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from Joe O'Connor of the National Post,
Kelly Hrudey used to catch his youngest daughter blinking, blinking one eye, then the other, and then both, and then blinking some more. She was about 11 years old at the time and the former NHL goaltender and affable Hockey Night in Canada host did not think too much about Kaitlin’s blinking since, when he would ask her about it she would shrug it off, say it’s nothing, Dad, or say nothing at all.
Kelly and his wife, Donna, chalked up the blinking to a phase, to just another one of those curious little things that kids do. Kaitlin, though, was doing other things. Begging off sleepovers with friends, complaining of stomach aches, missing school, barely eating and always wanting to be around her mother. And a little girl who loved nothing more than to dance, stopped wanting to go to her dance classes.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
They walked the streets, many in stunned silence and looking confused, wearing their bibs from the 117th running of the Boston Marathon.
Two deadly explosions at the finish line of one of the most historic road races shook this city and sent shivers across the world and a country into hysteria as many were left with one question: Why?
The area around the finish line of the 26-mile race on Boylston Street was evacuated after the blasts, which created a fireball and smoke that billowed 50 feet into the air from behind spectators and a row of flags, killed three people and injured more than 100, some of whom had limbs amputated. Foreign Affairs officials said late Monday they were not aware of any Canadians among the dead or injured.
Last night I wasn't at home where I would normally be able to follow most of the NHL through Center Ice.
Instead, I was at some fancy, hold your baby finger in the air type party and the only game on the TV was the Wings/Blackhawks, with the sound cut off.
Before I left home, I loaded the SofaScore.com app on my Android phone, which allowed me to follow the games I was interested in without causing a big issue from my better half.
There are 19 players who played their college hockey at Michigan who are currently in the NHL or played with a team in the NHL this season.
I am sure the players listed below (via CBS Sports) will be thinking Go Blue tonight and will be watching the game if possible.
So what do you think about the game tonight, Louisville or Michigan?
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
First thing you need to do is increase the number of voters. Currently there are 18, 14 of whom must support a candidate to grant admission to the Hall. That tight gap makes it too easy for a small bloc to prevent someone from gaining admission for any perceived flaw or slight. More to the point, it gets a little too incestuous, too tightly knit. Open it up a bit, decentralize the voting power and get some new blood in there.
What’s the right number? I don’t know, maybe 25? 50? I’ll leave that up to you. You don’t want to be like baseball where everybody but the popcorn vendors chime in, but there are experienced voices out there that could contribute to the process. More of them need to be heard.
And when you get around to adding those voices, how about breaking up the old boys club a bit? Yes, the NHL is and always should be the primary focus of the Hall. But it’s the Hockey Hall of Fame, not the NHL Hall of Fame. You’ve allowed women in as honored members. Now how about a couple of women on the selection committee? A few more European voices wouldn’t hurt, either, judging by the absence of players like Vladimir Krutov, Sergei Makarov and Sven Tumba iu the Great Hall.
And while we’re on about members, maybe you could have a talk with the guys about the builders category. I’m sure there’s a reason why everyone who’s ever been a part-owner of the Calgary Flames is in while legendary coaches like Pat Burns, Fred Shero and Mike Keenan have been snubbed time and again, but it needs to be addressed. And seriously: Don Cherry. It’s time.
And then there’s the process. It’s a little too…Canadian.
A lot of what I consider normal people went absolutely crazy last night on Twitter when Mr. T scored from center ice in the 'shoot the puck through the hole game' the Blackhawks have between the 2nd and 3rd period.
Call me crazy, but I would much prefer something like this...
from Jason Schwartz of Boston Magazine,
For a quarter-century, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs ruled the clubby equestrian scene in Wellington, Florida. From his palatial estate, he fought to keep the exclusive community exactly the way he and his family wanted it. Then a brash Boston entrepreneur named Mark Bellissimo appeared on the scene. Now the two men have declared war on each other—and the fate of the town hangs in the balance.
Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey of HNIC welcomed Matthew Perry on After Hours last night from Los Angeles.
Perry is from Ottawa and talked quite a bit of hockey during the segment.
Also, I'd personally like to congratulate Kelly Hrudey on being honored as a Kings Legend last night.
I had the opportunity to meet Hrudey at the SCF a few years ago and he told me if I ever needed anything, feel free to contact him. It meant a lot to me then and still does to this day.
Watch the 8 minute Matthew Perry segment below...
The montage featurse the song The Good Old Hockey Game by the late Stompin' Tom Conners.
thanks to Fred Murtz for the quick upload
Connors passed away today at the age of 77 (Wikipedia).
The music starts at about the 1:40 mark if you are not a Wings fan.
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