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From Pierre LeBrun via the Globe & Mail,
Hockey’s back. Training camps open around the NHL on Thursday and Friday and the buzz is as good as it gets in Pittsburgh where Sidney Crosby and the Penguins believe they’ve got a shot at the Stanley Cup.
“That’s our goal and I think it’s realistic,” Penguins defenceman Darryl Sydor told The Canadian Press.
continued… (Including a look at various teams around the NHL, gearing up for the season)
From the CP via TSN,
It might be time for hockey fans in Chicago to come out of hiding.
The Blackhawks have consistently been among the NHL’s lowest-ranked teams in attendance in recent years, but they believe that could start changing this season thanks to a revamped roster.
“We get plenty of walk-ups for our games,” said GM Dale Tallon. “They’re there. They’re wanting us to succeed. They’re waiting for an excuse to come to the United Center.”
Unveiled today, the image below (originally found here) shows a television screen shot of the new jerseys. From the Avalanche:
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club revealed its new-look Rbk EDGE uniforms at a press conference this morning. Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles modeled the new Avalanche uniform for members of the media. The Avalanche will wear the new uniforms this season beginning this Sunday, September 16 at the Burgundy/White game at the Air Force Academy.
Read more about them at Colorado Avalanche Blog.
Update 3:10pm ET: the Avalanche team site has added a photo gallery of the new jerseys..
from the CBC,
A talented Quebec junior hockey player from Montreal has agreed not to observe some of the strict rules of his Jewish religion after officials threatened to cut him from the team if he didn’t travel or play on Saturdays.
The Gatineau Olympiques managed to reach a compromise with 18-year-old Benjamin Rubin on Tuesday, allowing him to play forward this season, said team governor Charles Henry.
added 9/13/07, View a video report from the CBC…
Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mark Bell received a 15 regular season game suspension from the NHL on Wednesday.
added 12:07pm, Statement from Gary Bettman,
“Playing in the National Hockey League is a privilege, and with that privilege comes a corresponding responsibility for exemplary conduct off the ice as well as on it,” Commissioner Bettman said. “Mark Bell will serve jail time following the 2007-08 season after pleading to felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an alcohol-related automobile accident that caused an injury. He also left the scene of the accident. Such conduct is a violation of our covenant with our fans, and to the game, and is prejudicial to the welfare of the League.
“However, over the past year, Mark has made extraordinary strides in his rehabilitation. This positive progress was a material factor in reducing what could have been a lengthier suspension,” Commissioner Bettman added. “The NHL supports Mark’s commitment to learning from his past mistakes and his efforts to move his life forward in a positive direction.”
from the Texas Brahmas,
The Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League (CHL) announced Wednesday the signing of playmaker and enforcer, Robin Big Snake.
“Big Snake is going to make a huge impact for the Brahmas team and organization. There is a lot of excitement built around this signing. I have no doubts that his reputation will bring fans to the NYTEX Sports Centre,” said Head Coach Dan Wildfong.
Big Snake, a Siksika Nation native and popular youtube.com icon, spent 67 games last season in the United Hockey League (UHL-now the International Hockey League) with the Rockford IceHogs in Illinois. He recorded 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists) and 330 penalty minutes.
from The Record,
Having successfully completed his commitment to coach the Canadian national junior team in its Super Series against Russia—his team won seven of the eight games and tied the other—Sutter plans to arrive in New Jersey today and jump “right into the thick of things” with his new job.
“I’m excited now just like I have been every year of training camp,” he said. “I’m an intense guy. I’m intense behind the bench. That’s just my makeup. That’s who I am. Brent Sutter is not all of the sudden going to change now that he’s coaching in the National Hockey League.”
Lindy Ruff knows what’s on the tops of the minds of Sabre fans, and, yes, life without Chris Drury and Daniel Briere will be a change for him as well.
“We’re going to miss qualities that both those players brought to our team, but the past couple weeks of players being around, they’ve already gone past that,” Ruff said Wednesday morning on The Howard Simon Show. “The players realize the opportunity that lies there with added responsibility and added ice time.”
The first name Ruff mentioned was oft-injured forward Tim Connolly, who returned for the playoff run in the 2006-07 campaign.
Spector covers some more hockey talk today, including Mathieu Dandenault’s job may be in jeopardy with the Canadiens.
via The Maven at MSG Network,
• The good news, crowd-wise, is that three teams once in financial distress now are doing splendidly. Anaheim, Pittsburgh and Buffalo each capped its season tickets thanks to the huge demand. Which proves that once-faltering American markets can be revived despite what some Canadian media cynics opine.
• There’s a hush-hush attitude in NHL corridors on Sixth Avenue. League biggies are prepping a bunch of new, exciting ideas which soon will be announced. Til then, mum’s the word at Bettman, Inc.
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