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You Never Forget That Smell

from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,

The face wash is a baiting tactic that has been around since gloves were invented, or, as the Devils television announcer Chico Resch said, “since hands were invented.”

“It’s a pride issue,” said Resch, a former goaltender, who played for the Islanders and the Devils during his 14-year N.H.L. career. “If I keep trying to rub my hands into your face, you’re going to get angry. The face is sort of an untouchable territory.”

read on

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Potential Tragedy of Concussions

Adam Proteau at The Hockey News reflects on CBC’s Fifth Estate program which aired last night. The program investigated wrestler Chris Benoit’s life in an attempt to explain the tragedy of last summer.

From Proteau:

Yet, instead of focusing on steroid abuse as a possible explanation for the wrestler’s actions, the Fifth Estate spoke with two doctors at the University of North Carolina who examined Benoit’s brain after the murders and came up with an entirely different theory on what caused an otherwise doting father to snap so violently.

Shockingly, the UNC doctors diagnosed Benoit as having the brain of an 80- or 90-year-old person suffering from dementia.

Furthermore, they revealed the results of a study completed on the after-effects of concussions on 3,000 former NFL players. The study demonstrated that, in addition to serious mental and cognitive problems, the ex-football players had to deal with depression – depression that at times led to suicide attempts, or successful suicides – that may be a direct result of repeated concussions.

more from Proteau on this issue and what it means to hockey.  And you can watch the complete program yourself online here.

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  Tags: chris+benoit, concussions, depression

Talking Hockey With Risto

imageI had the chance to speak with Risto Pakarinen, a fellow NHL.com blogger and freelance writer. 

We discussed hockey of course, and the view of the NHL from the European standpoint as well as a few other topics.


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Risto has released a fine little book, Off The Post, which can be purchased here.

 

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  Tags: interview, off+the+post, paul+kukla, risto+pakarinen

Salary Cap Increasing Again

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The Star has learned the NHL’s salary cap will rise by about $3 million (all figures U.S.) next year – the third straight rise in the cap under the current collective bargaining agreement.

“It depends on a lot of factors, but I expect the cap will go up at least $3 million,” said a source.

The rising value of the Canadian dollar is one reason forwarded for an increase in revenues, but commissioner Gary Bettman has said merchandising revenue and ticket sales were up across the league.

more on how the increase of the cap can help the Leafs…

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Just One Regret

From Neil Stevens at the CP via Yahoo!,

Living in the Detroit region doesn’t mean he buys into the Red Wings’ marketing slogans.

“My whole life I’ve tried to explain to people in America ... being in Detroit, it’s Hockeytown, so they say,” he said. “I call it Red Wings Town. Canada is Hockeytown, there’s no doubt about it. The fabric of the sport is Canadian for sure.”

Media attention paid to the Leafs “seems a lot more magnified now” than in his day. That could be explained by the proliferation of all-sports TV and radio stations since his playing days.  He has only one regret.

“There’s nothing like it,” he said of playing in the NHL. “I had great personal accolades and individual accomplishments. I won championships at every level. The only thing I didn’t win was a Stanley Cup. There isn’t a day that goes by ... that’s the one thing I always think about.”

more… of an enjoyable interview with Al Iafrate

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  Tags: al+iafrate, san+jose+sharks, toronto+maples+leafs, washington+capitals

A New Chicago Ambassador

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

Former Chicago Blackhawks goaltender and Hockey Hall of Fame member Tony Esposito has joined the Chicago Blackhawks family as an official Blackhawks Ambassador. Esposito will join Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita in representing the Chicago Blackhawks at events at the United Center and throughout the Chicagoland area.

“It is a great honor to be asked back into the Blackhawks family,” said Esposito. “In my heart, I have always been and always will be a Blackhawk. I want to thank Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough for giving me the opportunity to come back to the Blackhawks organization. I love the new approach the team is taking. Everything about the Blackhawks is very upbeat and I am proud to be a part of this new beginning.”

continued

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  Tags: tony+esposito

Hockey Doesn’t Need a Tiger Woods

From Black Athlete Sports Network,

Why does color have to be an issue here in the USA, but really not in Canada?

Hockey doesn’t need “another Tiger Woods”.  They had them while Tiger was down here at Stanford hanging out with his Cali surfing buddies.

And don’t give me that economics thing. There are just as many piss poor Canadians as there are Americans.

Just face it. Until we get out of the mentality that there are only certain sports we’re suppose to play, you won’t see that many Black Americans playing hockey.

more…

Note: the above article is a response to a Time Magazine piece on the subject that we recently linked

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  Tags: black+athletes, race+and+sport

Darren McCarty on the Radio

A great interview this morning with Darren McCarty, now playing with the Grand Rapids Griffins. 

Our thanks to Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204 for the providing the audio for KK readers.


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  Tags: ahl, darren+mccarty, grand+rapids+griffins, interview, media

Try The NHL

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Hey, NFL fans, what’s up? Great Super Bowl, huh? Tough for Patriots fans and players. That is a loss that will hurt forever. There are high school games that still hurt when I think about them. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw the same two teams in the Super Bowl next season, but that’s a topic for John Clayton.

Now that football season is over, we hope you turn some of your focus to the NHL.

We’ve been operating for four months now and have five more to go until we award the greatest trophy in team sports. We hockey fans chuckle at how other sports try to prop their trophies up as a holy grail like the NFL has attempted to do, but it just doesn’t stack up to the Stanley Cup.

continued

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Two Minutes For Interference On McCreary

Bill McCreary is one of the better refs in the NHL and things like this do happen at times, but not very often.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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