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via the Province,
The organizing committee for the 2010 Winter Games has released a detailed schedule of events for the Olympics and Paralympics….
The final sport event of the Games, the men’s gold-medal hockey game is set for Feb. 28 at 12:15 p.m. (PT) at General Motors Place.
from the Hockey News,
Welcome to The Hockey News’ Ultimate Logo Tournament.
Over the course of the next two months, we will first lay out our rankings of every notable league in North America, then let you vote on your favorites.
From your votes, a tournament will be spawned. An event which will pit 40 teams from every league against each other, regardless of home attendance, winning record or prominence.
The Montreal Canadiens may end up facing the Fayetteville FireAntz. The Minnesota Wild could run up against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Who knows? Tourney time is approaching and it will be madness.
from the Sun-Sentinel,
With the region’s year-round tropical weather, few South Florida high school students lace up their skates and hit the ice to play hockey.
Here, football, baseball and basketball still remain supreme.
“Hockey isn’t popular because most people don’t understand it compared to baseball and football,” said North Broward Prep junior Zach Andrews, who has been playing hockey since he was 4. “There is a lot more to hockey than fights, scoring and hits. Hockey is a lifestyle.”...
“While hockey is certainly becoming more and more popular down here, I think the reason why it is not as popular as other sports is because of the expense and accessibility,” he said. “There are only three or four rinks in the area, and ice time is very expensive. An hour of ice costs about $250 to $300. Equipment can also cost up to $2,000.”
A 23-year-old Calgary man sentenced to 30 days in jail Wednesday for assaulting a hockey linesman in 2006 will be filing an appeal, his lawyer says.
Robert Joseph Simard, who was convicted of kicking Rory McCuaig in face and knocking him unconscious in an off-ice brawl after a game, will serve his time on weekends beginning in August.
Simard’s lawyer, Alain Hepner, said the family is disappointed with the sentence, believing it is far too harsh, especially when compared to other hockey assault cases.
Is it just me, or does a 30 day jail sentence already seem like a pretty good deal for kicking a hockey official in the face and knocking him unconscious AFTER a game, and off the ice?
Seems like it could have been much harsher.
From Les Perreaux in the Globe & Mail,
The son of hockey legend Patrick Roy has been charged with assault for his part in an infamous hockey brawl last season.
Saguenay, Que., police confirmed a single charge of assault was laid against Jonathan Roy this morning in Quebec court.
The younger Roy, a goaltender for the Quebec Remparts, is the only player or coach charged in the incident March 22 when he stormed across the ice to pound on the opposing goaltender, Bobby Nadeau.
Well, at least he’s still got that music career…
From the Canadian Press,
The family of a budding hockey star who died mysteriously last winter near Windsor, Ont., says he died of an underlying heart condition.
Mickey Renaud, captain of the Ontario Hockey League Windsor Spitfires, died in February at his home in nearby Tecumseh.
In a statement, his family says an autopsy determined that the 19-year-old player died of a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
*Previous report on KK is here.
from the CP via the Hockey News,
Five members of Germany’s ice hockey squad face a three-month suspension for failing to comply with requirements on doping tests.
The players weren’t named but all failed twice to notify NADA - Germany’s national anti-doping agency - about their whereabouts for out-of-competition tests, the trade magazine Eishockey News said.
From Greg Caggiano at the Bleacher Report:
I was browsing a forum and saw a thread titled “Swastika’s On Ice” and I said to myself, “Oh no! Do I even want to open up this thread? What on earth could it possibly be about?”
I opened it and found a black and white photograph of eight women in ice skates holding hockey sticks.
It turns out that the picture is one of the earliest known photographs of a women’s ice hockey team that played in Edmonton. And their name? Yes, you guessed it: the Swastikas.
from Brendan Savage of the Flint Journal,
With all the distractions of daily life — especially for an athlete who has a spouse and kids — it isn’t difficult to get sidetracked during a long season and lose focus on the task at hand.
With that in mind, the Flint Generals have hired Flint’s John Tomlinson as their hypnotherapist in an effort to gain an advantage on the other five teams in the International Hockey League.
From Charlie Teljeur at The Hockey News,
What would be a good analogy to describe the current state of Euro-NHL relations?
Maybe a chess match, in which one side – the NHL – has three Queens, five Knights, 12 Rooks and an infinite number of pawns. Europe is represented by a pair of rogue, but nicely dressed Bishops who feel they can move any direction they damn well please.
The National League – they’re the white side – have been hungrily swallowing up unlimited European talent since it was discovered Inge Hammerstrom wasn’t female and that she, er he, had a nice backhand.
Europe – playing the evil black role – occasionally jumps a pawn or two or sign a broken-down seen-better-days Queen (sorry, Jaromir) and waves said contract in the face of the “shocked” NHL, something akin to a pirate who steals your spare set of car keys.
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