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At Age 42 A Hockey Player Trying To Go Pro

from John Matisz at the Toronto Sun,

Kevin Porter won’t take no for an answer.

He won’t take “no” from player agents. He won’t take “no” from professional hockey teams.

And he certainly won’t take “no” from his mind or body. Not even at age 42, when he strolls into the arena disorientated after a day-long shift as an emergency worker.

“Hey, just wanna let you know I’m getting off a 24-hour shift,” Porter has warned his skating and skills coach Adrian Lomonaco on multiple occasions.

“He might wipe out a few times during the first drill, but he’ll get right back up,” says Lomonaco, who has also trained NHLer Sean Monahan.

“At the end of our session, we’re getting off the ice before the Zamboni comes on to flood the ice and he’s doing line drills, stops and starts all by himself.”

Despite never pursuing a career in hockey for the bulk of his adult life, Porter, a firefighter and paramedic by trade, is intent on chasing the dream through his 40s.

“I’ve got unfinished business,” he says, stonefaced.

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A Few Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- If Mitch Marner improves his shot over the summer — and more importantly improves the quickness with which he gets his shot away — he will even be more dangerous as a sophomore as he was as an excellent rookie.

- Martin Brodeur is an executive with Canada’s Olympic hockey team but I’m hearing he won’t be in South Korea for the Games. The reason? It’s too close to the NHL trade deadline. The St. Louis Blues need him at home.

- I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Nate Schmidt has a big year with the Vegas Golden Knights. He has front line talent and just needs an opportunity to show it.

read on for a look at Bryan Murray...

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Referee Patterns

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

(Imke) Reimers and her colleagues collected data from every NHL game from Jan. 1, 1996, to Dec. 11, 2015. They were interested in particulars such as a referee’s total number of games, penalties called, a referee’s years of experience, and number of games a referee worked with a specific team.

Experience varies from old-timers like O’Halloran to Garrett Rank, who first pulled on NHL stripes on Jan. 15, 2015. The veteran crew of Dave Jackson and Marc Joannette, for example, called the Montreal-Detroit game on Oct. 17, 2015. Combined, the duo had worked 205 Canadiens games and 134 Red Wings games over their careers. Conversely, Eric Furlatt was the lone referee for the Montreal-Detroit game on Feb. 11, 2002. Furlatt had only worked five Canadiens games and one Wings game before then.

Some of the results of their research:

■ A first-year referee calls an average of 24 penalty minutes per game. A second-year referee averages 18 PIMs per game. Expected penalty minutes decline by 0.262 for each additional season of experience. A two-referee team with 10 total seasons calls 2.6 fewer penalty minutes per game than a duo with no experience.

■ Each additional season of a referee’s experience with a specific team decreases penalty minutes per game by 0.972.

■ Of all the months, referees call the most penalties in October.

“What we were really interested in is if you have a regulatory agency — in banking, finance, stocks, anything, really — we are concerned with fairness,” Reimers said.

more plus other hockey topics like under 14 teams in the USA won't allow icing on the pk...

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Sad News Today, Bryan Murray Has Passed Away

 

 

added 1:46pm, Ottawa release is below...

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Still Waiting For A Contract Extension For Paul Maurice

from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Flashback:

It’s April 10, a couple of days after the Winnipeg Jets played their last game of another playoff-missing season, and head coach Paul Maurice and GM Kevin Chevaldayoff are doing their season-ending news conference.

The talk quickly turns to the status of contract extension talks for Maurice, who will be in the final year of his deal heading into the 2017-18 season, and both he and Cheveldayoff seem to agree it’s already all but a done deal.

"Paul has my full support," says Chevaldayoff.

"Every contract I’ve ever done took about 10 minutes," says Maurice.

Well, we must be in some kind of weird wormhole then, because that 10 minutes has now stretched into over four months, and with just five weeks to go before the team plays its first pre-season game on Sept. 18, Maurice is still a lame-duck head coach heading into the coming NHL season.

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Topics Of Interest Today

from Jim Cerny of The Sporting News,

...here are five important questions which still need to be answered before training camps open in four weeks or so.

Will Matt Duchene be traded, and, if so, to whom?

In one of the longer divorce proceedings in recent NHL memory, the Avalanche continue to entertain the possibility of trading 26-year-old center Matt Duchene. However, GM Joe Sakic continues to frustrate potential trade partners, Avs fans and Duchene himself in failing to pull the trigger on a deal, prolonging a situation that first picked up steam at last year's trade deadline.

Most experts believed Duchene would have had his Rocky Mountain tenure ended by now, likely by the draft in June, but Sakic -- somewhat to his credit -- seeks a major haul in return for Colorado's top trade chip. Of course, there are others -- count Islanders' general manager Garth Snow in this camp you'd have to imagine -- who see Sakic as gun shy and afraid to get burned by dealing away a player who scored 30 goals two years ago and has 418 points in 572 games despite an off year in 2016-17....

Don't the Rangers still need a center?

As mentioned above, perhaps signing Alex Kerfoot would fill the Rangers' void down the middle where the club has yet to fill the departed Derek Stepan's skates. Mika Zibanejad assumes the No. 1 center role with Stepan traded this summer to the Coyotes, and Kevin Hayes moves up from third line to second. Veteran David Desharnais signed as a free agent, but at this stage of his career, he's more of a fourth-liner and special teams option....

more on each of the above topics plus three more question...

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Video- Jonathan Toews On A Few Topics Today

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews joined the Jeff Blair Show to talk about all the extra hockey he has played in his career and being reunited with Brandon Saad.

 

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Video- The Florida Panthers Completed Their Fantasy Broadcast Camp

from Peter Rossi of FloridaPanthers.com,

On Tuesday, the Florida Panthers hosted their second annual broadcast camp, giving young Panthers fans an inside look at sports broadcasting and what goes on behind-the-scenes at an NHL game.

With Panthers radio and television personalities like Steve Goldstein, Randy Moller and Doug Plagens in attendance, campers took part in numerous entertainment-centric activities, including on-camera segments, hands-on work and instruction, public address announcing and radio play-by-play.

"Seeing the kids come out and being as dedicated and committed to doing what we do for a living, it brings back memories. It is a great thing that the Panthers do," said Panthers television broadcaster Steve Goldstein.

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Theo Fleury On Today’s Game

from Sonny Sachdeva of Sportsnet,

Unfortunately, that same mix of skill, unbridled emotion, and unpredictability is a rarity in today’s game, according to Fleury.

“The game is wayyy, wayyy too over-coached,” Fleury said to Sharp magazine’s Dave McCarthy on Wednesday. “It’s almost like coaches are playing Xbox with these guys. IPads on every bench now. It really takes individuality out of the game.”

The league still has a few characters who call back to that bygone era, according to Fleury, but they’re certainly tougher to find.

“That’s why I love guys like P.K. Subban, who have their own personality and beat to their own drum,” Fleury said. “There’s definitely a lack of that now. If you look at my era, you had all these characters who played, like Jeremy Roenick and Marty McSorley. They were different guys and said what was on their mind and wore their hearts on their sleeves.

“There were a lot of colourful people in the game. Now, when you listen to interviews with so many young guys, it’s all clichés.”

read on

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Video- Spend A Summer Day With Dion Phaneuf And His Wife Elisha

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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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