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from the Windsor Star via Canada.com,
Not many people can say they entered the NHL with Wayne Gretzky in 1979 and managed to outlast the Great One on the ice. However, with 28 NHL seasons on his resume, veteran linesman Mark Pare could make such a boast if he wasn't so modest.... "We're (officials) like the fans, we enjoy watching the game a lot more now too," Pare said. "It's a much more exciting game." He says the modern game has made his job easier. "You can see the players don't get as frustrated in the games," Pare said. "When there was all that hooking and holding, players would react and slug each other. Now, they can actually play the game the way it was meant to be played. "With less frustration, there aren't as many scuffles. Breaking those up are a big part of a linesmen's job and we're all happy not to have to do that as much."more
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail:
TSN is laying claim to a hockey broadcasting first, after colour commentator Pierre McGuire conducted an interview Wednesday night with a player on the ice during a stoppage in play. In the first period of the Ottawa Senators-Buffalo Sabres game, McGuire interviewed Mike Fisher, who was standing at the boards, after the telecast returned from a commercial timeout. According to TSN, this was the first time a National Hockey League player was interviewed during the heat of battle. Fisher was standing on the ice during the interview. There have been occasions on U.S. channels when a player has been interviewed while sitting on the bench.continued
How's this for synchronicity? Three bloggers, one take on the ramifications of the Forbes report...
from Bill Clement at MSNBC,
Martin Brodeur is easily one of the five greatest NHL goalies ever, but it would be hard to label the Devils netminder as the greatest ever to play the position even presuming he overtakes Hall of Famer Patrick Roy as the all-time winningest goalie. One of the reasons Brodeur's stature is not that of the greatest ever between the pipes is because he has played in an era when Dominik Hasek was winning Hart and Vezina Trophies at an incredible clip.continued
A legal challenge by a Russian club team to prevent Evgeni Malkin from playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins has failed. A U.S. District court judge ruled today from the bench that Metallurg's request for an injunction to keep Malkin from playing in the NHL this season has been rejected.continued update 6:41pm, Statement from Bill Daly on this matter...
By George Malik Welcome to "The Gearhead!" As your resident rink rat and equipment nut, my goal is to give you an inside look at the tools hockey players use by talking to the ladies and gents who make hockey gear. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking to Warrior Hockey's marketing director, Neil Wensley, about the Warren-based manufacturer's expansion from making lacrosse equipment to producing hockey sticks as well. He and I spoke for over an hour about Warrior's stick-making processes, and I think he had as much fun as I did--there's nothing like two equipment geeks talking shop!
The NHL's opened up its All-Star voting to the public:
COLD-fX/NHL ALL-STAR FAN BALLOTING, presented by 2K SPORTS GOES COMPLETELY DIGITAL FOR THE FIRST TIME. Now, through 8:59 PM (PT), January 2, 2007, fans worldwide can CLICK TO VOTE any time for their Eastern and Western Conference NHL All-Star starters for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game.US Ballot * Canadian Ballot * En Francais * International Brought to you by the Robert Lang for ASG campaign...
from the Canadian Press:
Veteran hockey agent Don Meehan and star Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin have parted ways after five years together. The Russian player fired the head of Newport Sports Management during a meeting last week, Meehan told The Canadian Press on Wednesday. ''I'm disappointed but I wish him well,'' said Meehan. Ovechkin was not immediately available for comment. It's believed Ovechkin's mother will be taking over her son's affairs. The 21-year-old is signed to his entry-level contract through next season.continued
from the Delaware County Times:
According to trainer Jim McCrossin, Forsberg had been dealing with a sprained ligament in the ankle, prompting the visit to the Cleveland Clinic in search of an orthotic device which will help stabilize the ankle inside the boot of a hockey skate. "I spoke with Peter (Tuesday), and (Monday) he was fitted with an orthotic brace," said McCrossin. "Peter skated and he said it actually felt very good. Some minor adjustments had to be made and they were made overnight. Peter was going back out to skate again and we decided we are going to touch base (in) Anaheim. "I did speak with Dr. Brian Donley from the Cleveland Clinic a few times (Monday) after our game and Dr. Donley was very pleased on how the orthotic brace angulated Peter’s ankle. Peter is happy, Dr. Donley is happy and I’m happy."It took the Flyers' medical staff how long to finally recommend an orthotic? Over a year and a surgery later, they finally get down to business? That's scary, and their inability to make the most basic observation--if the boot doesn't fit the ankle, help the ankle fit the boot--borders on incompetence. continued
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Hitchcock is supposed to be the top choice for the vacancy and the Philadelphia Flyers have already granted permission for MacLean to talk to him. But if he agrees to go to Columbus, Hitchcock will never agree to clear almost every decision with the boss. As anyone who knows him knows, Hitchcock runs his teams his way and his way only. So if MacLean hires him, then he is well aware that only a playoff berth will save his own job at the end of the season. Then again, MacLean said as much the other day when he was asked if McConnell said he was on notice.more
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