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USA Pond Hockey’s tournament is just getting underway. Running from January 18th to 20th, there are 225 teams composed of 1,400 men and women playing 4-on-4 hockey—“the way nature intended.”
Developed by a group of passionate pond hockey enthusiasts from Minnesota with a sincere appreciation and respect for the purity of the game, the USPHC seeks to draw attention to the traditions of outdoor hockey while giving back to the community. A percentage of proceeds will benefit the Herb Brooks Foundation, DinoMights Inner City Youth Hockey League and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
“It’s hockey as nature intended: on the pond, outside in the elements and during the absolute coldest time of year,” said Fred Haberman, co-founder of the tournament and president of Haberman & Associates public relations. “The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships provides the community a weekend to pay tribute to an important tradition, while bringing national attention to the purity that still exists in sport.”
*Photos, highlights, history and more info about the tournament can be read here. Video below.
From Mark Herrmann at On the Islanders Beat,
The next Yao? You never know, Charles Wang said today during the English language portion of his international news conference for Project Hope. One of those kids from China wearing a jersey with an Islanders logo could grow up to be the Yao Mingh of hockey.
That isn’t the intent of the initiative, organized by Wang four years ago to promote hockey in China. The real reason is just to do something for the part of the world in which he was born and to generally spread good will. But if one of the thousands of kids who are playing hockey now in Islanders-sponsored rinks makes it big, so be it. Wang would be gratified if some day one of the children from China who played on Coliseum ice this morning becomes president of China and says he recalls his first trip to the U.S. with warm feelings.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Trading deadline day is a little over a month away, the time of year when the pace of NHL transactions traditionally moves from glacially slow to hyper-speed in a frantic 72-hour period.
Naturally, that pattern could change in a year of exceptional parity, based on the inability of any team to fall completely out of the playoff race. Even the once left-for-dead Los Angeles Kings are in the midst of a minor revival, with three consecutive wins heading into their Friday date with the Calgary Flames - although one would suspect that the 15-point gap between them and eighth place is probably too much to overcome.
continued and other NHL topics too…
Today, Scott Gomez of the NY Rangers participated in an NHL conference call. He currently leads the Rangers in scoring with 42 points, and will be attending the All Star Game in Atlanta next weekend.
Here is a complete transcript from the Q & A session.
Q. Was there an adjustment for you playing and living in Manhattan, and if so, what was the adjustment and are you past that?
SCOTT GOMEZ: Well, I think, first, I wasn’t in my place. So it was a little—I’m not using it as an excuse, but it was a little different, just kind of being kind of in the hotel or whatever you want to call it.
from ESPN The Magazine,
SportsCenter doesn’t acknowledge the game or Kovalchuk. Its lead puck story? Sidney Crosby’s first fight. Atlanta will host the NHL’s best and brightest during All-Star Weekend, Jan. 26-27, but Atlanta’s best and brightest is a forgotten man having a season for the ages.
Not that it bothers him.
“I’m not that kind of guy who wants to be on front page,” says Kovalchuk, 24, forsaking the occasional definite article as he sits in a café the next day.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The “will he or won’t he” game we’re all playing waiting for Teemu Selanne to determine his future is entertaining because Selanne has proven to be both a quality and impactful player.
However, I’m sure Brian Burke and the Anaheim Ducks are growing tired of the uncertainty.
What might be needed is another deadline. An annual cut-off date on the calendar whereby players have to declare their playing intentions.
Burke would support December first, and could live with a January first deadline at the latest.
from On Frozen Pond,
NEWARK - It appears the future is here. On the ice in Newark right now, highly-touted junior Shawn Matthias.
added 2:29pm, from the Florida Panthers,
“I got the call late last night from the Panthers telling me that I was called up,” said Matthias, who skated Friday morning with the Panthers. “There was a lot of yelling in the house when I told my folks.
“I am just really excited and can’t wait for the game tonight. It is something that I waited for all my life and it is going to be a great experience.”
a table that shows the odds that a given team will be in a certain position in the NHL. The chart is built using all the point rules (tie breakers) and also with the divisional champion rules (as you can see by the funny gap at the 3rd spot, due to the terrible South East). The table is coded to be darker for higher probabilities and thus it is extremely readable. It is sorted by expected points.
view the table, for Eastern Conference teams only.
I will point you to the homepage of the new-look Spector’s Hockey. From there, you can look around and catch up on the latest rumors.
from the Vancouver Province,
Somewhere among those 49 Detroit shots he found his game.
“I think it was something that I needed,” Luongo said regarding the shot barrage. “I’m happy that I got so many shots. It brought my confidence back up a little bit. I started to feel like myself there.
“They were throwing everything at the net and it got me in the game early and I established a pretty good comfort zone right off the bat.
“I was getting in a pretty good groove there.”...
“He was standing on his head, spinning around, stopping everything,” Sami Salo said. “I don’t even know the word for it. I don’t know if there is a word for it. It was more than unbelievable….”
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