Kukla's Korner Hockey
How about five minutes of stand-up comedy with Dennis Hull?
In this video, it is Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper and a friend.
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I RT'd this earlier today, but in case you don't follow KK on Twitter...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Vic Ferrari. If you're old enough to remember the late, brilliant Andy Kaufman, you'll know the name. Vic Ferrari was one of his characters on the sitcom, Taxi (ask your parents).
This is a different Vic Ferrari, one of the cornerstone thinkers of NHL analytics. When I began learning about this wild and wacky world, the best advice given was, "Go to timeonice.com, figure out how to use it and go from there."
That's his website and a great place to start. There's no copy, but head-to-head shift charts, shot totals, breakdowns of what players took faceoffs in what zones. When first trying to differentiate the Corsis from the corners, it was an invaluable resource.
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.
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