Kukla's Korner Hockey
An Interview With Team Slovenia Coach and Member of the 1980 US Miracle on Ice Team; John Harrington
Part 1: The 1980 Miracle on Ice
First off, thanks for taking the time to speak with Kuklaskorner.
Following a standout NCAA career as a Right Winger for the University of Minnesota Duluth, you were invited to try out for the 1980 US Olympic Team by legendary coach Herb Brooks. What was training camp like with Brooks?
The try-out camp was a series of practices and games, with the team being selected at the end of the 12 days. It was pressure-packed, and no one had any idea where
they stood in the try-out process. At the end of the try-out, Brooks invited all 80
players that had participated in the try-out into a room, told us thanks for coming, and
then read off the 26 players’ names that he would keep on the team.
Having made the team, you participated in quite possibly the most famous hockey game ever, the Miracle on Ice, against a dominant Soviet squad, featuring Vladislav Tretiak, Valeri Kharlamov, Boris Mikhailov and Vladimir Petrov along with youngsters Viacheslav Fetisov, Sergei Makarov and Vladimir Krutov. What was the general mood in the dressing room before the game?
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from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,
Each week a Sun staffer gets to know a sports figure a little better in Up Close. This week Kirk Penton chats with the newest member of the Manitoba Moose, forward Jeff Tambellini.
SUN: Are family dinners awkward when you’re a free agent and your dad’s at the table?
JT: Never. I’d never sign with him. It’s just a bad road to go down. I want no piece of that.
SUN: What is it like having your dad as an NHL GM?
JT: It’s something I only know, so it’s just kind of what we have. I play, he picks the teams.
SUN: Seriously, there’s no way you’d ever sign with him?
JT: No, not a chance.
SUN: You’re being dead honest?
JT: Oh, I’m dead serious.
My students are currently doing mid-term exams, so unfortunately this is just a quick update to let you know what I’m working on for Kuklaskorner.
In the next week or so, I will start posting some interviews I have done with some National Team Head Coaches, regarding the history and current status of their national programs, preparation for the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia, and overall team expectations.
Here is the schedule for the interviews:
John Harrington: Head Coach of Team Slovenia and a member of the 1980 US Miracle on Ice Team.
Glen Hanlon: Head Coach of Team Slovakia and a former NHL goalie and coach.
Uwe Krupp: Head Coach of Team Germany and a former NHL player.
Rick Cornacchia: Head Coach of Team Italy and a former OHL coach.
Dave Henderson: Head Coach of Team France and a former France Division 1 league player.
Olegs Znaroks: Head Coach of Team Latvia and a former Russian league player.
I hope everyone will enjoy these interviews!
from Chris Stevenson at the Toronton Sun,,
As much as Redden tries to put a positive spin on things, this is a bad time here. The Wolf Pack will lose its seventh consecutive game and when Redden is on the ice for the Monarchs’ third goal, a fan wearing a Kevin Dineen Hartford Whalers sweater stands up from his seat.
“Way to earn your money, buddy,” he screams at Redden, flashing a mock thumbs up.
“If there is anything that will benefit me, it’s playing well here.”
That is Redden’s reality now.
When he was at his crossroads and thinking about quitting, Redden turned to his friends.
“He was pretty down on himself,” said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, a teammate for a decade. They grew from rookies to become among the best players in the world together.
“He was questioning what he had done and should do and whether he should even be playing hockey. We all live the game. I thought he should try Europe or the minors and get the fire, the excitement back. We’re pr
A day late and a dollar short (well, several hundred dollars short, if I’m going to be honest, after a theft earlier this week set me completely off my rocker and wreaked havoc on my weekly schedule along multiple avenues), it’s the latest edition of News from the Farm, where we take a close look at the AHL affiliates for each of the NHL’s five Southeast Division teams.
This week, before we get into game results and our standard stat packs, how about some actual news?
According to several reports (including this one by Kevin Oklobzija from theDemocrat and Chronicle, straight out of Rochester), the Florida Panthers’ relationship with the AHL Rochester Americans will not be extended beyond this season. Rochester president Lewis Staats has said the organization will be exploring all options and they will have some with multiple affiliation deals between NHL and AHL clubs expiring at season’s end.
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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
It all started with the Chill in Columbus, but it wasn’t long before he was a Riverfrog in Louisville and then an Icecap in Raleigh. Twice.
He was an Admiral in Milwaukee, a Riverman in Peoria. Twice. A Viper in Detroit, a Griffin in Grand Rapids. Twice, in two different leagues. A K-Wing in Kalamazoo. Four times, in four different leagues. A Giant in Belfast. Twice. A Bandit in Jackson, a Fury in Muskegon and a Jackalope in Odessa.
By our count, it’s been 12 cities, six leagues (American, International, East Coast, United, Central and British), 904 regular-season minor pro games and counting and more bus miles than you could possibly imagine in the 16th pro season for 38-year old Kory Karlander, the oldest active player in the ECHL.
“The years kind of creep up on you and that’s true for me,” the Kalamazoo K-Wing centre from Melita, Man., says. “It’s my 16th pro season and if anyone asks why I still do it, I guess the answer is pretty obvious…I love what I do. It’s never stopped being fun for me.”
from Chris Johnston of the CP at Yahoo,
A Canadian NCAA hockey player has regained feeling in his arms and legs after having his neck broken by a bodycheck over the weekend.
University of Denver centre Jesse Martin remained in a Minneapolis hospital with three fractures to his C2 vertabrae. Doctors were expected to perform surgery on the Edmonton native within “24 to 48 hours,” his father Terry Martin said late Monday afternoon.
“He’s progressing with movements in his legs and his arms,” said Terry Martin. “Feeling is returning back to his fingers and things. So those big ticket items are showing progress. ...
“We’re hopeful, guardedly so, but definitely he’s on the right side of centre.”
continued and if you have not watched a video of the hit, you can do so below…
This week we will continue to look at former NHL players who are now playing in Europe.
Jagr is clearly not the offensive force that he was in his heyday with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he has become quite a mentor to younger KHL players, while recording 14 points in 19 games for sixth place Avangard Omsk. However, Jagr’s most impressive feat this year was leading an undermanned Czech squad to World Championship gold against a heavily favoured Russian squad that featured Ovechkin, Malkin, Datsyuk and Gonchar.
HC Slovan Bratislava
Satan is hoping to land another midseason NHL contract as he did with the Boston Bruins last year. In the meantime, Satan registered eight points during a three game contract with Slovan Bratislava of the Slovak league. Satan can still find the back of the net and may yet have another crack at the NHL.
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It’s time once again to have a look toward the future by recapping the week that was for the Southeast Division’s AHL affiliates. We’re on track this week, with much less to catch up on than our debut last Thursday, so this should go much more smoothly.
Let’s get to it then, News from the Farm:
Sometimes, there are significant things to write about in the world of minor league hockey. Other times, there are not. For those times, I’ll write one of these posts and let you, the dedicated reader, decide what interests you.
The AHL candidates for 2011 will be announced today at 3:00pm ET. The actual ceremony will be held January 31 at the AHL All-Star Classic in Hershey, PA. (more)
Also from the AHL, David Andrews, the AHL President and CEO, was presented with the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. (other winners)
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