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from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,
Believe it or not, Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter didn’t have what it took to get an NHL deal after he was done playing in junior. Sutter was an 11th-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1978 draft, which really meant that Sutter had very little chance of ever donning a Blackhawks uniform in a regular-season game.
Sutter decided that his best career move would be to forego signing with Chicago and try his luck elsewhere.
In Sutter’s case, that elsewhere was in Japan. He signed with Iwakura Tomakomai of the Japan National League and for Sutter, it was the best career move imaginable.
from the Daily Pilot,
Mark Smith, the center for the San Jose Sharks, stood on the stage in a dark corner of the Blue Beet Café, strumming an acoustic guitar and belting out lyrics in a demented, nasal whine.
“I’m drowning in my own self-loathing,” he sneered over a pulsating beat provided by his two-man band. “But it feels so good/Just like it should.”
In his black T-shirt and jeans, the lead singer of the Vinyl Trees was barely recognizable as a hockey player. Two of his friends — Dustin Penner of the Anaheim Ducks and Joffrey Lupul of the Philadelphia Flyers — blended with the crowd in plain clothes. The Blue Beet was populated Thursday night with superstar athletes, but the night was about camaraderie, not competition….
Penner, who has spent numerous seasons facing Smith on the court(?), came to the show as an admiring fan. During the summer months it became easier to relax with the opposition.
from Sun Media,
Needless to say the brothers, hockey royalty from Thunder Bay, will take some good-hearted ribbing at training camp this fall.
And perhaps even at the older Staal’s wedding next Friday in the Lakehead.
It all started out innocently enough as a day of golf and an evening of partying at the posh Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas on Lake Superior. But as the sun fell and the beer flowed, things became a little rowdier amongst the 20 young men in attendance.
“It was a bunch of Canadian boys going wild,” an employee at the resort, two hours south of Thunder Bay, joked last night. “It was a bachelor party that went awry.”
Just somethng to keep an eye on…
from the Commercial Property News,
As part of the city’s efforts to ensure that the Las Vegas market is able to meet the demands of its growing population and tourism base from a sports and entertainment standpoint, the Las Vegas City Council approved REI Neon’s plans to build a 22,000-seat arena in downtown Las Vegas as part of the company’s $9.5 billion dollar mixed-use development, Project Pulse….
Construction is slated to commence in the third quarter of 2008. Arena construction is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2010 in time for the 2010-2011 fall sports season. REI received its entitlements to move forward with the development of Project Pulse on June 20.
more, but nothing hockey related, just some general news…
from the News & Observer,
Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal was one of 14 people arrested in Cook County, Minn., early Monday morning and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. One of his three younger brothers was also arrested.
Staal’s agent, Rick Curran, said Wednesday that the group was gathered at the Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas in Lutsen, Minn., for Staal’s bachelor party and he expected the misdemeanor charges to be reduced or dismissed. Staal, who will be married in August, could not be immediately reached for comment today.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,
Both players returned from Africa changed men forever. They visited orphanages and schools in some of Tanzania’s poorest areas where Right To Play has set up programs to try and help the poorest of the poor, many of them infected with HIV or AIDS and most of them without any parents.
“I didn’t have my bag for the first three days,” Montador said Tuesday. “But not having a change of underwear or socks for three days, big deal. I never even thought about it when I was hanging out with those kids and realized they were wearing the same ripped shirt for the past week.
“And some didn’t have any shoes. It absolutely put things in perspective.”
from the Windsor Star,
“The whistle is getting a rest, but the golf clubs are getting a real workout,” said O’Halloran, who is still a frequent visitor to his hometown.
“At least no one is hollering at me on the golf course. It’s a refreshing change for the summer.”
more on NHL ref Dan O’Halloran…
thanks to Snapshots for the pointer…
from the Legends of Hockey Network,
Here’s a little rundown on hockey’s history with gambling. Hockey had two scandals back in the 1940s.
On January 30, 1946 Pratt was suspended by the NHL. Pratt was the centerpiece of an infamous gambling scandal. Babe Pratt was suspended for betting on NHL games involving games that didn’t involve his Leafs. Initially the banishment was forever, but Pratt later admitted his ways and promised not to do them again. After 16 days, Pratt was reinstated. The NHL would change its constitution shortly afterwards to eliminate any appeal process for players found guilty of gambling.
from the Calgary Herald,
Move over, Harley Hotchkiss, Murray Edwards and Doc Seaman. Jarome Iginla has his sights on being an owner.
The Calgary Flames captain has joined fellow Kamloops Blazers alumni Shane Doan, Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor in an attempt to purchase the Western Hockey League junior club.
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