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NEW YORK (May 30, 2007) – Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelioshas been named the recipient of the Mark Messier Leader of the Year Award, presented by COLD-fX for the 2006-07 season in recognition for his outstanding performance as a player, his vast leadership skills and his dedicated humanitarian efforts. VERSUS will air a special segment on Chelios, hosted by Messier, during tonight’s Stanley Cup Final Game 2 pre-game studio show LIVE from the Honda Center in Anaheim.
CV Technologies Inc., the maker of COLD-fX - the official immune enhancer of the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association - will donate $25,000 to the charity of Chelios’ choice.
from Allan Wigney at the Ottawa Sun,
The relationship between music and hockey has been further solidified by players who have dared to dip their feet into the recording world. Leafs goalie Johnny Bower did so successfully, thanks to his hit single Honky the (Christmas) Goose. Kings legend Marcel Dionne fared less well with his peppy Please Forgive My Misconduct Last Night. And as for Guy Lafleur’s disco hockey instruction album, well, it has its moments.
(For instance, the booty-shakin’ passage, “When stick ‘andling, always carry the puck near the ‘eel of the stick for control.”)
It’s all part of being Canada’s game.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Jonathan Cheechoo had sports hernias on both sides when he finished and both Bill Guerin and Mark Smith were also troubled by the same ailment. And we all know about the trials of Ed Jovanovski.
Most of the players are blaming poor ice conditions, which force them to move their feet at enormous speed through slow, slushy conditions, but the experts are not so sure the ice is to blame. To be sure, the teams are taking a very serious look at this and wondering whether or not a lot of this core training, which has been ongoing of late, is the main factor.
“The core work that is being done is allowing these guys to get stronger and to perform better but it’s putting a lot of torque and strain on that area and we’re seeing this injury on the rise,” says Canucks medical trainer Mike Burnstein.
from the Daily Observer,
When Dorothy Villamere and her husband Cecil bought the family hunt camp near Dacre 58 years ago, never in a million years did she dream the Stanley Cup would find its way there.
As the winners of the ‘Bring Home the Stanley Cup’ contest on CBC, the family won the ultimate playoff party, complete with a visit from six-time Stanley Cup champion Mark Messier and hockey’s holy grail.
After much anticipation, at 6:45 p.m. just as planned, Mr. Messier emerged from behind the tall trees lining the dirt road leading to the camp carrying the cup.
from the AP via ESPN,
A year after it closed, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame will reopen under a new name in Eveleth, under a cooperative agreement between USA Hockey and the Hall.
Under the agreement announced Friday, the Hall will change its name to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, Inc. Plans call for reopening the museum in late May or early June.
Be sure to check out the listings of hockey blogs and podcasts on Kukla’s Hockey Links page. Many are still busy covering their teams for the playoffs; and plenty keep it up even with their teams out of the playoffs. Lots of great choices to keep us entertained.
Also, the 2006-07 HockeyFights.com Awards are going on now. With categories like “Kocur Award: TKO or KO of the Year” and “The Biggest Let-Down Award”, you can have a little fun supporting your favorite (and least favorite) scrappers.
And finally, don’t forget to head over to the NHL’s own YouTube page for highlight videos, added most days.
Update 12:31pm ET:
If anyone’s interested, I’ve posted some audio of post-game trash-talk, depression and high-hopes with Earl from Battle of California, and J.J. of Canucks Hockey Blog. Both were good enough to share their thoughts with me on the air, after the Canucks/Ducks game last night. Earl was actually at the game when we chatted, so he’s in a pretty good mood, yet still very nice to this traumatized Canucks fan, so I had fun!
Update 1:24pm ET:
Joe Pelletier has written a post on a group of researchers who reconciled the Conn Smythe Trophy winners prior to the trophy’s birth in 1965, with some interesting results. Some hockey history to feed your brain.
Update 2:13pm ET:
How could I forget to mention all the celebrity bloggers covering their teams? Foolish of me. Find them here.
from the Toronto Star,
Sure the beer may be cold, the hangovers pulsing and the aging legs on fire, but those post-game grins aren’t memories saved from something once-young: a passion for the great game burns in the desert.
And with the NHL playoffs airing in Dubai via satellite, that passion has gone global (sort of). Witness the just-completed CAE Dubai Mighty Camels tournament (won by the host club, but that’s beside the point). The DMCT is home to a mind-boggling 18-team, three-tier round robin, stacked with over 100 Canadians – Maritimers and Albertans, mostly – nearly all of them lost in their 30s, working all over the Middle and Far East. These guys take the DMCT seriously. Very seriously. Almost as seriously as the beverages.
from Unnati Gahndi of the Globe and Mail:
The woman behind hockey legend Wayne Gretzky says the intense media coverage of her alleged involvement in a U.S. gambling ring blew things “out of proportion.”
In her first in-depth interview since the coverage of the betting scandal hit the stands last year, Janet Jones tells Chatelaine magazine that the media scrutiny put a strain on the family, including the couple’s five children.
“It’s unfair that Wayne and I have had a great marriage for 20 years and a nice family, and the people in the media could care less if they are trying to cause friction in your marriage, trouble in your family, and make your kids feel a certain way,” she told Chatelaine in a story published in the May issue.
“That was a little hurtful because it was like, ‘Why? What have we ever done to you?’ “
The entire article can be found here, but there’s nothing more to it.
from the National Post,
“Are you OK, hon,” she asks, gently, the words delivered with a sweetness that show she has never stopped loving the man in front of her.
“It is so hard for me to express,” she says. “They tell you there is no such thing as a soulmate, but Dave is mine. I knew right off the bat that we would get married. “He is such a kind man.”
Dave Balon’s clear blue eyes shift toward the sound of his wife’s voice and lock on to her loving gaze. “It’s been a long time for us, eh, honey?” Gwen says. “Yeah,” he whispers.
Balon used to talk in torrents. Words would pour out of his mouth so fast, and so softly uttered, that the hockey writers who hung around the dressing rooms in New York, Montreal, Minnesota and, at the sad end of his 13-year National Hockey League career, Vancouver, would scribble madly or risk missing what Balon had to say.
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