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from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,
This is the story of Brandon “Sugar” Sugden and his dad, Travis.
You may recall last year how the 6-foot-4, 233-pound tough guy tried out for the New York Islanders. He didn’t make it but still went to the AHL and played for the Hartford Wolfpack.
Spoke to his dad last night, who told me the former St. Mike’s Buzzer is leaving next week to try out for the Washington Capitals—and has signed with their AHL team, the Hershey Bears.
“He’s 31 years old and still trying to get there,” says a proud Travis, who’s also battling his terminal cancer to hang around to see their mutual dream of seeing Brandon play at least one regular-season NHL game.
from Daphne Cameron of Cyberpresse (translated),
The goaltender Jonathan Boutin was savagely attacked in an alley in the city of Perm in the Ural Region, August 29. Before his departure he had signed a one year contract with the team who plays in the second division.
But upon his arrival in Russian soil this week, managers of the club told him that they finally had enough money to pay. The hockey player of 24 years then took steps to return to Quebec.
Visibly shocked, the victim’s father has refused to grant an interview to The Press of fear that the media coverage of the case would put the life of her son in danger
Thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times,
I.I.H.F. President René Fasel managed to strike a delicate balance at his news conference in Moscow on Tuesday, praising Russian hockey-fan-in-chief Vladimir Putin and the K.H.L. while at the same time asserting that the league must honor player contracts, and expressing resistance to the N.H.L. while at the same time vowing cooperation with it.
“In general, I like the K.H.L., and I think that the idea of pan-European leagues is smart, but I still say that national federations and leagues have to live by the same rules,” Fasel said in describing a meeting he had with Putin, an outspoken advocate of K.H.L. expansion into Scandinavia and Central Europe.
“I will never allow the absorption of the weak by the strong,” Fasel said.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
What was going through the mind of that brilliant strategist Mike Babcock this week, while he was skating players hard on the first day of his Team Canada Olympic orientation camp in Calgary?
Talk about brain cramps from one of hockey’s more obnoxious coaches – and we haven’t heard a single person question that serious lack of judgment.
Most of Babcock’s players hadn’t seen a pair of skates – much less laced them up – since last spring. True, Simon Gagne had been skating for two weeks. But he wasn’t skating hard.
Is it any wonder Gagne tweaked his right groin?
Good thing they had insurance, huh? Just to protect the players from Babcock.
continued & more topics too…
from Patrick Maloney of the London Free Press,
A big NHL name — as in six-foot-three and 235 pounds — has been added to the London Knights lineup for Saturday night’s Euro Can Cup game against Munich.
Todd Bertuzzi, the veteran NHLer who recently signed with Detroit, is driving to London from his Kitchener home for tonight’s game — and possibly Monday night’s tournament final.
“Putting Todd Bertuzzi on the ice is an incredible addition,” said Pat Curcio, who organized the tournament that features three European squads and a team featuring Knights alumni and other NHLers.
continued (story seems to have been pulled from the London Free Press, link now directs to a 404 page)
update 5:39pm, New link found, now working again.
Watch Team Canada’s Red/White scrimmage tonight starting at 7pm MT (9pm ET).
added 8:25pm, My understanding this will be more of a scrimmage than a game. Some 4 on 4 play and other things will be tossed in too.
from Justin A. Cohn of the Journal Gazette,
Dennis Hextall, who played in the NHL for 13 seasons, has been offered the post as commissioner of the International Hockey League, he and a league source confirmed Thursday afternoon.
“He’s a Type A personality. He’s a very focused, intense individual. He doesn’t move on anywhere until it’s done. If it’s not done right, he doesn’t care what the name is on the back, where you’re from or who you play for. You got to do the job. When he says you’ve got to play 200 feet, you got to play 200 feet. The game we want to play (in Vancouver) has a lot of pressure in it, a lot of skating in it. There’s no resting on the ice.”
-Ken Hitchcock on Mike Babcock. More on Babcock from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
You can put your money on the fact that the February Games in Vancouver will be the last time the NHL participates in the Olympics.
Expect a reversion to the old formula when collegians and other top amateur players, a la 1960 and 1980, when Uncle Sam won Gold Medals with the likes of Ken Morrow, Mike Eruzione (Winthrop, Mass.), et. al.
Remember this—the Russkies host the 2014 games in Sochi. The way the NHL feels about the KHL stealing of North American stars such as Jiri Hudler and Alexander Radulov, there’s no way Bettman Inc. will want to do any favors for the Europeans.
read on for more hockey observations…
from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,
...partly of his own choosing, the proud Lemaire became the ultimate Hockey Canada outsider. He wasn’t deliberately excluded necessarily, but he was never included.
“If you’re not invited, you’re an outsider,” he said. “You have to be invited to feel you’re in. But I guess you’re not good enough.”
Now, at 63, apparently Lemaire is finally good enough. It was Steve Yzerman who first thought of Lemaire as a possible assistant coach on Mike Babcock’s 2010 Team Canada staff, a concept Babcock quickly endorsed.
“I was surprised,” said Lemaire, who will work alongside Ken Hitchcock and Lindy Ruff. “Mike is probably the only guy who would call me for the job. He said he watched a lot of our tapes, checking our penalty killing because of the success we had, looking at our 1-2-2 and how we play it.
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