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from the Red Deer Advacate,
Twenty-two years after being hired on as a rookie hockey coach, Mike Babcock returned to the Red Deer College fold on Tuesday morning.
In front of more than 800 people at the Capri Centre Exhibition Hall, Babcock — recent coach of the gold medal-winning men’s hockey team in the Winter Olympics and current coach of the Detroit Red Wings — was the featured speaker of the seventh annual Red Deer College Kings and Queens Scholarship Breakfast.
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from Jason Remillard of the Republican at MassLive,
It’s been 15 years since Donald Brashear lived the life of a minor league hockey player, chartering buses instead of jets to get from game to game.
Usually players making $1.4 million per year don’t take too kindly to going back to the American Hockey League. Brashear is not one of those players. The 38-year-old was sent down to the Hartford Wolf Pack by the parent New York Rangers on Feb. 12 and has infused the Hartford locker room with veteran leadership.
“I’m just coming to play my game,” Brashear said after the Wolf Pack defeated the Springfield Falcons 4-2 on Friday at the MassMutual Center. “I’m a physical player. Sometimes you need to get physical, sometimes you don’t.”
via the CP at TSN,
Sidney Crosby’s missing stick and glove have been found.
Hockey Canada says Crosby’s missing Olympic equipment were misplaced rather than stolen.
Crosby’s stick was accidentally placed in a shipment bound for the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in St. Petersburg, Russia, that ended up getting intercepted in Toronto.
And one of his gloves was put in a bag belonging to Patrice Bergeron, who sat beside him in the locker-room.
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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Maybe Sidney Crosby is a fan of Jay’s or maybe he was upset at not being invited to Dave’s Super Bowl bash with Oprah, but folks around the NHL sure would be interested in learning even one of No. 87’s reasons for rejecting David Letterman’s invitation to host his Top Ten while the Golden Boy was in New York this week.
Upon learning of the snub, Slap Shots was told that this wasn’t the first time Crosby, who last year declined to appear on NBC’s “Today” show following Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup victory, had rejected a request from Letterman’s “Late Show.”
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from Jerry Green at the Detroit News,
So it was that Roenick, employed by NBC as hired mouth, who stated before last Sunday’s Canada-USA gold medal final: “This is the most important hockey game in history.”
He said it twice, to millions of viewers in the USA—a huge percentage watching a hockey game for the first time in their lives.
It was one of those frequent moments when I wanted to throw a brick through my television screen.
Jeremy Roenick was 2 years old in 1972, probably learning to skate on double runners. He did not have the privilege—the honor—of witnessing the most important hockey game in history.
This one was not for an Olympic gold medal. Rather it was a battle between diverse ways of life.
It was Democracy vs. Communism. During the heat of the Cold War.
Our guys against theirs in a battle of symbols….
In Michigan it was getting toward twilight. The TV flickered—and I sat in my family room transfixed. The Canadian telecast flowed across the border, over Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River.
And somehow, the boisterous cheering became international—reverberating across Lake St. Clair.
Elliotte Friedman of HNIC interviews Brian Burke and discusses both Team USA and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
from Todd Davis of the Dallas Morning News,
Ken Hitchcock, the Stanley Cup-winning coach of the Dallas Stars for seven seasons, spoke with Mike Rhyner and Corby Davidson of The Ticket’s Hardline after his stint as an assistant with Team Canada during the Olympics.
He was asked how winning the gold medal compares to a Stanley Cup.
“I’ve said this from Day 1, nothing compares to the Stanley Cup. This is a great award for the country; it’s a great award for Canada, but nothing compares to the Stanley Cup.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
It’s not the Hope Diamond, but the Crosby Reebok could still fetch a handsome reward for the person who has the stick used to score the golden goal for Canada in men’s hockey at the Winter Olympics last Sunday.
The stick Crosby flung in the air is missing, presumably snaffled by someone with access to the ice or dressing rooms at Hockey Canada Place in Vancouver.
While Hockey Canada searches diligently for the historic artifact, private collectors are salivating at the prospect the stick may somehow come into the market. Brian Logie is an historian of sticks who maintains one of the top private stick collections in his London, Ont., home.
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