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A Look At Derek Boogaard In Youth And Junior Hockey

from John Branch of the New York Times,

Punched Out, Part 1- Over six months, The New York Times examined the life and death of the professional hockey player Derek Boogaard, who rose to fame as one of the sport’s most feared fighters before dying at age 28 on May 13.

This article, the first of a three-part series, revisits Boogard’s childhood in the rugged youth and junior leagues of western Canada and his progression from physically awkward boy to renowned brawler on the ice.

Derek Boogaard was scared. He did not know whom he would fight, just that he must.

Opportunity and obligation had collided, the way they can in hockey.

His father bought a program the night before. Boogaard scanned the roster, checking heights and weights. He later recalled that he barely slept.

A trainer in the dressing room offered scouting reports. As Boogaard taped his stick in the hallway of the rink in Regina, Saskatchewan, he was approached by one of the few players bigger than he was. Boogaard had never seen him before. He did not know his name.

“I’m going to kill you,” the player said.

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IIHF Hall Of Fame Announces New Members

from IIHF.com,

Six-time Olympian and World record holder in national team games, Raimo Helminen, will be inducted to the IIHF Hall of Fame before his home audience in Helsinki next May. The Finn will be joined by players Pavel Bure (RUS), Phil Housley (USA), Milan Novy (CZE), and Andy Murray (CAN) in Builder’s category.

The IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on May 20, 2012 in Helsinki, Finland, on the final day of the 76th IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The inductees will be joined by Kent Angus (Canada), who will receive the Paul Loicq Award for outstanding contributions to the IIHF and international hockey.

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Watching Canada’s Game

from Jennifer Ahern of the Dal News,

For most Canadians, their first hockey game comes early: a trip to the rink to check out the local junior, major junior or sometimes even NHL team may happen before they’re even out of diapers.

But for international students studying at Dalhousie, hockey may be far from second nature – it may not even be played all that much where they come from, if at all. And sometimes, like in my case as an American international student, I’d just never been to a game before.

Last Thursday, dozens of international students—myself included—had the chance to experience their first hockey game when the College of Continuing Education organized an outing to the Metro Centre to watch the Halifax Mooseheads take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Many international students at Dalhousie take English as a Second Language classes with the college.

Mr. Cochrane explains to me that the aim of these group trips is to introduce Canadian culture to the students, to help make an easier transition to life at Dalhousie. “We expose the students to cultural activities, so I thought, let’s take everybody to a hockey game, see if they like it.”

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Mark Wells Continues To Battle

from Randy Starkman of the Toronto Star,

Three decades after being the final player selected for the historic Miracle on Ice team at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, Mark Wells made headlines again last year when the gold medal he won was auctioned off for more than $300,000.

Wells was a little guy who fought tooth and nail for the last roster spot on that ultimate underdog squad that defied all the odds in upending the powerhouse Soviet Union, the forward given the daunting task of shutting down the vaunted Valeri Kharlamov and someone who had the audacity to spit at the feet of U.S. coach Herb Brooks.

To know how hard he battled for his place in history, one can only imagine the kind of pain and desperation he must have experienced in selling the treasured gold medal he’d long kept on his nightstand, many nights sleeping with it.

The truth is Wells didn’t benefit from that windfall from last year’s sale. He’d sold the medal for $40,000 privately 15 years before to stave off financial ruin from mounting medical bills from a potentially fatal degenerative spinal disease diagnosed in 1989.

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That’s Our Game

via Snag Films,

Hockey from the inside out, showing why it is an exciting spectator sport and Canada’s most popular national game. From the Pee-Wee division to the Bantam league, from the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to the big-league professional stars, the film climbs the ladder, showing what it takes to make a hockey player—stick-handling ability, skating speed, science, strategy, expert coaches, and expensive equipment. And from east to west, the close identification of fans with players is evident in the excited cries, not of “They’ve won,” but of “We’ve won!”

Watch this ‘classic’ (just under 11 minutes) below and thanks to Ted’s Take for the pointer.

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The Return Of CSKA Moscow

from Andy Potts of IIHF.com,

The hockey team of Moscow’s Central Sports Club of the Army was once a much celebrated team, but the last of its 32 national championships dates back to 1989 at the end of the Soviet era.

Soviet-era giants CSKA Moscow are now set to be on the march once more – fuelled by a lucrative deal with Russian oil major Rosneft.

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The Declining Offensive Defenseman

from Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal,

Though it might seem counterintuitive, there was a time when it wasn’t that unusual for an NHL team to have a defenseman who eschewed his job description and made scoring goals more of a priority than preventing them. In fact, the presence of such a player was a terrific advantage in the quest to win the Stanley Cup.

From 1969 to 1994, five defensemen surpassed 100 points in a single season—Bobby Orr, Denis Potvin, Paul Coffey, Al MacInnis and Leetch—and those five players won a collective 12 titles. Perhaps the most famous goal in the league’s history was Orr’s overtime Cup-winner in the 1970 Finals against the St. Louis Blues, in which he slipped the puck into the net as a Blues player tripped him, sending him sailing through the air like a would-be superhero.

That goal capped a season in which Orr amassed 120 points in 76 regular-season games and 20 in 14 playoff games. The following year, he had 139 regular-season points, an NHL record for defensemen that now appears untouchable.

As a percentage of total scoring, defensemen’s offensive contributions have remained relatively constant over the league’s history, according to QuantHockey.com, a website that analyzes NHL-related data. Since 1926, they have never accounted for more than 20% of all NHL goals in any season. But overall scoring has fallen 10% over the last six years, and NHL analysts and talent evaluators said that several additional factors have limited the ability of any single defenseman to collect points at so rapid a pace.

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thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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Russia’s Prime Minister Hits The Ice

from Seeksha Gurang of Parda Phash,

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is taking training these days from the legends of ice hockey, is doing really well and has scored several goals on Friday at a Moscow arena.

The Russian premier promised to learn to skate well enough to play hockey during a video conference with young Russian sportsmen in February.

During Friday’s training, Putin wore a red-blue uniform with the Russian national emblem. His number was 11….

Putin trained with retired NHL star Pavel “Russian Rocket” Bure, a former head coach of the Russian national hockey team Vyacheslav Bykov and the president of the CSKA ice hockey club Vyacheslav Fetisov.

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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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