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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.
Former Blue Jackets defenseman Duvie Westcott has signed to play with Dinamo Riga (Latvia) of the Continental Hockey League (KHL).
Westcott was bought out of the final two years of his contract by the Blue Jackets this summer, meaning he’ll earn $600,000 plus from the Jackets over the next four years. He tried to get a one-way contract in the NHL, but found no takers.
from the blog of Risto Pakarinen,
Backed by Gazprom, the world’s third-largest corporation, measured by market capitalization, and a company that made almost two billion dollars in profit last year, the Russians have expansion plans of their own. Last February, they announced the formation of the Kontinentalnaya Hokkeynaya Liga - the Continental Hockey League - or the KHL, and at stake is simply: world domination.
The KHL has reportedly tried to attract teams from Sweden and Finland to join the newly set-up league that currently only has two non-Russian teams, the Dynamos of Kiev and Riga, in Belarus and Latvia, respectively. None of the Scandinavian teams have taken the bait. Not just yet, anyway.
Martin Rucinsky will be playing for Sparta Prague next season according to a report from the AP via the International Herald Tribune.
from the Grand Rapids Press,
The Grand Rapids Griffins have found their next leading man.
Curt Fraser will be introduced as the Griffins’ eighth coach in franchise history during a Wednesday morning news conference at Van Andel Arena.
Fraser, 50, was the first head coach in the history of the Atlanta Thrashers, who joined the NHL in 1999. He spent three and a half seasons there, compiling a 64-169-31-15 record before being fired in 2003.
From Eric McErlain at the Sporting News,
It was just last week that I warned that Russia’s nascent Kontinental Hockey League represented a legitimate threat to the way that the NHL did business.
Now, here we are just a week later, and the brewing competition between the two leagues over hockey talent—in particular Russian-born hockey talent—is threatening to escalate into a full-scale war.
Eric reviews the events of the past week, then further explores the long-term impact all this might have on the NHL.
from Snapshots at Mlive,
In the attached articles, Larionov seems intent upon not only helping SKA build a winning team, but also working on restoring some of Russia’s status as a country that can develop solid hockey players. He’s going to be a member of the KHL’s board of directors, and as such, he adds a somewhat moderate and nuanced viewpoint to a group of owners who are, by and large, economic oligarchs, and a set of GMs and coaches who are comprised Russian hockey veterans and the last of the Soviet hockey machine.
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