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“I think any city like this, an industrial city, would present something. We have lakes here, where you can go, and do sightseeing, or to the mountains and walk around.
“We have been to the factory. It’s incredible, probably the biggest factory in Europe. They do a lot of steel, so it was an interesting trip, too. It’s a simple city, but everything we need we have here. And it’s very comfortable.”
-Sergei Fedorov on playing in Magnitogorsk, via Russia Today.
from James Duthie of TSN,
Let’s begin with a summer activity comparison:
- Steven Stamkos spent his summer squatting three-hundred and sixty pounds in killer sets of five reps.
I occasionally squatted to pick up the remote if it slipped off the couch.
- Steven Stamkos ate carefully crafted meals consisting of superfoods like quinoa, sprouts, hemp, chia seeds and countless organic vegetables.
I ate Doritos off my naval while lying by the pool.
- On his non-lifting days, Stamkos did intense interval running—600 metres, 800 metres, shorter sprints, sled pulls…over and over and over.
from Rich Myhre of the Everett Herald,
One moment Jordan Sigalet was standing in goal for the Providence, R.I., Bruins in an American Hockey League game against the Worcester, Mass., Sharks.
The next moment he was face down on the ice, motionless, with the team’s medical staff rushing to his side and anxious teammates gathering around. He would be taken away on a stretcher and would spend weeks in rehabilitation just to walk normally again.
Injuries are routine in a violent game such as hockey, but this was different. Sigalet had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years earlier and his fall in that 2007 game — he became too hot in his heavy goaltending gear, exacerbating his symptoms and causing his legs to buckle; he was knocked unconscious when his head hit the ice — was a cruel reminder that MS is a sly, insidious disease with no compassion and, as yet, no cure.
It is also the illness that effectively ended Sigalet’s playing career, although on that count at least there is a silver lining.
from Alexander Zaitsev of Russian Hockey Fans,
The former Washington Capitals forward Chris Bourque, who moved this summer to the KHL’s Atlant Mytischi, gave an interview to SportsDaily.ru.
RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation.
The story of your signing with Atlant was pretty long. Were you hesitating?
Bourque: “I just wanted to see how it’d turn out with the Capitals. When the situation wasn’t clear I had to told Atlant that they’d have to wait.”
But then finally the Capitals offered you a contract. Why did you decide to move to Russia?
Bourque: “Things were going the way that I’d not get a spot with the Capitals. I have won everything in the AHL - like the Calder Cup and the playoffs MVP. Besides I was soon to reach the age limit, which would mean I’d have to part ways with the AHL. And since I wasn’t completely sure that I’d make the first team, I decided to move to Russia. I got sick of constantly waiting for my chance and then being used to plug holes in the roster.”
If you’re interested in watching or listening to more hockey than you ever have before, here are some ways to follow the junior hockey team of your choosing:
The WHL is offering WHL Live. You can buy anything from a single archived game to live coverage of every team in the league. There is an early bird special going on right now that will save you $10. So if you’re interested, go for it.
The OHL does not appear to have such an offer at this time. Most teams do have radio broadcasts, however, and you can find the list of those that do and the station/website that covers them on the OHL website.
I don’t speak French right now since my first class in that subject isn’t until next semester, but I did manage to Google Translate my way to finding that the QMJHL has a similar offer for live streaming that the WHL has, though their prices are a bit lower. Odds that the broadcasts are in English? One in a million. (So you’re telling me there’s a chance!)
Despite tempered expectations, Slovakia garnered a fourth place finish at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. In spite of an aging core roster of players, Slovakia was able to retain it’s Elite Seven status, while upsetting the number one ranked team; Russia, and eliminating the number three ranked team and defending Olympic Gold Medalists; Sweden.
Since the split of Czechoslovakia into two distinct nation states in 1993, Slovakia slowly saw their stock on the ice rise, culminating in a IIHF World Championship in 2002. However, since then the Slovaks have found themselves in a similar quandary that Team USA did for the better part of the last decade; the increasing age of their elite players and management’s inability to find suitable replacements for the old guard. However, unlike the States, Slovakia does not have the depth of coaching and player development programs which has spawned a new generation of talent Stateside.
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from John Chidley-Hill of the Globe and Mail,
The Ontario Hockey League has decided to pull the plug on its annual all-star game in an effort to reduce player workload and injuries.
Commissioner David Branch announced the scheduling change Tuesday during a media conference call previewing the 2010-11 season, which kicks off Thursday.
Fatigue was the main concern, Branch said.
“It was the number one factor as to why we chose to not have an all-star game moving forward,” said Branch. “I think that while the players loved it, it just gets to a point where we’re taxing some of those key players far too much.”
from Doug Harrison of CBC,
Brad May didn’t get through 18 National Hockey League seasons and 1,041 regular-season games by taking many nights off.
He’ll take the same approach again this season in his new hockey venture with CBC Sports as its American Hockey League analyst.
“Mediocrity, for me, is not an option. I want to jump in with two feet and I want to become the best I possibly can be,” May, who will also work as co-host for Hockey Night In Canada Radio and Online, said on the phone from his Toronto home.
Well the wife is away for the weekend, so I have my rainy Saturday afternoon viewing selection all cued up and ready to go. Instead of her insisting that we watch “The Notebook” for the umpteenth time, I will be free to check out Canada/Russia 72. Ok, not exactly a slasher flick, although you would be hard pressed to tell that to Valeri Kharlamov after Bobby Clarke tried to saw his ankle off with his stick.
So, I’ve also been wondering what you, the readers, would like to see covered in international hockey? I’ve made a list of some possible topics, but feel free to shout out any requests as I’ve already had a few members suggest the Czech, German and Swedish domestic leagues.
Anyways, here is a list of a few ideas I have:
Penn State has added both men’s and women’s Division I ice hockey to their school’s athletics programs. Both teams will be ready to go for the 2012-13 season. This has been made possible by an $88 million donation to build an ice arena.
Recession? What recession?
All jokes aside, I always think it’s good news when a hockey program or team is dropped into a market that will embrace it. Considering the state of Pennsylvania is home to two teams that have represented the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals for three straight years, I’d say Penn State will do well with their teams.
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