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from Mike Youds of the Kamloops Daily News,
An oldtimers hockey team hit the ice as darkness fell Wednesday, but they weren't chasing a puck.
The Old Dogs jumped into action and probably saved the lives of a woman and two dogs after they plunged into the water from a ledge of ice along the Thompson River.
Team members were having a few beers at the Anavets clubhouse (formerly the Beachhouse Restaurant), with a clear view of the riverfront a stone's throw away, when duty called.
"We were just trying to help the young lady out of the river when she went in," said Bert Kant, drying out after his January dip. "I missed the Polar Bear Swim," he quipped.
from Charlie Gillis of MACLEANS,
With $320,000, you could buy a home in a medium-sized Canadian city, or an education at an Ivy League university. Or, you could do as a growing number of parents do: spend it on personal trainers, road trips, sport psychologists and league fees in the faint hope your child will attain fame and fortune in hockey. Ken Campbell, a senior writer at the The Hockey News, and co-author Jim Parcels explore this phenomenon in Selling the Dream, a book about how hockey parents, kids and the game itself are paying a steep price for Canada’s national obsession.
Q: I was struck, as many hockey fans were, by an ad Nike ran just before Christmas, which played on a familiar and romantic notion linking pro hockey to scenes of frozen lakes and small-town arenas. How far does that imagery stand from today’s reality, as witnessed by a kid dreaming of an NHL career?
A: The dream is still pure for most people; hockey is and always will be an enormous part of the Canadian cultural fabric. But I want people, when they read this book, to realize that it’s time to dial things down a bit. Hockey has become almost too important in Canada; in a lot of ways, it’s all we have. We have athletes who excel in other sports, but the stakes in hockey have gotten so high that it seems all-pervading. People get caught up in the dream very quickly, and very easily.
via Dr. Gage of the Merritt Herald,
Regardless of your feelings on the NHL lockout, it is my job to try and have you physically fit enough to handle the long hours of sitting in front of the television while trying to get your NHL fix. Thus, I have listed a few stretches for you to do between periods and after watching a game. For all of you out there who don’t watch hockey but like to simply watch different programs on TV, these stretches will work for you as well.
1. Lean forward to stretch and take the pressure off the lower back. Even if you do not feel a stretch, it is still good to release the muscle tension in the lower back. Hold for 20 seconds while breathing normally. Repeat four times.
2. Start in a standing position with your feet shoulder-width apart and pointed straight ahead. Slowly bend forward from the hips. Always keep your knees slightly bent so you do not stress the lower back. Let your neck and shoulders relax. Go to the point that you feel a slight stretch in the back of your legs. Hold for 20 seconds. Do not lock your knees or bounce. Repeat four times.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
Brad Richards, the son of lobster fishers in Prince Edward Island, joined the Rangers just 17 months ago, but he is definitely a New Yorker now. In the days after Hurricane Sandy, he has been a frequent volunteer in hard-hit parts of the city, gutting flood-damaged homes in Queens and helping to organize a benefit hockey clinic on Staten Island.
It is work he has let others speak for, work he has not wanted treated like a celebrity photo opportunity.
On Saturday, Richards will help make a public contribution, serving as a team captain in a charity game in Atlantic City to benefit families affected by the hurricane. Called Operation Hat Trick, it will feature a star-studded lineup that includes Martin Brodeur, Henrik Lundqvist, Daniel Alfredsson and Steven Stamkos.
"It was really cool. The hockey game was a really awesome experience. It was like three buds hanging out. It was in Detroit and the Red Wings have their fan base that is hard-core. The environment just made it that much cooler. It was very memorable."
-Julian Alcaraz, cast member of "Red Dawn". More at NHL.com by Tal Pinchevsky.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The Hockey Hall of Fame resides in this city, but in a building formerly known as the Bank of Montreal. Clues about its former tenant can be seen in the thick steel doors to a vault upstairs — in a room now known as the Great Hall.
For hockey fans, no other adjective need apply to describe this and the many other rooms in the building just off the corner of Yonge and Front Streets. Under a dome of colorful stained glass, all of hockey's major trophies sit majestically, surrounded by illuminated hand-painted portraits and biographical sketches of each of the Hall of Fame's 366 members. In the converted bank vault sits the original Stanley Cup, donated by the Lord Stanley of Preston in 1892 for the winner of what was then known as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup for the best amateur team in Canada.
The much bigger, better known version of Lord Stanley's Cup sat in the Great Hall on Saturday, getting its picture taken hundreds of times surrounded by smiling men, women and children. At a time when joy in the hockey world has been absent, thanks to the tired, ongoing soap opera known as the NHL lockout, the Cup always brings a smile to peoples' faces.
Be safe tonight.
J.S. Bach - Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.
from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,
The DVC Indoor Shooting Center in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia is a haven for guns, ammo and catharsis — a safe, controlled environment where one can shoot off a few rounds and work out life's frustrations on a target across the room.
Some shooters bring their own objects at which to aim and fire. Wes Yen, the manager of the gun range, said that Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is among the more popular homemade B.Y.O.T. (bring your own target) options. (We imagine getting a bead on Biebs has become more difficult since the haircut.)
DVC also provides some target options for shooters: The standard bull's-eye; a zombie target, so you can recreate the escape from the farmhouse in "The Walking Dead"; and, most recently, one that depicts NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
from Lee Berthiaume at the Ottawa Citizen,
The National Hockey League has become the latest professional sports league to voice last-minute opposition to a bill that would legalize betting on individual games.
That has prompted parliamentarians spearheading the proposed legislation to question the sports leagues’ motives, setting up a fight that could have dramatic ramifications for the country’s gambling scene.
The Criminal Code only allows legal betting on three or more sports games at a time.
Bill C-290 would change that so provinces could set up rules and regulations for single-game betting.
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