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Houston, We Have a Problem

Although not a major league hockey city, Houston has supported a professional team since the 60's.  It appears that this year's Calder Cup Playoff will end that run.

The story further describes the situation, and within that story is a link recounting hockey memories in the  U.S.'s fourth most populated city.

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Repeat Champions in the KHL

A continent away, International championships are well on their way to being determined.

Most notable is the conclusion of the KHL, who yesterday crowned Dynamo Moscow champions for the second year in a row. 

Story (in English) and 14 minutes of video highlights (in Russian) found here.

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Gargarin Cup set to Start 02/20/2013

While the NHL regualr season is about 1/3rd compete (so to speak), the KHL wrapped up its regular season Sunday.

The Gargarin Cup is set to start tomorrow.

 

 

The link below is in English language tracker,  starting with quarter round games.

http://en.khl.ru/standings/223/playoff/

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NHL Fans Should be Having This Much Fun

In this season of a no-season, a 5 minute escape from reality.  Jokerit fans travel to Turku for an SM-Liiga game.

This is why I love the Finns!

And 81 is a popular jersey number for Jokerit fans.

Watch below.

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World Juniors

Just a couple of comments on the IIHF World Juniors so far.

Team USA has been very disappointing.  After a good first game against Denmark (winning 11-3) it’s been pretty sparse for USA junior hockey.  After loosing 4-1 to Finland, USA lost to the Czech Republic today and are done for the tournament.  Not good. 

Every time I watch the Juniors I wonder why the NHL doesn’t go to the modified icing rule they use. 

Petr Mrazek (Detroit Red Wings) has looked pretty darn good.  Even in the lose to Team Canada he looked decent.  Hopefully the Wings have their goaltender for the future.  Or at least a solid back-up (think Rask in Boston). 

Canada is the cream of the crop again this year.  Yea, that was obvious.

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Big Ten to Add Hockey for 2013-14?

After years of speculation, and the recent announcement of Penn State adding Division 1 hockey for both men and women, it seems the inevitable is now all but official:

The Big Ten Conference seems to be planning the first major collegiate conference to add D1 hockey.

The Big Ten’s own official release on it can be found here.

The Big Ten would boast powers from two of the premier D1 men\‘s hockey conferences—Wisconsin and Minnesota from the WCHA, and Michigan, Michigan St., and Ohio St. from the CCHA.  Penn St., who has not committed to a conference yet, would be the sixth team.

While the WCHA has not responded yet, the CCHA has an official response in which they state that the announcement is not a surprise and that they have been talking to the Big Ten for some time.

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World Junior Championships in Buffalo

I’ve got tickets to all games played in Buffalo for the WJC.  I’m looking to trade my usa tickets for someones Canada tickets.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the KHL

1. That all team members are required to bunk in dorms that are built into each
arena, prior to a game the next day. Ideally, this allows players to focus on the task at hand, rather than any domestic or social outlet. This isn’t quite as stringent as the Soviet era, where Central Red Army players were required to live and train together in a secluded facility for eleven months of the year.

2. That legendary National Team Coach; Viktor Tikhonov started his career as a defenceman for the Air Force team. His coach; Vasily Stalin; son of Joseph Stalin.

3. That many Soviet-era teams were made up of players from the army, KGB and trade unions. Moscow Dynamo was comprised of KGB agents, Spartak was made of of trade union members and Central Red Army was comprised of…you guessed it…army members.

4. That the emergence and strength of the KHL is partly due to the fledgling oil
and steel industries in Russia. Many oil and steel tycoons invest in or own a KHL franchise.

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Everyone has to get their start somewhere…

So what’s going on in the world of minor league hockey? Anyone? No one knows? I’ll never quite understand that. I get that the AHL lacks the big names that the NHL has, but the game is the same. In some ways I think it’s better, though in the end I do care about the Stanley Cup a whole heck of a lot more than I do the Calder Cup.

Every year around this time I glance at the rosters of junior hockey and minor league hockey teams. I do this because I know that someday, one of them might be on my favorite team. Some of them could end up with their names on the Stanley Cup or in a race for the league scoring title. They’re unknown to me now, but maybe not in a few years.

Howard, Crosby, Doughty… All three are well known around the league now, but look back 5 or 6 years and they were pretty much unknown. They’re rich and famous today, but they got their careers started by riding buses and washing off in a shower with no hot water.

So this year, in the middle of all the stress, anxiety and joy of this years NHL season, don’t forget your local minor league team. You might catch a glimpse of future (or even past) greatness. And when you see one of those guys screw up and you think, “Wow, he sucks.”, don’t forget that we all gotta start somewhere.

And you can’t beat the price of admission.

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IHL/CHL Joining Forces at “AA” Level.

http://ism3.infinityprosports.com/ismdata/2009062901/std-sitebuilder/sites/200901/www/en/news/index.html?article_id=894

http://www.centralhockeyleague.com/pressroom/news/index.html?article_id=4670


It’s not being called a “merger” officially, and it’s uncertain if it’s a flat-out absorbing of 4 (maybe 5) of the 6 remaining IHL teams, but at any rate and at the very least it certainly sounds like 4 or 5 of the IHL teams will be playing under the CHL name and rulebook next season.

The announcement appears to have no effect on the NHL-affiliated ECHL “AA” league.

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