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from Sports Illustrated,
We're less than a week away from the United States and Canada naming their Olympic hockey rosters (Dec. 19 for the U.S., the 22nd for the Canadians). It should be a tough tournament for both teams, who will vie with 10 other countries for medals.continued
The chance to play for former linemate Pavel Bure was not enough to lure Alexander Mogilny to Turin, as the veteran winger told TSN that he has withdrawn his name from consideration for Team Russia at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
from Barry Melrose of ESPN,
Make no mistake about it -- the players cost Olczyk his job. The players have the most responsibility, the players are the ones out there playing. The team can sit around Thursday, talking about how tough it is that the Penguins let Eddie go, but the players are the ones that got him fired. They got him fired because they didn't play well. The team started out the season with so much hope. Sidney Crosby came to town, ticket sales were up, attendance was up.continued
from the Czech Business Weekly,
Following a disastrous showing in the second tournament of the Euro Hockey Tour, Czech national hockey team head coach Alois Hadamczik has called for a change to the limits on how many players in the top-flight Czech Extraliga can play for the national team. The reigning World Champion Czechs finished last in the annual Karjala Cup tournament in Helsinki, Finland, Nov.13. The Czechs lost to Sweden and Russia, and managed only one win against Finland. Currently the Czechs rank last, behind Sweden, Russia and Finland. At the root of the problem is the restriction, Hadamczik lamented. “All the top Extraliga players should be available for the national team, but an agreement among [Extraliga] clubs doesn’t let me take more than only three players from each club.”more
from the NY Islanders,
As a thank you to Islanders season subscribers for their extraordinary support this season, Islanders owner Charles B. Wang made the following announcement today: All current Islanders full season subscribers will have their 2005-06 prices frozen for their 2006-07 season tickets, PLUS an additional 10% off. "The loyalty of Islander fans this season - most notably our season ticketholders - has been amazing. Especially around the holidays, what better time to do something special and let them know how much we appreciate them?" said Wang.
from the Dayton Daily News,
• The 27-year-old civilian contractor at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and his wife, Pam, had just moved into a new home in Fairborn and he was in the process of converting the basement family room into his own museum/sports den. He'd matted and framed the 200-plus hockey autographs in his collection — including everything from a Miracle on Ice team photo with every player's signature to a letter signed by Lord Stanley of Stanley Cup fame — and planned to hang them on the wall alongside his signed hockey sticks and jerseys. • He'd bought the NHL Center Ice package and every night he planned to sit back and watch a game or two on his big screen TV. • He was coaching a 7 and 8-year olds' hockey team, was helping coach the Beavercreek High School hockey team and might even play for a glorified Huff 'n Puff adult team this winter. Now, everything has changed.read on
from USA TODAY,
As goals-against averages swell because of smaller pads and offense-friendly rules, goaltenders are being pulled once every 5.6 games. They were pulled once every 7.2 games in 2003-04. If this pace keeps up, there could be 28% more in-game goaltending changes this season: • Of 80 changes through Tuesday, 61 were coach's decisions. Nineteen were the result of injuries. Only the Philadelphia Flyers haven't made a switch. • Florida's Roberto Luongo has been pulled five times in 28 starts, matching his total in 72 starts in 2003-04 when he was a Vezina Trophy finalist. St. Louis' Patrick Lalime, pulled four times, was sent to the minors Tuesday.continued
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Spezza has always been a stand-up guy, though not usually quite as literally as this. Invited to sit down for a brief interview, Spezza politely declines. To his painful right hip flexor, standing beats sitting; a straight leg trumps a bent one. On Tuesday, when the Ottawa Senators flew home from Denver, Spezza stood for much of the flight, receiving treatment to try to keep the hip from tightening up. The day before tonight's game at the Corel Centre against the Dallas Stars, Spezza offers the proverbial "day-to-day" assessment on a hip that slowed him in Vancouver and Calgary and kept him out of the lineup on Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche.continued
from the Montreal Gazette,
A trio of current and retired National Hockey League players is demanding the NHL Players' Association show them the money when it comes to accounting for licensing fees and players' union dues in the past two decades. Former NHL player Bob Probert, along with Los Angeles Kings forward Jeremy Roenick and Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Denis Savard, are attempting to obtain the union's annual financial statements for a second time. As Probert's agent, Ducharme said he saw documentation of the growing revenues the NHLPA was generating through their licensing and marketing programs. "We could be talking about hundreds of millions of dollars here," Ducharme said. "I would be very surprised if it wasn't a significant sum. "They also get a ton of revenue from international events, charitable events. It's a real revenue machine.more
from the Miami Herald,
When he shoots, he usually scores. Nathan Horton recorded his first hat trick since his days in juniors Tuesday as the Panthers pounded Nashville 7-3, scoring the three goals on six shots. Wednesday, the 20-year-old Horton found himself the NHL leader in shooting percentage, with his team-leading 14 goals coming on only 49 shots. For those math majors, that means Horton scores almost 29 percent of the time if he takes aim at the net. Not too shabby.read on
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