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Refs Remain consistent

from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

Like any athletes, hockey players want to know what to expect from the men that regulate their contests. As they have shown this year, players will adjust to the rules, no matter their severity, as long as the standard remains uniform. Consistency is the foundation of a player's comfort zone. This year, the NHL's 67-man strong officiating crew has delivered the consistency in dramatic fashion, helping each the transition into a brand new hockey culture. For that, they should be commended.
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Foppa’s Time

from the Mercury News,

This is what Peter Forsberg came for. After all the consternation about his groin injury, the questions about his ability to play, whether he should even be here, the accusations about undue pressure to play for Sweden, he is in the position he wanted from the start - in the hunt for a gold medal. "I feel great," Forsberg said after Team Sweden's practice Thursday afternoon.
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Dirty Big Secret

from the Las Vegas Business Press,

Illegal sports betting is the dirty big secret of modern college and professional sports. League representatives talk tough -- get them in front of a congressional hearing and they will bluster on about how their athletes must refrain from associating with "gamblers" lest the integrity of their game be called into question. ...American sports betting is not going to go away simply because the leagues want it to. If any good can come from the Tocchet case, perhaps it will be that more people will wake-up to that reality, and work for a solution that will allow more Americans to bet on sports legally.
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NHL Stands With Pittsburgh

from the AP via TSN,

The NHL remains committed to helping the Penguins find an arena and stay in Pittsburgh, the league's deputy commissioner said Thursday. "Obviously, we think the process could be accelerated and the long-term future of the Penguins in Pittsburgh would be far more certain if the local leaders would get behind the existing arena funding plan," Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.
Also, I received a video ( will open wmp video) today about the plight of the Pens. Going by the link, it looks like it is from the NHL.

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Theo Has Had Enough

Fleury was ejected in his last game in the British League- via Hockey Refs,

Former NHL player Theo Fleury blasted the British league Wednesday and says he won’t return for next season. “That was the worst officiating I have seen in my career and all it does is harm the league and turn people off from coming to watch the games,” he said following the Giants last regular season home game, which ended in a 5-2 loss to the Cardiff Devils.
read on View the video of the incident, but I was never able to get it to load, very slow or maybe it is a Firefox thing...

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He Is The Show

from the Christian Science Monitor,

Somehow, the International Olympic Committee has to find a way to give Alexander Ovechkin a gold medal. That might be tricky, considering he plays hockey, and the Olympics aren't in the habit of handing out individual ice-hockey medals. But to be frank, this has become his show.
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Canucks Not Happy

from TSN,

Canuck Senior Vice President and General Manager Dave Nonis is "appalled at the lack of communication and respect he has received from the Finnish Ice Hockey Federation." Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo suffered a shoulder injury playing for Finland on Wednesday and since the mishap, the Canucks have tried to reach the Finnish Federation on multiple occasions to get an injury update.
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Guess It!

from ESPN,

Five NHL teams do it, but the Braves are the only baseball team that does it. No NBA team does it anymore, although several used to. And no NFL team has ever done it.
What is it?

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Modano Skips Team USA Meeting

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Mike Modano packed up his stuff and left Italy on Thursday, skipping a final meeting with his Olympic teammates after they were eliminated a day earlier in the men's ice hockey quarterfinals. USA Hockey spokesman Dave Fischer said the longtime Dallas Stars forward -- a critic of team management on Wednesday -- was the only member of the 23-player squad not to come to the get-together at the arena where the Americans were knocked out by Finland.
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International Flavor

Most of us are used to reading North American fourms, blogs, etc. I thought it would be a nice change of pace to read the comments from the international hockey community. For example: Congratulations to the Czech Team! It was the first time they played as a real team and they are becoming better. Good job done by Milan Hnilicka! I am so happy that he play(ed)s now! Remember 1999! Also respect to the Russian team - they played great! Hopefully we will meet in the final again. Cheers to all icehockey fans! Go Czech Republic - go! read more from the IIHF fan corner...

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