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From an era where goaltenders seemed more fee spirited than the current versions.
Don McLeod passed away a week ago today at the age of 68.
It could be argued, he was the first of the stickhandling goalies, the Calgary Sun article describes meoires of Smokey.
Don 'Smokey' McLeod remembered by former teammates
McLeod, who hailed from Trail, B.C., thus the nickname, won the Memorial Cup with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 1966, defeating Bobby Orr and the Oshawa Generals in the best-of-seven series.
He turned pro with the Detroit Red Wings organization, finally stepping into the NHL in 1970-71 before being claimed by the Philadelphia Flyers after that season and spending one year split between the big leagues and the minors.
He jumped to the WHA for its inaugural season, 1972-73, and the following year led the Houston Aeros, who featured Gordie Howe, to the Avco Cup championship, a year in which he was named the league’s top goalie and to the loop’s all-star team.
“One thing I know for sure is you don’t win a championship without a hot goalie, and he was darn good for our hockey club when we needed him,” said Mark Howe, Gordie’s son and a hall of famer who was part of the Aeros team as an 18-year-old rookie.
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I have to admit, I am kind of bummed. I have always been proud to be a hockey fan. We (at least us in the States) are a bit of an anomaly. A community that sticks to their team with passion only found in the NFL after 5 hours of pregame beer and brats. Or the NBA after dropping a few hundred bucks on some Jordan’s (or Kobe’s?). And even during the best moments in the MLB (World Series), baseball has that pastoral picnic quality then we can jump in and out of during the course of 162 games.
If anyone doubts the pure passion hockey fans bring to the table, browse some of the archives posts of A2Y, Malik’s relentless reports or basically anything in the comments section of any post found here (seriously just pick any random post).
I am secretly satisfied whenever the latest controversy pops up in the other 3 major U.S. professional sports. Who is the latest to cheat, break the law, talk bad about their team. What insanely strong man has decided to "teach" his wife a lesson? Who shot who? Who got shot? Money, drugs, fame. I can’t pretend to understand the world of professional sports other than to know I am more likely to end up on the front page of the paper for doing something stupid then Pavel Datsyuk.
I know hockey isn't perfect. We have our fair share of controversy. I understand that the lack of most Americans caring about hockey probably helps damper the drama. But still. Hockey players are walking cliché machines. They say the right things, they stay out of the spotlight.
They have foundations and charities and are saving the world one goal at a time. Ok, maybe I wearing blinders.
What will the Wings do?
What do you hope they do?
Who are you following or listening to and what are you hearing?
So, let's face it, the All-Star game is a joke. How did it get this way? Can it be fixed? I'd like to offer some suggestions and then open the floor to hear from all of you.
First, I'd like to start by addressing the format, the fantasy draft. The only reason I found the first fantasy draft interesting was because Nick Lidstrom, my team's Captain and one of the greatest players of all time was one of the team captains. Not only that, the team was literally called "Team Lidstrom." But did that really matter to other teams' fans? Probably not. I don't care about this year's teams, and not just because I have no Red Wing to root for. Fantasy drafts are great for video games, but this is the All-Star game. This used to be about bragging rights, and the only bragging rights that matter are East vs. West. So how about starting with returning to East vs. West, back to basics, back to my conference is better than yours.
I remember after the lost season we fans all wanted a way to follow the salary cap around the league. Before I ever heard about Capgeek I learned about http://www.nhlnumbers.com. I was reading Spector's Hockey at the time, and that was the first source he used. Later, Capgeek surpassed the simple chart provided by NHL Numbers, and from what I can tell, many forgot about the site or only started following the cap with the creation of Capgeek and its algorithms.
I am sorry Mr. Wuest's health has forced him to shut down his internet opperations, both at Capgeek and Red Wings Central. His controbutions to Wings fans and NHL fans at large will be greatly missed. I know many of us have expressed our thoughts and prayers for his reocvery regardless of whether or not he is able to restart site opperations again in the future.
It is on that note that I am writing this blog to remind our community about NHL Numbers. Yes, it's only a simple chart, and any trades will have to be personally calculated, as well as potential buyouts. But the charts are easy to follow and they do have a separate free agent list. So at least that's something, right?
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!!
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.
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
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.
There are a few different ways to stream the action.
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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