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From Stephanie Levitz and Terri Theodore at the CP,
Two hockey hall-of-famers, the owner of a Canadian Tire store and a government employee are among the people who’ve confessed to hockey legend Jacques Demers that they, like him, are illiterate.
Since coming forward with the revelation that he struggles with basic reading and writing in a biography published two years ago, Demers has criss-crossed Canada and the U.S. speaking out about the issue. Once he was hockey’s golden boy, leading the Montreal Canadiens to Stanley Cup victory in 1993 and twice named coach of the year.
He’s since become a poster boy for literacy. He has headlined fundraisers and campaigns like Literacy Now in conjunction with the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games legacy program, the reason he was in Vancouver on Thursday.
from the Chicago Daily-Herald,
In a case that could send shock waves through the sporting world, the Illinois Supreme Court will decide if two suburban hockey players, their coaches and league should be held liable for a hit from behind that seriously injured a player in 2003.
Matthew Jacobson, representing the hockey league, said the case could have a “chilling effect” on organized sports, as people would withdraw from coaching and officiating for fear of lawsuits.
from Earl McRae of the Ottawa Sun,
Jose Luis Tibaudin, 52, photography teacher, who has never been out of South America, who has never seen an NHL game live, who has never met a Canadian—Jose Luis, defenceman, the godfather of ice hockey in the most unlikely place you could ever imagine it being played: Ushuiai, the southernmost community in the world….
Under Jose Luis Tibaudin’s program, 35 kids in Ushuiai from six to 16, including two girls, are playing full-equipment teams hockey (two of the kids wear Philadelphia Flyers jerseys their parents got in a clearance sale from a sporting goods store in Buenos Aires) in the Tierra del Fuego winter from June to September on the only ice surface in town, the frozen pond known as Laguna del Diablo, Devil’s Lagoon.
from the Detroit News,
Hockey legend Gordie Howe says he’s being checked by his neighbors—17,000 times a day—and he’s tired of it.
Howe, who has been the subject of a residential association dispute for more than a year, this week won a temporary restraining order barring the neighbor from spying on his home with a surveillance camera.
continued... just give the guy a shot to the ribs, Gordie!
NEW YORK—Nine-time NHL All-Star Brian Leetch, U.S. Olympic gold and silver medalist Cammi Granato, prolific writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler and longtime communications executive and historian John Halligan have been named recipients of the 2007 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
continued and congrats to all!
added 7:30pm, Stan Fischler’s response to the award…
from the St. Catherines Standard,
The long-anticipated Wayne Gretzky wines are hitting LCBO shelves Monday, just in time for hockey season.
The classy labels bear the No. 99, a number the National Hockey League retired when Gretzky ended his career in April, 1999.
Gretzky admits he doesn’t know a whole lot about wine but “I can tell you if I like the taste of something or if I don’t like the taste of something,” he told Standard reporter Monique Beech in an exclusive interview.
from the Times Colonist,
Happy times for Lorna Jackson were evenings spent with her dad in the ‘60s and ‘70s, watching Hockey Night in Canada. With a teenage crush on Boston Bruins bad-boy Derek Sanderson, she followed hockey with a passion.
But life took some sad and confusing turns, and Jackson abandoned the sport for 30 years, before Team Canada and the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics changed everything. The result: A book entitled Cold-Cocked on Hockey.
The book, which will be launched on Sept. 24 at Bolen Books, is written from a woman’s perspective, but is not a puff piece. Jackson enforces that slant by using the “f” word in the prologue.
from The Walrus,
The new names were a risk, but here in week four of the season, they seem to have caught on. “Life is rough,” Dirsh pointed out to the team owners. “And that is why hockey is the game of life, or would be if baseball weren’t. People are afraid of life. They should be afraid of hockey.”...
Bettman himself watched the historic matchup between the New York Lack of Affordable Housing and the New York Unsolved Murders, which had everyone going home happy (those who had homes and weren’t killed en route, at least).
There have been disappointments of course. Any Montreal fan can tell you that. The Referendums have played to less than stellar crowds so far. Meanwhile, the Toronto Closet Homosexuals aren’t having an easy time of it either, and are leading the league in penalty minutes with 120,000 after only nine games.
fro D.C. Sports Bog,
Anyhow, Jeff Compton wants his charges—who, this summer, came from the Canucks, the Flames, the Wild, the Caps and a bunch of European clubs—to work on hockey-specific skills: linear explosiveness, change of direction, and the like. But he also doesn’t want them to be bored. So about halfway through the summer, the hockey players left the gym and headed for the beach. They would head out early in the morning, so that the players wouldn’t be surrounded by hockey-loving, flip-flop wearing beachgoers.
“Instead of sitting there with an umbrella and some drinks, we were there sweating it out, groaning and grunting, sweating profusely” Compton told me. “Instead of lifting a bar bell, they were lifting a tree trunk. Instead of throwing medicine balls around, they were throwing rocks and such.”
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