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Luongo Chasing The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canada.com.

No, they’ve never had a player like Luongo, so when he says in his first interview in nearly two months that he believes the Canucks can win the Stanley Cup, then maybe they can.
“Yes, we can,” Luongo says from Montreal. “We were close last year. Injuries in the playoffs hurt us a lot. Another year together, experience wise, I can only see this team moving forward. We have the elements there to produce goals. We’ll have to step up to get to the next level, but the elements are there.
“For me, the ultimate goal now is a Stanley Cup and for the rest of my career, that’s going to be my goal. There’s nothing else I’m driving for except for that. The individual awards, that’s not something I play for. If it happens, great, but for me, right now, the goal is to try to win the Cup.”


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Lovefest With Parros

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from the Daily Record,

One of Morris County’s most prestigious schools received a visit from a Randolph-native and his best friend Friday.
The school: Delbarton.
The man: George Parros, former Delbarton hockey star and current NHL player.
The best friend: Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Parros, who won the Stanley Cup this season with the Anaheim Ducks, arrived at 9 a.m. cradling the trophy. For two hours, the self-professed “fighter” acted more like a lover, signing autographs and posing for countless photographs.


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All NHL Logos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Have you been wondering which NHL club has the best logo? NHL Tournament of Logos is on a mission to find out. They are pitting nickname against nickname, logo against logo with the lone goal of determining the champion. And now you can vote!

A lot of logo information!

thanks to a KK reader for the tip…

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

The Ice Bowl Commeth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Several NHL officials said today that the game between the Penguins and Sabres on Jan. 1, 2008 will be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL’s Bills. In a made-for-television event—the game will air nationally on NBC—the Penguins and Sabres will skate on an outdoor rink in front of what the NHL hopes will prove the largest audience ever to watch an NHL game in the United States.
Neither the league nor NBC would officially confirm the tentatively titled “Ice Bowl,” which is scheduled to be played at 1 p.m.


WKBW in Buffalo also reported this earlier today…

Filed in: Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink

The NHL Dance Card

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Vegas thinks NBA is hot. She knows he’s the quickest ticket to social royalty, but also the hardest ticket to get. She bats her eyes at him from across the room and flashes a smile. He ignores her like a polar bear ignores the salad bar. He has definite interest in her but – again – there’s that reputation.
What NBA needs is a sacrificial lamb.
What Vegas needs is a sacrificial lamb.
I think NHL is about to ask her to dance.

read on... you’ll get it…

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink

1972 Ghost Chasing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Ice Hole at the Province,

I was off to the Intourist, the source of so many stories from 1972, the home for Team Canada then and their ghosts now.
It’s where the players were allegedly fed crow and horse steaks.
There had to be someone still there from 1972, someone who remembered the Canadians, someone who could confirm or officially kill one of hockey’s greatest urban legends.
The Intourist was a 22-story glass, aluminum, and concrete cell-like hotel that was the brainchild of Soviet President Nikita Khrushchev, who envisioned it like a skyscraper he saw in Manhattan (yeah, that was a swing and a miss Kruschev).

read on

Filed in: Old School, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink

KK- Let’s Talk KK

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We are very close to displaying the new KK layout.  We are in final testing mode and should have it up very soon.
KK will be down for a period of time, probably no more than 4 hours while we make the switch from old to new.
A post will go up giving you a more specific time frame for the introduction of the new site.

The concept of KK will not change, we will continue to present the same format but with significant, additional enhancements.
It is a very exciting time for us and we do hope you will agree when you see the new KK layout.

If you have any questions about KK, feel free to ask away in the comments and enjoy your weekend!

Filed in: KK Website Business, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Sharks Make Michalek Signing Official

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the San Jose Sharks,

The Sharks locked up another core player for the long haul Friday when they inked Milan Michalek to a six-year deal worth in excess of $24 million. The length of the contract is the longest in franchise history, matching the term previously provided to Owen Nolan.
Michalek surrendered a few years of unrestricted free agency, but that was not a concern for the speedy forward who can play anywhere up front.
“It was a few years (of unrestricted free agency), but I’m really happy in San Jose,” said Michalek. “The organization is great. I’m glad they wanted me for so long because I wanted that too.”


added 1:23pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On Friday, the San Jose Sharks announced that the team has signed forward Milan Michalek to a six-year contract extension worth $26 million, according to sources.
Considering the dollar figures thrown around this summer, that constitutes almost a bargain by today’s standards, given Michalek’s upside as a player.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Modano, Ford & Their Crib

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many of you know Mike Modano and pop star Willa Ford will be married tomorrow in a small ceremony in Athens, Texas.
You can know check out their crib (watch the vid)...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: Dallas Stars, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Tortorella Has A Charitable Side

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

It is standard operating procedure for Tortorella and wife Christine, who in their seven years in the Tampa Bay area have become ingrained in its charitable community.
With help from the Lightning Foundation, they have supported numerous programs financially and, more importantly, with their time.
From fundraising for cancer research to handing out free school supplies to the children of Hillsborough County’s migrant workers, from supporting seat-belt awareness to volunteering at Tampa’s The Children’s Home and the Child Abuse Council, Tortorella and Christine get their hands dirty.
“John and Christine Tortorella are the genuine article,” said Gerard Veneman, president and CEO of The Children’s Home, which deals with abused, homeless and neglected kids. “The genuine warmth that they want to share with our kids is something I have seldom seen in my 20-some years in child welfare.”


Filed in: Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink

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