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from the IHL,
The International Hockey League is proud to announce that Muskegon Lumberjack right wing Robin Bouchard netted his 683rd career goal to become the all-time minor league goal scoring leader this evening (yesterday). Bouchard passes former Bloomington PrairieThunder forward Don Parsons (682), who has not played since the 2008-09 season. The record breaking goal was Bouchard’s 56th of the 09-10 season.
continued and you can watch goal 683 below…
thanks to a KK member for the links
The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has selected the 16 teams that will be participating in the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.
The championship playoff format involves four predetermined regional sites with four teams assigned to each site. The four regional winners advance to the Men’s Frozen Four. The entire championship uses a single-elimination format.
Automatic qualification privileges are granted to the postseason champions of six conferences. The remainder of the field is selected at large.
Miami University (Ohio) was the No. 1 overall seed. The other No. 1 seeds, in order, included the University of Denver, the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Boston College.
The dates, sites, times and pairings of this year’s championship are as follows:
Thanks to Jeff Marek of CBC pointing this out on Twitter..
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
A new season within the NHL is upon us, one that does not get the same kind of media attention as that other free-agent season that starts July 1.
Unfortunately, thanks to changes in the last collective agreement that are only now being felt, the U.S. college free-agent signing season, which starts in early March as the college season ends, is expected to get progressively less important in the next few years.
While teams are still hoping to sign the next Andy McDonald or Chris Kunitz or Mason Raymond or Tyler Bozak, there will be fewer college free agents because more and more Canadian and U.S. 18-year-olds, headed for the National Collegiate Athletic Association instead of the Canadian junior ranks, are being taken in the NHL entry draft.
from Diego Vasquez of MediaLife,
Minor league baseball teams are known for their outrageous promotions, such as bobbing for onions night, dress like a baby night and nickel beer night.
In the cold winter months, when baseball is in hibernation, minor league hockey teams take up their mantle, giving advertisers a chance to reach an audience made up mostly of families by sponsoring these silly but fun contests.
Advertising at minor league games is much more affordable for marketers than advertising at the pro level. And more families attend these games because it’s a lot cheaper than going to NHL contests.
The minor leagues are also much less stringent in their advertising guidelines than top-level sports leagues, meaning advertisers can get very creative.
continued (not your normal KK topic, but an interesting read)...
from George Malik of Snapshots,
Red Wings GM Ken Holland suggested to the Free Press’s Helene St. James that it’s entirely possible that Jiri Hudler may have an out-clause in his contract with Dynamo Moscow, and could choose to utilize it to return to Detroit after this season. As far as I know, Wings coach Mike Babcock has indeed kept in contact with Hudler, and his teammates have at least called from time to time to check in on him.
Dynamo’s still recovering from a stunning first-round ouster at the hands of Spartak, a fellow Moscow club, but Sport-Express’s Andrei Kuznetsov reports that, at this point, it’s former Red Wings defenseman Danny Markov and Swedish imports Linus Omark and Johan Harju are taking the vast majority of the flak for the team’s disappointing performance.
read on as George breaks down the KHL and has other Wings related news…
from Mike Devlin of the Victoria Times Colonist,
(Bill) Cosby, who played football and ran track for his alma mater, Philadelphia’s Temple University, also had good things to say about the men’s gold-medal contest — and one person in particular.
“It was a good match. (When the U.S. side tied it up), I know Canadians must have been saying, ‘Oh, God, here we go.’ And it didn’t happen, thanks to a kid named Sidney Crosby.”
Cosby was in California on business when Sid the Kid scored the winner in a 3-2 victory over the U.S. Later that night, while watching news reports about the game, Cosby said he was saddened by the slant of the coverage.
“I’m watching a guy do the sports, and he said, ‘How can we lose to a country that has fewer people than the state of California?’ He was mad and he couldn’t take it. They don’t know how to behave. That’s your sport.”
read on for Cosby’s view on the post game celebration by the Canadian women…
from NHL Auctions,
USA Hockey and the MeiGray Group, “The Official Game-Worn Source of USA Hockey” have teamed so that fans across the globe for the first time ever can acquire authenticated, game-worn jerseys and other game-used and autographed items from the Men’s and Women’s U.S. Olympic Teams, Men’s and Women’s U.S. World Championship Teams, U.S. teams that have competed in the World Junior Championship, and much, much more.
Proceeds will benefit the USA Hockey Foundation.
read more and place your bids on items like Ryan Miller’s sweater going for $5000.
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.
RussianHockeyFans has a full explanation.
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