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Training Technique May Be Cause Of Sports Hernia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Jonathan Cheechoo had sports hernias on both sides when he finished and both Bill Guerin and Mark Smith were also troubled by the same ailment. And we all know about the trials of Ed Jovanovski.
Most of the players are blaming poor ice conditions, which force them to move their feet at enormous speed through slow, slushy conditions, but the experts are not so sure the ice is to blame. To be sure, the teams are taking a very serious look at this and wondering whether or not a lot of this core training, which has been ongoing of late, is the main factor.
“The core work that is being done is allowing these guys to get stronger and to perform better but it’s putting a lot of torque and strain on that area and we’re seeing this injury on the rise,” says Canucks medical trainer Mike Burnstein.

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Too Late For The SCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

The first Stanley Cup game in June didn’t happen until 1992, when the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Blackhawks 6-5 on
June 1 to complete a four-game sweep. Summer hockey has been a way of life ever since in the NHL. The latest-ever date for a Stanley Cup game came on June 24, 1995, when New Jersey beat Detroit 5-2 to complete a four-game sweep in a season that was delayed by a labour dispute.
It will be interesting to see the TV ratings for this year’s Stanley Cup final. Unless you are a true, diehard hockey fan - or you live in Ottawa - there are a lot of other options over the next two weeks other than sitting inside watching a hockey game. And by the time the final starts tomorrow, hockey fans will have gone five days without any playoff games to watch, which is enough time to get reacquainted with Balconville, your barbecue, the backyard pool and the outdoor terraces downtown, not to mention taking your kids to their soccer or baseball games.

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The Most Popular Duck

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from Terry Jones at the Edmonton Sun,

Has there ever been a more popular player, a more sentimental favourite to win a Stanley Cup than Teemu Selanne?
Ray Bourque maybe. Lanny McDonald perhaps. But not many.
And don’t even talk to Anaheim Duck fans about Chris Pronger and Scott Neidermayer. Selanne’s their guy. Always has been.

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Two Great Teams Meet

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from Marcia C. Smith of the OC Register,

Hockey – follow us closely – is generally played in the less tanned regions of the world where people drink Molson, hunt moose and survive inhumane sub-70-degree winters that make roads, sidewalks and the surfaces of frozen-over ponds dangerously slippery and cold.
Ottawa, the capital of Canada, has embraced hockey, along with Celine Dion worship, even though the Senators have been an NHL franchise since only 1992….
Since 1993, the Anaheim Ducks have forsaken the Southern California beach culture to convert Orange County into parka-wearing fans of this boxing-on-blades sport.
They play atop a 1¼-inch sheet of man-made ice cooled to 18 degrees, inside a giant marble and glass icebox formerly named The Pond.
Despite their webbed feet, the Ducks skate on blades of steel sharp enough to cut a ripe tomato. They wield long, slender sticks made of graphite and wood.

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Cap Still Has To Be Watched

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from the Buffalo News,

“Would it be considered a success,” Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano asked, “when you have a team that sells out every game and sells out all the suites but would lose money unless they were in the playoffs? That’s a thing an organization like the Buffalo Sabres must be aware of.
“If they move the salary cap up and we go with it, there’s a good possibility we would lose money unless we reached the second round of the playoffs. That’s an unhealthy situation.”

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Not Every Call Is Good

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from the Dallas Morning News,

Walkom is well-respected and well-liked by his colleagues, and he has indeed run a tight ship. He has consistently rewarded officials who call the most penalties, and he has supported them steadfastly when they’ve made tough calls near the end of games or in overtime. His decision to sit veteran Kerry Fraser for the playoffs this season sent a clear message.
The problem is that many of these referees have taken the message to mean that every call is a good call, and that’s just not true.

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Gettting To & Arriving In Anaheim

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The captain of the plane has heard of them, too. His name is Nate. He’s from California.
“Who do you like in the Senators-Ducks series?” we ask upon disembarking.
“The Senators,” he says, guessing we’re from Ottawa and that’s what we wanted to hear.
“In what?” I demand. “Five? Seven?”
“In nine,” he replies.
Wouldn’t be funny if he was joking.
As hard as it may be to believe, the whole world actually has not stopped to watch the battle for Lord Stanley’s coveted mug. Not even the whole of Anaheim.

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added 9:40am, from the Edmonton Journal,

And he, like Michael Russell, has a hard time naming one Ducks player.
“Oh, wait—there’s what’s-his name—Muselanney.”
“You mean Teemu Selanne?”
“Yeah, him.”

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Dmen Since Orr

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Larry Brooks of the NY Post does a great job with a Brian Leetch column and then submits this…

Let the debates begin. Slap Shots’ post-Bobby Orr first-and-second All-Star defense squads. First team: Larry Robinson, Chelios, Denis Potvin, Ray Bourque, Stevens, Paul Coffey. Second Team: Leetch, Niedermayer, Brad Park, Al MacInnis, Nicklas Lidstrom, Mark Howe.

 

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Summer Campaign Starts Today: Sign Ryan Smyth

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Handshakes and grades and free agents and insanity.  All hot topics as we peruse the Diggers today, five days after the elimination and a full week since the Kick To The Groin.

The Wings spent the weekend cleaning out their lockers, while Sasquatch makes final preps to play Game 1 of the SCF.  Neat, eh?  Needless to say, I’ll be pulling for Ottawa.  The thought of Corey Perry lifting the Cup is just not pleasant.  And that’s mild compared to how I feel about Pronger doing the same.

But I’m past that.  It’s time to move from the crushed to the hopeful, the soul-wrenched to the analytical.  And I’ve got a plan.  Oh yes.

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Ducks Hardly Noticed In LA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

So far, the Ducks are heading into the NHL’s Stanley Cup finals against the Ottawa Senators on Monday with far less buzz than would accompany a team from a traditional hockey town or, for that matter, a championship run by the Angels, Dodgers or Lakers.
No preponderance of flags waving from cars or wall-to-wall jabber on sports talk radio. No fans naming their first-born Teemu in a desperate attempt to win tickets.
On a recent evening at various sports bars around the Honda Center in Anaheim, patrons wore baseball caps and basketball jerseys. There wasn’t a Ducks hat or shirt in sight.

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