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from Mark Hartigan’s Blog at the Hockey News,
Welcome to my first Insider Blog. I’m writing to you from Riga, Latvia, where I will be suiting up this season for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League, alongside my buddy and former Columbus teammate Duvie Westcott, not to mention a couple other ex-NHLers….
Even though it’s the middle of summer, things have been real busy for me. I left Minnesota last week, getting on a plane at 7:30 pm and landing in Amsterdam at 11 am the next morning. Duvie and I had a nine-hour layover in Amsterdam, so we rented a hotel room at the airport to get some sleep.
The beds were smaller than a single – I mean, if you roll halfway over, you’re on the floor – and the funny thing was the beds were pushed together, so Duvie pushed them apart and faced them towards the TV.
From J.P Press at AOL Sports Fanhouse,
With the Summer Olympics nearly underway, forgive us hockey fans for not yet being fully in the spirit of the Games.
Michael Phelps is impressive and all, but we prefer our water frozen and skated upon. Field hockey? Close, but no cigar. And while the NHL is not without its divers, we prefer our reverse three-and-a-half somersaults to be accompanied by unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. “8.8.08” may have meaning to most sports fans, but to puckheads it’s just “the day after Sidney Crosby’s 21st birthday.”
With a little finesse, however, there are hockey tie-ins, even in Beijing in August. And come September? Well, Shanghai will become Hockeytown…
from Ian Shantz of the Barrie Examiner,
A little more than a decade ago, Daniel Tkaczuk was a top-10 NHL draft pick.
Coming off a 105-point season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts, the Calgary Flames made the centreman its first overall pick in 1997. Tkaczuk went sixth overall. Touted as a surefire bet to become as prolific in the world’s top hockey league as he was throughout his four seasons of junior, some might say the 18-year-old’s potential was mind-blowing.
Almost two full seasons in the minors and a total of 19 NHL games later Tkaczuk’s NHL career was done….
Is Tkaczuk disappointed by how things worked out? Yes. Is it the end of the world? Hardly.
“Do I look back and say I regret any decisions I made? No,” said Tkaczuk, now 29 years old, living in Barrie with his wife, Lyndsey, and making his living playing hockey in Europe. “Do I wish things maybe worked out a bit better over here? Of course I do….”
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
The International Ice Hockey Federation plans to determine the status of Predators forward Alexander Radulov by mid-August, an IIHF spokesman said Monday….
The IIHF said it would investigate the Radulov matter, as well as the transfer of five other players between the NHL and KHL. The IIHF had requested that all involved parties submit relevant information to the organization by last Thursday.
“We are in the process of investigating the submitted documentation,’’ IIHF spokesman Szymon Szemberg said via e-mail. “It is our ambition to have something to communicate in mid-August.’’
from Linda Mankefors at the Hockey News,
Here’s another one: Mats Sundin returns to his mother club Djurgarden IF. Hold your breath, it’s only one rumor of many.
Is there one rumor about Mats Sundin that holds a truth? It is honoring for Swedish hockey a 37 year old veteran still creates so much interest that the whole National Hockey League and its followers is holding its breath where he will land. Well you might end up disappointed. I was talking yesterday to a person inside the Swedish Icehockey Organization who said Mats already has made up his mind, it’s only a matter of missing details.
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
A career minor leaguer, Baird recently signed on to play with the Muskegon Fury of the International League, but he will likely never suit up for them.
On July 17, Baird was working a summer job as a landscaper in Youngstown when the riding lawnmower he was steering exploded, engulfing the 27-year-old father of three in flames. Baird received third-degree burns to more than 70 percent of his body and the weeks since have seen the gritty winger in and out of surgery and fighting for his life.
Like a lot of kids in North America, Baird was keeping his dream of playing hockey for a living alive by doing what had to be done. If he could only earn about $500 a week, he would take a job in the summer and make up the income that way.
via the Province,
The organizing committee for the 2010 Winter Games has released a detailed schedule of events for the Olympics and Paralympics….
The final sport event of the Games, the men’s gold-medal hockey game is set for Feb. 28 at 12:15 p.m. (PT) at General Motors Place.
from the Hockey News,
Welcome to The Hockey News’ Ultimate Logo Tournament.
Over the course of the next two months, we will first lay out our rankings of every notable league in North America, then let you vote on your favorites.
From your votes, a tournament will be spawned. An event which will pit 40 teams from every league against each other, regardless of home attendance, winning record or prominence.
The Montreal Canadiens may end up facing the Fayetteville FireAntz. The Minnesota Wild could run up against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Who knows? Tourney time is approaching and it will be madness.
from the Sun-Sentinel,
With the region’s year-round tropical weather, few South Florida high school students lace up their skates and hit the ice to play hockey.
Here, football, baseball and basketball still remain supreme.
“Hockey isn’t popular because most people don’t understand it compared to baseball and football,” said North Broward Prep junior Zach Andrews, who has been playing hockey since he was 4. “There is a lot more to hockey than fights, scoring and hits. Hockey is a lifestyle.”...
“While hockey is certainly becoming more and more popular down here, I think the reason why it is not as popular as other sports is because of the expense and accessibility,” he said. “There are only three or four rinks in the area, and ice time is very expensive. An hour of ice costs about $250 to $300. Equipment can also cost up to $2,000.”
A 23-year-old Calgary man sentenced to 30 days in jail Wednesday for assaulting a hockey linesman in 2006 will be filing an appeal, his lawyer says.
Robert Joseph Simard, who was convicted of kicking Rory McCuaig in face and knocking him unconscious in an off-ice brawl after a game, will serve his time on weekends beginning in August.
Simard’s lawyer, Alain Hepner, said the family is disappointed with the sentence, believing it is far too harsh, especially when compared to other hockey assault cases.
Is it just me, or does a 30 day jail sentence already seem like a pretty good deal for kicking a hockey official in the face and knocking him unconscious AFTER a game, and off the ice?
Seems like it could have been much harsher.
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