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Coach Marc Savard

from Mike Davies of the Peterborough Examiner,

Jay Legault and Marc Savard are finding a different kind of fulfillment in hockey now that their playing days are done.

With Savard’s 14-year NHL career sidelined by concussion issues, he’s joined Legault, his former Oshawa Generals teammate, to coach the Peterborough Boston Pizza minor peewee Petes….

Legault coached at the midget level for several years and Savard approached him about taking on the minor peewees where Savard’s son Zach plays.

“My future was up in the air for a bit so he took the head coaching job and it just worked out perfect that we got the team together,” Savard said….

It’s helped Savard’s transition out of playing.

“It’s taking up a lot of my time which I kind of need right now to keep my head as good as it can be,” he said.


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The Low-Lights

from Jamie Fitzpatrick of About.com, I

Is Eddie Shore the worst boss in hockey history?

That’s debatable. But consider this piece of evidence.

As coach and owner of the the Springfield Indians, a minor-league team, he once called a meeting of players’ wives, asking them to withhold sex until the men played better.

You won’t find that tactic recommended at many coaching clinics these days.

But Shore isn’t such a bad guy compared to other members of the hockey hall of horrors.

It’s a select group that includes our picks for Most Repugnant Crook, Worst Owner, Worst Boss, Creepiest Hockey Dad, and more.

Collectively, they represent the game at its lowest.


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Terry Pegula Talks Penn State

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

But the billionaire owner of the Buffalo Sabres—whose $88 million “gift” to PSU in September of 2010 to build a hockey arena and start an NCAA Division 1 hockey program is reportedly the largest single donation ever to the school—also has some strong feelings on how the university needs to conduct its affairs now and how the vast majority of “Penn Staters” need not hang their heads.

“I am standing behind the university,” Pegula told TSN in his first interview about the PSU scandal, although he did issue a press release last week re-affirming his financial commitment for the D1 hockey program that is set to begin next fall.

“Our concern and compassion should be for the children involved in these terrible allegations,” he said in a telephone interview from Boca Raton, Fla. “Whomever may have been involved in any way, anyone who knew anything, they’ve got to come clean. They’ve got to step forward and say, ‘Here’s what I know, here’s what happened…’ and that includes you know who,” a seemingly obvious reference to Penn State legendary football coach Joe Paterno.

much more

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  Tags: psu, terry+pegula

Video- Scouting The Scout

Mike Morreale of NHL.com takes us behind the scenes and travels with scout Chris Edwards.

The first segment of the series comes to us from Regina.

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Should International Play Be Considered In The HHOF Voting Process?

from Andrew Podnieks of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

But here is the curious paradox to these great players’ (2011 HHOF class) careers. Each is supremely proud of representing his country in international play, but if they hadn’t played a single moment internationally, would they still be being honored tonight? Almost certainly the answer is yes. While each had success on the international stage, it wasn’t necessarily the crux or defining moment of his career.

Yet for a modern hockey player to be considered worthy of the Hockey Hall of Fame, shouldn’t his international resume be superb and work alongside his N.H.L. portfolio? After all, playing for one’s country is not just an honor — it’s a way of filtering the greatest of the great players from the merely great players. There is an important symbolism attached to playing internationally. It means at that time, for that event, a player is considered among the very best at his position and from his country. A player can win a Stanley Cup as a fourth-line utility man. The Olympics call for stars.

In the old days, amateur (i.e., international players) and pro (i.e., N.H.L.) players were two different beasts. But today, they are one and the same. Wayne Gretzky was the best N.H.L. player, but he also played every international event because he was (A) allowed to and (B) clearly among that group we might call the best of the best.


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Video- A Taunt Followed By A Stick-Swing Slash

from Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press,

The Soo Greyhounds announced themselves as heavyweights in the OHL’s Western Conference.

A little too loudly, though, for the London Knights’ liking.

As time expired on the ‘Hounds’ 4-3 victory over the Canadian Hockey League’s top-ranked team before 9,046 Friday night at the John Labatt Centre, Sault Ste. Marie’s pesky forward Nick Cousins taunted the Knights, earning a retaliatory slash from Ryan Rupert.

continued and watch the stick-swinging slash below which also states Rupert was handed a 20 game suspension from the OHL…

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  Tags: nick+cousins, ryan+rupert

Video- Blues Pay Tribute To Pavol Demitra And Igor Korolev

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Lebda Signs PTO With Springfield

from Garry Brown of MassLive,

Brett Lebda, a 32-year-old defenseman who has quaffed champagne from the Stanley Cup, joined the Springfield Falcons this week as a step toward reviving his hockey career.

He was at home in Chicago, skating every day and waiting for a call after finding himself out of work at free-agency time in July.

The call came Monday from Chris MacFarland, assistant general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Springfield’s parent club. After conferring with president/GM Bruce Landon of the Falcons, MacFarland signed Lebda to a professional tryout agreement.


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  Tags: brett+lebda, springfield+falcons

Corey Perry Experiences An Emotional Night

The London Knights retired Perry’s sweater tonight.

With the Ducks in Detroit for a Friday night game, Perry was able to make the two hour trip to London for the ceremony.

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  Tags: corey+perry, london+knights

The Stat Master

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

He admits it: He’s not the computer who wore hockey skates. Off the top of his head, he doesn’t know every game-related fact and can’t spit out a gigabyte of statistical data at the speed of a Zdeno Chara slap shot.

The truth is Ralph Slate never even played hockey. He’s a data-base specialist from Springfield, Mass., who used to catalogue songs and record albums on an Atari 800 back in the day. Just for fun.

So why is it that some people started an on-line petition calling for Slate’s induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Because they can, and because Slate helped modernize how fans, media and even NHL team officials access their hockey information.

That’s not to say Slate’s Internet Hockey Data Base (hockeydb.com) is the be-all for everything hockey. But after 13 years of relentless service, it is regarded as a standard bearer for a generation of hockey zealots who now have multiple computer stops for everything from salary-cap dealings to hockey fights, even statistical breakdowns that show how a player has performed by month, against certain teams, you name it.


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