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One Quarter Way Through

Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail looks at the first quarter of the NHL season, writing about...

1. The rise of the expansion teams 2. Attendance woes 3. Woe Canada
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Coversation With Brind’Amour

Rod Brind'Amour took part in an NHL tele-coference call today...

Q. Do you feel like the local fans in Carolina are becoming more educated in hockey? ROD BRIND A'MOUR: Oh, yeah. Q. They're well versed in the game now? ROD BRIND'AMOUR: For sure. I mean, it's a great thing for us not only to win, but in the area, the community, how they all rallied around their team. It's become hip now to be a 'Canes fan. It's kind of we're the in thing right now. We have good crowds and, you know, there's a lot of talk and buzz about our team, so that's nice. Q. You been with this team for several years and you were there 2002. I'm just wondering how you feel your role as leader has evolved over the years. You took over the role from Ron Francis and there been a progression up to last year and even beyond into this year as well. ROD BRIND'AMOUR: You're right. Whether or not Ronny was here, it was definitely his team and he had his fingerprint all over it and did a great job. You know, and I kind of don't want to say sat in the back, but just went about my business. He stepped down, and I guess I had to fill in. But the beauty is we brought in a lot of new players last year, and who we brought in were good leaders in their own right. It's never been a situation where I have to do something drastically different than I was comfortable with. I think we lead by committee kind of thing with a lot of guys. It's a pleasure just to be around them, because we do have a lot have good, veteran players here.

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Flyers Find Their Coach

from TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced Monday that the team has reached an agreement with head coach John Stevens on a new two-year contract. "Over the course of the last month with John Stevens moving in as the head coach, we have had time to settle some issues and we have officially come to an agreement with John on a two-year contract," said General Manager Paul Holmgren. "We are very excited about this, as is John. This stabilizes the situation in terms of his leadership of the hockey team. We are looking forward from this point on as we march ahead."

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DiMaio Still Dealing With Concussion Symptoms

from the Tampa Tribune,

Lightning RW Rob DiMaio has rejoined the team for the time being, but he is still nowhere near returning to action. Though DiMaio is making progress, he is still suffering from the effects of post-concussion syndrome and any attempt at coming back this season seems a long way off. "It just won't let go," DiMaio said Sunday. "That's what makes this tough to understand and makes it difficult to deal with." DiMaio, who is scheduled to undergo more testing early next month in Pittsburgh, has spent a lot of time at home in Toronto with his family. But the 38-year-old welcomed the opportunity to be around his teammates just to be back in the normal hockey routine he has experienced for the past 18 years in the NHL.
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J. R. Knows Baseball

NEW YORK (November 20, 2006)– Phoenix Coyotes center Jeremy Roenick will showcase his talents beyond the rink when he guest stars as an assistant baseball coach in the November 24 episode of the hit CBS drama, “Ghost Whisperer.” In the episode “Giving Up The Ghost,” Melinda (played by star Jennifer Love Hewitt) encounters the angry ghost of a former pro baseball player who died in a car accident. The ghost attempts to take over the body of Justin Cotter, a young pitcher, during a high school game. Art (played by Roenick) is preparing his team for a critical game when the powerful spirit confronts their star pitcher. Roenick, who shot his guest-starring role during the off-season, has made acting appearances before, including performances on Disney Channel's The Jersey, HBO's Arliss and the daytime drama One Life to Live.

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Jax To Hire Hitchcock Or Andy Murray

from TSN's Bob McKenzie:

The Columbus Blue Jackets search for a new head coach is down to a two-man race and a decision should be made by mid-week. Sources tell TSN that the only two considerations, at this point, are former Philadelphia Flyer Ken Hitchcock and former Los Angeles King Andy Murray. Hitchcock was in Columbus for a full day of meetings with ownership and management on Sunday. Sources say Murray will arrive in Columbus tonight and go through the full day of meetings tomorrow. It's expected that Blue Jackets' general manager Doug MacLean will make a recommendation to ownership by Wednesday. At that point, the only obstacle to hiring the new head coach will be agreeing to a new contract.

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Picture It- 600 Goals

Sports Illustrated has some great, individual pictures of the players in the 600 goal club. image

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364 Days Later, Fisch’s Discusses His Fresh Start

from ESPN's Scott Burnside:

It was a matter of seconds; in the course of a lifetime as a grain of sand is to a beach. But in that moment, Jiri Fischer and the life that he had known ceased to exist. In its place has emerged a man who is different, that much is clear. But what is equally clear is that this Jiri Fischer is not just different, he's better and happier than ever before. "It really changed my life for the better. I haven't been this lucky in my life," Fischer told ESPN.com. "It was an experience that made my life better. I was able to learn things about my body at age 25 instead of age 60. "Right now, many people come up to me and they feel sorry for me. They say, 'How are you doing? I hope you can play one day.' I say, I hope I can get healthy one day." Fischer, now 26, is sitting in the quiet of the media workroom in the bowels of Joe Louis Arena. One of the oldest rinks in the NHL, Joe Louis throbs with a perpetual hum that muffles the sounds of Fischer's teammates as they practice a short walk away. The team has defied skeptics and is off to a good start as it once again pursues the Stanley Cup. Fischer, though, is pursuing something more elusive: answers to his near-death experience and a new course for his second chance at life. "I died. I died and I was brought back," he said.

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Hockey History

One of the fastest moving professional sports was founded this week in 1917, at a meeting in Canada. At the time, the National Hockey League was made up of two teams from Montreal, one from Ottawa and one from Quebec. There were many changes in the early years, and at one point, the NHL was down to only three teams. The first American team admitted to the league was Boston in 1924. Two years later, the Stanley Cup came under the control of the NHL - the oldest trophy in North America for professional athletic competition.

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PSA- Get A Lappy Shirt

Help give to charity while showing your support of one of the most likable players in the NHL, Colorado Avalanche forward Ian Laperriere (“Lappy”) by purchasing an “It’s All About Lappy” t-shirt. All proceeds from this project, started by a fan in Los Angeles, go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities at Laperriere’s request. In just a few short months, over $1000 has been raised, and shirts have been sent to fans all over the US, Canada and Europe. Visit www.itsallaboutlappy.com for more information.

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