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A Unique Kind of Hockey Mom

50 year old Elaine Fazzi, and her 22 year old daughter Dejah, both play on a rec-league hockey team called the Blue Meanies.

As her husband, Tom, said, “In California, I don’t think you’ll find too many moms and daughters playing on teams, especially against men. Maybe in Canada or the East Coast. But it’s pretty special.”  [...]

“But it’s really fun,” Elaine continued. “I never thought I’d get to play hockey with my kid. I think my days may be numbered. We used to race and I could beat her on the ice. I don’t think I can beat her skating anymore. This league is getting better and better. I’m enjoying it as long as I can.”

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Thanks to a KK member for forwarding this story.

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Brother Combos From Finland

from Risto Pakarinen of IIHF.com,

Over the years, there have been numerous great Finnish hockey brothers, both in the Finnish national team, and, more recently, in the NHL. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, there were the Mononen brothers, Erkki and Lauri from Joensuu, and from across the river, the Kapanens, Hannu and Jari.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Sami and Jali Wahlsten were two of the core players in the Jokerit team that was something of a dynasty in Finland.

In the last ten years, there have been Hannu’s sons, Sami and Kimmo Kapanen, the Kiprusoffs, Marko and Miikka, the Koivus, Saku and Mikko, and the Ruutus, Jarkko, Tuomo, and Mikko.

So if the Granlunds want to become the best brother punch in Finnish hockey, they have their work carved out for them. But they might still be just that, the best brothers ever.


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HHOF With Some News

TORONTO (March 31, 2011)—Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that the following new appointments were confirmed at the Annual General Meeting of the Members held yesterday in Toronto.

•  Igor Larionov (Honoured Member, Class of 2008) appointed as a new member of the Selection Committee for a three-year term expiring March 31, 2014.

•  Colin Campbell, Jim Gregory, John Davidson, Pat Quinn and Serge Savard each re-appointed to the Selection Committee for a further three-year term expiring March 31, 2014.

•  Councillor Shelley Carroll (City of Toronto, Ward 33, Don Valley East), Donald M. Fehr (Executive Director, National Hockey League Players’ Association), and Bob Nicholson (President, Hockey Canada), each elected as new members of the Board of Directors.

The Selection Committee will meet in Toronto on June 27 & 28, 2011 to consider duly nominated candidates for the 2011 Induction Celebration scheduled on Monday, November 14th.

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From College To The NHL In A Few Days

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Stephane Da Costa is flying to Toronto on Monday morning. By Wednesday, he should have a new home.

Da Costa, 21, is a free agent after leading Merrimack College to its best season in school history. It ended Saturday with a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA playoffs. But that doesn’t mean he is done for the year.

CBA rules indicate he must sign a multi-year contract with his new NHL team. But if he gets into a game before the end of the regular season, he’ll burn one of those years.

Da Costa is headed to Newport Sports, where his agents, Wade Arnott and Ed Ward, will begin fielding offers. While Arnott confirmed that process begins Monday, he didn’t really want to go much further. From talking to several sources, here’s some idea of how it will play out:


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On To The Frozen Four

from USCHO,

A pair of CCHA-WCHA matchups are in the works for the 2011 Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn.

And if history holds any weight, the CCHA teams have the advantage.

Notre Dame and Minnesota-Duluth will play in one national semifinal on Thursday, April 7, and Michigan and North Dakota will square off in the other.

The Irish and the Wolverines both hold the lead over their upcoming opponents in the series records.


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After A 9 1/2 Minute Review, It’s A Goal

Michigan takes on Nebraska-Omaha in the first round of the West Regional semi-finals in St. Louis.

Game goes into OT and here is the result…

Not the best of video and no sound, but you’ll still get the picture.

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Video- Babcock Scores

Thanks to Greg Brady for pointing this out via a tweet

Mike Babcock celebrates a shootout goal.


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Ice Hockey In Belfast

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

On Hockey Night in Belfast, the team with the social conscience and the well-designed face-off plays works a backdoor for a tap-in goal, scores on a shorthanded two-on-one and so utterly treats its bitter rival like a chew toy that after the fifth goal Nottingham goaltender Craig Kowalski makes an executive decision to pull himself, bolting from his crease like a man who suddenly has realized he has to pick up his daughter from soccer practice. Two fights erupt in an ill-tempered third period, fistic footnotes that enchant the crowd of 4,612 even more than right wing Simon Lambert’s three goals.

This is something on which all Belfast—be they Protestant-Unionist-Loyalist or Catholic-Nationalist-Republican—can agree: Nothing is quite so universally appreciated as a socially acceptable punch on the nose.


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Hockey Proposed to Join the Big-Ten

From State College.com:

Athletic directors across the Big Ten plan to recommend that men’s ice hockey be established as an official conference sport, the Big Ten announced Monday.

In a press release issued at 1 p.m., the Big Ten reported that athletic directors at Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin intend to make the recommendation in June. The recommendation will go before the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors.

It will suggest that men’s ice hockey become an official conference sport effective with the 2013-14 academic year—with participation from all the universities noted above, according to the press release.


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The Road To The Frozen Four

from NCAA.com,

The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has selected the 16 teams that will be participating in the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.

The championship playoff format involves four predetermined regional sites with four teams assigned to each site. The four regional winners advance to the Men’s Frozen Four. The entire championship uses a single-elimination format.

Automatic qualification privileges are granted to the postseason champions of five conferences. The remainder of the field is selected at-large.

Yale University was the No. 1 overall seed. The other No. 1 seeds, in order, included the University of North Dakota, Boston College and Miami (Ohio) University.


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