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Michigan Radio: Gordie Howe’s pull helped Red Berenson, 14 other Saskatchewan natives pick Michigan

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to Michigan Radio's John U. Bacon, Red Wings legend Gordie Howe's place of NHL employment heavily influenced the establishment of a college hockey dynasty:

With Howe leading the Red Wings, rinks and little leagues sprouted all over Detroit.  Howe’s wife Colleen started the junior Red Wings, which produced hundreds of world-class players, including their sons, Mark and Marty.  Mark starred for the Red Wings, too, and is a Hall of Famer himself.

But I never fully appreciated Gordie Howe’s power until I researched my first book, on Michigan hockey.  I learned just a few nudges from Howe helped Michigan’s hockey program rise to the top – and stay there.

Gordie Howe was one of nine kids born in a farmhouse in Floral, Sasketchewan – a town so tiny, it’s not even on the atlas index.  When he joined the Red Wings, the entire province pulled for him.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota Will Host The 2016 IIHF Under-18 World Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that Grand Forks, North Dakota, has been selected to host the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship. The 10-team event, which features the top players in the world under the age of 18, will be staged in April 2016, with final dates to be announced in the near future. Ralph Engelstad Arena, on the University of North Dakota campus, will be the main venue for the championship, with Purpur Arena, a municipal facility in the city, serving as the secondary venue.

“We're thrilled to be bringing another world championship to Grand Forks," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "Jody Hodgson and his group at Ralph Engelstad Arena put together an outstanding plan and with the support of the city and state and the great hockey fans of the Red River Valley, we look forward to an exceptional event."

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Buffalo Sabres Assign Sam Reinhart To The Kootenay Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 31, 2014) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forward Sam Reinhart to the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.

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Sabres Observations: “Moral Victories”, Defending HarborCenter

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

Some Sabres observations the day after watching a game in a section of First Niagara Center that was infested with Bruins fans (although I will say they were a friendly and polite group):

-   The Sabres can put a spin on it and say they played better last night in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Bruins, but comparing their performance to the Toronto game is setting the bar pretty low.  Getting outshot 37-15 against any NHL team, including a Boston club that's fighting it right now and trying to find their game, doesn't entitle Buffalo to play the moral victory card.

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  Tags: 716+food+and+sport, buffalo+sabres, ellen+kennedy, harborcenter+subsidies, jim+heaney

Wings/Kings Notes

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

The Kings arrived at their Detroit hotel around 12:30am after losing to the Penguins 3-0 last night and will not hold a morning skate.

Ansar Khan of Mlive answered some questions today..

Q: There is obviously a problem (on the power play), but they can't seem to figure it out. Could it be the single defenseman power play setup? I know they've used it in the past, but it doesn't seem to be working. What do you think is the problem, and what could they do to fix it? -- Dalton

A: I don't know if the single defenseman set-up is an issue. The problem is they don't have many other power play options on the blue line. I think they should try Brendan Smith, but coach Mike Babcock is reluctant to do that, for reasons he will not specify.

I think the problem is just what Babcock and players have talked about - they need to attack more. They need more shots (they have only 40 shots in 55:49 with the extra man), they need to be better at retrievals and they need a better net presence. Players acknowledge this, but haven't acted on it.

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Game notes are below...

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The Slumping New York Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Remember those halcyon days of mid-October when the New York Islanders were everyone's darlings? Seems like only yesterday. After a 4-0 start that had everyone raving and talking playoffs the Islanders have landed with a thud, and it's the same old issues that plague the Isles. They were beaten 5-0 Thursday night by the Avalanche, putting them at 2-4 in their last six games having allowed 24 goals in that stretch.

Jaroslav Halak, the big offseason acquisition in goal, hasn't been very good and has lost three in a row, and backup Chad Johnson hasn't been much better. It's not all the goaltending (or team defense), either.

The Islanders are 3-for-27 on the power play in their last six games. And here's where it gets interesting: Thursday's loss in Denver was the first game in a stretch during which they will play seven of eight on the road. Oh, and their next three stops are San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. A trip like that has the potential to make those recent glory days seem like a hundred years ago.

read on for notes on the Blues by Custance, the Avalanche from LeBrun and more...

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Morning Line- Terry Jones On Gordie Howe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I tell people when I was selected winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award to make it into the writers wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame, that Gordie Howe came to the luncheon to hear me make my speech.

He was there all right. But that was the year Mark was inducted into the Hall of Fame. And Gordie was there to honour Mickey Redmond, the former Red Wing who was the inductee as winner of the Foster Hewitt Award as broadcaster and was the other guy making his speech at the luncheon.

At the hotel Gordie talked with my son and would walk up to my wife, who had found herself briefly standing alone again, and start up a conversation.

Wayne Gretzky always maintained Gordie Howe was the greatest player in the history of hockey. He may have been the greatest guy.

Before he goes, we all should let him know.

-Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun on Gordie Howe. Read more from Jones on Gordie Howe.

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Bill Peters On Alexander Semin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Canes coach Bill Peters shut down Semin’s ice time soon after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the forward. After Thursday’s practice, Peters talked more about Semin, whose slow start – no goals, two assists, a minus-seven rating in eight games – mirrors that of the Canes and is a factor in it.

“He’s not moving his feet, not playing with the pace the league is at,” Peters said. “The league is at a very good pace, there’s guys with trap pressure, there’s no time and space, so if you’re not moving your feet you’re going to get caught from behind. If you’re going to make a slow-developing play, guys who were open are going to be covered eventually and everything closes off. So you have to play quicker.”

Asked why Semin had not gotten up to speed, Peters said he wasn’t sure and said he and Semin had discussed the issue.

“We’ve talked. We’ve talked a lot. We’ll see,” he said.

more on the Canes...
 

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Video- Recapping The Games From Thursday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

4 1/2 minutes of highlights...

 

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Video- What Do You Think Of The Alexandre Burrows Hit On Alexei Emelin?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Replays from multiple angles showed the puck long gone from Emelin’s stick when Burrows, coming cross-ice, belted the Canadien who never appeared to see him coming. Emelin left the ice with assistance from head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend.

“Instead of having a five-minute power-play, the puck was in our net,” head coach Michel Therrien said.

There was no penalty called – linesman Darren Gibbs, working his 1,001st NHL game, was feet away – and incensed Therrien discussed the matter during a TV timeout with a referee. But Emelin returned to take a regular shift in the third period.

Therrien called it “a dirty hit to the head” but said that Emelin visited the dark room and passed all the tests, cleared by the doctor to return to action.

Watch the hit below...

added 9:24am,

 

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