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Hockey as Nature Intended

imageUSA Pond Hockey’s tournament is just getting underway.  Running from January 18th to 20th, there are 225 teams composed of 1,400 men and women playing 4-on-4 hockey—“the way nature intended.”

Developed by a group of passionate pond hockey enthusiasts from Minnesota with a sincere appreciation and respect for the purity of the game, the USPHC seeks to draw attention to the traditions of outdoor hockey while giving back to the community. A percentage of proceeds will benefit the Herb Brooks Foundation, DinoMights Inner City Youth Hockey League and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

“It’s hockey as nature intended: on the pond, outside in the elements and during the absolute coldest time of year,” said Fred Haberman, co-founder of the tournament and president of Haberman & Associates public relations. “The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships provides the community a weekend to pay tribute to an important tradition, while bringing national attention to the purity that still exists in sport.”

*Photos, highlights, history and more info about the tournament can be read here. Video below.

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  Tags: lake+nokomis, minnesota, pond+hockey

Spreading Good Will

From Mark Herrmann at On the Islanders Beat,

The next Yao? You never know, Charles Wang said today during the English language portion of his international news conference for Project Hope. One of those kids from China wearing a jersey with an Islanders logo could grow up to be the Yao Mingh of hockey.

That isn’t the intent of the initiative, organized by Wang four years ago to promote hockey in China. The real reason is just to do something for the part of the world in which he was born and to generally spread good will. But if one of the thousands of kids who are playing hockey now in Islanders-sponsored rinks makes it big, so be it. Wang would be gratified if some day one of the children from China who played on Coliseum ice this morning becomes president of China and says he recalls his first trip to the U.S. with warm feelings.

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*More on the day’s events and the project background can also be read here.

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  Tags: charles+wang, nassau+coliseum, press+conference

At Home With Ted Leonsis

from USA TODAY,

A few years ago, when Ted Leonsis and his wife, Lynn, stumbled onto a designer show house that was on the market just outside Washington, D.C., they fell in love with it.

Well, sort of. Kind of. OK, not really.

But they bought it, gutted it, added on and rearranged. They bought the neighbor’s house, too, then tore it down.

When the sawdust had finally settled, there stood a 22,000-square-foot brick mansion on 5.5 acres, complete with pond, pool, tennis court, guesthouse and five-car garage.

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Interview with Matt Gannon

VERSUS will present to you on Sunday afternoon at 4PM, conveniently right after the Bruins-Rangers game on NBC, a critically acclaimed hockey documentary called “In the Crease”.  The independently produced hockey movie became the #1 sports DVD in both the US & Canada. 

The story follows a California teenage hockey team on their quest to win at the national championships. Featuring NHL Players such as Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez, “In the Crease” attempts to tell what co-director/producer Matt Gannon calls “the universal hockey story”.

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  Tags: in+the+crease, matt+gannon, movie

Tough Times in Finland

From CBS Sports wire,

Karalahti is one of 19 suspects in a widespread case of alleged smuggling and distribution of amphetamines in Finland, officials said. He will face trial in the Vantaa prison court near Helsinki on Jan. 29, the Espoo Regional Court said without announcing the exact charges.

Local media have reported that the 32-year-old Karalahti was linked to a drug smuggling network that imported and distributed drugs in Finland in July. Karalahti was taken off the ice for police questioning during a practice session last month with his Karpat team. 

Karalahti left the NHL before the beginning of the 2002-03 season after being suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

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  Tags: finland, jere+karalahti, los+angeles+kings, nashville+predators

The Rinks Are Up

Preparing for the US Pond Hockey Championship.

Watch the video… Pretty cool on how they set up 25 rinks.

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Skating For 5,000 Years

from Heather Whipps at Live Science,

Finns looking to cut back on travel time were the first to use ice skates about 5,000 years ago, a new study suggests.

The southern portion of Finland is the only place icy and flat enough to make traveling by skates – at that time made of animal bones – worth the energy, scientists discovered.

“We found this by measuring heart rate, oxygen consumption and speed of people skating on replicas of bone skates and by means of a computer simulation of several 10-kilometer [6.2 mile] journeys in five areas,” said Federico Formenti, a human biomechanics specialist at the University of Oxford and co-author of the study.

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Momesso Loses Stanley Cup Ring in Robbery

From the CP via TSN,

Retired National Hockey League star Sergio Momesso is reeling after the theft of some of his most prized hockey mementoes.

Montreal police say Momesso’s house in nearby Kirkland was robbed Saturday evening.

They say the stolen items include include three hockey jerseys from his playing days as well as a diamond-encrusted Stanley Cup ring from the Montreal Canadiens’ 1986 cup win.

Momesso, 42, played left wing for five teams during a 13-year NHL career.

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Update:  Habs Inside/Out noted this story yesterday actually, and also provided contact info for anyone who might come across the items for sale somewhere.  His Canadiens, Canucks and St. Louis Blues (signed by Brett Hull) jerseys were also stolen.

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  Tags: hockey+memorabillia, sergio+momesso

“Old Time Hockey” Fading Away

from the St. Catharines Standard,

The situation isn’t bad enough yet to make them cry in their beer.

However, a worldwide shortage of hops is forcing local brewers to spend more money on supplies and consider measures to cope with the growing problem….

“One hop variety, called fuggles, I can’t even get right now — it seems odd.”

About 70 per cent of the beers sold at the downtown St. Catharines establishment are brewed in-house, such as popular quaffs Blonde Bombshell and Old Time Hockey Ale.

more and you have to wonder what Old Time Hockey Ale tastes like and no Blonde Bombshell remarks allowed!

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The Canadian League

from Ian Windwood at the Guardian,

But the point of a new Canadian league would not be to rival the NHL, it would be to ignore it. New teams could be established in the six Canadian NHL cities, but for the folks of Halifax, Hamilton and Oshawa it would be something new. It would be Major League Hockey, only not on television.

It might sound ridiculous, but think about it. The NBA has operations in all sorts of pokey little places, the kind of settings where the league is the only game in town.

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