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from George Dohrmann at Sports Illustrated,
The cultivation of Nathan Gerbe as a hockey prodigy included some stock elements. There was the frozen pond, of course, on his family’s wooded property in Oxford, Mich. There were the two older brothers who taught him how to skate and pushed him until he became the most competitive and resourceful young player anyone had ever met. And there was the demanding father whose training methods seemed excessive—the early morning runs at the high school track, for example—but were vindicated as the greatness emerged in the youngest of his six children.
It is not an original narrative, save for this detail: Gerbe, a junior forward for Boston College, stopped growing when he was around 14. Judging by his physique, the 5’ 5”, 165-pound Gerbe has no business playing Division I hockey, let alone dominating it as he did last week at the Frozen Four in Denver.
The United States defeated Canada 4-3 on Saturday to win the gold medal at the women’s world hockey championship in Harbin, China.
Jenny Potter scored a pair of power-play goals while Natalie Darwitz added two more at even strength to pace the United States to its second gold medal in tournament history.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Pat Burns is returning to the bench.
The former NHL head coach will serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada at next month’s world hockey championship in Halifax and Quebec City.
from the Boston Globe,
(Chris) Higgins - who said watching the Oct. 27 hit by the Flyers’ Randy Jones that put the Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron on the sideline for at least the rest of the regular season was “hard to take” - believes he knows the problem.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of respect,” he said. “You’re told to hit ‘em as hard as you can. Guys want to put guys out of the game with their hits. I mean, I still hit guys as hard as I can; you have to. I just do it. I think the way you hit people has to change. I think that, along with hopefully the information available to kids, they’ll respect head shots and those types of injuries. So it’s ingrained in them when they grow up to play in the NHL they’re not putting a forearm to the back of some guy’s head.”
from Moscow News,
Loko clinched its first final in five years thanks in part to the performance of acquisition Alexei Yashin, who signed a one-year deal last season, and whose arrival was greeted with great excitement by the Russian hockey world.
Here was one of Russia’s top players, a star originally from Yekaterin-burg who went to the NHL, and whose career was by no means washed up, agreeing to come back to his homeland. This even though he left behind probably more money, and disadvantaged his parents, who now live in Canada, and his girlfriend, former supermodel Carol Alt, in New York.
It signaled that the league, just as it was preparing to revamp itself into a serious challenger for hockey global supremacy, was legit. And it seems that Yashin enjoyed a bit of a lift in Russia in his slumping career
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Take that, Uncle Sam.
With the naming today of Kelowna defenceman Tyler Myers to Canada’s U-18 team, Hockey Canada is reversing the trend that has seen various editions of Team USA scoop dual citizens out of Canada’s hockey backyard.
Myers was born in Texas but moved to Alberta when he was 10 years old. He played his minor hockey in Calgary, attended Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Sask., and has now just completed two full seasons with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Every time I hear Steve Yzerman talk, I’m more and more convinced that he will be the general manager of Canada’s men’s Olympic team sometime soon, maybe even as early as 2010 in Vancouver. I’m trying to put my finger on the quality that comes through when he speaks and I’ve concluded that it’s because, in an era of non-answers, where people in position of authority can talk at great lengths without actually saying much at all, Yzerman represents the polar opposite.
from the St. Peterburg Times,
Tortorella said, and Thrashers general manager Don Waddell confirmed, it took a commitment from USA Hockey to supply young players that are “ready to win” to seal the deal.
“We need to look by the old school,” Tortorella said. “We want players to go over there and want to play, not look at it as a chance for a vacation and then play some hockey.”
Tortorella stressed, “This isn’t a criticism of anybody else. It’s just something I believe in. You play to win. It’s a great situation in the changing of the guard.”
from the Albany Times Union,
If this were college football, you’d know Kevin Porter’s name, time of birth and favorite song.
You’d know that Porter scores as often as Sidney Crosby and leads like a young Steve Yzerman.
You’d know all this because you’d have read all about Porter in Sports Illustrated, seen and heard all about him on “SportsCenter” and talked all about him ad nauseam….
If this were college football, you might’ve seen the offensive hero strike the Heisman pose, as former Michigan receiver Desmond Howard famously did during his Heisman-winning season.
But this is college hockey.
From Canwest via the Ottawa Citizen,
London Knights assistant coach and former National Hockey League player Dave Gagner is facing impaired driving charges following an incident in the southwestern Ontario city Wednesday night.
Gagner, 41, was involved in a rear-end collision about 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, said London Police Const. Amy Phillipo. He was charged at the scene when police arrived.
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