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from the News Journal,
Frank Costa’s life seems pretty normal on the surface. He owns a small business, has a couple of kids, loves his new girlfriend.
But a closer look shows that he’s got a $70-a-week habit.
Frank Costa is a hockey junkie.
Costa can’t not play, not even for a day. Today will mark 730 consecutive days he has skated, stickhandled and shot a vulcanized rubber puck.
That’s two years without a single day off. Rink owners throughout the region open on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day, so Costa can keep his streak alive.
from the New York Observer,
But every time a hockey player moves away, the neighborhood’s overall burliness suffers an immense blow. Alas, recent retiree Brian Leetch, a high-scoring New York Rangers defenseman for more than 16 seasons, has sold his apartment at the Bromley on West 83rd Street for $3.718 million.
“We had a painter that came in,” Mr. Kirman said. “The first thing he said is, ‘It looks like an athlete lives here.’” The apartment’s 47-foot-wide living and dining room has a floor-to-ceiling waterfall, which the Leetch family “turned off because their kids figured out that it was fun to play with the water.”
from the Hockey Hall of Fame,
The Stanley Cup arrived and was taken first to the Miller family home, where family and a few close friends ran their fingers over the engraved surface, pointing out friends, former teammates and heroes.
Drew took the Stanley Cup over to Sparrow Hospital and shared his victory with the children in the pediatrics ward. It wasn’t his first visit there by any means, as he regularly visited the youngsters while attending college as part of the Spartan Buddies program.
from the Windsor Star,
A memorial service scheduled Saturday for the late John Ferguson Sr. is likely to attract a who’s who of the hockey world to pay tribute to the Montreal Canadiens tough guy who made the Windsor area his home.
Ferguson, 68, the father of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr., succumbed to prostate cancer Saturday.
There will be no private service, Ferguson’s daughter Christina Ruhl said Monday, but they are anticipating a strong turnout from the hockey fraternity for the Saturday memorial.
“My brother (John Jr.) has been receiving quite a few phone calls,” said Ruhl.
“A lot of people have said they want to come and it’s just a question of getting flights and everything. We put it later in the week to give people time to get here.”
added 6:49am, from the Ottawa Citizen,
Hull respected Ferguson for his work as an NHL enforcer, although it might have cost Hull’s Blackhawks a Stanley Cup. In the 1960s and ‘70s, the Canadiens and Blackhawks met three times in the final, and Montreal won all three.
But in that ‘65 meeting, it was a beating put on Eric Nesterenko by Ferguson that swung the series. Whether accidentally or with a purpose, Nesterenko brought his stick down on Ferguson’s head in Game 5 of the series - and paid for it with three vicious rights to the face by Ferguson.
Bleeding profusely, Nesterenko went off for “repairs,” and did return, but sheepishly. Montreal won the game 6-0, and though the Blackhawks pushed the series to the limit, their will was gone. Chicago fell meekly in Game 7, 4-0.
from the News & Observer,
Ten years after the team arrived in North Carolina from Connecticut, the Triangle is starting to become a destination for many current and former NHL players, attracting free agents to sign with the Hurricanes and retaining those who played here.
(Aaron) Ward signed with the New York Rangers after the Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup run and was traded to the Boston Bruins in midseason.
He kept his house in Cary and this summer moved to North Carolina for good from suburban Detroit.
Ron Francis is the most notable, but he’s joined by current NHL players such as Ward and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Bates Battaglia, who owns the Glenwood South bar Lucky B’s.
Former Hurricanes Steve Halko and Robert Kron chose to settle in the Triangle after completing their NHL careers, and Tom Barrasso, who played only five months for the Hurricanes during the 2001-02 season, has looked into buying a house here.
Today Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones-Gretzky celebrate their 19th wedding anniversary.
To read more about the wedding and actually see a video of the day, check out the CBC archives.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
How proud the NHL must be to know one of its players has been hosting a camp that instructs kids as young as 12 how to physically decimate their opponents with their fists.
in case you missed the story Adam is referring to, you can read it here...
from John McGourty at NHL.com,
To hear Tom McVie tell it, John Ferguson Sr., who died Saturday after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer at age 68, liked to be surrounded by family and friends, hockey and horse-racing people, good food, good music and good horses.
Understanding that Ferguson was losing his battle to cancer, a group of life-long friends gathered with John and his wife, Joan, back in March for one last good time.
from Dave Stubbs at the Montreal Gazette,
Four decades ago, because of John Ferguson, I was sent to bed without supper and docked a week’s allowance.
And while I long ago forgave the Montreal Canadiens’ hard-rock winger whom we sadly lost to cancer on Saturday at age 68, I’m not so sure about my sister.
Fergy was one of my childhood heroes; nothing unusual about that for a Montreal schoolboy in the mid-1960s who thought the Stanley Cup was loaned autumn through spring by the Canadiens to the National Hockey League.
from the Ynetnews,
Ice hockey evokes associations of snow, freezing temperatures and an audience wrapped in heavy coats. Yet, Sunday, in the middle of the boiling, humid, Israeli summer, the Jewish world’s ice hockey championship was opened in Metula….
Competing teams represent the US, France, Israel and Canada. In Sunday’s first game, held yesterday the US beat France 6:4, although as long as the Jews win, who cares.
from the Vancouver Sun,
Two men — one of them a San Jose Sharks draft pick — are lucky to be alive after their plane crashed south of Port McNeill on Vancouver Island, Saturday, killing the pilot….
Warrant officer James Warden said it took about 10 minutes to get through the dense bush, carrying medical equipment.
They hadn’t even spotted the wreckage when they heard one of the men responding to their call for survivors.
The voice belonged to Glenn Olson, a left-wing free agent with the NHL’s Sharks, Warden said.
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