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They Love Their Hockey

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from MSG Network,

I just returned from a trip to Toronto, where hockey was on everyone's mind and lips. Now Toronto is not my favorite Canadian -- that honor goes to Montreal, with its bilingualism and old architecture that makes you feel as if you were in Europe rather than North America. Toronto is a smaller, cleaner New York City, so give me Montreal any day. That said, any trip to Canada is heavenly for a hockey fan. It's not just the NHL that dominates the headlines. When I turned on the TV in my hotel room upon check-in, the first item that appeared was a commercial for a hockey game to be televised later in the week. It was not an NHL game. Not a game from the World Junior Championships, not even a game from the American Hockey League. No, this was a commercial for an OHL game -- Junior hockey on national television!
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Bowman On the Wings

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Scotty was just on Detroit radio and said he feels Babcock will be making a strong push right now to gather as many as points as possible before the Olympics. With a number of Wings playing in the Olympics, he feels some of them may be a little over-extended when they return. Also, Scotty mentioned he has a feeling Yzerman will be a pleasant surprise for the Wings in the 2nd half of the season. He is taking his time getting healthy, not rushing to return to action. He also considers the LA Kings the darkhorse in the West and said Nashville is real and not going away.

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‘Coach’ Tony Stewart

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from Kentucky.com,

Tony Stewart will add another accomplishment Jan. 6 to his impressive career resume – hockey coach. Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner Stewart, a native and resident of Columbus, Ind., will serve as “Honorary Assistant Coach” of the Indiana Ice against the Sioux Falls Stampede on Friday, Jan. 6 at the Pepsi Coliseum, located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Game time is 8 p.m. Eastern. “I’ve been a big fan of hockey since I attended a Dallas Stars game in Texas several years ago, but having the opportunity to support my hometown team and sit right on the ice will be a very cool experience,” Stewart said.

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Ozolinsh Enters Rehab

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via the CP,

Defenceman Sandis Ozolinsh of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks has voluntarily entered treatment in the Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health program administered by the NHL and NHL Players' Association. The program's doctors, Brian Shaw of the NHLPA and Dave Lewis of the NHL, will oversee Ozolinsh's care. "The Mighty Ducks ownership, management, coaches and players are wholeheartedly behind Sandis and his family during this time and support his decision to seek professional help," Ducks GM Brian Burke said in a statement.

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Breaking Down The Shootout

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Although fans have fallen in love with the spectacle that follows 60 minutes of regulation hockey and five minutes of four-on-four overtime hockey, it has been a learning process for coaches, shooters and netminders. In many ways, the shootout is alchemy: part sorcery, part science; part guesswork, part mind over matter. Go with your gut? Or go with the odds? Try a new move? Or the tried and true? Challenge the shooter? Or stay in the net? All these conflicting notions are at play every time there is a shootout. And though some traditionalists view the new wrinkle to the game as gimmicky, it is -- in the final analysis -- a crucial element of the game, given what's at stake.
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The First GLI

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from the Daily Mining Gazette,

Christmas means many things to many people, but for Michigan Tech hockey fans it is often spelled with only three letters: G-L-I, for the Great Lakes Invitational hockey tournament. This holiday classic tourney has been held in Detroit every year since 1965 and was the brainchild of Huskies coach John MacInnes, Detroit Red Wings scout Jack Paterson, and Lincoln Cavalieri, the general manager of Detroit's Olympia Stadium. "At the time there was a lack of American-born players in the NHL," recalls Rick Yeo, captain of the 1965-66 Huskies team, the first to participate in the tournament. "Their thoughts were that a prestigious college hockey tournament in the Detroit Red Wings' home site would spur interest among this targeted group." Jack Tompkins, vice president of American Airlines, shared his support - along with sponsorship dollars and a set of trophies and plaques for the participating teams.
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Devils Find Room For Elias

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It took a little Houdini, a little inventiveness and, one supposes, some very negative results from the early part of the 2005-06 season for Lamoriello to massage the Devils cap situation to where it needed to be in time for Elias' return. But, as of last night, he did it. The problem, it became clear in September, was that loading up on some expensive off-season salaries to sign veterans like Alexander Mogilny ($3.5 million), Vladimir Malakhov ($3.5 million) and Dan McGillis ($2.2 million) had put the Devils in a very precarious position in the NHL's new salary cap era.
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What A Thrill

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

Here at the Bell Capital Cup, the Qiqihar Snow Leopards and two other Chinese teams, the Harbin Red Stars and the Sinoca Beijing Dragons, have been slotted into the least competitive division. They'll play against Canadian recreational house league teams. But in China, they're the top players of their age-class -- and they're being groomed for a future in which they may form an Olympic hockey team. "That is China's hope," said Chen Danian, vice-director of hockey for the Qiqihar club.
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Do Something Iggy

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from the Calgary Sun,

The catcall from the crowd would seem unimaginable not that long ago. Late in the Calgary Flames Tuesday-night loss to Nashville, a voice rang out from the throng that filled the Saddledome. "Do something, Iggy!" was the plea. It wasn't just an appeal for the captain to turn the game around and pull a victory from the jaws of defeat. It was also a cajoling to be the $7-million star fans expect to see night after night.
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Dingman On Waivers

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

Lightning general manager Jay Feaster wants to make one thing clear: he isn't blaming forward Chris Dingman for the Lightning's inconsistent season. But he also made this clear: he isn't happy and changes could be coming. Actually, they already started. The Lightning parted ways Wednesday with Dingman, who played in 74 regular-season games and 23 more during the playoffs when the Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2003-04. Dingman was placed on waivers and likely will clear them today at noon.
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