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from Jeff Arnold of AnnArbor.com,
You have had the date circled on your calendar for months. You have your Big Chill At The Big House tickets in hand and even secured the obligatory T-shirt announcing to the free world that you were part of the largest crowd to ever witness a hockey game.
OK - so before you go out and purchase five copies of the Guinness Book of World Records to back up your shirt’s claim, let’s step back for a minute.
What do you actually know about what you are going to see Saturday at Michigan Stadium?
Maybe you are among the die-hard hockey lovers that can’t wait to see the puck drop on Michigan and Michigan State on Saturday (3 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). Maybe you have committed both teams’ stat sheet to memory just to impress your friends.
But for the rest of you, oh, give or take 80,000 ticket holders who are coming along for the ride, we figured we would help you out.
from the Saint John Sea Dogs,
Saint John Sea Dogs President Wayne Long announced today (yesterday) that the team’s annual ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ promotion, originally scheduled to be held on December 12, has officially been cancelled due to concerns regarding an infestation of hematophagous parasites (bedbugs) that has proliferated throughout south western New Brunswick in recent months.
Promised this week’s look at the Southeast’s top AHL affiliates by Sunday night and here it is Monday… That’s just how it’s gone for me lately. Hopefully, you won’t hold it against me. (Think I’m ok, somehow…)
Onward we go with a look back at last week’s AHL action from all five Southeast Division affiliates:
I hope everyone is enjoying the hockey season and are gearing up for the upcoming holiday season! Remember the holidays mean the World Junior Hockey Championships are just around the corner, beginning on Boxing Day!
Now, some news and notes from various European leagues.
On the subject of the World Juniors, Team Sweden is hoping that the Edmonton Oilers will release Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson for the tournament. The Swedish rookie has collected 9 points in 25 games this year, while currently riding a three game point streak. However, the Oilers have already stated that they have no plans for releasing the talented winger for the tournament. On the bright side for Sweden, they do have the Ottawa Senators blue chip goalie prospect; Robin Lehner on their training camp roster, as well as the Phoenix Coyotes young defensive phenom; Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
When the names of the Team Canada junior selection camp players were announced last Monday, something was missing that made Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League look rather small.
Four of the selected players happened to play at NCAA schools.
When the four names were announced, none of their school affiliations were mentioned.
more plus NHL hockey notes too…
from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,
The international intrigue that descended on the stillness of Shelburne, Ontario, revealed itself first to Owen Bennington on a humid Friday afternoon in May.
After a welding class, the 15-year-old boy found his school locker had been vandalized. When he finally wrenched it open with the help of a janitor, he found a note containing two words: Russian bitch.
Five days earlier, Bennington was one of three local kids drafted by the Shelburne Red Wings, a team made up almost entirely of Russians in their teens and early 20s who crossed the globe to take part in an unprecedented hockey experiment – the creation of the first foreign junior hockey team in Canada.
continued (a long read but worth the time)
from the CP at the Toronto Star,
Former NHL player John Chabot is emailing a group of nearly a dozen other former hockey players about what they should bring for a game they’re playing this week in a remote northern community that lays claim to being the birthplace of hockey.
Chabot, who played with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings during the 1980s, has been to Deline in the Northwest Territories before, so he knows how to dress for the area.
Others, he says, are novices when it comes to the Arctic cold.
“I’ve been telling them to dress for the coldest day they’ve ever had and then layer two more times,” says Chabot, speaking from his home in Ottawa.
“I’ve told them stories where I’ve walked down the street and the only thing you see are my eyes. Everything else is bundled up.”
A loooooong holiday weekend (and what I call “The Griswold Effect”) put yours truly in quite the tizzy and delayed last week’s look at the Southeast Division’s AHL affiliates off until late last night. (It also completely stymied my intended follow-up to Saturday morning’s piece about the Washington Capitals 6-0 drubbing of the Tampa Bay Lightning being a sobering dose of reality for the Bolts, which was to be about the dissatisfaction of Saturday night’s shootout loss to Florida. Oh well… Moving on…)
The latest episode of The Bolts Beat podcast will post this evening, so keep your eyes peeled for that. (I’m back in studio this week and ready to blast a few people.)
Lots to catch up on from the American League last week (including a wild, 10-8 game between Grand Rapids and Chicago, which is worth at least a look at the box score for Tomas Tatar’s 7-point showing), so let’s get right to it:
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from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
Almost fresh from an endless day of flying from Moscow to Montreal through Paris, Tretiak sat with me for 45 minutes tonight to talk about his memories of this city (Montreal), and why it means so much to him.
Some video below of portions of the interview that was engaging, funny and enlightening.
continue to watch the video or view it below. Can’t wait for part 2 which will be posted at Habs Inside/Out.
from Michael Gold of the Global Times (China),
Viking history aside, most people forged in ice don’t possess nearly the same ferocity as their warm-weather counterparts - when was the last time you heard anyone describe Canadians, Norwegians or Swedes as fiery or aggressive? What these cultures keep in reserve in life, however, they unleash in spades on the hockey rink, that perennially face-bashing winter sport which has amassed an ultra-devoted following in Beijing, a city that, coming December, is cold enough to freeze the beak off a penguin.
“When I first came in the ‘70s, you’d see Chinese playing on Houhai or the Summer Palace lakes - it was all very low-key and informal,” said Gervais Lavoie, a Canadian national whose 30-plus years of slapping pucks in Beijing has earned him the nickname of Godfather of Beijing Hockey.
“Us expats would play on a pond in the Russian embassy; appropriately enough, it was Russia versus everyone else,” he said. “The first public rink that I know of didn’t even open until 1989.”
Thanks to a avid KK reader for the pointer, #29 in the pictures that are part of the story.
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