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Should Bodychecking Be Allowed In Women’s Hockey?

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The GM Place crowd of nearly 7,000 roared with approval when Canadian players Gillian Apps and Becky Kellar slammed opponents into the boards in the first period of their game against the United States on Wednesday. But the cheers turned suddenly to jeers after the referee’s whistle, as the Canadians sulked to the penalty box.

The Norwegian referee made the proper call in both instances, yet, to the crowd and to a small but growing number of critics inside the women’s game, the penalties appeared to contravene the spirit of hockey. With the sport struggling to build a fan base, some insiders are beginning to ask whether the time has come for women’s hockey to amend its rules and allow bodychecking.

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The Financial Issues Of Sergei Fedorov

from M.L. Elrick of the Detroit Free Press,

After the bank came for his Maybach, his Maserati and his two Ferraris, Sergei Fedorov went after the bank.

But Peoples State Bank isn’t the only lending institution Fedorov has accused of wronging him.

The Russian hockey hero and former Red Wing All Star claims Citizens State Bank and Sterling Bank also concocted schemes to get him to pay off loans they issued to Joe Zada, a former friend whom Fedorov has also sued.

Marc Beginin, one of Fedorov’s attorneys, claims the various banks conspired with Zada to make Fedorov pay off more than $10 million in loans taken out by Zada.

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Sugden Still Trying To Reach His Goal

from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,

This is the story of Brandon “Sugar” Sugden and his dad, Travis.

You may recall last year how the 6-foot-4, 233-pound tough guy tried out for the New York Islanders. He didn’t make it but still went to the AHL and played for the Hartford Wolfpack.

Spoke to his dad last night, who told me the former St. Mike’s Buzzer is leaving next week to try out for the Washington Capitals—and has signed with their AHL team, the Hershey Bears.

“He’s 31 years old and still trying to get there,” says a proud Travis, who’s also battling his terminal cancer to hang around to see their mutual dream of seeing Brandon play at least one regular-season NHL game.

more

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Canadian Goaltender Beaten In Russia

from Daphne Cameron of Cyberpresse (translated),

The goaltender Jonathan Boutin was savagely attacked in an alley in the city of Perm in the Ural Region, August 29. Before his departure he had signed a one year contract with the team who plays in the second division.

But upon his arrival in Russian soil this week, managers of the club told him that they finally had enough money to pay. The hockey player of 24 years then took steps to return to Quebec.

Visibly shocked, the victim’s father has refused to grant an interview to The Press of fear that the media coverage of the case would put the life of her son in danger

read on and you can read more on this topic at another Cyberpresse story (translated).

Thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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IIHF President Walks A Fine Line

from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times,

I.I.H.F. President René Fasel managed to strike a delicate balance at his news conference in Moscow on Tuesday, praising Russian hockey-fan-in-chief Vladimir Putin and the K.H.L. while at the same time asserting that the league must honor player contracts, and expressing resistance to the N.H.L. while at the same time vowing cooperation with it.

“In general, I like the K.H.L., and I think that the idea of pan-European leagues is smart, but I still say that national federations and leagues have to live by the same rules,” Fasel said in describing a meeting he had with Putin, an outspoken advocate of K.H.L. expansion into Scandinavia and Central Europe.

“I will never allow the absorption of the weak by the strong,” Fasel said.

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A Little Bitter Tim?

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

What was going through the mind of that brilliant strategist Mike Babcock this week, while he was skating players hard on the first day of his Team Canada Olympic orientation camp in Calgary?

Talk about brain cramps from one of hockey’s more obnoxious coaches – and we haven’t heard a single person question that serious lack of judgment.

Most of Babcock’s players hadn’t seen a pair of skates – much less laced them up – since last spring. True, Simon Gagne had been skating for two weeks. But he wasn’t skating hard.

Is it any wonder Gagne tweaked his right groin?

Good thing they had insurance, huh? Just to protect the players from Babcock.

continued & more topics too…

 

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Bertuzzi In The Lineup Tonight For The London Knights

from Patrick Maloney of the London Free Press,

A big NHL name — as in six-foot-three and 235 pounds — has been added to the London Knights lineup for Saturday night’s Euro Can Cup game against Munich.

Todd Bertuzzi, the veteran NHLer who recently signed with Detroit, is driving to London from his Kitchener home for tonight’s game — and possibly Monday night’s tournament final.

“Putting Todd Bertuzzi on the ice is an incredible addition,” said Pat Curcio, who organized the tournament that features three European squads and a team featuring Knights alumni and other NHLers.

continued (story seems to have been pulled from the London Free Press, link now directs to a 404 page)

update 5:39pm, New link found, now working again.

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  Tags: todd+bertuzzi

Watch A Little Hockey Tonight

Watch Team Canada’s Red/White scrimmage tonight starting at 7pm MT (9pm ET).

added 8:25pm, My understanding this will be more of a scrimmage than a game.  Some 4 on 4 play and other things will be tossed in too.

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Dennis Hextall May Be The Next IHL Commish

from Justin A. Cohn of the Journal Gazette,

Dennis Hextall, who played in the NHL for 13 seasons, has been offered the post as commissioner of the International Hockey League, he and a league source confirmed Thursday afternoon.

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  Tags: dennis+hextall, ihl

Morning Line

“He’s a Type A personality.  He’s a very focused, intense individual. He doesn’t move on anywhere until it’s done. If it’s not done right, he doesn’t care what the name is on the back, where you’re from or who you play for. You got to do the job. When he says you’ve got to play 200 feet, you got to play 200 feet. The game we want to play (in Vancouver) has a lot of pressure in it, a lot of skating in it. There’s no resting on the ice.”

-Ken Hitchcock on Mike Babcock.  More on Babcock from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated.

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