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Talking Frozen Four

Gary Thorne and Barry Melrose of ESPN discuss the Minnesota Duluth and Michigan victories last night.

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Frozen Four Starts Tonight

from David Albright of ESPN,

Two of college hockey’s most storied programs, Michigan and North Dakota, will face off against each other in the prime-time matchup Thursday (ESPN2HD and ESPN3.com, 8:30 p.m. ET).

The other two teams skating here, Minnesota-Duluth and Notre Dame (ESPN2HD and ESPN3.com, 5 p.m. ET), are looking to become the 18th different school to skate around with the plaque.

Here are five key questions heading into the national semifinals.

1. Can North Dakota (32-8-3), the lone remaining national seed, be stopped?

The numbers say no, but logic says maybe. The Fighting Sioux are 14-0-1 since their last loss way back on Jan. 28. And over that stretch UND has outscored its opponents 78-19, including 12-1 in the NCAA tournament. Dave Hakstol’s club is second in the nation in scoring at 4.14 goals per game, third in goals against at 2.14 per game and second in scoring margin (2.00).

“I don’t know if we can match North Dakota’s speed or skill,” Michigan coach Red Berenson said. “And I don’t think anyone’s found a way to take that out of the game. We just have to be ready to play in a game that might be footrace hockey, or it might be a special-teams game.

“They have the edge in special teams and they have the edge on offensive skill. They’re as good as it gets, and they’ve had that kind of season.”


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A Unique Kind of Hockey Mom

50 year old Elaine Fazzi, and her 22 year old daughter Dejah, both play on a rec-league hockey team called the Blue Meanies.

As her husband, Tom, said, “In California, I don’t think you’ll find too many moms and daughters playing on teams, especially against men. Maybe in Canada or the East Coast. But it’s pretty special.”  [...]

“But it’s really fun,” Elaine continued. “I never thought I’d get to play hockey with my kid. I think my days may be numbered. We used to race and I could beat her on the ice. I don’t think I can beat her skating anymore. This league is getting better and better. I’m enjoying it as long as I can.”

read on

Thanks to a KK member for forwarding this story.

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Brother Combos From Finland

from Risto Pakarinen of IIHF.com,

Over the years, there have been numerous great Finnish hockey brothers, both in the Finnish national team, and, more recently, in the NHL. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, there were the Mononen brothers, Erkki and Lauri from Joensuu, and from across the river, the Kapanens, Hannu and Jari.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Sami and Jali Wahlsten were two of the core players in the Jokerit team that was something of a dynasty in Finland.

In the last ten years, there have been Hannu’s sons, Sami and Kimmo Kapanen, the Kiprusoffs, Marko and Miikka, the Koivus, Saku and Mikko, and the Ruutus, Jarkko, Tuomo, and Mikko.

So if the Granlunds want to become the best brother punch in Finnish hockey, they have their work carved out for them. But they might still be just that, the best brothers ever.


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HHOF With Some News

TORONTO (March 31, 2011)—Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that the following new appointments were confirmed at the Annual General Meeting of the Members held yesterday in Toronto.

•  Igor Larionov (Honoured Member, Class of 2008) appointed as a new member of the Selection Committee for a three-year term expiring March 31, 2014.

•  Colin Campbell, Jim Gregory, John Davidson, Pat Quinn and Serge Savard each re-appointed to the Selection Committee for a further three-year term expiring March 31, 2014.

•  Councillor Shelley Carroll (City of Toronto, Ward 33, Don Valley East), Donald M. Fehr (Executive Director, National Hockey League Players’ Association), and Bob Nicholson (President, Hockey Canada), each elected as new members of the Board of Directors.

The Selection Committee will meet in Toronto on June 27 & 28, 2011 to consider duly nominated candidates for the 2011 Induction Celebration scheduled on Monday, November 14th.

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From College To The NHL In A Few Days

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Stephane Da Costa is flying to Toronto on Monday morning. By Wednesday, he should have a new home.

Da Costa, 21, is a free agent after leading Merrimack College to its best season in school history. It ended Saturday with a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA playoffs. But that doesn’t mean he is done for the year.

CBA rules indicate he must sign a multi-year contract with his new NHL team. But if he gets into a game before the end of the regular season, he’ll burn one of those years.

Da Costa is headed to Newport Sports, where his agents, Wade Arnott and Ed Ward, will begin fielding offers. While Arnott confirmed that process begins Monday, he didn’t really want to go much further. From talking to several sources, here’s some idea of how it will play out:


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On To The Frozen Four

from USCHO,

A pair of CCHA-WCHA matchups are in the works for the 2011 Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn.

And if history holds any weight, the CCHA teams have the advantage.

Notre Dame and Minnesota-Duluth will play in one national semifinal on Thursday, April 7, and Michigan and North Dakota will square off in the other.

The Irish and the Wolverines both hold the lead over their upcoming opponents in the series records.


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After A 9 1/2 Minute Review, It’s A Goal

Michigan takes on Nebraska-Omaha in the first round of the West Regional semi-finals in St. Louis.

Game goes into OT and here is the result…

Not the best of video and no sound, but you’ll still get the picture.

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Video- Babcock Scores

Thanks to Greg Brady for pointing this out via a tweet

Mike Babcock celebrates a shootout goal.


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Ice Hockey In Belfast

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

On Hockey Night in Belfast, the team with the social conscience and the well-designed face-off plays works a backdoor for a tap-in goal, scores on a shorthanded two-on-one and so utterly treats its bitter rival like a chew toy that after the fifth goal Nottingham goaltender Craig Kowalski makes an executive decision to pull himself, bolting from his crease like a man who suddenly has realized he has to pick up his daughter from soccer practice. Two fights erupt in an ill-tempered third period, fistic footnotes that enchant the crowd of 4,612 even more than right wing Simon Lambert’s three goals.

This is something on which all Belfast—be they Protestant-Unionist-Loyalist or Catholic-Nationalist-Republican—can agree: Nothing is quite so universally appreciated as a socially acceptable punch on the nose.


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