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The Rest Of The Story Of The Two Hockey Guys Who Ended Their Fight With A High-Five & A Hug

from Puck Daddy,

“In my career, I’d never seen that before,” said Dean Lygipsakos, Roch’s head coach with Jonquiere Marquis.

The clip went viral in the U.S., as the original video is closing in on 200,000 views on YouTube. It’s easy to figure out why: an awesome brawl followed by a moment of empathy and celebration that would seem to juxtapose the warrior aesthetic embodied by the combatants.

The story behind that moment is a valentine to hockey’s lore. Roch wasn't just fighting an opponent. He was helping to celebrate the end of his idol's hockey career.

Gaby Roch is a 26-year-old right wing from Joliette, PQ in Canada. He played junior hockey in Quebec until 2008, when he was drafted to the LNAH. After showing some offensive flourish earlier in his career, coaches made his path to pro hockey clear: Drop the gloves, work the corners and be an energy player.

Joel Theriault is a 37-year-old defenseman playing his last season in the LNAH with the Thetford Mines Isothermic. 



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Off To Practice She Goes

from Karen Crouse of the New York Times,

At the Columbus Cottonmouths’ morning skate on Thursday, Brad Prefontaine, the assistant coach, opened the door to the practice rink for Shannon Szabados, who squeezed through in her goaltending gear. “This is the last time I’m going to do that for you,” he said, jokingly.

Fresh off her gold-medal-winning stint with Canada at the Sochi Games, Szabados, 27, opened another door for women when she signed with the Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League, a regional men’s senior league.

When Szabados, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, makes her expected pro debut this weekend, she will become the first woman to play in the 10-year-old S.P.H.L., a rung or two below the midlevel ECHL on the National Hockey League ladder. It is the latest stop in Szabados’s trailblazing career. She was the first woman to play in the Western Hockey League in 2002 at age 16, and she played on the men’s team at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.


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Questions Continue Regarding Terry Trafford’s Death

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

... Terry Trafford was sent home from the Saginaw Spirit in his fourth season in the Ontario Hockey League for what his father calls “disciplinary reasons.” Some have said he was caught on the road smoking marijuana. Others have said he “was partying.”

“They sent him home,” said Roy. “They told him to go home and see your parents and come back next week. Jim (Paliafito, the general manager) called me and said Terry was being sent home to get his head straight.

“I figured he was going back to remake his commitment to the team and finish the season.”

But a second phone call from Paliafito changed everything. He left a message on Terry’s phone. He left a message on Roy’s phone. But Roy had left his cellphone in the car Saturday night.

“Jim said things had changed (in Saginaw). Unbeknownst to us, they didn’t want him back. I didn’t get the message. Terry did — but he didn’t tell me about it. I don’t think he told anybody. He didn’t want us to know. It was just normal on Saturday night but I was surprised he wasn’t watching his teammates play. That wasn’t normal for him.


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Nice to see Don Cherry and Ron MacLean back on North American turf, this time on Vancouver.

A few highlights of tonight's segment, Cherry talked a bit about the Sochi experience and also mentioned the NHL will not be at to Winter Games in South Korea in 2018.

Cherry also discussed the play of Jamie Benn and the Ontario Hockey Assoc. needs to stop taking money from the parents.

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It’s Hockey Weekend In The USA

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

What better way to celebrate the second day of Hockey Weekend Across America than to fill an iconic 90-year-old NFL stadium in Chicago with 60,000-plus NHL fans.

A sellout crowd is expected tonight at Soldier Field (8 p.m. ET, NBC) when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Pittsburgh Penguins as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series. The Blackhawks and Penguins are among the top five contenders for the 2014 Stanley Cup.

According to weather.com, there is a 70% chance of snow during the game.  A game-time temperature of 20 degrees is expected.

Other hockey happenings in America today:

430 rinks across the country will host a Try Hockey for Free event with 10,000 kids expected to participate for the first time.  This marks record participation for this  USA Hockey-sponsored event. The previous record was 190 rinks and 6,000 participants. USA Hockey is offering a free USA Hockey Advantage App, available at the Google Play and Apple App store, to help fans stay up-to-date on all of the organization’s events.


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Don’t Forget NHL Revealed - Sochi Edition Debuts Tonight

According to NHL.com, here is the schedule for tonight...

NBCSN – Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET

CBC – Feb. 27 at 8 p.m.

Plus more about tonight's show.

A sneek peak...

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Video- The Montreal Canadiens Honor Team Canada’s Gold Medal Hockey Teams

The video is about 5 1/2 minutes long.

Very nice presentation as always in Montreal.

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NHL Revealed This Thursday- Olympic Edition

NEW YORK (Feb. 25, 2014) – NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other returns this week with an Olympic-themed two-hour episode that will give viewers an unprecedented look into the 2014 men’s ice hockey Olympic competition. Debuting Thursday, Feb. 27 across North America (8:00 p.m. in Canada on CBC, 10:00 p.m. ET in the U.S. on NBCSN), NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other takes fans to Sochi to tell the untold story behind the thrilling competition that was this year’s Olympic hockey tournament. The double episode re-airs on Sportsnet on Sunday, Mar. 2 at 8:00 p.m. in Canada and on NHL Network-U.S. on Mar. 3 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Firs teaser, almost 2 1/2 minutes long...


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Murray Musings

By Tom Murray,

A few thoughts in the wake of the gold medal victories in hockey for the men and women of Canada.

First, the men.

We can talk all we want here in the States about our players being as good as the Canadians, and maybe on paper we are, man for man, all the way down the line. But the simple truth is we can’t begin to compete with them in the area that really matters, that mattered most when the semifinal showdown between our two countries took place last week:

It means more to them than it does to us. It’s not just a game up there, it’s a religion, or close to it. And when Canadian teams play for their country, they’re also playing a game that is truly theirs. They take that designation seriously, protect it fiercely and play ferociously. After all, the image of an entire nation is on the line.

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Morning Line

Canada’s men’s hockey players are the most different of all our Olympians. They play always in the limelight. They make fortunes of money. They play a sport Canadians originated and have dominated. They expect and are expected to win. In Sochi, they played without arrogance, with no misdirected emotion. They were solidly, forcefully, smartly better than everyone else. Their gold medal win in the last Olympic event was the punchline to the story their Olympic teammates had been writing for 17 days. In Sochi, the men’s hockey team came to embody what we have become.

-Ken Dryden, HHOF goaltender on Team Canada.  Read more on them from Dryden at the Globe and Mail.

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