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From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,
Keeping a pro hockey career going in the minors when you’re 35 is a roll of the dice anyway. So if you’re going to do it, why not skate straight to Las Vegas? That would be the natural explanation for why Chris and Peter Ferraro, the twins from Sound Beach and former Rangers, are on The Strip. [...]
It has been a fascinating odyssey for the two brothers. They were on the 1994 U.S. Olympic team, or at least Peter was after Chris was the final cut and went to Lillehammer as an alternate. They were teammates on a college national championship team at Maine. Both were drafted by the Rangers, played here and there in the NHL, spent time in the Islanders system, played together in Sweden and Germany. But theirs is less a hockey story than it is a family story. It always has been.
from the Journal (Queen’s University),
Gare Joyce, author of Future Greats and Heartbreaks and a frequent contributor to ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, is a 20-year sports writing veteran, formerly of the Globe and Mail.
He said the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) is a largely untapped resource the NHL could take a closer look at.
“I think a lot of players who don’t track for the NHL but could be very viable players in the AHL or in Europe, a lot of them end up in CIS schools. It’s a more attractive option then starting down the route of being a career minor-leaguer or heading off to Europe,” he said.
“I think that the NHL overlooks and misses out on at least a couple of players who could fill roles. People look at Steve Rucchin as being as unlikely as a win in a lottery. … I don’t know why they would think that.”
A KK reader passed this along to me…
The “Amur Tigers” played a very unusual game - taking on a prisoners’ hockey team of Zaozernoe Prison (№13). Khabarovsk Alumni (Amur Tigers) players won the game 5-3.
The prisoners prepared the ice surface and the idea of playing this game belongs to the prison’s priest (Father Oleg) who also was on the Tigers’ roster.
One of those who took the face-off against murderers, rapists, robbers and assorted other social deviants was Alexander Mogilny.
View some great pictures a this site and note the site is in Russian. The blog belongs to a TV journalist who participated in the game, playing for the Tigers.
From Rick Couchman at Hockey.com,
Someone is going to die, someday, but luckily for Tom Pohl, he came out on the fortunate end of things.
There was a close-call in Minnesota last night, but it looks like the hockey fraternity dodged a bullet this time, and considering the events, it could have been tragic.
Let’s face it, some collisions are so significant that you can’t help but wonder how people survive. Especially when it involves someone’s skull smashing into the boards.
continued… *Pohl is in intensive care at the Mayo Clinic, but doing well so far
It was only the other day that I realized The Hockey News had Jamie McLennan blogging, and then I didn’t get around to reading his posts until today. (Which was quite foolish of me—the guy’s hilarious.) Here’s a sample from his most recent post, talking about his first round playoff experience in Seoul, Korea:
It was a chance for me to visit another country on my world tour and also an opportunity to see if yet another country’s immigration department would challenge the validity of Tyson Nash’s documents.
Although listed in his papers as somewhat human and standing just barely inches above an average countertop, Tyson’s appearance raised some red flags. The Koreans immediately took issue with our team’s approach of transporting him in his custom-made cage with an automatic feeder.
With the cage dimensions being equal to that of a golf bag, the only real issue was why his mouth guard, very badly decayed and barely recognizable, was traveling in a separate case.
From Jeff Z. Klein at Slap Shot (NYT),
Why does the NHL persist with its broken standings system, whose guaranteed-point scheme encourages teams to play for regulation ties and has triggered an epidemic of third-period sleepwalks? Well, for one thing, it keeps the standings close and the playoff races tight. … Or does it?
Starting today we present the standings as they appear under the NHL’s current system (designated as N below) and as they would appear under the European system (E, or 3 for a regulation win, 2 for an OT or shootout win, 1 for an OT/SO loss, and 0 for a regulation loss) and under the Slovak Extraliga system (S, or 3 for a regulation win, 2 for an OT/SO win, 0 for any kind of loss).
from the Barrie Examiner,
...an informal survey of players practising at the Barrie Molson Centre this week revealed neck protection is not popular among this OHL team.
“I’m not for it. I’m against it,” 19-year-old forward Cory McGillis said as he and his teammates got re-acquainted with neck guards this week. They will wear them for the first time in a game tomorrow. “I haven’t worn one for five years. It’s just annoying.”
“Graduating out of ‘AAA’, I was relieved to get rid of the neck guard,” rookie forward Marcus Pepe said. “It was always a pain in the butt, and it was gross throwing on wet. I find it really uncomfortable.
“But I guess it saves lives, right?”
from Kelly Hrudey at Behind the Mask,
Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending an event for the Edge School for Athletes in the city of Calgary.
For two reasons I was really looking forward to the gala. The first was because one of my favourite pleasures is to listen to public speakers, and secondly, this guest speaker was the legendary goaltender Vladislav Tretiak.
All hockey fans know of Tretiak’s brilliance on the ice but very few people know much about the man, including myself.
via The Record,
The Ontario Hockey League will force all of its players to wear neck protection starting next week.
The league has annouced mandatory neck protection must be worn by all players effective March 10.
Update March 6th, 2008 - 12:23pm ET:
A new group named “Keep neck guards out of the OHL” was created on Facebook early Wednesday morning. By Thursday afternoon, more than 180 people joined the group on the popular social networking website to sound off on the new regulation.
One group member wrote, “We might as well put the cage on if we have to wear neck guards.”
Another hockey player posted a note saying he simply won’t wear it. “I probably shouldn’t be in this league anyway but I’ll be pumping gas before I will wear a neck guard,” he wrote.
from the Times-Colonist,
The ECHL has shed the Slap Shot image so completely that you often hear certain fans ruefully commenting on the lack of fighting and rough stuff in games.
With its NHL affiliations and game-day rosters limited to 18 players, these skilled young pros are looking to move up to the AHL, so most nights the games are rough, but clean.
So it is ironic the most controversial incident of the season at the Memorial Centre should happen on an evening with the arena loaded with impressionable youth players among the healthy crowd on Salute to Minor Hockey Night.
It occurred in the second period with Victoria trailing 4-1 and clearly frustrated during a break for a faceoff, Robin Gomez came off the bench on a line change and sucker-punched unsuspecting Wranglers star and former NHLer Chris Ferraro.
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