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Howe is Hockey

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

But a dynasty was forming in Detroit, as the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1950 and four Stanley Cups in six years. This run coincided with Howe reaching physical maturity.

Howe was 6-foot, 205 pounds, one of the larger players in the NHL at that time. He was tall and lean with a farmer’s hard muscles. He came from utter poverty and he wouldn’t let anyone compromise his career on the ice.

Howe one-punched Maurice “Rocket” Richard to the ice early in his career and he crushed Bobby Orr late in his career. Howe was uncanny. He could deliver immediate, devastating retribution or he could let a slight go unpunished so long that the perpetrator forgot about it, until he found himself flat on his back when Howe found a situation that wouldn’t compromise his team’s chance of winning.

more with a photo gallery….

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On the Bubble

From the New York Times, a few words from the representative bloggers of all the NHL teams still fighting for their playoff lives:

Included in the west is my own overly-optimistic blurb on the Canucks. But I think my favorite of the bunch would have to be from the Edmonton Oilers blogger… gotta love that hockey hate… smile

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  Tags: eastern+conference, hockey+bloggers, playoffs, western+conference

Looking At No-Touch Icing

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

“I favour the no-touch icing rule, as do a majority of our players,” NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly said Tuesday. “This position is grounded in serious safety concerns about precisely the type of high speed collision that led to the unfortunate injury to Kurtis Foster. The NHLPA has advocated for the adoption of the no-touch icing rule for many years. We intend to raise the issue again via the competition committee at the end of the season.”

Minnesota GM Doug Risebrough has routinely voted against changing the icing rule but now is obviously re-examining his stance given the injury suffered by one of his players.

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Watching The Game

NEW YORK (March 25, 2008)—Fueled by unprecedented League-wide competition for playoff spots and positions, the NHL is on pace to obliterate its March attendance records. A per-game average of 17,900 fans—97% of capacity—has filled NHL arenas this month. The existing March record average of 17,331 was set last season.

The late-season surge has ensured another season of record NHL attendance. The 2007-08 per-game average of 17,194 is running 1.7% ahead of the 2006-07 campaign, which concluded with a record figure of 16,961. The NHL will surpass 20 million in total attendance for the seventh consecutive season and will, for the first time in its 90-season history, conclude the regular season with a per-game average in excess of 17,000.

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Morning Line - Part 2

Gordie Howe from a Q & A in the Detroit Free Press,

“I always said I believed in religious hockey, and that it is better to give than to receive. I remember one guy said he tried to hit me all game but all he saw was tape. When I was playing, a coach might say, “You don’t like so and so?” And I’d say, “I don’t like any of them out there. When the game’s over, I like a lot of them, but on the ice is not a place to be liking people.”

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Morning Line

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Talk is veteran referee Mick McGeough is retiring at the end of the season and might have worked his last game in Montreal last night. You see the size of the bucket he wears? That thing could hold 12 of his favourite beverage. Pull up an easy chair and enjoy retirement, Mick.

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UFA Day Remains The Same

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Canada Day will remain NHL Free Agent Day.

That’s because the NHL Players’ Association has turned thumbs down on an NHL request to move the beginning of free agency from July 1 to July 7.

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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It’s Not About No-Touch Icing

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

It was about as predictable as an episode of Three’s Company. The moment Kurtis Foster of the Minnesota Wild went hurtling into the boards and broke his leg last week trying to beat Torrey Mitchell of the San Jose Sharks to the puck, the usual hue and cry came from the hockey community calling for an immediate move to no-touch icing.

The loud dresser with the loud mouth who rules Canada during the first intermission on Saturday night was, of course, first in line, continuing to beat a nag that he has had for years.

How noble.

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*If you need a reminder, Campbell’s piece is partly in reference to this clip from Don Cherry on the latest Coach’s Corner.

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  Tags: don+cherry, hnic, hockey+rules, icing, kurtis+foster

Hockey Has No Borders

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

Hockey fans are everywhere.  They can live in Key West, Florida, they may live in any European country or could be following the game from a remote island in the Caribbean.

Wherever they are, they have a common bond with all of us; they are hockey fans.  Fans who love the game, a certain team and no matter what it is, they are hockey fans, just like us.

Now I must ask, why do certain hockey scribes continue to play the “south of the border” card when writing about the state, both current and future, of the NHL?  According to those who write these types of rants, the only place hockey should be played is in Canada and if it is being played elsewhere, well, then it is a problem until it gets fixed.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, media

How To Increase Scoring

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

It’s a problem that has existed almost as long as Gary Bettman’s tenure as commissioner: There isn’t enough scoring in the National Hockey League.

There’s no need to go overboard on this. The league doesn’t need to see teams hitting double figures every game. But on the other hand, there are too many 2-1 games, and even games that are scoreless after 65 minutes.

As a result, the league’s movers and shakers are looking at some rule changes that can lead to a few more goals.

1. Limit freezing the puck by goaltenders (a 90% chance of implementation)...

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