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Morning Line

“He’s a lot of fun. He’s a big kid.  It’s hilarious to think that this superstar is almost like your little brother. He’s a goofy guy that jokes around all the time.

“Obviously, everyone is watching him. Everybody looks up to him, not only the fans, but the players, everyone. He’s the king of this place.”

-Brendan Bell, now playing for Avangard Omsk on Jaromir Jagr.  More on Bell from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen.

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Time Running Out On Forsberg

from TSN,

It appears as though Peter Forsberg’s numerous injuries may finally have got the best of him.

In an interview with Swedish television station TV6 following an exhibition game in his home country, the two-time Stanley Cup champion was not optimistic about his chances of continuing to play professional hockey.

“It’s no good,” Forsberg told TV6.  “I have no balance skating.  If it continues to be as it is today, I will not continue playing.”

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Hockey 101 In Israel

from Jeff Marek of CBC,

“So, you’re from Canada? You can play ice hockey whenever you want then?”

This was the beginning of the first conversation I had with one of my students at the Canada/Israel Hockey School 2010.

I’m in Metulla, the northernmost city in Israel and a wrist shot away from the Lebanese border. Hockey is not the first thing you normally think of when you enter this part of the world. But talk to any of the kids in this program and hockey is ALL they want to talk about.

For many of these kids hockey starts outdoors, like it does with Canadians, but not on frozen rinks, but roller rinks

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My Kind Of Girl

from Marcia C. Smith of the OC Register,

“I’m not the normal teenager. I’m actually really lame,” a grinning Annie Pankowski confessed shyly on Tuesday at The Rinks-Anaheim ICE. “It’s because I train a lot, like, really, a lot.”

The commitment would explain how this rugged 5-foot-8, high-scoring right wing and captain on the 16-and-under AAA Lady Ducks became the first California-born, coached, groomed and competing player to make USA Hockey’s 18-and-under Women’s National Team….

Ask Pankowski whether she plays video games? No. Goes to the movies? No. Likes any bands? No. Has Justin Bieber on her iPod? Who?

Her favorite thing since teetering on blades at age 6 has been playing ice hockey, followed closely by competing hobbies of doing gym training for hockey, decorating her Laguna Hills bedroom with medals and memorabilia from hockey nationals and dreaming of playing college hockey and, “if it’s an option,” she says, Olympic hockey, too.

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Leaving College For Other Hockey Opportunities

from Dave Pollard at the Toronto Sun,

It’s been a tough off-season for NCAA hockey teams and the NHL is responsible for most of the pain.

Although it’s really nothing new, the exodus of players from American colleges to the pro or junior ranks seems to be more pronounced this year….

Since April 1, 17 players gave up NCAA eligibility to sign with NHL teams, according to figures compiled by insidecollegehockey.com. Factor in the others, like Tinord, Lessio and Melchiori, all of whom never even showed up on campus, and you can see how hard the U.S. schools have been hit.

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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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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.

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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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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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