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from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,
On a night when the Manitoba Moose—and one former Manitoba Bison—moved freely among Wolves and 42-year-old Mike Keane was just the second oldest player on the ice, everything seemed possible.
And so here it is, from the opening faceoff to the final horn:
They put on quite a pre-game show. Fireworks, fireballs, lots of fire… And lots of smoke. There’s a thick haze hanging over the ice as they prepare to drop the puck. It reminds me of those old photos of the Montreal Forum in the 1970s, when you needed a ticket and a pack-a-night habit to attend a Habs game… Izzy Idonije, who played for the University of Manitoba Bisons before he played for the Chicago Bears, dropped the ceremonial first puck, wearing a Wolves jersey emblazoned with the No. 71… Wayne freaking Messmer sang the anthems tonight. Yeah, that Wayne Messmer, the guy who at old Chicago Stadium nightly walked the line between singing an anthem and inciting a riot. He’s still got great pipes, but the atmosphere here at the Allstate Arena isn’t nearly the same.
There’s the old Winnipeg Jet Ron Wilson behind the Wolves bench. Wilson and Don Lever were hired as assistant coach and coach this week and are making their debut tonight… This guy Chris Chelios can apparently play hockey.
The AHL is offering a free preview tonight. Many game scheduled including the Manitoba Moose taking on Chris Chelios and the Chicago Wolves.
from Hockey Calgary,
Hockey Calgary will be the first amateur sports association in Canada to adopt the Respect in Sport Parent Education Program. The one-hour online course focuses on a variety of topics including player development, and interaction with the children, coaches and other parents. It will give parents a tool to evaluate their own behaviour and recognize their natural influence. “It sets a standard of appropriate rules for everyone. And, it empowers good parents to be better,” said Wayne McNeil, cofounder of Respect in Sport.
“Hockey Calgary’s number one priority is providing a safe and fun environment for our players,” said Perry Cavanagh, president of Hockey Calgary. “The partnership with Respect in Sport will help us promote our values by educating and supporting all levels of involvement, parents included.”
from Darren Dreger of TSN, T
wo NCAA college programs in the United States are using the latest in technology to study the cause and effect of head trauma on varsity hockey players. And the NHL has indicated interest in doing the same one day.
Dartmouth and Brown employ the Head Impact Telemetry System – HITS - to measure, record and analyze what impact collisions have on the head and brain.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson is trying his best to put himself on the radar for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. A guy in Russia is hoping to do the same.
Robert Esche is off to a flying start with SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL, sporting an 8-3-2 record with a .932 save percentage and 1.62 goals-against average, gaudy numbers to say the least.
“I’ve been healthy the last three years here in Russia, which I wasn’t my last few years in the NHL,” Esche told ESPN.com on Tuesday from Moscow, where the team plays Wednesday. “I am hoping I can go to the Olympics, that’s my goal to make that team. But if it doesn’t happen, it’s not the end of the world.
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN sit down with some USA Hockey players and discuss numerous, related topics.
from USA Hockey,
In our first episode you’ll hear Doug Wilson, former NHL hockey player and current general manager of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, discuss how parents and coaches can encourage youth athletes to focus on three main principles - effort, learning and bouncing back from mistakes.
from Risto Pakarinen at The Hockey News,
According to a report in Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, KHL president and IIHF council member Alexander Medvedev has presented the IIHF council his new plan for a pan-European league, going under the working title “United Hockey Europe.”
The new league would have 16 teams from the Nordic countries, 16 from central Europe and 24 from the current KHL, split into four divisions in two conferences, with the conference winners playing in the UHE finals.
“It’s a little too early to start such an ambitious league in the current situation,” said Christer Englund, the chairman of the Swedish hockey federation. “Maybe we’ll get there in (a few) years.”
continued plus more European hockey news…
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
He has quickly become an Internet sensation and is now all over the airwaves.
(Oliver) Wahlstrom was in New York on Friday to be interviewed on CBS and ESPN. He’s going to Fox studios Saturday and will also be interviewed by a Swedish television reporter for TV4 back in Sweden, where his father, Joakim, is from and used to play professionally.
He toured the NHL Store Powered by Reebok on Friday evening and got to meet San Jose stars Dan Boyle, Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi, who were in for an event. Wahlstrom was also given a Winter Classic retro T-shirt and a Boston Bruins puck by Brian Jennings, the NHL’s Executive VP for Marketing.
“It’s chaos,” the soft-spoken Oliver told NHL.com. “I thought they would only see it at the rink.”
more and the video is of the shootout goal, just in case you missed it…
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Returning to hockey after a one-year “retirement,” Hasek is currently ranked seventh among Czech League goaltenders with a .916 save percentage. He boasted eight wins through 12 games and a 2.52 goals-against average. But statistics aside, perhaps his most important asset is intimidation.
Hasek’s gold medal performance at the Nagano Olympics was so transcendental, an opera was created in the Czech Republic to celebrate he and his teammates’ stunning victory. A 2-1 shootout win over Canada in the semifinal was followed by a 1-0 shutout of old nemesis Russia to clinch gold – and both efforts have given Hasek a lot of cred with his peers.
“I heard he’s playing pretty well back in the Czech League,” said Colorado’s Milan Hejduk, a teammate of Hasek’s on that 1998 gold medal squad. “He’s always been an excellent goaltender. Maybe it’s going to be a big (Olympic) comeback. Even at his age, he’s still kicking it.”
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