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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
It goes back to the year Wayne Gretzky went into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He suggested they add an event where the players could connect with the fans.
Thus the ‘Fan Forum’ was born. And, to me, it’s become the best part of the entire induction weekend.
It’s not a media event. Only one or two members of the media attend and there’s no special seating or access for them. But to me it beats the beejeebers out of the Legends game which follows over at Air Canada Centre, where the new Hall of Famers are presented with their blazers and play a couple of periods of oldtimers hockey.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
10 things you may not know about the Hockey Hall of Fame:
- Forty-five percent of the material collected by the Hockey Hall of Fame is on display; the other 55 percent is rotated from storage to public display.
- The Hockey Hall of Fame tops all sports Halls in annual attendance, over 300,000 every year.
From the NHL comes this news today. Not only does the “Kid” have his own replica Stanley Cup ring, he also has the love of the NHL:
Singer and songwriter Kid Rock is NHL.com’s “Artist of the Month” for November. NHL.com, the official web site of the National Hockey League and the leading online community for hockey fans, will feature a Q&A, photos, articles and give fans the opportunity to stream tracks and videos from the Detroit native’s latest album, Rock N Roll Jesus, which recently debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
In addition, NHL.com fans will be able to post comments and interact with the three-time Grammy nominee here.
Former NHL defenseman Jere Karalahti has been arrested in his native Finland on suspicion of a drugs crime, police said on Friday.
Karalahti, 32, played for Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators between 1999 and 2002 before returning to Finland. He is among the best Finnish players and has been playing for league champions Oulun Karpat this season.
Police said the arrest was related to a big amphetamine smuggling case and that the player was being held in custody while an investigation was underway.
“The court of Espoo has today imprisoned Karalahti ... suspected of a gross drugs crime,” detective chief inspector Ari Karvonen from Espoo police said.
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
They might wear stilettos and sport manicures, but female fans can scream just as loud as any man for their home team.
“Just because I’m wearing high heels and eye makeup doesn’t mean I don’t know what I’m doing,” said Jackie Schaefer, 22, of Mt. Washington. “This is how I express being a female and a fan.”
from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,
Ever since I began working for the Rangers in 1954, I have felt a need to promote the game. I remember as a kid, writing a letter to the New York Times Sunday Magazine, pointing out that hockey was the best of all sports because it embodied more skill than any other. The letter made print, and I felt so proud, not merely because of seeing my byline, but rather because I said something good about the sport I loved.
Similarly, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Cammi Granato, Brian Leetch and John Halligan was extraordinarily special for me.
From Daniel Pearce at The Tillsonburg News,
However, Comper said that VandenBussche’s story “hangs together perfectly” with someone experiencing “post-traumatic amnesia” and with his history of hockey-related concussions, going back to age 12.
Smith also suggested that VandenBussche, who testified Thursday he was on medically prescribed steroids at the time of the incident, “slanted” his responses during the interview to avoid a criminal conviction.
Comper, however, said he found VandenBussche “quite naïve about concussions and what it meant.” Commenting on hockey enforcers, Comper said: “The behaviour you see on the ice typically does not carry over off the ice.”
Earlier in the day, NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell testified as a character witness for VandenBussche.
*Former NHL enforcer Ryan VandenBussche is on trial for assault.
from the CP via Yahoo,
...And, like any good dad, Michel Roy is standing up for his son with “Le Guerrier,” which translates into English as “The Warrior.”
Michel Roy says the French-language book - there are no immediate plans for an English version - is aimed at correcting the public perception of Patrick Roy’s life and career.
“I wanted to present Patrick as he is,” Michel Roy said at the book’s launch on Tuesday. “I think that the image that people often have of Patrick is not the real picture of Patrick. He’s not like that.”
John LeClair will be in court next week to face a drunk driving charge. Vermont state police pulled over the former BFA St. Albans, UVM and NHL great on October 24th.
The early-morning incident on Interstate-89 in Milton is the St. Albans native’s second drunk driving charge. In 1990, LeClair pleaded no contest after prosecutors reduced the charge to careless and negligent driving.
LeClair was placed on waivers last December by the Pittsburgh Peguins and he has not played in the NHL since then.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Ford Motor Co. expects former Red Wing Vladimir Konstantinov and former team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov to pay for legal costs and any judgment that may arise from a lawsuit they filed against an Ohio Ford dealer over injuries they suffered in a 1997 limousine crash.
Konstantinov and Mnatsakanov settled their claims against Ford in 2001 for a total of $227,730. Now Ford has asked them to finance the lawsuit they both filed against Findlay Ford, citing an indemnification clause in the 2001 settlement.
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