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Press release from the KHL:
The Disciplinary Committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) recently met to discuss violations of the IIHF bylaws on player transfers in connection with the transfer of United States forward Matt Murley to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) club Amur Khabarovsk.
Mr. Murley left the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL) and joined the Amur team of the KHL on October 10. The NHL informed the IIHF that the player had a valid contract with Carolina and had no right to enter into an agreement with any other club.
Complete explanation below. [Update: Plus added links down below]
from the Worcester Telegram,
The Worcester Sharks, currently in Texas for the weekend, will have an old face giving them a new look when they return to New England.
The Sharks are expected to be joined by 43-year-old Claude Lemieux, a Stanley Cup playoff legend who will play for Worcester on an AHL contract…
Lemieux’s first game for Worcester is probably going to be Wednesday night in Portland. His first home game is projected to be Saturday, Nov. 29, versus Bridgeport.
added 1:44pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the midst of a longer conversation over his team’s excellent performance in the first quarter of the NHL season, (Doug) Wilson confirmed that Lemieux will report to Worcester to play for the team’s AHL affiliate under coach Wayne Thomas. However, Wilson stressed that the Sharks had made no commitment to Lemieux beyond providing him with a place to play, so that he can determine for himself whether a possible comeback attempt was realistic or not.
Some of your favorite ex-NHL players still putting the puck in the net in the KHL.
from the News-Times,
The Billy Tibbetts era is over in Danbury.
The Mad Hatters, Danbury’s newest professional hockey team, suspended the troubled forward for an unspecified violation of team rules, Danbury general manager Brendan Tedstone and Eastern Professional Hockey League commissioner Jim Riggs confirmed Thursday.
The team officially suspended Tibbetts on Monday and he subsequently left the team on his own accord, Tedstone said.
Tedstone said it is team policy to not discuss the nature of personnel matters….
“I don’t think you’ll see him back in the league,” Tedstone said. “It’s not the standard of living he is used to. I’ve heard he’s already been contacted by IHL and SPHL teams.”
Claude Lemieux, who had been working out in Arizona to prepare for an NHL comeback attempt, was somehow convinced to play hockey in Asia with the China Sharks. The move happened quickly and he has already suited up for the Chinese team against Anyang Halla in the Asia League games this past weekend
added 11/19/08 at 12:39pm, from Bill Meltzer at NHL.com,
It remains to be seen how long Lemieux will remain with the Sharks. The China Sharks are owned by the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. San Jose General Manager Doug Wilson, CFO Charlie Faas and CEO Greg Jamison put Lemieux in contact with China Sharks GM Chris Collins, and Lemieux agreed to travel across the Pacific for a trial run with the China Sharks.
The National Hockey League released its preliminary rankings for the 2009 Entry Draft on Tuesday, with Oshawa Generals forward John Tavares leading the Ontario Hockey League’s rankings and Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman ranked No. 1 among European skaters.
Tavares, in his fourth season with the Generals, has scored 174 goals and 191 assists in 214 OHL games. This season, he has 17 goals and 36 points in 23 games.
From the Canadian Press via the Globe & Mail:
Doug Gilmour is headed back to his hometown, leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs organization to become head coach of the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs.
The former Leafs captain had been an assistant coach with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies since August, and was the Leafs’ professional development adviser for two seasons before that.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
“I’m really happy here,” said (Andrei) Loktionov, a native of Voskresensk, Russia. “I miss my home, for sure, but I want to be here with the team and make the adjustment to the hockey here.”
Again, take a moment. Put yourself in Loktionov’s skates. Imagine abandoning your family and friends, leaving your comfort zone in the dust, all in order to pursue your dream. And by the way, you’ll be doing all this while still young enough to attend high school.
“I can’t imagine going the other way, how hard it would be,” said Nelson Emerson, player development coach of the Los Angeles Kings, the club which selected Loktionov 123rd overall in the 2008 National Hockey League entry draft. “A kid going to a city that he knows nothing about. Doesn’t know any of his teammates. Doesn’t know the language.
more on Loktionov who is playing for the Windsor Spitfires…
From Gare Joyce at Sportsnet:
Junior is like any other level of hockey. Good goaltending gives a decent club a chance to beat anybody. Something less can undo a powerhouse.
I’m dating myself here but I recall a Toronto Marlies team in 1972 that was as good or better than the franchise’s other powerhouses of that era, including a couple that won Memorial Cups. The ‘72 Marlies were loaded with first-rounders and ran away with the regular-season championship. A mere infant, my world came undone when the Peterborough Petes knocked them off in the playoffs and I put it down to the cruelty of the fates. Years later I had a chance to ask a member of that team, Bob Gainey (this was Bob Gainey before he became that Bob Gainey), exactly how they pulled it off. “Goaltending,” he said expansively.
read on for more junior hockey talk
from Kristina Rutherfordatf CBC Sports,
“You don’t get a concussion every time that happens, but you’ve got to ask yourself, ‘OK, did I get a concussion as well?’ Often that facial injury gets all the attention, and the brain injury tends to get put on the back-burner until later.”
Because it’s an invisible injury only the athlete feels, it’s one they’re too often “playing through,” Czarnota says.
“There’s a culture, certainly in hockey and in all sports, that you don’t sit down. Players want to play through it so they don’t get labelled as soft. Sometimes there’s a fear that if a player sits out, they may lose their starting position. Players don’t want to let the team down.”
But returning to the ice too early can hurt players not only in the short run, but also down the road, the doctor says. That’s what he tells parents, players and their coaches when he sits down with them to suggest the athlete take some time off to heal.
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