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Wine & Hockey

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

The NHL Alumni Association has rolled out a Signature Wine Series, a 12-bottle collection—six Chardonnays, six Cabernet Sauvignons—featuring the likeness of some of hockey’s greatest players.

In Chicago, the two wines, produced by Ironstone Vineyards of Murphys, Calif., are Bobby Hull’s “Golden Jet” 2007 Chardonnay and Tony Esposito’s “Tony O” 2005 Cabernet. The wines are sold at Binny’s and in the United Center’s restaurants and suites….

Quigley said it was a wise move for the hockey world to expand its demographic reach by making hockey-related wine. Though beer is enormously popular among sports fans, “wine should have its day as well,” he said.

Those demographics already might be changing. Fans in the United Center’s pricier seats and luxury boxes can order wine from waiters. The old Chicago Stadium “[smelled] of 70 years of beer that had embedded itself in the concrete,” Quigley recalled almost wistfully.

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Lafleur Suing For $3.5M

from CBC,

Hockey legend Guy Lafleur is suing the Montreal police and Quebec’s Crown prosecutor for $3.5 million.

The former NHL star, arrested in January for allegedly giving contradictory testimony at his son Mark’s bail hearing, pleaded not guilty to the charge on Feb. 7.

Lafleur’s lawyer, Jean-Pierre Rancourt, told the CBC on Tuesday that Lafleur opted for legal action because his reputation and ability to make a living have suffered since the arrest.

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A Day Early

from SSNN.com,

“Look at the run we had in Detroit with the Red Wings in the mid-to-late 90’s,” Federov continued. “It got to the point where we were so good at diving, and we were getting so many power plays that the NHL stepped in and made rules to hamper our style of play. As you can clearly see, the game of hockey has never been the same, and that’s what will happen to the MLS if this initiative goes through.”

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The Maven Knows Table Hockey

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

In case you were wondering how the magnificent set wound up on television, it’s a simple story. The fellow who designed this fantastic set, Rick Benej, actually builds each one by hand. He started his table hockey-building business in 1982.

For the past 26 years, Benej has been crafting a game which has so passionately caught the media’s fancy that he has been profiled in no less a publication as The New Yorker Magazine, not to mention Esquire, The Wall Street Journal and the Schenectady Gazette, just to name a few good reads. And all because his game, Table Hockey.com, is so close to the real thing that sometimes you can’t tell the difference between Madison Square Garden ice and the shiny 31 inch by 48 inch surface of Benej’s game.

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Former NHLer Gagner Charged in Collision

From Canwest via the Ottawa Citizen,

London Knights assistant coach and former National Hockey League player Dave Gagner is facing impaired driving charges following an incident in the southwestern Ontario city Wednesday night.

Gagner, 41, was involved in a rear-end collision about 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, said London Police Const. Amy Phillipo. He was charged at the scene when police arrived.

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She Loves The “Zam”

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

But why would any self-respecting author – Frankel’s works have appeared in The New Yorker magazine, Cosmopolitan and just about everything short of The Hockey News – want to climb aboard an ice-shaving-grooming machine invented by Frank Zamboni?

Martha, who lives in the Catskill Mountain hamlet of West Shokan, confesses that it’s all rooted in her absolute, unequivocal passion for the New Jersey Devils and her favorite of all faves, goalie Martin Brodeur. Well, just a moment, Marty is second; the Zamboni still is at the top of her list.

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The Stanley Cup Design

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The Hockey Hall of Fame has recovered a half century-old treasure, the blueprint of today’s Stanley Cup.

The undated sketches are thought to have been made in 1956, about the time the Cup was changed from a two-piece trophy with a removable bowl into today’s famous one-piece, five-barrel model. The drawings measure about 16 inches by 20, and show how the older model was to be rebuilt and retouched.

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Hockey Isn’t Cuddly

From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

Fighting used to be ingrained in hockey culture. These days, however, there seems to be more taste for a kinder, cuddlier game. So is it time for fighting to go?

I can only shake my head at the attention the Jonathan Roy story has received in this country this week.

When did the tree huggers take over this bloody country? When did we all become such bleeding hearts that a junior hockey brawl shocked our collective senses so badly we became outraged?

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Update 2:38pm ET: Gare Joyce at ESPN addresses how Patrick Roy’s situation may ultimately affect his legacy with the Montreal Canadiens.

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Everybody Hates Chris… But Loves Willie

From Thomas LaRocca at NHL.com:

“I was nervous,” O’Ree said of his taping. “I was more nervous than in my NHL debut. I had my lines all down pat and then they changed the script and then changed it again.

“This was my first acting appearance and it was fun; but I would much rather be on the ice playing hockey.”

Spoken like a true hockey player.

Also appearing in the episode was New Jersey Devils goaltender Kevin Weekes. He was also in the scene with O’Ree, helping the two main characters, Drew and Chris, with directions to see the New York Islanders play Wayne Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers in the early 1980s.

Thanks to Steve for giving me the heads up.  This episode of Everybody Hates Chris airs on the CW network, March 30th.  A preview is available below:

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Staying in the Pros

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

Keeping a pro hockey career going in the minors when you’re 35 is a roll of the dice anyway. So if you’re going to do it, why not skate straight to Las Vegas? That would be the natural explanation for why Chris and Peter Ferraro, the twins from Sound Beach and former Rangers, are on The Strip. [...]

It has been a fascinating odyssey for the two brothers. They were on the 1994 U.S. Olympic team, or at least Peter was after Chris was the final cut and went to Lillehammer as an alternate. They were teammates on a college national championship team at Maine. Both were drafted by the Rangers, played here and there in the NHL, spent time in the Islanders system, played together in Sweden and Germany. But theirs is less a hockey story than it is a family story. It always has been.

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