Kukla's Korner Hockey
While most of us stayed hibernating indoors as the temperatures plummeted to -30 C, the Bunton family of Grimsby spent their week out in the backyard.
Southern Ontario's cold, cold week finally froze the Bunton's backyard hockey rink, welcoming the first skate of the season.
What started off as a tiny, 13 x 30 “patch of ice” in 2008 has grown over the last seven years into a massive, 34 x 98 hockey rink, complete with four foot boards, flood lights, a penalty box and change room with a wood burning stove inside to keep warm.
“It’s growing every year until it can’t go bigger. I think I’d have to move to go bigger,” said Mike Bunton. He spent 750 hours building the rink this season.
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By Michael Gergiou,
Dewar’s is one of the worlds’ premier Scotch whisky brands, and one that has earned a reputation for celebrating the lives of extraordinary people. These include individuals such as Hilary Knight, who is a two-time silver medallist in female hockey and an Olympian who has achieved almost every personal accolade that the sport has to offer. Rather than treating this success as finite and rating her achievements as the pinnacle of a stellar career, however, she has decided to utilise it as a platform for helping others and inspiring a better world for all.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
In Calgary, Athabasca University will unveil its executive MBA, “The Business of Hockey.”
The idea began with player agent Ritch Winter, who took his brainchild to Brian Burke when Burke was GM in Toronto. Burke loved it, and, a few years ago, made a presentation at an NHL Board of Governors meeting to help along the process. But it takes time.
“It was all about finding the right university,” Winter said. “What I did learn was there are a lot of rules and restrictions. You don’t just walk in and start. It took two full years to get through all of the provincial hoops and regulations.
“We are looking for a new pool of candidates,” he continued. “People who can bring a different perspective. (Blackhawks president) John McDonough came over from baseball and brought a new perspective. Is there someone in Silicon Valley who created a successful (mobile) app or a production technique?
from Rob Antle of CBC,
The father of Newfoundland-born NHL player Ryane Clowe is among those charged in the wake of a police investigation targeting "high-level" cocaine trafficking in the St. John's area.
Anthony Clowe, 51, of Paradise is charged with money laundering and possessing property obtained by crime.
His case was called at Newfoundland and Labrador provincial court in St. John’s on Wednesday morning.
Defence lawyer Randy Piercey declined comment on behalf of his client.
Ryane Clowe, a forward with the New Jersey Devils, is not implicated in the Operation Battalion probe, and does not face any charges.
via Hometown Hockey,
From the jersey Wayne Gretzky wore during 81-82 when he broke all those records (worth more than $300,000 today), to Wayne’s 1986 Mercedes convertible (license plate: WAS 99S), Shawn Chaulk, the Wayne Gretzky of Wayne Gretzky collectors, talks about how a Newfoundlander who came to Fort McMurray 30-odd years ago to raise a family and build a home fell in love with the Oilers and built the world’s largest collection of game-worn Gretzky memorabilia.
More at HometownHockey including a few pictures of some of the memorabilia.
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Eventually, it's going to be framed. Maybe have a place on a wall. For now, the body armor that saved Wade Scott's life is stored at home, with the damage from bullets a reminder of a rescue mission against the Taliban in Afghanistan that altered his life. It nearly ended it.
One bullet went through his hand and ripped out his wrist. Another bullet went right through his arm.
"It didn't do much of anything," he said. "Four [bullets] on my side filleted me a bit. The ones that hit my vest I didn't even notice. They did such a good job. I'm a big fan of body armor."
In all, he was shot between seven and nine times on a hostage rescue mission that also included suicide bombers.
"I don't recommend it," he said.
They say hockey players are tough.
For the kids at the Courage Canada Hockey Camp for the Blind, it’s more than just an opportunity to strap on skates and hit the ice – it’s a chance to share their experiences with other kids facing similar challenges.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Saturday night, during the Wild-Dallas Stars game, Jack Jablonski led what was dubbed as hockey’s largest stick tap when 18,000-plus fans received thunder sticks so they could tap along with the 19-year-old affectionately known as Jabs.
A stick tap in hockey, as Jabs explained last week, “is when somebody gets injured — and we saw plenty stick taps in the Wild game Monday in New York. You tap your stick on the ice when that player gets up hoping that everything’s OK. It’s to show respect for people injured in a hockey game.”
Unfortunately, in December of 2011, Jablonski wasn’t able to get up after a check from behind while playing hockey as a sophomore for Benilde-St. Margaret’s. The injury left him a quadriplegic, but he has since become an inspiration to many.
Jablonski has devoted his life to helping others who are going through the same debilitating injury.
Below, watch the 'largest stick tap'...
from the CP at CBC,
The owner of the NHL's Dallas Stars will be sentenced next month for damaging a fish habitat during renovations to his vacation property in Kamloops, B.C.
Tom Gaglardi, who also owns the WHL's Kamloops Blazers, is scheduled to learn his fate on Dec. 12.
Gaglardi and his company, Northland Properties, were each convicted in August of two counts of harmful alteration of a fish habitat — 2,400 square metres of shoreline area on Kamloops Lake....
Crown lawyer Digby Kier told a sentencing hearing earlier this month that Gaglardi and his company should be ordered to pay a fine of $300,000, the maximum allowed under the law....
Defence lawyer Rob Bruneau has called for a fine in the range of $50,000 to $75,000, saying his client should not be penalized for being wealthy.
It’s often said that the mentality of a professional athlete and that of a poker player go hand in hand. That winning mentality. The never say die attitude. The sitting on a team bus for hours and hours making your way across country. It all transfers across from the rink and onto the poker table. No man can prove that more than Greg Mueller.
The 43-year-old has transferred his talents seamlessly onto the green velvet over the past few years since retiring from the sport in 2000, not only becoming an ex-pro who enjoys a hand like P.K. Subban and Mike Bossy, but a poker pro in his own right.
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