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Best Friends Off The Ice

from College Sports,

There's an old saying in hockey, "There are no friends on the ice." Four pairs of best friends will offer proof every time Michigan and Michigan State hit the ice this season in one of the most heated rivalries in college hockey.
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The Most Important Person On The Team

from WBIR,

You could argue the goalie or the head coach is the most important part of a hockey team. Ask any member of the Columbia (South Carolina) Inferno they'll tell you something different. "Everyone knows it's obviously the dentist, we depend on him for clean and healthy teeth," says Jay Legault, the Inferno's center. "It's just a main factor for our team succeeding this year."
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Calder Winner

Even the Penguin agrees...

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Corvo Has Been Down Many Roads

from the Telegram,

Something was going to happen. A defining event was on the horizon. In a bar, on the street, wherever. It might have been worse than what took place — a scary thought, that — or it might not have been as bad. Point is, there’s no knowing what outlet Joe Corvo’s downward spiral might have found. But it was coming. “Something would’ve happened,” Corvo repeats. “I just think, the road I was on, it was not the right road.”
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Luongo Clarifies His Contract Stance

from the Sun-Sentinel,

"My main goal is to stay here, I don't want to leave," Luongo said. "I don't want people to get that impression, because that's what I've been getting the last few days. "The organization is going in the right direction. The only thing I was saying is, for me, there's no rush to sign right now. I just want to make sure everybody understands that, that Florida is my No. 1 priority."

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Samsonov Upset With Illegal Stick Call

from the Boston Globe,

It was uncharacteristic when Samsonov barked at the Anaheim bench midway through the third period yesterday after he was called for an illegal stick. ''I think it's a pretty gutless call with 10 minutes to go in the game," said Samsonov, who scored a goal with the stick at 15:35 of the first period. ''He calls that with it being five on four. He got what he deserved; they got another loss, so I'm pretty happy about that. ''It's the first time in eight years I've gotten called. You don't see that getting called very much. It's stupid really. I'm sure half the team on the other side has illegal sticks. ''I'm glad we gave them a loss in overtime. If he just wants to single me out, that's fine, but I think he got what he deserved."

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Can The Wings Goalies Win The Cup

from the Detroit News,

You know where this is headed: "Is the Wings goaltending good enough to carry them to the Stanley Cup?" "Right now, I don't think it's a major worry," said Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated's national hockey writer, of the Wings goaltending. "These guys have a portfolio. Is either one of them among the top five goalies in the league? Probably not. But they've shown they can get the job done."
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It Is All About The Money- Even In Russia

from Russia Profile,

For many years, sports in Russia was primarily associated with the word “patriotism.” Now the word you most often hear in conversations about sports is money. Many Russian athletes have found it difficult to adapt to this new reality. The commercialization of sports has been a worldwide phenomenon over the last few decades but, in Russia, it coincided with the period of market reforms that completely changed the economic situation. ...“Many Russian clubs can offer them salaries of hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Igor Shabdurasulov, the chairman of Moscow’s Spartak Hockey Club. “When you take into account Russia’s [13-percent flat] income tax rates, at the end of the day they can take home more money than in the NHL.”
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I Wanna Be A Zamboni Driver

from the Edmonton Sun,

Christian Fundytus might never forget his trip around the ice at Rexall Place. "It has been as close as you can get to a dream come true," he said. "You're driving a Zamboni - how much more Canadian can you get than that? - and you are doing it at Rexall, which is home ice." Fundytus is one of 50 arena operators from across Alberta who gathered at Rexall Place yesterday to learn the tricks of the ice-making trade and compete in the Zamboni Challenge.
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Fix The Schedule

from the National Post,

In a season that has gone better than expected following the lockout, there's a growing call across the league that National Hockey League officials need to rethink a schedule that severely limits crossover games between the Eastern and Western Conferences. "I've been beating a dead horse on this," Wings defenceman Chris Chelios said. "We're not playing enough of the Original Six. True hockey fans would love to see more of those games." "It's the biggest complaint I've heard around the league," Wings pro scout Dave Lewis said. "I think the league got everything else right, but the scheduling needs to be fixed. "You can't force feed rivalries. They're not created in the regular season; they come out of meeting in the playoffs."
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