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from the Globe and Mail,
In 2002, as Team Canada headed for Salt Lake City to reclaim its supremacy after a 50-year hiatus, another Canadian star, Steve Yzerman, said, "It's not about putting up a good show. There's a winner and there's everybody else." Yes, Mr. Carlson, it's a tough country to figure out -- even for those who bother to try. But as you said yourself, "That's Canada" -- and the national news had its priorities right.more
Before everyone moves on with their holiday plans, I wanted to first thank many of you for the "Season Greetings" emails I have received. I warmly wish everyone a safe and peaceful Christmas and Holiday Season and hope you are able to spend quality time with family and friends. Kukla's Korner will be back at 100% on Boxing Day (that's December 26th for the non-Canadians, Aussies and Brits). In the meantime, if you happen to notice some funky looking posts or ads on the blog, I am doing some experimenting but everything should be back in place today or tomorrow.
With Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washinton Capitals leading the way, Russia will have a potent attack at the 2006 Winter Olympic tournament in Italy. The Russians missed Thursday's deadline to release the 23-man roster but Sportsnet has learned who is on the list. The forwards will also include Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Alexei Yashin of the New York Islanders, Alex Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens, Viktor Kozlov of the New Jersey Devils, Maxime Afinogenov of the Buffalo Sabres, Alexei Zhamnov of the Boston Bruins and Alexander Frolov of the Los Angeles Kings.read on
A few short hours after being named to the Olympic squad, the Calgary backstop decides to pull out because of injury concerns. Calgary Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff has withdrawn his name from Team Finland for the 2006 Winter Olympics, Sportsnet has learned.from TSN,
Kiprusoff has inflammation of the hip and upon advice from doctors will use the period during the Olympics to help heal the injured area. ''It is in the best interest of the Calgary Flames that I use this opportunity to ensure I am totally recovered for the NHL playoff drive,'' Kiprusoff said in a statement. ''I have always been very proud to represent my country in international competition and I'm disappointed that I will not be joining them at the Olympics in Italy.''
It appears that the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is not the only one voicing its opinion over Team Canada's player selections. Former Minister of Amateur sport Denis Coderre on Thursday lashed out at Team Canada's selection committee saying Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan should not represent Canada after reports he verbally slammed French Canadians.I mentioned in the comment section of the Bertuzzi post earlier today that I am receiving numerous hits from search engines regarding the slur Doan made earlier this year. I wonder if this will be a hot topic for the next two months.
via STATS blog,
Avalanche 2005-06 Record When Allowing… 4+ Goals 0-13-0 3 or Fewer Goals 17-1-3
from Let's Play Hockey,
The NHL has had a rash of groin injuries earlier this year, and there have been several articles written about the causes — none of which hits the nail on the head. The major cause of groin (or hip-flexor) injuries is that hockey players don’t train in the summer like they want to be hockey players. They don’t skate enough.continued
from the Shreveport Times,
They've snickered at his dreams before. Some still do and the future likely won't be much different. Scott Muscutt doesn't care. They said he'd never play junior hockey or university hockey, let alone professional hockey. He did all three. They said he'd never coach in the pros. He won a championship in his first season and collected his 200th career win Saturday when his Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs defeated Fort Worth 5-0. Now Muscutt, 35, wants to see his name on the Stanley Cup -- the top prize in professional hockey and one of the most famous trophies in the history of sports.continued
Under current IIHF rules, the three members of Olympic teams' "taxi squads" are not permitted to skate with the main teams or stay with them in the Olympic village. Team Canada executive director, Wayne Gretzky, intends to fight to have the three alternate players on each country's Olympic roster given full practice privileges.
from the Buffalo News,
While his teammates enjoyed Tuesday off with South Florida diversions such as sunbathing and tennis, Buffalo Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere was back in Western New York, trying to figure out what's wrong with him. Briere is on hold because of a nagging and perplexing abdominal injury. He was sent home before Monday's shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers to have an MRI and other tests performed. "He has received an injection in the area, and we'll see how he reacts and see how it goes from there," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We'll probably know within a few days if he feels a lot better or feels the same."more
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