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Cooper’s Track Record, Balanced Approach Bodes Well for AHL Admirals

In a summer that has been, at the very least, stabilizing (if not downright successful) for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the vast majority of those taking notice of the work done throughout the organization have come away impressed – including the club’s latest addition, Jon Cooper, announced yesterday as head coach of the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals.

“The whole thing that drew me to (the club),” Cooper said, “Was the (positive) attitude and the people they’ve brought in.”

Now, included in that very group, Cooper is well aware of some fortunate timing for the two sides to come together.

“I wanted to go the AHL at some point,” explained Cooper, who leaves his post as head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League’s Green Bay Gamblers. “I just probably didn’t think it was going to be right this second.”

But now that making that jump is indeed a reality for Cooper, his excitement and enthusiasm cannot be tempered and he gives his new bosses credit for finding him in their search.

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Afternoon Line, Part 2

“Let me ask you, would you want to play for the Edmonton Oilers, for example?” [laughter]  “Let me tell you that when you have a choice and you have something to choose from, you always want to play for a good team, compete for medals and such. I will speak for myself, but the situation was such that I had no choice of a good team to play for and to play at the high level. To me it was very important to play for a good team, to try to win.”

-Evgeni Nabokov on why he decided to play for SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL.  More from Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy.

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  Tags: evgeni+nabokov, khl

Report- Afinogenov Heading To The KHL

via Dmitry Chesnokov tweet,

Max Afinogenov will sign a 5 year contract with KHL’s SKA, KHL Pres Medvedev announced today.

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The Story Of Mr. Kwong

from Tom Hawthorn of the Globe and Mail,

Mr. Kwong was the 14th of 15 children born to an immigrant grocer with the venerable name Eng. The family became known as Kwong from their grocery store Kwong Hing Lung (Abundant Prosperity). He lost his father at age 5. Like so many boys, he spent cold winter evenings during the Depression listening to Foster Hewitt broadcast hockey games on the radio.

He played the game himself on borrowed skates with makeshift equipment on the frozen ponds of the Okanagan. From so humble a beginning, his great skill as a skater and sharpshooter earned him a spot with the Smoke Eaters in Trail, where he was barred from taking a well-paying job at the smelter like his teammates because of his ethnic heritage. Instead, he worked as a bellboy, a servile job. He played more senior hockey in Nanaimo and Vancouver before enlisting in the army during the Second World War. In 1946, at age 23, the fleet forward joined the New York Rovers, an amateur team that played at Madison Square Garden.

The Manhattan sportswriters called him King Kwong, a teasing nickname for a man who stood just 5-foot-6, weighed just 150 pounds.

more

I pointed to a story back in early April of 2009 on Mr. Kwong if you want to read the intro since the link no longer is available.  Also, a link to his Legends of Hockey page is available too.

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Morning Line

“It came to the point that I could stick around and probably get a one-year deal here, but what for? ... I’m leaving the NHL as a Montreal Canadien. What more can I say? I’ve been blessed with all the teams I’ve played for and all the people I’ve met.”

-Glen Metropolit who signed with EV Zug in Switzerland.  More from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.

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  Tags: glen+metropolit

From Ref To Coach

from Mike Dodd of Simcoe.com,

Mere months ago, Dan Marouelli was a veteran referee enforcing the rules in the National Hockey League, trying to keep the league’s elite players in line.

Now, the Edmonton native and Orillia resident finds himself back in the game he loves – this time in a coaching capacity.

Late last week, the Penetang Kings of the Georgian Bay Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League announced the 55-year-old Marouelli has accepted an invitation to join the team as an assistant coach.

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Watch Out For Those On-Ice Accidents

from Linda Nguyen at the Montreal Gazette,

Accidents are more commonly to blame for on-ice amateur-hockey injuries than bodychecking, suggests a study recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The findings were based on a five-year study of 3,000 boys age 4 to 18 in a youth hockey program in Burlington, Ont.

It found that 66 per cent of overall injuries were the result of such accidents as colliding with teammates, sliding into the boards or posts or getting hit with the puck. The remaining 34 per cent of injuries were attributed to players checking each other.

The researchers, from the University of Buffalo, took into account only injuries serious enough to cause players to be off the ice for at least 24 hours.

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Financial Troubles Continue For Fedorov

from George Malik of Mlive,

Former Red Wings forward Sergei Fedorov is owed $43 million by his former business partner, Joseph Zada, but as Zada either can not or will not repay Fedorov, the former Wing sued the Hyman Lippitt law firm—which represented both Zada and Fedorov at one point—in an attempt to actually receive the $60 million pay-off Zada had originally promised to pay Fedorov to settle their differences.

Subsequently, Fedorov’s lack of finances yielded three bank foreclosures on two homes in Metro Detroit and one in Florida, and, according to LifeSports.ru, Fedorov received worse news today—and it’s news that means that the nearly 41-year-old Fedorov, who played this past season for Metallurg Magnitogorsk, might have to continue his playing career to simply keep paying the bills:

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Kevin Constantine May Coach In the UK

from Bob Westerdale of The Star (UK),

If the business group are successful in acquiring the club off Bob Phillips they will try and bring over American Kevin Constantine to run their bench.

Constantine, 51, would become the most experienced and decorated coach ever to ply his trade in the UK after coaching NHL giants Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks and New Jersey Devils, between 1993-2002.

More recently he has been head coach at Houston Aeros in the AHL.

In April, Constantine’s contract was ended there after the Aeros failed to make the playoffs.

Former Sheffield official Dave Simms worked with Constantine at a UK coaching clinic and explained: “We initially made contact with Kevin to see if he could help us attract a coach to the Steelers should the new consortium be successful in taking over.

“After chatting for half an hour, Kevin asked ‘What about me?’

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  Tags: kevin+constantine

Islanders Now Affiliated With The Kalamazoo Wings

via Islanders.com,

The New York Islanders have signed an affiliation agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. Kalamazoo will join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, of the American Hockey League as the primary affiliates of the Islanders.

“Having a strong ECHL affiliate is crucial to our organization’s future,” Islanders General Manager, Garth Snow said. “The Kalamazoo Wings have a rich history, and I’m confident that they’ll provide the necessary resources to properly develop our prospects and provide a stepping stone to the AHL and NHL.”

“We are excited about being the ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders,” Kalamazoo President Paul L. Pickard said. “The Islander organization is full of young and talented prospects that will bring energy and a strong work ethics to the K-Wings organization. As part of the Islander family, we will do our part to help them be successful both on and off the ice.”

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  Tags: kalamazoo+wings

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