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Cleary Flashback

from Bob White at Coaster.com,

He was third to hoist the Cup, which first went to captain Niklas Lidstrom, first European to ever captain an NHL championship team, and then to 16-year veteran and first-time Cup winner Dallas Drake, who passed it on to Cleary.

“I wasn’t expecting to get it (the Cup) that soon,” he said. “It showed me how much the guys respect me and how they understood how huge this was for me. I love these guys, each and every one of them are friends. Now, we’ve got a bond for life, one that will never be broken.”

And just what was it like to finally raise the famous and coveted 35-pound piece of silverware?

more with a nice picture with Cleary and Bob Cole…

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How Crosby Ranks

The Wall Street Journal ranks the greatest athletes:

We gave the performance stats and achievement records of 79 male athletes to a panel of 5 judges, and asked them to rank the competitors based on six criteria: speed; vision and reflex; stamina and recovery; coordination and flexibility; power, strength and size; and success and competitiveness. The final category examined success—records held and victories—as well as competitiveness, based on the sport’s popularity.

Sidney Crosby made the list at #6.


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KK Interview with Thomas McCollum

imageGuest writer Erin Nicks is covering the NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa for Kukla’s Korner this weekend.

By Erin Nicks

As the top-ranked North American goaltender in this year’s draft, Thomas McCollum has garnered attention for being a potential franchise backstopper. At yesterday’s media luncheon featuring some of the top prospects, the soft-spoken ‘tender shared a few thoughts on the draft and his future.

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While We Wait For The Draft To Start

Why not enjoy the highlights from the Stanley Cup Finals, Wings vs. Penguins.

Watch below and sorry to say Hulu is still only allowing IPs from the States to view their videos.  Hopefully that will change by next season.

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Court Acquits Mark LaFleur

from the Montreal Gazette,

A Quebec Court Judge acquitted the son of hockey legend Guy Lafleur this morning on two counts of sexual assault.

Calling Mark Lafleur, 23, a junkie whose testimony wasn’t credible, Judge Serge Boisvert said there just wasn’t enough proof to convict him.


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KK Interview with Drew Doughty

imageGuest writer Erin Nicks is covering the NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa for Kukla’s Korner this weekend.

By Erin Nicks

Blue-chip defenceman Drew Doughty wants to jump immediately into the NHL with both feet—and many think he’s capable of doing so.  After a conversation with him yesterday, you get a pretty clear idea of where he’s hoping to land.

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Morning Line

What’s the NHL Draft all about for the players?  James Duthie asks Steve Stamkos in the Ottawa Citizen:

“Having everyone here to watch is what makes it special.  Your family, your coaches, your friends, I think it’s a moment where they all realize the influence they’ve had on your life. That they’ve been a big part of your success.”

Duthie notes that there have been about 1,300 tickets allotted for families and friends at this draft… which is far short of the 3,000 requests.

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Meet the Press: Patrick Williams

Today is the opening of the NHL Entry Draft, and Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams are covering the event in Ottawa for Kukla’s Korner. Earlier this week we asked Erin a few questions about her life and love of hockey, and today it’s Patrick’s turn. 

Patrick is the ideal journalist to cover the NHL’s draft weekend, given how much time he spends with and writing about the up-and-coming stars.  His beat is the American Hockey League—writing for the likes of Slam! Sports and The Hockey News, among others—and so he’ll be seeing a lot of some of these draft picks in the coming years as they rise into the AHL and beyond.

Patrick, what is the main difference between working in the media in the NHL and AHL?
Everything in the NHL is a lot more tense, and the egos (and not simply those belonging to the players) are decidedly larger.

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Preds Sign Ellis, Trade Mason

from the Nashville Predators,

The Predators significantly clarified their goaltending situation today, announcing they have reached an agreement in principle with Dan Ellis on a multi-year deal and then trading Chris Mason to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fourth round pick in this year’s draft. The trade gives the Predators nine selections in this year’s Entry Draft, including multiple picks in first, second, and fourth rounds and single picks in the third, fifth, and sixth rounds.


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Patrick Kane & Jonathan Toews Thank The Fans

Pretty funny vid, watch below…

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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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