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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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Evening Line

via Duffer’s Dabbles,

Wings coach Mike Babcock admitted he knew of a hockey player who’d taken a performance-enhancing substance, but felt it was wrong to label such athletes as cheaters.

“I don’t believe for one second that the guys who did this looked at it like they were cheating,” Babcock said. “They looked at it as, ‘I’ve got to do what I can to be the best that I can be.’ They looked at it as a way to have a good career and it’s come back to haunt them. And when they looked back at it in hindsight, they probably said, ‘Geez.’ That’s when you look at yourself as a human being and you see the difference between right and wrong. It’s a terrible thing to be stripped of medals and be stripped of your integrity, because integrity is everything in this world.”

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Take The Leap

from Mark Dwyer at the New Canaan News-Review,

I face off against an icy conundrum. Hockey is a sport that fascinates me, but also one I doubt I will ever follow as religiously as I do baseball, college basketball and football….

I don’t know why I never started to follow hockey when I was younger. The more and more I thought about it, the more ridiculous it sounded when I analyzed all the other activities that preoccupied my childhood.

I learned to ice skate where the New York Rangers practiced, though I never felt the need to attend a Rangers practice.

One of my favorite toys was a mini stick which I used in endless games of basement hockey. When above ground, I spent entire afternoons with that stick (which bears the Rangers’ logo), a baseball glove and some ridiculous type of mask while defending my friend’s bookshelf.

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Hockey Stick Sculpture

imageFrom Sunday’s New York Times,

“As a retail team, we asked, what should a hockey store be?” said Boge, a principal at Gensler, which was the interior designer of the new headquarters of The New York Times. “Everybody started reminiscing about skating in a rink or a pond, playing high school hockey or going to games. We remember the sticks, playing or watching the game. And people respond to the sticks. It might be from bending or shaping or taping them.”

He added: “We wanted something that said, this is the center of it all. This is where it happens.”

Each ring of the sculpture contains more sticks than the one above it. The top tier has 100, the middle one 145 and the lower one 190, so the full entity feels like something that is spreading its bulk toward those viewing it. The hollowed-out plastic sticks are smaller than regulation, but the blades are standard size. In each tier, the sticks are grouped in fives, with each stick hanging at a slightly different level than the others to create the illusion of movement — a “swishing quality,” Boge said. The structure is held together with an intricate rigging that he compared to an upside-down umbrella.

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*Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images. Click here or on photo to enlarge.

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Larionov Mixes Hockey & Wine

From the Oakland Press,

After his retirement, the player known as “the Professor” turned his hobby into a business, naming his import company after his game-winning goal in the third overtime of Game 3 of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. He is partnered with Mike Davis in distributing wines from Australia and California in Michigan as well as both Switzerland and Russia.

Of course, hockey is not far from Larionov’s business, as names of his wines include, “Hat Trick,” “Slapshot,” or Triple Overtime Chardonnay, Cabernet and Enela—which is the name of his wife spelled backwards, according to a release by his company.

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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.

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