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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Steve Downie appears to have settled in as an irascible forward with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Akim Aliu is playing major-junior hockey as a Chicago Blackhawks’ draft pick. As for OHL commissioner David Branch, there are always new challenges to confront, issues to address.
But for Moe Mantha, moving on hasn’t been so easy. For him, the past is never far from the present. He walks into a rink and people recognize him as the former Windsor Spitfires general manager and head coach who was floored by a hazing incident and fight involving Downie and Aliu, only to be suspended by Branch.
It happened three years ago, but for the past two Mantha hasn’t been able to find another job in hockey. He calls teams, including NHL teams, looking for a coaching position and some get back to him, some don’t. Off the record, outsiders offer a consoling take: “Moe’s a good guy and all, but the Windsor thing is hard to get past.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
We’ve got an update for you on one of our “in-limbo” guys we wrote about this past November. Veteran center Bryan Smolinski will join a minor league team next week in an effort to revive his career.
He’ll check in Monday with the Port Huron Icehawks of the International Hockey League. Will it lead to a return to the NHL? Who knows.
“I have an open mind. I’m not expecting any miracles,” Smolinski told ESPN.com on Thursday. “An opportunity presented itself. A friend of mine [Chris Bogas] plays there. It was a conversation we had, ‘Would you like to play?’ and I said, ‘You know what? Yeah.’ I’m healthy again, I feel good. I’ve been working out and skating.”
from the Times Union,
Three players and employees of the Albany River Rats were seriously injured this morning after their team bus slid in snow and rolled on the Massachusetts Turnpike just before 3:30 a.m., Massachusetts State Police said.
The injured people are a mix of players and team employees, River Rats coach Jeff Daniels said, but declined to identify any of them until families can be contacted.
Police describe the injures as serious, but Daniels said they did not appear to be life threatening.
“We were very fortunate and lucky,” Daniels said.
from David Staples at The Cult of Hockey ,
Jiri Slegr – remember him? – might be ending his career … and not the way he’d like it to end.
In a game against Liberec in the Czech top league, Extraliga, the Litvinov stalwart fell down on the ice with about 90 seconds to go to the final buzzer. Fully conscious, but unable to move, he was carried on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance and taken promptly to a hospital in Most, to be transferred later to a bigger hospital in Usti nad Labem.
“My back and legs stopped working all of a sudden” Slegr recalled in a conversation with the idnes.cz web site. “As my legs turned off, I fell. I felt pain both in my head and my legs, I knew I was down, and I was terribly scared. One never knows what’s going on inside.”
Maybe it was fighting while wearing a pink hockey jersey!!! It happened in a game when the Belfast Giants took on the.Nottingham Panthers.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail at CTV Olympics,
Hockey Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee are back to being one, big, happy family. The two sides have settled their months-old differences and come to an agreement on what jersey the men’s and women’s hockey teams should wear at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. While the COC had previously declined to support Hockey Canada’s traditional jersey, the one with a silhouetted player skating inside a red-and-black maple leaf, it agreed Saturday to submit a modified version to the International Olympic Committee.
from Justin Bourne at The Hockey News,
As I sit here and type this, my jaw is in four pieces. I’m equipped with two plates, 10 screws and a bottom row of teeth that would rival the finest set in any backwoods pub in England. I’m a hockey player, and this is my life.
My dad, Bob Bourne, was a hockey player, and a pretty good one. He won four Stanley Cups with the Islanders back in the dynasty days and has his name is in the rafters at Nassau Coliseum. I’m pretty sure it was his name they were raising; it was tough to see from the huge shadow I’m in. At least I have the option of being a professional clown with these huge unfilled shoes of his.
But really, I never tried to fill them. In fact, I was never married to hockey. If hockey were a girl, I’m fairly certain I could go to court and get a restraining order. Hey, I just liked it. Maybe I led it on a bit with the late night games and the odd early morning rendezvous, but it knew what we were.
On this snowy day in southeast Michigan, how will you be celebrating HDIM?
For a list of events, check out CCHA.com.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, .
..Even Steve Yzerman, the team’s executive director, confirmed as much. When asked about the scrutiny and attention, even a year away, he said he’s been monitoring the coverage on television and the Internet and doesn’t mind it at all.
“It’s a good thing that people are interested,” said Yzerman. “I love sitting and listening to people’s opinions on who should be there and who should be coaching and this and that. More information is good.”
That’s just as well, since the discussion will continue right up until the team is selected – early December is the projection, which would give the organizers enough time to do accreditation, security checks, drug tests and deal with all the minutiae in terms of protocols that come into play when preparing for a competition of this magnitude.
Of all the questions percolating about the roster selections, the most intriguing may revolve around the availability of Scott Niedermayer.
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