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from the Harford Courant,
Thirty-five players and management types returned to Connecticut for a lobster bake at the farm Friday night and a golf tournament at nearby Willow Brook Golf Course Saturday before a barbecue that included a band playing under one of two tents.
The player gathering was a who’s who of the franchise’s 25 seasons in Boston, Springfield and Hartford, starting with Hall of Famers Ron Francis, who will be inducted Nov. 12, and announcer Chuck Kaiton (2004). Francis, Dineen, Rick Ley and Randy Ladouceur were former captains on hand. Francis, Dineen, Ley and Ulf Samuelsson are four of the six players to have their retired numbers hanging in the Civic Center rafters.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from the Edmonton Journal,
Joe Juneau has taken up a coaching job in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, where he will lead a push to improve hockey facilities, and to provide education to Inuit children plagued by poverty, criminality and dropping out of school.
“It’s going to be a great adventure, not only for me, but also for my family,” says Juneau, who ended his 12-year NHL career at the end of the 2003-04 season as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.
Juneau first went to Nunavik for a vacation last spring. “I really fell in love with the extraordinary beauty of the place. And with its people,” he says.
But he was struck by the neglected state of hockey facilities and the lack of hockey organization in the Inuit villages he visited.
from the CN Miracle Match,
“CN is thrilled Wayne has accepted our invitation to help support the CN Miracle Match program which was formerly announced in June this year,” said E. Hunter Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Wayne holds a very special place in the hearts of Edmontonians and we know his presence will help bring even greater profile to this worthy cause.”
“I am looking forward to my return to Edmonton but especially because it will help raise money for Stollery” said Gretzky. “CN’s commitment to helping sick kids through the CN Miracle Match program is something I really wanted to personally support and I hope the people of Edmonton will show their generosity as well.”
Minimum bid to golf with Wayne is $12,500 or you can submit a bid to caddie for $2500.
via Jay Mohr at Fox Sports,
Hockey sucks too. I can’t root for a guy whose name on the back of his jersey has no vowels. I also don’t think a sport is legitimate if its inception depended on the weather.
Anybody know what Mohr is doing these days besides sounding foolish, again?
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from the AP via NJ.com,
A former state trooper who admitted to running a sports betting ring with a retired hockey star was sentenced Friday to five years in state prison.
While retired NHL player Rick Tocchet was the big name in the case, the trooper, James Harney, was the biggest catch for authorities….
Harney met Tocchet in the 1990s when Tocchet was playing for the Philadelphia Flyers and Harney tended bar at a hotel frequented by athletes.
After retiring in 2002, Tocchet became Gretzky’s top assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes but was placed on indefinite leave from his job after he was charged.
Under state law, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. But, as his lawyer emphasized, the crimes he pleaded guilty to usually do not result in incarceration for people who have had no other brushes with the law.
Authorities would not say whether they would request jail time when he is sentenced on Aug. 17.
Ir you are like me and listen to Leafs Lunch on a regular basis, here is a bit of news- Leafs Lunch wll be moving to afternoon drive-time beginning next Tuesday. Leafs Lunch will still be on at noon, but for only one hour.
Read all about it at the Toronto Star...
from the Standard Freeholder,
After watching on from the front office for the past couple of years, Hawerchuk has decided to make the leap behind the bench this season as head coach of the Orangeville Crushers of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League.
The hockey great - who is also part-owner, president and director of hockey operations of the Crushers - said he felt he could offer something more to the team and the players by taking over coaching duties.
“I enjoy working with the kids. That’s the biggest reason why (I decided to become coach),” Hawerchuk said.
Ice hockey is a fairly straight-forward sport. Think of it as football – except on ice, with big sticks and a smaller ball (the puck).
The aim is to score more goals than your opponent into a net, guarded by (funnily enough) a net-minder or goal-tender.
The rest of the team is comprised of five players, who play in a number of positions, similar to those on a football pitch. Two defensemen generally remain at the back of the five and are larger and more heavily-built than their team-mates. A centre is usually positioned in the middle of the rink and is the playmaker of the team, usually showing good all-round skills but particularly excellent vision and a solid and reliable pass.
continued... it sounds so easy!
from the StarPhoenix,
Windsor has become a summer hotspot for some in the hockey business.
From Europe, the United States and Canada, Bob Allen welcomes a new group of students each week to his Maximum Edge shop to get the ins and outs on skates.
“A lot of people don’t realize what goes into skate sharpening, from moms and dads to professionals,” said Washington Capitals head equipment manager Brock Myles. “I always want to improve myself and know different techniques and different systems.”
from the Democrat & Chronicle,
USA Hockey has opened the door to the ice for everyone, believing disabilities shouldn’t prevent someone from enjoying the sport.
“Our motto is, Hockey is for everyone,” said JJ O’Connor, chairman of USA Hockey’s disabled section.
There are four branches in USA Hockey’s disabled hockey division: sled, deaf, amputee and special.
“If you’re a hockey fan or you always wanted to try it, we want to provide the opportunity for you,” O’Connor said. “Maybe you have a cousin or a brother or a friend in a wheelchair, or they can’t hear, or they walk a little differently. We’re saying, ‘You can play hockey.’
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