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CBC Names Crosby Most Influential Sports Figure For 2011

from Malcom Kelly of CBC Sports,

For the third year, a panel of CBC Sports executives, producers, writers and broadcasters has come up with a list of the people they consider the most influential on the national sports scene over the past 12 months….

1. Sidney Crosby, Injured List, Pittsburgh Penguins

When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote about the “shot heard round the world” in the opening stanza of the poem Concord Hymn in 1837, he was referring to the start of the American War of Independence 62 years previous.

Hockey isn’t quite as important as the birth of a nation, but you can argue the shot delivered by David Steckel to the head of Sidney Crosby just hours into 2011 may have not only changed the Pittsburgh captain’s own paradigm, but set the game itself on a path to what may be revolutionary changes.

Crosby has missed all but eight games in 2011 with concussion, and is out again for who knows how long.

At the same time, the discussion itself has changed, especially with the death this summer of three former NHL enforcers, to now include the possibility that the game of hockey as we know it could be altered.

Crosby is famous here in Canada for a coffee shop commercial where he says, “Wouldn’t it be amazing, getting up every morning … to do something you love to do?”

That he can’t is angering a lot of hockey people and making concussion — and the shots to the head that cause it — a cause celebre.

the rest of the Top 10…

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Video- Nothing Says The Holidays Are Here More Than Dean Martin & HNIC

Hockey Night in Canada’s opening montage.

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Milbury Talks

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

In an exclusive two-hour interview with the Globe on Saturday morning, former Bruins defenseman Mike Milbury offered his side of the Dec. 9 incident at a Brookline outdoor rink for which he now could face assault charges.

According to the 59-year-old Milbury, he acted only to break up an on-ice altercation between 12-year-old hockey players, one of them his son, which had him briefly restraining the player from the Everett-based club who was skirmishing with his son prior to a shootout contest.

‘‘I want to be clear about a couple of things,’’ said Milbury. ‘‘No one was punched, kicked or assaulted in any way. I know the ‘Mad Mike’ image that I have and all that. I love the game, I’m passionate about it, but I don’t smack kids around. I grabbed the other kid by the sweater to stop a fight and, yeah, I swore at him. That’s it. That’s what I did…”.


added 9:17pm, Additional items have been added to the original article.  I suggest you check it out again if you are interested in this topic.

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Milbury Charged With Assault And Battery On A 12-Year Old

via WCVB,

A former Boston Bruin and current TV analyst has been charged with assault and battery on a child.

Michael Milbury, who currently works as a hockey analyst for Versus NHL, was accused of assaulted a 12-year-old youth hockey player at the Dexter School Ice Rink in Brookline last week.

Milbury is an assistant coach of a local hockey team, and the alleged victim is a player from an opposing team.

As always, remember there are two sides to a story.

added 12:51pm, from Laurel J. Sweet of the Boston Herald,

The incident allegedly occurred at the end of the Winter Classic between the Boch Blazers for whom Milbury coaches and his son plays forward vs. the Boston Junior Black Hawks. It is alleged that after Milbury’s son and a player for the Black Hawks got into a scrape on the ice, Milbury charged out onto the rink and verbally berated and grabbed and shook the 12-year-old opposing player.

a bit more...

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Coach’s Corner Tonight

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean touch on numerous topics and Don won’t forget about the love Ron shows towards Alex Burrows.

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Miss Don?

Coach’s Corner touched on numerous topics last night, including the play of Brian Elliott, Sidney Crosby should just play the game and the Buffalo Sabres…


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Don Cherry, Not What He Once Was

from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,

He’s 77 now and while he still sets the agenda for our national hockey conversation, he is more of a cult figure than a trailblazer. After three decades spent listening to a remarkably consistent message, a great many people have decided that Cherry’s defence of violence isn’t just wrong-headed, but that it’s morally corrupt.

Cherry replies by adding more square-footage to his bunker. He is besieged, and for the very first time, it seems possible that he could be broken.

The not-so-secret secret to Cherry’s success as a broadcaster is his commitment to an ideal. Cherry believes in a perfect sort of hockey and, more importantly, a perfect sort of player. That player is a humble thug, a skilled brute. He does not complain or retreat. He is always the aggressor. Cherry’s perfect player is the perfected version of himself.

Other analysts and experts are professional prevaricators. They can see both sides of any issue. Cherry sees hockey two-dimensionally. That’s what makes him compelling.

He’s also intellectually honest. As much as he sets out to provoke, no one who watches him can doubt that Cherry believes completely in everything he says when he’s saying it. There is always something calculating about a provocateur. Cherry isn’t one of those. He’s a zealot.


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Video- If This Doesn’t Get You Pumped Up For A Game…

Hockey Night in Canada’s opening last night.

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No Love For HNIC

from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

What irks me most about HNIC is Cherry’s supporting cast. With the exception of Elliotte Friedman, Canada’s premier sports broadcast features a collection of on-air mediocrities that add nothing to a viewer’s enjoyment of the game.

Contrast Hockey Night in Canada with any National Football League telecast. The studio shows feature witty hosts (Chris Berman is the ne plus ultra), Super Bowl winning coaches (Tony Dungy, Bill Cowher, Mike Ditka, Jimmy Johnson) and former All-Pro players: Terry Bradshaw, Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, Tom Jackson, Howie Long, Boomer Esiason, Keyshawn Johnson, Rodney Harrison ... the list goes on and on.

On HNIC we get Cherry, a coach who never won a Cup; Mike Milbury, arguably the most inept general manager in the history of the NHL; journeyman goaltenders Kelly Hrudey and Glen Healy, and the man I fear the diabolical Ron MacLean is grooming to skate into the Corner when the Coach is clinically non compos mentis: P.J. Stock, who was a fourth-line scrapper for four NHL teams, amassing more than 500 minutes in penalties while scoring five goals in 243 games.

How many sleeps till TSN snatches the rights away?

more plus how much will Montreal pay for Carey Price…

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Video- Boo!

HNIC opening montage from last night.

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