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A Lasting Love Affair

from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

The photograph from a family album shows Jean Béliveau slipping an engagement ring onto the finger of Élise Couture. It is Christmastime 1952 in Quebec City, a tinselled tree behind them.

This June 27, the couple will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary. And it is hardly a measure of their marriage that, on this Valentine’s Day, neither recalls the details of Béliveau’s proposal to the woman who took his heart then and keeps it to this day.

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For The Love Of Hockey

Heck, I never knew Earl Sleek was such a sensitive guy…

A Hockey Love Poem

When we first met, my dear, you gave me that look,
And from that first moment, my poor heart was hooked,
I thought it would pass, but that wasn’t the case,
You cut into my heart with a high-stick to its face.

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Not A Good Match

from Tony Gallagher of the Province,

What’s troubling, at least to hockey fans, is that UFC and WEC are doing promos and buying time on NHL telecasts, further linking hockey with fighting in the minds of Americans and almost certainly turning off women and mothers with young children from the game of hockey.

In the U.S. public eye, hockey has forever been associated with fighting, long before this unseemly unofficial association began taking shape. Jokes from such comedians as Dave Letterman and Jay Leno quickly spread to big time sports commentators, who are simply too lazy to learn anything about the sport. But since the NHL got turfed off ESPN and began showing its games on Versus, hockey and fighting seem inexorably linked in the minds of sports fans in the U.S. This association is becoming more pronounced, and it has to be turning off a lot of fans.

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A Different Life Now

from Robin Short at the Hockey News,

Every now and again, seven years after that horrible September day, Rob Cimetta closes his eyes and sees the silhouettes of heroes. The grizzled faces of New York’s bravest, climbing into their rescue gear, about to walk through death’s doorway.

“We’re running out and they’re coming in,” recalled the former NHLer of a meeting cut short by the World Trade Center alarm bells on Sept. 11, 2001. “I remember seeing a jet engine in the middle of the street, like a 100 yards from the building and we finally figure out what happened.”

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Boogaard… The Basketball Edition

Not a hockey story, but it still caught my eye… from The University Daily Kansan:

Big 12 Rookie of the Week Krysten Boogaard is a 6-foot-5 freshman center from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Boogaard is coming into her own as a player, averaging 11.6 points, 7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks during the last five games. Her brother Derek is an enforcer for the Minnesota Wild of the NHL.

Q: Growing up, were you a bigger fan of basketball or hockey?
A: Well I grew up in a hockey family, like I was pretty much born in a hockey rink. So I really liked hockey and I tried it but it wasn’t something for me so I tried basketball. I’d say I was a bigger fan of basketball.

Q: Two of your brothers started a controversial camp, the Derek and Aaron Fighting Camp, for kids ages 12-18. What’s your stance on the camp?
A: I think it’s a good thing that they’re doing that because they’re teaching kids how to protect themselves if they do get into a situation where someone is going to try and fight them. It’s just like Tae Kwon Do or anything like that. The game plan is not to go out and fight somebody.

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  Tags: basketball, derek+boogaard, krysten+boogaard

Gouche Does Moscow

Formerly a pro hockey player overseas, Kerry “Gouche” Goulet writes a short series on his tour of Moscow:

You would think Day two could not exceed day one, but it just got better! Yes it did. After enjoying a typical Russian breakfast we were whisked off to the Kremlin by limousines, where the Professor (Igor Larionov) had organized a personal tour of the Kremlin and the Russian Palace (a separate story to follow). Outstanding! It’s a tour only for dignitaries and Capazoo and the Gouche were there.

Now, the real big deal. Hockey equipment packed up and placed on the bus. The final destination, Red Square. You got it, the Red Square; Cold War, espionage, tanks, missiles etc. But we were only armed with Canadian and American hockey players, hockey equipment and hockey sticks battling only Russian hockey players and of course the cold on an outdoor rink!

 

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All About Sweat

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

Elite hockey players are heavy sweaters in general, Spriet said, because of three factors: a high-intensity workout, considerable protective equipment and warm arenas (between 14 and 17.7 during games).

Spriet, who since 2005 has been the advisory board chairman with Canada’s Gatorade Sports Science Institute, also said hockey players have a culture that makes them more likely to use water instead of sports drinks to hydrate on the bench during practices and games.

The study’s conclusion states “elite ice hockey players have very high sweat rates and despite numerous opportunities to drink, replace only 60 per cent of the sweat losses.”

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Dehydration and the Quality of Hockey

From the CP,

If you think hockey players sweat less than other elite athletes because they play their sport in cold arenas, think again.

Fully one-third of players who took part in a new University of Guelph study were significantly dehydrated while on the ice, actually sweating more than some athletes thanks to all that heavy equipment and high-intensity bursts of skating.

That sweat on the brow could be exacting a significant toll on the quality of a player’s game, said study author Lawrence Spriet, a professor of human health and nutritional science.

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*Spriet’s study and testing of hydration issues, and how they progress during a normal game to affect physical and mental acuity, has focussed on members of recent Canadian World Junior teams, and the New York Rangers.

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  Tags: hockey, medicine, sports+nutrition

Hockey Song Challenge

CBC had a contest for the best version of the Hockey Song, written and sung originally by Stompin’ Tom Connors.

Watch the winning video in case you missed it during the HNIC pre-game Saturday night.

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A Star In The Making

Got to love love those small, acrobatic goaltenders!

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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