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Happy 2008

May you and yours have the best hockey year!!!

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Why Aren’t People Following Hockey

from Stan Fischler at the Daily Freeman,

WHY ISN’T big league hockey more accepted by the average fan than it is today?

Or, to put it another way, will it forever be known as a “niche sport” to sports editors and TV producers who decide which sports get the big play and which do not?

These questions have bedeviled National Hockey League honchos as the circuit expanded from six to 12 and on to the 30 teams now spread across the continent.

ONE WOULD think that any league with footprints in such diverse metropoli as Tampa Bay, Phoenix, Nashville, Boston, Vancouver, and Montreal - just to name a few - would develop admirable TV ratings.

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Leafs Sweater Draws Boos

from the Globe and Mail,

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN—Pity poor Major Eric Cottenoir of the Vandoos.

A brand new hockey sweater arrived in the mail for him yesterday. But when he put it on at the hockey rink, all his friends laughed at him.

Instead of sending him the red, white and blue of the Montreal Canadiens, a big Canadian clothing chain had instead mailed the blue and white sweater of the hated Toronto Maple Leafs.

All the other players favoured les Canadiens. Nobody wanted to wear the Toronto sweater. Major Cottenoir was booed by his fellow hockey players the moment he put it on.

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Merry Christmas

The youth of the world open their gifts today, just like these two brothers did in 1960.

You have to love the high pants and the gloves up to the elbows.

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Who Knew?

Ho, Ho, Ho!!!

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Everyone Had A Rink

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

“Everybody had a backyard rink, it seemed,” says Toronto Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice, who grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

“It was such a huge part of growing up,” Mr. Maurice says. “There are so many things you just don’t see any more. You don’t see kids going to school with skates over their shoulders. You can’t even if you wanted to. Skates have sharp blades. And sticks wouldn’t be allowed.

“My parents couldn’t see the rink we played on. They just knew we were there.”

But times change, he admits with a sheepish smile: “I wouldn’t let my own kids do that today.”

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A Look At Concussions

from the Toronto Star,

Concussions remain mostly a mystery, even to the doctors who spend their lives studying them. But the human lab that is the NHL makes this much clear - the human brain can only absorb so much pounding.

Eric Lindros believes the most overlooked part is the human element - and this series takes you inside that.

“When you go through some of these things, it’s hell on wheels, not just for yourself but for everyone surrounding you,” said Lindros.

View the slideshow for an early look inside concussions in the NHL.

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Practice Your Stickhandling

from the Daily News,

Their company, Skillz Systems, has developed an interactive stickhandling training system delivered in a gaming format. QuickStickz provides immediate feedback and allows players to keep score.

Confident it will revolutionize the hockey world, the men say that other devices on the market help players work on their skating and shooting, but so far there has been nothing available beyond balls, pylons or videos for improving stickhandling.

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Rob Ramage Has Been Punished Enough

From CTV News,

The family of Keith Magnuson, who was killed in a drunk driving crash caused by former Toronto Maple Leaf captain Rob Ramage, is asking a judge to spare Ramage a prison sentence.

Magnuson’s son Kevin told a Newmarket, Ont. judge on Tuesday the Ramage family has been punished enough by the fatal accident and subsequent trial and conviction.

The Magnusons said they have forgiven Ramage for his actions, and would rather see him receive a sentence of community service instead of a penitentiary term.

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*A surprising position for the family to take, considering they chose to take Ramage to civil court and were awarded $9.5 million in their wrongful death lawsuit.

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The Backyard Rink

from the Montreal Gazette,

As Dupuis and others can attest, a backyard rink can provide countless hours of fresh-air fun, and building a basic ice sheet is relatively easy and inexpensive.

It requires a few basic materials costing between $300 and $400: wooden planks for boards; wooden or metal stakes to hold the boards in place; a heavy-duty plastic sheet to serve as a liner; and a hose to flood the rink ... and don’t forget the snow shovel.

“The first thing is to put up the boards,” said Dupuis, who uses 10 large planks to construct a rink 25 to 30 feet wide and 60 feet long. Each pine plank is two inches thick, 12 inches high and 10 or 12 feet long.

“I stand them up and use metal brackets to attach them all together and stake them into the ground,” he explained.

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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