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Staying in the Pros

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

Keeping a pro hockey career going in the minors when you’re 35 is a roll of the dice anyway. So if you’re going to do it, why not skate straight to Las Vegas? That would be the natural explanation for why Chris and Peter Ferraro, the twins from Sound Beach and former Rangers, are on The Strip. [...]

It has been a fascinating odyssey for the two brothers. They were on the 1994 U.S. Olympic team, or at least Peter was after Chris was the final cut and went to Lillehammer as an alternate. They were teammates on a college national championship team at Maine. Both were drafted by the Rangers, played here and there in the NHL, spent time in the Islanders system, played together in Sweden and Germany. But theirs is less a hockey story than it is a family story. It always has been.

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  Tags: chris+ferraro, echl, las+vegas+wranglers, peter+ferraro

Put An End To The Chant

via Slap Shot at the NY Times,

During the final 10 minutes of many Rangers home games, the spotlights focus on Section 407 as Larry Goodman, the season-ticket holder known as Dancin’ Larry, pumps up the crowd with a frenetic dance in the aisle.

As Goodman’s routine is broadcast on the giant monitors above the ice, a familiar chant picks up momentum. “Ho-mo Lar-ry!” the crowd shouts.

The chant is one example of what several gay hockey fans describe as a toxic atmosphere during Rangers games. They say that Madison Square Garden, which owns the team, is not doing nearly enough to address their concerns.

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It’s Hockey Night In Canada!

from the Chronicle Journal,

Lines were forgotten and cheeks became flush, but the North End Flames‘ foray onto the national stage couldn‘t have gone any better.

This Saturday night, the Thunder Bay atom hockey team will share the spotlight with their hockey heroes as they introduce Hockey Night In Canada as part of the program‘s pre-game show, Scotiabank Hockey Tonight. The segments were taped Tuesday afternoon at the Tournament Centre with many family members and supporters on hand adding to the pressure.

“Awesome,” said Flames goalie Christian Palmquist, 11, when asked what the experience was like. “It‘s like you‘re a star.”

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Playing In Kandahar

from the CP via the Toronto Star,

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A group of NHL hockey heroes arrived Wednesday in Afghanistan to give Canadian soldiers a battle of a different sort.

Skating stalwarts like Mark Napier, Chris Nilan and Bob Probert touched down in Kandahar – some of them for the second time in less than a year – in hopes of boosting military morale.

Also on the ground at Kandahar Airfield were country-rock crooners Blue Rodeo, Montreal rocker Jonas Tomalty and Gen. Rick Hillier, Canada’s chief of defence staff.

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No Glass - Just Bars

A KK reader passed this along to me…

The “Amur Tigers” played a very unusual game - taking on a prisoners’ hockey team of Zaozernoe Prison (№13). Khabarovsk Alumni (Amur Tigers) players won the game 5-3.

The prisoners prepared the ice surface and the idea of playing this game belongs to the prison’s priest (Father Oleg) who also was on the Tigers’ roster.

One of those who took the face-off against murderers, rapists, robbers and assorted other social deviants was Alexander Mogilny.

View some great pictures a this site and note the site is in Russian.  The blog belongs to a TV journalist who participated in the game, playing for the Tigers.

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Morning Line

Over at the AVSForums, a thread headline reads... “Russian Rocket Fails To Put Dish Network Satellite In Proper Orbit.”

Only a hockey fan would reply… “When I saw this thread I thought of Pavel Bure.”

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Canadian Rinks Need Help

from Mary Ormsby of the Toronto Star,

So, how did the world’s greatest hockey nation end up with a coast-to-coast collection of broken down, energy-guzzling money pits to house our proudest sporting passion?

“For most provinces, the last big push to create facilities was the Centennial year, 1967,” said former Olympic runner Bruce Kidd, now dean of the U of T’s phys-ed department. “That’s why they’re 40 years old and crumbling.”

Crumbling doesn’t necessarily mean arenas are literally falling apart. But in some cases, it’s close.

Dave Croutch, an advocate with the Don Mills Flyers organization to relocate and expand Don Mills Arena, estimates more than $5 million is needed to fix and upgrade the single-pad venue over the next five years.

“The walls are cracking and leaking, the roof is constantly leaking – fortunately it’s not leaking on the pad (because) if it leaks on the pad you have to close the pad,’’ he said of the arena built in 1959.

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Fans Have A Voice

from Jim Boone at the Hockey News,

Most hockey fans have never heard of the National Hockey League Fans’ Association, or NHLFA. Yes, there is such an organization representing the common, fifth-line fan.

Many people are surprised at the stats of this little not-for-profit organization. The NHLFA has been battling much bigger opponents for a respectable 10 seasons.

It all started in 1997, when two Ottawa schmucks vented over the astronomical offer the New York Rangers had made to restricted free agent Joe Sakic ($21M over three years, which the Avalanche matched to retain his rights). Bob Goodenow was five years into his impressive tenure leading the NHL Players’ Association. The schmucks, along with millions of hockey fans, feared rising ticket prices would severely damage the sport we loved. We knew something had to be done to protect the fans.

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These Germans Love Their Hockey

from the Reporter-Herald,

“Three of us were sitting in a bar, perhaps one too many beers, and we said, ‘Let’s go to Calgary’,” Reuther said. “Look what the prize is for this one question and the few beers we had that evening, is that we went with about 65 people to Calgary. The trip was so nice, we decided to do it again.”

And again, and again, as a matter of fact.

A 13th trip to North America took the group — this time around 25 people — to Colorado for the first time last week. Friday night, they had their first taste of the action in the Central Hockey League, as they attended the Colorado Eagles game against Mississippi at the Budweiser Events Center….

“It’s a universal sport, where everybody goes to see a fast game with hard hits, with action on the ice. That’s the reason we go to hockey games; otherwise, we’d go see volleyball or something else.”

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Hockey’s Cathedrals

From The Pensblog,

If you’re attached to the game of hockey, your team’s arena isn’t just another building. It’s a place where dreams are born, dreams are dashed. Your darkest moments, your best times. All captured in crammed rows of seats, sometimes with friends or family. Other times with virtual strangers flanking you in every direction.

In the end, every arena has a story.

We will never understand the way people felt about the “Winnipeg Arena,” just as people can never understand how we feel about the Mellon arena.  But we wanted to try and find some things out…

continued… *a great collection of photos and facts, looking at the arenas of the NHL

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  Tags: nhl+arenas

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