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Hockey At The Devil’s Lagoon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Earl McRae of the Ottawa Sun,

Jose Luis Tibaudin, 52, photography teacher, who has never been out of South America, who has never seen an NHL game live, who has never met a Canadian—Jose Luis, defenceman, the godfather of ice hockey in the most unlikely place you could ever imagine it being played: Ushuiai, the southernmost community in the world….

Under Jose Luis Tibaudin’s program, 35 kids in Ushuiai from six to 16, including two girls, are playing full-equipment teams hockey (two of the kids wear Philadelphia Flyers jerseys their parents got in a clearance sale from a sporting goods store in Buenos Aires) in the Tierra del Fuego winter from June to September on the only ice surface in town, the frozen pond known as Laguna del Diablo, Devil’s Lagoon.

read on

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Sens Owner Would Like To Avoid The UFA Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Universal Cynic, the blog of Erin Nicks,

“Quite frankly, I find it amusing that the media has continued to talk about what’s going to happen after this great year, because I think the fans want to see what’s going to happen (this year).,,,  I think the fans are really excited. They really don’t want to hear what’s going to go on a year from now.”

read on... and Nicks responds…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Ottawa Senators, NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ottawa+senators, roy+mlakar

Bouchard Making His Own Breaks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Joel Bouchard lay in a Dallas hospital seven years ago with his mother at his side and doctors working to stave off an infection that nearly killed him.

Some details remain sketchy, Bouchard said, but while fighting off a 105.1-degree temperature he distinctly recalled feeling angry.

Not at fate. Not at God. Not even at the physician who misdiagnosed the spinal meningitis days earlier.

“I was mad at myself,” said Bouchard, a 33-year-old hockey journeyman. “I didn’t feel like I was where I wanted to be in life—personally or professionally. I felt like I had become complacent and underachieving and I told myself, ‘If I get out of here, I’m going to do something about it.”

continued

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, injuries, joel+bouchard

Fernandez Hopes To Play 65-70 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Herald,

“It’s easier to play a lot of games than a few,” Fernandez said. “It’s a little tougher to get prepared mentally for one (game) every five or one every three. Once you get on a roll, you want to keep going. It’s easier to feel out the team, too, and have the team knowing exactly what to do.”

Ultimately, it will depend on the two goaltenders whether their roles sort themselves out comfortably - or whether a good, old-fashioned goalie controversy develops.

Fernandez hopes it is not the latter.

read on

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  Tags: boston+bruins, goalies, manny+fernandez

Nike May Sell NikeBauer Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from PR Newswire via CNN:

[Nike] also announced today its intent to explore the sale of Nike Bauer Hockey. Following a strategic review of the company’s affiliate brands portfolio, Nike determined that despite the strength of the business, Nike Bauer Hockey does not align with the Company’s long-term growth priorities and exploring a sale is the best strategic alternative. The Company expects the exploration process and any potential sale that maximizes Nike Bauer Hockey’s value to Nike will be completed within the current fiscal year.

Commenting on the anticipated sale, Parker said: “We are focused on investing our resources where we will achieve the greatest returns, both within the Nike brand and within a strong portfolio of complementary affiliate brands. We’re confident it’s the right choice for our Company as we maximize our opportunities and drive toward our long-term growth targets. Given Nike Bauer’s market leading position, we believe we will be able to effectively execute this transaction.”

continued... NikeBauer is one of hockey’s heaviest hitters, so this is going to get more and more interesting as time goes on.

added 12:16pm, The Hockey News has more on this, stating it could be sold by May 31, 2008.

 

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They’ve Battled Before

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Training camp is all about introductions, as new players join an established bunch. Cam Ward didn’t need any introduction to Michael Leighton when the Carolina Hurricanes’ new goalie arrived in town. At least, not to Leighton’s fists.

The two squared off in one of the more memorable fights in recent memory, a brawl during a 2004 minor-league game that spilled onto the benches and beyond. Now, after a draft-weekend trade that brought Leighton to Carolina from the Montreal Canadiens, they are teammates..

continued

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes, fighting, goalies

Changes for Eric Brewer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeremy Rutherford at STLtoday.com,

Early in the Blues’ 2006-07 season, the facial expressions worn by defenseman Eric Brewer were as unhappy as those watching him from the arena seats and on TV.

Brewer was by labeled as “the worst player on the ice” by media and fans, and even some in the organization questioned which direction his career was headed.

continued…

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  Tags: eric+brewer, st+louis+blues

Toskala’s Bad Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail,

You have to go back to Ed Belfour in 2002 to find a Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender who had a worse debut than Vesa Toskala.

Eddie the Eagle coughed up a goal on the first shot of the Blue-and-White intrasquad game, which drew some boos from the fans at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton. A few nights later, in his first real game, Belfour — the replacement for the sainted Curtis Joseph — did it again.  Belfour gave up a goal on the first shot by the hated Ottawa Senators in the Leafs’ first exhibition game, then gave up two more before leaving partway through what turned out to be a 7-1 drubbing by the Senators.

Toskala, who managed to survive his Blue-White debut without too much embarrassment last Sunday, was channelling Belfour last night against the Phoenix Coyotes in his preseason debut.

continued…

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  Tags: goalies, toronto+maple+leafs

Penguins Sign a Lease

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via TSN,

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed a lease Thursday, committing the NHL team to its yet-to-be built US$290 million arena until 2040.
The lease terms were in accordance with a March memorandum between the team and government officials, Gov. Ed Rendell said Thursday.

continued…

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins

Draft May Be An Issue With NHL Teams In Europe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

Chris Pronger is going to start his season in Europe this month, but he wouldn’t want to start his career across the pond.

The Anaheim Ducks defenceman believes NHL expansion to Europe wouldn’t work because some North American-raised players would be unwilling to report to European teams.

“How are you going to run the draft?” Pronger asked during a conference call Thursday. “Are you going to take a Canadian kid and ship him off to Europe?”

continued...

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  Tags: chris+pronger

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