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from lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
VIENNA—The rink organist doesn’t dress like Mozart in a powdered wig, but club hockey in Austria is still something special.
Inside the naturally lit Albert Schultz Eishalle, near the Danube River, a slap shot from the centre of Europe’s “most livable city” is the best of both worlds.
The appeal of Viennese culture is obvious, but so is the rapidly improving 10-team Erstebank Liga, which has caught the attention of many on both sides of the Atlantic.
from Loose Change of the Hockey News,
What this Russian team needs is some of what that 1972 Russian team had.
They could use their passion and their determination.
They could use Boris Mikhailov’s wizardry with the puck.
They could use Aleksandr Gusev’s stellar defense.
They could use Valery Kharlamov’s incredible scoring ability.
Not metaphorically, I mean right now. Those guys.
I know one of them is dead and the other two are, what, in their 90s?
It certainly can’t hurt.
Yesterday, the UHL announced their name change from United Hockey League to the International Hockey League, at the league’s annual meeting in Las Vegas. But what might be even more interesting is some rules changes they’ve made for the coming season, including these on matters of penalties:
- The instigator penalty has been eliminated except during the final five minutes of a game.
- In regards to secondary altercations, players will receive a 10-minute misconduct as opposed to a game misconduct.
- If a dive and hook occur on the same play, only one penalty is to be called. Diving takes precedence over hooking in that situation.
The UHL (IHL) has always been known as a rough and tumble league with teams that focused on entertainment as much as winning and it’s interesting to note that their attendance numbers have suffered as fighting was reduced in recent seasons, having adopted the NHL’s new standards. So do these rules changes indicate an interest in turning back the clock? It would seem so.
But while the NHL might not be in a hurry to return to the same standards, they might consider that adjustment to the hook/dive penalty call. I’m guessing a whole LOT of hockey fans would like to see that standard in the NHL.
This morning, Paul had a chance to speak with Las Vegas Wranglers’ co-owner Jonanthan Fleisig about the NHL in Las Vegas. More about Jonathan from the team’s website:
Fleisig, 37, is a New York City native, and is the co-owner of the Las Vegas Wranglers as well as the principal owner and CEO of Flying Puck, LLC (dba Bakersfield Condors). This is Fleisig’s second year in Las Vegas and he is entering his eighth season in Bakersfield. While in the WCHL, Fleisig was a member of the league’s Executive Committee, and actively conducted the assimilation into the ECHL for 2003-04.
Along with his hockey holdings, Fleisig is the sole owner of Flyball, Inc., parent company of his baseball club in the Northeast League. He also sits on the Northeast League Board of Directors during this, his eighth season of ownership in the baseball world.
Jonathan is personally involved with many national charities. The Wranglers plan to mirror that charitable commitment, and his belief that minor league sports provide valuable and responsible assests to the community through involvement in local charitie, schools and civic organizations.
Our thanks to Jonathan for taking the time to share his thoughts with KK readers.
You can download the audio file here, or click on the player below to listen online.
from The Toque,
Hockey is Canada’s greatest game, but it’s also one of the most dangerous, if you exclude fringe sports such as the javelin catch, live grenade hot potato, and grizzly wrestling. You might be surprised to learn that in Canada, one of the top ten causes of death is hockey-related drowning.
It’s chilling, but it’s true. Hockey rinks with indoor-style ice ponds measuring eight feet (2.67 metres) deep or more have accounted for hundreds of drownings since the first ice pond rink was built in Montreal in 1929. (The numbers would be much higher if they thought it necessary to count on-ice officials.)
Because hockey players wear so much heavy equipment, they put more pressure on ice surfaces, increasing the likelihood of breaking through the ice.
from the Leader-Post via the Vancouver Sun,
Only one hockey rivalry is worth $3,900 a pop and that’s Canada/Russia.
But these guys aren’t watching, they’re playing.
Teams of beer-leaguers from Vancouver, Fort McMurray, Alta., and Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., spent almost $4,000 per player to suit up for three games each against senior squads in St. Petersburg and one more in Moscow. And it turns out the trip has actually been priceless.
From Reuters via MSNBC,
A blow to the chest of a young athlete from a ball, or hockey stick, or hard collision with another player, can trigger an irregular heartbeat that leads to sudden death — and commercially available chest protectors don’t do what they’re supposed to do, according to a new report.
“A significant proportion (about 40 percent) of sudden deaths reported in young competitive athletes due to blunt chest blows occur despite the presence of commercially available sports equipment generally perceived as protective,”
The study looked at 182 cases of the deadly irregular heartbeat condition “commotio cordis”. Of the 25 deaths analyzed, hockey injuries caused the majority:
The athletes who suffered fatal blunt chest blows were all male and between 5 and 23 years of age; their average age was 15. Thirteen were hockey players (including one goalie), ten were football players, six were lacrosse players (including three goalies), and three were baseball players (all of them catchers).
The International Ice Hockey Federation is proposing a Champions League format which would pit the top club teams in Europe against each other in a tournament similar to soccer’s Champions League.
The goal is to get the Champions Hockey League off the ground in 2008-09, which coincides with the IIHF’s 100th anniversary.
“This is a vision that we have had for quite some time and started to work actively on for several months,” said IIHF President Rene Fasel.
The eight owners of the Amarillo (Texas) Gorillas professional hockey team have posted it on the Internet eBay auction site to raise capital.
While there is an opening bid of $695,000 posted for the team, one of the owners, Shaughn O’Grady, told the Amarillo Globe-News the club isn’t really being auctioned.
“It’s not a ‘for sale’ sign in the window,” O’Grady said. “But, in order for us to get to where we want to be four or five years down the road, we’ve got to re-capitalize our investment.”
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