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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.
Ken Danby, the artist who created the 1972 painting “In The Crease” has passed away at age 67. The manager of Guelph, ON’s Danby Studio, Greg McKee, said the realist painter died on Sunday while on a canoe trip in Algonquin Park.
Danby was born in Sault Ste. Marie, ON in 1940 and established himself as one of the world’s foremost realist painters over his career.
*photo of painting from Ken Danby Art
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Further proof of some forward thinking around the NHL emanated last week out of San Jose. Sharks boss Greg Jamison, approached over the summer about a venture in the Asian Ice Hockey League, agreed to back and engineer a plan to send five players and three coaches to join the China Sharks. Yes, that’s China, specifically Beijing, which is part of the six-team AIHL that includes four clubs in Japan and one in Korea.
According to Jamison, there were many good reasons to try to give the game a boost over there. Among them, he said, “Obviously, they have a few people living there.” Some 15 million (about half of Canada’s population) live in Beijing, which actually looks like a couple of pucks in the bottom of the bucket when compared with the country’s overall population of 1.3 billion-plus.
From the Star Tribune,
Twins first baseman Justin Morneau thought it was pretty cool getting picked for the cover of a baseball video game, but now things have reached a whole new level.
Morneau is featured as a goaltender in 2K Sports’ latest release, “NHL2K8.”
Morneau, a New Westminster, British Columbia, native who played junior hockey in Canada before signing with the Twins, is wearing blue and green Vancouver Canucks gear in the hockey game, though he’s listed as a free agent. “My buddies at home are going to be more excited about that than being on the cover of the baseball game,” said Morneau, who is pictured in his Twins uniform swinging a bat for 2K Sports’ “The Bigs.”
From Willy Palov at The Chronicle Herald,
During its first 37 years, the QMJHL has produced countless stars.
With the 2007-08 season just under way, here’s a look at the 10 best players ever to play in the league.
1. Mario Lemieux, C, (Laval Voisins, 1981-82) — Scored an incredible 282 points in 70 games to set a league record that is likely never to be broken.
continued… (*check out the entire list at the link)
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Despite Canada’s domination of the junior hockey Super Series, the tournament was a success at the gate and on television.
The event worked so well that Hockey Canada wants to do it again, or at least is looking into reprising the tournament next summer, with Canada playing the United States.
from the CBC,
A talented Quebec junior hockey player from Montreal has agreed not to observe some of the strict rules of his Jewish religion after officials threatened to cut him from the team if he didn’t travel or play on Saturdays.
The Gatineau Olympiques managed to reach a compromise with 18-year-old Benjamin Rubin on Tuesday, allowing him to play forward this season, said team governor Charles Henry.
added 9/13/07, View a video report from the CBC…
from the Texas Brahmas,
The Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League (CHL) announced Wednesday the signing of playmaker and enforcer, Robin Big Snake.
“Big Snake is going to make a huge impact for the Brahmas team and organization. There is a lot of excitement built around this signing. I have no doubts that his reputation will bring fans to the NYTEX Sports Centre,” said Head Coach Dan Wildfong.
Big Snake, a Siksika Nation native and popular youtube.com icon, spent 67 games last season in the United Hockey League (UHL-now the International Hockey League) with the Rockford IceHogs in Illinois. He recorded 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists) and 330 penalty minutes.
From Lois Kalchman at the Toronto Star,
The idea for STOP came from a single, almost tragic, incident in 1996. Stubbington, a volunteer coach and former referee-in-chief for the Windsor Minor Hockey Association for more than 20 years, was coaching a springtime peewee club when a player was shoved from behind and knocked out.
“We were scared to death,” Stubbington said. “I was shaking and came home that night and thought that this has got to stop. These kids are getting vicious,” he said of the 12 and 13-year-olds. “We have to teach the kids to have more respect for each other.”
from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,
The Summit Series of 1972 it wasn’t because this event was decided in five games, not eight. Nevertheless, it had a lasting impression on the likes of Sam Gagner, the 18-year-old centreman with a flair for brilliance.
Gagner was one of many teenagers who proved to be every bit as talented as their Russian counterparts, especially when Canada won the first six games of the midsummer night’s dream matchup.
“The entire experience lived up to expectations,” Gagner said last night before accepting the most valuable player award for the tournament. “We had a lot of fun, and for me to play again for my country was something special.”
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