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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…
From Sunaya Sapurji at the Toronto Star:
[Gregg] Sutch, the Sarnia Sting’s rookie wrecking ball, was born with what doctors term “severe to profound” hearing loss. He uses a hearing aid in each ear to help amplify sound, but finds that once he’s on the ice his biggest asset is his finely honed hockey sense.
“I’ve learned to be a better hockey player,” says the affable 16-year-old. “To play this game you have to keep your head up and know what’s going on at all times. Because of my hearing impairment I’m not able to rely on the people who are around me. I’ve got to know myself where they are (on ice).”
Making an Ontario Hockey League roster in itself is difficult, but for Sutch to have accomplished his success with a hearing impairment is even rarer still.
From Canwest via the Ottawa Citizen:
The inaugural Continental Hockey League All-Star Game will have an NHL ring to it.
The KHL announced on its website that the all-star game - which will be played outdoors at Moscow’s Red Square on Jan. 11 - will pit “Yashin Team” vs. “Jagr Team.”
The Yashin Team, headed by former Ottawa Senator and New York Islander Alexei Yashin, will feature players from Russia and former Soviet republics. Jagr Team, headed by former Pittsburgh Penguins great Jaromir Jagr, will be made up of non-Russian players.
The format was decided by fan voting on the KHL website. The KHL announced Wednesday that 50.13 per cent of voters favoured the Yashin vs. Jagr format, while 49.87 per cent favoured a more tradition West vs. East format.
from Eric McErlain at the Sporting News,
Then again, an organization can’t ever have enough good players, which is probably why Wilson and the Sharks might be willing to take a chance on perennial pest and post-season hero Claude Lemieux….
While we’re only about a quarter of the way through the regular season, it’s very probable that the Red Wings and Sharks stand in one another’s way on the path to the Stanley Cup Finals. Throwing Lemieux into that mix in a playoff series could only make a potentially titanic clash all the more epic.
I’m rooting for Lemieux and you should be too.
from Nathan Sandals of Slap Shot at the NYT,
The state of Michigan already had its fair share of lackluster sports teams: the winless Lions, the 3-9 Wolverines football team and the disappointing Tigers to name a few. But now the college hockey season has added a couple more unpleasant surprises to the rolls.
The hockey version of the Wolverines and their counterparts at Michigan State went a combined 0-4 in C.C.H.A. action over the weekend, dropping them into the mediocre middle of the conference. It was the first time the teams were swept on the same weekend since Nov. 28-29, 2003.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League suspended another of Patrick Roy’s sons Monday, handing Quebec Remparts forward Frédérick Roy fifteen games for a high-sticking incident during Friday night’s game against the Juniors in Montreal.
Frederick, 17, who is coached by his father Patrick, hit Montreal defenceman Vincent Bourgeois in the face following a melee. Frederick received a five-minute major and a match penalty in the 8-2 Remparts loss and was also to be assessed an automatic one-game suspension.
Press release from the KHL:
The Disciplinary Committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) recently met to discuss violations of the IIHF bylaws on player transfers in connection with the transfer of United States forward Matt Murley to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) club Amur Khabarovsk.
Mr. Murley left the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL) and joined the Amur team of the KHL on October 10. The NHL informed the IIHF that the player had a valid contract with Carolina and had no right to enter into an agreement with any other club.
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