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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The mother country that gave Canada warm beer, Coronation Street and Benedict Cumberbatch, can now lay claim to originating and exporting our cool national sport.
Yes, there's some new, compelling and no doubt controversial evidence that hockey came from over 'ome and was played, with basic rules, much earlier than 1875 in Montreal, generally accepted as the first official match.
Before you dismiss it all as hum-buggery (how many English players have won the Hart Trophy, anyway?), check the extensive work put in by a trio of hockey historians in Sweden and Canada. They will present their findings Saturday at the annual meeting of the Society for International Hockey Research in Penetanguishene, Ont.
from Gary Buiso of the New York Post,
It was March 26, 1989, and a furious electrical fire in Britton Fisher’s Brooklyn Heights apartment building forced him to make a split-second decision — what was the one thing he would save from the inferno?
“My Rangers jersey — and I held it tight,” he said.
Overcome by smoke, he was helped by a cop to a fire escape. But as firefighters battled the blaze, they broke the building’s heavy glass windows.
So Fisher flipped the jersey over his head.
The shards bounced off like rejected hockey pucks.
“That jersey saved my life,” said Fisher, 51, who has since outgrown the “magical,” size medium shirt. The home jersey now hangs in a closet in his Boerum Hill home.
But since 1997, Fisher has been paying tribute to the Rangers by snapping photos of himself in jerseys on all seven continents and 35 countries.
from the CP at TSN,
With tensions already running high between the hometown Canadiens and their arch rival Boston Bruins, city officials say they're staying vigilant to ensure the passion doesn't morph into mayhem on Montreal streets.
The city has garnered a reputation during recent NHL playoff runs for its jubilant, spontaneous celebrations that occasionally deteriorate into rampages highlighted by vandalism, looting and violence.
In the only Canadian city hosting playoff hockey this year and with the team's biggest rivals in town, authorities say they're ready for anything with the series tied 1-1 heading back to Montreal.
Anie Samson, a member of the city's executive committee, said the administration is prepared ahead of Tuesday's Game 3 at the Bell Centre.
"We are concerned about (potential problems), but we are working with the police and we have a plan," said the city councillor in charge of public security. "We are ready and we hope it's going to work."
Provided by Bovada,
Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup
Boston Bruins 5/2
Chicago Blackhawks 15/4
Pittsburgh Penguins 6/1
Anaheim Ducks 13/2
Los Angeles Kings 7/1
Montreal Canadiens 8/1
New York Rangers 10/1
Minnesota Wild 12/1
from William Douglas of The Color Of Hockey,
In a weekend column in The Los Angeles Times, Sandy Banks wrote that it’s time for Los Angeles Clippers’ Donald Sterling to give up ownership of his National Basketball Association team in the wake of recordings on which he purportedly makes racist comments about black people. Banks offers a novel solution for Sterling if he wants to stay in the sports business.
“Let the real estate magnate and Clippers owner take his millions and buy a hockey team,” she wrote. “Then he won’t have to worry about black superstars showing up for games on his girlfriend’s arm.”
Reading that line saddened me, angered me, and made me think that maybe I haven’t been doing my job with this blog. Her suggestion that Sterling “buy a hockey team” is a zinger, a real humdinger, perhaps designed to add a little levity to a serious problem. The only problem is that if Banks paid a little more attention to hockey maybe she’d know that the zinger has lost its zing - that hockey isn’t exclusively white anymore on the ice, in the stands, in the broadcast booth, or in the owner’s box.
With one paragraph, Banks bought into a stereotype. Hockey has the hat trick – a feat in which one player scores three goals in a single game. Banks scored a double negative by suggesting that Sterling and his alleged racist ways could find a safe haven in the overwhelming whiteness of hockey.
Since speaking with the Shnarped Hockey guys last October – right before they very successfully pitched to the Dragons’ Den - their fan engagement platform has really taken off. Shnarped connects fans to their favorite hockey teams and players, and has 100 NHL players plus 1000 NHL prospects using the platform. And now this hockey season, more fans have received messages from NHL players on Shnarped than on Twitter – pretty impressive.
As founders of a charity called Hockey Players for Kids, Dustin Sproat and Kyle Hagel (who currently plays for the AHL’s Portland Pirates) recognized a problem with how fans were trying to communicate with players. They saw lots of positive messages being directed towards players on Facebook, and lots of negative messages directed at players on Twitter. Obviously players appreciate the positive notes, but Facebook isn’t designed for interaction with strangers and so most of these messages would go unanswered.
Shnarped solves this problem by providing a positive, youth-friendly community for fan interaction. A top-notch news and stats database provides up to the minute information about any and all players (making it great for the fantasy hockey guru), and the players that are ‘verified’ on the platform can very easily respond to their loyal fans via their core interactive feature, the pound.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The fishing trips always bring out that smile his sons love and cherish.
Gordie Howe never was one to sit around, and that hasn’t changed even as dementia roils his health. He turns 86 today, an event that will appropriately be celebrated in Detroit, because no city ever has celebrated Howe more. He reigned here as a local hockey folk hero for three decades, defining what it meant to be talented and tough.
Howe doesn’t come to Detroit a whole lot any more, because he cannot be on his own. He has spent the past four months in Lubbock, Texas — staying with his daughter, Cathy, and her husband, Bob — escaping the harsh winter that would have impeded his physical activity. The man who six decades ago dominated opponents in hockey remains a man who doesn’t like to be still.
Keeping Howe active can be as simple as buying a rake, but there’s nothing better than getting him onto a body of water.
TORONTO (March 26, 2014) – Pat Quinn, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that Columbus Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations and recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award (2009), John Davidson, has been appointed to succeed Jim Gregory (HHOF Class of 2007) as Chairman of the Selection Committee, effective April 1, 2014. Davidson’s extended term appointment was confirmed along with three new members of the Selection Committee at the Directors’ meeting held earlier today in Toronto.
"You get a premium education with the opportunity to go compete for a national championship in a large city that really has no professional sports team. There's a lot to be offered up here."
-Urban Meyer, head coach of the Ohio State University football team, located in Columbus, on recruiting a player to OSU.
More from Brian Stubits at the Eye on Hockey.
added 6:58pm, via Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch.
Urban Meyer said he is a fan of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL and the Columbus Crew of Major League soccer, and in a text message sent to The Dispatch today he wanted to make it clear he misspoke in an interview with an Atlanta newspaper last week in which he was quoted as saying Columbus had no major league sports.
“I have great respect for both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Columbus Crew organizations,” Meyer wrote today. “The intent of my comment about football recruiting was that Columbus doesn’t have professional football. I should have made that point clear, and I do apologize for the misunderstanding.
“I am pulling for the Blue Jackets in their playoff drive and I wish the best for the Crew under its new leadership.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
For all those who spoke Tuesday, all those who painted wondrous picture with words of who Terry Trafford was and why his life was so important, no one could really explain what happened. No one could explain how this young man, so funny, so full of mischief and pranks, so blazingly fast on the ice, so beloved, so full of friends, so loved by many — and always, said Payne, “with a smile ... he could make you laugh in a split second” would then take his own life.
The small room at the funeral home was not surprisingly jam packed. The hall outside the room, where almost as many people could look through the window and hear the words, was equally crowded. A few members of the Saginaw Spirit sat in the front row, wearing their bright blue uniforms. But not all the team was there. And the coach, Greg Gilbert, and the general manager, Jim Paliafito, were stunningly and inexcusably absent.
At the front of the chapel, the autographed jersey beside the casket was not from the Spirit, the team that sent him home and then told him not to come back. It was a Toronto Bulldogs jersey, a summer-league all-star team top, with autographs all over it. A memory of better times.
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