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Everything You Want To Know About Hockey In Las Vegas

from Ed Arnold at the Peterborough Examiner,

It’s 73 degrees and golf-shirt weather when we pull into the Las Vegas Ice Centre, a privately owned rink about 15 minutes from The Strip that looks like any community arena in Canada, with kids dragging their bags out to the parking lot past the palm trees.

What? Palm trees?

Well, it is the desert, and buildings do need some outside décor. This is Vegas, after all.

But inside it’s all arena. OK, the canteen has a widescreen monitor displaying its menu.

“Only in Vegas,” laughs Randy Morton, who grew up playing hockey in Canada and for the last 10 years has spent three to four nights a week at this rink where his stepsons Michael and Ryan Chiasson play. They’ve grown up playing hockey, just like Morton and their father, NHL star Steve Chiasson who died 11 years ago, did in Peterborough….

The team benches have something very unusual, water fountains. It’s an idea Brooks had that Randy says his friend Wayne Gretzky told him “he had never seen anywhere else in the world.”

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Buffalo Braces For Hockey World

From The Buffalo News:

The World Junior Hockey Championship will run from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, with only one off day, New Year’s Day. The tournament, showcasing the world’s best 18- and 19-year-old hockey players, will bring 21 games to HSBC Arena and another 10 to Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena.

“It’s the NCAAs, for 11 days, with beer,” Buffalo Sabres public relations director Michael M. Gilbert quipped.

Sabres officials, serving as host for the 10-team tournament, won’t hazard a guess on the number of visitors expected here for what’s considered the second most prestigious international hockey tournament, behind only the Olympics.

All they’ll say is that they expect tens of thousands of fans.

More than 50,000 visitors, mostly from Canada, are expected.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, world+juniors

Josh Bailey Playing Without Pressure

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The losses still hurt Josh Bailey. Watching the Islanders, his Islanders, on television rather than being in the middle of it all doesn’t take away much of the frustration.

“The last couple of games I was there,” he says, “it felt like going into the game that it was David vs. Goliath. That’s a terrible mindset to have and it takes time to break out of that. You need to slowly regain your confidence after that, but it’s frustrating . . . You can just feel it, even when you’re not there.”

But playing hockey is fun again for Bailey, the 21-year-old former first-round draft pick who had, until Nov. 24, known nothing but the NHL in his professional career. He’s got five goals and 14 points in nine games for Bridgeport, which is 5-1-3 in the games Bailey’s played.

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  Tags: josh+bailey

The Building Blocks Of USA Hockey

from Andrew Podnieks of Slap Shot,

It takes several seconds to say United States national team development program, but you can also say U.S.N.T.D.P. or even just N.T.D.P., which is still a bit of a tongue-twister. But the long and the short of it is that this program, operating in the shadows of Michigan Stadium which just last week attracted a world-record crowd to a hockey game, is the main reason why the United States is favored to win gold at the upcoming world under-20 (junior) championship in Buffalo and Lewiston, N.Y. Check that — not just favored to win a gold medal, but to repeat as gold medalists.

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Official Big Chil Numbers Not Known Yet

from the Detroit News,

A record-setting crowd attended the outdoor hockey game at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, according to Guinness World Records.

The question now is: What will be the official attendance count?

When Michigan defeated Michigan State 5-0, the university announced an unofficial crowd of 113,411 in the third period. That figure easily broke the old record for highest attendance at an ice hockey game, set when 77,803 attended this year’s International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship game in Germany.

Still, Guinness record manager Mike Janela, who attended Saturday’s game, said in an e-mail to The Detroit News on Tuesday he still was awaiting the official number.

“We are still awaiting further information, such as verified lists of other eligible, non-ticketed spectators such as the marching bands and special guests of the university,” Janela said. “As such, we do not have a final official number yet and, unfortunately, may not for a couple more weeks as we await everything.

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Phoenix Prospect Talks “Big Chill”

from Dave Vest of Coyotes.com,

“The Big Chill” was really cool.

That’s how Coyotes prospect Chris Brown explained his experience on Saturday when he and his teammates at the University of Michigan hosted rival Michigan State in an outdoor game staged at the Big Ten school’s storied football stadium in Ann Arbor….

“I didn’t think there was going to be 113,000 people at the game,” said Brown, a sophomore forward whom the Coyotes selected with the 36th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. “I thought we’d get 100,000 but I didn’t project over that. I thought the cold weather would keep some people away, but there was actually 113,411 people and you could feel all of them there. When we scored, fireworks went off and you just heard this roar from all the fans.”

Brown said it was a special day on campus.

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Nabokov No Longer In The KHL

from TSN,

Goalie Evgeni Nabokov has been released from his contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian KHL due to what the team is calling “family circumstances”.

The announcement was made on the SKA St. Petersburg website on Monday.

The former San Jose Sharks netminder was 8-8-5 in 22 games this season, with a save percentage of .888 and a 3.02 GAA. He played in the team’s most recent game on Friday, and was pulled after giving up a pair of goals against Nizhny Novgorod during a 5-2 loss.

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News from the Farm: 12/13/10

Later today, on the newest episode of The Bolts Beat, we’ll discuss (among other things) Linus Omark’s unorthodox shootout goal that beat the Lightning on Friday night. Those that have been following the show (and my work) for some time might be surprised to find that I have no problem with what the Oiler rookie did whatsoever. The complaining that ensued thereafter, however, didn’t exactly get my full pledge of approval.

For the rest of my take, and those of my two co-hosts, listen in later today after the show’s been posted.

Now then, onto the farm report:

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Were You At The Big Chill?

Did you tailgate, get cold or stay warm?

How was the view of the game?

What one thing will be a ‘never forget moment’?

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Report: Sabres, Tourism Group At Odds Over WJHC Fan Services

From WGRZ-TV:

BUFFALO, N.Y.—The World Junior’s Hockey Tournament will bring thousands of fans to Western New York from all over the world but it seems the local tourist organization will not be offering services to fans, as they have in the past.

The Buffalo Niagara Conventions and Visitors Bureau was at the forefront of the NCAA Tournament held in March here in Western New York, offering informative maps of local hot spots, Twitter updates about transportation delays and volunteers on each corner downtown to point fans where they needed to go. 2 On Your Side is told that because the World Junior’s is an event bid on by the Buffalo Sabres, the CVB will not have an active role in the 11 day hockey tournament.

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  Tags: 2010+world+junior+ice+hockey+championships, buffalo+niagara+conventions+and+visitors+bureau, buffalo+sabres, wgrz

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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