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from the Sunday Mail,
A teenage ice hockey star’s dream move to the US has been blocked after American officials claimed he wasn’t Scottish enough.
Olympic hopeful Tristan Harper, 19, has been offered a place with Alpena IceDiggers in Michigan.
But American Embassy staff in London refuse to grant a visa because he is “unable to show strong and binding ties to the United Kingdom”.
That is despite Tristan being born in Scotland to Scots parents.
Even the fact Tristan has already played a season with another US team was not enough to get him into the country.
Tristan is thought to be a victim of tightened immigration rules under the US’s war on terror.
He has been penalised because he has not been a UK resident for three years. At 15 he won an ice hockey scholarship in the US, then trained at the prestigious Banff Ice Hockey Academy in Canada and played for top Dutch side Nijmegen.
from Vincent M. Mallozzi of the New York Times,
Richter, 40, has been a fan of endurance sports long before a career with the Rangers that began in the 1989 playoffs and ended in November 2002, after he learned that he had fractured his skull.
Richter said he has always had respect and admiration for endurance athletes like Paula Newby-Fraser, an eight-time winner of the Ironman Triathlon, and Lance Armstrong, a seven-time winner of the Tour de France. He ranks Tegla Loroupe, who won consecutive New York City Marathons in the mid-1990s, as one of his favorites.
“I’ve always been into fitness, and so I’ve kept a close eye on all these runners and bikers and swimmers who put their bodies through these amazing training regimens and participate in these incredible races,” Richter said.
from the Moose Jaw Times Herald,
“General managers, coaches and players are much more open to chapels and hearing the message of Jesus than they were when I first started 30 years ago,” said Resch. “You just got the door slammed in your face before you even got started.”
Resch lives five miles outside of Manhattan and is a colour commentator for New Jersey Devils television broadcasts. Still around the game, he feels spirituality is resonating in the lives or players and the public like never before.
“You’ve got the money, fame, fortune — you have everything you can ask for and you say ‘well what’s next?’ and there isn’t anything,” said Resch.
“I think that Christ’s principles really reach out to other people. Once you have your own house and your summer house, the two cars and the boat, then what are you going to do with the money?
“I think life is the physical, mental and the spiritual and I think it’s getting out of balance.”
more on Resch back home for a hockey camp…
from the Northern News Service,
More than 200 people came out to cheer for their favourite style of meat in Rankin Inlet this past month.
The boisterous crowd saw Team Cooked Meat defeat Team Raw Meat 10-7 to claim Rankin’s road hockey championship and bragging rights for the year.
The event was taped for an upcoming episode of the Versus TV Network’s Road Hockey Rumble.
Show co-host Mark McGuckin said Rankin was one of the most amazing places the show has visited during its twoseason run on Versus (Outdoor Life Network).
KK has pointed to Road Hockey Rumble before, but why not check it out if you missed it the first time.
from the Courier,
In another way to give back to the community that supported him so well during his days as a Waterloo Black Hawks player, San Jose Shark Joe Pavelski has been conducting the Joe Pavelski Hockey School this week at Young Arena.
More than 50 budding hockey stars signed up to spend eight hours a day with Pavelski, who is providing them with on-ice and on-land training.
“He’s been great,” said West High freshman-to-be Taylor Harris. “He makes sure he spends some time with everybody helping them in one way or another.
“It’s been really fun doing a whole bunch of skating and learning new techniques.
“Plus, it is going to be really cool to go to school and tell everybody I hung out with an NHL player for a week.”
Paramount Pictures has set Jessica Alba as the female lead opposite Mike Myers in “The Love Guru,” which has been set for a June 20 release.
In his first new character creation since Austin Powers, Myers plays Pitka, an American who was left at the gates of an ashram in India as a child and raised by gurus. After moving back to the U.S., he attempts to settle a rift between a hockey player (Malco) and his wife, who begins scoring with the star player of a rival team. Alba plays the hockey team owner and Troyer the team coach.
from the South Side Journal,
Polizzi, 17, a junior-to-be at CBC, was awarded the Bryce Salvador/Jamal Mayers Hockey Dedication Award and has trained with several NHL players over the summer, as part of the Hockey Academy of St. Louis’ Impact Hockey Training Project.
St. Louis Blues teammates, Salvador and Mayers have sponsored Polizzi through this summer’s 12-week program of vigorous workouts, skills training and nutrition counseling.
Beginning every weekday morning at 8:30 a.m., Polizzi joins Mayers and Salvador, along with Reed Lowe (St. Louis Blues), Neil Komadoski (Ottawa Senators), Greg Mauldin (Columbus Blue Jackets), Travis Turnbull (Michigan University) and Tom Fortney (University of New Hampshire), at the gym for a 2-hour workout.
And, according to Polizzi, it’s not your normal workout. After all, he’s training with pros.
via the AP,
Scott Niedermayer doesn’t take kindly to duck abuse.
That’s why the defenseman for Stanley Cup champion Anaheim signed on with PETA to defend ducks—mighty or otherwise.
Niedermayer sent a letter to the 50 members of the Chicago City Council, urging them to fight against efforts to repeal the city’s ban on foie gras—the delicacy from enlarged livers of force-fed ducks and geese.
“As an Anaheim Duck, I hate to see real ducks tortured so that a handful of wealthy chefs can serve their diseased organs,” wrote Niedermayer, the playoffs MVP last season. “Please uphold this compassionate law.”
His letter said foie gras production is outlawed in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech Republic, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, and Israel. In 2012, it will become illegal to sell foie gras in California.
from the Harford Courant,
Thirty-five players and management types returned to Connecticut for a lobster bake at the farm Friday night and a golf tournament at nearby Willow Brook Golf Course Saturday before a barbecue that included a band playing under one of two tents.
The player gathering was a who’s who of the franchise’s 25 seasons in Boston, Springfield and Hartford, starting with Hall of Famers Ron Francis, who will be inducted Nov. 12, and announcer Chuck Kaiton (2004). Francis, Dineen, Rick Ley and Randy Ladouceur were former captains on hand. Francis, Dineen, Ley and Ulf Samuelsson are four of the six players to have their retired numbers hanging in the Civic Center rafters.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from the Edmonton Journal,
Joe Juneau has taken up a coaching job in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, where he will lead a push to improve hockey facilities, and to provide education to Inuit children plagued by poverty, criminality and dropping out of school.
“It’s going to be a great adventure, not only for me, but also for my family,” says Juneau, who ended his 12-year NHL career at the end of the 2003-04 season as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.
Juneau first went to Nunavik for a vacation last spring. “I really fell in love with the extraordinary beauty of the place. And with its people,” he says.
But he was struck by the neglected state of hockey facilities and the lack of hockey organization in the Inuit villages he visited.
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