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from the Chilliwack Progress,
In the land of dingos, didgeridoos and dunnys (toilets) hockey is an afterthought, if it even ranks that high. The big sports are soccer, cricket and rugby, followed by a myriad of outdoor sports. A sport which is so thoroughly woven into the fabric of Canadian culture is an insignificant blip on the radar screen of Australian athletics.
“There’s nothing going on in Australia,” Sonter says matter-of-factly. “Ask almost anyone on the street and they’ll tell you ice hockey doesn’t exist. Tell me where the frozen ponds are in Australia and we’ll go have a skate on them.”
The Toronto Maple Leafs received some good news as All-Star defenceman Tomas Kaberle rode a stationary bike Friday, the first physical exertion Kabele has been able to do since being leveled by Devils enforcer Cam Janssen.
Head Coach Paul Maurice says Kaberle felt good afterwards and if he experiences no headaches or other setback, could return to the ice for practice in a week’s time.
from the Edomonton Sun,
Rod Groening and Tracey Hunt—a couple of staunch Edmonton Oilers fans—will hold their hockey-themed nuptials next Friday at the downtown arena, with more than 150 friends and family cheering them on.
“Everything will be done in Oilers colours,” Hunt, 28, told Sun Media yesterday, adding that their post-ceremony reception will follow at an MTS Centre restaurant.
“And our seating plan is done like an Oilers sort-of ice rink, with everyone at a player’s table—so they’ll sit at the Raffi Torres table, or with Steve Staios or whoever’s table they have been put at.”
via TSN Breaking News,
New York Islanders forward Chris Simon has been suspended indefinitely for slashing New York Rangers forward Ryan Hellweg in the face
more… I am sure a hearing will soon be taking place to determine the length of the suspension.
added 1:00pm, via Bloomberg,
“Supplementary discipline will be assessed’’ when NHL officials meet with the 13-year veteran before the team plays its next game tomorrow, at home against the Washington Capitals, NHL spokesman Frank Brown said in an e-mail.
added 1:38pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Campbell, the NHL’s chief disciplinarian, spent Friday, trying to schedule a face-to-face meeting with Simon to review the play, either in New York or Toronto.
The suspicion is that Simon would receive a significant penalty, perhaps in the 12-to-15-game range, for the attack.
added 3:22pm, from WCBS,
A stick-swinging hit by New York Islanders forward Chris Simon during an NHL game against the New York Rangers is being reviewed for possible criminal prosecution.
A spokesman for Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said today that prosecutors are going to review the tape.
added 4:16pm, via Newday, Hearing is Saturday and Simon suffered a concussion from the hit by Hollweg.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Here’s a look at how the playoff goaltending shapes up, taking into consideration the 19 teams (realistically) still in the running. Disclaimers: (a) Prioritizing playoff goaltending situations isn’t necessarily the same thing as rating the goaltenders themselves, or rating the teams’ playoff chances; (b) playoff experience comes into play; and (c) offer void where prohibited.
2. Anaheim Ducks
Not only are the Ducks back on track, not only will they be able to withstand the temporary loss (again) of Pronger, but they have an ideal situation. Both Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Ilya Bryzgalov have been terrific in the playoffs; Bryzgalov, at least, for that amazing short-term run last postseason, and Giguere seems back on track.
from the Montreal Gazette,
Last season, on the few occasions in which he was a healthy scratch, Ribeiro could be found in the Bell Centre press box, entertaining himself.
“I was probably not interested in the gym and working out as much as they would have liked,” Ribeiro said.
“But the bottom line is that when I played, I tried my hardest and tried to help the team win.
“I think I was treated unfairly in Montreal. They just wanted to get rid of me, and they did it. They probably had their reasons.”
Christy at Behind The Jersey goes deep with this one…
So I think we’ve all complained at one point in time or another about expensive tickets to go see an NHL game, especially after the lockout in 2004-2005. Well, I guess it could be worse than being a Red Wings’ fan. This is a longer post, but I think it’s a very interesting topic and I’m hoping to hear from you guys what your thoughts are.
This post looks at: (1) the new cost of NJ Devils’ ticket prices, (2) how will this affect their already poor attendance?, and (3) should Wings fans complain less about ticket prices?
I was going to post this, but noticed the Ice Block had it up, so take some time out today and watch…
He’s an example of how a pro athlete SHOULD do it. He drives his kids to their hockey games, packs their lunches, works as a scout and coach to the Rangers and centers his whole life around family.
SuChin Pak Interviews Adam Graves…
from Wallace Matthews of Newday,
Note to Gary Bettman: Cancel the rest of your meaningless regular season. Trash-can your endless rounds of playoff games between teams nobody knows or really cares about.
Just match the Rangers and Islanders in a best-of-seven for the Stanley Cup.
Start it on Monday, get it over by Easter, resurrect your dying league and let us all get on with our lives.
from Alan Adams at Sportsnet,
• Doug MacLean is a great guy, but it’s obvious his plan to take the Blue Jackets to the next level is off track. If the Blue Jackets’ ownership wanted to make an astute move, they’d find a way to pry Jim Nill away from Detroit where he’s the longstanding assistant GM of the Red Wings.
• Lets’s face the facts here. The Coyotes are not a success on the ice and off the ice the team is said to be losing bucks. So why not have the league’s head office in New York create a job for Gretzky. Make him the NHL’s Hockey Ambassador. It’s better than watch a star fall to earth.
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