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from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citzen,
“I was going to retire,” McLennan continues. “But my best buddy from Lethbridge, Joel Dyck, has played in Japan for 14 years, and he said, ‘Why don’t you come play with me and finish your career here?’ So I figured, what the heck? It has been awesome so far. The people. The culture. It’s amazing.”
McLennan brought another former NHL pal, tough-guy Tyson Nash, with him. They are Nippon’s two allowed imports. The rest of the team consists of transplanted Canadians and native Japanese players, who already knew all about their goalie’s infamous antics.
“They had all seen the bit with me running over Luongo on YouTube. They know I like to have fun,” McLennan said with a chuckle.
Watch the video McLennan talks about…
from the CP via TSN,
Wayne Gretzky with Peter Forsberg and Valeri Kharlamov up front, Viacheslav Fetisov and Alexandre Ragulin on defence and Vladislav Tretiak in goal.
Others will suggest variations, and the International Ice Hockey Federation has enlisted 56 hockey experts from around the world to get it right.
An all-time global all-star team will be announced during an IIHF gala in Quebec City when the world championship tournament is held in Canada for the first time next spring. Games also will be played in Halifax.
Very cool Hockey News….
from Barry Smith at the Hockey News,
Just checking in to give you a better idea of the Russian Super League.
We have now played every team in the league. One thing that really sticks out there is quite a big disparity between the size of the cities and the payrolls.
For example, Omsk has a payroll of $50 million (US), which is the highest payroll in the league. The teams are financed by large corporations or municipality funding. There is no possible way a team here can break even based on ticket sales, concessions and parking.
From the CP via TSN,
A freezer bag in a safe in the picturesque Kawartha Lakes region holds a puck that may or not have won hockey’s 1972 Summit Series for Canada.
Ken Vivian thinks it might be the real thing. Ron Ellis, who played in the Summit Series, calls the story far-fetched.
Decide for yourself.
continued… (*a rather strange and interesting story)
You see, I have sources too… Danny Markov has signed a two year agreement with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague.
The email from the source is much appreciated.
added 9:34am, Reported salary is $1.8 million after Russian tax. More on this as it develops.
update 12:16pm, from the CP via TSN,
Veteran defenceman Danny Markov has signed a two-year deal with Moscow Dynamo, his agent Jay Grossman confirmed Friday.
Grossman would not say but it’s believed the deal is worth around US$4 million. The contract has an out-clause that lets him return to the NHL next summer.
From Mike Zeisberger at the Toronto Sun,
And he would like nothing better than to be part of the Canadian contingent that is seeking to repeat the championship effort turned in by Joe Sakic and company back in 2002 in Salt Lake City.
“It actually crossed my mind when I was watching Team Canada at the 2006 Games in Turin,” Ruff said yesterday. “I just thought to myself that it would be nice to be involved. It’s a tremendous honour just to be considered in any capacity.”
Ruff’s name already has been discussed by Hockey Canada officials, joining a list of candidates that includes New Jersey Devils coach Brent Sutter, St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray, the Detroit Red Wings’ Mike Babcock, Stanley Cup-winning coach Randy Carlyle of the Anaheim Ducks and the Phoenix Coyotes’ Wayne Gretzky.
The Globe & Mail’s Eric Duhatschek has co-authored a book with Dave King:
Had a chance to catch up with Dave King last night for the first time in months. It was at the launch party in Calgary for the book we collaborated on about his year of coaching in Russia, a crazy and wildly successful season in which the team won so many games in the regular season that they ran out of bonus money to pay the players and as a result, dipped into their travel funds to stay within the budget (dooming them to commercial instead of charter flights for the final quarter of the regular season).
Called King Of Russia and published by McClelland & Stewart, it chronicles the 2005-06 season of the Super League team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, which coincided with Evgeni Malkin’s final year in Russia.
Book available at Amazon.com if anyone is interested. Probably be quite fascinating, actually.
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From Mike Zeisberger at the Toronto Sun,
Sitting neatly on a bookshelf in the library of Steve Yzerman’s suburban home are a number of his favourite shiny shinny keepsakes from on and off the ice.
Sprinkled between some of his daughters’ soccer trophies are several sparkling baubles that would make the eyes of any rabid hockey fan bulge.
Three Stanley Cup trophies. A 2002 Olympic gold medal. Another gold medal, this one from the 2007 World Championship in Moscow. Of course, there always is room for more. Yzerman will make room if need be.
Especially if the prize is Olympic gold from the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
from Hong Kong News,
While ice hockey is hugely popular in North America and Europe, only now, with the advent of indoor rinks, is it catching on in Hong Kong. And the arrival of former NHL star Barry Beck through the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is sure to write a new page in local ice hockey history.
He believes Hong Kong could compete in the Winter Olympics by strengthening its youth hockey training scheme.
“[There are] many intelligent players. They can learn quickly, so we are able to compete well. We have to continue to work on our youth programme. We might be able to get into the Winter Olympics,” he said.
Today represents the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit series. From the CP,
Henderson will mark the anniversary giving motivational speeches at a leadership conference at an inn north of Toronto.
Canadians who watched the live Summit Series broadcasts will never forget the drama that unfolded.
And Joe Pelletier has put together some selected works, if you’d like to blast back to the past:
- How Politicians used the 1972 Summit Series
- A Photo Essay of the Team Canada Jersey
- A Photo Essay of the Soviet Jersey
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