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Original Six Day

from the Chicago Tribune,

The NHL hasn't done much recently to celebrate the history and accomplishments of the "Original Six." That may change. When he was in Chicago Wednesday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman found "interesting" a suggestion from this reporter to have an "Original Six Day" along the same lines as "Canada Day".

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St. Patrick’s Day- 1955

from the NY Times,

Thousands of spectators took over the Forum tonight in a frenzied demonstration against Clarence Campbell, president of the National Hockey League. They were furious over the suspension of their idol, Maurice (Rocket) Richard. Campbell was assaulted and pelted with fruit and overshoes before the game between Montreal and Detroit was forfeited to the visiting Red Wings.
continued another recap Commisioner Clarence Campbell blames (will open wmp video). Little known fact about Campbell, he attended the game with his secretary, who he would later marry. image

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Lidstrom Contract Talk

Abel to Yzerman discovered a Swedish newspaper article disclosing information about Nick Lidstrom contract talks. It does appear Lidstrom may be looking for the maximum contract for two years. You can read the raw translation of the article in the comment section of this post.

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Update On Hasek

from the Ottawa Senators,

Although he was only dressed in warm-up gear today, and not his goaltender equipment, Hasek was just happy to go for a skate on the TD Banknorth Center ice. "It's good to be back on the ice," Hasek said after working a half hour with strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee. "There's still many things I feel I'm not able to do, so there was no reason to go out in full equipment. I did feel some improvement. We'll wait a few more days, a week, whatever."

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Sean Burke Breaks Finger

from the CP via TSN,

Veteran goalie Sean Burke of the Tampa Bay Lightning is out indefinitely after sustaining a broken finger in practice Thursday. The Lightning recalled Gerald Coleman from Springfield of the AHL to backup starter John Grahame. Burke's right index finger was placed in a splint Thursday. He will be re-evaluated by the Lightning medical staff next week.
update 4:22pm, via the Tampa Bay Lightning,
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Sean Burke today suffered a non-displaced fracture of the distal phalanx in his right index finger during practice at the St. Pete Times Forum. The finger was placed in a splint by Lightning medical director Dr. Ira Gutentag and Burke will not play for the Lightning this weekend. He will be re-evaluated by the Lightning medical staff next week. His status on the team’s medical report will be listed as “out indefinitely.”

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Tribute To Moms

Four days ago I posted about the Blackhawks using pink hockey sticks this weekend in an effort to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Today the story hit the web in a big way and I have had many hits and emails looking for that topic. Here is the article from the CP via the Toronto Star,

Some NHL players will hit the ice this weekend with pink sticks. In a tribute to hockey moms and to raise awareness of breast cancer, Tie Domi, Mats Sundin, Steve Yzerman, Sidney Crosby and others — will have a pink stick in hand tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. TPS Hockey, the sports equipment company, is forking out an estimated $50,000 for the initiative which sprouted in the Gretzky family home in Brantford, Ont. The idea took root shortly after the death in December of Wayne Gretzky's mother, Phyllis. "It's a tribute to hockey moms," said Brad Janson, TPS's director of pro-hockey.
More information can be found at Frameworth. image

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Canucks In Trouble

from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

The Vancouver Canucks went out at the deadline and made major roster changes. Things were looking good, but they've lost five straight games. Now, they've made it an even bigger race in the West. No one could have projected this on March 9. The top line of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison? I wouldn't call it the top line anymore.
more...and check out the good and the bad according to Melrose...

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Sundin Delivers

BMW enthusiasts and sports fans have the opportunity to bid on Mats Sundin's 2006 BMW X5 Hockey Edition and have the vehicle personally delivered by the Olympic Gold Medal winner and superstar himself. 100% of the winning bid will benefit SickKids Foundation and Variety - The Children's Charity. image

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Praise For Dale Hunter

from the London Free Press,

The most successfully innovative guy in hockey right now isn't some NCAA college coach in Boston or a brainy fellow in Sweden planning the next trap or torpedo system designed to revolutionize the game. Believe it or not, it's Dale Hunter, whose surprising London Knights have clinched a third straight OHL regular season title -- and are again the No. 1 ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League.

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Staying In Top Shape

from the Edmonton Sun,

"It's not only what you're doing, it's how smart, how precise your training is. You don't just go in and do some bench presses and sit-ups and get out of there," he explains. Moreau's regimen, a departure from the typical bodybuilding routine, focuses on explosive Olympic lifts like the snatch, squat, and clean and jerk. He keeps the weights heavy and the reps low. With the goal being power and strength, rather than just putting on muscle mass, Moreau also does plyometrics and sprints at the track.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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