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Canadian hockey hero Paul Henderson has revealed he is battling cancer.
Henderson made his illness public on CBC-TV’s Connect with Mark Kelley on Thursday.
Henderson, 67, from Lucknow, Ont., is perhaps most famous for scoring the series-clinching goal in Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet Union hockey teams.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Not saying it’s going to happen, but one interesting rumor making the rounds would have the Toronto Maple Leafs trading defenseman and leading scorer Tomas Kaberle to the Vancouver Canucks for prospect Cody Hodgson, who has finally overcome his back problems and is playing well for the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario League.
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Leafs general manager Brian Burke thanked the thousands of people, some of whom he has never met, for the support they showed for him and his family in the very difficult days following the death of his son, Brendan, in a traffic accident last week.
“The NHL family is at its best in a time of loss, and I’ll be thankful for that forever,” Burke said in St. Louis where the Leafs were playing. He was addressing the media for the first time since his son passed away from injuries suffered when his vehicle went out of control on snowy roads in Wayne County, Indiana.
“What was amazing too was letters, even from people I never met, wishing us well and showing their support.”
via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
• Hockey Night in Canada executives spared Albertans from Toronto’s ongoing Dion Phaneuf love-in Saturday by showing the Flames-Lightning game here. However, the nationally-televised Toronto Maple Leafs-Ottawa Senators game featured close-ups of the word ‘work’ Phaneuf has started writing on the butt-end of his stick. The Air Canada Centre announcer also went out of his way several minutes after a Leafs goal to point out Phaneuf’s first-period assist “was his first as a Leaf,” prompting a roar from the crowd. Memo to Toronto: Calgary fell in love with Phaneuf at first, too.
• On behalf of the media, I apologize for “costing the Flames two points,” as Olli Jokinen suggested after he had to play one last uninspired game in Calgary despite word of his trade to the New York Rangers had been leaked before the game. OK, now it’s your turn, Olli, to apologize for all the points your disappointing play cost the club.
• Interesting footnote to the Phaneuf trade: New teammate Mike Komisarek is an ex-boyfriend of Dion’s girlfriend, Elisha Cuthbert.
from James Gordon of Hockey Capital,
Scary moment for Ottawa Senators fans tonight after defenceman Matt Carkner was dropped by Toronto’s Colton Orr in a first period fight. The big defenceman made it back to his feet, but definitely looked woozy as the referees and trainers surrounded him and forced him into the dressing room to make sure he was fine.
via a tweet from Damien Cox,
Oh my goodness, what awful news. Brian Burke’s son, Brendan, was killed in a car accident today in Indiana. Huge prayers to the family.
Prayers go out to his family.
added 10:05pm, from the Palladium-Item,
Heavy accumulations of snowfall on Friday rendered area roads treacherous and claimed the lives of two people, injuring others and sparking a string of slideoffs and fender benders.
Brendan Burke, 21, Canton, Mass., and Mark A. Reedy, 18, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died at the scene of a two-vehicle accident at U.S. 35 north of Economy. The accident was reported at 2:50 p.m.
Investigators said Burke was driving eastbound on U.S. 35 in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee when, according to witnesses, the vehicle slid sideways into an oncoming 1997 Ford Truck driven by 24-year-old Michael Moreland of Lynn. Moreland was not hurt.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
A candid Olli Jokinen suggests Dion Phaneuf may have been railroaded out of Calgary because of the loathing of disgruntled Flames supporters.
Speaking just minutes after he had made his New York Rangers home debut Thursday night, Jokinen strongly rejected the notion that Phaneuf was shipped to Toronto last Sunday because he was a cancer in the Flames dressing room.
“No, no, no. Not at all. He’s a great teammate,” Jokinen said after the Rangers’ 6-5 loss to the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden.
Okay, then why did general manager Darryl Sutter trade the young defenceman?
“The biggest thing is, (Phaneuf) wasn’t accepted by the Calgary fans, even though he was once a Norris Trophy candidate,” Jokinen said.
“It’s definitely tough news when you find out you’re not going to be playing hockey for four to six months.
“In the end it’s not an easy thing missing the Olympics—an opportunity like that doesn’t come around very often—but more importantly the Leafs have made a commitment to me and the best thing at this point is to have this surgery and have it take care of by arguably one of the best shoulder guys.”
-Mike Komisarek of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Team USA. More from Jonas Siegel of am640.
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
“It’s not over yet,” Phaneuf said after practice. “There’s a lot of games left. We are where we are, but we have to do our best to get points and make a push for the playoffs. ... If teams lose and you win a few, you’re right there.”
The Leafs have 47 points, 10 behind eighth-place Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference, and somehow need to total somewhere in the 93-point range, the norm for an eighth-place team in the East the past few seasons.
It’s a tall order, to be sure, but the recent eye-popping trades have instilled new hope and confidence, bolstered by the team’s 3-0 win over New Jersey on Tuesday in its first post-blockbuster outing.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek is facing the possibility of having his season come to a premature end, with his immediate future hinging on another meeting with medical personnel Wednesday.
The 28-year-old has been sidelined since Jan. 2 with an undisclosed upper-body injury, which has been widely reported as a shoulder. His spot on the U.S. Olympic team is also hanging in the balance.
“I’ve tried not to think too much about it,” Komisarek said Tuesday. “If you dwell too much on something like that, you sort of lose track of the focus and what you need to be doing. I’ve been working hard with the strength coach and been talking with the doctors a lot, doing exactly what I need to do to get back.”
He acknowledged the possibility of having to end his season.
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