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History Repeats According To Chelios

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit Free Press,

“I’m very happy with our choice of Paul Kelly. I’m looking forward to working with him and having him represent us as a union. At least we have a leader now, and we’ll look for direction from him.”

Chelios said Kelly’s arrival was reminiscent of Goodenow taking over in 1992 for the disgraced Alan Eagleson.

“I look back,” Chelios said, “and it was the same thing when we hired Bob Goodenow — we’d gone through a lot in the Eagleson era, and then Bob was hired — pretty much same situation, basically. It’s history repeating itself. Look at what he did for us. Hopefully, Paul Kelly can follow that same path that we did with Bob.”

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  Tags: chris+chelios, detroit+red+wings, nhlpa

It’s a Frigging Three Ringer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Once again, the A2Y readers have spoken in numbers that astound even the most jaded of attendance counters at JLA.  129 of you chimed in to name the Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Holmstrom line.  Long winded? Yes. Cumbersome? Yes.  Begging for brevity? Naturally.  Funny?  Absolutely.

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Lindros Makes No Mention Of Returning To The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Lindros said Wednesday he would welcome a chance to work for the union in whatever role.  “I would look forward to something along those lines. This has been really interesting. I’ve learned a lot about the other side of things.”

more on the work Lindros has done with the NHLPA…

Update 11:15pm ET (by Alanah):
From Darren Dreger at TSN,

He hasn’t made it official yet, but Eric Lindros is calling it quits and – if all things work out for him, he’s headed toward a new career with the NHLPA.

Following Paul Kelly’s introduction as Executive Director of the Player’s Association, Eric Lindros stated bluntly his playing career is behind him - with too many health issues to entertain the notion of a return.

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  Tags: eric+lindros, nhlpa

Making the Big League

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Patrick Dorsey at the Miami Herald,

Any remaining doubters of his town’s passion might check [Stefan] Meyer’s calls-received log. After receiving word at practice that he had been called up [to the Florida Panthers], Meyer got excited.

Then, when the town itself got word, Fox Valley got excited. ‘‘My phone just about blew up [Monday],’’ Meyer said. ``It was smoking from my pocket.’‘

Meyer expects similar thrills back home Wednesday, although the locals again might need to hike to Medicine Hat for a TV that carries the game. Meanwhile, more than 2,600 miles away, Meyer expects to feel the same when he first touches NHL regular-season ice.

‘‘A lot of things will flash before my eyes—just growing up as a kid and skating and stuff like that,’’ Meyer said. ``It seems so far away. But I’m here right now, and I can hardly talk I’m so excited.’‘

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  Tags: florida+panthers, stefan+meyer

Travelling in Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageThe Dallas Stars have a new plane:

It can accommodate up to 71 total passengers, includes 24 fully-reclining, 360-degree swiveling sleeper seats for the players, and has 47 other first-class seats located in three other sections throughout the plane.

The new 757, which will be utilized by both the Stars and the Texas Rangers baseball team, also features an upgraded video entertainment system and an iPod docking station that allows passengers to play movies from a lap-top, iPod or DVD player in each section. There are also two electrical outlets and phone jacks at each seat, a bar in the back, as well as a comfortable four-seat couch.

More can be read here.  The Stars also have a photo gallery to show off their new toy.

 

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Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rangers Report,

This was Devils coach Brent Sutter speaking to reporters today about facing Scott Gomez tomorrow:

“I had no impact on Gomez whatsoever. I was never here when he was a New Jersey Devil and personally I could care less. It was his choice to decide where he wanted to go play. It was his choice not to want to play in New Jersey anymore and that’s his prerogative. So, to think that we should be easy on him is dead wrong. We’ll treat him like any other player…It’s his choice to across the river and play there. That’s up to him. But our job is go to there and win a hockey game.”

more on the Rangers including Callahan out with knee sprain…

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  Tags: brent+sutter, new+jersey+devils, new+york+rangers, scott+gomez

Hitchcock & “The Boss”

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from Adam Kimelman at NHL.com,

Hitchcock did catch a Springsteen show at the United Center in Chicago on Oct. 22, so he was able to scratch that itch, but it was a chance meeting a few years ago in Philadelphia that turned Hitchcock into a fan of the New Jersey-born singer-songwriter.

Thanks to a friendship between Flyers equipment manager Anthony “Rock” Oratorio and a guitar technician who was part of Springsteen’s tour group, Hitchcock was able to attend a Springsteen sound check the day of a show at Lincoln Financial Field.

read on

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets

David Aebischer Down to the AHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Gintonio at The Arizona Republic,

Coyotes goaltender David Aebischer cleared waivers Wednesday and will report to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, joining the team in Chicago. [...]

Coach Wayne Gretzky said that with defenseman Zbynek Michalek returning from the injured list, room was needed on the roster.

Phoenix entered the season with a goalie trio that also included Mikael Tellqvist and Alex Auld, another free agent.

“The worst thing , the first three weeks of the season for us, we haven’t had a lot of games,” Gretzky said. “So Aebischer in a lot of ways probably had a right to feel he didn’t get a really good chance. But we just haven’t had enough games to give him that chance.”

continued…

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  Tags: david+aebischer, goalies, phoenix+coyotes

Painful Moment in Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Dallas Stars commercial below features the one-and-only Daryl Reaugh.

*youtube video online here

 

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  Tags: dallas+stars, daryl+reaugh, marketing

Using Hockey As A Teaching Tool

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Nipawin Journal,

This is all old hat-trick to P.J., who in 2002 started a program at the U of S that offers a study of hockey literature. An immediate hit with students who might not otherwise have been attracted to a “lit” class, the program now has a waiting list every semester.

“I’m first and foremost a teacher, I love that, but this is a treat,” P.J. said. “I enjoy showing people something of the diversity of hockey literature.”

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