Kukla's Korner Hockey
Ice hockey is a fairly straight-forward sport. Think of it as football – except on ice, with big sticks and a smaller ball (the puck).
The aim is to score more goals than your opponent into a net, guarded by (funnily enough) a net-minder or goal-tender.
The rest of the team is comprised of five players, who play in a number of positions, similar to those on a football pitch. Two defensemen generally remain at the back of the five and are larger and more heavily-built than their team-mates. A centre is usually positioned in the middle of the rink and is the playmaker of the team, usually showing good all-round skills but particularly excellent vision and a solid and reliable pass.
continued... it sounds so easy!
from the StarPhoenix,
Windsor has become a summer hotspot for some in the hockey business.
From Europe, the United States and Canada, Bob Allen welcomes a new group of students each week to his Maximum Edge shop to get the ins and outs on skates.
“A lot of people don’t realize what goes into skate sharpening, from moms and dads to professionals,” said Washington Capitals head equipment manager Brock Myles. “I always want to improve myself and know different techniques and different systems.”
from the Democrat & Chronicle,
USA Hockey has opened the door to the ice for everyone, believing disabilities shouldn’t prevent someone from enjoying the sport.
“Our motto is, Hockey is for everyone,” said JJ O’Connor, chairman of USA Hockey’s disabled section.
There are four branches in USA Hockey’s disabled hockey division: sled, deaf, amputee and special.
“If you’re a hockey fan or you always wanted to try it, we want to provide the opportunity for you,” O’Connor said. “Maybe you have a cousin or a brother or a friend in a wheelchair, or they can’t hear, or they walk a little differently. We’re saying, ‘You can play hockey.’
via the AP at MSNBC,
When Bonds homered on Friday, he heard a taped greeting from Michael Jordan. On Saturday, it was hockey night in San Francisco. Bonds turned and watched from left field just before first pitch as the video board played another celebrity greeting.
“Hey Barry, Wayne Gretzky here. On behalf of my wife and kids we want to congratulate you on a job well done, but remember don’t stop there and we’ll be rooting for you as you chase down history.”
from the Standard-Times,
Lou Lamoriello, who turned the New Jersey Devils into three-time Stanley Cup champions (1995, 2000, 2003), managed the Upper Cape all-stars in 1965, the first time the Cape League All-Star Game was held in Wareham….
“They were great years. Where else could you go play baseball, work for the town — we all had to work, even managing I worked,” he said. “Some were town jobs, some were laboring jobs.”
Born and raised in Providence, Lamoriello went to Providence College at the age of 16 and played in the Cape League for Orleans after his freshman, sophomore and junior years.
from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,
Believe it or not, Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter didn’t have what it took to get an NHL deal after he was done playing in junior. Sutter was an 11th-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1978 draft, which really meant that Sutter had very little chance of ever donning a Blackhawks uniform in a regular-season game.
Sutter decided that his best career move would be to forego signing with Chicago and try his luck elsewhere.
In Sutter’s case, that elsewhere was in Japan. He signed with Iwakura Tomakomai of the Japan National League and for Sutter, it was the best career move imaginable.
from the Daily Pilot,
Mark Smith, the center for the San Jose Sharks, stood on the stage in a dark corner of the Blue Beet Café, strumming an acoustic guitar and belting out lyrics in a demented, nasal whine.
“I’m drowning in my own self-loathing,” he sneered over a pulsating beat provided by his two-man band. “But it feels so good/Just like it should.”
In his black T-shirt and jeans, the lead singer of the Vinyl Trees was barely recognizable as a hockey player. Two of his friends — Dustin Penner of the Anaheim Ducks and Joffrey Lupul of the Philadelphia Flyers — blended with the crowd in plain clothes. The Blue Beet was populated Thursday night with superstar athletes, but the night was about camaraderie, not competition….
Penner, who has spent numerous seasons facing Smith on the court(?), came to the show as an admiring fan. During the summer months it became easier to relax with the opposition.
from Sun Media,
Needless to say the brothers, hockey royalty from Thunder Bay, will take some good-hearted ribbing at training camp this fall.
And perhaps even at the older Staal’s wedding next Friday in the Lakehead.
It all started out innocently enough as a day of golf and an evening of partying at the posh Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas on Lake Superior. But as the sun fell and the beer flowed, things became a little rowdier amongst the 20 young men in attendance.
“It was a bunch of Canadian boys going wild,” an employee at the resort, two hours south of Thunder Bay, joked last night. “It was a bachelor party that went awry.”
Just somethng to keep an eye on…
from the Commercial Property News,
As part of the city’s efforts to ensure that the Las Vegas market is able to meet the demands of its growing population and tourism base from a sports and entertainment standpoint, the Las Vegas City Council approved REI Neon’s plans to build a 22,000-seat arena in downtown Las Vegas as part of the company’s $9.5 billion dollar mixed-use development, Project Pulse….
Construction is slated to commence in the third quarter of 2008. Arena construction is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2010 in time for the 2010-2011 fall sports season. REI received its entitlements to move forward with the development of Project Pulse on June 20.
more, but nothing hockey related, just some general news…
from the News & Observer,
Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal was one of 14 people arrested in Cook County, Minn., early Monday morning and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. One of his three younger brothers was also arrested.
Staal’s agent, Rick Curran, said Wednesday that the group was gathered at the Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas in Lutsen, Minn., for Staal’s bachelor party and he expected the misdemeanor charges to be reduced or dismissed. Staal, who will be married in August, could not be immediately reached for comment today.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
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