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From The Hockey News,
The Hockey News.com has learned Washington Capitals star Alexander Semin has been kicked off the Russian national team, prompting Semin’s agent to refer to the fiasco as, “the most bizarre situation I’ve ever experienced in hockey, ever.”
Mark Gandler, who represents Semin, said the Russian team’s decision to remove Semin from the team because he arrived hours after the team’s first practice was unreasonable and far too harsh.
“I don’t understand it…there is no explanation for it,” Gandler said. “Alexander did nothing wrong, but even if he had, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.”
USA Hockey today named the first 18 players to its U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Moscow, Russia, April 27-May 13.
“We’ve got a good mix of players with World Championship experience and younger players who will likely be a part of our program for years to come,” said Jim Johannson, senior director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “Our National Team Advisory Group has done an outstanding job in selecting players who we feel will excel in international competition.”
Mats Sundin has turned down an invitation to play for Sweden at the world hockey championship in Russia.
“It’s sad, but I can understand his decision,” coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson said Thursday.
The 36-year-old Sundin, whose Toronto Maple Leafs missed the NHL playoffs, was one of the key players on Sweden’s team last year when it won the Olympic gold medal.
Alexander Steen of the Leafs is the only NHL player who has accepted an invitation to play for Sweden so far, but several others are expected to join the squad.
Huge games and some don’t get hurt games, but hockey all day.
Don’t forget the NCAA Hockey Championship game on ESPN at 7:00pm EDT tonight.
from the New York Times,
Thanks in large measure to Lerg, a 5-foot-6 sophomore, the Spartans (25-13-3) have advanced to their first N.C.A.A. Division I hockey championship game since 1987. They play Boston College (29-11-1) on Saturday in the Frozen Four final at the Scottrade Center.
But Lerg has, as he describes it, “a ton of allergies,” most seriously to nuts. That resulted in a scary situation last year at the N.C.A.A. East Regionals. Two bites into a dish of pasta with marinara sauce, Lerg began to feel his breathing constrict. He hurriedly left the restaurant and returned to the hotel to give himself an injection to counteract the reaction.
Get the scoop on both teams as they prepare to play Saturday night at 7:00pm EDT.
from the Excalibur, York University’s newspaper,
Minor league teams and big leagues generally do not publicly divulge players’ salaries, but their rules pertaining to minimum wage and salary caps are made public. How much do these guys earn? Let’s have a look.
In professional hockey, the top-level minor league in North America (unofficially called “AAA level”) is the American Hockey League (AHL). Some of you may know that the Toronto Maple Leafs rookies, the Marlies and two more Canadian AHL teams (the Bulldogs and the Manitoba Moose) have homes in Hamilton and Winnipeg.
Several players in this league are on two-way contracts, which mean that their salary depends on whether they play in the NHL or the AHL. For players who sign such contracts, whose terms are often publicly disclosed by the NHL parent club, their AHL salary is usually between $50,000 and $75,000.
For those who are on an AHL-only contract, the league’s minimum salary for the 2006-07 season was $44,000 ($35,000 US), and $27,000 US for players on loan from lesser leagues, in addition to the per diem allowances to cover certain expenses while on the road.
The average salary in the league is said to be around $50,000 to $55,000; not bad compared to any other job, but still a far cry from what a typical NHL star earns.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
For one of the rare times in his career, Sergei Fedorov won’t be participating in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The World Championships are in Moscow, offering Fedorov the rare chance to represent his homeland on home ice.
At 37, there aren’t going to be many more chances to play for Russia in Russia and Fedorov admits, it’s an intriguing scenario.
“It’s not something I’ve really discussed with the media, but it’s a possibility,” Fedorov said before his Columbus Blue Jackets lost 3-0 to the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.
A romantic possibility to be sure, but Fedorov is hedging.
Thinking with his heart has caused Fedorov nothing but heartache in the past.
From OurSports Central,
The American Hockey League announced today the individual team winners of the American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year awards, given to one player from each AHL member team for his outstanding contributions to his local community and charitable organizations during the 2006-07 season.
From this list of 27 finalists, representatives from American Specialty and the AHL will choose the winner of the 2006-07 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award.
The AHL’s annual Man of the Year award is named after the late Yanick Dupre, who died in August 1997 at the age of 24, following a 16-month battle with leukemia. Dupre, an AHL All-Star in 1995, played four seasons with the Hershey Bears, registering 169 points in 207 AHL games. He also skated in 35 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers.
continued… a list of the best of the best of the AHL’s good guys
from the McKight Journal,
Some local hockey fans were holding their breath because of the unstable situation of the Pittsburgh Penguins, while others were doing so to get a hearty workout.
Every Tuesday night, some extreme hockey fans gather at the Pine-Richland pool to partake in a friendly, yet exhilarating game of underwater hockey.
The premise of the game is much like its on ice counterpart. Teams of three to six players try to hit a puck made of brass and teflon across the bottom of the deep end (12 feet) of the pool into one of the two of the 1.5 foot goals on either end of the deep part. The goals are made of weighted angle iron, but sometimes get jostled around during the action according to long-time player Deb Rammage.
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