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via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Pavol Demitra has signed a one-year contract with Yaroslavl of the KHL, agent Matt Keator confirms to ESPN.com
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The Manitoba Moose seem to have reached the conclusion they should begin considering life after Mike Keane.
Keane, Moose captain for the past five seasons, hangs in limbo these days, waiting to hear if he’ll be given the chance to play one more season.
After 22 years of pro hockey and at 43 years old, the fire still burns for Keane.
But this decision doesn’t lie just with the player. Management has to be a willing partner for the dance to continue.
So far, the Moose have had very little to say on the subject. Presumably, they are weighing their options on what Moose GM Craig Heisinger calls an “organizational decision.” In other words, the GM alone won’t be making the call on Keane’s future.
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has announced the host sites for the 2013 and 2014 Men’s Frozen Four. Pittsburgh, Pa., will host the 2013 Men’s Frozen Four at the Consol Energy Center, while Philadelphia, Pa., will serve as the host for the 2014 championship at the Wachovia Center.
The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Houston Aeros today named Darryl Sydor and Brian Wiseman as the Aeros’ Assistant Coaches. Sydor and Wiseman join Aeros Head Coach Mike Yeo in coaching the Wild’s AHL prospects. Sydor spent 10 of his 18 NHL seasons playing for the Dallas Stars and has won a pair of Stanley Cups. Wiseman teamed with Yeo to help the Aeros win the International Hockey League’s Turner Cup in the 1998-99 season.
Sydor, 38 (5/13/72), retires after 18 NHL seasons and 1,291 games to join the Aeros coaching staff. Sydor spent the 2009-10 season playing with the St. Louis Blues.
from Jon Swenson of SharksPage,
Less than 2 years after a record 435 teams competed in the 2008 NARCh Finals at the Silvercreek Sportsplex in San Jose, the North American Roller Hockey Championship returns with a 2010 edition that again could feature more than 400 teams. “Foreign teams have been an important part of the NARCh Finals and we expect more than ever this year,” NARCh president Daryn Goodwin told California Rubber Magazine last month. “Since California has a bigger base of teams than any other state, we expect a large turnout for the Finals this year.”
from John Paris, Jr. of Boxscore News,
It is time to shut down some myths and old stereotypical mentality of the past which remains alive.
First of all, ignorance has no colour! A case in point, ever since the airing of the hockey show,“Blacks in Hockey” where former and current NHL Black hockey players were the guests, Ray Neufeld, PK Subban, Tony McKegney, and Jamal Mayers resulted in negative comments, particularly from Whites.
As a Black man with a hockey pedigree, the most surprising and disturbing revelation was, this panel of Black participants did not know “their own” hockey history. To add more fuel to the fire, it goes without saying the remark by Ray Neufeld of “being more white than black” leaves one to wonder if mirrors exist in his world. His comment, or lack of diversity training, regardless of the intent made some waves among many of my white acquaintances, in newspaper commentaries, and in website blogs comments.
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
The shock of Bob Probert’s unexpected passing is still rippling through the hockey world, but there are already plans in motion to honour the former NHLer.
The Windsor Minor Hockey Association, where Probert first learned to play the game, held a meeting Wednesday in which honoring the Lakeshore resident was a main topic of business.
“There’s a number of things were looking at doing, but I think one of the things for sure we’ll do is rename our Christmas Novice Tournament in his honour,” said WMHA president Dean Lapierre, who said Probert quietly made several charitable contributions to the organization over the years….
John Hahn, the Detroit Red Wings senior director of communications, said the NHL team is also going through the process of trying to figure out the best way to honour one of the most popular players in club history.
Though he spent seven of his 16 NHL seasons with Chicago, Probert is best known for his years in Detroit.
“It’s still very preliminary at this point, but there have been discussions on what we can do,” Hahn said. “We’ll definitely do something, but we want to the right thing.
via Jay Gold tweet,
CONFIRMED: SKA St. Petersburg (#KHL) - (G) Evgeni Nabokov - 4 years - $6 M. per season
from Lindsay Kramer at NHL.com,
Joey MacDonald knows exactly where the goaltending standards are set in his return to the net in Grand Rapids.
He’s the one who put most of them there in the first place.
MacDonald, 30, signed with the Detroit organization last week after three seasons away from his comfort zone with the Griffins. From 2002 to 2007 he set numerous franchise marks, including career shutouts (16), games played by a goaltender in a season (66 in 2004-05), wins in a season (tied, 34 in 2004-05), shutouts in a season (tied, 6 in 2003-04), and single-season save percentage (.936 in 2003-04). He is second in career wins (88) and saves (4,251).
“I’m setting the bar pretty high for myself. I have great expectations,” MacDonald said. “I’m going to go in there and keep fighting. It doesn’t matter how old you are. It may work out, it may not. But going in, I love to be there. I’m excited to be going back, and that’s a great start for me.”
Here in the Detroit area, temps are in the mid-90s and humidity is high.
So to try to keep you cool, sit back and watch Pond Hockey below.
Note, I believe Hulu.com still only allows US IPs to watch their movies but I could be wrong.
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