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What do Southern belle Kellie Pickler and Canadian hockey player Jordin Tootoo have in common? Says Pickler: “We’re each other’s biggest fans.”
The former American Idol contestant, 20, and the Nashville Predators right wing, 24, met after they bought condos in the same Nashville complex, where Tootoo spotted Pickler and asked for her phone number.
Pickler tells PEOPLE they were friends at first, but the relationship had turned romantic by spring.
via the Detroit News,
Add another accomplishment to Steve Yzerman’s resume as he was one of 11 announced Tuesday as inductees in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
The former Red Wing captain, who retired last year ago after 22 seasons, is currently a team vice president.
Other inductees were Olympic kayaker Greg Barton, announcer Frank Beckmann, Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, former Michigan basketball star Glen Rice, Olympic swimmer Clark Scholes, former Pistons player and coach Ray Scott, Negro League star Turkey Stearns, St. Cecilia’s Sam Washington and former Wing Norm Ullman.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
A teenage hockey goalie has won $7,500 in a lawsuit that was filed after he was cut from his his midget AAA team.
Henri Richard — a Quebec court judge and not the former Montreal Canadiens star — says the Montreal Predateurs’ decision to cut Alexandre Di Ruocco was a serious blow to the teenager’s hopes of making it to the big leagues.
While the morning show debated whether they’d want their kid to be a professional athlete, Howard Simon invited two local Stanley Cup-winner-raising fathers to talk pros and cons Tuesday morning.
Clarence’s Ken Adams, father of 2006 Cup winner Kevyn, and Williamsville’s Peter Marchant, father of 2007 Cup winner Todd, shared similar sentiments regarding their sons rise to NHL glory.
“I never thought he’d become a professional athlete because it’s a long shot for almost any 10-, 11-year old boy,” Ken Adams said.
from the Montreal Gazette,
“It’s big business now,” Heinz said from his office in Toronto.
In addition to a five-fold increase in some operating costs (such as $300 for an hour of ice time in San Jose, Calif.) he said competition has become fierce in an industry that isn’t regulated by sporting bodies. “Anybody can call an arena, book the ice and put out a pamphlet claiming they’ve got a hockey school,” he said.
“It’s really up to parents to find a good place for their kids.” For Heinz, the best summer hockey schools are those that make learning hockey both interesting and fun in a positive atmosphere. “Kids get yelled at and beaten up by their coaches all season,” he said. “They need to learn skills, but in a way that will build their confidence and encourage them….
from the CBC,
Hockey players in an isolated northern Manitoba community are looking up to NHL players for more than just their hockey skills after learning the big-league players are outfitting them with brand new gear.
Children in Berens River, a fly-in aboriginal community on the east side of Lake Winnipeg, will receive complete sets of new equipment from the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s Goals and Dreams fund.
Until now, the children have been a ragtag group on the ice. Most children don’t have helmets, and not everyone has gloves.
from the Montana Standard,
The way Jim Agnew sees it, life boils down to a single principle — teamwork.
Whether that entails patrolling Missoula’s streets as a sheriff’s deputy, charging down the ice as a defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks, or raising his family in Montana, the idea of functioning as a single unit has always appealed to the Canadian-born retired hockey player….
“The coach says ‘Jimmy, we’re going to start you out. But right off the hop, I want you to run Gretzky,’ ” Agnew recalls. “So I decide I’m really going to run Gretzky first shift, I’m going to hammer Gretzky, because I wanted to please the coach.
“A few seconds into the game and the puck’s behind the net, and there’s Gretzky. I’m tearing down the ice right at him, and he does one of these between-the-legs spin maneuvers and I go flying by like NASCAR,” he said. “It was less than a minute into the game and I was sitting down. The coach just leaned over to me and said, ‘Forget about what I told you.’”
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Gary Bettman has his autograph on all the NHL pucks.
Jeffrey Pollack has his signature on all the playing cards.
Bettman is the commissioner of the National Hockey League. Pollack is the commissioner of the World Series of Poker.
The question is, which brother is heading up the most successful outfit?
You read that right.
Gary Bettman and Jeffrey Pollack are brothers.
from the Financial Times,
David Bonderman, a founding partner of Texas Pacific Group; Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer behind the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise; and Harry Sloan, chairman and chief executive of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, are behind the bid for the franchise.
Mr Bonderman’s TPG is an investor in MGM and was recently part of the consortium that bought Harrah’s Entertainment, the Las Vegas-based casino operator, for $17bn.
Mr Sloan, meanwhile, is leading the revival of MGM after a consortium of investors bought it from Kirk Kerkorian.
Anyone who thinks Vegas would have trouble selling tickets needs to know the major strip hotels would eat up those tickets in a hurry.- offering them to their guests and high rollers. Imagine the out of town visitors from Detroit, NYC, Toronto, etc. that would jump at the opportunity to get to Vegas, using this reasoning, “Had to go see my team play…”
added 6:50pm, from the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
An arena needs to arrive in Las Vegas before a team does, though, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Thursday.
“In order for the NHL to ever have a franchise in Las Vegas, they’d have to build a new state-of-the-art arena in Las Vegas. We’re talking a couple years away, minimum,” said Daly, who confirmed Bruckheimer and others have been in discussions with the league for the past six months.
“I think Las Vegas is a very attractive market,” Daly said. “But there are issues, with respect to gaming, the National Hockey League would have to address. That’s certainly something the board would have to consider, but this is all very premature, and that’s not something to discuss with the board at this point.”
from the Leader-Post,
When Aaron and Derek Boogaard take a wannabe tough guy to school, they usually do it on the ice.
The venue switched to the classroom this week when the Boogaard brothers - who make the Hansons of Slapshot fame look like lightweights - staged their inaugural hockey fighting camp at a Regina training centre.
The clinic included more 30 registered players from age 12 to 18 who signed on to receive a crash course from two of the toughest customers in the game.
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