Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/07/06 at 08:49 AM ET
Still with Cherry, the wild floral design of his jacket was likened to a bedspread by host Ron MacLean. Ralph Mellanby, who hired Cherry for Hockey Night in 1981, said yesterday, "I think he's being dressed by Cirque du Soleil." The first game of the Stanley Cup final (Edmonton Oilers-Carolina Hurricanes) on the CBC drew 3.003 million viewers, down marginally (1 per cent) from the opener of the Calgary Flames-Tampa Bay Lightning final in 2004.via the Toronto Star,
While most other pro hockey players who pursue endorsement contracts command between $10,000 (all figures U.S.) and $90,000 a year, Crosby is said to receive at least $500,000 per deal per year. (By contrast, the Penguins pay him $850,000 a year plus bonuses.) One person familiar with the matter said Crosby may garner as much as $600,000 from the Subway restaurant chain. (Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, said no deal has been finalized; He said he's still in talks with four restaurant chains and three domestic auto makers about Crosby.)via the Edmonton Sun,
Gary James was led away in handcuffs Monday night from the RBC Center, simply for throwing a piece of Oilers good luck Alberta beef on the ice in Raleigh, North Carolina - as he and CISN's Chris Scheetz have done at most of the Oilers' away playoff games since the Detroit series. "I've got a court date now," says Gary. "It's all a little extreme for a practical joke. The handcuffs were a bit of a power play. Trying to make a statement about arena rules and the Oilers, I suspect."via the Idaho Statesman,
We dug through all of the personalized plates in Idaho, almost 60,000, to find the best sports plates. Surprisingly, more NHL teams rated personalized plates than NBA teams.via the Toronto Star,
Cherry let an expletive fly on air as a Carolina player skated close to him as he stood on the ice prior to the start of the Stanley Cup final opener. "Holy sh--!" Cherry exclaimed in an expletive heard across the country.via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Get ready for the return of The Dominator next season. Unless Senators GM John Muckler soon has a change of heart, there's a strong chance Dominik Hasek could be back with the club at training camp in September.
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