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from the CBC,
What would Don Cherry do? If he was coach of the women's hockey team in Turin and his players mounted a 7-0 lead in the first period, would he tell them to coast or would he encourage them to score more goals? Judging by his past comments, he would have his players ease up. But Melody Davidson, not Grapes, is the team's coach, and she had no qualms about her team scoring 12 goals more than the beleaguered Russians Sunday. ..."Later on, you don't want to look back and think, 'If we had scored one more goal it would have made a difference,'" Davidson said.more
from the State News,
"You dream about getting that call, hearing you made it," (John-Michael) Liles said in a phone interview with The State News. "It feels like it hasn't really set in just yet. I'm just excited to get over there and represent my country." Liles had to keep the news to himself — other than telling his family and a few friends — until the United States officially announced the Olympic roster. "You always hope you're going to get that call and you're going to be chosen," he said. "There's always that doubt in your mind that you never know exactly what's going to happen. "There's so many directions that they could take. I'm very fortunate that I was one of the ones that was selected."more...and his bio via NBC Olympics...
from USA Hockey,
Most hockey players will run through a brick wall for a gold medal. That doesn�t mean they want to be checked into one during the Olympic hockey tournament. When Don Moffatt arrived in Torino for a four-nation women's tune-up tournament in November, he was shocked by what he found. The board system in place at the Palasport Olympico, one of two sites for the men's and women's hockey tournaments, was a mass of solid steel, unforgiving fiberglass and Plexiglas. There was no give in the boards whatsoever.read on
from the Saginaw News,
Former Detroit Red Wings great Ted Lindsay is a small man at 5-foot-8, weighed down further by 80 years of a life that included 14 seasons of banging bodies with much-larger men in the National Hockey League. When you meet him today, you are immediately struck by his size -- and by the many scars crisscrossing his grizzled face. You wonder how this soft-spoken man could have the nickname "Terrible" Ted. ...He admitted he's not a good fan, especially when at home watching with his wife. "She'll call out to me from the other room: 'Who are you talking to?' I'm talking to the referees," he said with a laugh.more The history behind the picture is Gordie Howe had received a death threat during a playoff game against the Leafs. The threat was if he stepped onto the ice, he would be shot. After the game, which the Wings won, Ted decided to have some fun with the Toronto fans and turned the threat around by taking a few 'imaginary' shots at them.
from Scotland on Sunday, It means that the story of a unique sporting triumph, the original 'Miracle on Ice' if you will, when the Great Britain ice hockey team won the Olympic title, is now all but forgotten. This lack of recognition is all the more disappointing from a Scottish perspective, as the key contributor to the British team's success was the sole Scot in the line-up, goaltender Jimmy Foster. He has the distinction of being the first Scot to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. read on
from the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres season-ticket holders will be able to watch the early rounds of the playoffs at regular-season prices. The team is mailing out playoff-ticket invoices early this week, and the huge break for season-ticket holders represents a clear indication the team is doing everything it can to reward its best customers - and build up the season-ticket base for next year. Those season-ticket holders will find that their playoff tickets for Rounds 1 and 2 will cost anywhere from 43 to 75 percent less than the price charged at the box office.continued
from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,
Meet Bob Nardella, a 38-year-old third-generation Italian-American who will be playing for the host Italians — a right he earned by playing the requisite three years in Italy's professional league after playing his college hockey at Ferris State University. Nardella's story — his perseverance in playing the game he loves and chasing the dream he harbored since childhood — embodies what many believe is the Olympic ideal. Nardella's story is about sacrifice, it is about disappointment, it is about triumph. Mostly, though, it is about following one's heart despite the obstacles placed in that path.read on
via the AP,
Boston Bruins forward Marco Sturm will skip the Olympics due to injury, the team said Sunday. Sturm had been slated to play for Germany at the Turin Games. He suffered an upper body injury during a Feb. 4 game and had not played since them.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
While Al Arbour, Denis Potvin, Billy Smith and nearly every other player on the squad is in for the ceremony that will be held prior to that Saturday night match against the Flyers, Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier are out — at least for the time being — as the one-time linemates continue to seek financial reward for traveling to Long Island for what will be a four-day celebration of the dynasty.read on (reg. req.)...also interesting information about Team USA and Barry Smith should be with the Islanders...
from the Morning Call,
Olympic hockey has come a long way since its debut in the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium, as an exhibition sport. It's become so popular around the globe, the National Hockey League has decided to shut down operations for the next three weeks so the top players in the world can participate in the Turin Winter Games. Does that move merit a standing ovation? Or time in the penalty box for delay of game?continued
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