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from the Associated Press, via USA Today:
Denise M. Sciarrotta was thrilled with the seats her family had for the minor league hockey game. They were close to the action as they watched players take practice shots.
It was going to be a special night: her 12-year-old daughter was going to sing the national anthem. Then a puck ricocheted off a goal post and slammed into Sciarrotta’s head. Blood poured from a gash above her left temple.
More than four years later, Sciarrotta said she bears a 2 1/2-inch scar and permanent brain damage from an incident she maintains could have been prevented with proper safeguards.
Her negligence lawsuit could become a landmark case, as the state Supreme Court recently decided to consider if fans have the right to sue for injuries that happened during warmups. A ruling is not expected for about a year.
We are close folks….
from Empty Netters,
Some brilliant person found clips of 24 goal horns in the NHL and put together a stunning YouTube clip.
more (hint, turn the volume down if you are at work(
from the Edmonton Sun,
Lupul is part of a revamped team in Philadelphia. The Flyers were big players in the off-season, signing free agent Daniel Briere and acquiring the likes of goaltender Martin Biron, defenceman Kimmo Timonen and forward Scott Hartnell.
“Any time you get to go to a new team it’s exciting,” Lupul said.
“It’s a fresh start. I could tell from the first day that the Flyers are a first-class organization. They do things right and they definitely treat their players well.
“They’ve helped me out a lot and they’ve made it easy for all of the new guys to feel welcomed there.”
Getting an opportunity to play in the East is also appealing to Lupul, who up to now has only known the rigours of playing for Western teams.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
“I was a big Bob Goodenow fan,” said Chelios yesterday, just minutes after the NHLPA’s three-day general meetings had come to an end. “If we could find another Bob we’d be well off.
“If Bob put in his resume we’d consider it. But I think Bob wants to move on and we want to move on.”
Schneider feels the new leader must share the same mandate that Goodenow harboured during his lengthy tenure as the union’s executive director.
“When you compare Bob to Ted (Saskin) or (Alan) Eagleson, the thing about Bob was that he always looked out for the best interests of the players. Always,” Schneider said.
via Paddock Talk,
Detroit Red Wings team captain and multiple Norris Trophy winner (top NHL defenseman) Nicklas Lidstrom will drive a 2007 Corvette Z06 to pace the start of the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch, part of this weekend’s Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Lidstrom, one of the Red Wings’ top scorers of all time, will lead the American Le Mans Series field of 27 sports cars to a rolling start and lead a parade lap prior to the IndyCar race on Sunday in what are the first racing events in Detroit since 2001.
“In looking for a pace car driver for this event, we wanted somebody who really represents the city of Detroit,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “Nick Lidstrom, a local hockey hero, fit the bill perfectly, especially with his love of cars. We’re proud to have him behind the wheel of a Corvette Z06, Chevy’s flagship performance car, pacing an event that we’re so gladly welcoming back to the city.”...
“I’m really excited about driving the pace car,” said Lidstrom. “I’ve never done anything like this before so I’m really looking forward to it. I actually haven’t driven the Z06 before but I am a fan of sports cars and I’ve heard a lot of great things about this particular Corvette so I know it will be a lot of fun.”
from the CP via TSN,
The NHL Players’ Association could have a new leader within the next two months but he likely won’t have the same power as his predecessors.
‘‘The 30 player reps will run the program,’’ Eric Lindros said Friday as three days of NHLPA meetings wrapped up. ‘‘Below it will be the executive director and the general counsel.’‘
Nothing is etched in stone at this point, Lindros quickly added, but the union is undergoing a massive reshaping of its power structure and constitution.
from the Nashville Post,
The local bidders attempting to buy the Nashville Predators signed the purchase agreement this afternoon with owner Craig Leipold.
Terms of the deal weren’t immediately available. It hasn’t been sent to the NHL yet, as lawyers are still working on some minor details.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
It is about 10 minutes before the Stanley Cup is due to arrive at the RecPlex arena and recreation complex in downtown Cranbrook, where thousands will fete brothers Scott and Rob Niedermayer. But with the clock ticking down, the brothers detour away from the rink to a quiet downtown side street. The brothers and their entourage—keepers of the Cup, Mike Bolt and Walt Neubrand from The Hockey Hall of Fame, media from ESPN.com, the Los Angeles Times and the Anaheim Ducks organization—pile out of cars and file into a nondescript house with a small sign out front that reads “Stefan’s Hair Studio.”
from the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed center Patrick Marleau to a two-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Patrick is among the game’s top forwards and his stats speak for themselves,” said Wilson. “Winning is his ultimate goal and getting this extension done prior to the start of the season allows us to focus solely on hockey. Along with several of his teammates recently, Patty made a commitment that he wants to be here and help this team attain all of its goals. We feel as an organization that it is our responsibility to make this a place that players want to play and we are proud of our players when they step up to make this happen.”
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
The Oilers finished with just 71 points last season, so I figure they’ll be better than that in the coming season. But, to get back to the playoffs, all of Lowe’s many moves will have to pay off immediately. I think that’s too much to ask. It will probably be a better season, but it looks like another early summer in Edmonton.
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