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Ryan Smyth Honoured By Standing Ovation

Blog: KK Hockey By Lisa Brown

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Fan favourite Ryan Smyth is beloved by many hockey fans throughout the world, but especially throughout the nation of Canada. Smyth not only played for Team Canada on many occasions, but also captained Canada’s World Championship team for a record six years Smyth has won several gold medals playing for his country including an Olympic gold in 2002. The nickname Captain Canada is fitting for the man who has left it all on the ice; blood, sweat, teeth and tears.

Smyth had the chance to return to the ice of Rexall place for the Team Canada U20 development camp’s Red and White game and was given the honour of performing the ceremonial puck drop and interacting with the young players.

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Ryan Smyth Honoured By Standing Ovation

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

Fan favourite Ryan Smyth is beloved by many hockey fans throughout the world, but especially throughout the nation of Canada. Smyth not only played for Team Canada on many occasions, but also captained Canada’s World Championship team for a record six years Smyth has won several gold medals playing for his country including an Olympic gold in 2002. The nickname Captain Canada is fitting for the man who has left it all on the ice; blood, sweat, teeth and tears.

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Edmonton Painted Red and White

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

“Today is the best day of my life!” Proclaimed Noah, a young Edmonton Journal contest winner. His prize, a chance to watch the Team Canada U20 game from the pressbox, a behind the scenes tour and memories to last a lifetime. “We got to meet Ryan Smyth!” The contest winner, with his youthful smile and energy went on. There were two winners of this contest, and thankfully only one broke my heart when he told me that he was not an Oilers fan. The list of teams he does cheer for was long, and one team pains me too much to even type. Each winner was dressed in a team Canada hockey sweater signed by the players at this camp, one red and the other white.These of course were far from the only youths in attendance at this event and it is wonderful to see so many who still dream of playing hockey at it’s highest levels and not for the contracts, but for the sheer love of the game.

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Filed in: Edmonton Oilers, Prospects, Tyler Bunz, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Team Canada, | Oil Patch | Permalink
  Tags: devante+smith-pelly

Edmonton Painted Red and White

Blog: KK Hockey By Lisa Brown

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“Today is the best day of my life!” Proclaimed Noah, a young Edmonton Journal contest winner. His prize, a chance to watch the Team Canada U20 game from the pressbox, a behind the scenes tour and memories to last a lifetime. “We got to meet Ryan Smyth!” The contest winner, with his youthful smile and energy went on. There were two winners of this contest, and thankfully only one broke my heart when he told me that he was not an Oilers fan. The list of teams he does cheer for was long, and one team pains me too much to even type. Each winner was dressed in a team Canada hockey sweater signed by the players at this camp, one red and the other white.These of course were far from the only youths in attendance at this event and it is wonderful to see so many who still dream of playing hockey at it’s highest levels and not for the contracts, but for the sheer love of the game.

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Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, Youth Hockey, Lisa McRitchie, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: devante+smith-pelly, dillon+simpson, edmonton+oilers, ryan+nugent-hopkins, tyler+bunz

Do You Consider St. Louis A “Sleeper” Team In The West?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Rink Raps at USA TODAY,

With NHL training camps a little more than a month away, the St. Louis Blues are my nomination for the team that is probably better than we think. They have missed the playoffs the past two seasons, but they could be the surprise team in the West.

I certainly wouldn’t say they among the Stanley Cup favorites. But it seems as if the Blues have the oportunity to make the kind of rise that the Tampa Bay Lightning made in the East last season.

Why the Blues are a sleeper:

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Blue Jackets May Receive Financial Relief From Casino

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

More than two years after going public with their financial problems, the Blue Jackets appear to be in substantive talks toward an agreement that would help offset staggering losses due in part to the club’s lease agreement with Nationwide Arena.

It is likely, sources told The Dispatch, that a portion of the revenues generated by the Hollywood Casino Columbus on the West Side will be used to help the Blue Jackets. No exact dollar figures have been decided.

Mayor Michael B. Coleman said he is “considering casino revenues. Having said that, there is no fix yet. That’s as far as I can go right now, but it’s high on my agenda to deal with it. There should be an urgency to this issue.”

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The Sharks: Wild, Wild, Wild West?

Blog: KK Hockey By petshark

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And then there were three.  Saturday evening, the Sharks acquired a third player from the Minnesota Wild, James Sheppard, in exchange for a 2013 third round pick.  That’s a lot of threes. He was the 9th pick, in the ‘06 draft, age 23… Still more threes.

Let’s start with some headlines that have nothing to do with three:

From David Pollak: “Summer rerun: Sharks

pull off

another deal with Wild, acquire F James Sheppard for 2013 third-round pick.”

From Fear the Fin: “Sharks deal with Wild again,

nab

James Sheppard”

From Hockey Wilderness, BReynolds: “Wild

Dump

James Sheppard to the Sharks”
(my emphasis)

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Filed in: NHL Teams, San Jose Sharks, petshark, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: james+sheppard, minnesota+wild, nhl+trade

Red Wings overnight report: The race to Thanksgiving, Datsyukian hate and grooming Homer’s successor

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As of 6 AM this morning [edit: make it 7:15 as this took an hour and change], I haven’t been able to find much information as to what transpired during Joey Kocur and the Red Wings Alumni Association’s charity softball game in Highland, MI, save a few pictures from the Wings’ Twitter account and an instant classic from Jamie Favreau, who posted a picture of Darren McCarty rocking a kilt which apparently included a Detroit Tigers logo...

But the Vernon Morning Star’s Lisa VanderVerde ensures that this Sunday is anything but “slow” in the news category by offering an interview with Wings GM Ken Holland from his off-season home in Vernon, BC. Holland recently held a charity event of his own in a charity golf tournament, but he wasn’t too busy to engage in a cursory discourse regarding Detroit’s lateral free agency moves and his belief that the Wings must get off to a strong start to ensure that they’re playoff-bound by American Thanksgiving:

“Middle of July until the end of August is slow in our industry. Most teams spend their money in the early few days of July, and if you don’t spend your money, then the players are picked over. We like our team. We added a couple of defencemen, we added a back-up goalie. I think a lot of our team is really coming into their prime. We’ve got an older component to our team, but that’s by design.”

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Kessel the Best Of The Leafs?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

An Open Book Exam Question for Sunday morning: Who is the best player on the Maple Leafs and where he does he rank in the NHL? After a lot of shuffling of paper and counting, I came up with Phil Kessel as best player and his rank in the NHL somewhere between 45 and 60 ... Next question: Name the last Stanley Cup champion to be led by the 45th best player in the NHL?

a few more hockey notes…

 

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  Tags: phil+kessel

Video- Julien’s Daughter Shares The Spotlight With The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: claude+julien

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