Kukla's Korner Hockey
A KK member passed this along to me and even though about a week old, a pretty good read...
from Jame McKinven of Cross Ice Hockey,
Nicknames aside, hockey is full of strange pseudonyms and slang that can make for a pretty confusing conversation to an outsider. Below is a list of words and definitions that are often heard in the hockey world:
Bagger Short for “bag skate.” Used to describe when a coach punishes a team by making them skate hard; sometimes used simply to better condition a team.
Band-Aid A player who is always hurt or injured.
Cheese The upper part of the net (“Going cheese on the goalie”).
Chisel When a player purposely steals a point from a teammate by going up to the referee and stating that he got an assist on a goal when he in fact didn’t earn one. A player who gloms points this way is called a “Chiseler.”
I woke up from the operation without a stitch of clothing on me, and I’d gone in there fully clothed. Nothing on me, no wires or equipment, no blanket or pillow. I tried to get up, which hurt, and I kind of made a noise. Ten people in the room stopped, looked at me, and then came over in a rush.
Two weeks after that, they let me out of the hospital because I could walk on my own. I went to the rink and started getting ready for practice. In my mind I thought, “I can at least go out there and push pucks and stay involved.” The trainer started freaking out, waving his arms, and I had no idea what he was saying. Finally, one of the managers who spoke English and Croatian came in and told me to back to the hospital. I listened but nobody had told me anything.
We had a sit-down meeting with the operating doctor who told me that I had lost so much blood that during the procedure I flatlined and they couldn’t get me back.
-Jamie Rivers at Slapshot Diaries where you can read more on this story...
Rivers played for six NHL teams during his NHL career
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
If there's a story line that jumps out for the 2016 NHL draft class -- outside of 10 out of 10 scouts surveyed by TSN identifying American Auston Matthews as the pre-season favorite to go No. 1 overall -- it's the dearth of Canadian born-and-bred high-end talent.
Americans? No problem. No. 1 ranked Matthews leads a group of four Top 10 prospects from south of the 49th.
Finns? You bet. Big goal-scoring wingers Jesse Puljujarvi and Patrik Laine are Nos. 2 and 4 on TSN's Pre-Season Top 15 rankings for the 2016 and London Knight defenceman Olli Juolevi is No. 13.
Canadians, at least those born and developed in Canada, are nowhere to be found in the top six pre-season prospects and there are only five in TSN's Top 15.
That doesn't mean there is any need for panic or a hockey summit. Given the quantity and quality of high-end Canadian talent in recent drafts -- most recently Connor McDavid -- this looks more like an anomaly or something that is cyclical in nature.
The Finnish national hockey team has asked people to stop wearing Finland hockey jerseys to anti-immigration demonstrations. Over the weekend hockey shirts were spotted at several protests, but now the hockey federation has asked people to stop wearing its merchandise at protests.
Finland’s national hockey team does not want to be associated with anti-immigration protests. The team’s official Twitter account asked on Wednesday for people attending demonstrations to avoid wearing Finland hockey jerseys.
"Attention fans: Can we agree that hockey jerseys belong in the stands and not on demonstrations," read the tweet.
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
While the KHL was initially perceived as a talent-poaching threat to the NHL when it opened its operations — according to QuantHockey.com, the number of Russians in the NHL dropped from an all-time high of 73 in 2000-01 to just 29 in 2012-13 — the cases of players leaving are becoming few and far between.
KHL teams are folding. Sponsorships are drying up. And because of a ruble that is now worth .65 cents on the U.S. dollar — it has lost 50 per cent of its value since the start of 2014 because of plummeting oil prices and sanctions due to the conflict in Ukraine — players are no longer making the kind of money that they once were. In some cases, they are not even getting paid.
“They were stealing from our families while operating and preparing the club for the upcoming season by signing new players,” Canadian-born goaltender Mark Dekanich, who played for Medvescak Zagreb, said in an email to Postmedia News. “All who did not return to play for Medvescak are in the same situation.”
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from Rick Westhead of TSN,
The World Cup of Hockey is shaping up to deliver a million-dollar payday to each of the NHL’s 30 team owners, some of which could come from advertising on team uniforms for the first time.
When the tournament was conceived, NHL and NHL Players’ Association executives believed they might be able to generate $90 million in revenue from a two-week tournament. Now, after selling rich TV rights to ESPN in the U.S. and Rogers Communications in Canada, and thanks to strong interest from corporate sponsors, NHL team owners and NHLPA executives have been advised the September 2016 event may raise as much as $130 million, according to a source who said NHL team executives have been briefed on the profit projections.
Costs are estimated to be about $65 million - including $10 million to $15 million budgeted for player insurance - meaning owners and players, who are jointly staging the event, will split a profit of about $65 million.
That would be a far cry from the $4 million profit the last World Cup of Hockey event generated in 2004.
from John Branch of the New York Times,
Sommer, a 58-year-old Californian, played 662 games in the minor leagues (and three in the N.H.L.). He has been a minor league head coach for 1,678 more.
In March, he broke the record for most games coached in the American Hockey League. (He now has 1,344, all with the Sharks’ top affiliate.) He is 20 victories from becoming the A.H.L.’s career leader, passing the Hockey Hall of Famer Fred Cook, known as Bun, who had 636 from 1940 to 1956.
That many victories in the N.H.L. would put Sommer in the career top 10, ahead of the likes of Jacques Lemaire, Darryl Sutter and Toe Blake. But over nearly 20 years, Sommer has been passed by each time the Sharks have changed head coaches. This year, when Todd McLellan left and Peter DeBoer was hired, Sommer was not interviewed.
Sommer does not complain, but he does wonder. N.H.L. coaches are increasingly buttoned up, standing sternly behind the bench in their stylish suits, imparting clichés and misdirection to the cameras.
Sommer, son of a tugboat operator, raised in Oakland by a single mother, is a blue-collar teacher most comfortable in flip-flops and straight talk. He is a loose Californian in a Canadian game. “Oh, man,” and “I was like, seriously?” are two phrases that pepper his speech.
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Michigan State has eliminated the blue lines at Munn Ice Arena.
At the request of athletic director Mark Hollis, the blue lines were painted green when the ice recently was redone at the hockey rink.
Hollis did not respond to repeated requests from the Free Press for comment.
Section 5 a. of the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules and Interpretations states that “the ice area between the two goals shall be divided into three parts by lines 12 inches in width and blue in color, drawn at least 60 feet out from the goal lines, extending completely across the rink parallel with the goal lines, and continuing vertically up the side of the boards. It is preferred that the offensive zone be 64 feet when possible.”
A message left for the NCAA seeking comment was not returned, although the color change was not expected to be an issue.
Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson — whose school colors, of course, are maize and blue — isn’t too keen on the idea of having a color other than blue for the lines.
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