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Sea Wolves Forced To Suspend Operations

via the AP,

The Mississippi Sea Wolves will suspend hockey operations for the 2006-07 season, operating owner Mike Rogers said Monday afternoon. The deadline was supposed to be at 8 a.m. Monday, but the ECHL extended it until the end of the business day. But with the money to repair the Mississippi Coast Coliseum unavailable by the ECHL's deadline, the Sea Wolves now are forced to wait until 2007 before taking the ice again on the Coast.

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Stats Report For March 2006

March stats report and a breakdown of what each report means. image A 'Session' is defined as a series of clicks on your site by an individual visitor during a specific period of time. A Session is initiated when the visitor arrives at your site, and it ends when the browser is closed or there is a period of inactivity. image A 'Pageview' is defined as a request from a visitor's browser for a displayable web page, generally an HTML file. Urchin's configuration controls which file extensions are treated as Pageviews. In general, images and other embedded content, such as style sheets and javascript, are not considered to be Pageviews. image A 'Hit' is simply a successful request to your web server from a visitor's browser for any type of file, whether an image, HTML page, an MP3 file, or any other type. A single web page can cause many Hits -- one for each image included on the page, etc. image * Session: A series of Hits to your site over a specific period of time by one visitor. * Pageview: A request to the web server by a visitor's browser for any web page; this excludes images, javascript, and other generally embedded file types. * Hit: Any successful request to a webserver from a visitor's browser. * Bytes: The quantity of network bandwidth used by the files requested during the selected Date Range.

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Start Disclosing Injuries

from the Delaware County Times,

..."Why not disclose injuries as the playoffs near?" The answer most commonly given around the league? Targeting. That’s right, targeting. As in, a player with a bum shoulder will be checked into the boards harder and with more regularity if the opposition knows about the player’s malady. "When you start talking about injuries in a series and injuries against an opponent, people pay attention," said Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock. "Why give another team more fuel for the playoffs to focus on your players?" It’s a fair question, but one that shouldn’t have to be broached in a professional sports league.

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Jiri Fischer Update

from Trevor Thompson of Fox Sports Detroit,

Jiri Fischer is alive...he can't fly aboard an airplane, can't drive a car, can't do anything that might elevate his heart rate. But Jiri Fischer is ALIVE! To him that 's all that matters. I've had a couple of opportunities to see Jiri and speak with him at "The Joe" as this season has rolled on. He attends most home games and whenever I've seen him up close and personal I couldn't get over just how "normal" he appeared to be. By normal I mean you'd never know a brush with death had, at least temporarily, robbed him of his passion - hockey.
read on added Tuesday April 4th at 8:52am, from the Detroit News,
Fischer, who collapsed and nearly died after a shift during a game Nov. 21, 2005, said in a televised interview on FSN Detroit Monday night that his goal is to return to the highest level of competition.
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Publicity Campaign For MVP

from the Mercury News,

And here we didn't think players needed to formally file for MVP candidacy. Shows what we know about the NHL. Tuesday, the Sharks distributed an e-mail flier to media members that read, JOE THORNTON, HART MEMORIAL TROPHY CANDIDATE. It was in color, so naturally it was persuasive. Now if they go the Heisman campaign route and Buzz gets a beer-can holder that says ``Joe Cool,'' well, he has our vote.

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Q & A With Souray

from ESPN,

In this edition of Facing Off, the bruising defenseman discusses which team is the biggest Cup threat come June, why his marriage to a Baywatch babe didn't have a Hollywood ending and how the Canadiens dealt with Jose Theodore's failed drug test. Q: Did you have to deal with any racism growing up as a minority in hockey? A: I did. I never felt sorry for myself about it. I always just thought the people were ignorant. I had an assistant coach in junior A call me a "dumb Indian" and tell me I would never make it anywhere. That's the one thing that stuck out in my mind, and if I see that guy today, I would still like to crack him over the head.

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Ted Talks Gordie

from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,

It's difficult to fathom the impact Gordie Howe has had on the game of hockey. More than any player from his era (since Howe played in five decades, it's problematic deciding exactly when his era was), Howe was a completely unique player. The young boy from Floral, Saskatchewan, entered the NHL in the post-World War II era, when the NHL was still in its nascent period in terms of its popularity in the United States.

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Wings Ready To Compete

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Red Wings go into the playoffs with a new man behind the bench, Mike Babcock, and a new No. 1 goaltender in Manny Legace, but otherwise, it's pretty much the same old crew as before. ...How are the Red Wings better equipped to handling the playoff pressures this time as opposed to last time? Babcock, who coached the Mighty Ducks to the 2003 Stanley Cup final (upsetting the Red Wings in the opening round), talked about the "professionalism" of his group and noted: "We compete hard most nights. I read the articles about Calgary and how good they are defensively. Well, we've given up two fewer goals. We're a committed group and we've got good depth throughout our line-up."
read on...if you are a Wings fan, a must read and compliments to Yzerman, who is in the lineup tonight against Calgary... added 5:13pm, Chris Chelios on Yzerman from another Eric Duhatschek article,
"It's great to see him contributing offensively like he has," said Chelios. "He's playing with Langer (Robert Lang), who is probably a pretty good player for him to be playing with — a playmaker and a goalscorer. Yzy's been scoring some big goals for us and it's great to see. I know everybody's pulling for him. It might just get in his head and keep him interested for next year too. That's what I hope anyway."

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Jagr & Emery POM

from NHL.com,

New York Rangers right wing Jaromir Jagr, who led all players with 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 16 games, has been named the NHL Offensive Player of the Month for March. Jagr edged Buffalo Sabres center Daniel Briere (8-18--26 in 16 games), Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin (11-13--24 in 15 games), Anaheim Mighty Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne (8-16--24 in 15 games) and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom (3-17--20 in 15 games) for the award.
from the Ottawa Senators,
Rookie Ray Emery has been credited for his great play in the Ottawa Senators net. On Monday, the Hamilton native was named NHL defensive player of the month for March.

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Selanne & Yzerman Sizzle

pointed to by A2Y, from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

What also makes the recent exploits of Selanne and Yzerman all the more amazing is the time of year. This is when games matter most and points are often tougher to come by. The Ducks, particularly, have needed Selanne's sizzle as they continue their surge to the postseason, and are proving that they are a legitimate contender in the Western Conference. Yzerman's Red Wings have been playoff-bound since October, but the Captain's contributions have helped create separation atop the NHL's overall standings in the race for the President's Trophy.
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