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A Heartwarming Night For Jacques Demers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stu Cown of the Montreal Gazette,

If there is a nicer gentleman in the world of sports than Jacques Demers I have yet to meet him.

In fact, it would be hard to find a nicer man anywhere. So it was fantastic to see Demers’s smiling face again Wednesday night as he was inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame. It was also difficult to see him in a wheelchair and unable to speak, paralyzed on his right side. But it could have been much worse after the last Canadiens coach to win a Stanley Cup suffered a stroke in April.

Demers, 72, loved to golf as a member of the Whitlock club in Hudson and has always loved to talk, as anyone who knows him will tell you. He can no longer do those two things, but his wife Debbie says he does have some feeling in his right leg and doctors think he will eventually be able to walk with a cane. He’s also working on his speech.

But as anyone who has a family member who has suffered a stroke knows, the future is always uncertain.

“It’s a slow, long process and time will tell,” Debbie said over the phone from their West Island home Thursday morning.

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Open Post- Game 2 Of The World Cup Of Hockey Finals

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Team Canada can hoist the World Cup tonight with a win over Team Europe.  It Team Europe wins, the final game will be on Saturday night.

Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET on ESPN2, CBC and TVAS.

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“An Amazing Time To Be Canadian”

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Topics Of Discussion From The TSN Insiders

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Will Connor McDavid be named the next captain of the Oilers? What is Hockey Canada's back-up plan if NHLers don't go to the Olympics? Will Joe Thornton sign another three-year deal? The TSN Hockey Insiders cover these topics and more.

watch here...

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Offense Not An Issue For Detroit Early In The Pre-Season

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

For a team that has struggled to score, seeing the puck go in is a good visual no matter what time of the season.

The Wings are 2-0 headed into Friday’s exhibition game against Boston on the strength of a combined nine goals scored by eight different players. Even with the caveat that exhibition lineups don’t reflect NHL lineups, it’s beneficial that, for example, the expected fourth line of Steve Ott, Drew Miller and Luke Glendening had three goals in Wednesday’s 5-1 victory at Boston.

“When people score they gain confidence,” Wings coach Jeff Blashil said Thursday. “Glennie, Millsie, Otter all had a goal – that’s a confidence thing. I think as a hockey team it’s a confidence thing.

“We know it's not the NHL right now. But when pucks go in, you gain confidence and we’ll take it.”

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Video- Andrew Shaw Suspended For The Next Three Preseason Games

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Welcome To The NHL Patrik Laine

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from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

But Laine has never, ever, experienced anything like a cutthroat NHL training camp before.

And the first few days of his first one with the Winnipeg Jets have opened his eyes and screamed into his ears: he's not in Finland, or even the pro league in Switzerland, anymore.

“We don't normally have nothing like the training camp,” Laine said, Wednesday. “Everybody comes to the practice and we don't have to kind of race (for) the spots on the team. We just come there and practise and then play. And we don't have that many guys there. We just have the team and we're just practising with them.

“Here you have those guys that want to take your spot and want to be ahead of you in the roster. Back home there's no such thing.”

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Jimmy Howard Will Play The Full Game Friday Night At The Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ansar Khan tweets,

Jimmy Howard will play entire preseason game tomorrow vs. Bruins at JLA (7:30, FSD Plus, WWJ-AM 950), Jeff Blashill said.

Blashill said he'll go with primarily same lineup that played Tuesday. One exception is Filip Hronek (2nd pick in '16) in place of Paetsch.

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Video- Seven Minutes Of Sidney Crosby At Game 1 Of The World Cup Final

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Meet Steve Ott And His Chirping

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