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from Bryan Weismiller of MetroNews,
Like many youngsters who outgrow their youth-sized lumber, Jack was equipped with a mid-priced junior stick that had seven inches lobbed off the top of it.
Modifying the stick made the shaft too firm for even some NHL stars.
“His 55 flex turned into an 85 flex,” Reily said. “Alex Ovechkin is 225 pounds, built like a Neanderthal, and he had a more flexible stick than my son at seven years old.
“That was the problem.”
After developing some more bendable prototypes, Reily and a neighbour teamed up with sports researchers at the University of Calgary. It lead to what’s billed as a first-of-its-kind research project using players aged five to eight years old.
That’s also where the duo discovered a third partner for their venture.
The group eventually came up with a 20-flex junior stick, which falls in line with the general rule that hockey stick flex should be roughly half of the skater’s body weight.
Reily stressed the importance of buying proper equipment, saying the stiff sticks of today are encouraging kids to develop bad habits.
“They’re putting their sticks on the puck and twisting their body to flick it,” he said.
from William Douglas of The Color Of Hockey,
Anthony Benavides never knew what to expect on most mornings when he’d go to crank up the 40-year-old, hand-me-down Zamboni at Detroit’s Clark Park ice rink.
Sometimes it would fire up. Sometimes it would catch fire. Sometimes it would work fine. Sometimes it would work, then suddenly break down in the middle of resurfacing the only regulation-size outdoor hockey rink within Detroit’s city limits.
“It’s had a lot of maintenance issues,” Benavides, the Clark Park Coalition Recreation Center director told me recently. ”It’s like an old, old car. It’s on it’s last legs. That puts a hamper on our hockey program when we don’t have a properly running Zamboni. We don’t have a back up.”
Benavides’ mornings of mystery are now over, thanks to the National Hockey League and the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. The league and foundation Monday unveiled a new, sparkling Red Wings red Zamboni to replace the rusting ancient wonder and showcased a host of other enhancements and upgrades they donated to Clark Park as part of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Legacy Initiative.
from the CP at CBC,
An online video that captured a brawl in the stands of a minor hockey game in a small Ontario community has caught the attention of provincial police.
The video posted on YouTube Sunday afternoon shows adults taunting each other until the crowd erupts in a massive fist fight in Tweed, Ont.
At one point, a man who appears to be pulling another from the melee is dragged backwards until he falls to the ground while a woman — possibly the videographer — screams.
The caption says the footage was shot Saturday at the Bantam C hockey finals in Tweed, about halfway between Ottawa and Toronto.
OPP Const. Alana Deubel says police are aware of the video and are reviewing it to determine whether charges are warranted.
Watch the video below and it does contain language some may consider vulgar.
from Richard Sandomir of the New York Times,
Mike Emrick’s vacation, otherwise known as the 113-day N.H.L. lockout, is about to end. Unable to call National Hockey League games, Emrick has not been fully idle. He has called some college hockey games for the NBC Sports Network and dabbled in calling figure skating for NBC. But his most unusual assignment came last month: play-by-play of a girls’ 12-and-under league game.
The idea came from Brian Williams, the anchor of the “NBC Nightly News” and “Rock Center.”
“I figured, ‘What is he doing?’ ” Williams said by telephone Thursday. “He must be driving Mrs. Emrick crazy. So we approached him and said, ‘The smaller the better — would you be willing to call a kids’ game?’ ”
Emrick, NBC’s lead hockey announcer, liked the idea of calling a game without a labor dispute involved, and the girls’ game was put on his schedule on Dec. 12 in Troy, Mich., about 45 miles from his house. Williams, a fan of Emrick’s, was looking for a segment for “Rock Center,” and sent a crew to the Troy Sports Center to shoot the St. Clair Shores Saintes-Troy Lady Sting game.
Coaching the Sting was Doug Brown, a former N.H.L. player, whose daughter Lily played right wing.
continued and watch a video below with Doc calling the game.
Most of us in the USA do not have access to TSN, therefore we miss features like this: Alex Shapiro, 'The Fighting Eagle'.
Thanks to HockeyWebCaster for the pointer.
from Mike Davies of the Peterborough Examiner,
Jay Legault and Marc Savard are finding a different kind of fulfillment in hockey now that their playing days are done.
With Savard’s 14-year NHL career sidelined by concussion issues, he’s joined Legault, his former Oshawa Generals teammate, to coach the Peterborough Boston Pizza minor peewee Petes….
Legault coached at the midget level for several years and Savard approached him about taking on the minor peewees where Savard’s son Zach plays.
“My future was up in the air for a bit so he took the head coaching job and it just worked out perfect that we got the team together,” Savard said….
It’s helped Savard’s transition out of playing.
“It’s taking up a lot of my time which I kind of need right now to keep my head as good as it can be,” he said.
Mark Pysyk was drafted in the first round, 23rd overall by the Buffalo Sabres. The Oil Kings’ captain may not be an Oilers’ prospect, but for now he is still a member of the extended Oilers’ family. The emphasis on that statement should be for now. As Bruce McCurdy notes, it will not be a surprise if the young defenceman gets a long look by the Sabres. This summer, Pysyk received his second invitation to a Team Canada U20 development camp this summer and is hoping to have made the most of it. In 2009 Pysyk won gold representing his country at the U18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament, the 2009 and 2010 Subway Super Series, and in December 2010 Pysyk was invited to the World Junior Camp but didn’t make the final cuts to play in the Holiday tournament. This could be the young defenseman’s year.
This spring, Team Canada named Vancouver Giant’s head coach Don Hay to coach the 2012 Team Canada World Junior team. The last time the championships were in Alberta, Canada took the gold. Coincidently, Don Hay was the team’s head coach. 1995 was also a year that a young Ryan Smyth played for Team Canada. Through the seven games played, Smyth scored 2 goals and 5 assists.
The Sunday night crowd in Fort McMurray was large for Team Canada’s second consecutive night of split squad action. The newly renovated Casman Cenre was unsurprisingly sold out. Not many hockey fans can pass up a live game of this caliber on an August night. The city of Fort McMurray currently hosts an AJHL team, the Oil Barons and I often wonder if they might support a WHL team some day.
“Today is the best day of my life!” Proclaimed Noah, a young Edmonton Journal contest winner. His prize, a chance to watch the Team Canada U20 game from the pressbox, a behind the scenes tour and memories to last a lifetime. “We got to meet Ryan Smyth!” The contest winner, with his youthful smile and energy went on. There were two winners of this contest, and thankfully only one broke my heart when he told me that he was not an Oilers fan. The list of teams he does cheer for was long, and one team pains me too much to even type. Each winner was dressed in a team Canada hockey sweater signed by the players at this camp, one red and the other white.These of course were far from the only youths in attendance at this event and it is wonderful to see so many who still dream of playing hockey at it’s highest levels and not for the contracts, but for the sheer love of the game.
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