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Best By Number

from Sports Illustrated,

It got us to wondering: who are the greatest players ever to wear each number -- from double zero to 99? Thus, we present a non-scientific list with several rules. First, no player may appear more than once, even if he wore two numbers with distinction. Ray Bourque, for example, is listed under No. 77 rather than 7. Second, we are only considering the numbers that players wore on a regular basis. We don't include anyone based on a something he wore for one game because someone misplaced the luggage.
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Watch Your Heart

Hockey is Exciting, Strenuous and Fun. It is Canada’s number one sport and enjoyed by thousands from sea to sea to sea. It is estimated that over 500,000 men and 100,000 women play adult recreational hockey. However there are sporadic and rare catastrophic events associated with this, including heart attacks and death. No large, organized study has ever been conducted to determine how many of these events occur across the country and if there are any specific risks that could predict who is at highest risk. We have previously published research looking at the strenuous nature of hockey. We found high heart rates experienced for relatively prolonged periods of time in all 113 male volunteers studied. Target heart rates were exceeded for an average of 30 minutes per game, despite otherwise low risk health profiles. We would like to have people contact us directly with any new reported cases. These would be kept completely confidential and information is purely to be used for scientific study and analysis. image

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Just Imagine

from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,

• Imagine when Malkin masters English and is able to directly communicate with Sid Crosby. Presently all Malkin conversations require an interpreter. • Martin Havlat is putting the kibosh on those Ottawa wiseacres who said he couldn’t make it in Chicago. Under coach Trent Yawney, the artistic Czech already has played some of the best hockey of his life.

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Crossover Sport

from Russ Cohen at NHL.com,

At first glance, hockey and baseball seem as different as different can be. Winter sport. Summer sport. Ice. Grass, or artificial turf. Goals. Runs. Helmets are a common denominator, as is the fact that millions of kids in both Canada and the United States have grown up playing both sports.
continued image The above pick of Gordie Howe is from Western Canada Baseball Snapshots. Check it out, you may find other interesting pics.

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All Emery

from David Ambers at ESPN,

In this edition of Facing Off, we go behind the mask as the player known as "Razor" tells us why he is tougher than Senators enforcer Brian McGrattan, how much racism there is on the ice and why former teammate Dominik Hasek is misunderstood. Q: What kinds of racial issues did you face playing in a sport dominated by white players? A: Hockey is a game where guys trash talk a lot, so during the course of a game, I have had guys bring up racial stuff to try to get under my skin. I don't think that should happen, but at the same time, I don't shy away from trying to get under other guys' skin, too, so I choose the times to stick up for myself and choose times to let it slide off my back. But really, it has only happened a handful of times in my career. It hasn't happened in the NHL, but it did happen a few times in the American Hockey League and in Junior.
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Morrison On Waivers

via TSN,

The Phoenix Coyotes placed goalie Mike Morrison on waivers on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after a lopsided 6-1 loss to the Calgary Flames.

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Suspension Time In Juniors

from the Calgary Herald via the Vancouver Sun,

Two junior hockey teams and their coaches have been suspended indefinitely after a violent brawl at a Calgary arena that saw a linesman knocked unconscious from a kick to the head. The fight mars the image of the sport, said the president of Hockey Canada as Calgary police and the association which oversees the league investigate.

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NHL Broadcasting Questions

John Shannon, Senior Vice President for Broadcasting at the NHL will be answering your questions. Many NHL fans worldwide have sent me emails regarding broadcasting issues with the NHL. Here is your chance to get them answered. Mr. Shannon (press release & bio), has agreed to participate in this venture an it is very much appreciated. Leave a comment with your question, which will then be forwarded to John Shannon who will answer as many questions as possible in the near future. KK members can also particate in this post or over at the KK Forum. Please make sure your question is broadcast related. Thanks and please pass this around to other hockey sites. This post will remain "sticky" for the next few days.

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Shades Of Mario

Malkin's goal last night against the Devils.

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I was over at Waiting For Stanley, reading why Zanstom loves the season, when I discovered this cool bumper hockey game. image

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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