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from Lesley Visser of CBS Sports,
Did you see the pictures of skating at Fenway Park? May your heart be light. It was fantastic, Bobby Orr and Terry O’Reilly gliding past the area Dustin Pedroia usually patrols. And on Jan. 1, when the Bruins play the Flyers at Fenway, the U.S. Olympic Hockey team will be announced.
“We will be young, and Canada, with enormous pressure on Sidney Crosby, will be gunning for the gold,” Mike Eruzione said of the brilliant Canadian center who plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets prospect Nikita Filatov regrets some of the comments he made after leaving the club a month ago, while saying that others were taken out of context.
But the 19-year-old winger, who went home to Russia unhappy after being unable to earn substantial ice time under coach Ken Hitchcock, stands by one of his primary reasons for departing.
“I got my own opinion about Hitch and about what I think he thinks of me,” Filatov wrote in an e-mail to The Dispatch. “I am not going to let everybody know about it. I think it’s pretty clear that he didn’t give (me) a chance and opportunity to prove that I can play.”
I know I am late with this video but thought I would still post it.
Any background you can provide would be appreciated, such as the status of the player, what actually happened, etc…
Swedish referee performs on-ice CPR, saves players life - Watch more Funny Videos
thanks to a KK member for the pointer
from Jeff Angus of DobberHockey,
Canada’s final roster for the upcoming World Juniors has been released. Upon first glance, the 2010 edition of Team Canada lacks some of the firepower that has been on display in recent years. However, there still is a lot of talent and grit at all positions, and Canada has to be considered a favourite as they look to win a record-setting sixth straight gold medal.
read on for a preview of the Canadian team…
Jeff will have the reviews for all the teams involved in the coming days.
Swiss goalie Martin Gerber, who was hospitalized yesterday with a neck injury, underwent advanced examination Monday morning. Fortunately it didn’t confirm the preliminary diagnosis “compression fracture of the fourth cervical vertebra”. According to the new information Gerber has spinal contusion and recovering will take weeks, not months.
I avoided posting information on Gerber’s injury yesterday, I just had a feeling the early reports were not correct. Glad to hear the injury is not as serious as first thought to be.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Is Mike Keane not one of the best sports stories out there?
Keane returns to Denver on Tuesday night to be honored by the Avalanche as part of its Alumni Night series this season. Of course, the Avs had to find a night on the Moose’s schedule when they weren’t playing to get Keane to visit.
Keane is in the middle of his fifth consecutive season with the Moose, playing for chump change after 1,161 games of making NHL money. At this point, Keane really is playing for the love of the game, as it seems hopeless any NHL team will give him another chance.
He has been eyed by many NHL teams, but only as a coach or a front- office guy. But Keane stubbornly resists, believing he can still be of good use to a team in a jersey and skates, not a suit.
I have a lot of great memories as a writer covering Keane. He was always a personal favorite, not just because he gave a great quote — who can forget his “They’re all a bunch of homers” rip on the Red Wings in 1997? — but because he was smart and funny and a merciless needler.
Aaron Vickers of Future Considerations just alerted me about this video. I will let Aaron explain…
Moments ago the Calgary Hitmen scored to kick off the 15th annual Teddy Bear Toss. They set a world record two years ago by tossing 26,919 bears onto the ice. The bears are then donated to various charities in and around Calgary, with players themselves delivering the stuffed animals in some cases.
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
Dave Jackson is used to getting booed and yelled at when he’s at work. It’s part of the job when you’re a referee in the National Hockey League.
“Yelling at the referee has always been part of the game in professional hockey,” Jackson said. “I don’t take exception to it.”
But Jackson does take exception to the verbal abuse he hears young referees taking in minor hockey. Jackson, who lives on the West Island, has been spending more time in local arenas since his NHL season came to a sudden end last month when he tore both the ACL and MCL ligaments in his knee during a game. And he doesn’t like what he has seen and heard from some hockey parents - especially at the lower levels - who take the games far too seriously.
“Sometimes kids (at the lower levels) just fall down and parents are yelling for a penalty to be called,” said Jackson, who has a teenage son who referees minor hockey. “A referee can take away the flow of the game by calling penalties that aren’t penalties.
from the CP at TSN,
Former NHL star Slava Fetisov took to the ice with CSKA Moscow on Friday, subjecting his 51-year-old body to the pounding of a competitive Continental Hockey League game.
“It’s a very good game,” a sweaty Fetisov said in televised comments after the first period with the game deadlocked at 0-0. “Both teams are playing at maximum speed. The game is very intense.”
added 4:35pm, TSN has updated the link and Fetisov says he does not plan to continue playing.
This is the reason I didn’t really promote his return, I just had a feeling it was a one game shot.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The greatest American player to ever don the blades will not jump at any NHL offer. It will depend. Or so he says.
“No, it wouldn’t make sense to be honest with you,” said Chelios. “It would have to be the right situation. I guess unless Detroit came to me if they sustained more significant injuries. I’d have to think about it. But I’m enjoying myself here. As bad as I want to play in the NHL, I want to play. That’s the main thing.”
He’s had NHL nibbles. The Phoenix Coyotes took a look at him last month when they were beset by injuries, but Chelios decided not to go that route. And there was another NHL team with serious interest.
“I had one pretty good [NHL] offer and decided not to take it,” said Chelios.
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