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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!
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.”
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.
*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.
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.
Got to love love those small, acrobatic goaltenders!
from Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,
Anyway, for Quinney, and other golfers the NHL teams will sponsor in the future, this obviously means some subtle changes so that the Coyotes’ and NHL’s brand can truly expand to the links. Here are my suggestions:
Naturally, “Howling” Jeff will wear the Coyotes logo on a Coyotes sweater, wearing a Coyotes helmet.
He has to grow a mullet. No matter what anyone says, a mullet looks cool under a helmet.
No teeth in post-tournament interviews.
from Hayley Mick of the Globe and Mail,
...And like divas with their “it” bags or businessmen with polka-dot ties, professional goalies have long expressed their individuality with customized paint jobs on their masks.
Now amateurs are getting in on the act, paying big money for helmet art to illustrate passions and alter egos ranging from Mr. Potato Head to Metallica to portraits of their children.
“I’m just aiming for an expression of my likes,” said Randy Hall, a 43-year-old father from Mississauga who plays senior men’s hockey three times a week wearing a tribute to his favourite band, Rush, on his head.
Nice little feature from yesterday’s NBC Today Show, covering the pond hockey tournament recently in Minnesota.
*more at USA Pond Hockey
from the Barrie Examiner,
There’s no room for cars in Tim Bailey’s two-car garage in a south Barrie neighbourhood.
The ‘Ice Box Arena’ takes up all of the floorspace, 16 feet by 14 feet of natural ice for his children and area kids to play hockey.
“You get in there and it really takes you back,” said Bailey, 47, a former professional hockey player. “You hear the kids playing and the laughter.
“It’s such a great feeling. The passion comes out in the neighbourhood.”
Most press releases sent out by the NHL’s hockey teams are simple and dry updates, as you’d expect—but the minor leagues come up with some rather creative promotions sometimes.
The University of Michigan’s new football coach Rich Rodriguez has become enemy #1 in Wheeling, W.Va., and so The Wheeling Nailers (the “AA” affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers) decided to take advantage of the hard feelings.
Below is the full text of the team’s official press release from a couple days ago:
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