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NHL Players Fight Against Autism

from Russell Levine of NHL.com,

...That's what made it so unfamiliar for Kolzig when he and his wife Christin learned that their then 15-month-old son, Carson, had been diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, which is on the broad spectrum of autism disorders. "When you get the diagnosis, you're in shock," Kolzig said. "But as soon as you try to figure out what to do next, that's when the nightmare really starts." That's because so little is understood about autism, despite an explosion in new diagnoses that has pushed the frequency as high as one in every 166 children.
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Pens Waiting For Malkin

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

“We have a lot of young guys here who want to build something. With him, he’s a great player and he’d really help us,” Crosby said. “We want him to be a part of that, too. Hopefully, next season he comes over. He’s a guy who is really going to make a difference.” A lack of a transfer agreement between the Russian Hockey Federation and the NHL kept Malkin in Russia this season. However, there is a probability he will be in a Penguins uniform in the fall. And, like Crosby, Malkin is projected to step in and make an immediate impact when he comes to the NHL.
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The Big Guy

Today Gordie Howe celebrates his 78th birthday! His teamates called him 'Popeye' because of his huge forearms and for me he was always bigger than life. How about some words of wisdom from Gordie? -All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity. -You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave - win or lose. -You've got to love what you're doing. If you love it, you can overcome any handicap or the soreness or all the aches and pains, and continue to play for a long, long time. image update 6:16pm, via NHL.com, Doc Emrick pays tribute (will open wmp audio) to Gordie in his weekly audio review.

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Museum Purchases Plante Mask

from Canada.com,

The Canadian Museum of Civilization has purchased one of the crown jewels of hockey memorabilia -- a 1960s-era goalie mask designed and worn by National Hockey League star Jacques Plante. The museum paid almost $19,000 USfor the fibreglass, pretzel-style mask, the third ever worn by Plante in NHL action. The mask's first appearance on ice was in 1963, right after Plante was traded to the New York Rangers from the Montreal Canadiens.
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Brophy May Return To Coaching

from the Virginia Pilot,

John Brophy, the 73-year-old former coach of the ECHL’s Hampton Roads Admirals, could return to the bench next season with a proposed minor league team in Richmond. ...Coaching would seem to offer Brophy just that in light of lingering injuries from a 2000 car crash in his native Nova Scotia that nearly killed him . Though no one questions Brophy’s toughness and resolve, his mobility is limited by leg, back and hip ailments sustained in the crash, and he lost sight in one eye.
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Gretzky Almost Certain To Return

via the Arizona Republic,

Wayne Gretzky indicated Thursday he's at least 90 percent certain he will return to coach the Coyotes next season, but he again stopped short of committing to the job. "I love doing it and I have no reason to think I'm not going to do it," Gretzky said. "I just want to sit back (after the season) and take a breath and go from there."

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‘Free’ Ovechkin

from the Montreal Gazette,

Maybe it's time to start a "Free Alexander" movement. Ovech-kin is not only a whirlwind on the ice, for a guy speaking awkward English, he's a pretty good interview. Not for him that Crosby-style Gretzky-speak, the massaged sound bites that all sound as though they were scripted by agents and shoe companies. Instead, Ovechkin talks about seeing a hockey movie with "lots of fighting" with his father when he was a kid. His father pointed to the flick (which might have been Slapshot - Ovechkin doesn't recall) and said: "See, that's what you have to do."
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Strong Words From Babcock

via the Detroit News,

Babcock believes NHL referees will continue to call obstruction penalties in the playoffs, as they have all regular season. "It would be a fraud if it's not (called)," Babcock said. "If it's not, they've misled many, many franchises and it would be a huge mistake."

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JFJ Has Done Nothing

from the Toronto Sun,

Let's deal with some reality here for a moment: There is no vision for the Toronto Maple Leafs. There is no plan. There is nothing that general manager John Ferguson has done in three years on the job to demonstrate he has any of the capabilities necessary to build a winning team, let alone a championship team. He inherited a top-third NHL team when he was hired as a compromise and inexpensive candidate in 2003. He has built the club into a bottom-third team in less than two seasons.
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Where Is Bill Clement

Many people have emaled me asking why the absence of Bill Clement from the OLN studio lately. It appears he is involved with the Frozen Four broadcasts... from the Bangor Daily News,

...In the meantime, Thorne and analysts Bill Clement and Darren Pang will be gathering and reviewing a mountain of media guides, statistics, and team information while preparing for their Frozen Four broadcasts. Next week they'll be meeting with coaches and attending practices.

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