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from the Prince George Citizen,
He’s forgotten more stories than most people can tell.
An hour spent in a rink sitting next to Daryl Lubiniecki is time wisely invested—enough yarns to weave a coat of many colours.
Lubiniecki’s tales involve big names and they span generations. Now 66, the director of hockey operations for the Prince George Cougars is presiding over his 35th Western Hockey League camp. Add in his own time as a junior player and as a pro, and Lubiniecki has been intimately involved in 50 fall hockey training camps….
The NHL, minors and junior are littered with people who learned at least some of what they know under Lubie. Mike Babcock, Habscheid, Dave Lewis, Brown, Todd McLellan, Trent Yawney, Lane Lambert, Bruce Hamilton, Lorne Molleken and Donn Clark, to name but a few, all worked under Lubiniecki at some point in their careers, some as players, some as coaches.
from the Vail Trail,
In a world where athletes are celebrities, Marc Philippon is the hip surgeon to the stars.
He gave Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski the ability to continue skating. Pro golfer Peter Jacobsen credited Philippon on national TV when he won the Senior Open.
A successful surgery on golf legend Greg Norman earned Philippon a good friend and a few free golf lessons. Operating on former NHL star Mario Lemieux was a thrill for the French Canadian who grew up playing hockey and — as they figured out once they met — grew up playing hockey against Lemieux.
continued... not much more hockey talk, but a very good read…
from the Jersey Journal,
In 2001, off-duty Jersey City cop Domenick Infantes was killed while trying to stop an argument at a Fourth of July party.
Now, his memory lives on in his brother, Erik Infantes, who also is a Jersey City cop and who - with the help of the Do-It-Yourself Network’s “Man Caves” crew - has transformed his backyard garage into a tribute room to his brother and their favorite hockey team, the New Jersey Devils.
Despite the hard and dirty work, Infantes - armed with a nail gun instead of his typical 9 mm Glock - was all smiles as he described the end plan for his new lounge. The room will be painted in Devils’ red, white and black, with a couch and a coffee table built from hockey sticks, he said.
The highlight, Infantes said, was working one-on-one with Daneyko to build the hockey stick table.
“He showed up, and I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It was sort of a cool gift to me from these guys.”
Becks, who added that he was “honoured” to be called into the England squad again and was looking forward to facing Germany at Wembley next week, said he wants to keep raising the profile of Major League Soccer.
“I’m not silly enough to sit up here and say it’s going to be bigger than baseball, basketball, American football and ice hockey… I’m never going to say it is going to be,” he said.
“But if we can raise it to a certain level, and take it to a certain level - a level that’s higher than it’s ever been…
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
2. Hockey Night in Canada theme
Is there a melody more instantly recognizable to your average Canuck than this one? O Canada, maybe.
Someone (Stompin’ Tom?) should add lyrics to this thing. Then again, maybe it’s fine just the way it is.
Never heard a rock version of it, but it’s probably out there, somewhere.
a few more “hockey” songs made the Top 10.
Former National Hockey League player and Phoenix Coyotes associate coach Rick Tocchet received his sentence on Friday morning, as he was convicted on third degree conspiracy to promote gambling and third degree promoting gambling.
Tocchet, who appeared in Superior Court on Friday morning in New Jersey as a first-time offender, received two years probation on each count and will not serve jail time.
My understanding is the NHL will be releasing a statement on this situation. I will post it here when available.
“In light of today’s events, Mr. Cleary is now in a position to conclude his independent investigation. Once the Commissioner receives Mr. Cleary’s
report, it is probable that he will want to meet with Mr. Tocchet before making a determination.”
-Frank Brown, VP of Meda Relation for the NHL
from the Winnipeg Sun,
What everybody wants to know is what it was about former Manitoba Moose player Brandon Nolan that border officers at the crossing at the Ivy Lea Bridge, between Brockville and Kingston, Ont., didn’t like?
Whatever it was for almost two hours Monday, Nolan, 24, property of the Carolina Hurricanes, was a man without a country.
“It was really weird,” Nolan said in an interview yesterday. “As a citizen in this country, I was kicked out of my country.”
Or at least not let back in.
The the eldest son of New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan was returning to his own home in Whitby with his girlfriend Stephanie Antalfy from his parent’s home on Long Island in New York when he pulled his dad’s BMW up to the border point near Landsowne, Ont.
A routine questioning at the border seems to have turned into something that may end up going before the Human Rights Commission.
from the Mining Gazette,
Legendary Michigan Tech hockey coach John MacInnes got what he always wished for Wednesday, even if he was not alive to see it. Twenty-five years after retiring from coaching and 24 years after his death, MacInnes will be inducted into the hallowed halls of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
“This is one I didn’t think would ever happen, I’m glad I’ve lived long enough to see it,” said Jerry MacInnes, John’s widow, in a conference call held Wednesday. “Before John died, he said he didn’t know if he’d ever be inducted, but he wanted to have it happen for his grandkids.”
continued... great story!
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
OK. Sure. You have 24 of the top 25 women’s golfers in the world, plus a healthy helping of Hall of Famers here.
But sorry. Invite Wayne Gretzky to join you for the day and they’re all just a supporting cast.
Cristie Kerr, obviously one seriously messed-up woman in terms of billing herself as the No. 1 fan of the Phoenix Coyotes, made the mistake of asking coach Gretzky to join her at the Pro-Am for yesterday’s CN Canadian Women’s Open.
from the Eagle Tribune,
Where’s the massive facility? Where’s the 500-car parking lot? And where’s the jumbo Zamboni?
There is none of the above, this rink is 30 feet by 20 feet as compared to a 200 by 85 NHL ice surface. That’s where the “micro” comes in on “Micro Ice.”
The former teammates — Gomez played seven years with Pandolfo on the Devils before signing with the Rangers last month — are also partners in this concept, which includes a strength and conditioning area, hosted by “Body by Boyle.”
“It’s pretty basic,” said Dick Pandolfo of North Andover, Jay’s uncle and principal owner of the smaller rink, which he hopes to eventually franchise.
“People see the size of the rink and think it’s crazy,” said Dick. “We believe this is the future of hockey, at least in terms of teaching skills. These are more prevalent in Canada, especially around Toronto. It’s the one thing we are missing in hockey, at every level, but especially at the youth level. This is all about skills.”
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