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from Chalie Teljeur of the Hockey News,
The real world and the hockey world really aren't that different. Whereas you'll never hear that gravity wasn't working that day, you'll also never hear that Nik Antropov was. Or to hear a zebra has no backbone, but Todd Bertuzzi does. Some things will just never, ever be said, in the world or at the rink. Herein, 25 phrases you'll never hear uttered in the world of hockey: 10. “It's compliments of Mr. Jacobs.” 18. “It's a third straight Lady Byng for Kasparaitis.”read on for more..and Charlie is becoming a favorite of mine...
It's nearly impossible to find a videogame hockey fan who doesn't look back fondly at the days of EA Sports' early offerings on the Genesis. ...As the games have developed, with new brands emerging as dominant, so too have the players. These days, it's Iginla and St. Louis bullying the pixilated realm. With over 20 years of hockey videogames in the can, we felt it was time to elect the best cyber athletes ever to grace a dorm room or den.read on...you will be surprised who #1 is- hint think 1994... thanks to Mike Chen for passing this along...
via Hockey Refs,
The Russian federation, FHR, is searching for a new president after Alexander Steblin resigned unexpectedly Friday. Steblin, 57, submitted his resignation at a federation meeting, the state-owned Novosti news agency reported. “We need new people, new ideas,” he said. “I am not ashamed of my work.”
from Terry Frei of ESPN,
Out here in the shadows of the ersatz Matterhorn, and with the delight of screaming kids on spring break within earshot of late, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim quietly have pulled off one of the season's biggest recoveries. And to think that because of alleged fan preferences in the wake of the sale of the franchise, the team is on the verge of shedding the adjective in the offseason and becoming, simply, the Anaheim Ducks.read on
I contacted Comcast today and asked about year-end pricing for Center Ice. Right now it is $109 but was told it will be available for $49 if you order after April 5th. It will be good through May 17th, which takes you through the 2nd round of the playoffs. So if you want to watch the non-local playoff games that are not nationally televised, Center Ice may be an option for you if you do not have it now. I do not know if this offer is just a Comcast deal or not, but I would think this offer would be available to other carriers as well.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Today we must give thanks to Bill and Nancy Laurie. Thanks for selling the team to a potentially great owner, David Checketts. Thanks for buying the franchise in the first place, after local businessmen soured on the NHL. Thanks for spending tens of millions of your own dollars while trying to win a Stanley Cup.read on
from the Colorado Springs Gazette,
Attribute the Zamboni’s popularity in part to its mesmerizing effect. “There are three things in life that people like to stare at: a flowing stream, a crackling fire, and a Zamboni clearing the ice,” said Charlie Brown in one Peanuts strip. Credit cartoonist Charles Schulz, who owned a Zamboni, for helping popularize it. Snoopy drove one. So did Woodstock, turning tiny ovals in his frozen birdbath. A Zamboni’s rumbling power might have something to do with the attraction. But watching a Zamboni clean the ice at intermission — 10 minutes to resurface an average hockey rink — gives you time for philosophical thought.read on...perhaps the best Zamboni article I have read...
from the Toronto Sun,
Incompetent And that's what makes the dealings of hockey GMs so true to life. Just like the guy a few cubicles down who gets his budget cut when the district manager overspends, some people suffer while absolute incompetents skate. Hardworking coaches get gassed. Worthy players once discarded thrive in new venues. The GMs, architects of so much folly, get to stay. At least they used to.more
Not really hockey related, but it is Friday and a very good read. from Sports Illustrated,
Three months ago, I was dispatched to write a story for the magazine about sports coverage on the Web. This meant spending a lot of time -- more than anyone should, really -- trolling various blogs, message boards and fan sites. The goal was a separation of church and state internally -- you may have noticed we have quite an extensive Web operation here at SI, which made this whole experience rather meta -- but it was important to look at our chief rival, ESPN.com, as the site has been a big factor in bringing sports fans to the Internet.read on...long but well written and if you are reading KK you should read this too...
from the Courier Post,
For about five hours Sunday afternoon at the Wachovia Center, Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock will pose for photographs, sign autographs and, if prodded, he might even climb into the dunk tank as he and his players take part in the 29th annual Flyers' Wives Fight For Lives Carnival. But for Hitchcock, the Carnival has a much deeper meaning. When he was 12, Hitchcock's father, Ray, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his back. Two years later, at the age of 40, Ray Hitchcock lost his battle to cancer...continued
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