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from CBC News,
Former NHL player Georges Laraque is stepping aside as deputy leader of the federal Green Party and dropping out of the race as the party's candidate in Montreal's Bourassa riding to concentrate on clearing his name, after learning he will face fraud charges.
Laraque confirmed late Wednesday that he is facing fraud charges following an investigation by Longueuil police into a dispute with a former business partner.
He initially said that he planned to continue door-knocking in the east-end Montreal riding, left vacant by the departure of longtime Liberal MP Denis Coderre, who is running for the Montreal mayor's job. A date has yet to be set for a byelection.
Missing a 1911 George Vezina rookie card or the rare Bert Corbeau card from 1924 to top off your hockey collection?
Well, Simon Bourque of Delson, Que., has the goods. In fact, he's ready to auction off 1,500 of the rarest and best-kept pre-World War II cards.
A recent bid of the Corbeau card from the 1923-24 NHL season reached more than $27,000, according to CBC's The National. He was the first player to suit up for the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was also the first Leafs captain after the team changed its name from the Toronto St. Pats.
Below, watch a video report from CBC on the collection...
John Buccigross of ESPN with The Language of Hockey video feature or read Here Comes the Hockey Life here.
Read this story from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette at the National Post regarding Brodeur's most famous picture.
The first 35 seconds ia a gay activist report from Russia then the flooding in Sochi.
from Darren Heitner at Forbes,
In 2005, the NHL — the league that BioSteel first cracked — implemented league-wide drug testing with its new collective bargaining agreement. According to Celenza, “Before that, guys were taking everything under the sun.”
At that time, Matt Nichol was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs and basically the point of contact for anyone in the NHL looking for advice on nutrition.
“Following the new CBA, Matt then calls all the supplemental nutrition companies that are supplying the Leafs and says, ‘We have drug testing now. Not only do I need your drug testing documentation but proof that what is on your label is in your product,’” Celenza recalled. “Not one company could get back to him with any documentation. He said, ‘My players’ reputation is on the line. My reputation is on the line. What do I do?’”
The Maple Leafs then suggested Nichol create his own product — and he did just that. Over the years, Nichol tweaked the product based on responses from some of his athletes. Together, Nichol and Celenza co-founded BioSteel, with Nichol and a team of scientists ultimately forming a safe supplement for professional and Olympic athletes.
Fast-forward to 2009, and a childhood buddy of Celenza’s — current Calgary Flames forward and alternate captain, Michael Cammalleri — began training with Nichol. After numerous workout sessions that also involved consuming BioSteel product, Cammalleri was sold. Much of the NHL followed thereafter. Cammalleri finally found a steady and consistent source of energy in BioSteel, which includes no sugar, artificial flavors or preservatives in its products.
from Jim Souhan of the StarTribune,
Former Twin Francisco Liriano will start for the Pirates, and former Twin Justin Morneau will bat cleanup and wear a new number: 66.
I guessed that was a result of the intense hockey fan paying homage to Penguins great Mario Lemeiux. I was wrong.
``Nope,'' Morneau said. ``It's just 33 times two.''
Morneau wore 33 during his prime with the Twins. Is 99 a possibility? ``Nope,'' he said. ``There's only one 99 for us Canadians.''
read on for some baseball talk...
from RIA NOVOSTI,
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that building the sports facilities for next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, plus the hosting expenses, will cost around $6.4 billion, but he declined to give a figure for the vast spending on infrastructure.
Russia has been forced to spend big to develop Sochi and the surrounding area, located on the Black Sea about 1,350 kilometers south of Moscow and with no tradition of elite-level winter sports.
“Our country may have invested more in the preparation in general, but we didn’t spend more than any other country on the Olympic facilities,” Putin told Russian Channel One TV. “In total, spending for the preparation of the Olympic Games will reach 214 billion rubles [$6.4 billion].”
Hockey is for everyone. Even the National Hockey League agrees with this. Grassroots movements from Nunavut down to Texas have expanded the reach of this great sport across North America; however, some athletes are still forgotten.
This is why I decided that I would run the Detroit Marathon, well half of it anyway, to raise awareness for the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA).
from QMI AGENCY at the Toronto Sun,
Clayton Stoner, deep in preparation for the start of NHL action next month, has something else on his plate.
British Columbia’s Coastal First Nations (CFN) group is not pleased with the 28-year-old Minnesota Wild defenceman’s actions on its land last spring after Stoner allegedly gunned down a five-year-old grizzly bear named Cheeky.
The B.C. native is pictured with the bear’s severed head and paws on the Vancouver Sun‘s website.
Cheeky was ”skinned and left to rot” and “his head and paws were carried out past a sign declaring trophy hunting closed in the Great Bear Rainforest,” the CFN later claimed.
Press release from Coastal First Nations...
added 4:03pm, Watch a CBC report on this topic below...
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