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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.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
During a secret meeting last December, lawyers for NHL player Todd Bertuzzi offered $350,000 to settle a $15 million lawsuit filed by Steve Moore, the former player whose neck Bertuzzi broke in an on-ice attack that roiled the league, according to court documents.
I don’t have to ask myself if I am a true hockey fan, I know I am. I know when my team is playing, I can almost quote my team player’s stats and I live for the greatest sport on earth. There are many out there that would disagree and well that’s ok too. We all can’t be on board for the same thing after all that’s what makes the western hemisphere the greatest place in the world to live.
Name another sport with more contact, lighter equipment, faster pace and using a lethal hard rubber object as the center of the sport and do all that on ice while standing on a 1/8 inch piece of steel. Well… You can’t. There is none.
from the Ancaster News,
...Where then, can you find children forgetting about the past for a short period of time and just playing together, being kids again and even dreaming about the future?
The Bosnia-Herzegovina Sports Foundation knows one place. In 2002 a Canadian man, a former Bosnia football (soccer) star and six teenage boys formed an unlikely relationship that now affects over 100 other children each year through BiH hockey. What began as a free ball hockey club has now expanded into three registered national hockey clubs in the cities of Sarajevo, Tuzla Bosnia and Gorazde.
from the International Herald Tribune,
(Troy) Crowder, whose on-ice scraps with top heavyweight Bob Probert of the Detroit Red Wings became the stuff of legend, made the journey to Bangkok, Thailand — along with some 400 hockey players from around the globe — to contest the “Land of Smiles” international ice hockey tournament.
While ice sport and the balmy Thai climate may seem an unlikely combination, hockey has blossomed in this steamy Southeast Asian nation.
Some movie title ideas, from Adam Proteau at The Hockey News:
I Know What You Did During The Last Collective Bargaining Agreement
Scammers 3: Bruce McNall, John Spano and Sanjay Kumar
Night Of The Living Dead: Air Canada Centre Edition
House Of Whacks
The Blair Betts Project
The Exercisist: Rod Brind’Amour
Anyone got any more good titles? Surely the Red Wings alone could spawn a dozen good horror movie ideas…
from The National Post,
An unlikely name popped up Tuesday at provincial public hearings looking into reasonable accommodation for religious minorities in Quebec: Saku Koivu.
Lawyer Guy Bertrand, a separatist-turned-federalist-turned-separatist-again, dropped the gloves about the Montreal Canadiens’ captain’s lack of fluency in French.
Bertrand was critical of the Finnish-born Koivu’s failure “to respect the right of Quebecers to be served in French.”
Updated 6:46pm ET:
From TSN, a response from Koivu,
“I’m not perfect,” he told a scrum of reporters at the Bell Centre. “There’s nothing we can do when politicians have opinions on the team or on me Sometimes you can’t control what’s being said out there.”
Steve Williamson is on a mission: to visit all 30 arenas and see 30 NHL games in 30 days. So yeah, he’s sort of living our dreams right now.
For months, I’ve been planning the details of this 30 Games In 30 Nights trip. Poring through the NHL schedule for hours to find just the right combination of games, staying away from the frigid winter months when weather could disrupt travel, finding affordable flights that get me into each city by 2pm, coming up with backup travel plans if flights are cancelled, and so on.
So now I’m ready to roll, mentally and physically, for the Ultimate Hockey Road Trip!
Steve is attending his 5th game tonight in Montreal, and our own Paul Kukla had a chance to chat with him this afternoon.
From Rich Mueller at the American Chronicle,
This week, Classic’s [auction] sale was highlighted by a circa 1946 Bill Mosienko Chicago Blackhawks game used wool sweater plus socks and shin pads which sold for $25,390. A 1951-52 Chuck Rayner New York Rangers game worn jersey brought $20,938 while a 1974 Phil Esposito Stanley Cup-worn Boston Bruins shirt sold for $14,272.
Among the hundreds of hockey pieces sold were several from the collection of a former Edmonton Oilers’ public relations man. Bill Teule’s 1986-87 Stanley Cup trophy brought 19 serious bidders and closed at $21,000. The Oilers’ next title came the following season and that trophy brought $20,000.
One unique piece from Teule’s collection was a napkin signed multiple times by a young Wayne Gretzky. Teule and Gretzky sat in a restaurant in the early 1980s when the hockey superstar showed his friend the variations of his autograph. Teule kept the napkin, never dreaming it would someday sell for $2,341.
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