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tee rap of Rink RAP with some great stories from Michigan head hockey coach Red Berenson, like this on Bobby Orr...
“I was playing for the Rangers in his rookie year. We’d heard all this hype about this one player who was supposed to be so good at age 18. And Harry Howell was our veteran defenseman, I think he had won the Norris trophy the previous year.
So there was some talk about, there was no way this kid could be that good. I mean Harry Howell won the Norris Trophy. And after the first period we were looking around at each other and somebody said to Harry, ‘Harry, forget about the Norris Trophy. You’re never going to win that again.’ This is after one period in Boston against Orr his rookie year.”
thanks to an RT from Billy Jaffe for the pointer
A year ago, Gordie Howe was in terrible shape, today he is much better.
Hometown Hockey was in Corner Brook, Newfoundland this weekend and had some great video features.
Here is one on John Tavares and P.K. Subban and please check out all the rest of the videos.
P.K. Subban and John Tavares are two of the NHL’ s brightest stars and they forged a friendship as rivals in minor hockey. But the connection between the families started long before the two were even born.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
Former NHL defenceman Ian White was arrested on Friday in Winnipeg and charged with a number of weapons-related offences, Winnipeg police said.
White was remanded into custody after his arrest and was scheduled to appear before a magistrate on Saturday, police spokesperson Eric Hofley told TSN. Hofley said he didn't know whether White has been released on bail.
White faces two charges of careless use or storage of a firearm or prohibited device, and single charges of unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in an unauthorized place, unauthorized importing of a prohibited or restricted firearm, and breach of recognizance.
from Jeff Hicks of the Waterloo Region Record,
Plan to invest time and toil in an outdoor rink this winter?
Think twice about tending backyard ice. You might be shovelling all your blister-bursting efforts into a quick-sinking slush fund. A flood of frustration may await you.
"This El Niño stuff, you know?" said Waterloo outdoor rink enthusiast Robert McLeman, who is part of a RinkWatch team of Wilfrid Laurier University researchers studying the melting future of outdoor rinks in a climate-changing Canada.
El Niño. Two words that pour salt in the skate-blade wounds of any outdoor ice surface.
McLeman sees a short season for outdoor ice brewing in a big pool of warmer water off the west coast of North America.
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,
The perspective is a remarkable one, one that each time humbles, reassures and, especially today, staggers.
The perspective of a warrior, of a fighter, of a hero.
The perspective of a solider.
We’d talked Wednesday at Honda Center, before the Ducks-Oilers game, on a night when the military would be honored for Veterans Day. And, once again, I was astounded by the unrelenting commitment of someone willing to give their final breath.
Wade Scott told me about the day in 2011 when, during a firefight in Afghanistan, he was shot multiple times, four bullets ripping into his side and another through his wrist, leaving his left hand looking like “hamburger with fingers sticking out of it.”
Three more rounds struck him in the chest, the Army master sergeant able to tell the story now only because of the body armor that absorbed the Taliban’s worst.
Then, Scott, a veteran of 14 years of service, said this:
“That could have happened at any other time during any other deployment. A lot of things much worse happen to people all the time. It was just my day and I got lucky.
“But, yeah, I’d do it again tomorrow. That’s what our job is. It’s a passion. People tend to fall in where their passion lies. It’s part of who I am.”
We had met to discuss Defending the Blue Line, a nonprofit that assists military children interested in ice hockey.
Sportsnet’s Scott Morrison reflects on Remembrance Day and the NHL’s deep ties to Canadian war veterans.
from Andrew Duffy of the Ottawa Citizen,
A new study suggests the Mounties had a powerful pacifying effect on the Canadian West that continues to be felt more that a century later — even in the NHL.
In research published this month by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, economist Pascual Restrepo shows that violent crime rates remain much higher in prairie communities that were founded far from an RCMP fort during the settlement of the West between 1890 and 1920.
What’s more, he says, the Mounties’ civilizing effect extends to the NHL: Statistics reveal that prairie-born players from areas historically outside the reach of the RCMP spent considerably more time in the penalty box during the past three decades.
Restrepo examined data from 737 NHL players from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta who were active between 1980 and 2007.
Those who were born in communities first established more than 100 kilometres from an RCMP outpost were penalized, on average, 24 seconds more per game. That adds up to about 100 additional penalty minutes during a typical career.
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