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Wojtek Wolski’s Comeback

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

When he thinks back to the terrifying moments that came after he crashed head-first into the boards on that October night in Russia, Wojtek Wolski remembers fearing the worst.

“I remember thinking I was paralyzed,” Wolski said in a recent interview with The Star.

And when you watch the video of the incident in question, clipped from the third period of an otherwise unremarkable game in which Wolski was playing for the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk last season, it’s easy enough to fathom a career-ending disaster. Skating hard in pursuit of a puck, Wolski lost his footing and slid on his stomach toward the rink’s sidewall. As he went, an opposing player fell on his torso, essentially blocking Wolski from using his arms to absorb the impact. Out of control at high speed, Wolski’s helmeted head took the brunt of the blow instead. The memory of the aftermath remains vivid.

“It’s like you hear these bells just going off in your head telling you to move — to move your hands, to move your feet,” Wolski said. “It’s like the bells just got louder and louder and louder, until I started moving my hands and feet. And then it was like, ‘OK, that’s a good sign.’ It’s actually insane how the body works. It has mechanisms to protect you in those situations. It’s fascinating what happens.”

It’s fascinating, too, to hear the details of how the 31-year-old Wolski found his way from that scary scenario to a resumption of his athletic career. 

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Report- Ilya Kovalchuk Will Stay In The KHL

added 4:57pm,

 

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Video- A Mad Datsyuk

via BarDown,

Sunday, with the series tied 1-1 against HC Dynamo Moscow, Datsyuk did something you rarely ever see from him, destroy an opponent with a hit, and the hit actually led to a game misconduct.

Datsyuk racked up 25 minutes in penalties on the one play, and you can see why he was frustrated as he was hit pretty late before exacting his revenge for lack of a better term.

Obviously the game misconduct comes as a shock, especially considering Datsyuk has never had more than 35 total penalty minutes in one season in his career (NHL and KHL).

 

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Los Angeles Kings Will Oversee Operations Of Berlin Eisbaren Hockey

BERLIN / LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings will now oversee all operations of Berlin Eisbaren Hockey, it was announced today at a news conference at Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Eisbaren Berlin of the German Ice Hockey League and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League are owned and operated by AEG Sports, a division of the Anschutz Entertainment Group. The LA Kings will now begin leading all hockey operations and administrative matters, directing the day-to-day leadership of Managing Director Peter John Lee. Lee will report directly to LA Kings President, Business Operations and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille.

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Video- Woa

 

Reading the comments, it may be an older video.

 

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Video- 70 Years Of Russian Hockey

Although it is in Russian, the video tells the story.

 

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Dave King On Sergei Makarov

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“It got to the point where, because I wasn’t playing him in the last two or three minutes of a game, he would undo his skates, take off his helmet, put his gloves in his lap, lean his stick against the glass and just sit there,” King said. “But one night, we were up two goals, so I thought we were safe and I barked: ‘Roberts, Nieuwendyk, MAKAROV!’ I did it late, too, so the line that was on the ice was already coming to the bench and now Sergei’s in a panic.

“He flips on the helmet, doesn’t do up the chin strap. Puts on his gloves, grabs his stick, didn’t get his skates tied up properly, and over the boards he goes. Immediately, he gets the puck and goes in and rings a shot right off the crossbar. He does a quick turn, comes back to the bench, sits down and gives me the longest stare you’ve ever seen.

“That was Makarov. Sometimes, it would happen to the players too. If a guy just shot the puck in, Sergei would give him that same look – like the kiss of death, as if he were wondering, ‘Who am I playing with?’ What planet are they from?’ But he was really a great player – and a really interesting guy.”

more on Makarov...

Below, a fan-made video tribute to Makarov...

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Angelo Esposito Still Playing The Game

from Tal Pinchevsky at ESPN,

One game with the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL. That's all it took for Angelo Esposito to decide he was done.

It was a fun game too, in which the Komets scored four third-period goals to force overtime against the Indy Fuel before winning in a nine-round shootout. Not a bad way to kick off the 2014-15 season. That is, unless you had been tabbed for greatness as a teenager but found yourself still toiling in the minor leagues seven years later.

Esposito let his coach know the next day that he was going back home to Montreal. With that, one of the top prospects in the 2007 NHL draft was ready to call it a career after a nomadic, injury-plagued pro run that never included a regular-season NHL game.

"I went to the East Coast, and [during] that first game I didn't feel comfortable anymore playing. I thought to myself, 'Maybe it's time I moved on,'" said Esposito, now 27. "Honestly, the first month [off], I did absolutely nothing. I didn't step on the ice until December, and then I started playing with my buddies in their beer league just for fun."

He ultimately decided to come back, and his return to pro hockey last year helped him gain a new perspective on hockey and life.

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Video- China Is A Country Full Of Tradition

The puck drop is not one of them.

 

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Playing With The Stars In The KHL

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Steve Moses, proud son of Leominster, started this new hockey season on his club’s No. 1 power-play unit, setting up the likes of former NHL stars Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk.

For a kid yet to give up the dream of one day playing in the NHL, that’s pretty good company.

“We really have a pretty unbelievable roster,’’ Moses, 27, noted last week, reached by telephone at his apartment in St. Petersburg, Russia. “I mean, I watched those guys growing up and have a huge amount of respect for them. It’s a little different when you are out there with two legends. You sort of listen to them and go where they tell you to go.’’

It’s a fair bet, if your lens on the pro hockey world is strictly the NHL, that you haven’t heard much of Moses. He played four seasons with the Boston Jr. Bruins, then four more at the University of New Hampshire (class of 2012), and his two best shots at the NHL thus far have been short-lived stays with Connecticut and Milwaukee of the AHL.

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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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