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from The National Post,
An unlikely name popped up Tuesday at provincial public hearings looking into reasonable accommodation for religious minorities in Quebec: Saku Koivu.
Lawyer Guy Bertrand, a separatist-turned-federalist-turned-separatist-again, dropped the gloves about the Montreal Canadiens’ captain’s lack of fluency in French.
Bertrand was critical of the Finnish-born Koivu’s failure “to respect the right of Quebecers to be served in French.”
Updated 6:46pm ET:
From TSN, a response from Koivu,
“I’m not perfect,” he told a scrum of reporters at the Bell Centre. “There’s nothing we can do when politicians have opinions on the team or on me Sometimes you can’t control what’s being said out there.”
Steve Williamson is on a mission: to visit all 30 arenas and see 30 NHL games in 30 days. So yeah, he’s sort of living our dreams right now.
For months, I’ve been planning the details of this 30 Games In 30 Nights trip. Poring through the NHL schedule for hours to find just the right combination of games, staying away from the frigid winter months when weather could disrupt travel, finding affordable flights that get me into each city by 2pm, coming up with backup travel plans if flights are cancelled, and so on.
So now I’m ready to roll, mentally and physically, for the Ultimate Hockey Road Trip!
Steve is attending his 5th game tonight in Montreal, and our own Paul Kukla had a chance to chat with him this afternoon.
From Rich Mueller at the American Chronicle,
This week, Classic’s [auction] sale was highlighted by a circa 1946 Bill Mosienko Chicago Blackhawks game used wool sweater plus socks and shin pads which sold for $25,390. A 1951-52 Chuck Rayner New York Rangers game worn jersey brought $20,938 while a 1974 Phil Esposito Stanley Cup-worn Boston Bruins shirt sold for $14,272.
Among the hundreds of hockey pieces sold were several from the collection of a former Edmonton Oilers’ public relations man. Bill Teule’s 1986-87 Stanley Cup trophy brought 19 serious bidders and closed at $21,000. The Oilers’ next title came the following season and that trophy brought $20,000.
One unique piece from Teule’s collection was a napkin signed multiple times by a young Wayne Gretzky. Teule and Gretzky sat in a restaurant in the early 1980s when the hockey superstar showed his friend the variations of his autograph. Teule kept the napkin, never dreaming it would someday sell for $2,341.
From Brent Jang at the Globe & Mail (Report on Business),
Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington, who turned his hand to U.S. golf ventures after his Canadian business empire crumbled, is liquidating the company he once hoped to turn into a leading supplier of high-end clubs.
Mr. Pocklington, chairman and co-owner of GolfGear International Inc., made the voluntary filing in bankruptcy court earlier this month in Nevada, where the company is incorporated. As a result of the filing, a lawsuit against Mr. Pocklington and other defendants has been temporarily placed on hold in the Superior Court of California, Orange County.
from Jack Blatherwick at Let’s Play Hockey,
More than any other sport, hockey has become a gold mine for outside experts. As we moved inside from the cold and snow, the added expense practically eliminated inner city hockey, moving it into wealthier suburbs. This fad – high-priced expertise – will finish this demographic change.
It doesn’t end with expensive advice. Folks are charging to test now — not ten bucks, not even a hundred. They come around with bells and whistles, with fancy brochures, advanced degrees and pedigrees, and super-advanced fees. They use big-time language — sometimes Latin, sometimes Greek — designed to impress.
read on... Jack says go back to the old-time hockey ways of training…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Fisticuffs on the ice? Cut to a crowd shot.
The no-fighting on television rule is long gone, because today Hockey Night airs more highlight clips of fights than any comparable telecast.
To get an idea of how the show’s policy has evolved, or devolved, a good start is Ralph Mellanby’s new book, Walking With Legends….
According to Mellanby, the no-fighting rule was discontinued after Dan Kelly was hired as host of the Montreal broadcast in 1967. Kelly said he didn’t want to be associated with a show that wouldn’t air the fights.
The next year, fighting was shown, but replays were not, by edict of the sponsors, Molson and Imperial Oil.
from Adam Kimelman at NHL.com,
Hitchcock did catch a Springsteen show at the United Center in Chicago on Oct. 22, so he was able to scratch that itch, but it was a chance meeting a few years ago in Philadelphia that turned Hitchcock into a fan of the New Jersey-born singer-songwriter.
Thanks to a friendship between Flyers equipment manager Anthony “Rock” Oratorio and a guitar technician who was part of Springsteen’s tour group, Hitchcock was able to attend a Springsteen sound check the day of a show at Lincoln Financial Field.
from the Nipawin Journal,
This is all old hat-trick to P.J., who in 2002 started a program at the U of S that offers a study of hockey literature. An immediate hit with students who might not otherwise have been attracted to a “lit” class, the program now has a waiting list every semester.
“I’m first and foremost a teacher, I love that, but this is a treat,” P.J. said. “I enjoy showing people something of the diversity of hockey literature.”
From Medical News Today,
The National Football League, National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Player’s Association have agreed to sponsor an educational program on sports concussions developed by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Consisting of a series of educational DVDs, this program is targeted to amateur and professional players, parents, physicians and coaches, and will provide information on how to recognize concussive injuries, seek proper evaluation, and follow appropriate return to play guidelines.
*Related: the National Athletic Trainer’s Association has a list of 10 Tips to reduce the severity of sports-related concussions, plus a study titled “How Many Concussions is too Many?” [PDF]
from All Things Avs,
This info. is this: The money Foppa makes from playing hockey now is PEANUTS compared to what he’s raking in from the sales of Crocs in his native Sweden.
My source said that last year, Forsberg - through his business interest of companies he calls Pforce, and distibutes Crocs in Sweden - needed to sell about 38,000 pairs of the comfy plastic shoes to “break even” financially. And how many did he sell through just HALF the year?
Almost 700,000 pairs, he said. And guess how much Crocs sell for in Sweden? About $90 a pair. I don’t know Foppa’s total take on each sale, but it’s safe to say he’s making money in the multiple millions of dollars - or, in Sweden, the Krona - just from that alone.
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