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From Arthur Staple at Newsday:
“It was just a real important time in my life,” [Sean Avery] said today. “Just one of those things where I took some time to sit back and help myself become a better person. It was amazing. It was something that was important for me as a person, as a man. Actions speak louder than words.”
It’s Avery’s actions that will be scrutinized when he does get into a game with Hartford. That likely won’t happen until Saturday, or possibly a week from today—he said he did not do much skating in his two months away—and then, he’ll have to show he can be the abrasive, sometimes abusive, edge player who got himself that multi-million dollar deal.
“I’ve been playing hockey for a long time, and my on-ice game has never been an issue,” he said. “It’s other things I was working on. But I’m sure there’s still going to be an element of Sean Avery hockey that’s exciting to watch.”
from Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer,
Head coach Derek Wilkinson, Mann and I meet in the coaches’ office three hours before the game to talk strategy. Wilkinson offered me a one-game gig as an assistant. I get to see the game from his perspective, and the Checkers get publicity.
In the office is a desk, two laptops, a sofa and a cooler with one Coke and at least 15 cans of Bud Light.
At 2:30, we walk down the hall to the locker room to address the players. Mann stands in front of a dry-erase board and talks about inside hockey stuff such as PKs, the F3 pushing to the neutral zone, CFLs and PFKLs. As we leave, a player yells, “Maybe coach Tom would like to put something on the board.”
There’s a tradition. Somebody will write on the board the amount of money he or she will donate to the team’s fines/party fund if the team wins. I write $20, which makes me the team’s new most popular coach.
read on and thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
The 2010 Olympics qualification games are underway in Europe, and Germany has now locked up a spot in next year’s big hockey fest in Vancouver. From the IIHF:
Despite the fact that there is still one day left in the Group E qualification tournament, Germany sealed its spot after winning its first two games and earning six points. Austria, Slovenia and Japan all have two points heading into the last day and cannot catch the Germans in the standings.
Germany also found itself in the hockey news recently on another front: they’re seeking to set a world record for attendance at a single hockey game.
The current record is 74,554 fans who attended a college match between Michigan and Michigan State on October 6, 2001, in the American Football stadium of East Lansing, Michigan.
German organizers expect to break that record with the the opening game of the 2010 world hockey championships, with 75,976 tickets available to the public. The tickets finally went on sale a couple days ago, and reports from Germany (thanks to a KK reader) are that they’ve already sold 35,000 seats—and the game is still 15 months away!
From Canwest News via the National Post:
The son of former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Patrick Roy, Jonathan, will be tried on July 13 in connection with a nasty hockey brawl last year.
Roy, a goalie for the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, was charged with assault after an on-ice fight last March and has pleaded not guilty.
Back on January 9th, we cited a report indicating that the former Flames assistant coach was fired by Avangard Omsk of the KHL, mid-game. The following day, Darren Dreger of TSN noted a “power struggle” seemed to be going on, with Fleming acknowleding that “I guess they didn’t fire me.”
Well, for anyone keeping up with the trials and tribulations of Wayne Fleming, today brings this news from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:
Wayne Fleming, the Canadian-born coach of the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League’s struggling Avangard Omsk team, is out again as coach – this time for good, it would appear.
Russian hockey sources confirmed Friday Fleming was relieved of his coaching duties earlier this week…
Peter Forsberg says if he plays this season, it will be in Sweden this year.
Read about in an AP story via Sports Illustrated.
The following is a brief bit of video footage just posted on YouTube today, featuring Ray Emery. It’s hard to know what’s going on here, though the posters at HF Boards have some theories. But so far, nothing that seems to have a good source behind it.
Whatever it is, he sure doesn’t look happy…
from Art Aisner of the Ann Arbor News,
University of Michigan police will review the on-ice conduct of two Michigan State University hockey players involved in an incident that sent a Wolverines player to the hospital over the weekend, officials said.
Police spokeswoman Diane Brown said Tuesday that the actions of Spartans Andrew Conboy and Corey Tropp during Saturday’s game at Yost Ice Arena may not be criminal but will be examined to determine if further investigation is needed.
Their violent takedown of Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer is also part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged assault involving Kampfer’s father and at least one of the players inside the visiting team’s locker room in the game’s waning moments.
from Kevin Ryan of the Ann Arbor News via Mlive,
An on-ice incident during the University of Michigan hockey team’s game against Michigan State at Yost Ice Arena on Saturday night landed Wolverines defenseman Steve Kampfer in the hospital, Spartans players Corey Tropp and Andrew Conboy facing discipline and a man being accused of physically confronting a player in Michigan State’s locker room.
Kampfer, a junior from Jackson, was clothes-lined and sucker-punched from behind by Conboy along the boards and whacked in the neck area by Tropp’s stick during the final minute of play in the Wolverines’ 5-3 victory on Saturday. Moments earlier, Kampfer had knocked Tropp off his feet with what appeared to be a clean open-ice hit.
continued with video…
From the CP via NHL.com,
Dallas is in the unique and undesirable position this season of being the only NHL team without a primary affiliate. It’s a one-year fix while waiting for the Texas Stars to make their American Hockey League debut in the Austin area next fall.
Neal made it back to the NHL after two weeks with the Moose, but at the all-star break the Stars still had 11 prospects spread out among seven AHL teams. They were playing different systems, with players from rival organizations and sometimes even facing each other.
“It’s not an ideal situation,” Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. “I look forward to next year. Austin is going to be a great setup, a strong, strong situation for us.”
Dallas announced plans last February for an AHL franchise closer to home. Iowa responded by ending a three-year affiliation with the Stars after last season and became the Chops - with a vicious boar’s head for a logo. They are now the Anaheim Ducks’ primary farm team.
The Stars were left scrambling this season for a way to continue developing their minor-leaguers closest to playing in the NHL.
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