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from Bill Meltzer at NHL.com,
It started in 1946 with an eager, inexperienced group of athletes getting together in the frigid Moscow winter to chase a makeshift “puck” around a flooded tennis court for hours on end. Within a couple decades, it grew into a world hockey power. Removed from its political undertones, the story of the Russian hockey program is one of the sporting world’s most dramatic success stories of the last century. On Saturday, a group of legendary Russian hockey players and retired NHL greats from around the world will gather in Moscow’s Red Square's brand new outdoor rink – the largest in Europe – to play an exhibition game with both symbolic and practical meaning.continued
Time to take a brief look at the ticket prices for the January 2nd game against the Ducks, which is also the night the Wings hang #19 from the rafters. According to StubHub, the highest ticket price for one ticket is $2650.
from the Edmonton Sun,
"It'll be fun going back in there. It seems like an awful long time ago,'' said Laviolette, whose club had a busy summer and difficult fall since hoisting the Cup. We've been through a lot this year ... those are the things that are first and foremost in our minds right now. "But it will be fun to go back.'' Once more for old time's sake. "It won't be the same atmosphere," said Ward. "It would be pretty tough to top that, but it'll be a sold-out building and the crowd will be excited."more
from the St. Petersburg Times,
In his rookie season with the Buffalo Sabres, Dave Andreychuk would anxiously skate through warmups. Then a wide-eyed 19-year-old, Andreychuk would scan the stands for several seconds before finally "getting the signal." It was his father, Julian, waving from behind the glass. The steel mill worker made the 90-minute drive from Hamilton, Ontario, for most of his son's home games. "I'd see him and know everything would be okay," Andreychuk said. "I was inspired by him."continued
With a paper ballot no longer an option for All-Star voting, how do teams encourage their fans to vote? The San Jose Sharks are bringing the ballot to the fans...
SAN JOSE – Beginning Dec. 7, 2006, HP Fan Balloting Stations will be installed at HP Pavilion providing access for fans attending Sharks home games to log on to NHL.com and vote for their favorite Sharks players for the “Cold-Fx/NHL All-Star Game, to be held Jan. 24 in Dallas. Hewlett Packard has donated six HP dv6000 laptops that will be placed throughout the HP Pavilion concourse for all Sharks home games for the month of December, in addition to voting stations that will be set up inside the Sharks Store, at Logitech Ice and Sharks Ice at Fremont. Fans who vote could win a trip to the 2006 NHL All-Star Game and a chance to meet NHL legend Mark Messier, courtesy of the NHL. Four Sharks are included in the ballot to determine the starting line-up for the Western Conference squad: Captain Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Cheechoo and Scott Hannan.Another example of pro-active thinking by the Sharks!
from the Vancouver Province,
Not only are the Canucks the league's lowest-scoring team with an average of just 2.11 goals per game, they've managed only five goals in their last six outings and have scored two or fewer goals in 14 of their last 16. "The way we've been playing for a while, we're probably pretty easy to defend," said Canucks captain Markus Naslund, who found himself on a new line at practice Tuesday with Brendan Morrison and Jan Bulis. "We're not generating much real quality offence and that has to come from wanting to make a difference."more
The talk this morning was the move by Pierre-Marc Bouchard during a shootout against Chicago last night.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Let's face it. Raycroft was given the starter's job in the pre-season without actually earning it, and for 23 starts he has been allowed the opportunity to convince fans and his teammates he's worthy of the No. 1 role. But it just hasn't happened. It might still, but it hasn't happened yet. After defying the experts with their elevated play for six weeks, the Leafs have become extraordinarily collapsible, outscored 14-2 in the third periods of their last five games.more
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
There's major concern about Minny RW Marian Gaborik. As reported in the Sunday Sun, he may have suffered a setback with a groin injury that has already forced him to miss 19 games and wasn't on the ice with the club at practice Monday. "I was surprised he wasn't there and I don't know when he will be," said Wild coach Jacques Lemaire.more on the NHL, including a bit on Yashin...
from the NY Post,
In less than 11/2 seasons, the Devils' salary cap victims already include Dan McGillis, Alex Mogilny, Grant Marshall and Jeff Friesen. There's liable to be at least another, soon. Defenseman Richard Matvichuk says he's almost ready to make his season debut from summertime disc surgery. But before he does, Lou Lamoriello will have to clear another $1.3 million in full-season salary to stay under the cap. Matvichuk won't be in the lineup when the Canadiens visit the Meadowlands tonight, still on Long-Term Injury status that allows Lamoriello to replace his salary on the roster, until he's ready to return. Matvichuk thinks he's ready now.continued
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