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from the Ottawa Sun,

Still 27 months from his NHL draft day, John Tavares already had the hockey world abuzz.
The volume was just cranked up a little louder last night at the Civic Centre.
The Oshawa Generals star broke Wayne Gretzky’s record for most goals by a 16-year-old when he notched his second of the night and 71st of the season at 14:05 of the second period in an eventual 7-4 loss to the 67’s.
“I’m only 16 and to accomplish something like this, I’m pretty proud of myself,” said Tavares. “It’s pretty exciting, it was nice to get it.”

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The Family Advisor

from the Post-Bulletin,

As some of the nation’s best players gather in St. Paul this week for the WCHA Final Five, one thing is clear: This is not Paul Martin’s WCHA.
The use of family advisors is not new, but with players committing to colleges earlier and college-level players deemed ready for the pro game at an earlier age, the process has begun at a much earlier age.
Many players have been relying on the services of an agent since they were 14. Known in college hockey circles as “family advisors,” the agents work without a contract with the hope of one day taking on the player as a client.

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Scotty Knows Golf

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Despite steering some of hockey’s greatest players to almost 1,500 wins and a record nine Stanley Cups, Scotty Bowman says the most incredible athletic accomplishment he ever witnessed had nothing to do with the sport that made him famous.
Instead, the 73-year-old coaching legend cites a five-hour stroll around Pebble Beach with Tiger Woods as the backdrop for the most phenomenal sporting endeavour he’s ever been privy to.

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Cornwall vs Smithers - A Hockeyville Showdown for Blogger Bragging Rights

By KK Members Robert L (with Zanstorm)

Call it an ironic, yet sweet coincidence!

Two big-time hockey fans, almost at opposite ends of the country, living in small towns, and running daily hockey blogs with all the passion of the sport, both entrenched in a battle for supremacy in the Kraft Hockeyville competition.

It’s Zanstorm of Waiting For Stanley in Smithers, B.C., up against Robert L (formerly Reality Check) at Eyes On The Prize, in Cornwall, Ontario.

Both bloggers feels their towns worthy of the title.

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Less Canadians In NCAA Hockey

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

WARNING: The following information may offend or upset naive hockey parents in this province.
The NCAA scholarship road is drying up for Ontario hockey players. The opportunities that once existed are becoming fewer.
An investigation of the top 10 teams in U.S. college hockey this season shows only 59 Canadian players on those rosters, and only 11 of those from the Greater Toronto Area.
Eleven Toronto players on 10 teams? Sixteen on the top 15? That’s sixteen over four years of college.

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Sports Terrorism Is Just Another Four-Letter Word

The "Evgeni Malkin Situation" has raised more than a few eyebrows on this side of the pond. Allegations of "sports terrorism" and defiant promises to prove the big, bad NHL that it can't "steal our players" have spouted from the mouth of Metallurg Magnitogorsk's Gennady Velichkin, with his bluster booming louder and louder with every new translation of his statements:

"They all like to talk about democracy, the American way and then they shamelessly steal our best players. This is pure sports terrorism," said the Metallurg general director. "Don't forget, Malkin is a young kid, he is still very naive and it was easy for them to get into his head all that stuff about the American dream and how great the NHL is," he added. "The Pittsburgh owners are trying hard to sell the club, and the price would be totally different if they had Malkin. "But you can't just take our best players and expect to get away with it." "We've put so much effort, resources and money into Malkin's development as a player. He was our gold diamond, our prize possession. He had a contract with us, we were building the whole team around him and now he is gone," Velichkin said. "But don't think we'll just sit there and do nothing. We'll go to court to get what we believe is proper compensation."
The drama goes from bad to worse when we hear Evgeni Malkin's stories of passport-stealing team officials and owners' strong-arm tactics which smack of mafia movie material:

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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