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Cheechoo Driven To Return To The NHL

from Jeff Dinunzio of the New York Times,

Cutting through the offensive zone, Jonathan Cheechoo, who once scored 56 goals in a season for the San Jose Sharks, appeared ready to score again. But this was not the N.H.L., and when Cheechoo deftly drew the goalie out only to slide the puck to a teammate, the teammate was not ready for it.

“He just has a lot of poise when he gets the puck,” said Roy Sommer, who coaches Cheechoo with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League.

The A.H.L. is not where Cheechoo, a right wing, was supposed to be. But meeting the high expectations that came with winning the Maurice Richard Trophy as the N.H.L.’s top goal scorer in 2005-6 proved daunting. He led San Jose in goals the next season, but his production sank the next two seasons. Injuries mounted, including a double sports hernia, and his streak of 140 games played ended.

“I lost a little confidence in myself,” Cheechoo, 30, said. “One or two stop going in, you start trying to get a little closer to the net, you’re easier to check and you take less shots. I think I tried to get too fine.”


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Minor League Bodychecking Drastically Increasing Injuries

From CBC News:

Minor league hockey players were 10 times as likely to suffer a brain injury since bodychecking was first allowed for nine and 10-year-olds, a Canadian study finds.

Dr. Michael Cusimano of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and his co-authors reviewed records of more than 8,500 boys aged six to 17 who went to one of five hospital emergency departments in Ontario for hockey-related injuries from 1994 to 2004.

More than half of the hockey-related injuries reported, 4,460 or 52 per cent, were the result of bodychecking, the researchers said in Tuesday’s issue of the journal Open Medicine.


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Playing to Lose

In a recent youth hockey game between the Santa Clara Blackhawks 16AA team and the San Diego Gulls 16AA team, there are allegations that the Blackhawks basically threw the game in order to force another team to play an extra game in the tournament. 

From the California Amateur Hockey Association website:

The entire coaching staff of the Santa Clara Blackhawk 16AA team has been suspended indefinitely by Steve Laing, President of the California Amateur Hockey Association.  Mr. Laing, in suspending the coaches stated, “The entire coaching staff is being suspended from all USA Hockey activities pending a disciplinary hearing resulting from a game played on Sunday February 27, 2011. During a game between the Santa Clara Blackhawk 16AA team and the San Diego Gulls 16AA team, while competing in the CAHA play downs to establish a berth in the CAHA State championship playoffs, there is credible evidence that they participated in a plan, scheme or design to intentionally lose the game.  Such behavior is contrary to USA Hockey’s Coach’s Code of Conduct.”

The video below from NBC Los Angeles notes that in the game, the Blackhawks didn’t take a single shot on net—ultimately losing 5-0—and it was the goal differential that forced another team in the tournament into an extra game. For more details, watch the video. (And our thanks to a KK reader for pointing us to this story).

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Protecting The Youth

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, “

Then there are times when I’ll walk into a room and I’ll stand there and go ‘Why am I here again?’ – and you just don’t know. You don’t know if it’s from all the contact you’ve had over the years or what.

“With everything that’s gone on, with so many of the guys. … I mean, we had serious concussions and you’d sit on the bench and the trainer would keep asking if you were okay to go.

“So I keep an eye on it, on whether there are some things I’ve slipped on or whatever. It’s very, very real.”

McSorley still lives in Los Angeles these days, but went home to Ontario for Christmas and took in three or four minor-hockey games during that time. The always chatty and occasionally provocative McSorley said he was “shocked” by how poorly equipped the players were to protect themselves; and how vulnerable they were on the ice.

“I don’t know how many kids were there, facing the forwards, or going to the boards and spinning, where they put their backs to the other players. I think that has to be addressed.”

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Millionaires In The Minors

from Kevin Clark of the Wall Street Journal,

Last spring, goaltender Michael Leighton led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals. One month later, he cashed in with a two-year, $3.1 million contract.

On a recent night in January, however, Leighton was minding the net for the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League at the Glens Falls Civic Center in upstate New York. The crowd of 3,889 was a little bigger than normal, but not on his account. It was Girl Scout night. “It’s tough just to think about it,” Leighton says.

There’s nothing unusual about a millionaire baseball player doing a stint in the minors to retool his game or come back from an injury. But hockey’s minor leagues are a different animal: They exist mostly as a holding pen for journeymen and fringe prospects. Future stars like Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin never set foot in them and the facilities and accommodations tend to be considerably more spartan.

This season, thanks to a little-known loophole in the league’s labor deal and a growing pileup of phenomenally bad contracts, the AHL has seen something new: an influx of millionaires making as much as double the NHL’s average salary.


thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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Southeast AHL Affiliate Update: 2/23/11

With the trade deadline approaching, might a Southeast team or two peddle one or more of their AHL prospects for some immediate help? We’ll know in five short days. For now, let’s take our latest look (a belated one this week – apologies…) at results and stats for the Southeast Division’s AHL affiliates from the week gone by:

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Tuesday, 2/15/11: Albany Devils 3, Charlotte Checkers 0
Charlotte goal-scorers: none
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Justin Pogge (25/28)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Dave Caruso, ALB; 2 – Adam Henrique, ALB; 3 – Brad Mills, ALB

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The Standout Named Fasching

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

At the tender age of 15, Hudson Fasching stands 6-foot-3, weighs 200 pounds and is considered one of the top high school players in Minnesota.

As a freshman, Fasching led his Apple Valley High team to an unexpected berth in the prestigious state hockey tournament and is expected to do so again next month as a sophomore. He is an elite soccer player whose high school team is on a 47-0 run that includes two state championships. He was undefeated in junior varsity tennis, essentially without having picked up a racket before the tennis season began.

All of this would make Fasching an interesting and compelling tale.

And when he is eligible to be drafted into the National Hockey League in three years, maybe you’ll remember the name. We will, but not for the reasons you might imagine.


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It’s Hockey Weekend Across America

from Chris Peters at USA Hockey,

There are a lot of famous people roaming the streets of Burbank, Calif., but when it comes to adult hockey, no one is better known than Paul LaGloire. The 82-year-old organizes one of the longest running adult pick-up hockey games around. To the guys he plays with, Paul LaGloire is a local hockey hero.

“There are few things in this world that are perfect,” said Mark DeCarlo, one of LaGloire’s regulars, “TiVo is perfect and Burbank morning pick-up with Paul LaGloire is perfect.”

Since 1981, LaGloire, a transplant from Bromont, Quebec, has been putting together pick-up games three times a week. Even at age 82, LaGloire is out there every session.

continued and for more USA Hockey stories, check out the home page...

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Southeast AHL Affiliate Update: 2/15/11

Time once again for a look at this past week’s AHL results for the affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division teams.

Let’s get right to it:

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Tuesday, 2/8/11: Charlotte Checkers 4, Providence Bruins 1
Charlotte goal-scorers: Jerome Samson (26), Chris Terry (20), Brett Carson (3), Jon Matsumoto (15)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Mike Murphy (31/32)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Mike Murphy, CHA; 2 – Jerome Samson, CHA; 3 – Jon Matsumoto, CHA

Wednesday, 2/9/11: Grand Rapids Griffins 7, Chicago Wolves 5
Chicago goal-scorers: Nigel Dawes (24), Riley Holzapfel (6), Andrew Kozek (7), Ryan Garbutt (13), Darren Haydar (19)
Chicago goaltenders (saves/shots): Drew MacIntyre (15/19), Peter Mannino (11/13)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Francis Pare, GR; 2 – Mark Matheson, CHI; 3 – Jamie Johnson, GR

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The Little Sid The Kid

from Oliver Moore of the Globe and Mail,

Nathan MacKinnon is getting more comfortable playing in the crush of traffic. But once off the ice, the pack of national media descending on a routine Canada Games practice is still a lot for a 15-year-old to deal with.

The hot young forward is the most-watched player on the Nova Scotia squad playing here. He’s probably the most-watched athlete in the whole Games. That’s what happens when you grow up in minutes from Sidney Crosby’s home in Cole Harbour, show great on-ice potential and then go off to shine at the same U.S. school Crosby attended.

In 50 games as an atom player, he totalled 200 points. Playing bantam AAA for two seasons, he put up 110 and then 145 points. At Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota, he is second in scoring among the under-16s.

And there is growing speculation MacKinnon will be chosen first overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft.


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