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2010/2011: European Players to Watch out for in North America

Help me welcome Phil Davies to the stable of KK bloggers.  Phil will be covering the international hockey scene for us.

Make sure to click his name in the byline to find out his background.  As with all the KK bloggers, Phil will have his own blog sometime this month. - Paul

Although there are a number of European Players expected to make an impact in the NHL this year, I will be focusing on players, who, previous to their success in the 2010 Olympics and/or the 2010 World Championships, were flying under the radar as elite level prospects. However, for every Henrik Zetterberg, who first impressed North American hockey fans with his stellar play in the 2002 Olympics, there is a Fabian Brunnstrom, who has yet to pan out for the Dallas Stars.

Roman Wick

This 2004 draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, has an outside chance of securing a roster spot at some point this year. Although Wick is a smallish forward, who will probably spend the majority of his time with the Binghampton Senators, he does have a good set of hands, as evidenced by his five points in five games at the 2010 Olympics. However, Wick will need to play a more physical game if he hopes to land in the NHL long term.

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One Of The World’s Greatest Ice Hockey Teams Visits Belfast

from the Irish Emigrant,

The Boston Bruins will drop the puck far away from home on October 2 next when they take on the Belfast Giants Select team in Belfast, it was announced last week.

The Bruins need no introduction on this side of the pond but are described in Irish and UK hockey circles as “one of the most famous ice hockey franchises in history, and are one of the ‘Original Six’ teams officially formed in 1924. They have one of the largest fan bases of any ice hockey team”

The Bruins will bring their full squad to Belfast – allowing the Irish public to see some of the best hockey players in the world. This represents an historic night for Irish hockey fans as it is the first time the NHL team has played outside North America.

A game of this magnitude has never been brought to the UK or Ireland before. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see one of the world’s greatest ice hockey teams, play against the Giants who will be celebrating their 10th anniversary of playing at the iconic Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

more, including VIP tickets are going for $230US…

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  Tags: belfast+giants

Gervais Munger’s Body Recovered From Lac St. Jean

via the Montreal Gazette at the Ottawa Citizen,

Quebec provincial police divers recovered the body of missing Quebec Major Junior Hockey League owner Gervais Munger from the waters of Lac St. Jean Monday afternoon.

Munger, co-owner of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens and a former QMJHL player, was on a boat with three other people on Saturday when the craft’s motor suffered a mechanical failure and the passengers were tossed into the lake. None were wearing life jackets. The three other passengers made it to safety, but Munger vanished under the water.

thanks to a KK member for the link

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Morning Line

“We used to beat the Canadians more than we beat Czechoslovakia. And I can say that it was a lot harder to play against our Eastern European neighbors. They were extremely talented and still are. And they were always coming up with new ways of trying to beat us. We always had to think when we played them, while with Canada, we knew if we could match them physically – we would win,”

-Vyacheslav Fetisov via RussiaToday.

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Internet-Based Ownership

from Dave Perkins of the Toronto Star,

Kasperski, a guy with a computer background who also is the rugby coach at St. Mike’s, is floating the idea of Internet-based mass ownership of a junior hockey team. Owners could come from anywhere, but once they buy in, they would be entitled to vote on key decisions such as personnel, budgets, ticket prices, sponsors, suppliers, even sweater design.

“If one man with lots and lots of money can own a team, why couldn’t lots and lots of people, each with a little money, own a team, too?” he wonders in his proposal, adding, “the wisdom of the crowd says that a big bunch of people are very often smarter than a small group.

“It’s the ultimate rotisserie league. You would get to make real decisions about real people using real money,” said Kasperski, who has pitched his idea to, among others, Hockey Canada, which is asking for more information, and to the fledgling women’s pro league, which certainly should be interested. He also took it to the CBC, suggesting a launch could somehow tie in with its annual national Hockey Day. The broadcaster said he should come back with a sponsor and he’s working on that part.


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Lester Patrick Trophy Recipients Announced

NEW YORK (September 2, 2010) – Hockey Hall of Famer Cam Neely, college coaching legends Jack Parker and Jerry York and AHL President David Andrews have been named recipients of the 2010 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

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Peltonen Returns Home

from Risto Pakarinen at IIHF.com,

Hockey is a game where you have to be at the right place at the right time. That is what makes a great goal scorer. And great scorers are always sought after in hockey. But sometimes, as a player happens to be at the right place at the right time in the rink, he’s also very much at the right place at the right time outside it.

That’s what legends are made of.

Ville Peltonen not only happened to score a goal in the 1995 World Championship final against Sweden. He happened to score a hat trick in the 4-1 win that brought Finland its first ever gold.

He was two-and-a-half weeks shy from his 22nd birthday.

Had you yelled “Villeeeee Peeeeeeltonen” in a random Finnish city, at a random time, in 1995, within seconds somebody would have replied, “Ville Peltonen!”


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It’s too easy to get lost

Help me welcome Samantha to the KK blogging world.  She has great insight on our game and I have always enjoyed her past blogs.

Her KK blog, like all the other new bloggers, will be up and running sometime in September and yes, there are more bloggers coming.

Hello from Portland, Oregon, where I live and will be blogging for Kukla’s Korner. I’ve been blogging about hockey for about a year now, and I’m very honored and excited to be joining the KK community.  If you’ve already visited 87in107, then you know how I ended up here. Sometimes I wonder myself. I grew up in Arizona (pre-Coyotes), and my hometown had exactly one ice rink. But that didn’t stop me from discovering hockey. Of course, it was on television and far away in Lake Placid in 1980.  Despite my humble beginnings in a desert, I still thought I knew and understood the sport. Until the 2009 playoff season, when I was watching Malkin’s no-look, back-handed shot into the Carolina net, and I realized that I didn’t even know what a hat trick was. And I certainly didn’t know the rules. So I learned them: all 87 in the NHL Rulebook in 107 days before the 2010 Olympics, the 30th anniversary of the day I discovered hockey. Since then, I’ve learned the entire IIHF Rulebook and I’m moving on to the collective bargaining agreement and anything else that strikes my fancy.

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Turn Attention To The World Cup Of Hockey

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Bettman isn’t keen on Sochi given its remoteness, time of the games and the fact the NHL has absolutely no say or control of the event. The NHL and its owners stand to gain nothing financially with the five-ring circus despite taking all the risks by shutting down mid-season and providing the talent.

It makes far more sense for all stakeholders — including the fans — for the best players on the planet to focus on the World Cup of Hockey, formerly the Canada Cup.

The owners will get their piece of the action, the players will get theirs, North American fans can see every game in primetime, and all the host cities will generate tremendous buzz and money for every game. People will watch.

An even bigger bonus will be the timing of the event. While the players and the owners are at odds over when the event should run, common sense suggests the owners will win and it will once again be staged in the fall, when every player is healthy and available.

Could there be a better way to grab the sports world’s attention than by opening your season with a marquee event?


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Compensate The NHL For Olympic Participation

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Brace yourself, Bridget, but Usual Suspects is about to agree with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Unless it gets a share of the profits and more influence on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the NHL shouldn’t go to Russia.

The Olympic TV impact is negligible in most of the American burgs where Bettman has hawked franchises, the elite players are exhausted by the travel and it punishes the NHL regional broadcasters who must go on hiatus at a time when hockey has the stage almost alone to itself in February.

Plus, the NHL gets bupkis in return. As it stands now, the panjandrums of the International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation are telling the league to butt out, they’ll be the ones to collect the cash. They’ll also tell you what uniforms teams can wear, how often you’ll play and probably how much luggage you’re entitled to bring.

It’s a one-sided deal, one not reflecting the NHL’s leverage: the world’s best hockey players.


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  Tags: winter+oiympics

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