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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?
from the Associated Press, via USA Today:
Denise M. Sciarrotta was thrilled with the seats her family had for the minor league hockey game. They were close to the action as they watched players take practice shots.
It was going to be a special night: her 12-year-old daughter was going to sing the national anthem. Then a puck ricocheted off a goal post and slammed into Sciarrotta’s head. Blood poured from a gash above her left temple.
More than four years later, Sciarrotta said she bears a 2 1/2-inch scar and permanent brain damage from an incident she maintains could have been prevented with proper safeguards.
Her negligence lawsuit could become a landmark case, as the state Supreme Court recently decided to consider if fans have the right to sue for injuries that happened during warmups. A ruling is not expected for about a year.
via Russia Today,
A Moscow court has ruled that British Airways must pay Russian ice hockey star Pavel Bure 67,000 rubles ($US 2600) in damages.
In October the NHL player Pavel Bure was ordered off a flight from Moscow to Los Angeles via London.
Mistaking him for a football hooligan, the pilot refused to take off until Bure - known as the Russian Rocket - left the plane.
added 9:02am, from the RIA,
Bure filed a lawsuit with the Tverskoi Court in Moscow on June 20 demanding that British Airways pay him 20 million rubles ($771,000) in compensation just for moral damages.
Dmitry Ragulin, a lawyer for Bure, said the defense and his client completely disagreed with Friday’s court decision and will appeal to the Moscow City Court.
“The sum awarded for moral damage is ridiculous and we intend to seek an increase,” the lawyer said.
from the Vancouver Province,
In 50 years of Stanley Cup wins, red has been the dominant jersey colour. By a long shot.
Thirty-one times teams in red have triumphed, with orange and blue a distant second at 12 times each.
This doesn’t mean the Canucks in their new dark-blue and forest-green sweaters won’t drink from the Cup, but consider that the only two times they came close (‘82, ‘94) they were wearing red and orange.
continued... Canucks jersey talk…
from Pitchfork Media,
How’s this for the next Will Ferrell movie? A professional hockey player grows tired of the usual Nickelback and Bon Jovi pre-game pump up jams and begins surreptitious nightly excursions into the underground psych and noise scenes. While playing for the Red Wings, he attends a Dead Meadow gig in Detroit and there meets an ex-member of the Dirtbombs who used to put out Pavement and Don Caballero records and now works for Warner Bros….
Also, there’s a romantic interest played by Audrey Tautou and a scene where Ferrell accidentally eats a hockey puck while dining at a Tim Hortons. Genius!
Best of all, this one would be Based on a True Story, as the above synopsis more or less tells the tale of upstart Macomb, Michigan imprint Elevation Recordings. The hockey player, Boyd Devereaux, now plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
from This is London,
There are 25 bars, restaurants and cafés on the building’s main high street, Entertainment Avenue (which is the length and breadth of New Bond Street). The queues to the bar are bearable. The toilets clean and plentiful.
Not everyone will love the interior design, of course, which is basically Heidi goes to Vegas with lashings of extra kitsch. There are palm trees and Busby Berkeley staircases and sci-fi set pieces. But who cares? The night I saw Prince, 20,000 people got to their seats on time. No one lost their temper. It was the most chilled rock audience I’ve encountered in years.
It’s no wonder that after just three months the O2 is fast becoming Britain’s premier venue.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Neither Georges Laraque nor Jarome Iginla can understand what Michael Vick, who had the world by the tail, was thinking when he got involved in the gruesome activity of dogfighting.
Laraque figures Vick should have shed the hangers-on with whom he grew up.
“That guy had everything and he threw it away,” said Laraque, a Pittsburgh Penguins winger and one of the NHL’s best guys in the community.
“He had the look, he had the talent. To be associated with that kind of thing (dogfighting) is really surprising? Why?”
Also, Iginla on Keenan, from the Edmonton Journal,
“But Mike is one of the NHL’s winningest coaches. He’s, uh, what can I say… a hard-ass, but most coaches around the league are now.
“As a player I don’t mind that, as long as they’re fair and up front. But I also like the other side. Like I said before, when it’s going good for the team, you want that reward. You want to be able to enjoy it—it is the NHL. You want to have some fun.”
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