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from the CP,
An emotionally-drained Jaromir Jagr believes his decision to leave the NHL was the most difficult in his career. Yet the right one.
“It wasn’t an easy decision,” the star winger told The Canadian Press in a phone interview Friday. “It was the toughest decision in my life, hockey-wise. ...
“It was a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be,” he added. “No question about it. I hate making changes.”
Numerous reports stating Jagr has signed with Avangard Omsk. His picture is on the front page of their site.
A quick translation from the website…
On July, 4th general manager ХК “Avant-guard” Anatoly Bardin has concluded the contract on the scheme «2+1» with one of the most productive [forward in the] NHL Jaromir Jagr.
President [of the Continental Hockey League] Alexander Medvedev has highly appreciated [the] contract signing [by] management of Omsk “Avant-guard” with a star of world hockey In the near future there will be a press release of a management of league.
added 8:25am, via Bloomberg,
Jaromir Jagr, the former winner of the National Hockey League’s Hart Trophy as its most valuable player, has signed a deal to play with Avangard Omsk of the top Russian hockey league.
Club boss Anatoly Bardin signed a two-year contract that will bring Jagr, the five-time winner of the NHL’s scoring title, to the Siberian club after the 36 year-old’s contract ran out with the New York Rangers at the end of last season, a statement on the Russian club’s Web site said.
added 12:43pm, from TSN,
The Russian hockey team Avangard Omsk announced it has signed the former New York Rangers star and Jagr’s agent, Pat Brisson, confirmed the move Friday afternoon.
“Jaromir signed a letter of intent with the Avangard Omsk Hockey team of the Russian CHL on or about 3am EST this morning. I won’t comment on the terms of the agreement at this time.It was a very difficult but personal decision to make in light of the many NHL teams interested in his services. He is grateful to the NHL and especially the Rangers in recent years.”
via Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The Hockey News has learned Martin Straka will play overseas in 2008-09.
Reports surfaced last week that Straka would return to play in his native Czech Republic, but those reports were later denied.
A source close to the situation has now confirmed Straka will indeed leave the NHL.
from On the Islanders Beat,
When one door closes, another one opens. The only problem for former Islanders goaltender Wade Dubielewicz is that the door to his future is located halfway around the world. On the other hand, Door No. 2 will pay him much more than what he would have received to remain in the Islanders’ organization.
Agent Kurt Overhardt, who represents Dubielewicz, confirmed reports his client has signed to play with AK Kazan in the new Russian Continental League that is starting up this season. Overhardt declined to discuss specific terms of the deal, but it’s likely his client will make several times what he did after taxes on the $500,000 contract he received from the Islanders last season.
From the CP via the Globe & Mail,
Viktor Kuzkin, a three-time Olympic champion, has died after a diving accident earlier this week. He was 67.
Kuzkin won gold medals with the Soviet Union teams at three Winter Olympics from 1964 to ‘72, and eight world championships.
The Moscow-born defenceman played 169 times for the USSR, scoring 18 goals, and was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Hall of Fame in 2005.
from the Portland Tribune,
Brent Peterson, who coached the Portland Winter Hawks to a Memorial Cup championship in 1998 and once captained the team, is tired of watching his favorite junior hockey franchise struggle….
Peterson decided awhile back to make an effort to do something about it. While he’s not leaving the Predators – he has a two-year contract in his pocket – he’s put together a formidable team of investors seeking to buy the team from Jim Goldsmith, Jack Donovan and John Bryant.
The group includes former Winter Hawks Brenden Morrow, Marian Hossa, Ray Ferraro and Scott Nichol (to name a few), along with PGA golfer and former Portland resident Peter Jacobsen, a longtime friend of Peterson.
from David Littman at the Hockey News,
Every young hockey player dreams of being drafted and playing in the NHL, so how do you maximize the chances for that to happen?
Let’s start at the beginning.
During ages six to 14, make sure you’re on a good traveling team. The better the team, the farther it will go not only in your local league, but in regional and national tournaments, too.
From the AP via the Globe & Mail,
The NHL has opened…
Note: The reason the quoted segment is short (or rather, virtually non-existent) is because of this Associated Press policy we pointed out last week, restricting bloggers from quoting more than 4 words of their articles without payment. The AP is uncredited at the top of the Globe & Mail link (ironically enough) but it is originally their article.
It would be easy enough to ignore, but we’re going to play along with the AP’s policy for now; the rare times we’re inclined to bother citing them, anyway.
Damien Cox in The Spin at the Toronto Star,
There are a number of highly qualified, highly respected and thoughtful hockey people on the selection committee of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Who’d have thought they could screw up so badly?
Last week, they announced the next Hall of Fame class, and it’s a good one - Glenn Anderson, Igor Larionov, linesman Ray Scapinello and the late Ed Chynoweth.
Sadly, however, the 18-member selection committee again booted the ball so badly on honouring women in the game that it has seriously discredited itself and soiled the reputation of this hockey institution.
It’s so rare I fully agree with a Cox rant. But it happens, and this is one such occasion.
from Neal Rubin of the Detroit News,
Bobby Suvoy had Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and it was vicious. He’d been a boy who liked to swim and skate and catch fish, always looking for something to do. Now here he was at 16, paralyzed, with a breathing machine inflating his lungs.
Chris Terry was Bobby’s idol, his favorite hockey player. The team arranged for Terry to meet him, and it was a thrill; one of the few things Bobby could still do was smile, and he hardly stopped from the moment Terry walked in.
Then Terry dropped by the Suvoys’ house in Redford Township a few more times, on his own. And when Bobby died in early May, Terry came down from his home in Brampton, Ontario, for the funeral, driving four hours in his big green Isuzu Rodeo.
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