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An Interview With Team Italy Head Coach Rick Cornacchia

Hi Rick,

First off, thanks for taking the time to speak with Kuklaskorner.

1. As a player, you suited up for HC Alleghe of the Italian A League from 1974-1976. How did your experience playing in Italy prepare you for coaching the National Team?

The playing experience allowed me to learn the following: Italian hockey mentality, get to know the people running the league (some of the same people are still involved), become familiar with the areas where hockey is played in Italy and re-learn Italian.
2. In 1989-90, you won the Memorial Cup, while coaching the Oshawa Generals. What was the road to the championship like?
It was a great “ride” looking back on it. When you are immersed in the playoffs there is very little time to enjoy the experience. The coaching staff is too busy preparing for the next game, the next series, keeping the players focused & prepared, dealing with injuries and distractions. We had a great group of players that were committed to winning. The leadership on the team was outstanding Ian Frazer was a great captain he had a support group that was exceptional Grieve, Busillo, O’Hagan, Armstrong, Banika, Skalde, Donaldson, Lindros that all had been are became captains. This group made the difference and allowed the team to win the Memorial Cup. 

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Afternoon Line

“Why can’t I play in the NHL? I know it’s hard, but maybe I get a chance. I have to use this chance when I get it.”

-Lino Martschini of the Peterborough Petes.  Martschini is 17 years old and is 5-foot-5 and 128 pounds.  Read the feature on him from Randy Starkman of the Toronto Star.

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News from the Farm: 11/12/10

Time, once again, for a look at the top minor league affiliates for the NHL’s five Southeast Division franchises. We’ll get right into it today, beginning with last week’s results which, interestingly enough, saw a few of these clubs mix it up with each other:

Click for individual box scores

Friday, 11/05/10: Norfolk Admirals 3, Charlotte Checkers 2 (SO)
Norfolk goal-scorers: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (4), Johan Harju (6)
Charlotte goal-scorers: Drayson Bowman (1), Riley Nash (2)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Cedrick Desjardins (26/28)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Mike Murphy (27/29)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Drayson Bowman, CHA; 2 – Mike Murphy, CHA; 3 – Cedrick Desjardins, NOR

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An Interview with John Harrington; Head Coach of Team Slovenia: Part 2

Part 2: Coaching Team Slovenia

  6. You have a ton of international hockey experience, both as a player for Team USA and as a coach in the Swiss and Italian national leagues. What are the strongest traits that you bring to your job as Head Coach of Team Slovenia? 

    I certainly think my background as a coach and as a successful international player help my reputation with the Slovenian team. I have learned that there are many different ways to coach a team and many different systems of play that can be successful.  I feel that I have learned to evaluate my players on my teams, and then to adapt to their strengths to determine our style of play, and also try to cover for our weaknesses. 

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  Tags: anze+kopitar, john+harrington

An Interview With Team Slovenia Coach and Member of the 1980 US Miracle on Ice Team; John Harrington

Part 1: The 1980 Miracle on Ice

Hi John,

First off, thanks for taking the time to speak with Kuklaskorner.

Following a standout NCAA career as a Right Winger for the University of Minnesota Duluth, you were invited to try out for the 1980 US Olympic Team by legendary coach Herb Brooks. What was training camp like with Brooks?

  The try-out camp was a series of practices and games, with the team being selected at the end of the 12 days.  It was pressure-packed, and no one had any idea where
  they stood in the try-out process.  At the end of the try-out, Brooks invited all 80
  players that had participated in the try-out into a room, told us thanks for coming, and
  then read off the 26 players’ names that he would keep on the team.  

Having made the team, you participated in quite possibly the most famous hockey game ever, the Miracle on Ice, against a dominant Soviet squad, featuring Vladislav Tretiak, Valeri Kharlamov, Boris Mikhailov and Vladimir Petrov along with youngsters Viacheslav Fetisov, Sergei Makarov and Vladimir Krutov. What was the general mood in the dressing room before the game?

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  Tags: boris+mikhailov, buzz+schneider, herb+brooks, john+harrington, mark+pavelich, mike+eruzione, sergei+makarov, valeri+kharlamov, viacheslav+fetisov, viktor+tikhonov, vladimir+krutov, vladimir+myshkin, vladimir+petrov, vladislav+tretiak

All Jeff Tambellini

from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,

Each week a Sun staffer gets to know a sports figure a little better in Up Close. This week Kirk Penton chats with the newest member of the Manitoba Moose, forward Jeff Tambellini.

SUN: Are family dinners awkward when you’re a free agent and your dad’s at the table?

JT: Never. I’d never sign with him. It’s just a bad road to go down. I want no piece of that.

SUN: What is it like having your dad as an NHL GM?

JT: It’s something I only know, so it’s just kind of what we have. I play, he picks the teams.

SUN: Seriously, there’s no way you’d ever sign with him?

JT: No, not a chance.

SUN: You’re being dead honest?

JT: Oh, I’m dead serious.


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International Hockey Update

Hi Readers,

My students are currently doing mid-term exams, so unfortunately this is just a quick update to let you know what I’m working on for Kuklaskorner.
In the next week or so, I will start posting some interviews I have done with some National Team Head Coaches, regarding the history and current status of their national programs, preparation for the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia, and overall team expectations.
Here is the schedule for the interviews:

John Harrington: Head Coach of Team Slovenia and a member of the 1980 US Miracle on Ice Team.
Glen Hanlon: Head Coach of Team Slovakia and a former NHL goalie and coach.
Uwe Krupp: Head Coach of Team Germany and a former NHL player.
Rick Cornacchia: Head Coach of Team Italy and a former OHL coach.
Dave Henderson: Head Coach of Team France and a former France Division 1 league player.
Olegs Znaroks: Head Coach of Team Latvia and a former Russian league player.

I hope everyone will enjoy these interviews!

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  Tags: dave+henderson, glen+hanlon, john+harrington, olegs+znaroks, rick+cornacchia, uwe+krupp

Redden Had Thoughts Of Quitting

from Chris Stevenson at the Toronton Sun,,

As much as Redden tries to put a positive spin on things, this is a bad time here. The Wolf Pack will lose its seventh consecutive game and when Redden is on the ice for the Monarchs’ third goal, a fan wearing a Kevin Dineen Hartford Whalers sweater stands up from his seat.

“Way to earn your money, buddy,” he screams at Redden, flashing a mock thumbs up.

“If there is anything that will benefit me, it’s playing well here.”

That is Redden’s reality now.

When he was at his crossroads and thinking about quitting, Redden turned to his friends.

“He was pretty down on himself,” said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, a teammate for a decade. They grew from rookies to become among the best players in the world together.

“He was questioning what he had done and should do and whether he should even be playing hockey. We all live the game. I thought he should try Europe or the minors and get the fire, the excitement back. We’re pr


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News from the Farm, 11/05/10: Rochester and Florida Break Up (Plus the Usual)

A day late and a dollar short (well, several hundred dollars short, if I’m going to be honest, after a theft earlier this week set me completely off my rocker and wreaked havoc on my weekly schedule along multiple avenues), it’s the latest edition of News from the Farm, where we take a close look at the AHL affiliates for each of the NHL’s five Southeast Division teams.

This week, before we get into game results and our standard stat packs, how about some actual news?

According to several reports (including this one by Kevin Oklobzija from theDemocrat and Chronicle, straight out of Rochester), the Florida Panthers’ relationship with the AHL Rochester Americans will not be extended beyond this season. Rochester president Lewis Staats has said the organization will be exploring all options and they will have some with multiple affiliation deals between NHL and AHL clubs expiring at season’s end.

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  Tags: charlotte+checkers, chicago+wolves, hershey+bears, norfolk+admirals, rochester+americans

A Life In The Minors

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It all started with the Chill in Columbus, but it wasn’t long before he was a Riverfrog in Louisville and then an Icecap in Raleigh. Twice.
He was an Admiral in Milwaukee, a Riverman in Peoria.  Twice. A Viper in Detroit, a Griffin in Grand Rapids. Twice, in two different leagues. A K-Wing in Kalamazoo. Four times, in four different leagues. A Giant in Belfast. Twice. A Bandit in Jackson, a Fury in Muskegon and a Jackalope in Odessa.
By our count, it’s been 12 cities, six leagues (American, International, East Coast, United, Central and British), 904 regular-season minor pro games and counting and more bus miles than you could possibly imagine in the 16th pro season for 38-year old Kory Karlander, the oldest active player in the ECHL.
“The years kind of creep up on you and that’s true for me,” the Kalamazoo K-Wing centre from Melita, Man., says. “It’s my 16th pro season and if anyone asks why I still do it, I guess the answer is pretty obvious…I love what I do. It’s never stopped being fun for me.”


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