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from the Pioneer Press,
Thursday night, about two dozen players ages 12-18 paid $50 apiece to learn from the Boogeyman and his protégé, Aaron, his youngest brother and a former Wild prospect now under contract to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The kids learned how to leverage their strength when decking an opponent, protect themselves against punches from various angles and condition their bodies for the physical play that is the cause of, and solution to, the NHL’s identity crisis.
The second “Derek Boogaard Fighting Camp,” which includes T-shirts splotched with blood-red dye, was staged inside a stuffy miniature rink with boards, glass and plastic ice.
added 12:07pm, from Russo’s Rants,
Trevor Lakness, who runs Puckmasters and first had the idea for the Boogaard’s to run the camp, has received several complaints from parents about the Boogaard’s teaching children how to fight.
The Drew Remenda Show on CJME has also received calls from angry parents referring to it as a “Goon School.”
Boogaard, however, says he’s not trying to teach kids how to fight or “hurt people.” He feels fighting is inevitable in hockey and he’s trying to teach these children how to defend themselves and not to get hurt.
from the New York Times,
Richard D. Fairbank plays center on a full-contact recreational hockey team. He coaches his youth teams at the local rink, and is a part owner of the Washington Capitals.
So when Mr. Fairbank, who is also the chairman and chief executive of Capital One Financial, talks about his company’s strategy, it is hardly surprising that he calls it the Gretzky Concept.
“If you go to where the puck is going instead of where it is, it is a lot easier,” he said in a recent interview in his office at the company’s sleek new headquarters outside Washington.
read on...a lot of banking talk…
via the Sun Wire Sevices,
Hockey commentator Don Cherry will be initiated as an honourary life member of the Royal Canadian Legion in a special ceremony on Saturday in Kingston.
He will be just the 40th person so honoured in the legion’s 81-year history, joining luminaries such as Mackenzie King, John Diefenbaker, Lester Pearson, Dwight Eisenhower and Earl Mountbatten.
“I gotta tell you this means an awful lot to me and I really mean that,” Cherry said in a noticeably softer-than-usual tone during a phone interview. “I can’t really put it into words except to say I’m quite humbled that the legion thinks that much of me to honour me in this way.”
from Russell Levine at NHL.com,
This is the battle that has been joined by Athletes Against Autism’s founding players: Washington Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig, recently retired Atlanta Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby, and former NHL goaltender Byron Dafoe….
With over 35 athletes in attendance and over 100 golfers on the course Monday, the event raised more than $300,000 for autism research and awareness, bringing the two-year total to over $500,000. In addition to the three founding hockey players, the NHL was also represented by Kolzig’s Washington teammate Matt Pettinger and Brian Willsie of the Los Angeles Kings. They were joined by current and retired players from the NFL, NBA, and MLB, as well as the world of professional volleyball….
At the end of the day, awards were handed out to the winning foursome—a group headed by former NFL player and action star Fred “The Hammer” Williamson—but the real winner on this weekend was the autism community. Thanks to the concerns of a trio of NHL players, a wide spectrum of athletes has lent their voice to this fight. If the growth from Year One to Year Two is any indication, it is a voice that will only gain strength.
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
“I’ve never seen this kind of reaction,” she continued. “Winkler is known to be sort of calm. But this has taken it to a new dimension.
“I don’t think it’s just limited to town. I’m getting phone calls from all over: Elkhorn, Beausejour, Carman, Morden — every town on the map. It’s become a southern Manitoba type of event.”
Even people from Grand Forks, N.D., and a few other little places in the States want to get in on the action, which gets underway at 1:30 this afternoon in the Winkler Arena.
“Doors open at 1 p.m.,” Penner said. “We expect lineups well before that.”
from the Mas-Su Valley Frontiersman,
As part of that mission, O’Ree and former NHL Rookie of the Year Henry Boucha (a full-blooded Ojibwa Chippewa) helped found a hockey camp in Wasilla whose goal is to expose Alaskans from all walks of life to the game of hockey.
O’Ree said Friday that the idea behind the camp is to get kids to understand that barriers between races and classes are meaningless out on the ice.
“There’s just one common goal,” he said. “To play together and have fun.”
from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,
“It’s not the end of the world, I can tell you that,” Larionov told The Canadian Press upon learning the news. “It’s OK with me. I’m absolutely not disappointed.
“Those are four great players, and I just wish them all the best. It’s a good day for them and that’s fine.”
Larionov, in Alaska on a golfing trip, understood it was a tough year to get in.
“I guess I have to wait and see,” said the 46-year-old. “But to me it’s not a big disappointment. That’s the way it is, it’s nothing I can control.”
via the Globe and Mail,
The Globe and Mail has learned that Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens will be announced later this afternoon as the four inductees for the Hockey Hall of Fame in the fall.
update 3:44pm, Press release from HHOF...
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.
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