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from Snapshots at Mlive,
Hockey goalie Dominik Hasek started with his off-ice training for the [upcoming] season, which seems to be definitely the last one in his career. His goaltending coach Josef Bruk says Dom is in perfect condition.
In the beginning of this summer training Hasek made two T-shirts sweaty. “I think this is standard for me. This was my first training and I am gonna have another 30 or 40 ones. I don’t know it exactly, Mr. Bruk counts it.”
from Brian Milner of the Globe and Mail,
A group of investors led by Doug MacLean and partner Jeff Sherrin will pay slightly more than $206-million (all figures U.S.) for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Globe and Mail has learned.
William Davidson, the current owner of the Lightning, was won over by the offer from Absolute Hockey Enterprises, the fact that the buyers are true hockey lovers with no intention of relocating and that the team would not be saddled with debt as a result of the deal, say sources familiar with the negotiations.
from the Northern News Service,
More than 200 people came out to cheer for their favourite style of meat in Rankin Inlet this past month.
The boisterous crowd saw Team Cooked Meat defeat Team Raw Meat 10-7 to claim Rankin’s road hockey championship and bragging rights for the year.
The event was taped for an upcoming episode of the Versus TV Network’s Road Hockey Rumble.
Show co-host Mark McGuckin said Rankin was one of the most amazing places the show has visited during its twoseason run on Versus (Outdoor Life Network).
KK has pointed to Road Hockey Rumble before, but why not check it out if you missed it the first time.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Cheating or gaining an edge? Here are some elements that were once part of the NHL culture, but have been more or less legislated out of existence:...
Head games If playing with another player’s or team’s mind isn’t cheating, it certainly qualifies as gaining an edge. Coaches, most notably Scotty Bowman, have been accused of tampering with the visitors dressing rooms prior to playoff series, either by painting the rooms or fiddling with the thermostat. Some coaches, including Bowman, also have been accused of either lowering or physically shortening visitors benches to make them less comfortable during the playoffs.
from the Courier,
In another way to give back to the community that supported him so well during his days as a Waterloo Black Hawks player, San Jose Shark Joe Pavelski has been conducting the Joe Pavelski Hockey School this week at Young Arena.
More than 50 budding hockey stars signed up to spend eight hours a day with Pavelski, who is providing them with on-ice and on-land training.
“He’s been great,” said West High freshman-to-be Taylor Harris. “He makes sure he spends some time with everybody helping them in one way or another.
“It’s been really fun doing a whole bunch of skating and learning new techniques.
“Plus, it is going to be really cool to go to school and tell everybody I hung out with an NHL player for a week.”
Paramount Pictures has set Jessica Alba as the female lead opposite Mike Myers in “The Love Guru,” which has been set for a June 20 release.
In his first new character creation since Austin Powers, Myers plays Pitka, an American who was left at the gates of an ashram in India as a child and raised by gurus. After moving back to the U.S., he attempts to settle a rift between a hockey player (Malco) and his wife, who begins scoring with the star player of a rival team. Alba plays the hockey team owner and Troyer the team coach.
from James Mirtle at the NHL Fanhouse,
Already known as one of the most outrageous and outspoken people in hockey, the Tampa Bay Lightning head coach gave an almost surreal interview to Toronto radio station The Fan 590 yesterday in which he ripped the outgoing ownership regime of Bill Davidson, the 83-year-old billionaire owner of the Detroit Pistons.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Hockey Night In Canada’s first high-profile signing of the off-season will be Craig Simpson, who is leaving coaching to resume a broadcasting career as a game analyst at Hockey Night, multiple sources say.
Simpson is expected to quit his job as an Edmonton Oilers assistant coach to work in the booth with play-by-play announcer Jim Hughson.
Insiders view Simpson’s addition to Hockey Night, expected to be announced shortly, as a major cornerstone to the rebuilding of the show.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Salaries are on the rise, revenues are on the rise. And by all accounts, the value of an NHL franchise is on the rise, with the Tampa Bay Lightning having sold this week for a reported $200 million (all figures U.S.).
That has some folks within the sports business believing that hockey is making a comeback from the devastating lockout that cost it the 2004-05 season, about $2 billion in revenue and its stake as the fourth “major league” in North America.
But it has others believing that owners haven’t learned the lesson of out-of-control spending, likening the frenzied spending for franchises to the free-wheeling spending on free agents every July 1.
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
“Not one NHL team has called,” Waddell said. “I think I made it clear at the draft—Marian Hossa isn’t going anywhere. If Marian Hossa is going someplace, Don Waddell better be going with him.”
Hossa is a free agent after this season but Waddell remains optimistic that a contract extension can get done before the season starts.
“Would I like to get him signed before the start of the year? Yes. Is it desperate if we don’t? Absolutely not,” Waddell said.
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