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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.
from the CN Miracle Match,
“CN is thrilled Wayne has accepted our invitation to help support the CN Miracle Match program which was formerly announced in June this year,” said E. Hunter Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Wayne holds a very special place in the hearts of Edmontonians and we know his presence will help bring even greater profile to this worthy cause.”
“I am looking forward to my return to Edmonton but especially because it will help raise money for Stollery” said Gretzky. “CN’s commitment to helping sick kids through the CN Miracle Match program is something I really wanted to personally support and I hope the people of Edmonton will show their generosity as well.”
Minimum bid to golf with Wayne is $12,500 or you can submit a bid to caddie for $2500.
via Jay Mohr at Fox Sports,
Hockey sucks too. I can’t root for a guy whose name on the back of his jersey has no vowels. I also don’t think a sport is legitimate if its inception depended on the weather.
Anybody know what Mohr is doing these days besides sounding foolish, again?
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from the AP via NJ.com,
A former state trooper who admitted to running a sports betting ring with a retired hockey star was sentenced Friday to five years in state prison.
While retired NHL player Rick Tocchet was the big name in the case, the trooper, James Harney, was the biggest catch for authorities….
Harney met Tocchet in the 1990s when Tocchet was playing for the Philadelphia Flyers and Harney tended bar at a hotel frequented by athletes.
After retiring in 2002, Tocchet became Gretzky’s top assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes but was placed on indefinite leave from his job after he was charged.
Under state law, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. But, as his lawyer emphasized, the crimes he pleaded guilty to usually do not result in incarceration for people who have had no other brushes with the law.
Authorities would not say whether they would request jail time when he is sentenced on Aug. 17.
Ir you are like me and listen to Leafs Lunch on a regular basis, here is a bit of news- Leafs Lunch wll be moving to afternoon drive-time beginning next Tuesday. Leafs Lunch will still be on at noon, but for only one hour.
Read all about it at the Toronto Star...
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