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From the Torontoist,
The leaves are falling; the days are getting colder and the nights longer. All this can only mean one thing. It’s hockey season.
In Toronto, hockey is virtually synonymous with the Maple Leafs. Which is fine if you’re into teams with questionable goaltending, aging stars and $45 nosebleed seats.
Luckily for us, the Leafs aren’t the only game in town. Quality hockey, pleasantly free of suits in corporate boxes, can be found in and around Toronto.
continued… (*scrap your Leaf fandom for options ranging from the OHL to the Sabres)
The Globe & Mail’s Eric Duhatschek has co-authored a book with Dave King:
Had a chance to catch up with Dave King last night for the first time in months. It was at the launch party in Calgary for the book we collaborated on about his year of coaching in Russia, a crazy and wildly successful season in which the team won so many games in the regular season that they ran out of bonus money to pay the players and as a result, dipped into their travel funds to stay within the budget (dooming them to commercial instead of charter flights for the final quarter of the regular season).
Called King Of Russia and published by McClelland & Stewart, it chronicles the 2005-06 season of the Super League team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, which coincided with Evgeni Malkin’s final year in Russia.
Book available at Amazon.com if anyone is interested. Probably be quite fascinating, actually.
*an affiliate link
From Mike Zeisberger at the Toronto Sun,
Sitting neatly on a bookshelf in the library of Steve Yzerman’s suburban home are a number of his favourite shiny shinny keepsakes from on and off the ice.
Sprinkled between some of his daughters’ soccer trophies are several sparkling baubles that would make the eyes of any rabid hockey fan bulge.
Three Stanley Cup trophies. A 2002 Olympic gold medal. Another gold medal, this one from the 2007 World Championship in Moscow. Of course, there always is room for more. Yzerman will make room if need be.
Especially if the prize is Olympic gold from the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
from Hong Kong News,
While ice hockey is hugely popular in North America and Europe, only now, with the advent of indoor rinks, is it catching on in Hong Kong. And the arrival of former NHL star Barry Beck through the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is sure to write a new page in local ice hockey history.
He believes Hong Kong could compete in the Winter Olympics by strengthening its youth hockey training scheme.
“[There are] many intelligent players. They can learn quickly, so we are able to compete well. We have to continue to work on our youth programme. We might be able to get into the Winter Olympics,” he said.
Today represents the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit series. From the CP,
Henderson will mark the anniversary giving motivational speeches at a leadership conference at an inn north of Toronto.
Canadians who watched the live Summit Series broadcasts will never forget the drama that unfolded.
And Joe Pelletier has put together some selected works, if you’d like to blast back to the past:
- How Politicians used the 1972 Summit Series
- A Photo Essay of the Team Canada Jersey
- A Photo Essay of the Soviet Jersey
Updated 12:41pm ET:
From The Star,
Darcy Robinson, a Canadian playing for Asiago of the Italian hockey league, died during Thursday’s season-opening game. He was 26.
The native of Kamloops, B.C., fell to the ice without being hit during the first period of a game with Renon and was rushed to a local hospital where he died, Asiago said. No cause of death was given. The game was suspended.
Robinson was beginning his second season with Asiago. The defenceman, who held dual Canadian-Italian citizenship, played junior hockey in Saskatoon and Red Deer. He was selected 233rd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1999 draft.
*For more on Robinson, see his player page on hockeydb.com
From the BBC,
CEO of the 02, Philip Beard said: “When we announced the games, they pretty much sold out in a couple of weeks. I have to admit that I was surprised.
“We thought it might take a lot longer to promote the event, but not only did sports fans get behind it but the ice hockey leagues in the UK were really keen to promote it as well.”
Beard is particularly pleased with the interest despite the games taking place on a sporting weekend also featuring World Cup rugby and Premier League football.
“It’s fair to say that at the moment there is a massive amount of big sport on, but this weekend is a total sell-out. People are coming from all over the UK and indeed across Europe,” he told BBC Sport.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
The O2 Arena in London opened its doors on June 22 and although some rock concerts have been staged, no ice had ever been laid down.
So three days ago, the NHL’s ice guru, Dan Craig, started work on the surface. In a case like this, more is involved than just dumping some water on the floor and chilling it.
For starters, the floor had been swept after the concerts, but never properly cleaned. So the first job was to make sure that the surface was free from any contaminants that might affect the ice.
Then the boards had to be installed. The O2 Arena was built to accommodate European hockey with its larger ice surface and the stadium’s personnel had used those boards only to control crowds. But Craig had to oversee the installation of boards for an NHL-size rink. That, too, was a first.
SALZBURG, Austria - Anze Kopitar scored three goals Tuesday to help the Los Angeles Kings rally for a 7-6 win over Red Bull Salzburg in an exhibition tournament.
The Austrian champions went ahead 3-0 in the opening four minutes, but Mike Cammalleri, Ladislav Nagy and Kopitar evened the score within 10 minutes. Kopitar added another goal on a power play later in the period.
*you can also read more about the LA Kings in Austria at the team website
From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,
The NHL’s move to start its regular season in London, England is renewing debate about the viability of the league expanding to Europe.
Jim Kelley, a semi-regular host at the Fan590 in Toronto, correctly noted that “finding some schlep” in Europe to buy out owners of the sad-sack franchises in the American south – Florida, Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix, to name a few – would save the NHL the enormous cost of contraction.
Problem is, there’s no evidence the league has plans to give up on the U.S. television market by contracting.
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