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fro D.C. Sports Bog,
Anyhow, Jeff Compton wants his charges—who, this summer, came from the Canucks, the Flames, the Wild, the Caps and a bunch of European clubs—to work on hockey-specific skills: linear explosiveness, change of direction, and the like. But he also doesn’t want them to be bored. So about halfway through the summer, the hockey players left the gym and headed for the beach. They would head out early in the morning, so that the players wouldn’t be surrounded by hockey-loving, flip-flop wearing beachgoers.
“Instead of sitting there with an umbrella and some drinks, we were there sweating it out, groaning and grunting, sweating profusely” Compton told me. “Instead of lifting a bar bell, they were lifting a tree trunk. Instead of throwing medicine balls around, they were throwing rocks and such.”
from the Toronto Star,
Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy wade Belak depends on a drink made for babies to help him through an NHL season.
For years the 6-foot-5, 221-pound enforcer has been drinking Pedialyte, a drink designed to help re-hydrate toddlers with diarrhea.
But Belak’s original reason for drinking from the bottle with a teddy bear on its label was decidedly grown-up.
“You really want to know the truth, why I started drinking Pedialyte?” he said yesterday at the team’s practice facility.
“I used to drink it for hangovers.”
Belak isn’t the only athlete making trips to the baby aisle for the drink.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
A popular figure, McCreary had headed the NHL Alumni Association and his funeral widely was attended by well-known hockey names, including former Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn.
On that day in December 2003, police allege that Ramage was driving a rented Chrysler Intrepid that apparently crossed the lanes of the roadway and collided almost head on with an SUV travelling in the opposite direction.
Magnuson, in the passenger’s seat, didn’t survive the crash. He would have turned 60 this year.
Ramage, 48, the apparent driver, stands charged of impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.
from Pop Jocks,
Garnet “Ace” Bailey was a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins in 1968 and 1970. He ended his hockey career mentoring a young star with the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association named Wayne Gretzky. It was on September 11th, 2001 that the National Hockey League lost a loyal servant.
Mark Bavis was a scout with the Los Angeles Kings working under Ace Bailey in the organization. Both Bavis and Bailey were traveling from Boston to Los Angeles for training camp when Flight 275 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
from Kevin Somers at Raise the Hammer,
I could write about Gary Bettman of the NHL. I’ve been a hockey fan all my life, but Bettman is turning me off his vile business. Bettman’s anti-Canadian stance is akin to racism, the horrors of which have been written about extensively. I live in Hamilton and many of my friends here are sick of his mistreatment and have become fans of the Raptors.
I could write about Karma. I don’t know if I believe in God or not, but I believe in Karma and Karma has a nuclear warhead destined for Gary Bettman’s NHL. It was launched in Hamilton (near my house). The league is doomed to crash like the housing market.
Enjoy the NBA Kevin!
from Sun Media,
During the off-season , it used to be that hockey players bulked up in the gym hell bent on gaining imposing size and power for the coming season.
Times have changed.
It’s not so much about developing big muscles so much as it’s important to develop the right muscles to excel at Canada’s favourite winter sport
By MasterCPL. MartinForgues at the Edmonton Sun,
A concrete deck, complete with wooden boards and of proportional dimensions, is the theatre of some of Kandahar’s most gruesome fighting between members of our own little ball hockey league. A good tease prior to the NHL’s season start, which we all anticipate and which should be exciting from here, with clashes between rival team’s fans promising to reach epic levels. Some local employees and members of the Afghan National Police expressed much curiosity about hockey, watching us play on the grey concrete rink. We thought about doing a cultural exchange with them, but plans for transforming our helipad into a buzkashi field have been shelved for some reason.
from the Star-Telegram,
A chill blew through the American Airlines Center on Monday as arena workers finished laying the ice for the start of the Dallas Stars’ season.
It takes an eight-person team 36 hours to create the 1-inch sheet of ice, using 10,000 gallons of purified water. Workers also spend several hours painting the Stars’ logo and sponsor names that are embedded in the ice….
First, the concrete floor is chilled to 15 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, using a wand system, crews spray water on the floor, gradually building the ice up layer by layer.
Workers paint logos and use tape to mark the blue and red lines and faceoff circles on the ice. More layers of ice are laid on top of the painted layer with the arena’s two Zamboni machines.
While adding the final layers, crews fracture the ice in several places and then fill in those cracks to help reduce the stress on the ice during a hockey game.
from the Windsor Star,
“All my life, I’ve been watching hockey and Probie. And there he was—in Afghanistan,” Johnson said Sunday at his father’s Emeryville home where family and friends threw a big homecoming party for the local soldier.
Johnson first met Probert when the retired player joined a group of National Hockey League alumni on a tour to visit Canadian soldiers stationed in Afghanistan in late April. Dan Daoust, Mike Pelyk, Dave Hutchison and Dave (Tiger) Williams also made the trip, among others. So did the Stanley Cup.
Probert did not forget Johnson. He attended Sunday’s party to welcome him back to the area and wish him well.
“It’s amazing what (the soldiers) go through,” Probert said. “It was great to go and see that for myself. They just invited me to go back, so I’m looking forward to that.”
from the AFP via the Eonomic Times,
Watching Maria Sharapova’s curvaceous figure hugged by a crystal-spangled red dress in her second-round victory at the US Open, it’s hard to imagine such beauty buried under ice hockey pads.
“It used to be when I was growing up, it was gymnastics,” Sharapova said. “I always wanted to be a rhythmic gymnast - I grew a little too fast for that - and (play) hockey.”
more... A day of upsets, Sharapova lost her third round match today and if you are a college football fan, can you say Appalachian State?
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