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Toews Named Chicago Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that center Jonathan Toews will serve as the team’s captain during the 2008-09 regular season, making him the third-youngest player to earn that distinction in the history of the National Hockey League.

Toews (20 years, 79 days) joins Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier as the one of the youngest players in professional hockey to captain his club. Crosby assumed his role at 19 years and 297 days, while Lecavalier took on the captaincy for the Lightning at 19 years and 330 days.

“Jonathan deserves this honor, he is a tremendous individual and a wonderful leader on and off the ice,” General Manager Dale Tallon said. “He has experience in captaining teams from his World Junior appearances and guys follow his lead in our locker room.”

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League Integrity Not An Issue

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The unwritten rule of the NHL ownership club is no secrets, or, at least, no secrets from the big guy. When Tom Hicks (Dallas) and George Gillette (Montreal) decided to go in on a little soccer team called Liverpool, they weren’t bound by the rules to tell Bettman, but they did regardless because it was the right thing to do.

ESPN.com has learned, that is all going to change come fall, when owners will be instructed by the NHL to reveal their financial relationships with other owners. It probably should have been done before and the errors in judgment from AEG and Leipold in the Del Biaggio mess revealed that flaw in a way that embarrasses themselves as much as the NHL.

Had Leipold or AEG bothered to tell Bettman what they were doing, one has to believe the deal would have been put on hold regardless of how badly Bettman and the rest wanted the sale done. The integrity of the league and Bettman’s leadership demands it, and given his handling of the Samueli matter, we are prepared to accept that.

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Evening Line

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But as Katz settles in as the NHL’s newest owner, he would be wise to remember the immortal words of Groucho Marx who said, “I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.” The NHL is filled with scoundrels, cheats and liars, all led by a pint-sized czar, a former lawyer no less. Some NHL owners seem to live by another of Marx’s rules: The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.

-Andy Holloway of Canadian Business

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Whatever You Say Ted

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via Ted’s Take,

Yesterday was quite the day. Check out SnagFilms now. Drive around it; watch some films; snag one and embed it into your page. It is easy to do. And thousands of people are doing so with tens of thousands of folks already watching films. Let’s build a new way to watch films together.

I have taken the advice of Mr.Leonsis and embedded a video below called, New England Hockey: Life at the Rink.  It is about 8 minutes long and very enjoyable.

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Wings Could Win In Different Ways

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from the Vernon Morning Star,

Supported by an awesome top-four defensive core and forwards who are committed to blocking shots and picking up their checks, Osgood noted one major difference from the ‘97 team he backstopped.

“They’re both great teams. Our team this year was just a tenacious team. We never really get rattled anymore. We played our game-plan and our style of play. This team could win games in different ways than other teams did. We could win in the trenches, 2-1 games, a tough, ugly game that we couldn’t before.

“That’s the difference. We were able to win the ugly games and the physical in-the-trenches games like maybe before we couldn’t. That’s why we won, we were capable of winning any way the other team wanted to play.”

more from Osgood as he prepares for a Cup visit next week…

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Afternoon Line

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“The Vancouver offer and the time that Mike (Gillis) has spent with Mats is important,” Barry told TSN.  “But ultimately Mats has to decide to play and that is the first step here.”

via TSN where you can read more about Sundin…

People had him being traded and signing with a team after the first day of this year’s NHL Draft, but as you can read, he is still undecided if he even wants to play.

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Hockey Book for Kids

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Howard Shapiro is the author of Hockey Player for Life, an illustrated children’s book coming out soon.  Mr. Shapiro passed on this video to us today, providing a preview of his work which can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com if anyone is interested. 

Beautiful illustrations, I thought, and the video below shows how they were developed.

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Penguins Extend Therrien

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with head coach Michel Therrien on a new three-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

The contract covers the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

“Michel has done a tremendous job with our team over the past two-and-a-half seasons, developing our young players while leading us to division and conference championships and the Stanley Cup finals,” Shero said. “He had one year remaining on his previous contract, and we could have simply talked about an extension. But we thought that, based on the success we’ve had together, it was time to negotiate a new deal, starting with an increase in compensation for the 2008-09 season.”

“I’m excited to have a new three-year contract with the Penguins and am looking forward to continued success here in Pittsburgh,” Therrien said. “It is a great hockey city with an outstanding fan base. All of our players comment on how much they love playing in Pittsburgh, and I can tell you that our coaches love coaching in Pittsburgh.

“We still have a lot of work to do, though, because we fell short of our biggest goal last season. Our goal is, and always will be, to win the Stanley Cup.”

added 3:48pm, More on the Therrien extension at Empty Netters plus an update on the ‘Student Rush’ tickets.

 

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Using Good Judgment Away From the Rink

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,

Now I’m not advocating that pro hockey stars become shut-ins. NHLers have as much of a right as anyone to go out and down a couple pops at the local watering hole, but a recently closed court case provides a very good lesson for players; in the wrong situation, you will be the target for any lunkhead who wants to prove he’s tougher than Mr. Fancy NHL Man. Knowing what kind of environment you’re putting yourself in is a key personal and professional decision.

Two summers ago, on July 3, 2006, former Pittsburgh Penguins enforcer Ryan VandenBussche was out at a notorious roadhouse-style bar in Turkey Point, Ont., a resort town on Lake Ontario. VandenBussche was partying with, among other friends, his cousin. When a brawl at the bar spilled out into the parking lot – as is apparently frequent at this establishment – VandenBussche leapt to the defense of his cousin.

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KHL Responds to Suspensions

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Release from the KHL press service today:

KHL is in Disagreement with the Proposal to Suspend Players Signed Contracts

Today the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) suggested conducting an investigation regarding six players: Alexander Radulov, Nikita Filatov, Tomas Mojzis, Jason Krog, Fedor Fedorov and Victor Tikhonov. Until this investigation has come to its final conclusion and the IIHF has rendered its decisions, all the concerned players will be suspended from international transfers and competitions.

Regarding this statement KHL clarifies its position:
We accept the idea of an investigation but specify that it should be conducted within the framework of the relevant legislation of Russia, USA and Canada, as well as in accordance with the labor law regulations of the KHL and the NHL.

         

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