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from the Winnipeg Sun,
What everybody wants to know is what it was about former Manitoba Moose player Brandon Nolan that border officers at the crossing at the Ivy Lea Bridge, between Brockville and Kingston, Ont., didn’t like?
Whatever it was for almost two hours Monday, Nolan, 24, property of the Carolina Hurricanes, was a man without a country.
“It was really weird,” Nolan said in an interview yesterday. “As a citizen in this country, I was kicked out of my country.”
Or at least not let back in.
The the eldest son of New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan was returning to his own home in Whitby with his girlfriend Stephanie Antalfy from his parent’s home on Long Island in New York when he pulled his dad’s BMW up to the border point near Landsowne, Ont.
A routine questioning at the border seems to have turned into something that may end up going before the Human Rights Commission.
from the Mining Gazette,
Legendary Michigan Tech hockey coach John MacInnes got what he always wished for Wednesday, even if he was not alive to see it. Twenty-five years after retiring from coaching and 24 years after his death, MacInnes will be inducted into the hallowed halls of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
“This is one I didn’t think would ever happen, I’m glad I’ve lived long enough to see it,” said Jerry MacInnes, John’s widow, in a conference call held Wednesday. “Before John died, he said he didn’t know if he’d ever be inducted, but he wanted to have it happen for his grandkids.”
continued... great story!
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
OK. Sure. You have 24 of the top 25 women’s golfers in the world, plus a healthy helping of Hall of Famers here.
But sorry. Invite Wayne Gretzky to join you for the day and they’re all just a supporting cast.
Cristie Kerr, obviously one seriously messed-up woman in terms of billing herself as the No. 1 fan of the Phoenix Coyotes, made the mistake of asking coach Gretzky to join her at the Pro-Am for yesterday’s CN Canadian Women’s Open.
from the Eagle Tribune,
Where’s the massive facility? Where’s the 500-car parking lot? And where’s the jumbo Zamboni?
There is none of the above, this rink is 30 feet by 20 feet as compared to a 200 by 85 NHL ice surface. That’s where the “micro” comes in on “Micro Ice.”
The former teammates — Gomez played seven years with Pandolfo on the Devils before signing with the Rangers last month — are also partners in this concept, which includes a strength and conditioning area, hosted by “Body by Boyle.”
“It’s pretty basic,” said Dick Pandolfo of North Andover, Jay’s uncle and principal owner of the smaller rink, which he hopes to eventually franchise.
“People see the size of the rink and think it’s crazy,” said Dick. “We believe this is the future of hockey, at least in terms of teaching skills. These are more prevalent in Canada, especially around Toronto. It’s the one thing we are missing in hockey, at every level, but especially at the youth level. This is all about skills.”
Although a little late on the subject…
from Sarah Schorno of the Huffington Post,
Professional hockey player Derek Boogaard has opened the Boogaard Fighting Camp, a day camp devoted to teaching youth hockey players how to fight properly. The purpose of the camp is to teach the attendees, who range in age from 12 to 18, to learn how to effectively handle the inevitable on-ice fight. If the camp stays true to its cause, which is self defense, then it’s not entirely a bad idea.
from USA Hockey,
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Aaron Broten, Bobby Carpenter, John MacInnes and John Vanbiesbrouck will be enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2007 it was announced today by USA Hockey.
“The members of the Class of 2007 represent the highest standard of excellence and accomplishment,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “It is my great pleasure to congratulate and welcome them into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.”
from ESPN SportsNation,
With that in mind, ESPN.com’s Gene Wojciechowski has come up with a list of the 32 greatest records in all of sports, matching them up against one another in a free-for-all bracket. He’s come up with his choice, but what do you think, SportsNation? Which of Nolan Ryan’s records is more impressive? Do Pistol Pete’s unreal college stats push him over the top? Do you favor individual streaks, or team efforts? Does Barry reign supreme, or does Aaron still hold the title?
read on and vote if you wish, but only Gretzky nominated. How about Scotty Bowmn Mr. Wojciechowski? Plus, I am sure KK readers can come up with more hockey types that should have been included.
from the Prince Albert Daily Herald,
It might not compare to the grueling battle of a two-month chase for a big silver mug, however, Curtis Leschyshyn is quickly finding out the world of triathlon is no walk in the park.
“Growing up (swimming) just wasn’t one of the things that I was into, and even now that I have trained for just over a year, I still don’t like it,” said Leschyshyn, who finished the race in a time 3:07:26 - good enough for eighth.
“A year ago I couldn’t even get across the pool. It’s the worst part of the race, especially getting in the water with a bunch of athletes who are more accustomed to it.”
Coming from somewhat of a cycling background, Leschyshyn showed his strength during the 62-kilometre cycling portion as he propelled himself into the lead after an understandably slower swim time of 37 minutes. While retired since 2004, Leschyshyn still finds himself close to the NHL as a radio commentator with the Colorado Avalanche. He lives in Lilleton, Colo. during the season.
from the Patriot Ledger,
State and Abington police apprehended a Scituate man who hid behind neighborhood homes after leading officers on a high-speed chase through two towns early Monday.
William Tibbetts, 32, of 79 Jericho Road, was charged with resisting arrest and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, as well as speeding and other traffic violations. He was to be arraigned in Quincy District Court today.
It was his second arrest for such a chase in four months.
Tibbetts, who has tried to make a career as a professional hockey player, has a long criminal history dating back to a guilty plea in a rape case when he was 21.
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