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The End of Junior ‘B’?

From Jeff Hicks at The Record,

For local junior B hockey teams, it may as well be the end of the world.  It’s the Super Midget League.

And it could arrive as early as next season to suck the finest 16-year-old players off the roster of such storied local franchises as the Elmira Sugar Kings, Waterloo Siskins, Cambridge Winter Hawks, Kitchener Dutchmen and Stratford Cullitons.

“The super midget league will be the final nail in the Jr. B coffin,” said long-time observer Bob Turow, who runs central scouting for the junior United States Hockey League and serves as the eyes and ears of U.S. college hockey recruiters north of the border.  Plans are in the works.

The Super League, as orchestrated by the Ontario Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey Federation, seems sure to become reality in Ontario.  Maybe even by fall of 2008.

continued… (*story implies a notable trickle-down effect on NHL and college scouting)

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Lindy Ruff Gunning for 2010 Olympics Job

From Mike Zeisberger at the Toronto Sun,

And he would like nothing better than to be part of the Canadian contingent that is seeking to repeat the championship effort turned in by Joe Sakic and company back in 2002 in Salt Lake City.

“It actually crossed my mind when I was watching Team Canada at the 2006 Games in Turin,” Ruff said yesterday. “I just thought to myself that it would be nice to be involved.  It’s a tremendous honour just to be considered in any capacity.”

Ruff’s name already has been discussed by Hockey Canada officials, joining a list of candidates that includes New Jersey Devils coach Brent Sutter, St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray, the Detroit Red Wings’ Mike Babcock, Stanley Cup-winning coach Randy Carlyle of the Anaheim Ducks and the Phoenix Coyotes’ Wayne Gretzky.

more…

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  Tags: lindy+ruff, olympics

Pressure On Notre Dame

from the South Bend Tribune,

“You don’t know how important the success of this team is to not just hockey in Indiana, but hockey in the United States,” Yzerman said to a crowd dotted with No. 19 Red Wings jerseys. “With the alumni base and fan base that Notre Dame has across the country, this team could bring a lot of exposure to the sport.”

Then he turned to Jackson and chuckled.

“Not to put any pressure on you, Coach, but it’s true,” said Yzerman. “It’s up to you to save hockey in the United States.”

more

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  Tags: notre+dame, steve+yzerman

NHL Should Forget Olympics

From Frank Deford at SI,

...the National Hockey League and the ice hockey federations of the United States and Canada should advise the IOC that after the 2010 Games in Vancouver, the U.S. and Canada will no longer compete in hockey in the Winter Olympics.  It is perfectly ridiculous for major-league team sports to kowtow to the Olympics. [...]

What basketball and hockey ought to do is set up joint international tournaments for exactly this time of year—just as the NBA and NHL seasons begin. These world championships would be held every four years, in an odd-numbered year, like this one. I think 2011 would be a good start.

more…

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  Tags: olympics

Insurance Talk

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Even if he (Blake) misses the next four seasons, his contract would surely be honoured, even though he’s not suffered a broken bone, concussion or other hockey-specific injury.

Yet far too few of hockey’s young stars take time to consider their mortality. What if instead of Blake it had been Alex Steen or Kris Newbury – who don’t have long-term security – tearfully disclosing they had leukemia?

Fact is, the NHL Players’ Association has long been worried that not enough of hockey’s less established players buy long-term disability insurance, even as the league minimum salary approaches $500,000 a year. (A million-dollar policy would cost a player in his early 20s about $10,000.)

Consider the cases of Milos Holan and Yanick Dupre, onetime teammates with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.

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  Tags: injuries

Little Cheli

from USA Hockey,

His name is synonymous with hockey in the United States. Try to find a hockey fan anywhere in the world who hasn’t heard of him. In fact, he’s so well-known, sports fans in general have a pretty good idea of who Chris Chelios is.

But if that’s the case, how can Chris Chelios sit in a crowded restaurant on a Saturday morning only miles from his hometown in the Chicago area without being hounded for autographs? How can he say he only has a short time to talk because he has to race off to hold tryouts for the midget major team he coaches?

The answer is pretty easy, actually. This Chris Chelios is not that Chris Chelios.

continued

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Signed Deal?

from the Star-Tribune,

In an e-mail to and subsequent phone interview with the Star Tribune on Sunday, former Gophers winger Tyler Hirsch accused the Wild of “misrepresenting the truth” and being “unethical” after the team announced last week that he signed a contract with the Houston Aeros, its American Hockey League affiliate….

According to Hirsch on Sunday, “I have neither verbally committed to or signed anything resembling a contract with the Minnesota Wild or their minor-league affiliates. I have never laid eyes on a would-be contract and am currently a free agent.”

read on

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  Tags: minnesota+wild, tyler+hirsch

Buying into the WHL

From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor have been friends for years.

They became teammates in July. And Wednesday, they will officially become co-owners of a hockey team.

Recchi and Sydor are part of a five-man group that has negotiated the acquisition of their old Western Hockey League club, the Kamloops Blazers, for a reported $7 million.

continued…

*And other notes on the Penguins this week,  including nicknames on their sticks, etc.

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  Tags: darryl+sydor, mark+recchi, pittsburgh+penguins, whl

Your Guide to Leaf-Free Hockey

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)

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  Tags: toronto+maple+leafs

King of Russia

imageThe 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.
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  Tags: dave+king, metallurg+magnitogorsk, russian+hockey

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