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via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun (the only non Super Bowl item)...
Here is your perfunctory Canadian we have to have a hockey note from the Super Bowl note: The Harbaugh brothers played as kids in Michigan, Jim as a left winger, John a defenceman. But their mom wasn’t too happy when they made a goal out of chicken wire, put it on the driveway, and wound up shooting all the windows out of their garage. “They were glass,” said John. “She called dad in on that one.” They got in big trouble.
At the ACC for Bruins/Leafs.
from an email I just received,
Budweiser is launching a new campaign this Super Bowl Sunday. You may remember the response from last year’s Budweiser’ Flash Fans ad. Well, this year, Budweiser is back at it and we wanted to share a taste of what’s to come. A hint: the campaign features the newest piece of must-have hockey gear that will help Canadians celebrate hockey’s most exciting moments.
One video here and two below...
from Lawrence Martin at the Globe and Mail,
How philistine can you get, Canada? Ice hockey? Is that all you care about?
Our hockey obsession keeps growing. The lockout was supposed to dampen our appetite for the game, but it only heightened it. We defeat Germany in the World Junior Hockey Championship – it’s front-page news! Hockey adorns our currency – our $5 bills. Our Prime Minister is writing a book. It’s not about politics. It’s about hockey.
Check out the media. Of all the grave issues and cancers and maladies afflicting humanity, guess what took up practically more page space in the past year or so than any of them? A debate over hockey head injuries. It’s a serious problem, no doubt. But a priority?
Remember the age-old debate over what constituted Canadian identity? It’s over, Earthlings. The ballots are in. It’s hockey. It’s our religion, we’re told. It’s the culture. It’s who we are. After 145 years of history, that’s it.
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.
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