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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.”
from Nathaniel Popper of the Boston Globe,
The Harvard hockey experiment is being led by a Boston-bred coach, Ted Donato, a 1991 Harvard graduate who was a fun-loving forward on the national championship team before moving on to a long career playing in the NHL, including many years with the Bruins.
Harvard’s top brass showed its interest in maintaining a serious program when Donato was hired in 2004, but the coach, now 40, doesn’t have an easy job. Unlike other Division 1 schools, Ivy League colleges, in deference to need-based financial aid programs and an amateur ideal, can’t use athletic scholarships to recruit players. And because of league rules, Harvard is not allowed to play as many games as other Division 1 teams, and it has to start full practices later in the fall.
from College Hockey News,
With ticket sales not going as briskly as was hoped or expected, the NCAA and Frozen Four organizers have changed the seating configuration for Ford Field. The change lowers the capacity from an effective 60,000-plus to approximately 36,000.
The Frozen Four will be played this year, for the first time, in a football stadium venue. After selling out 10 straight years, that track record was already going to be tested.
Under the new configuration, instead of the rink being situation at midfield, it will be moved to the west end zone, and the opposite end zone seats will be closed off. A riser system will be set up on the east side of the ice.
via the CP at News 880,
The son of NHL hockey legend Patrick Roy has pleaded guilty to assault over an infamous on-ice beating.
Roy was standing behind the bench when his son, Jonathan, skated across the rink in a Quebec major-junior game last year to pummel an opposing goalie.
That beating prompted a national debate over violence in hockey, which even Prime Minister Stephen Harper waded into.
Jonathan Roy pleaded guilty today in a Quebec court in Saguenay, Que., and offered a $5,000 cheque to charity.
His lawyer is requesting an absolute discharge.
added 10:20am, In case you haven’t watched the video of the assult, check it out below…
from Brenda Branswell of the Montreal Gazette via Canada.com,
For parent-teacher interviews at Harrington College of Canada, staff use the Internet-based telephone service Skype for face-to-face contact with parents.
That’s because most students at the boarding school located 40 kilometres west of Montreal, hail from places such as Russia, Japan, the Czech Republic, New Zealand and New Jersey.
What draws students from around the globe — undeterred by a yearly tuition of $32,450 — is the private English school’s elite hockey program.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTV Olympics,
A projection of how the Canadian men’s 2010 Olympic hockey team could line up:
Eric Staal-Sidney Crosby-Jarome Iginla
Rick Nash-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Dany Heatley-Joe Thornton-Jeff Carter
Brenden Morrow-Mike Richards-Shane Doan
Scott Niedermayer-Shea Weber
Chris Pronger-Dan Boyle
Jay Bouwmeester-Robyn Regehr
read on for reasons why…
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
In cities such as London, junior hockey has become big business across Canada and the United States. But no franchise has undergone such a transformation as the Knights.
The team struggled mightily in the mid-1990s. It played in a deteriorating building on the south end of town and its on-ice performance was as horrible, setting a Canadian Hockey League record for futility at 3-60-3 in 1995-96.
Former NHL player Mark Hunter, along with his older brother, Dale, was at the old London Ice House for the final game that OHL season. The current co-owner of the Knights — then the Sarnia Sting head coach — and Stanley Cup winner with the 1988-89 Calgary Flames didn’t need a degree in risk management to see the possibilities.
“Dale and I always had interest in owning a major-junior franchise one day,” said Mark Hunter, 46. “I saw 4,000 people in that rink that final game. I saw 4,000 loyal fans for a team that won three games. This is a hockey city.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• Sidney Crosby isn’t saying this for the record but those around him will tell you he’s pleased that he won’t be named captain for Team Canada at the Winter Olympics. He’d rather be just another player in Vancouver. The betting here is Scott Niedermayer will be named the captain.
• One reason to avoid Versus this year: The very capable Christine Simpson, sister of Craig and Dave, has been dropped by the network.
• Reasons to wonder about the Florida Panthers: Bryan McCabe has been named team captain and apparently he was the only choice.
• Mike Babcock is coaching Team Canada. Steve Yzerman is the general manager. But quietly, the Red Wings will tell you they hope that Nicklas Lidstrom will decide to not play in the Olympics in February. They’d really like their captain to take the two weeks off.
more NHL talk…
Sorry to see Chris Simpson will not be back with Versus. Who at that station makes the hockey decisions? Talk about not have their finger on the pulse of the NHL fans!
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Old friend Mats Wennerholm from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet gave this account, with quotes from Foppa:
“I watched Foppa play tonight.He assisted on Modo’s first goal and made the game winning goal in sudden deathI haven´t seen him better in five years.
He was dominating the game and even had a brawl with ex-Shark Marcus Ragnarsson.
All the experts here in Sweden were stunned. The old Foppa was back….”
from Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal,
Brian Burke, the general manager of the U.S. Olympic hockey program, has a new plan to win gold in Vancouver. Forget the graceful, athletic style of play that dominates on Olympic ice. He’s planning to conquer the world the old-fashioned way: by hitting people….
With his shock of gray-white hair, red face and brash New England accent, Mr. Burke more resembles a dockworker on Boston Harbor than someone who makes his living in the NHL’s executive suites. Every four years, he says, hockey fans stop him in the streets after the Olympics to proclaim their love for the international style and convey their hopes that the NHL will switch to a larger rink. Mr. Burke has no use for them.
“I tell them to go watch a game in the Czech league, where every shot comes from 12, 14 feet away from the net and no one checks anyone the whole damn game,” he said. “It drives me absolutely nuts.”
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