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Jeff Bourne Plays His Hockey Game

from the Kelowna Capital News,

Sledge hockey has offered Jeff Bourne a way to enjoy a sport he loves despite being paralyzed.

Growing up with a father who played in the NHL, Jeff Bourne had hockey in his blood.

But Bourne, whose dad Bob played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League, wasn’t able to strap on a pair of skates and attempt to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

Bourne, now 28, was born with spina bifida, a developmental birth defect that in Bourne’s case meant he was paralyzed from the waist down.

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The Greatest

From David Staples in the Edmonton Journal,

Who are the 50 best players in the history of the National Hockey League? Ask 50 fans and you’ll get 50 different answers. Ask 50 hockey experts, ex-players, coaches and general managers from different eras and, again, you’ll get 50 totally different lists.

In recent years, there’s been no shortage of attempts to rank the best-ever players, but all of these attempts have the same fundamental flaw. In making their rankings, the experts tried to compare players they had only read about in history books against players they knew extremely well, often their former teammates, opponents, employees or sources. With that in mind, The Journal has created its own list which attempts to rank players in a more objective manner, based solely on all-time NHL MVP voting results.

more.

*thanks to Joe Pelletier for the pointer. He was also interviewed in the piece.

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Want One?

Never saw these before, and probably would not want to, but a KK reader passed it on to me and I thought maybe I was just too old to appreciate these NHL fitted hats...

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Longest Hockey Game—World Record

From the Canadian Press,

The world’s record for the longest continuous hockey game now belongs to a group of amateur Edmonton athletes.

The 40 players broke the old record at noon Monday - 240 hours, or 10 straight days of non-stop skate-lacing and puck-chasing, through temperatures that ranged from minus-40 to plus-three.

The effort raised more than $300,000 for cancer research.

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The Fading Pond Hockey Game

from Charles McGrath of the New York Times,

Almost no one skates outdoors in New England anymore. People seldom do it even in Canada or Minnesota. For hockey players the indoor area has long replaced the backyard rink or the frozen prairie slough as the incubator of future talent, and even in those northerly climes skatable outdoor ice has become an uncertain commodity. Around here it’s like oil, so scarce that its value goes up every year.

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Hockey in the ‘Hood

From the Detroit Hockey Association,

The annual Hockey in the Hood tournament breaks down stereotypes and brings diverse inner-city hockey teams together for a tournament that is capped off by the presentation of the Willie O’Ree championship trophy, the Willie O’Cup.

This 4th annual event will run from February 15-17th.  For some biographical information on black players around the NHL, past and present, there’s also MisZGoalie’s NHL Connect blog.

Note: For other events happening around the United States for “Hockey Weekend in America”, links can be found at this KK post, put up yesterday.

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USA Hockey Fans

Hockey Weekend Across America begins tomorrow.  Information can be found at the following links:

 

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Sports and Bloggers and Culture in Ancient Rome

Sometimes a simple email newsletter can trigger a thousand memories.  The story of one particular newsletter triggered memory needs to be shared.

Professor David Potter is one of the best educators I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. He teaches a total “jock” class, deals with the athletic department, and drives his students crazy—and they like it. Sports and Culture in Ancient Rome framed a lot of my opinions on the fact that sports are inherently both ridiculously trivial and extremely, extremely important as sporting affiliations are almost inherent to the way many people—including myself—define themselves…

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A Lasting Love Affair

from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

The photograph from a family album shows Jean Béliveau slipping an engagement ring onto the finger of Élise Couture. It is Christmastime 1952 in Quebec City, a tinselled tree behind them.

This June 27, the couple will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary. And it is hardly a measure of their marriage that, on this Valentine’s Day, neither recalls the details of Béliveau’s proposal to the woman who took his heart then and keeps it to this day.

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For The Love Of Hockey

Heck, I never knew Earl Sleek was such a sensitive guy…

A Hockey Love Poem

When we first met, my dear, you gave me that look,
And from that first moment, my poor heart was hooked,
I thought it would pass, but that wasn’t the case,
You cut into my heart with a high-stick to its face.

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