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A First Of Many

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In case you missed the first NHL goal from Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Great goal and looking forward to more of the same…

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No Jinx For Paul Stastny

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Even the Avalanche, Stastny and his family projected him to at least start last season in the minors. But Steve Konowalchuk’s career-ending heart irregularity, among other things, opened up a roster spot. And Stastny quickly took advantage of it.

“I try to consider myself a playmaker,” Stastny said. “Those are genes that come from your dad and your family, and I have some of those genes for things that can’t be taught. Playing with better players makes it that much easier for me. If this were only an individual game, I’d be in big trouble, I think. When you’re playing with smart players like this, they’re reading what you’re reading and you know what they’re thinking. It makes it that much more of a simple game.”

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A Conversation with Eric Duhatschek

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Paul talks to Eric Duhatschek of the Globe & Mail this morning about all things hockey including the hit on Kesler last night, CBC’s Satellite Hot Stove and more.  Eric’s also talks about his new book (more info here).

From Eric’s publisher:

Eric Duhatschek was the winner of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for “distinguished contributions to hockey writing” in 2001. In 2000, after twenty years of writing about the NHL and the Calgary Flames, he joined globeandmail.com, where he writes a five-times-a-week NHL column. A frequent contributor to Hockey Night in Canada’s Satellite Hot Stove segment, he has covered four Winter Olympics, nineteen Stanley Cup finals, every Canada Cup and World Cup since 1981, plus two world championships. Most recently, he was appointed as the newest member of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s annual Selection Committee.

Interview can be heard on the player below, or you can download it directly here.

Update 1:42pm ET -

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Someone Step Up

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

The NHL’s old boys’ club and its deeply-rooted tendencies to let the game’s inmates run its asylum have stormed back to the fore – and consequently, the number of horrific on-ice incidents and accompanying awful press have again eclipsed any of the league’s modest structural achievements.

Someone, somewhere, needs to step up and be the loudest canary chirping in the cave. Somebody needs to take the narrow-minded fundamentalists by the snouts and show them precisely how the present road eventually merges with the one that leads directly to ruin.

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Pens Had No Fire

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from the Beaver County Times,

“We were playing well until we scored that first goal,” Therrien said. “After that, there’s no desperation on our part. That’s got to stop. They’re not consistent on the effort.”

Therrien was talking specifically about Wednesday’s game, but that lament applies to the overall pattern he’s seen through the team’s 1-2 start.

“We don’t have the fire in our eyes like we did last year,” Therrien said. “Some guys are going to have to really pick it up.”

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More Head Office Action in Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via the Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that Bob Pulford has been named Vice President of Wirtz Corporation.

Bob Pulford has served the Chicago Blackhawks, the National Hockey League and the game of hockey for the better part of six decades. As a Hall of Fame player, a coach, and an executive, his passion for hockey, its players and its fans have made him a giant in the game.

Bob will transition from Senior Vice President of the Chicago Blackhawks to Vice President of Wirtz Corporation. In his new role, Pulford will serve as the Blackhawks liaison on NHL affairs. He will also continue in his role as Alternate Governor to the National Hockey League.

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Price Is Right For Canadiens

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Habs Inside/Out has all the talk…

Any debate over the readiness of Canadiens goalie Carey Price for the National Hockey League has been settled. The kid is poised, confident and plays his angles beautifully. He is more than ready.

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Berard Just Wants To Play

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from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

His eye never will be the same. It always will look somewhat closed, a reminder of having accidentally been hit by the stick of Marian Hossa on March 11, 2000. He had looked done then, less than a week after his 23rd birthday. His mom, Pam, said at the time, “Just say a prayer for my kid.”

Berard never will be the big star he seemed destined to be when he was picked first overall in 1995 by Ottawa, which dealt him to the Islanders. But he is just fine, testimony to drawing straight with crooked lines. His odyssey says that you can get there if you just hang in there.

“I don’t take things for granted now,” he said. “I did have the game taken away from me for about a year and a half with the eye and almost [the same] with the back. I just love to play.”

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Pressure On Notre Dame

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from the South Bend Tribune,

“You don’t know how important the success of this team is to not just hockey in Indiana, but hockey in the United States,” Yzerman said to a crowd dotted with No. 19 Red Wings jerseys. “With the alumni base and fan base that Notre Dame has across the country, this team could bring a lot of exposure to the sport.”

Then he turned to Jackson and chuckled.

“Not to put any pressure on you, Coach, but it’s true,” said Yzerman. “It’s up to you to save hockey in the United States.”

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Officer Roloson

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Roli the Goalie, a member of the Minnesota Wild from 2001 to 2006, joined the ranks of St. Paul’s finest when he was named “an honorary policeman.” “Extremely honoured to be part of the ceremony ... very nice that they did it,” said Roloson, who got a framed plaque and a badge.

Roloson was saluted along with five other people. Only about 10 people have been honoured by the police, he said, and he is the only athlete.

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