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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.
read on

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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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Buffalo- Ten Years Ago

Kevin at BfloBlog takes a look back at the Ted Nolan lead Sabres team from 10 years ago.

There were some really fun players on that 1996-97 team, and Buffalo was in love with their grit and toughness. Remember the sections of fans that wore red hardhats to the games and generally went beserk whenever a check was thrown or the inevitable fight broke out with Boughner, Ray, May, Barnaby (although he was usually busy turtling), Peca, and Darryl Shannon? The only bad part was that 1996-97 was the year Pat LaFontaine played his final game as a Sabre. And of course the lasting memory we have was Derek Plante ripping one off Tugger’s glove in overtime of game seven, the team rushing the ice, and an exhuberant Ted Nolan jumping up and down behind the bench.
read on... what players are still around...

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Testing, Testing

from the Tennessean,

When the Predators took the ice on Tuesday morning, they were not in their usual gear. Instead, the team was donned in a slicker, tighter, more streamlined version of their practice garb, which was produced by Reebok and was being tested by the NHL as it prepares to introduce new uniforms for the 2007 season. Nashville was the first team to wear the latest version of the jerseys, and Colorado will be next. The new style will also be worn by players at the NHL All-Star game in Dallas Jan. 24.

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Lupul Faces Old Team

from Robin Brownlee of the Edmonton Sun,

What's more, Lupul would like nothing more than to light up J.S. Giguere like a cheap cigar tonight and help the Oilers deliver the Ducks their first loss of this season. He'd like to make a statement to everybody watching, Brian Burke included. "I don't think it will be weird. It'll be exciting," Lupul says. "It's a game I've had circled on my calendar since the day the schedule came out. I've been thinking about it a lot. ''There's nothing I'd like to do more than go in there and score a couple of goals and beat them."

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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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