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from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,
Good for Alex Ovechkin. He spoke from his heart yesterday about his desire to play in the Olympic Games in 2014 in his homeland. He is the two-time reigning MVP. He speaks with passion and he cares deeply about the game and his country…
Several folks have written to me about Alex’s comments. My response is simple. We love and respect Alex Ovechkin. He does everything with passion. He loves the game. He loves our team and our city and he is all about winning a Stanley Cup. We have his back and we will work together to do what is in the best interest of the game, the NHL and our team.
from the CP via TSN,
An IIHF investigation revealed that although Hudler’s agent had filed for salary arbitration with Detroit on his client’s behalf, Hudler never actually signed the filing notice himself.
This made the filing invalid, the IIHF ruled, allowing Hudler to sign with Dynamo Moscow.
The governing body also ruled that USA Hockey did not submit its appeal “within the formal deadlines provided by the IIHF.” USA Hockey now has seven days to appeal Wednesday’s decision.
Maybe Hudler was just to darned busy to sign the filing notice…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
More than four years removed from the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014, the battle lines have already been drawn by one of the NHL’s biggest stars regarding NHL participation.
Two-time Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin told ESPN.com during an interview here Wednesday that he will risk suspension and play for his country regardless of whether the NHL is formally involved or not.
“Nobody can say to me you can’t play for your country in the Olympic Games,” Ovechkin said.
from the CP via CTV (BC),
For a group of hockey players who gathered in British Columbia to try and set a world record, breaking a stick was no big deal—it was breaking a hip they were really worried about.
Two teams made up of players more than 80 years old squared off at a Burnaby ice rink Tuesday and are now hoping the Guinness Book of World Records recognizes the achievement of the octogenarians.
“There’s never been a tournament for an 80-and-over group,” said game organizer Denny Beaudin.
“We have applied to the Guinness Book of World Records to indicate it’s the first world tournament for players 80 and over, so it’s something we’re hoping we can establish.”
from Joe Haggerty of the Big Bad Blog at WEEI,
Savard was the B’s leading scorer with 25 goals and 63 assists last season, and has blossomed into an All-Star player under coach Claude Julien. Entering the final year of his $5 million per year deal with a great deal of financial uncertainty in the NHL’s future, Savard isn’t bothered by the unknown and is simply focused on driving the B’s toward a Stanley Cup….
“It’s a great city and I’ve enjoyed my time here so far,” said Savard, from the Bruins Foundation’s annual golf tournament at The International in Bolton, MA. “It’s a place that I’d like to finish if the chance comes and I’m excited to get the season going. Things keep getting better and our team keeps getting better, so that only helps everybody when that happens. I want to stay here. This is a place I love. I love the people. I love the fans. This is where I want to be.
“I’m not worried about the contract at all. (Peter and I) have a good relationship. Ever since I came to Boston I’ve given everything I had and if things work out well — and I think they will — then I’m going to be here for a long, long time.”
Savard was also visibly peeved when asked about getting snubbed by Hockey Canada when team officials announced the lineup for their Olympic Team Orientation Camp this summer.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The GM Place crowd of nearly 7,000 roared with approval when Canadian players Gillian Apps and Becky Kellar slammed opponents into the boards in the first period of their game against the United States on Wednesday. But the cheers turned suddenly to jeers after the referee’s whistle, as the Canadians sulked to the penalty box.
The Norwegian referee made the proper call in both instances, yet, to the crowd and to a small but growing number of critics inside the women’s game, the penalties appeared to contravene the spirit of hockey. With the sport struggling to build a fan base, some insiders are beginning to ask whether the time has come for women’s hockey to amend its rules and allow bodychecking.
from M.L. Elrick of the Detroit Free Press,
After the bank came for his Maybach, his Maserati and his two Ferraris, Sergei Fedorov went after the bank.
But Peoples State Bank isn’t the only lending institution Fedorov has accused of wronging him.
The Russian hockey hero and former Red Wing All Star claims Citizens State Bank and Sterling Bank also concocted schemes to get him to pay off loans they issued to Joe Zada, a former friend whom Fedorov has also sued.
Marc Beginin, one of Fedorov’s attorneys, claims the various banks conspired with Zada to make Fedorov pay off more than $10 million in loans taken out by Zada.
from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,
This is the story of Brandon “Sugar” Sugden and his dad, Travis.
You may recall last year how the 6-foot-4, 233-pound tough guy tried out for the New York Islanders. He didn’t make it but still went to the AHL and played for the Hartford Wolfpack.
Spoke to his dad last night, who told me the former St. Mike’s Buzzer is leaving next week to try out for the Washington Capitals—and has signed with their AHL team, the Hershey Bears.
“He’s 31 years old and still trying to get there,” says a proud Travis, who’s also battling his terminal cancer to hang around to see their mutual dream of seeing Brandon play at least one regular-season NHL game.
from Daphne Cameron of Cyberpresse (translated),
The goaltender Jonathan Boutin was savagely attacked in an alley in the city of Perm in the Ural Region, August 29. Before his departure he had signed a one year contract with the team who plays in the second division.
But upon his arrival in Russian soil this week, managers of the club told him that they finally had enough money to pay. The hockey player of 24 years then took steps to return to Quebec.
Visibly shocked, the victim’s father has refused to grant an interview to The Press of fear that the media coverage of the case would put the life of her son in danger
Thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times,
I.I.H.F. President René Fasel managed to strike a delicate balance at his news conference in Moscow on Tuesday, praising Russian hockey-fan-in-chief Vladimir Putin and the K.H.L. while at the same time asserting that the league must honor player contracts, and expressing resistance to the N.H.L. while at the same time vowing cooperation with it.
“In general, I like the K.H.L., and I think that the idea of pan-European leagues is smart, but I still say that national federations and leagues have to live by the same rules,” Fasel said in describing a meeting he had with Putin, an outspoken advocate of K.H.L. expansion into Scandinavia and Central Europe.
“I will never allow the absorption of the weak by the strong,” Fasel said.
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