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from Kelly Hrudey at Behind the Mask,
Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending an event for the Edge School for Athletes in the city of Calgary.
For two reasons I was really looking forward to the gala. The first was because one of my favourite pleasures is to listen to public speakers, and secondly, this guest speaker was the legendary goaltender Vladislav Tretiak.
All hockey fans know of Tretiak’s brilliance on the ice but very few people know much about the man, including myself.
via The Record,
The Ontario Hockey League will force all of its players to wear neck protection starting next week.
The league has annouced mandatory neck protection must be worn by all players effective March 10.
Update March 6th, 2008 - 12:23pm ET:
A new group named “Keep neck guards out of the OHL” was created on Facebook early Wednesday morning. By Thursday afternoon, more than 180 people joined the group on the popular social networking website to sound off on the new regulation.
One group member wrote, “We might as well put the cage on if we have to wear neck guards.”
Another hockey player posted a note saying he simply won’t wear it. “I probably shouldn’t be in this league anyway but I’ll be pumping gas before I will wear a neck guard,” he wrote.
from the Times-Colonist,
The ECHL has shed the Slap Shot image so completely that you often hear certain fans ruefully commenting on the lack of fighting and rough stuff in games.
With its NHL affiliations and game-day rosters limited to 18 players, these skilled young pros are looking to move up to the AHL, so most nights the games are rough, but clean.
So it is ironic the most controversial incident of the season at the Memorial Centre should happen on an evening with the arena loaded with impressionable youth players among the healthy crowd on Salute to Minor Hockey Night.
It occurred in the second period with Victoria trailing 4-1 and clearly frustrated during a break for a faceoff, Robin Gomez came off the bench on a line change and sucker-punched unsuspecting Wranglers star and former NHLer Chris Ferraro.
from Slap Shot at the NY Times,
Russian hockey teams, fueled by petro dollars, are reversing the flow of Russian players: Increasingly, they are luring NHL players back home, and they have designs on catching and surpassing the N.H.L. as the world’s premiere hockey league.
Alexei Yashin moved back with a $17.63 million buyout from the Islanders. He now plays for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. “Less and less players are going to the N.H.L. and more and more are coming back here,” Yashin said in an interview in English after a recent game.
Canads vs. USA…
28 years ago..
from the Prague Post,
“We’ve become a supermarket for the NHL, where they get top products at discount prices,” said Zbyněk Kusý, the national team’s general manager. “We are left begging NHL clubs to pay our players while letting them play for the national team in their free time.”
The national team’s head coach, Alois Hadamczik, is planning to leave late this month on a North American tour, hoping to lure some Czech NHL players in for the World Championship in May. The more NHL players on the national team, the stronger it will be, Hadamczik said.
“The days when NHL players merely boosted our team are gone. … Now, we must form the whole team with them in order to be competitive,” he said.
from George Johnson at ESPN,
His optimism was contagious and, in truth, a bit baffling. Former Flames and Sharks defenseman Gary Suter grew up idolizing the Badgers and the Badger before getting the opportunity to play for the man in Calgary.
“He came into the room once and asked me, ‘How ya feelin’, Suter? On a scale of 1-10, how do you feel?’ So I say: ‘A 10, coach!’ Then he goes over, punches Joel Otto in the shoulder and says, ‘And how about you, Otto?’ Joel answers, ‘I’m an 11, coach!’
“So he turns around, glares at me and yells, ‘So Suter, what the hell’s the matter with you?!’”
Badger made players better. That was his business.
From the Windsor Spitfires,
The Windsor Spitfire family sadly announces the passing of team captain Mickey Renaud at approximately Noon today.
“Windsor Spitfire Captain Mickey Renaud suddenly collapsed at his Tecumseh home and was transported to Windsor Regional Hospital with absent vital signs. All attempts were made at resuscitation and were unsuccessful at the emergency room,” commented Windsor Spitfires Team Physican Dr. Roy Diklich.
“This is the biggest tragedy in Spitfire history. Words alone cannot describe our pain at this time,” said Windsor Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel.
*Renaud was a 5th round draft pick for the Calgary Flames in 2007
added 4:25pm, The Calgary Flames have issued the following statement,
It is with sadness and deep regret that we share the news of the passing of Flames prospect and Windsor Spitfires team captain, Mickey Renaud. Mickey died suddenly this morning at his home in Tecumseh, Ontario.
The Calgary Flames pass along our condolences to the Renaud family, Mickey’s father Mark, mother Jane, sister Penny and brother Remy. Additionally, we express our deepest sympathy to the entire Windsor Spitfires organization; Mickey’s teammates, coaches and staff.
CALGARY FLAMES HOCKEY CLUB
added 6:20pm ET, More on Renaud’s short career from the CP.
From Risto Pakarinen at Hockey.com,
I’m sure you’ve heard about all the great plans for a super league that would challenge the NHL in Europe. Well, let me just say that the NHL already as several great challengers in Europe. There’s the Swedish league, the Finnish league, the Russian league, the Swiss league, the German league ... you get the point.
It all depends on how you define the challenge, I suppose.
However, while thousands of Finns, Swedes, and Czechs begin their days by checking the NHL scores from the night before, the local leagues are also doing better than ever.
But the dream of “NHL Europe” lives on.
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