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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.”
from the Toronto Star,
Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy wade Belak depends on a drink made for babies to help him through an NHL season.
For years the 6-foot-5, 221-pound enforcer has been drinking Pedialyte, a drink designed to help re-hydrate toddlers with diarrhea.
But Belak’s original reason for drinking from the bottle with a teddy bear on its label was decidedly grown-up.
“You really want to know the truth, why I started drinking Pedialyte?” he said yesterday at the team’s practice facility.
“I used to drink it for hangovers.”
Belak isn’t the only athlete making trips to the baby aisle for the drink.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
A popular figure, McCreary had headed the NHL Alumni Association and his funeral widely was attended by well-known hockey names, including former Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn.
On that day in December 2003, police allege that Ramage was driving a rented Chrysler Intrepid that apparently crossed the lanes of the roadway and collided almost head on with an SUV travelling in the opposite direction.
Magnuson, in the passenger’s seat, didn’t survive the crash. He would have turned 60 this year.
Ramage, 48, the apparent driver, stands charged of impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.
from Pop Jocks,
Garnet “Ace” Bailey was a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins in 1968 and 1970. He ended his hockey career mentoring a young star with the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association named Wayne Gretzky. It was on September 11th, 2001 that the National Hockey League lost a loyal servant.
Mark Bavis was a scout with the Los Angeles Kings working under Ace Bailey in the organization. Both Bavis and Bailey were traveling from Boston to Los Angeles for training camp when Flight 275 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
from Kevin Somers at Raise the Hammer,
I could write about Gary Bettman of the NHL. I’ve been a hockey fan all my life, but Bettman is turning me off his vile business. Bettman’s anti-Canadian stance is akin to racism, the horrors of which have been written about extensively. I live in Hamilton and many of my friends here are sick of his mistreatment and have become fans of the Raptors.
I could write about Karma. I don’t know if I believe in God or not, but I believe in Karma and Karma has a nuclear warhead destined for Gary Bettman’s NHL. It was launched in Hamilton (near my house). The league is doomed to crash like the housing market.
Enjoy the NBA Kevin!
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