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An All-Star Yellow Ribbon

from the London Free Press:

Trooper Mark Wilson’s death in Afghanistan has inspired a special piece of art that’s being passed among elite NHL players and may become part of the upcoming all-star game.
Sports artist David Arrigo, a friend of one of Wilson’s relatives, was hit hard by the October death of the London soldier and inspired to design a military-themed goalie mask.
“It just sort of pushed me—this is going to be my addition to thanking the soldiers,” said Arrigo, who has done work for years for the NHL, NFL and other pro sports leagues.
“(But) I didn’t want this piece to be about any one person—it’s more about all the soldiers in Afghanistan.”

What could have been a quiet tribute, however, is getting much more attention thanks to the contacts Arrigo and Wilson’s cousin, NHL photographer Dave Sandford, have throughout pro hockey.
The pair are in discussions with at least one goalie to wear the mask in Dallas on Jan. 24 during the all-star skills competition or in the all-star game.

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Terriers Coach Rallies Cry For Bigger Nets

from the Boston Herald:

The paucity of goals scored this season, epitomized by Saturday night’s 0-0 draw between Northeastern and host Boston University, reaffirmed to Terriers coach Jack Parker the need to enlarge nets.
“College hockey can’t do it (alone), though - the NHL has to do that. When the NHL makes the nets bigger, the rest of us will,” Parker said. “It doesn’t make any sense (not to). If you want more goals scored, you have to somehow disengage the goalies. They’re too good.
“People say that’s not fair to the records of the Gretzky(s) and Bobby Hull(s). It’s unfair to (Brendan) Shanahan and some of the Bruins guys, too,” Parker continued. “In the old days some just OK players could come down and take a 40-foot slapper and put it by the goalie once in a while. You can take a third-line left wing for the Bruins and have him take a 40-foot slapper against my third-string goalie or their third-string goalie and it ain’t going in anymore.

There’s another guy off the Goalies’ Union’s Christmas card list…

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Hockey (Very Late) Night In Italy

via Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star:

It won’t be called Hockey Night In Italy, but Canada is getting its first NHL game broadcast in Italian.
The CBC and Telelatino will announce next week that the multilingual channel will carry the Vancouver-Toronto game on Jan.13 with Italian-language commentary as part of the public network’s Hockey Day In Canada program. It is believed that no NHL game has ever been broadcast in Italian.

 

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Habs Struggle With Bug

from the CP via the CBC,

Coach Guy Carbonneau called it the worst virus he has ever seen hit a hockey team.
And with about half his players recovering from a gastro-intestinal bug, the Montreal Canadiens went down to their season-high third consecutive defeat in a 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
“I’m looking forward to this being over and for guys to get their strength back,” Carbonneau said. “When you feel like that and you play on consecutive days, it’s tough.”

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Bringing Kessel Back

great news from the Associated Press:

Less than one month after being diagnosed with cancer, rookie center Phil Kessel is rejoining the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins on Sunday recalled Kessel from Providence of the American Hockey League, where he had been on a conditioning assignment.

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Leggo My All-Stars

from Hockeyrefs.com:

The National Hockey League has announced the 4 NHL Officials selected to work this years All-Star game in Dallas, on Wednesday, January 24th. Congratulations to Linesmen Jay Sharrers and Lonnie Cameron and Referees Greg Kimmerly and Mike Leggo on this prestigious selection.

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Force ‘Em To Play

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Official penalties: The NHL suspended Orr for five games, Brashear for one.
What the penalty should be: Heard of “reverse mortgages”? There should be something called “reverse suspensions.” Rangers coach Tom Renney and Capitals coach Glen Hanlon should be required to play Orr and Brashear at least 22 minutes a game during their “reverse suspensions.”

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Skating With The Stars

from the Daily News,

Felicia Bellefontaine has won a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The 10-year-old from Mineville is going to stand in the starting lineup with the NHL All-Stars in Dallas.
Felicia was one of 12 lucky Canadian minor hockey players to win McDonald’s In The Line Up contest.
“She’s so excited to go,” said Felicia’s mother, Donna Horne, yesterday.
“She’ll probably be overwhelmed. I don’t think she realizes how big of a deal it really is until she gets there.”

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Why Not Canada

from the Mercury News,

Until the Penguins’ future in Pittsburgh is resolved, virtually every news story on the subject will round up the usual suspects of where the franchise might move: Kansas City, Mo.; Las Vegas; Oklahoma City; Houston, etc.
But unless it’s Winnipeg, Manitoba—a long shot—Canadian cities aren’t being mentioned and that’s a shame. With so many empty seats in places like Florida, Nashville and Phoenix, the league ought to think hard about establishing another operation in Canada.

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Official Error

from the Columbus Dispatch,

When San Jose scored at the 4:22 mark with Joe Pavelski redirecting a shot from Marleau at close range, play should have returned to 4-on-4, with Malhotra and Clowe remaining the box for another 17 seconds.
Instead, officials pulled Malhotra out of the box, keeping Clowe in the box for 17 seconds and Klesla for 43 seconds.
Twenty-one seconds after Clowe came out of the box, giving the Sharks a 5-on-4 advantage, San Jose scored to take a 2-0 lead….
t took most of the second period for officials to figure out an explanation.
“It’s a joke. That’s what it is, a joke,” Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean said. “You can’t score two power-play goals on the same power play.”
NHL director of officiating Stephen Walkom later released a statement: “The officials erred in the application of the rule following San Jose’s first power-play goal. The officials admitted the error to the Columbus club prior to the start of the second period.”

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