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from Terry Frei at ESPN,
There are at least seven men eligible this time around, most of them for the first time, who belong in the Hall and will get the call someday.
The toughest question isn’t always whom do you leave out. This year, it certainly is.
My four-man class would be Glenn Anderson, Ron Francis, Igor Larionov and Mark Messier.
The group represents two no-brainer picks; one acknowledgment that the shrine in lower level of the Toronto office and shopping complex is the Hockey Hall of Fame and not the NHL Hall of Fame; and one long-overdue choice.
The toughest omissions would be Scott Stevens and Al MacInnis, and there are reasonable arguments, whether for this year’s or subsequent classes, to be made for Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Dino Ciccarelli, Phil Housley, Doug Gilmour, and Claude Lemieux. And maybe even Tom Barrasso, whose cactus-needle demeanor shouldn’t be allowed to diminish his accomplishments.
from Rob Brodie of the Ottawa Sun,
Here ‘‘Rudy’’ is again this week, heading up the Czech Republic delegation at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
It’s a tournament that has captured the imagination of this country like no soccer event before it.
But Bata, a jovial 80-year-old from Prague, knows full well which game will always tug at heartstrings here more than any other. He saw it firsthand 35 years ago, playing a not so bit part in what still remains one of the great moments in Canadian sports history.
Bata was one of two officials on the ice in Moscow on that September day in 1972, when Paul Henderson’s goal allowed Canada to triumph in the final game of the famed 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union.
read on for some memories…
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The NHL hasn’t landed in Las Vegas yet, but Penguins forward Maxime Talbot is headed there hoping for riches.
Talbot has won his way into the main event of the World Series of Poker, a tournament that draws several thousand players, usually has a $10,000 entry fee and could make the winner $10 million or more.
It starts July 6.
“Everybody’s asking me about that,” Talbot said when he stopped by the Mellon Arena locker room while it was buzzing with the first day of conditioning camp for prospects.
“I’m kind of nervous. It’s a different kind of competition. I don’t know how well it’s going to go, but I’m pretty excited.”
from the Niagra Falls Review,
Wayne Gretzky, is the latest and greatest to put his name on a Niagara wine, it was announced in Toronto Tuesday.
Wayne Gretzky Estate Wines, emblazoned with the No. 99 on the label, the number Gretzky wore while piling up Stanley Cups and scoring titles during his amazing run in the NHL, is a partnership with Creekside Estate Winery in Jordan Station.
from the Record,
Stevens and his longtime Rangers’ rival, Mark Messier, are expected to headline one of the best induction classes in the Hall’s hallowed history.
They’ll likely be joined by former Calgary and St. Louis defenseman Al MacInnis and ex-Hartford, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Toronto center Ron Francis.
“It’s a big thing,” Stevens admitted. “I don’t really think of a lot of things, but you think about the Stanley Cup and after that I maybe thought of the Hall of Fame, thinking that would be really neat. That would be some accomplishment to be recognized with other great players.”
added 10:15am, Legends of Hockey has a different spin on the class for this year…
Too many deserving members and only 4 positions. My money is on Messier, Stevens, Larionov, and Bure. Francis probably should get the nod over Bure, but somehow I see the Hall making a bit of a political move here.
from Marcia C. Smith of the OC Register,
The goaltender who this week signed a four-year, $24 million contract extension to stay home, helped his Ducks to their first Stanley Cup earlier this month. He was the masked man they mobbed when they won and the first-time NHL champion who raised the trophy into a heavy rain of confetti and fans’ love.
He cried that night. But not so much because of hockey.
He cried out of joy for what his life has taught him since the morning of April 3. He celebrated what life has shown him about having supportive friends and teammates, having access to gifted doctors and mostly about being a caring husband and a nurturing first-time father to a child who, at birth, could barely see half his world.
This is a follow-up to the story Alanah posted two days ago…
from the Russian Imformation Agency,
British Airways has officially apologized to former NHL star from Russia Pavel Bure, who filed a lawsuit with a Moscow court demanding the airline pay $770,000 in compensation for moral damage.
Last October the retired NHL right wing, known as the “Russian Rocket”, was scheduled to fly on BA875 flight from Moscow to London, when the pilot of the aircraft allegedly mistook Bure for a Russian soccer fan, and refused to take off until the hockey star left the plane.
via the Mercury News,
The NHL draft is two days away, and the Sharks are gathering information on important matters such as whether their prospects like prostitutes.
A prospect named Dana Tyrell told the Prince George Citizen about his odd interview with the team.
“They were just firing questions so fast sometimes I didn’t even get a chance to answer,” he said. “But one question they asked was this - if I was in Central Park and I knew I was going to die, would I pick up a hooker, get a cab and drive away even though the cab driver was going to kill me, or get a hotel room to die there? They were laughing at my answer.”
from the Ahwatukee Foothills News,
Ed Kastelic is Ahwatukee Foothills’ version of Arnold Schwarzenegger, constantly reinventing his career.
But instead of becoming a bodybuilder turned actor turned politician, Kastelic has gone from professional hockey tough guy to fitness expert, and now from fitness expert to entrepreneur.
Six months ago, Kastelic received a patent for a new brand of exercise equipment he invented, called Eskalation, which consists of multi-tiered blocks that can be adjusted in seconds during a workout and used for specific movements….
During 220 career games in the National Hockey League with the Washington Capitals and Hartford Whalers, Kastelic racked up 719 penalty minutes. He played in an era during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s when the NHL may have been at its roughest, and Kastelic personified the style.
Kastelic was suspended numerous times during his career and has duked it out with some of the game’s most famous fighters from the last two decades. He even knocked out legendary brawler Bob Probert during a junior league game in the early ‘80s.
The Gov. of Michigan wants to institute a 6% luxury tax on ticket sales.
Christy at Behind the Jersey has all the details…
Not sure how I feel about this yet- The tax would require the owner to pay the tax on every ticket sold. Eventually, the fans would be paying for it, or will they?
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