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Look To Crosby

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

As Michael Farber writes in the Jan. 22 edition of Sports Illustrated, Crosby isn’t just the Penguins’ franchise player. He’s the league’s franchise player.
There’s no question that next week’s all-star proceedings in Dallas are being conducted with Crosby front-and-centre. Indeed, when pictures of the new NHL uniforms started leaking out earlier this week, they were photos of Crosby in the supposedly “faster” garb.
Two books on the young man are currently in circulation. When NBC began its truncated broadcasting schedule of NHL games, it was with Crosby front-and-centre.
The fact that the pride of Cole Harbour, N.S., grabbed the NHL scoring lead before Christmas and hasn’t let go has elevated his reputation beyond that of talented youngster to dominant player.


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The Right Decision

from the Daily Telegraph,

Arsene Wenger was at a business conference one day when somebody asked him to explain what made Cesc Fabregas so good. The Arsenal manager recalled the time some ice hockey coaches studied Wayne Gretzky, the iconic National Hockey League player of the Seventies and Eighties.
The exercise was simple: pause a videotape of Gretzky with the puck at his feet. It could be in any given situation, anywhere on the ice. In an ideal world, what should the Canadian do? Which move would serve the team best?
And what do you know, once the tape was moved on, Gretzky usually did for real what the coaches had chosen. In other words, the secret of his success, what made him great, was basically down to sound decision-making.

continued...about soccer…

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Lucky Luc’s #20 Heads To Rafters On Saturday

from the CP via TSN:

Luc Robitaille predicts the tears might be flowing come Saturday night when his No. 20 goes up to the rafters at the Staples Center.
But on the eve of his jersey retirement with the Los Angeles Kings, the former all-star winger was all laughs as he fondly recalled 19 years in the NHL, 14 of them in L.A.
He vividly recalled his reaction after the Kings drafted him in 1984.
“I remember looking at a map and seeing how far L.A. was from where I was born,” the Montreal native said Friday.



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All Sid

Sidney Crosby took part in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q. What’s it going to be like playing on a line with Alexander Ovechkin, and there’s been a lot of discussion about the All-Star Game, that there’s too many goals and there’s not a competitive enough game, and whether there should be more young players in the game who might have more competitive fire because they have not been in the game before. Can you answer those questions, please?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Well, playing with Ovechkin is going to be a lot of fun. Obviously to play with a guy who shoots the puck like that, you want to get it to him. I think I’ll be doing my best to try to feed him the puck and let him rip it.
As far as competitiveness in the All-Star Game, I mean, I think it’s fun for everyone to see a lot of nice goals and I think the more goals, the better. So you know, it’s a game that’s full of a lot of skill and as a fan you want to see that. You want to see guys have fun out there and be creative, and I think that’s really the whole point of it.

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NHL Will Stream All-Star Festivities

NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2007)—In conjunction with the NHL Network in Canada and NHL RADIO, NHL.COM will offer hockey fans live streaming video and audio coverage of the 2007 All-Star Celebration events from Dallas. Additionally, NHL.COM staff will capture behind-the-scenes footage of player interviews as well as other events taking place in and around the city.


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The Pens Offer

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins have been offered a better arena deal than any other National Hockey League team or any other professional sports team in the state, Gov. Ed Rendell said this afternoon.
“The offer we have put on the table, I can tell you two things about it,” Rendell told reporters. “One, it’s better than any city or state has offered to an existing NHL team for a new stadium in the last several years, and it is also significantly better from the team’s perspective (than the deals offered to other Pennsylvania sports teams).”

continued...what happened to not negotiating through the press?

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Brashear Built Tough

from Read Express,

Enter the 6-foot-2, 234-pound enforcer, who’s built a 16-year career out of an ability to reverse momentum. Nothing breathes life into a moribund team or a quiet crowd like a big hit or some fisticuffs, and few are as qualified to deliver as the imposing Indiana native.
“That’s our job. We’re energy. We’re role players, and at any given time we want to be out there trying to hit somebody, intimidate them or get a fight to get the guys going,” he said….
But Brashear is a hockey player, not a goon, which is why he’s still in the league. “The guys who were intelligent enough to not be one-dimensional and work on their skills and work on their skating,” have survived, Caps coach Glen Hanlon said.


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Don’t Touch That Jersey

from Bloomberg,

The National Hockey League may create its first uniform policy enforced by fines to make sure players don’t alter the new streamlined gear designed by Adidas AG’s Reebok International Ltd.
The league is ``looking at rules and regulations,’’ including fines to ensure players don’t change the uniforms, which will be worn during the All-Star Game next week and used by all teams next season, Brian Jennings, the NHL’s vice president of consumer products marketing, said in an interview.


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The Replacements

A KK member wrote this in the KKF this morning…

NHL live just announced that Ed Jovo. will replace Scott Neidermeyer, and Andy MacDonald will replace Henrik Zetterberg at the all-star game. Does anyone have any info on this? I can’t find anything.

The Coyotes confirm Jovanovski being in…

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski has been added to the Western Conference roster for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game which will be played Wednesday, Jan. 24 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

added 2:35pm, press release from the NHL…

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All-Star Memories

from Linda Cohn at ESPN,

I know the diehards will watch, even if the game was on QVC. We’re all just glad to have the game back after a two-year hiatus due to the lockout and the Olympics.
It’s funny. For a game that doesn’t count in the standings, it sure can tap into our emotions at times and give hockey fans some memorable moments. We all have our favorites, and here’s my top 10:
1996, 46th NHL All-Star Game, FleetCenter
You can’t make this stuff up! Bruins veteran and fan favorite Ray Bourque broke up a tie game by scoring with just 37.3 seconds left in regulation to lift the Eastern Conference to a 5-4 win over the Western Conference. It was simply a great moment for a good guy, and for it to happen in front of his beloved Bruins fans made it even more special.


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