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from Harry R. Neilson III of Main Line,
The Main Line will never be known as a bastion of ice hockey; even so, Bala Cynwyd produced one of the most famous hockey players of all time, Hobart Amory Hare (aka Hobey) Baker (1892-1918), whom even the Canadians dubbed, “The King of Hockey.”
Although hockey might have been an unfamiliar sport and a novelty in many parts of our area until the 1960s, it was already well-known among the old-money Main Liners who had played the game in prep school. Many of them became Flyers’ charter season ticket holders.
Until the explosion of American sports culture in the postwar era, ice hockey in the northeastern United States was a game almost exclusively of the schoolboy elite who had attended prestigious New England prep schools like St. Paul’s and Groton.
from World Hockey Summit,
Key topics to be addressed at the Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit include:
• Player Safety and Skill Development Initiatives: Exploring current trends and issues concerning player safety in today’s game; Understanding the need for a long term plan for player development, recruitment and retention; fostering long term participation in the sport at all levels of play
• Junior Development in the World: Assessing the results and figures from IIHF World (U20) Juniors, the Olympics and the NHL Draft; Addressing the developmental shortcomings in elite junior hockey programs and the impact of European migration to the Canadian Junior ranks
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
Today, the Windsor Spitfires reign atop major junior hockey for the second year in succession, and many without even a glimmer of historical significance are ready to anoint them the greatest junior hockey dynasty of all time.
That, it says here, is not the case, though the argument is far from over.
This is a debate that will be years in the settling and in reality, may never be settled, taking into account all of the variables that must be considered.
Comparing sporting eras is never an exact science. In junior hockey, it is especially daunting.
Some of the best junior teams of all time were assembled during the sponsorship years, when NHL teams had working agreements with junior clubs and supplied them with prospects from across the country.
from Andy Blatchford of the CP at the Toronto Star,
The hockey sweater worn during one of Canada’s greatest sporting moments is up for auction.
Paul Henderson wore the battle-scarred, stick-marked jersey when he buried the winning goal in the 1972 Summit Series against the former Soviet Union.
The sweater’s owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a cancer survivor who plans to donate some of the proceeds to charity, said Marc Juteau, president of Classic Auctions, the Montreal-area company handling the sale. Henderson was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia last fall.
“It’s somebody that really cares about what’s going on with Mr. Henderson, somebody who’s been there,” Juteau said
Watch a feature on Henderson below…
from the CP at CBC,
The Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires returned home Monday to a hero’s welcome and a “parade of champions” celebrated by thousands of adoring fans in the city’s core.
The Spitfires became the first team since the 1994-95 Kamloops Blazers to win their second straight Canadian Hockey League title with a 9-1 rout of the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday. Windsor, which made history last spring by becoming the first team ever to win the title after dropping the first two games of the event, took a decidedly different road to the title this time around, finishing the season on a 12-game winning streak, including four straight wins in the Memorial Cup.
Riding two to a car, players rode down the Ouellette Avenue parade route before joining fans for a rally at Dieppe Gardens, located on the bank of the Detroit River.
from Andy Potts a The Moscow News,
But amid the disappointment of defeat, there is some comfort to be drawn from the game for organisers of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.
The competition, which has a clear aim to rival the NHL for supremacy in world hockey, provided some evidence of its quality by supplying eight of the Czech roster – and claiming both goals for the underdogs in the final.
Indeed, on the night the Czechs had more KHL players suited up than the Russian – seven against six – while the big names from North America were mostly under the double-headed eagle.
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Keyed by a relentless offensive effort, the Windsor Spitfires made history, winning their second straight Memorial Cup title with a 9-1 victory against the host Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday at Westman Place.
Taylor Hall, NHL Central Scouting’s second-rated North American prospect for the 2010 Entry Draft, had a goal and 2 assists to finish as the tournament’s leading scorer with 5 goals and 9 points. He became the first player in the 92-year history of Canada’s national junior championship tournament to win consecutive MVP awards.
The Spitfires also became the eighth team ever to win back-to-back titles, and the first since the Kamloops Blazers in 1994-95.
from the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Jaromir Jagr found some new Czech teammates to celebrate a gold medal with.
The veteran forward set up Jakub Klepis just 20 seconds into Sunday’s game and Tomas Vokoun turned aside 35 shots as the Czech Republic captured the IIHF World Hockey Championship with a stunning 2-1 win over Russia.
Jagr expressed concern at the outset of the tournament that the country could be a candidate for relegation because so many NHL players declined an invitation. Not only did the unherladed team go on to win gold, it did so by handing star-studded Russia its first loss in 28 world championship games.
No one could have seen this coming for a Czech hockey program that had seen its men’s national team lose in the quarter-finals of the last four major international tournaments, including the Vancouver Olympics
from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
It’s up to Jaromir Jagr and the unheralded Czechs to try and derail the Russian Express.
The host Germans came awfully close on a dramatic semi-final Saturday, but Pavel Datsyuk scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to give Russia a 2-1 victory — the country’s 27th straight at this tournament.
They’ll be going for a third consecutive world championship gold Sunday against a Czech team that is in the middle of a good run of its own.
In the semifinal against Sweden, Czech defenceman Karel Rachunek tied the game with eight seconds to play before Lukas Kaspar and Jan Marek scored in the shootout to secure a 3-2 victory.
added 3:19pm, Watch the Datsyuk game-winner below…
from Andy Potts of The Moscow News,
Commentators in North America, where the Stanley Cup play-offs are nearing their conclusion, were sniffy about the outcome.
In the Toronto Sun a columnist claimed “nobody out of Europe cares” about a contest which “ranks lower than cricket” and suggested Russia’s excitement over this men-against-boys win might be almost as embarrassing as their Olympic loss.
But, as Bykov put it after the game, a clash between Russia and Canada is never meaningless.
“The Olympics is still incomparable with the World Championships, but in any event this tournament deserves respect and every team wants to win here,” he said.
“Any game between us is an event - if we see Sergei Fedorov fighting on the ice for only the second time in his life, that says it all.”
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