Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/06/06 at 10:55 AM ET
The hockey world Jeff Halpern has known since his dad first started taking him to Washington Capitals games will change dramatically starting in September. "Playing in the area was a dream come true, obviously," he said. "And I'm going to miss not playing in front of my dad and friends. I hope the fans understand because I've loved my time here, I really have. It would be wonderful if I got the same reception in Dallas." Dallas offered a deal twice as long and significantly richer than Washington's offer. "This was a real nice story in Washington, that a local kid realized his dream of playing in the NHL for his hometown team and was kept by that team," Caps general manager George McPhee said. "No other youngster playing in this area should doubt their ability to make it in the NHL one day. Jeff kicked in the door, and now others can take advantage of that." "My dad has been very supportive of this," Halpern said. "He's known all the details from the very start. But it's going to be different; he could walk from work [to Verizon Center] to watch games. This has been a very hard decision for me to make."more
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