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The Battleground of College Hockey vs CHL

From Craig Custance at Sporting News:

Considering its proximity to Canada, Michigan is the battleground for a fight that’s not new, but grows hotter each year. It’s one the NHL is also watching.

On one side is Berenson—an All-America player at Michigan—and his fellow college coaches, trying to convince North America’s best young players to commit to college hockey. On the other side is Canada’s major junior powerhouse, the Canadian Hockey League, where elite Canadians—and a growing number of Americans—parlay junior careers into NHL careers.

Berenson looked at the young players in front of him and offered a warning against choosing junior hockey.

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  Tags: chl, college+hockey, ncaa

Fighting is Part of Hockey

From Jim Reyno at Metro London:

There’s been a lot of talk in hockey lately about concussions and their lingering effects, and whether it’s time fighting be banned from the game.

“I don’t know about that,” said Dale Hunter, owner and coach of the London Knights. “It’s in the rules — fighting has been part of hockey for 90 years.”

For 19 of those years, Hunter was a willing participant in that part of hockey in the NHL. Just 5-foot-10 but 200 pounds, in many ways Hunter was a concussion on skates, throwing his weight around (as well as a few lefts and rights) on his way to accumulating 3,563 penalty minutes — second all-time behind Tiger Williams. Consider him an expert on rugged play.

continued… with discussion specific to OHL matters and head shots

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  Tags: concussions, dale+hunter, ohl

Kid Needs Financial Help To Play, Call His Mum To Donate

from the Dispatch (UK),

Owen Betteley-Davis has been skating only since last December.

But he has so impressed watching scouts that he has been snapped up as the youngest member of the Sherwood Sabres Under-10s team, which is part of the junior set-up for the Nottingham Panthers outfit.

However the costs of enabling Owen to play ice hockey runs to an estimated £1,500 a year.

And for his mum, Jayne, the bills are starting to prey heavily on her mind.

“I am very proud of what Owen has achieved so far,” said Jayne, of Coronation Road.

“But his father and I have separated and I am having to bring up Owen and his brother, Lewis (12), on a tight budget.

“We would be extremely grateful if any businesses or individuals would be willing to come forward and offer us some support in return for sponsorship.”

continued

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Oil Kings Open Training Camp

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Finding August lacking in hockey just a little too much? You’re not alone. The Edmonton Oil Kings have started their fifth training camp today and are inviting WHL and hockey fans in general to put on some socks and shoes, maybe grab a sweater and step out of the sun.

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We Should Talk About It

from Dave Bidini of the National Post,

There is homoeroticism and there are girls. One player used to called girls “filths.” He’s grown-up now, and he calls women “filths.” In hockey, there are fine moments of personal triumph and good guys hanging together, model citizens and fine Christian athletes who play the game - I’ve met them. They exist. They are among the best of men. But “filths” and sodomy are part of the culture, too. So let’s talk about it, let’s acknowledge it. Let’s discuss whether this is good for young men, and whether any of what happens to a player in the midst of their career - or in their post-career - is tied to this kind of behaviour: the sadness, the darkness, the addiction, the depression. I have no idea whether any of this had anything to do with what happened to Derek Boogaard or Rick Rypien; still, how many stories about dead hockey players do we have to tell before they stop dying?

read on for some frank and disturbing talk….

thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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Oil Kings’ Captain Sets Sights on Team Canada

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Mark Pysyk was drafted in the first round, 23rd overall by the Buffalo Sabres. The Oil Kings’ captain may not be an Oilers’ prospect, but for now he is still a member of the extended Oilers’ family. The emphasis on that statement should be for now. As Bruce McCurdy notes, it will not be a surprise if the young defenceman gets a long look by the Sabres. This summer, Pysyk received his second invitation to a Team Canada U20 development camp this summer and is hoping to have made the most of it. In 2009 Pysyk won gold representing his country at the U18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament, the 2009 and 2010 Subway Super Series, and in December 2010 Pysyk was invited to the World Junior Camp but didn’t make the final cuts to play in the Holiday tournament. This could be the young defenseman’s year.

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Simpson the Scholar

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Dillon Simpson has been blessed to have had a father who has won so many awards, had so many accomplishments, and processes so much skill and talent. At the same time, this could be seen as a bit of a hindrance; much like one of Dillon’s best friends Keegan Lowe. If there is one thing about Dillon Simpson’s game or pursuit of hockey that may aid him in trying to find his own path it just might be the position he plays. While Craig Simpson was a left winger, his son Dillon has made his career at defense.

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  Tags: dillon+simpson, university+of+north+dakota

Around the Leagues - Week of 8/7/11

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It’s that time of week again… well, actually a day late, as yesterday’s news was to juicy to pass up, and there was more news this week than I expected. Anyway, it’s news round-up time. As I bring you news tidbits from around the CHL and NCAA Hockey from the last week. Honestly, I don’t even really enjoy doing these because there isn’t a lot of “writing” involved on my part… but alas… I have yet to have any better ideas… and I’ll be quite happy once the season gets rolling.

So here we go…

 

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  Tags: college+hockey, ontario+hockey+league, quebec+major+junior+hockey+league, western+hockey+league

Rob Schremp SEL Bound

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It has been years coming, but it has finally happened. The Edmonton Oilers’ (second) first round draft pick in 2004, and ex-prospect Robbie Schremp has packed his bags for Europe. Schremp will be playing for MODO of the Swedish Elite League.

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, rob+schremp, stu+macgregor

Oilers’ AHL Team Signs Goaltender LeNeveu

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I suppose this means that Olivier Roy may not be at the Oklahoma City Barons camp this fall afterall. Eric Rodgers of Copper and Blue has discovered that David LeNeveu formerly of the Springfield Falcons, Columbus Blue Jackets, The Phoenix Coyotes, the Hartford Wolf Pack, the San Antonio Rampage and the list goes on has signed with the Barons. This Fernie B.C. born goaltender was drafted in the second round of the 2002 draft has seen his share of teams, but the Oklahoma Barons must see something in LeNeveu that they needed or had to have, or he was someone who was willing to sign a one way contract with an AHL team. Either way, Barons fans rejoice! Your second season of AHL hockey is closer than you think.

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  Tags: david+leneveu, oklahoma+city+barons

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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