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from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
When Jay McKee became an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2006, he agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the St. Louis Blues. It was worth US$16-million, split evenly over the life of the deal.
He became a free agent again this year, at 35, under slightly different circumstances. For one thing, preliminary contract talks unfolded in a coffee shop near his home. And as he admitted with a laugh: “The two-week paycheque’s a little bit different.”
As a defenceman with the Dundas Real McCoys, McKee earns the same stipend available to each of his new teammates. They earn up to $25 for a win and $5 for a loss. Mileage is also covered, up to $25.
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Continuing to ‘Celebrate The Legacy’ in its’ 42nd and final season, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) has released the league’s All-Time Team to honor the league’s top performers from the past 42 seasons.
The illustrious group of 12 players, selected by a committee of coaches, administrators and media, joins the league’s All-Decade teams from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s that were selected in 2001, and the All-Decade Team from 2000-13 that was selected earlier this season.
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,
How skilled is Bruce Boudreau at moving men to act, this coach who has the Ducks playing at a level higher than nearly every other team in the NHL?
Boudreau's words helped inspire Cazalis, a Frenchman who grew up playing rugby, a math teacher who rarely had been on skates, a man who knew ice hockey only from the Olympics, to take up an endeavor that now has him blissfully face-planting Plexiglas.
Back when the NHL was stagnating under a labor dispute, Boudreau was still admirably growing the game, growing it at the very tips of the roots, where the novices and dry-landers reside.
"He takes his role as an ambassador of the game very seriously," says Jason Cooper, the Ducks' fan development coordinator. "He really wants to support the game, especially in a non-traditional market. His comment was sort of flippant, but it landed."
In mid-October, when he was in demand only because the NHL was out of order, Boudreau was invited to the team's annual S.C.O.R.E. orientation at Honda Center. The program uses hockey to teach lesson plans and encourage healthy living at local schools.
Meetings between the NHL, the International Ice Hockey Federation and Olympic organizers have wrapped up in Sochi, Russia.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and a group of NHL personnel visited the site of the 2014 Games to discuss possible participation.
While the sides are going to need further meetings before an agreement can be reached, Daly said things went well.
"We had two productive days of meetings in Sochi," Daly said. "Saw and visited all the hockey venues, the Olympic Village and other key Olympics-related infrastructure. We met with the Sochi Organizing Committee, the IIHF and a number of IOC representatives. There is more work to be done, but it was an important trip for us to make."
from QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,
An AHLer is lucky to be alive after allegedly breaking into a San Antonio home in a drunken stupor early Monday morning before refusing to leave.<.p>
"My first instinct was to beat the hell out of him," Benjamin Garza, the home’s owner, told CBS affiliate KENS5 in San Antonio. "(He’s) lucky I wasn't here because I would've put a bullet between (his) eyes and it would've been over.”<.p>
According to police, San Antonio Rampage centre Scott Timmins was so intoxicated at the scene he was unable to hold his own balance.
The report states that when Garza’s wife awoke to find the 23-year-old from Hamilton, Ont., lounging on her coach, she asked his name.
continued with video from a local TV station...
After 40 seasons, Boston University coach Jack Parker said he is leaving the program on his own terms.
This season will be his last, Parker announced at a news conference Monday, one day after the news broke.
“It’s been a great run,” Parker said Monday, his 68th birthday. “I’ve had a great time doing it.”
Parker is in his 40th season as head coach at his alma mater. He has an 894-471-115 career record and won national championships in 1978, 1995 and 2009.
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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly will be among a group of League personnel leaving for Sochi, Russia on Sunday to conduct a site visit and participate in meetings regarding the potential participation of NHL players in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
"I would hope to be in a position where this is resolved one way or the other by the end of this month," Daly told NHL.com.
Daly said the League is on track to present the concept of Olympic participation to the Board of Governors "at an appropriate time." He stressed, however, that present discussions among the League, the National Hockey League Players' Association, the International Ice Hockey Federation and the International Olympic Committee have been on a conceptual level and haven't yet broached specifics.
"Maybe when we get down to the specific level we might come up with a problem that might be difficult to resolve, but, to this point, we've been moving forward," Daly said.
continue for numerous topics, including the latest on the Phoenix Coyotes....
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
The United States college hockey scene will raise the curtain on its post-season this weekend.
That means there will be a flurry of activity as NHL teams maneouvre to beef up the depth of their organizations with an unrestricted free-agent college player or two over the next few weeks.
This year's class is not considered as deep as the past few years. There simply isn't that true-blue chipper like Justin Schultz, who became a free agent thanks to a loophole in the old collective agreement four years after the Anaheim Ducks drafted him.
But there are two players common on most scouting lists in Western Michigan defenceman Dan DeKeyser and Nebraska-Omaha blue-liner Andrej Sustr.
continue for a look at the Top 5...
Watch a video of the incident below which is eerily similar to some recent hits we have seen.
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