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News and Notes from Europe

Hello readers,

I hope everyone is enjoying the hockey season and are gearing up for the upcoming holiday season! Remember the holidays mean the World Junior Hockey Championships are just around the corner, beginning on Boxing Day!

Now, some news and notes from various European leagues.

On the subject of the World Juniors, Team Sweden is hoping that the Edmonton Oilers will release Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson for the tournament. The Swedish rookie has collected 9 points in 25 games this year, while currently riding a three game point streak. However, the Oilers have already stated that they have no plans for releasing the talented winger for the tournament. On the bright side for Sweden, they do have the Ottawa Senators blue chip goalie prospect; Robin Lehner on their training camp roster, as well as the Phoenix Coyotes young defensive phenom; Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

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  Tags: alexander+radulov, boston+bruins, edmonton+oilers, evgeni+nabokov, jakub+stepanek, magnus+paajarvi-svensson, miroslav+satan, montreal+canadiens, nashville+predators, oliver+ekman-larsson, ottawa+senators, owen+nolan, patrick+thoresen, philadelphia+flyers, phoenix+coyotes, robin+lehner

Classless Move By Hockey Canada

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

When the names of the Team Canada junior selection camp players were announced last Monday, something was missing that made Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League look rather small.

Four of the selected players happened to play at NCAA schools.

When the four names were announced, none of their school affiliations were mentioned.

more plus NHL hockey notes too…

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Cold War Thawing In Shelburne

from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

The international intrigue that descended on the stillness of Shelburne, Ontario, revealed itself first to Owen Bennington on a humid Friday afternoon in May.

After a welding class, the 15-year-old boy found his school locker had been vandalized. When he finally wrenched it open with the help of a janitor, he found a note containing two words: Russian bitch.

Five days earlier, Bennington was one of three local kids drafted by the Shelburne Red Wings, a team made up almost entirely of Russians in their teens and early 20s who crossed the globe to take part in an unprecedented hockey experiment – the creation of the first foreign junior hockey team in Canada.

continued (a long read but worth the time)

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Stay Warm Boys

from the CP at the Toronto Star,

Former NHL player John Chabot is emailing a group of nearly a dozen other former hockey players about what they should bring for a game they’re playing this week in a remote northern community that lays claim to being the birthplace of hockey.

Chabot, who played with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings during the 1980s, has been to Deline in the Northwest Territories before, so he knows how to dress for the area.

Others, he says, are novices when it comes to the Arctic cold.

“I’ve been telling them to dress for the coldest day they’ve ever had and then layer two more times,” says Chabot, speaking from his home in Ottawa.

“I’ve told them stories where I’ve walked down the street and the only thing you see are my eyes. Everything else is bundled up.”


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News from the Farm: 11/29/10

A loooooong holiday weekend (and what I call “The Griswold Effect”) put yours truly in quite the tizzy and delayed last week’s look at the Southeast Division’s AHL affiliates off until late last night. (It also completely stymied my intended follow-up to Saturday morning’s piece about the Washington Capitals 6-0 drubbing of the Tampa Bay Lightning being a sobering dose of reality for the Bolts, which was to be about the dissatisfaction of Saturday night’s shootout loss to Florida. Oh well… Moving on…)

The latest episode of The Bolts Beat podcast will post this evening, so keep your eyes peeled for that. (I’m back in studio this week and ready to blast a few people.)

Lots to catch up on from the American League last week (including a wild, 10-8 game between Grand Rapids and Chicago, which is worth at least a look at the box score for Tomas Tatar’s 7-point showing), so let’s get right to it:

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All Vladislav Tretiak - Video Style

from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

Almost fresh from an endless day of flying from Moscow to Montreal through Paris, Tretiak sat with me for 45 minutes tonight to talk about his memories of this city (Montreal), and why it means so much to him.

Some video below of portions of the interview that was engaging, funny and enlightening.

continue to watch the video or view it below.  Can’t wait for part 2 which will be posted at Habs Inside/Out.

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Playing Hockey In Beijing

from Michael Gold of the Global Times (China),

Viking history aside, most people forged in ice don’t possess nearly the same ferocity as their warm-weather counterparts - when was the last time you heard anyone describe Canadians, Norwegians or Swedes as fiery or aggressive? What these cultures keep in reserve in life, however, they unleash in spades on the hockey rink, that perennially face-bashing winter sport which has amassed an ultra-devoted following in Beijing, a city that, coming December, is cold enough to freeze the beak off a penguin.

“When I first came in the ‘70s, you’d see Chinese playing on Houhai or the Summer Palace lakes - it was all very low-key and informal,” said Gervais Lavoie, a Canadian national whose 30-plus years of slapping pucks in Beijing has earned him the nickname of Godfather of Beijing Hockey.

“Us expats would play on a pond in the Russian embassy; appropriately enough, it was Russia versus everyone else,” he said. “The first public rink that I know of didn’t even open until 1989.”


Thanks to a avid KK reader for the pointer, #29 in the pictures that are part of the story.

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Color Doesn’t Matter

from Misty Harris of PostMedia News at the Vancouver Sun,

The theory that red or black uniforms give athletes an aggressive edge has long been claimed in sports research, with most of it citing the hues’ evolutionary and cultural associations with such things as dominance and power.

But Team Canada might want to hold the high-fives, with a comprehensive new study putting that theory on thin ice — at least in the context of professional hockey.

Reporting in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers say no matter how they measured — penalty minutes, number of severe penalties, team wins — there wasn’t a shred of meaningful evidence that black or red jerseys lead to a spike in aggressive behaviour, or even perceived aggression, among National Hockey League players.

“For more than 20 years, people have been talking about this idea that wearing black causes athletes to act more aggressively. Then, more recently, there’s been talk that red might have the same effect,” says co-author Jerry Burger.


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An Interview With Team Italy Head Coach Rick Cornacchia

Hi Rick,

First off, thanks for taking the time to speak with Kuklaskorner.

1. As a player, you suited up for HC Alleghe of the Italian A League from 1974-1976. How did your experience playing in Italy prepare you for coaching the National Team?

The playing experience allowed me to learn the following: Italian hockey mentality, get to know the people running the league (some of the same people are still involved), become familiar with the areas where hockey is played in Italy and re-learn Italian.
2. In 1989-90, you won the Memorial Cup, while coaching the Oshawa Generals. What was the road to the championship like?
It was a great “ride” looking back on it. When you are immersed in the playoffs there is very little time to enjoy the experience. The coaching staff is too busy preparing for the next game, the next series, keeping the players focused & prepared, dealing with injuries and distractions. We had a great group of players that were committed to winning. The leadership on the team was outstanding Ian Frazer was a great captain he had a support group that was exceptional Grieve, Busillo, O’Hagan, Armstrong, Banika, Skalde, Donaldson, Lindros that all had been are became captains. This group made the difference and allowed the team to win the Memorial Cup. 

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Afternoon Line

“Why can’t I play in the NHL? I know it’s hard, but maybe I get a chance. I have to use this chance when I get it.”

-Lino Martschini of the Peterborough Petes.  Martschini is 17 years old and is 5-foot-5 and 128 pounds.  Read the feature on him from Randy Starkman of the Toronto Star.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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