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Fight Night

Hockey Fights has a nice mix of the three fights from the December 30th game involving the Caps and Rangers.
Featured bouts were:


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Safer Dasher Boards

We normally don’t read about some of the products that help make the game safer…

Bone rattling board collisions are an inevitable part of life in the National Hockey League. This season, however, more NHL players will skate away without serious injuries thanks to a new product from Intek Plastics, a custom plastic extruder, and Athletica, a rink systems provider.
SoftCap is a flexible extruded plastic cover that sits on top of rink dasher boards. Its design uses hollow channels to absorb impact 96% better than the material previously used, according to NHL testing. The league expects SoftCap will reduce head, chin, elbow and other injuries and has approved the product for all team arenas. The New York Islanders was the first team to install the product and several more orders have followed.

more at Intek... kind of technical…

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Bell Pleads Not Guilty

via the Mercury News,

Sharks forward Mark Bell on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to felony hit-and-run charges stemming from a Sept. 4 crash in which prosecutors allege he was drunk behind the wheel of a car that rammed into a pickup truck at a Milpitas stop sign.

thanks to a KK reader for the heads-up.

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Johnson Staying At Michigan

via Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Leksand, Sweden — United States defenceman Jack Johnson is not leaving the University of Michigan to join the Los Angeles Kings.
There was a buzz at the 2007 world junior championship yesterday that Johnson, the third overall selection of the 2005 National Hockey League entry draft, had already packed his bags and was primed to make his debut with the Kings next week.
But Johnson’s father, Jack Johnson Sr., said Thursday night that the rumour was fictitious.
“He committed to [Michigan coach] Red Berenson for the entire season,” Johnson Sr. said. “He’s going back to school.”

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Top 10

from Mike Chen at Fox Sports,

From the Home Office (as in my home office where my fax machine and filing cabinet are, along with my two-foot tall Wayne Gretzky MacFarlane figure) in Palo Alto, Calif., here are the top 10 NHL lessons learned in 2006:
10. JR is Employee of the Month: When Jeremy Roenick says he has rededicated himself to the game of hockey, he means it. That is, if rededicating himself means finding the best place in Vancouver to have a beer and eat dinner while your teammates are working hard doing, you know, what they’re getting paid to do.


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Hedican Out 3-6 Weeks

via TSN,

Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Bret Hedican will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left ring finger on Friday. Hedican is expected to miss three to four weeks of action following the surgery.
The 36-year-old leads all Carolina defencemen this season, averaging 20:53 of ice time per game and ranks third on the team with 61 blocked shots.

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Positive Meeting In Pittsburgh

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Emerging from his Downtown meeting this afternoon with state and local leaders, Penguins owner Mario Lemieux said he heard “very positive” comments from Gov. Ed Rendell, county Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. But Lemieux didn’t rule out moving the Penguins to Kansas City, Mo.
Lemieux said he hopes “to move forward (on a decision) in the next week or so.”
“We had two great meetings today, one in Kansas City and one here tonight,” he said.


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Pens Brighten A Day

from Annie O’Neill of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Professional hockey players know a thing or two about playing hurt, but some of the Pittsburgh Penguins got new insight yesterday from a young man from Warren, Ohio….
He was sitting in a hospital bed with fresh stitches in a shaved patch on the right side of his head following brain surgery the day before. Mr. Segel is 20, a year older than Mr. Crosby and two years older than Mr. Armstrong. His perspective on life belied his years.
“Sure I have a little pain here and there,” Mr. Segel said. “The day that I let my pain bother me is the day that I say. ‘bye.’ And that’s not going to happen.”

read on... with video.


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Who Deserves “Rafter” Status

from Evan Grossman of NHL.com,

In no order of importance, the first requirement is to have been good. Another is carrying yourself or playing with a personality that was larger than life, an aura that helped that player to almost stand for the organization he played for. Winning is another rite of passage to the rafters. And last but most certainly not least, you should have been loved by the fans.
You don’t get your jersey sent up there if you were the worst player on the worst team who the fans booed every time you touched the puck.
This week, Gross Misconduct takes a peek around the league and predicts which players the 30 teams should eventually send to the rafters.


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Luongo Leads Canucks

from Eric Duhastschek of the Globe and Mail,

But the biggest change is Luongo. Instead of a handful of journeymen that have passed through Vancouver since the Kirk McLean days, they now have a bonafide star in goal.
“I can’t say enough about him, not only his performance on the ice, but just in what he brings to our group in terms of a professional standpoint,” said Linden. “He is a complete professional in the locker room. He’s extremely confident in his ability. For me, it’s really refreshing. You see it in Jarome (Iginla) a lot. He’s one of those guys, where there is no ego involved - and that’s pretty much what I can say about Roberto….”


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