreement and Kelly was surprised by the announcement the New York Rangers will also participate in the Victoria Cup. Although unlikely, Kelly says the players may not agree to play, “There is a chance we wouldn’t consent,” Kelly added….

“If they want us to be a true business partner, then they need to include us from the beginning,” Kelly concluded.

more

Update 4:09pm ET: And more from Scott Burnside at ESPN
Update 5:23pm ET: More from the Globe & Mail, with comments from both Paul Kelly the NHL’s Bill Daly.

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The Afternoon Line

From Alyssa Milano at her NHL.com blog,

I actually bumped into Luc Robataille last night, and I haven’t seen Luc in probably 15 years. When he saw me, he said to me “I used to carry you around on my back!” because when I met him I was so little. When we spoke last night, I said “you know what? You were like my only high school friend. I never got to go to high school, so you’re like my only high school buddy!” He laughed.


note: more on Alyssa yesterday, as she promotes her line of NHL fashions at the ASG.

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  Tags: all+star+game, alyssa+milano, los+angeles+kings, luc+robitaille

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