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from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Mike Komisarek received some unfortunate news Saturday night that will almost certainly end his hopes of competing in the Vancouver Olympics with Team USA.
The big Leafs defenceman’s injured shoulder will keep him sidelined up to another seven days – a span that will push him past a deadline to prepare for the Games….
Burke, meanwhile, has several choices to replace Komisarek.
Candidates include Pittsburgh’s Alex Goligoski, Anaheim’s Ryan Whitney, Atlanta’s teenage blueliner Zach Bogosian and Carolina’s Tim Gleason.
“I’m not here for the NHL, I don’t work for them, but I think we all have the same common goal to make the game of hockey bigger and better worldwide. I think the NHL knows and understands that. I hope that when they (the KHL, the IIHF and the NHL) meet in Vancouver (during the Olympics), they can all come to an understanding that will make both leagues happy.”
-Wayne Gretzky at the KHL All-Star Game. More by Risto Pakarinen at The Hockey News.
from Dmitry Chesnokov at PuckDaddy,
I caught up with Robert Esche after a recent KHL game between SKA and Dinamo Minsk to get his take on playing in the KHL. Esche was riding a bike in an NHL-like equipped training room inside the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg after his team dropped the decision to Dinamo Minsk.
Q. Do you think it is still an option for you being three years out of the NHL to come back to North America?
ESCHE: I don’t know. Right now I am a free agent over here. Obviously, I love St. Petersburg, and I love playing over here. If it works in the NHL, it works. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I have kind of taken on a different role in my life, as opposed to when I was in Philly. I just went into a different direction. You just learn a lot about yourself when you’re over here. I think this was something I was lacking in the NHL. I guess time will tell what happens.
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from Steve Keating & Clare Fallon of Reuters,
Hockey’s place in Canadian culture is closer to religion than a simple sporting pastime, a unifying force in a country of 33 million people that is often split by politics and language.
The sport is part of the national identity, a rite of passage between fathers and sons and more recently mothers and daughters as the game has evolved beyond its traditional gender boundaries.
Generations of Canadians grew up listening to Hockey Night In Canada on the radio and decades later the Saturday night tradition continues intact on high-definition television.
Canada hopes to win its first gold medal at a home Olympics this time, after failing at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games and the Calgary Winter Games in 1988. To hockey fans, the only really important thing is the men’s gold which will be decided on the final day, February 28.
Mike Babcock was on the Fan590 about 20 minutes ago.
Talked Wings and very frank in his discussion. Then talked Team Canada before talking more Wings, including Osgood.
He also mentioned Williams back tomorrow, Homer back Sunday or the next game and Franzen scheduled to play the last three games before the Olympic break.
from Chris Johnston of the CP at CTVOlympics,
Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux shared a room on the eve of one of the most important games in Canadian hockey history.
There was no five-star resort for Team Canada at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and there won’t be at the Vancouver Games either.
Instead, the millionaire hockey players will be staying in the Olympic village alongside speedskaters, snowboarders and other athletes competing in Vancouver. The accommodations aren’t exactly spartan but they’re not quite as fancy as the places NHL teams typically call home on the road.
from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,
The Clear Lake Jets have withdrawn from the provincial senior A hockey playdowns due to a lack of players, but its manager/coach/promoter isn’t going down without a fight.
Merv Bodnarchuk has asked the RCMP to investigate two hits in Clear Lake’s game against the Grandview Comets on Jan. 17. The Mounties in Grandview say they will look into the matter, but they aren’t sure how far they will go considering it happened on the ice.
“It’s in the hands of the law now,” Bodnarchuk said on Tuesday from his home in Onanole. “If the law of the land falls on to the law of the ice, we’re suggesting that a charge be filed.”
The Jets, featuring former NHL stars like Dale Hawerchuk, Claude Lemieux and Cliff Ronning, weren’t expecting a hard-hitting contest against Grandview in the opener of their two-game, total-goal series.
The Comets won the contest 8-6, but Hawerchuk, Lemieux and Ronning told Bodnarchuk they didn’t want to continue in the series because it was too physical.
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.
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