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from Robert E. Kesler of Newsday,
The former owner of a Great Neck automobile dealership was sentenced to 4 years in prison Thursday for running a $10 million fraud that tricked customers -- including two former New York Islanders -- into believing they were getting good deals on purchases, officials said.
Rick Cohen, 51, of Syosset, was also ordered to make restitution and serve 5 years of supervised release at his sentencing in federal court in Central Islip before U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert....
Among the victims of the scheme were former Islanders hockey players Mike Comrie and Mark Streit. They could not be reached for comment Thursday....
In one scheme, Cohen falsely told customers that he would use part of the sales proceeds to pay off the loan on trade-ins, the prosecutor said.
In a second scheme, Cohen told buyers that they would get the best deal by financing a car purchase with a short-term loan. But he actually had his victims sign up for long-term car loans, pocketing the long-term loan payments as they came in. Cohen also changed the addresses on the loan papers to that of his business, so dunning notices from the financing companies never reached the customers.
Comrie was cheated when he bought a Mercedes from Cohen; Streit in the purchase of a Porsche for $60,000 and a Mercedes for $70,000, according to sources familiar with the case.
Nadel is the broadcaster for the Texas Rangers and during his speech today at the Baseball Hall of Fame, made a reference back to his calling of minor league hockey games.
You can scroll to the 2:40 mark of the video to watch that part.
from Phil Rogers of MLB.com,
Steve Carell discusses his goaltending career with Tom Green (an actual serious discussion).
from John Agar of Mlive,
A federal judge has upheld a Swiss court’s $1.1 million judgment against former Detroit Red Wing Kevin Miller whose hit from behind in a Switzerland league ended the career of another player.
Miller, who played for the Red Wings and several other NHL teams, along with the Grand Rapids Griffins and Michigan State University, injured Andrew McKim, a Canadian, during a 2000 championship game.
Miller checked McKim in the head and neck after McKim took a shot on goal. McKim fell forward and struck his head on the ice. He was hospitalized several weeks with a concussion and other injuries.
Allianz Suisse Versicherungs-Gesellschaft, a Swiss insurance company that covered McKim, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids to enforce the judgment it obtained in Switzerland in 2010.
from Stan Fischler at the Daily Freeman,
This will come as a shock to feminists, male journalists and assorted others who care about the right to write for a living.
My tale begins a half-century ago when hockey writers were given a ticket for every Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. Nothing wrong -- or startling -- about that. Right?
There was a message clearly printed on every ticket stub: LADIES NOT PERMITTED IN THE PRESS BOX.
Incredible, but true.
I mention this because in the days and weeks following my wife Shirley’s death (May 13), a number of articles appeared about the manner in which she led the battle to erase that form of media discrimination against women.
from Tesla Rodriquez of the Winona Daily News,
A Winona-area resident just finished the prototype of an invention that just might push — or shave — the Zamboni off the hockey rink.
Buffalo County resident Paul Van Eijl said his invention, which he calls the “Ice Jet,” will do the ice resurfacing job of the classic machine much quicker — about a minute or so — using GPS coordinates to control multiple machines at once.
It won’t need a driver, will be electrically powered and will recycle the ice collected by melting it in the machine and using the water to resurface the hockey rink. His invention isn’t on the market yet, though a prototype has been enough to generate a phone call from the reality television show “Shark Tank,” which highlights inventors and entrepreneurs hoping to make it big.
“It’s really doing the same thing (as a Zamboni),” Van Eijl said as he stood next to his prototype on a recent day. “You’re just basically making it eight times as efficient.”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The mother country that gave Canada warm beer, Coronation Street and Benedict Cumberbatch, can now lay claim to originating and exporting our cool national sport.
Yes, there's some new, compelling and no doubt controversial evidence that hockey came from over 'ome and was played, with basic rules, much earlier than 1875 in Montreal, generally accepted as the first official match.
Before you dismiss it all as hum-buggery (how many English players have won the Hart Trophy, anyway?), check the extensive work put in by a trio of hockey historians in Sweden and Canada. They will present their findings Saturday at the annual meeting of the Society for International Hockey Research in Penetanguishene, Ont.
from Gary Buiso of the New York Post,
It was March 26, 1989, and a furious electrical fire in Britton Fisher’s Brooklyn Heights apartment building forced him to make a split-second decision — what was the one thing he would save from the inferno?
“My Rangers jersey — and I held it tight,” he said.
Overcome by smoke, he was helped by a cop to a fire escape. But as firefighters battled the blaze, they broke the building’s heavy glass windows.
So Fisher flipped the jersey over his head.
The shards bounced off like rejected hockey pucks.
“That jersey saved my life,” said Fisher, 51, who has since outgrown the “magical,” size medium shirt. The home jersey now hangs in a closet in his Boerum Hill home.
But since 1997, Fisher has been paying tribute to the Rangers by snapping photos of himself in jerseys on all seven continents and 35 countries.
from the CP at TSN,
With tensions already running high between the hometown Canadiens and their arch rival Boston Bruins, city officials say they're staying vigilant to ensure the passion doesn't morph into mayhem on Montreal streets.
The city has garnered a reputation during recent NHL playoff runs for its jubilant, spontaneous celebrations that occasionally deteriorate into rampages highlighted by vandalism, looting and violence.
In the only Canadian city hosting playoff hockey this year and with the team's biggest rivals in town, authorities say they're ready for anything with the series tied 1-1 heading back to Montreal.
Anie Samson, a member of the city's executive committee, said the administration is prepared ahead of Tuesday's Game 3 at the Bell Centre.
"We are concerned about (potential problems), but we are working with the police and we have a plan," said the city councillor in charge of public security. "We are ready and we hope it's going to work."
Provided by Bovada,
Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup
Boston Bruins 5/2
Chicago Blackhawks 15/4
Pittsburgh Penguins 6/1
Anaheim Ducks 13/2
Los Angeles Kings 7/1
Montreal Canadiens 8/1
New York Rangers 10/1
Minnesota Wild 12/1
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