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from Tom Walsh of the Detroit Free Press,
The 2010 Frozen Four at Ford Field in Detroit might not have the sports cachet or instant name recognition of a Super Bowl or basketball Final Four, but it’s got some very cool stuff going for it:
• A couple of high-profile cochairs who can actually lace up their skates and handle a stick—Bill Ford Jr. and Christopher Ilitch….
“It’s going to be an electric atmosphere in downtown Detroit,” Ilitch said Monday of the Frozen Four week.
On April 7, the Red Wings are to host the Columbus Blue Jackets in a game with possible NHL playoff implications. On April 8, the Frozen Four NCAA semifinals are to be played at Ford Field. Next door on April 9 the Tigers’ baseball home opener is scheduled. And on the 10th is to be the Frozen Four Championship game.
Ex-NHL star Sergey Zubov was outraged by the coaches’ decision to choose him as a substitute player for Russia’s Olympic hockey team, calling the move “a spit in the face”.
“The administrator of the national team has just called me and said that I am included in the list of substitutions for the Olympics. I actually did not know what to say. The situation surprised me a lot,” the 39-year-old told Sport-Express newspaper.
Zubov currently plays for SKA Saint Petersburg in the KHL, being the top-scoring defender in the regular championship.
“And earlier I was amazed and even offended by the words of the president of the Russian Hockey Federation, Vladislav Tretyak, and head coach of the national team Vyacheslav Bykov, who uttered in an interview: that in order to get to the national squad one must gnaw the ice, and that they would not take you for your previous merits,” the veteran stressed.
“All these statements have extremely disappointed me. This is humiliation of me as a personality and a sportsman. I do not owe anything to anyone and I have honestly earned my name in ice hockey. I am not 25 years old and have proved my high level with seventeen seasons in NHL. I am not going to prove anything anymore,” he added.
from Jonas Siegel of 640am,
Mike Komisarek’s availability for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics might be in jeopardy.
The 27-year-old defenseman is still sidelined from a mysterious upper-body injury (suspected shoulder) and while he might be ready to return on Saturday, his status for the United States Olympic team in Vancouver isn’t quite clear.
“[Tuesday] is three weeks to our first game,” Ron Wilson said of the American team. “If you take the one week away, he has I’d say a week to feel comfortable. If he’s not we’d have to make other plans for the Olympics.”
“I’m not going to put his career at risk. And we’re not going to risk his future with the Leafs for a two-week Olympic thing either.”
The verdict is in.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward Patrice Cormier was suspended for the balance of the season and the playoffs by the QMJHL on Monday.
Cormier, 19, created a firestorm of media attention last week when he elbowed Mikael Tam of the Quebec Remparts in the head, sending Tam into convulsions on the ice and causing him to be taken to hospital with brain trauma and broken teeth.
Just watch this goal from Sergei Zinoviev of the KHL.
Alexei Kovalev, Alexander Frolov, Sergei Zubov and Nikolai Kulemin are going to the Olympic Games in Vancouver as substitutes for the Russian team.
It is not officially announced yet but according to Russian site infox.ru Kovalev, Frolov, Zubov and Kulemin have received the Olympics equipment as well as other players from the official Team Russia roster. It means they are going to the Olympics in the status of substitute players.
Overall Russia will have 9 substitute players, three from the NHL and six from the KHL.
from Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat and Chronicle,
In the course of winning 19 of 24 games for the Rochester Americans, (Alexander) Salak has found it appropriate to and/or managed to:
- Kiss a cross bar in the waning minutes of a one-goal victory;
- Flip his mask into the air to celebrate Keaton Ellerby’s hat trick in November;
- Mock a goal judge’s errant call by pretending to wash the Plexiglas;
- Drop-kick the puck some 40 feet down the ice during the All-Star Game;
- Enrage fans in Syracuse with an overzealous victory celebration in November, prompting security personnel to usher him out a side door to the waiting team bus;
- Acknowledge the applause of fans at the All-Star Game by waving to them during play.
“You want to put on a show for people,” Salak said.
from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,
Cherry was just getting warmed up when the conversation veered in another direction, one the Post had pursued in a recent article about Hnat Domenichelli.
Domenichelli, a world junior gold medal winner with Canada in 1996, has secured a Swiss passport and a ticket to play for his, ahem, adopted homeland in Vancouver. Citizens of convenience run counter to the Olympic spirit, or so this writer argued. Domenichelli was being selfish, and opportunistic, and doing a paper shuffle to deny a poor Swiss kid a spot on the Olympic roster.
Cherry did not buy that argument. Or he did, and he did not. He said it did not go far enough. He said a “Lefty” writer would never say what really needed to be said: that the problem was not opportunism, but Canada itself.
“It is our multi-cultural upbringing,” he said. “Seriously. You think an American would do that? It is our multi-cultural background. We are taught that Canada is not important. I sound like a racist, because I come out and say we are the best and all that, and somehow I am a racist. There is no way an American would ever do that. It’s your country first, and the love of your country. The only ones that really love our country are the soldiers. Do you think those guys, if they were going to play hockey, that they would play against Canada? Never.”
more from Don…
from Sarah Boesveld of the Globe and Mail,
For about $25 an hour, Bruce Tennant has taken countless verbal slams and one physical attack that saw him haul a man to court.
“Yeah, I’ve been intentionally hit,” says the 49-year-old Toronto hockey referee, recalling a men’s rec league game in the early 1990s. The player was booted from the ice after one too many penalties. He came back for revenge – right at the neck of Mr. Tennant.
“He followed me across the ice and cross-checked me in the back of the head with his stick,” says the seasoned ref, who’s sported the stripes since he was 14 years old. “I wasn’t injured, but he was found guilty and was given a suspended sentence.”
The job can be thankless, especially in beer leagues where refs are paid far less than those who do official league games.
Bob McKenzie’s Tweet last night…
Memo to NHL: If u r going to do that showboat shootout at all-star, invite Nino Niedereitter. He just scored a beauty in CHL skills event.
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