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from Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat and Chronicle,
In the course of winning 19 of 24 games for the Rochester Americans, (Alexander) Salak has found it appropriate to and/or managed to:
- Kiss a cross bar in the waning minutes of a one-goal victory;
- Flip his mask into the air to celebrate Keaton Ellerby’s hat trick in November;
- Mock a goal judge’s errant call by pretending to wash the Plexiglas;
- Drop-kick the puck some 40 feet down the ice during the All-Star Game;
- Enrage fans in Syracuse with an overzealous victory celebration in November, prompting security personnel to usher him out a side door to the waiting team bus;
- Acknowledge the applause of fans at the All-Star Game by waving to them during play.
“You want to put on a show for people,” Salak said.
from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,
Cherry was just getting warmed up when the conversation veered in another direction, one the Post had pursued in a recent article about Hnat Domenichelli.
Domenichelli, a world junior gold medal winner with Canada in 1996, has secured a Swiss passport and a ticket to play for his, ahem, adopted homeland in Vancouver. Citizens of convenience run counter to the Olympic spirit, or so this writer argued. Domenichelli was being selfish, and opportunistic, and doing a paper shuffle to deny a poor Swiss kid a spot on the Olympic roster.
Cherry did not buy that argument. Or he did, and he did not. He said it did not go far enough. He said a “Lefty” writer would never say what really needed to be said: that the problem was not opportunism, but Canada itself.
“It is our multi-cultural upbringing,” he said. “Seriously. You think an American would do that? It is our multi-cultural background. We are taught that Canada is not important. I sound like a racist, because I come out and say we are the best and all that, and somehow I am a racist. There is no way an American would ever do that. It’s your country first, and the love of your country. The only ones that really love our country are the soldiers. Do you think those guys, if they were going to play hockey, that they would play against Canada? Never.”
more from Don…
from Sarah Boesveld of the Globe and Mail,
For about $25 an hour, Bruce Tennant has taken countless verbal slams and one physical attack that saw him haul a man to court.
“Yeah, I’ve been intentionally hit,” says the 49-year-old Toronto hockey referee, recalling a men’s rec league game in the early 1990s. The player was booted from the ice after one too many penalties. He came back for revenge – right at the neck of Mr. Tennant.
“He followed me across the ice and cross-checked me in the back of the head with his stick,” says the seasoned ref, who’s sported the stripes since he was 14 years old. “I wasn’t injured, but he was found guilty and was given a suspended sentence.”
The job can be thankless, especially in beer leagues where refs are paid far less than those who do official league games.
Bob McKenzie’s Tweet last night…
Memo to NHL: If u r going to do that showboat shootout at all-star, invite Nino Niedereitter. He just scored a beauty in CHL skills event.
from RDS (translated)
The stay of Patrice Cormier with the Rouyn-Noranda took an odd tangent Sunday afternoon at the Dave Keon Arena.
Forward originally from Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick, who was playing his third game only with the Huskies, was expelled from the meeting at 3:32 of the overtime period for giving a blow to the head of defender Ramparts Mikael Tam.
The force of the impact was such that the back left the ice in convulsions on a stretcher. However, Tam is out of danger and in stable condition in hospital. He suffered a brain head trauma and lost some teeth. He will remain under observation for at least 48 hours.
added 9:49am, via a Tweet from Bob McKenzie,
This Cormier elbow is sickening on so many levels. I have never been so discouraged about the game of hockey as now.
from the CP at CBC,
The accomplishments of some Canadian athletes at the 2010 Winter Games may be overshadowed because of the attention on the men’s hockey team, a multiple Olympic medallist said Friday.
Senator Nancy Greene Raine, who won gold and silver medals at the 1968 Winter Olympics, said hockey is such a huge part of the Canadian culture it sometimes pushes other sports out of the picture.
“I always felt it was good to be a female athlete because you were never compared against the hockey superstars,” Greene Raine told a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Vancouver board of trade.
“There is no doubt in my mind a lot of great Canadian male amateur athletes, Olympic athletes, what they’ve done has not been properly recognized because they are not hockey players. That is something you have to live with as a Canadian.
More on the Eugene Xtreme Calendar
Peter Forsberg’s Olympic participation may be in jeopardy.
The two-time Stanley Cup champion, who was named to the Swedish Olympic team last month suffered a setback this week in his rehab for injured ribs.
Forsberg, who has been playing for Modo of the Swedish Elite League, was expected to make a comeback on Thursday against Farjestad, however he left the ice half-way through Wednesday’s training session.
The team issued a statement saying that the 2003 Hart Trophy winner will not be playing this week or next.
I see that many people are worried because of my decline in productivity. But the season is long and everybody has slowdowns. Do not worry I will be in my best form by the Olympics and I hope I will not let my country down.
-Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Team Russia. More from Malkin at RussiaToday.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Nearly 30 years ago, Mike Eruzione captained the United States to a most unexpected Olympic gold medal.
In Vancouver next month, Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner will try to lead the U.S. to its first Olympic gold in men’s ice hockey since then.
As expected, Langenbrunner was named the captain of the 2010 U.S. Olympic team in a teleconference this afternoon. Devils left wing Zach Parise, ex-Devils Brian Rafalski, Nashville’s Ryan Suter and Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown will be the alternate captains.
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