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The Afternoon Line

From Alyssa Milano at her NHL.com blog,

I actually bumped into Luc Robataille last night, and I haven’t seen Luc in probably 15 years. When he saw me, he said to me “I used to carry you around on my back!” because when I met him I was so little. When we spoke last night, I said “you know what? You were like my only high school friend. I never got to go to high school, so you’re like my only high school buddy!” He laughed.


note: more on Alyssa yesterday, as she promotes her line of NHL fashions at the ASG.

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  Tags: all+star+game, alyssa+milano, los+angeles+kings, luc+robitaille

Radio War In Atlanta

from Access Atlanta,

Shapiro accused Kincade, without naming him directly, of being “racist” for using the term “urban,” which is a common euphemism radio professionals have used for years for “African American.”

Kincade was upset that the NHL is putting its promotion dollars with the Zone instead of the Fan, which is home to the Atlanta Thrashers. Here’s a key excerpt:

So the NHL brings the showcase event of the sport to Atlanta and decides to “partner” their marketing effort with a station that does not promote or discuss the sport on a regular basis. The NHL chooses to “partner” for the event with a station that has a majority urban audience. There are NHL fans all over, but the vast majority of the fans of the sport are not following it or getting their information from urban stations.

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A Slightly Different Game

There’s not much of a difference, you are either sitting down or standing up, the attitude is the same!

Watch a nice feature on sled hockey…

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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.

continued with pictures…

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  Tags: ted+leonsis

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.

more…

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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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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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