Kukla's Korner Hockey
Five NHL teams do it, but the Braves are the only baseball team that does it. No NBA team does it anymore, although several used to. And no NFL team has ever done it.What is it?
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
Mike Modano packed up his stuff and left Italy on Thursday, skipping a final meeting with his Olympic teammates after they were eliminated a day earlier in the men's ice hockey quarterfinals. USA Hockey spokesman Dave Fischer said the longtime Dallas Stars forward -- a critic of team management on Wednesday -- was the only member of the 23-player squad not to come to the get-together at the arena where the Americans were knocked out by Finland.continued
Most of us are used to reading North American fourms, blogs, etc. I thought it would be a nice change of pace to read the comments from the international hockey community. For example: Congratulations to the Czech Team! It was the first time they played as a real team and they are becoming better. Good job done by Milan Hnilicka! I am so happy that he play(ed)s now! Remember 1999! Also respect to the Russian team - they played great! Hopefully we will meet in the final again. Cheers to all icehockey fans! Go Czech Republic - go! read more from the IIHF fan corner...
from the Toronto Star,
Though it may be difficult for many Canadians to appreciate this morning, they just witnessed another step in Alexander Ovechkin's emergence as, arguably, the best player in the world. And, possibly the most exciting and colourful as well.continued
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
Sweden's Daniel Alfredsson is one step closer to a gold medal now that his team has advanced to the Olympic semifinals, but the big prize Alfredsson is seeking will be awarded in June. "The No. 1 trophy in the world for me is the Stanley Cup," the Ottawa Senators' captain saidcontinued...plus much more from the players involved in the semifinals...
from the San Francisco Chronicle,
The men's hockey team resembled a bad architectural hybrid, elegant Victorian on the first floor, a Frank Lloyd Wright knockoff on the second. Simply put, there were has-beens, wannabes and not much in between. Where is the new generation of outstanding American hockey players, the fresh-faced Chelios, Keith Tkachuk or Mike Modano? Perhaps on the roster of the 2004 junior team, which won the world championship. If any of them were on this Olympic team, they clearly hadn't reached full bloom.more
Does tomorrow's semifinal game between Sweden and the Czech's count in the NHL standings? Maybe a 1/2 point will be granted to the Wings (five players representing Sweden) or the Rangers (six Czechs).
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
The irresistible force meets the immovable object in the Olympic hockey semifinals as hard-charging Russia takes on undefeated Finland in what should be a doozey. "We will go forward, we will not stop," Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk said. "It is a big battle for us. Now, every game is a big win. We have only one goal -- to win gold."more
from the Contra Costa Times,
Evgeni Nabokov picked one heck of a time to get hot. After struggling through the first half of the NHL season with the Sharks, Nabokov is suddenly the best goaltender in the world's most high-profile hockey tournament. And you know what that means? When he comes back to San Jose, he may be wearing a gold medal.read on
from the Tennessean,
Tomas Vokoun is finally getting some rest, though it's probably not the kind he had in mind. The Predators' netminder sat on the bench during yesterday's Olympic quarterfinal, watching his native Czech Republic advance with a 3-1 win over Slovakia. "I'm a little surprised, but you do go through things like that,'' Coach Barry Trotz said. "Everything's a little different over there — even the way he got thrust into the number one job with no security blanket because of Hasek. There was probably a lot of pressure on him because there were high expectations for the Czechs going in.''
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