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from Linda Nguyen at the Montreal Gazette,
Accidents are more commonly to blame for on-ice amateur-hockey injuries than bodychecking, suggests a study recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The findings were based on a five-year study of 3,000 boys age 4 to 18 in a youth hockey program in Burlington, Ont.
It found that 66 per cent of overall injuries were the result of such accidents as colliding with teammates, sliding into the boards or posts or getting hit with the puck. The remaining 34 per cent of injuries were attributed to players checking each other.
The researchers, from the University of Buffalo, took into account only injuries serious enough to cause players to be off the ice for at least 24 hours.
from George Malik of Mlive,
Former Red Wings forward Sergei Fedorov is owed $43 million by his former business partner, Joseph Zada, but as Zada either can not or will not repay Fedorov, the former Wing sued the Hyman Lippitt law firm—which represented both Zada and Fedorov at one point—in an attempt to actually receive the $60 million pay-off Zada had originally promised to pay Fedorov to settle their differences.
Subsequently, Fedorov’s lack of finances yielded three bank foreclosures on two homes in Metro Detroit and one in Florida, and, according to LifeSports.ru, Fedorov received worse news today—and it’s news that means that the nearly 41-year-old Fedorov, who played this past season for Metallurg Magnitogorsk, might have to continue his playing career to simply keep paying the bills:
from Bob Westerdale of The Star (UK),
If the business group are successful in acquiring the club off Bob Phillips they will try and bring over American Kevin Constantine to run their bench.
Constantine, 51, would become the most experienced and decorated coach ever to ply his trade in the UK after coaching NHL giants Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks and New Jersey Devils, between 1993-2002.
More recently he has been head coach at Houston Aeros in the AHL.
In April, Constantine’s contract was ended there after the Aeros failed to make the playoffs.
Former Sheffield official Dave Simms worked with Constantine at a UK coaching clinic and explained: “We initially made contact with Kevin to see if he could help us attract a coach to the Steelers should the new consortium be successful in taking over.
“After chatting for half an hour, Kevin asked ‘What about me?’
The New York Islanders have signed an affiliation agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. Kalamazoo will join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, of the American Hockey League as the primary affiliates of the Islanders.
“Having a strong ECHL affiliate is crucial to our organization’s future,” Islanders General Manager, Garth Snow said. “The Kalamazoo Wings have a rich history, and I’m confident that they’ll provide the necessary resources to properly develop our prospects and provide a stepping stone to the AHL and NHL.”
“We are excited about being the ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders,” Kalamazoo President Paul L. Pickard said. “The Islander organization is full of young and talented prospects that will bring energy and a strong work ethics to the K-Wings organization. As part of the Islander family, we will do our part to help them be successful both on and off the ice.”
An interesting note from a recent coaches’ conference…
from Gregg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News,
(Guy) Charron said that (Ken) Hitchcock, a former Blazers head coach, shared an interesting story regarding his involvement as an assistant coach with Team Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
It seems that when the coaching staff — head coach Mike Babcock and assistants Jacques Lemaire, Lindy Ruff and Hitchcock — there was a reluctance to share information. It wasn’t until Babcock opened up that the ice was broken.
Hitchcock “said they were there for four days and the first two days, no one would share information,” Charron related. “Babcock eventually had flip-chart paper everywhere in the room where they were meeting and it was all about what the Detroit Red Wings do. That kind of lightened up the atmosphere and then everybody got sharing their info.
“After that, everybody relaxed and shared what they had learned over their careers.”
more on the conference…
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
In the latest bit of housecleaning from the previous regime, the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday fired Norfolk coach Jim Johnson and roving goaltenders coach Cap Raeder. Somewhat of a surprise as both, especially Johnson, were lauded by Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman for the way they ran the recent development camp. Yzerman went as far as to say he and Johnson were “on the same page.”
from Michael Hoffman at the Washington Examiner,
Today, he is encouraging other soldiers to turn to the sport to help them recover. Bowser is not only an NHL ambassador for disabled hockey, he is also a member of the Warriors Hockey Team, a hockey team comprised of soldiers from Walter Reed who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. He told me that by coming back to hockey, (he played before he was a soldier,) he was able to turn his health around.
“After I got wounded, I spent two and a half years at Walter Reed. I was in a wheelchair for a long period of time and started gaining weight. Once I got out their (on the ice) and really playing hard, the pounds I just started sweating them off,” says Bowser.
As Bowser was able to lose his wheelchair and use a prosthetic legs, he credits playing hockey, with getting his lower exterminates back into strength and his body back into health.
from USA Hockey,
Art Berglund, Derian Hatcher, Kevin Hatcher, Dr. V. George Nagobads and Jeremy Roenick make up the United States Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010, as announced today by USA Hockey. The five-member class will be enshrined into the Hall on October 21 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.
“These five individuals truly represent the very best of our sport in many different facets and their contributions have been truly extraordinary,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “We look forward to their formal induction in Buffalo this October.”
from Bill Meltzer at NHL.com,
The Mexican Hockey Federation has taken significant steps recently to increase the domestic and international visibility of its national program. Earlier this year, Mexico hosted two IIHF-sanctioned international tournaments. At the senior level, the Division II Group A World Championship took place in Mexico City. Several weeks earlier, Monterrey hosted the Under-18 Division III Group B World Championship. In recent years, the country has hosted the men’s Division III World Championship (2005) and the 2008 U-18 Division III Group A Worlds.
Mexico’s men’s national team won one of four games in the Division II Worlds, finishing fifth in the six-team field.
from Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy,
Believe it or not, but from July 1 Alex Ovechkin is employed by UHC Dynamo and even gets paid for his services.
Mikhail Tyurkin, UHC Dynamo’s President, told Sovetsky Sport, “Alex has already called me. He is now my official advisor. He is now employed by UHC Dynamo.
July 1 was the official date Ovechkin became a team employee. “Alex will work on promoting our club. And he will also work with children from our hockey school. He will hold a few master-classes. I think that famous people like Ovechkin should bring value not only to NHL teams, but to Russia as well, especially to the club that brought him up,” Tyurkin said.
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