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Future Hall Of Famer Ed Belfour Is Retired (I Think)

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I like to write final career perspectives for the players I believe are going to the Hockey Hall of Fame when they retire.  The problem is sometimes they don’t clearly announce retirement.  I have not seen any clear announcement of Ed Belfour’s retirement, but I think it is clear that his NHL hockey career is over.

Ed Belfour was born in Carmen, Manitoba on April 21st, 1965.  He grew up playing in the Manitoba junior hockey system.  He first reached some level of prominence in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League while playing for the local Winkler Flyers in 1983/84.  This is a high scoring league and Belfour who had a GAA above four in his first two years (he had a 3.83 GAA in his third year in 85/86).  These numbers did not gather much interest from NHL scouts and he went undrafted.  It was, however, good enough to get a shot playing for the University of North Dakota in the NCAA.

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Ovechkin Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, the leading goal-scorer in the NHL and the league’s reigning MVP, left Tuesday night’s game against the Bruins after awkwardly crashing into the boards following a hook from Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara.

Ovechkin hit the boards behind the Bruins goal with his right shoulder and head, then remained motionless on the ice for about 15 seconds before rolling over and rubbing his face with his glove.

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update 8:55pm, The headline now states Ovechkin Returns but the story has not been updated, so it looks like AO is back.

video added below on 1/28/09…

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Boyle Day-To-Day With Upper Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

This wasn’t part of the plan. Dan Boyle finally got to play in an NHL All-Star game and the competitive defenseman gets hurt.

The injury was serious enough that he’s in San Jose, not here, for tonight’s game against the Avalanche. But one Sharks source, calling it a tweak, said there’s a decent chance that Boyle could be ready to go against Phoenix at home on Thursday.

Coach Todd McLellan only would that it’s an upper-body injury and that No. 22 is day-to-day.

continued and Rob Blake will play tonight…

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  Tags: dan+boyle

Zetterberg Leaves Game Late In The First Period

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No update yet on Zetterberg who walked down the tunnel late in the first period during tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets.

He is not on the bench for the 2nd period.

update 8:54pm, Lower back spasms, will not return.

update 9:04pm, Wings have called a 2:00pm press conference for tomorrow,.  Speculation is Zetterberg contract extension.

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg

U Of M Police Investigating On-Ice Conduct & Locker Room Incident

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Art Aisner of the Ann Arbor News,

University of Michigan police will review the on-ice conduct of two Michigan State University hockey players involved in an incident that sent a Wolverines player to the hospital over the weekend, officials said.

Police spokeswoman Diane Brown said Tuesday that the actions of Spartans Andrew Conboy and Corey Tropp during Saturday’s game at Yost Ice Arena may not be criminal but will be examined to determine if further investigation is needed.

Their violent takedown of Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer is also part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged assault involving Kampfer’s father and at least one of the players inside the visiting team’s locker room in the game’s waning moments.

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Think Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

One of the most eminent sports psychology experts in the country, Paul Dennis has a PhD in sports psychology and teaches at Toronto’s York University. The Leafs player development coach, Dennis has worked for the club for 19 years.

Mapleleafs.com’s Mike Ulmer visited with him to talk about what everyone wants: a return to the winner’s bracket for the Maple Leafs.

Ulmer: What are the impediments, other than talent, to winning?

Dennis: The individual’s mindset: self-doubt, self-criticism, worry. These are all aspects the athletes is in control of.

Ulmer: Are athletes more or less insecure than the average person on the street?

Dennis: I think they are considerably more insecure. A lot of people would see the glamour and not agree with my assessment. They see hockey players as successful and skillful. That is true and the term we refer to is ‘self-efficacy.’

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All That Remains Are The Faces And The Names Of The Wings Shafted By Little Gary Bettman

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

1.  You know we, for some very strange reasons, consider this to be a big game.

b.  You also know that when a big game’s on tap, you can’t go wrong with Lightfoot.

3.  That will be the last disparaging remark we make about our league’s commissioner here at A2Y.  It’s done with. We’re over it. The second half and the 12th Cup await us.

It’s time to move on.

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Matt Cooke Suspended Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Matt Cooke has been suspended two games for a hit to the head of Carolina Hurricanes’ forward Scott Walker.

added 5:47pm, Official Release

TORONTO (January 27, 2009) – Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for two games,  without pay, as a result of a blow delivered to the head of Carolina forward Scott Walker during NHL Game #687,  Jan.  20 against the Carolina Hurricanes, the National Hockey League announced.

      Cooke was assessed a minor penalty for interference against Scott Walker at 12:58 of the first period. Walker left the game and did not return.

      Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Cooke will forfeit $12,903.23. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

      Cooke will miss games against the New York Rangers on Jan. 28 and New Jersey on Jan. 30. He will be eligible to return Jan. 31 at Toronto.

 

 

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Kovalchuk Downplays Ovechkin/Malkin Reunion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Knobler of Thrashers Blog at the AJC,

Kovalchuk has been credited with getting Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin to end their feud over the weekend. Kovalchuk, in typical fashion, downplayed his role.

“I don’t know what they’re talking about,” Kovalchuk said of his reported role as peacemaker. “They’re both Russians. They were always friends. Russians hit each other on the ice, they make a big deal about it. Canadians fight all the time, and they don’t say anything.”

Ovechkin did some guest DJing at a club. Kovalchuk didn’t spin any tunes.

“He was pretty good. I just was listening,” Kovalchuk said. Did Ilya dance? “A little bit,” he said.

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Rangers Place Fritsche On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

New York Rangers winger Dan Fritsche, a former Blue Jackets player and a native of Parma, Ohio, is on NHL waivers, The Dispatch has confirmed.

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