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Watch a report from the CBC.
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,
Friday night, they broadcast the Ducks’ game played here against Tampa Bay.
Saturday morning, they broadcast an all-star game played in Moscow.
Yeah, thatMoscow, the one in Russia. Not the one in Idaho.
Estimated travel time from Southern California: 12 hours.
How did they do this, exactly? How’d they leave Honda Center at 11 p.m. and, six hours later, call a game 6,000 miles away?
“Three cups of coffee,” Brent Severyn said, “and two doughnuts did it for me.”
It also helped that NBC was able to bring Moscow to them, to Severyn and partner John Ahlers, the two taking a red-eye drive, just 45 minutes up the freeway, transatlantic carpooling.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
If you’re a fan of elite international competitions, you’ll be happy to hear the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association are working toward staging another World Cup of Hockey tournament in the not-too-distant future.
According to an informed source, the sides are looking at two dates, the most probable being late August/early September of 2011. Another possibility is Feb. 2012. That date, however, is less likely because of the need to shut down the 2011-12 NHL regular season to accommodate the tournament. The owners aren’t thrilled with the idea of dimming the lights during the season for any reason. They do so grudgingly to allow the players to participate in the Olympics. In this case, I believe they’d be wise to at least consider it.
According to the Calgary Herald, Swedish club Vasteras was under the assumption that Backlund would rejoin them after the World Junior Hockey Championship.
‘‘Mikael Backlund has not been given permission to play for another club,’’ Vasteras official Anders Eklund told the Swedish media. ‘‘There is nothing in his agreement with us that allows him to play for a club in North America and we don’t think it’s right that he did this without communicating with us.
‘‘We are very disappointed in Backlund’s conduct in this case and do not think he acted honestly.’
Backlund suited up for the Calgary Flames last week. Read on.
Update 3:05pm ET: Here’s the original report in the Calgary Herald.
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
As the race to the 2009 Entry Draft in June approaches the halfway point, one thing has become clear, there are two runners leading the pack, with everyone else fighting for third.
London Knights center John Tavares and Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman top the North American and European skater rankings, respectively, in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings, released Monday.
Central Scouting ranked the top 210 North American skaters, the top 30 North American goaltenders, the 148 top European skaters and the 12 best European goalies.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
A bizarre power struggle continues to unfold in the KHL between Omsk management and head coach Wayne Fleming.
Fleming, who was (according to russiatoday.com) reportedly fired in-game this week, met with Omsk general manager Anatoli Bardin on Saturday and was told he hadn’t been fired even though Bardin asked Fleming not to coach the third period of game on Thursday night.
“I guess they didn’t fire me,” Fleming said. “But I told him at the time, if I’m not coaching the third period obviously I’m fired.”
Fleming says he didn’t return for the final period, changed his clothes and left the arena under the assumption his KHL days were over.
from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,
As Jaromir Jagr got ready for the latest unique experience in a season already full of them, he said he has no regrets about leaving the N.H.L. to play in Russia, despite watching a teammate die on the bench, having his coach quit in the middle of a game and playing in a league whose financial situation is said to be faltering.
“You could write a book about it,” Jagr said of his season during a telephone interview from Moscow. “But I’m fine. I’m doing good. I’m happy.”
On Friday, Jagr was getting ready to take center stage for the Continental Hockey League, or K.H.L., All-Star game on Saturday at an outdoor rink in Red Square. There, Jagr is the all-star of all stars, the biggest name in a league marketing itself around him.
added 5:33pm, from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Jaromir Jagr said he has no designs on returning to the NHL in the short term, but if he ever did return he would be happy to go back to the Pittsburgh Penguins to play for his former idol, Mario Lemieux.
“I was thinking about it and if Mario would call me and say, ‘I’d like you to play for our team,’ I would think about it a lot,” Jagr said in a telephone interview from Moscow where the Kontinental League will hold its inaugural All-Star Game outdoors at Red Square Saturday. “I would play for the minimum salary. I would play for $350,000 just for him because I owe him my hockey life. I want to pay him back because he has made me what I am…besides my parents.”
from Brian McNair of the News Durham Region,
Emotions were running high as the Oshawa Generals parted ways with John Tavares and Michael Del Zotto during a Friday press conference at the General Motors Centre.
Del Zotto, a surprise addition to the blockbuster deal with the London Knights completed the night before, was particularly outward in his emotions, with tears visible in his eyes from the outset and spilling over at one point.
Tavares, long rumoured to be headed west, was better able to contain his feelings, but looked as though he had little sleep and was much more subdued than usual.
from Russia Today,
The coach of Avangard Omsk hockey team didn’t return to the bench for the third period of his team’s home game against Vityaz Podolsk. Canadian specialist Wayne Fleming couldn’t do so as he’d been fired during the break.
After the second period Avangard were losing 1-0 to lowly Vityaz and the club’s bosses had just had enough of the team’s poor performance in the current KHL season.
from Kevin Lagoie of the Cornwall Standard Freeholder,
McCourt now found himself laid out on the ice. Throop also suffered a stick blow to the head in the brawl that ensued. The referee, Thomas Quinn, tried to get the players to stop, but they had tuned him out. Finally, he shouted “Look at the man on the ice,” and that was enough to bring the brawl to a halt. Quinn then helped McCourt to the dressing room, at which time he noticed the player had two cuts on the left side of his head.
McCourt was sitting with his head in his hands, and complaining of having a headache and being dizzy. Despite the pain, McCourt insisted on returning to the game.
At first, he seemed to be all right.
The pain for McCourt was finally too much to handle. Saying he was “all in,” McCourt headed for the dressing room.
Those would be his last words
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