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From CTV News,
The family of Keith Magnuson, who was killed in a drunk driving crash caused by former Toronto Maple Leaf captain Rob Ramage, is asking a judge to spare Ramage a prison sentence.
Magnuson’s son Kevin told a Newmarket, Ont. judge on Tuesday the Ramage family has been punished enough by the fatal accident and subsequent trial and conviction.
The Magnusons said they have forgiven Ramage for his actions, and would rather see him receive a sentence of community service instead of a penitentiary term.
*A surprising position for the family to take, considering they chose to take Ramage to civil court and were awarded $9.5 million in their wrongful death lawsuit.
from the Montreal Gazette,
As Dupuis and others can attest, a backyard rink can provide countless hours of fresh-air fun, and building a basic ice sheet is relatively easy and inexpensive.
It requires a few basic materials costing between $300 and $400: wooden planks for boards; wooden or metal stakes to hold the boards in place; a heavy-duty plastic sheet to serve as a liner; and a hose to flood the rink ... and don’t forget the snow shovel.
“The first thing is to put up the boards,” said Dupuis, who uses 10 large planks to construct a rink 25 to 30 feet wide and 60 feet long. Each pine plank is two inches thick, 12 inches high and 10 or 12 feet long.
“I stand them up and use metal brackets to attach them all together and stake them into the ground,” he explained.
via Duffer’s Dabbles,
Wings coach Mike Babcock admitted he knew of a hockey player who’d taken a performance-enhancing substance, but felt it was wrong to label such athletes as cheaters.
“I don’t believe for one second that the guys who did this looked at it like they were cheating,” Babcock said. “They looked at it as, ‘I’ve got to do what I can to be the best that I can be.’ They looked at it as a way to have a good career and it’s come back to haunt them. And when they looked back at it in hindsight, they probably said, ‘Geez.’ That’s when you look at yourself as a human being and you see the difference between right and wrong. It’s a terrible thing to be stripped of medals and be stripped of your integrity, because integrity is everything in this world.”
from Mark Dwyer at the New Canaan News-Review,
I face off against an icy conundrum. Hockey is a sport that fascinates me, but also one I doubt I will ever follow as religiously as I do baseball, college basketball and football….
I don’t know why I never started to follow hockey when I was younger. The more and more I thought about it, the more ridiculous it sounded when I analyzed all the other activities that preoccupied my childhood.
I learned to ice skate where the New York Rangers practiced, though I never felt the need to attend a Rangers practice.
One of my favorite toys was a mini stick which I used in endless games of basement hockey. When above ground, I spent entire afternoons with that stick (which bears the Rangers’ logo), a baseball glove and some ridiculous type of mask while defending my friend’s bookshelf.
“As a retail team, we asked, what should a hockey store be?” said Boge, a principal at Gensler, which was the interior designer of the new headquarters of The New York Times. “Everybody started reminiscing about skating in a rink or a pond, playing high school hockey or going to games. We remember the sticks, playing or watching the game. And people respond to the sticks. It might be from bending or shaping or taping them.”
He added: “We wanted something that said, this is the center of it all. This is where it happens.”
Each ring of the sculpture contains more sticks than the one above it. The top tier has 100, the middle one 145 and the lower one 190, so the full entity feels like something that is spreading its bulk toward those viewing it. The hollowed-out plastic sticks are smaller than regulation, but the blades are standard size. In each tier, the sticks are grouped in fives, with each stick hanging at a slightly different level than the others to create the illusion of movement — a “swishing quality,” Boge said. The structure is held together with an intricate rigging that he compared to an upside-down umbrella.
From the Oakland Press,
After his retirement, the player known as “the Professor” turned his hobby into a business, naming his import company after his game-winning goal in the third overtime of Game 3 of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. He is partnered with Mike Davis in distributing wines from Australia and California in Michigan as well as both Switzerland and Russia.
Of course, hockey is not far from Larionov’s business, as names of his wines include, “Hat Trick,” “Slapshot,” or Triple Overtime Chardonnay, Cabernet and Enela—which is the name of his wife spelled backwards, according to a release by his company.
from the Detroit Free Press,
The NBA announced Wednesday that coaches in ABC, ESPN and TNT games will have to wear a microphone on the sidelines during the game, as well as do in-game interviews during TV timeouts.
Players too will be asked whether they will wear a mike. They can decline, unlike coaches.
The league has assured coaches they will carefully edit what content they choose to broadcast. Of course, they won’t be able to use anything with swearing in it, but they’ll also edit out strategy. Or so they say.
Ha, can you imagine some of the NHL coaches doing this? Hey, start skating you bleepity bleep!
Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends has issued a challenge to hockey bloggers across the blogosphere to adopt a charity, and the charity of choice was an easy one.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock may be my favourite Wing, Babblespeak and all, and the frequent visitor to Children’s Hospital in Detroit was moved by the death of one of his biggest fans as the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks’ coach, Jeffery Thomas Hayden, who died of a brain tumour at 12 years of age.
Babcock has lent his name and considerable time and effort into both raising awareness for this understudied area of cancer research and providing a network of resources and support for parents who face the unreality that is their child suffering from a brain tumour at an extremely young age.
If you listen online to many of the sports radio stations in Canada, like I do, these numbers may interest you…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The Bill Watters Show, launched in August on AM640 Toronto to compete against Bob McCown’s Prime Time Sports afternoon drive-time sports show on The Fan 590, has yet to inflict any damage.
McCown’s market share (percentage of the Toronto audience listening) for the September-October survey period was 8.0, up from 7.5 a year ago (all figures for males, 25 to 54).
Still, the Watters show, which is targeting a male audience, did pretty well for its first survey. It produced a share of 3.1, up from 2.0 a year ago.
more ratings talk regarding other shows throughout Canada…
The NHL is OK with CBC injecting more drama into the sport of hockey.
The NHL requested and received a sneak peek of MVP, a salacious prime-time soap about the lives of hockey players, which premieres Jan. 18 on CBC.
“While it certainly could be interpreted not to cast professional hockey players in the most positive light, I also understand that it’s fiction,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote to CBC in an e-mail.
“And I have enough faith in the Canadian public to see it as such. The CBC understood why we’d want to see a copy.”
To see a clip of the show, you can go back to a previous post on KK...
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