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Michigan State vs. Boston College In Frozen Four Finals

Get the scoop on both teams as they prepare to play Saturday night at 7:00pm EDT.

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What They Make

from the Excalibur, York University’s newspaper,

Minor league teams and big leagues generally do not publicly divulge players’ salaries, but their rules pertaining to minimum wage and salary caps are made public. How much do these guys earn? Let’s have a look.
In professional hockey, the top-level minor league in North America (unofficially called “AAA level”) is the American Hockey League (AHL). Some of you may know that the Toronto Maple Leafs rookies, the Marlies and two more Canadian AHL teams (the Bulldogs and the Manitoba Moose) have homes in Hamilton and Winnipeg.
Several players in this league are on two-way contracts, which mean that their salary depends on whether they play in the NHL or the AHL. For players who sign such contracts, whose terms are often publicly disclosed by the NHL parent club, their AHL salary is usually between $50,000 and $75,000.
For those who are on an AHL-only contract, the league’s minimum salary for the 2006-07 season was $44,000 ($35,000 US), and $27,000 US for players on loan from lesser leagues, in addition to the per diem allowances to cover certain expenses while on the road.
The average salary in the league is said to be around $50,000 to $55,000; not bad compared to any other job, but still a far cry from what a typical NHL star earns.

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Thinking Of Moscow

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

For one of the rare times in his career, Sergei Fedorov won’t be participating in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The World Championships are in Moscow, offering Fedorov the rare chance to represent his homeland on home ice.
At 37, there aren’t going to be many more chances to play for Russia in Russia and Fedorov admits, it’s an intriguing scenario.
“It’s not something I’ve really discussed with the media, but it’s a possibility,” Fedorov said before his Columbus Blue Jackets lost 3-0 to the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.
A romantic possibility to be sure, but Fedorov is hedging.
Thinking with his heart has caused Fedorov nothing but heartache in the past.

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AHL’s Men of the Year

From OurSports Central,

The American Hockey League announced today the individual team winners of the American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year awards, given to one player from each AHL member team for his outstanding contributions to his local community and charitable organizations during the 2006-07 season.
From this list of 27 finalists, representatives from American Specialty and the AHL will choose the winner of the 2006-07 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award.
The AHL’s annual Man of the Year award is named after the late Yanick Dupre, who died in August 1997 at the age of 24, following a 16-month battle with leukemia. Dupre, an AHL All-Star in 1995, played four seasons with the Hershey Bears, registering 169 points in 207 AHL games. He also skated in 35 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers.

continued… a list of the best of the best of the AHL’s good guys

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Snorkel On

from the McKight Journal,

Some local hockey fans were holding their breath because of the unstable situation of the Pittsburgh Penguins, while others were doing so to get a hearty workout.
Every Tuesday night, some extreme hockey fans gather at the Pine-Richland pool to partake in a friendly, yet exhilarating game of underwater hockey.
The premise of the game is much like its on ice counterpart. Teams of three to six players try to hit a puck made of brass and teflon across the bottom of the deep end (12 feet) of the pool into one of the two of the 1.5 foot goals on either end of the deep part. The goals are made of weighted angle iron, but sometimes get jostled around during the action according to long-time player Deb Rammage.

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Good News For Zamboni Drivers

from the AP via MSNBC,

It’s not drunken driving in New Jersey if it involves a Zamboni.
A judge ruled the four-ton ice rink-grooming machines aren’t motor vehicles because they aren’t useable on highways and can’t carry passengers.

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Andy Murray Will Lead Team Canada

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN that Team Canada will announce its coaching staff today for the upcoming World Hockey Championship in Russia.
St Louis Blues coach Andy Murray has accepted the position of head coach and will be joined on Canada’s bench by Los Angeles Kings associate coach Mike Johnston and former Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Gerard Gallant.

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Slap Shot- In-Depth

from the Montreal Gazette,

“There was a guy from the (NAHL) Cape Cod Cubs I hated, and I had one scene when I was just supposed to miss him. But I whacked him with an elbow in the head and knocked him out. The director came over and said: ‘It’s not supposed to be that real,’ but he was winking. He loved it.
“The best hits? They’re real, because they happened after 3 o’clock when all the extras were hammered. It was boring, sitting around on the set from 7 a.m., just waiting to be called.”
O’Reilly’s daughters, age 25 to 34, still don’t quite know what to make of their father’s role in hockey’s ultimate goon show. But they do know he’ll be on DVD for generations to come, which means ...something.

more... if you are a Slap Shot fan, a must read…

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Did Domi “Go Off”

from the Toronto Sun,

Several witnesses said that when the game ended Domi confronted his son’s coach, Lucas Miller, and launched a tirade filled with profanities in front of young players and fans.
Toronto Police were called to the rink to deal with the situation.
Although no charges were laid, witnesses compared Domi to “a caged animal” and said the former Maple Leaf was upset by the amount of ice time the coach had given Max, who captains the Marlboros.
However, other parents claimed the incident was blown out of proportion.

read on

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Nyet, Spaceba

from TSN’s Darren Dreger:

Vladislav Tretiak, the president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, recently submitted a letter to the NHL requesting the use of NHL players in an eight game exhibition series pitting Russia’s best versus Canada’s top players.
While the NHL acknowledges the 1972 Summit Series as one of the most significant events in the history of hockey, it won’t support or approve Tretiak’s interest in bringing it back to life.
Instead, the league would rather focus on an ongoing effort to settle a transfer agreement with Russia, which would align one of hockey’s world powers with the existing group of federations.

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