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from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,
Ever since I began working for the Rangers in 1954, I have felt a need to promote the game. I remember as a kid, writing a letter to the New York Times Sunday Magazine, pointing out that hockey was the best of all sports because it embodied more skill than any other. The letter made print, and I felt so proud, not merely because of seeing my byline, but rather because I said something good about the sport I loved.
Similarly, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Cammi Granato, Brian Leetch and John Halligan was extraordinarily special for me.
From Daniel Pearce at The Tillsonburg News,
However, Comper said that VandenBussche’s story “hangs together perfectly” with someone experiencing “post-traumatic amnesia” and with his history of hockey-related concussions, going back to age 12.
Smith also suggested that VandenBussche, who testified Thursday he was on medically prescribed steroids at the time of the incident, “slanted” his responses during the interview to avoid a criminal conviction.
Comper, however, said he found VandenBussche “quite naïve about concussions and what it meant.” Commenting on hockey enforcers, Comper said: “The behaviour you see on the ice typically does not carry over off the ice.”
Earlier in the day, NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell testified as a character witness for VandenBussche.
*Former NHL enforcer Ryan VandenBussche is on trial for assault.
from the CP via Yahoo,
...And, like any good dad, Michel Roy is standing up for his son with “Le Guerrier,” which translates into English as “The Warrior.”
Michel Roy says the French-language book - there are no immediate plans for an English version - is aimed at correcting the public perception of Patrick Roy’s life and career.
“I wanted to present Patrick as he is,” Michel Roy said at the book’s launch on Tuesday. “I think that the image that people often have of Patrick is not the real picture of Patrick. He’s not like that.”
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…
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