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Warren Rychel Recognized For His Work In The Windsor Area

from Jim Parker of the Windsor Star,

Warren Rychel has shown his brain for the game is every bit as good as his brawn was on the ice.

Undrafted into the National Hockey League, he earned a free-agent contract with the Chicago Blackhawks that led to a 12-year professional career that included parts of nines seasons in the NHL and culminated with a Stanley Cup title in 1996.

In his post-playing career as co-owner and general manager of the Windsor Spitfires, he has helped construct one of the elite programs in the Canadian Hockey League and one of just eight clubs to win back-to-back Memorial Cup titles.

Saturday, the 44-year-old Rychel, who is a graduate of Shoreline Minor Hockey, will be inducted into the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame.


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Team USA Announces Coaching Staff

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -USA Hockey today announced its staff for the 2011 U.S. Men’s National Select Team that will compete at the Deutschland Cup, Nov. 11-13, in Munich, Germany.

Jim Johannson, USA Hockey’s assistant executive director of hockey operations, will serve as general manager of the team, while Don Waddell, whose distinguished 25-year professional career has included stints as a head coach in both the National Hockey League and International Hockey League, has been named the head coach of Team USA.

Chris Chelios, advisor to hockey operations of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, and Bill Guerin, player development coach of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, join Waddell as assistant coaches.

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Brendan Smith Suspended For 12 Day By The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Brendan Smith has been ruled ineligible to play in the AHL until Oct. 18, 2011. Smith was suspended by the National Hockey League for the remainder of the preseason plus five regular-season games for an illegal check to the head of an opponent during a game vs. Chicago on Sept. 28. According to the AHL’s by-laws, a player who is under suspension in another league or organization who seeks to play in the AHL while under that suspension will have the relevant disciplinary matter independently reviewed by the President of the American Hockey League, who may in his discretion deem the player ineligible.

Smith’s AHL eligibility does not affect the terms of his NHL suspension.


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Video- A Look At Concussion In Younger Hockey Players

A CBC video report- Sports researchers are trying to learn why there are higher incidences of concussions among females than males

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Difference Between KHL and NHL Hits

From Slava Malamud of Sport-Express via Twitter:

Want to know the big difference between the NHL and #KHL? This is #KHL’s top 10 hits of the week.

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Lokomotiv Wives Fund

Stacy Dallman—wife of Kevin Dallman, formerly with the Kings, Bruins and Blues, and currently playing in the KHL—has been working hard to help raise money for the wives and families of Lokomotiv players who were lost in the recent tragedy.

imageStacy has organized a charitable initiative to raise money to help those families and asked if we could help spread the word.  They have already raised some $11,000 and hope to raise much more by the end of the hockey season, with the help of hockey fans around the world.

“The tragedy has pulled together hockey wives from almost all leagues world-wide, and our goal is to collect as many donations as possible to give to the Lokomotiv Wives and families at the end of this hockey season,” says Stacy.

You can find about more about the Lokomotiv Wives Fund on Facebook.  There are options to donate money, or simply share your well-wishes with the families affected. 

Thanks for checking it out.

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  Tags: khl, lokomotiv, stacy+dallman

Video- HNIC Remembers The Tragic Summer Of 2011

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Paying Their Respect To Brad McCrimmon

from Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press,

Hundreds gathered to pay their final respects to McCrimmon, including Babcock, former Wings coach Scotty Bowman, team owner Mike Ilitch, ex-defenceman Chris Chelios and a myriad of old teammates, including members of the 1989 Stanley Cup champion Calgary Flames and the 1979 Memorial Cup finalist Brandon Wheat Kings.

The Wings skated early Saturday a four-hour drive away in Traverse City but delayed the official opening of training camp to be in Farmington.

“Brad was a farm boy from Plenty, Saskatchewan, and he was one of the best 10 plus-minus players in NHL history but he was a husband (to Maureen), father (to Carlin and Liam), son, and a brother,” Babcock said. “Kelly (McCrimmon’s younger brother) spoke about how Brad would call home to his dad every day, sometimes twice. He called his son Liam his little man.

“That’s what I’ll remember most about Brad McCrimmon.”


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Oilers Injury Updates


The talk of the town of late has been the health concerns of defenceman Ryan Whitney and winger Ales Hemsky. Robin Brownlee posted an article on Oilers Nation titled “Hemsky and Whitney: Not Ready Yet.” The title of that piece should say it all. What that of course did was generate a lot of discussion. Whitney has been out since December and Hemsky since March.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: ales+hemsky, ryan+whitney, tyler+pitick

Peace Between the NHL and KHL?

From Stu Hackel at Red Light on SI.com:

In a briefing published on the league’s website, KHL President Alexander Medvedev said Tuesday that he is interested in improving relations with the NHL in the aftermath of last week’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash.

“After the Lokomotiv tragedy I had a call from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who expressed his condolences,” he said. “The grief is felt by the whole hockey family. Now we can take a new view of all our differences with the NHL. I repeat once again: When we cooperate we can achieve much more for hockey than when in conflict or in isolation. I would like very much for this to be no mere surge of emotion, but that we move in step with each other. Gary and I agreed to meet in the near future and consider how we can further work together.”

This is good news because relations between the two league have sometimes been frosty, with gusts up to nasty, for a few years.

read on (about halfway down the page) plus other topics are covered

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  Tags: alexander+medvedev, gary+bettman

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