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Fundraiser for Autistic Hockey Player

Hello fellow Kukla's Korner Readers,

I'm writing you regarding a dear friend of mine. She is the single mother raising an autistic child.

His lifelong dream is to play for the Detroit Red Wings. She has spent her life providing for her son, often working several jobs to fund his passions. She has little, if any outside financial support. She posted on her Facebook that her son would no longer be able to play hockey due to financial restrictions. I know this is crushing her, and I know that he will be devastated if he can't play. I'm asking for your support in helping Nassim achieve his dream, if nothing else, help keep him playing the game we all love.

I know how much my family sacrificed to make sure I could play, and it breaks my heart to hear of someone who does everything for her son realizing she just can't make his dreams come true because of money. I am asking all of you, if you can, just to give a little bit to make sure Nassim can play hockey. Thanks!!!

Here is the campaign I started: http://www.gofundme.com/fu9gyc

P.S. Paul and I communicated regarding this matter, and he deemed it a worthy cause to post on Kuklas Korner. Thanks Paul, and Go Wings!!

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Time To Shave Some Ice

For those of you that don’t know already, because you hate awesome things or are just waking up from baseball season hibernation but Hockey is back, finally.

WE waited patiently all summer, just getting by with May’s highlight re-runs from the season just passed or ESPN’s occasional trade talk but now after nearly six months of summer, where for most of us after the first month, we were praying for frozen ponds and snow.

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5Hole Yahoo Fantasy Hockey League

We're back!  After a successful return to fantasy hockey last season, we are up and running again for 14-15.  There are only 3 spots currently open in a 10 team league, and I would love to fill those spots with KK members instead of the random Yahoo yahoos.

Some of the league setting:

  • 10 team Head to Head league 
  • Live Draft on October 5, 2014 @ 7:45
  • 5 Max Aquisitions per week
  • 3 Minimum weekly Goalie Appearances
  • All Trades Reviewed by League
  • Roster Add/Drop Deadline is Daily, and Changes Take Effect the Next Day 
  • Positions: C, C, C, LW, LW, LW, RW, RW, RW, D, D, D, Util, Util, G, G, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, IR+,     IR+, IR+
  • Scoring: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, Wins, SV%, SHO

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Champions Hockey League - Live Today 08/21

For those looking for some live hockey in August.

The Champions Hocley League is kicking off today.  This is what used to be known as the European Hockey Trophy. http://europeantrophy.com/

Eleven different European Leagues are represented. With strong representation from SEL and Liiga.

http://www.championshockeyleague.net/

There are a few different ways to stream the action.

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Hockey Championships from Around the World 2013-14

The CHL, AHL, NHL are still comepting for championships.  As such, championships from around the world have been determined in the past few weeks. Many of these league

Switzerland - ZSC Lions are National League A Champions 

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Barry Trotz = A Class Act

From a Pete Weber Tweet. 

 

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Quack, Quack, Quack - A Trio of Goalies to Choose from for the Playoffs

In the words of Bruce Boudreau, "We’re in position with three good goalies. I don’t think I can screw it up too bad whoever I choose.”

How would you like to be a SCP coach, and have this trio of goalies as a luxury.  This does not even include Victor Fasth who started the season with the Ducks.

The complete story, which actually features Jonas Hiller at the link below

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A Look at the Roots of Finnish Goaltending

From "The Atlantic", one of the most comprehensive articles I have seen on Finnish Goaltending.  It discusses, the heritage, the difference in approach versus North America, and the fear that the Swedes have overtaken the Finns as the leading producer of elite goaltenders.

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/02/the-puck-stops-here/357579/

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Analyzing Todays Trades

Today is shaping up to be a relatively busy day with some rather surprising moves. Here is a re-cap of todays moves, as well as what each move means for the teams involved.(Trade details found at TSN.ca)

Montreal trades 5th round pick in 2015 to Florida in exchange for Defenseman Mike Weaver

A minor deal where Montreal acquires some defensive depth that they lost when they traded Rafael Diaz. This deal will have little effect on both teams.

Washington trades 4th round pick in 2014 to Anaheim in exchange for Forward Dustin Penner

This trade came as a bit of a surprise to me. Penner returned to his first NHL team last summer when he signed a 1 year contract with the Anaheim Ducks. The last time he played there, he won his first Stanley Cup and had his best regular season to date. Since than, he has been an enigma to say the least. Things started off very well this season with the Ducks, and although his inconsistency can be frustrating, his point production was still pretty good. Unless Anaheim has a deal in the works to bring in another top 6 forward, this one confuses me and I think that Washington wins the deal. But, time will tell if Washington gets 20 goal scorer Penner, or the Penner that shows up to play when he feels like it. Either way, a 4th round pick is not much to surrender.

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The Best Team in The AHL

Not the Griffins, even though, you know, they are leading everyone else in terms of point percentage. We'll says it's Abbotsford because, you know, they've played 4 more games than the Detroit Red Wings affiliate. Arbitratily, we'll rate the Griffins at third becuase there's another team tied with them in points, the Monarchs, even though they've played two more games than the Griffs. 

This public service announcement brought to you by SNARK. 

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