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Others Hope To Follow Kane’s Path

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

This was Patrick Kane’s life exactly three years ago: Top prospect for the 2007 entry draft, attending a game in the Stanley Cup final, going on television with Don Cherry, and otherwise absorbing what life at the top looks like as an NHL player.

The difference, on Friday, was that Kane was on the other side of the fence, suiting up for the Chicago Blackhawks, only two victories away from celebrating a championship of his own, as the NHL paraded the leading contenders for the 2010 entry draft through the dressing rooms of the two Cup contenders.

Nowadays, the transition from top prospect to significant contributor can happen quickly. Kane is living proof that a player with high-end skill doesn’t need a lot of time in the development stream, and that a team that lands a player of his level can turn things around quickly.


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Report- Spartak Moscow Will Pay Hasek $3 Million

from Peter Adler at The Cult of Hockey,

Yakovenko said the goaltending legend has agreed to a one-year deal, but he would not release any other details, including financial conditions of the contract.  According to other sources, Hasek is to make about $3 million U.S., which would be about 20 times as much as he made last season with Pardubice.


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IS A Hockey Summit Needed?

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

My question though is a relatively simple one: who needs it?

In releasing the agenda this week with a press conference worthy of an event on par with the selection of a national Olympic team or at least the rosters of the World Championships, the first thing that caught my eye was that this was a sponsored event, by a brewery no less. It didn’t have nubile young women in skin tight spandex to enhance an aspect of implied sexual blackmail and girl-on-girl attractions like a brewery that gives new meaning to the term ‘Blue’. However, the good folks at the more staid Molson brewery seem to have hitched their wagon to something akin to one of those made for publicity events: an agenda that features the possibility of a lot of talk but very little action.


High on the agenda list is the future of women’s hockey, especially in regards to the level of competition at the Olympics. It’s a worthy topic, but exactly what can one expect from this gathering, the majority of whom have little to no impact on what can be done.

read on

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Let’s Go Way Back And Take A Look At Hobey Baker

from Harry R. Neilson III of Main Line,

The Main Line will never be known as a bastion of ice hockey; even so, Bala Cynwyd produced one of the most famous hockey players of all time, Hobart Amory Hare (aka Hobey) Baker (1892-1918), whom even the Canadians dubbed, “The King of Hockey.”

Although hockey might have been an unfamiliar sport and a novelty in many parts of our area until the 1960s, it was already well-known among the old-money Main Liners who had played the game in prep school. Many of them became Flyers’ charter season ticket holders.

Until the explosion of American sports culture in the postwar era, ice hockey in the northeastern United States was a game almost exclusively of the schoolboy elite who had attended prestigious New England prep schools like St. Paul’s and Groton.


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Your World Hockey Summit News

from World Hockey Summit,

Key topics to be addressed at the Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit include:

Player Safety and Skill Development Initiatives: Exploring current trends and issues concerning player safety in today’s game; Understanding the need for a long term plan for player development, recruitment and retention; fostering long term participation in the sport at all levels of play

Junior Development in the World: Assessing the results and figures from IIHF World (U20) Juniors, the Olympics and the NHL Draft; Addressing the developmental shortcomings in elite junior hockey programs and the impact of European migration to the Canadian Junior ranks

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Junior Dynasty?

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

Today, the Windsor Spitfires reign atop major junior hockey for the second year in succession, and many without even a glimmer of historical significance are ready to anoint them the greatest junior hockey dynasty of all time.

That, it says here, is not the case, though the argument is far from over.

This is a debate that will be years in the settling and in reality, may never be settled, taking into account all of the variables that must be considered.

Comparing sporting eras is never an exact science. In junior hockey, it is especially daunting.

Some of the best junior teams of all time were assembled during the sponsorship years, when NHL teams had working agreements with junior clubs and supplied them with prospects from across the country.


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Own A Piece Of Canadian History

from Andy Blatchford of the CP at the Toronto Star,

The hockey sweater worn during one of Canada’s greatest sporting moments is up for auction.

Paul Henderson wore the battle-scarred, stick-marked jersey when he buried the winning goal in the 1972 Summit Series against the former Soviet Union.

The sweater’s owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a cancer survivor who plans to donate some of the proceeds to charity, said Marc Juteau, president of Classic Auctions, the Montreal-area company handling the sale. Henderson was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia last fall.

“It’s somebody that really cares about what’s going on with Mr. Henderson, somebody who’s been there,” Juteau said


Watch a feature on Henderson below…

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Windsor Honors Their Spitfires

from the CP at CBC,

The Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires returned home Monday to a hero’s welcome and a “parade of champions” celebrated by thousands of adoring fans in the city’s core.

The Spitfires became the first team since the 1994-95 Kamloops Blazers to win their second straight Canadian Hockey League title with a 9-1 rout of the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday. Windsor, which made history last spring by becoming the first team ever to win the title after dropping the first two games of the event, took a decidedly different road to the title this time around, finishing the season on a 12-game winning streak, including four straight wins in the Memorial Cup.

Riding two to a car, players rode down the Ouellette Avenue parade route before joining fans for a rally at Dieppe Gardens, located on the bank of the Detroit River.


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Russians Lose But KHL Wins

from Andy Potts a The Moscow News,

But amid the disappointment of defeat, there is some comfort to be drawn from the game for organisers of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

The competition, which has a clear aim to rival the NHL for supremacy in world hockey, provided some evidence of its quality by supplying eight of the Czech roster – and claiming both goals for the underdogs in the final.

Indeed, on the night the Czechs had more KHL players suited up than the Russian – seven against six – while the big names from North America were mostly under the double-headed eagle.

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Congrats To The Windsor Spitfires

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Keyed by a relentless offensive effort, the Windsor Spitfires made history, winning their second straight Memorial Cup title with a 9-1 victory against the host Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday at Westman Place.

Taylor Hall, NHL Central Scouting’s second-rated North American prospect for the 2010 Entry Draft, had a goal and 2 assists to finish as the tournament’s leading scorer with 5 goals and 9 points. He became the first player in the 92-year history of Canada’s national junior championship tournament to win consecutive MVP awards.

The Spitfires also became the eighth team ever to win back-to-back titles, and the first since the Kamloops Blazers in 1994-95.


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