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Pred’s Tough Guy Keeps Busy

from the Tennessean,

Really, how long can you spend deliberating the X's and O's of your next shift? In the case of Predators tough guy Darcy Hordichuk, he's always needed to exert more mental muscle than that, which is why he's developed a surprisingly broad array of off-ice interests over the years. A regular at high-priced motivational seminars during offseasons, the 25-year-old Hordichuk has put the words of Donald Trump and other moguls to practical use, buying and selling real estate all over the country. That's when he's not busy running his summer hockey school, brushing up on his skills as an amateur magician or updating his personal Web site. And if you think Hordichuk is all about Hordichuk, think again. In his first season with the Predators, he's already proven an active charity worker. He brought 50 children to a game earlier this season.

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The Other One

from the ECHL,

A year ago as a junior hockey player, there weren't many places "The Next One" would go without "The Other One," particularly into the corners chasing down a puck. Sidney Crosby, now the 18-year-old rookie sensation with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and rookie Condor right winger Eric Neilson were that attached at the hip. If they weren't kicking it together at home, then maybe it was at the bowling alley or playing shinney hockey with the neighborhood kids on one of a gillion street corner ice rinks in the small Quebec province town of Rimouski, where for two years the two friends and housemates played on the same team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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Bodychecking At An Early Age

from the Ottawa Sun,

Virtually no one disputes that playing hockey with body checking increases the chance of a player being hurt. What continues to be hotly debated is at what levels of play, and at what age, minor players should be allowed to play with full contact. A study in the Nov. 2 journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise concludes that if players are going to learn to bodycheck, then sooner is better. And that contradicts much-publicized earlier research by sports and medical organizations, which has fairly consistently concluded that players should not begin body checking at a young age.
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More On The INHD Conflict with The NBA

Yesterday I mentioned INHD would be delaying some HD broadcasts of NHL games due to an NBA scheduling conflict. Today, Rob, a frequent reader of KK sent me the dates that the NHL games will be delayed. Dec 12-Pittsburgh at Detroit (NBA-Minn at Detroit) Jan 2-TB at Isles (NBA-Phoenix at Knicks) Feb 6-TB at Isles (NBA-Minnesota at Phoenix) March 6 Isles at Washington (NBA-Memphis at Denver) March 20 Boston at Rangers (NBA-Lakers at Boston) April 11 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (NBA-Seattle at San Antonio) April 17 Dallas at Detroit (NBA-Cleveland at Boston) There is also OLN-HD (INHD) and NBA TV on Jan 30 but it shouldn't be a problem because the OLN Phil at Rangers is at 7:00 and the NBA Portland at Seattle is at 10:00 so it should be a INHD doubleheader.

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A Season Of Loss

from CTV,

A new book, entitled A Season of Loss, A Lifetime of Forgiveness by John Manasoo looks at the crash and its aftermath and finds that the Snyders looked to their Mennonite beliefs to not only cope with the death of their son, but to also reach out to Heatley. "I grew up in the Mennonite Chuch...I struggle with the word religion sometimes," Dan's father Graham Snyder told Canada AM. "I'm not a church-going person for the most part, but a lot of the values that I learned came from there, and as John (Manasoo) talks about in the book a little bit, some of the main tenets of that faith are forgiveness and passivism...I just believe that it felt like something that we've always strongly believed in, is treating others as you would like to be treated, and so I think we used that as a basis for how we reacted."

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Colorado Top Line Needs To Score More

from the Rocky Mountain News,

It was the type of session common between a coach and young players - with one noteworthy twist. Joe Sakic, Alex Tanguay and Milan Hejduk do not qualify as young players. Quenneville held a 10-minute motivational/instructional session with his top line Thursday in an attempt to spark a trio that would be the first to admit it has underachieved during the first 18 games of the season. "It's obvious. As a line, we've got to be better. We haven't been good enough and consistent enough," said Sakic, the straight-talking captain. "We're getting a goal here or there, but it's not enough for our line. We've got to be better than that."

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Consistent Diving Calls

from the Times Herald,

Now, with fines starting to be handed out, someone could make a good living off the financial penalties being handed out for diving in hockey games. In what has become a performance art of sorts, players all over the NHL - and every team has at least one - are doing their best Greg Louganis impersonations. Problem is, the league is inconsistent. For example, wunderkind Sidney Crosby must have seen an oasis on the Wachovia Center ice Wednesday, for he dove at least three times. He was whistled for it once, and started mouthing off to the refs. Did he get the letter in the mail saying, "You've been a bad boy Sidney?" Don't know. They're kept secret. But will Sid the Kid, the poster boy for the new NHL, see a financial fine? Doubtful.

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Robitaille Near Return

from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune,

Luc Robitaille, good natured as always, laughs at the jokes from teammates and coaches. Robitaille can't possibly get any slower, they say, so he might as well play with a fractured bone in his leg. That's exactly what Robitaille intends to do soon. Robitaille, who has missed eight consecutive games, participated in practice Thursday morning for the first time and could return within a matter of days.

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Bruins Tired Of 3rd Period Collapse

from the Toronto Sun,

"We played a great 40 minutes and that has been the story so far," Bruins star Joe Thornton said after his team was booed off the ice. "We're just not getting 60 minute of efforts. You go into the third period when you're short-handed so much of the time and you're bound to lose a game."

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Wings Lose Three While On Canadian Road Trip

from the Edmonton Sun,

With eight of their 15 wins coming against Chicago, Columbus and sad-sack St. Louis, the Detroit Red Wings had been accused of padding their record against the dregs of the NHL, all of which conveniently reside in their division. It seemed like nit-picking at first, but after an 0-for-3 trip through the Northwest that began with losses in Vancouver and Calgary and culminated with a 6-5 defeat to the Oilers, there might be some validity to the charges. "It's (a road trip) we'd like to forget, simply put,'' said defenceman Mathieu Schneider. "We played well in spurts, but that's not good enough to win in this league, especially when you're playing teams as good as the ones we played over the last three games here.

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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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