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from Steve Silver of the Las Vegas Sun,
The publicity machine at the Las Vegas Wranglers has done it again.
The ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames will don prison-style uniforms to pay tribute to recently disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Jan. 30 against the Victoria Salmon Kings.
The Wranglers’ uniforms will feature broad, horizontal black and white stripes with mock prison numbers on the back of each jersey that begin with “ILLGOV” followed by the players’ actual number.
Following the game, the Las Vegas players will autograph their uniforms and auction them to the public to support the team’s various charities.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
After seeing former Devils winger Claude Lemieux this week and talking to those who have watched his comeback attempt with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL, my belief is that he will make it back to the NHL. He is still driven, even at the age of 43.
Lemieux told me he still has the ingredient that made him a four-time Stanley Cup champion.
“I think it’s just the will to succeed at all costs,” he said. “I think it’s character.”
Chris Chelios will become the oldest player to ever play in an AHL game tonight when the Grand Rapids Griffins take on the Toronto Marlies in
Grand Rapids. Chelios is on a rehab assignment and hopes to play only two games with the Griffins before returning to the Wings.
from Sean Pronger at the Hockey News,
On the walk over to the rink you begin to question the decisions you have made and where it all went wrong. This is right about the time when you find out either:
a) Someone got called up and we’ll be a man short, or
b) One of the Euros isn’t feeling well and has decided to sit this one out - beautiful.
Here is a little tip for all of you future journeymen out there - before the game starts you’ll be asked to place your food order so it will be ready for you to take on the bus to your next disaster.
Your choices will look a little something like this:
a) spaghetti and meatballs
b) chicken parmesan
d) turkey sub
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
“I’m having a great time,” said Lemieux, once the focal point of Boston fans’ ire, in part the result of some legendary confrontations with Cam Neely at the old Garden. “I think I can be very helpful to any club, based on what I bring to the ice and to the dressing room. That said, I’ve waited a long time to do this, so I’m also looking for a good fit.”...
Suffice to say the Red Wings, who still smart from his ugly hit on Kris Draper years ago, likely won’t dispatch a scout to check out No. 32 in Worcester teal.
“Yeah, he’s 43, but I think that’s all a state of mind,” said Worcester coach Roy Sommer. “If you look at him, he’s got the body of a 27- or 28-year-old, and in the brief time he’s been with us, he’s helped us win [2-1-0 over the weekend].
“I think the question will be, is his mind into it? So far, it sure seems that way.”
To this point, noted Sommer, the reacclimation has been seamless.
The Augusta Lynx of the ECHL folded in mid-season today.
The team was affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
more from the AP via CBS Sportsline.
from Jean Lefebvre of Camwest via the Telegram,
As a cautious defenceman, Steve McKenna is strictly a stay-at-home type.
As an adventurous soul, he’s anything but.
The lockout spelled the end of the McKenna’s days as a National Hockey Leaguer, but his globe-trotting was just beginning.
Since turning in his Pittsburgh Penguins sweater in 2004, the towering tourist - McKenna stands six-foot-eight - has chased pucks in England, Australia, Australia, Korea and now China. In case you’re scoring at home, that’s four continents in five years.
from the CP via MetroNews,
A university goaltender is in fair condition in a Windsor, Ont., hospital after having his throat accidentally slashed during a game.
Kury Jory, of Brandon, Man., was hurt Saturday while in net for the Brock University Badgers from St. Catharines, Ont., against the Windsor Lancers.
The 21-year-old netminder suffered a severed vein in his neck when he was clipped by a skate during a goalmouth scramble in the third period.
The Badgers say Jory is in full recovery after undergoing surgery and will return to St. Catharines in a few days.
The Canadian Hockey League requires players to wear neck guards, but Canadian Interuniversity Sport does not have a similar requirement.
On Thursday, the Oshawa Generals retired the jersey of Bobby Orr.
Watch the tribute video to Bobby.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
In what may have been the most poignant and dramatic moment in the sexual exploitation trial of David Frost, defence attorney Marie Henein aggressively and sarcastically attacked the credibility of key witness Kristy Boyer.
“We know there were threesomes with Mr. Frost in Deseronto,” Henein questioned in cross examination, “Because you say so?”
But a shaking and clearly upset Boyer maintained her composure, stared at Henein and whispered cryptically: “Because I know so.”
When everything else is stripped away, this is the essence of the case against Frost, the former hockey coach, who faces four charges of sexual exploitation involving teenaged hockey players.
The verdict in this case will be delivered today by Justice Geoffrey Griffin in a Napanee courtroom.
update 12:49pm, Frost found not guilty on four counts.
added 12:53pm, from Sportsnet,
Notorious former agent and coach David Frost was found not guilty on four charges of sexual exploitation involving minors in a Napanee, ON, courtroom on Friday.
In his ruling, Judge Geoff Griffin stated that the Crown did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged offences occurred.
added 3:35pm, Watch a CBC video on the ruling below…
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