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One Small Gesture Will Last A Lifetime

Another example of an NHL player doing the right thing…

Three days before Christmas, a father took his fourteen-year-old son, Cameron, down to St. Louis Blues practice facility at the St. Louis Mills IceZone. Cameron was hoping to obtain a special gift for his seventeen-year-old sister, Chelsea: an autographed picture of her favorite NHL player, Lee Stempniak.

continued at The Blue Note Blog…

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Meeting Of The Minds

I met up with some family and friends who are all hockey fanatics.
We discussed the state of the game...

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We Want Our HD Hockey

And of course I think for our sport in particular, perhaps only hockey rivals, I think, the impact that HD television will have on viewer enthusiasm for a sport on television, and we’re very excited about that development.

-PGA Commisioner Tim Finchem (PGA talk)

So where are we NBC and Versus with HD?  Same as last year, only one game a week in HD, which is not going to cut it. 
Everyone agrees, hockey in HD shows the greatest improvement from standard definition, yet, instead of showing more games in HD, you remain status quo.

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Toothless Grins No More

Via Birmingham’s Fox 6 and the Minneapolis Star Tribune,

When it comes to dental technology, Nanne said it has moved forward at the pace of a Brian Rolston slapshot. In the past, even chipped teeth might be pulled. Now, almost anything can be fixed.

“The materials have changed significantly,” Nanne said. “We use a lot of composites, plastic bonding materials, mesh. If a tooth is knocked inward or out, we can numb up the athlete’s mouth, bond what we need to in place.”

Dislodged teeth can be reset. Broken teeth can be bonded or capped. Even teeth that are knocked out can sometimes be put back in shortly after the injury.

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Wood Or Composite

fro the Gwinnett Daily Post,

Hockey players used to be part-time woodworkers, hardly a day going by without the need for a handsaw, sandpaper and some tools.
Except for a couple dozen holdouts, however, that time is gone in the NHL.
“Players who still use wood sticks are a dying breed,” said Thrashers coach Bob Hartley, not necessarily happy with the change.

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Staying Home In Boston

This story from Kevin Paul Dupont is a few days old, but relevant enough to post today.  Tough times in Beantown.

Via the Boston Globe,

Of the 10 weeknight games thus far, most of them didn’t appear to attract a gathering of more than 9,000, or roughly half a house (17,565), although head counts can be tricky in the age of big buildings that have been designed with loads of walk-around room. Most Saturday nights have been a challenging sell, too.

More from Dupont

For Wing fans, is there a bigger daily lie than this: 20,066?

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Buffalo Back At Full Strength

From the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres tottered into Christmas having won barely half their December games and letting a point get away when they couldn’t close the deal against a team they should’ve beaten.

At least the Sabres were together.

For the first time in 25 games, the Sabres on Saturday night skated with the same group that broke camp.

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Retirement Not A Consideration For Peca

Via the Toronto Sun,

In response to all the queries, Kristin Peca, Michael’s wife, wants to put an end to some of the theories that have caught their attention, especially those suggesting her husband might be harbouring thoughts of retirement.

“He is looking forward to coming back.”

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Hockey and Geography

New book on the market, “The Canadian Hockey Atlas.”

via the National Post,

In the section on Ontario, Cole, in his segment on players from Ottawa, describes how the ban on Sunday shopping that was once in force helped Steve Yzerman become an NHL star. A supermarket parking lot at the corner of Baseline and Merivale Roads was an immense playing surface for Yzerman and boyhood buddy Darren Pang every Sunday.

“The long runs to fetch errant balls helped further develop Steve Wonder’s incredible stamina,” Cole contends.

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Same Old NHL

from Jay Greenberg at the Hockey News,

Hockey has as many stars as ever, it just needs to show them off; not hide them regionally, televise them only on Mondays and Tuesdays on networks people can’t get, or, worse, conspire to stop them at the blueline.
Better to do it at the goalmouth, which may be cause for another new plan for a league that, intent on making every team the same, is instead making it the same, old, NHL.

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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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