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Former Flyers Draft Pick Arrested For Murdering A Referee

via the IIHF,

KOSICE, Slovakia – Kosice police arrested 23-year-old forward Ladislav Scurko on Thursday. The Slovakian player is suspected of murder and has confessed to it, the police announced at a press conference on Friday.

Scurko is suspected of having killed referee Marek Liptaj with 14 knife stabs in January 2008 at a highway roadhouse. The corpse, buried in a forest, was discovered in December 2008.

The police didn’t reveal the motives for the crime, but announced that Scurko will face a jail sentence of 15 to 20 years.

The 2004 sixth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers played for his hometown club, Spisska Nova Ves, and the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds before beginning his professional career with HC Kosice of the Slovakian Extraliga. He won the league title with his club earlier this spring.

Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer and Takng Note has some information on this too.

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In Other News - Hasek With Another Comeback

via Russia Today,

The 44-year-old goaltender signed a contract with HC Moeller Pardubice for next season.

Pardubice is Hasek’s home town, and he started his career in the colors of the local club.

“I’m really glad I could sign a deal with this club,’’ Hasek said. “It’s a club where I spent the most years. I’ve never even thought I could play for any other club in the Czech Republic. I’m looking forward to the next season.”

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2009 World Championships

From Risto Pakarinen at The Hockey News:

With just seven days remaining until the opening games of the 2009 World Championship in Switzerland, the top four European teams are sizing each other up at the Ceska Pojistovna Cup, the fourth leg of the Euro Hockey Tour between Finland, Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

In the first game of the tournament, Jaromir Jagr made a comeback to the Czech nationals and led his team to a 2-1 win over Sweden.

and much more with an eye on European hockey

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KHL Signs 3-Year European Broadcasting Deal

Kontinental Hockey League Press Release:

The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and Viasat are proud to announce a three year agreement for broadcasting rights.

The KHL grants Viasat the legal right to broadcast Kontinental Hockey League games for the 2009/2010, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons, as well the current season’s playoff games.

 

 

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Just Stop Playing

from David Staples at The Cult of Hockey ,

Jiri Slegr – remember him? – might be ending his career … and not the way he’d like it to end.

In a game against Liberec in the Czech top league, Extraliga, the Litvinov stalwart fell down on the ice with about 90 seconds to go to the final buzzer. Fully conscious, but unable to move, he was carried on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance and taken promptly to a hospital in Most, to be transferred later to a bigger hospital in Usti nad Labem.

“My back and legs stopped working all of a sudden” Slegr recalled in a conversation with the idnes.cz web site. “As my legs turned off, I fell. I felt pain both in my head and my legs, I knew I was down, and I was terribly scared. One never knows what’s going on inside.”

continued

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KHL President Talks Jagr & Emery

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We had arranged to interview the KHL president and oil magnate through a league spokesman. We thought the timing was right given the Jaromir Jagr rumors, the Ray Emery situation, the world economic crisis, the nose-diving Russian ruble, falling oil prices and, well, the KHL’s survival.

An Edmonton Journal blog had the industry chirping Tuesday when it speculated the Oilers were taking another run at Jagr (they tried to sign him last July). The Oilers denied it. As we pointed out Tuesday, Jagr can’t leave his Russian contract with Omsk Avangard; and besides, if he did somehow sign with the Oilers, he’d have to clear NHL waivers first.

“Mr. Jagr played today for Avangard,” said Medvedev, who was in New York to take in the Capitals-Rangers game. “Legally, he has a contract. It would surprise me if it was really true that Edmonton tried to negotiate a deal with Mr. Jagr. I don’t like those rumors. But Edmonton publicly announced it wasn’t the case.”

Besides, continued Medvedev, Jagr is signed for “two years plus one [option].”

“And there is no-out clause [in the contract],” added Medvedev.

read on

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, khl, ray+emery

Agent: Emery to Stay in KHL

From Pierre LeBrun at his ESPN blog:

We have an update for you on that Ray Emery situation we first told you about this past weekend. The former Ottawa Senators goalie has had a change of heart and returned to his Russian hockey club in the KHL.

“I talked to Ray on Monday, and we made the decision that he should go back,” his agent, J.P. Barry, told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “I felt that he should finish what he started and that we would continue to work out the compensation issue.”

Emery didn’t report back to Mytishchi Atlant last week after the league’s break, citing a breach of contract with the club. Emery and Barry believed the Russian team has been using the wrong exchange rate to pay the goalie, and by their count, they were down about 33 percent in pay throughout the course of the season. Emery threatened to stay home in Ottawa until the matter was resolved, but he arrived back in Russia on Tuesday.

continued…

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Wayne Fleming Fired by KHL Team… Again

Back on January 9th, we cited a report indicating that the former Flames assistant coach was fired by Avangard Omsk of the KHL, mid-game.  The following day, Darren Dreger of TSN noted a “power struggle” seemed to be going on, with Fleming acknowleding that “I guess they didn’t fire me.”

Well, for anyone keeping up with the trials and tribulations of Wayne Fleming, today brings this news from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:

Wayne Fleming, the Canadian-born coach of the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League’s struggling Avangard Omsk team, is out again as coach – this time for good, it would appear.

Russian hockey sources confirmed Friday Fleming was relieved of his coaching duties earlier this week…

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  Tags: khl, wayne+fleming

No NHL This Season For Forsberg

Peter Forsberg says if he plays this season, it will be in Sweden this year.

Read about in an AP story via Sports Illustrated.

Sportbladet in Sweden has a story too and here is a google translation.

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Long Distance Game Call

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

Friday night, they broadcast the Ducks’ game played here against Tampa Bay.

Saturday morning, they broadcast an all-star game played in Moscow.

Yeah, thatMoscow, the one in Russia. Not the one in Idaho.

Estimated travel time from Southern California: 12 hours.

How did they do this, exactly? How’d they leave Honda Center at 11 p.m. and, six hours later, call a game 6,000 miles away?

“Three cups of coffee,” Brent Severyn said, “and two doughnuts did it for me.”

It also helped that NBC was able to bring Moscow to them, to Severyn and partner John Ahlers, the two taking a red-eye drive, just 45 minutes up the freeway, transatlantic carpooling.

continued

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