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from Joanne C. Gerstner of the New York Times,
Since birth, William Clay Ford Jr. and Christopher Ilitch have been judged by their last names and their families’ businesses. It comes with being the great-grandson of Henry Ford and, for Ilitch, being the son of the founder of Little Caesars Pizza.
As children, they both found an escape from the pressure of their famous names on a hockey rink. Skates laced tight, a stick in their hands, they could blend in on a hockey team. Years later, bearing responsibility for billions of dollars of business, they still do.
“Once you’re out on the ice, nobody cares about who you are or what you do,” said Ford, who is known as Bill. “It’s all washed away the moment the game begins, and I love that.”
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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
All season long, hockey people have debated the merits of Hall and Plymouth Whalers centre Tyler Seguin, rated to go1-2 in the draft.
Starting Thursday, these bird dogs will be offered the chance to see these two young men go head-to-head at the most important time of the year, as the Spitfires and Whalers open their best-of-seven Ontario Hockey League Western Conference semifinal at the WFCU Centre.
Expect the rink to be populated with enough scouts to fill a jamboree.
“That would be something you’d like to see,” said Pat Quinn, coach of the Edmonton Oilers, who lost 5-4 at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday and figure to be the team with the first choice in the 2010 draft.
“I would like to see that.”
Word in hockey circles is that the Oilers, in dire need of strength down the middle, are leaning slightly toward Seguin.
from the CP at the Record,
Abbotsford Heat coach Jim Playfair is paying for his meltdown during a game over the weekend.
An American Hockey League spokesman says that Playfair has been fined an undisclosed amount after breaking two sticks and ripping off his jacket in protest of a call by referee Jamie Koharski.
Playfair was upset after Abbotsford’s J.D. Watt was given a five-minute charging penalty and game misconduct for running into Hamilton Bulldogs goalie Cedrick Desjardins on Saturday night.
The coach stood on the bench and smashed two sticks over the boards, throwing the remaining pieces on the ice.
Read on if you missed the video earlier of the incident…
So says Sergei Zubov who talked with Elliotte Friedman during the Inside Hockey segment on the HNIC pre-game show.
Jim Playfari, coach of the Abbtsford Heat, takes out his frustrations on the ref. Scroll to the 3:30 mark for the action…
STOCKHOLM, Hovet—In the last game between AIK and Sodertalje, Yannick Lehoux silenced the AIK fans with a ‘hush-hush’ gesture after scoring a goal which won the game for Sodertalje. When Rogle tonight made 3-2 in overtime against AIK at Hovet Daniel Rahimi did the same gesture. Something that made the AIK fans see red, and several supporters tried to storm the ice.
Immediately after the game winner in overtime, AIK fans began to throw things against Rogle’s bench.
But it didn’t stop there, one fan managed to get down from the grandstand and into Rogle’s bench. Once there, he went to attack Rogle’s leaders. Goalkeeper coach Magnus Wennstrom received one or more punches in the back as he fled onto the ice.
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from Sophia Hollander of the Wall Street Journal,
On a Friday in 1989, before the biggest hockey game of his life, James Olsen walked into his school gym expecting a pep rally.
He’d waited months for this moment. The Delbarton School senior played for one of two powerhouse hockey teams set to compete the next day for the New Jersey high-school championship. Delbarton and St. Joseph Regional High School, known as St. Joe’s, boasted athletes who would play in college and eventually go pro. Ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the state, the teams hadn’t faced each other all season. Neither group of players had ever won a state crown.
The 1989 squads never got their shot. Mr. Olsen stepped into the gym and was hit with a reality check: A measles outbreak at Delbarton forced officials to cancel the game. It was never rescheduled.
The New Jersey teams dubbed it “the greatest game never played.” For the next 20 years, the decision would weigh on the players, who always wondered if they could have been champions.
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from Damien Cox of The Spin,
The player coveted by six or more teams is Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, who many will remember as the diminutive forward who skated for Norway at the Vancouver Olympics wearing No. 48 and using an unusually long hockey stick. The Leafs are believed to be one of the teams in hot pursuit along with Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Edmonton and Chicago as this begins to turn into this year’s version of the Fabian Brunnstrom Sweepstakes.
Some have nicknamed him MZA or the Norwegian Hobbit, and this week he was named the winner of the Yellow Helmet in the Swedish Elite League as MVP according to the players, a Swedish version of the Lester B. Pearson Award (which may yet be renamed the Ted Lindsay Award if the NHLPA ever gets its act together).
from the IHL,
The International Hockey League is proud to announce that Muskegon Lumberjack right wing Robin Bouchard netted his 683rd career goal to become the all-time minor league goal scoring leader this evening (yesterday). Bouchard passes former Bloomington PrairieThunder forward Don Parsons (682), who has not played since the 2008-09 season. The record breaking goal was Bouchard’s 56th of the 09-10 season.
continued and you can watch goal 683 below…
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The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has selected the 16 teams that will be participating in the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.
The championship playoff format involves four predetermined regional sites with four teams assigned to each site. The four regional winners advance to the Men’s Frozen Four. The entire championship uses a single-elimination format.
Automatic qualification privileges are granted to the postseason champions of six conferences. The remainder of the field is selected at large.
Miami University (Ohio) was the No. 1 overall seed. The other No. 1 seeds, in order, included the University of Denver, the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Boston College.
The dates, sites, times and pairings of this year’s championship are as follows:
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