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The Best Shootout Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Courtesy of NHL Network’s On the Fly, it’s the Top 10 Shootout Goals of All-Time.

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A Look At George Parros

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

“We’ve kept things really basic,” said Parros, who was drafted 222nd overall in 1999 by the Kings. “Bobby is really creative with the puck and is very reliable. Ryan is the one who can dig and fight the puck.”

And as for Parros?

“I just want to crash the net and create some chances if they are there,” said the native of Randolph, New Jersey. “It’s all about being able to contribute in some way, shape or form.”

Parros admits confidence has played a huge part in his game this season.

“Confidence is such an unknown factor in what it can do for you,” said the winger, who graduated with an Ivy League education, after attending Princeton. “I’m just hoping to build on what we’ve done so far.”

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Build It And They Will Come

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The boards are going up at Wrigley!!!

Watch now... and maybe bookmark the site to follow the progress.  I am waiting for someone to bury an octopus at center ice.

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  Tags: winter+classic

Making the World Better Through Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Adam Sherlip, formerly responsible for digital marketing and amateur hockey development for the New York Islanders, is now heeding his life’s calling.  An idealistic New Yorker, Adam is looking to travel around the world teaching kids hockey, as well as write a variety of books based on the culture of sports.  You can continue to follow Adam at his blog, hockeyvolunteer.blogspot.com.


By Adam Sherlip
[Special to Kukla’s Korner]

imageSo, you’re sitting at the arena watching your favorite team play terrible hockey.  The fans around you are shouting detailed & violent profanities at a roster of over-paid, under-performing athletes, some of which have questionable reputations.  The players are spending more time staring at the door in the penalty box than they are on the sheet of frozen, painted water.  When they’re on the ice, they’re beating the guys in the opposing color until they’re red with blood.  It’s hard to see why anyone would enjoy this sport.

One of those fans is a hockey dad with his kids wearing their youth hockey jersey, and you can only image how intense he is when his kid is playing hockey…forcing his child to play, arguing with the coach - believing he has greater (rather, no) coaching experience, making deals with youth clubs, and taking all of the fun out of the game.

This is the type of situation that drags the entire sport of hockey down, and it’s something myself and many others are passionately trying to change.

Two years ago I was hired by the New York Islanders to handle a well- intended, decently covered initiative called Project Hope - a youth hockey development program in northeastern China - directed at the time by Team USA star Angela Ruggiero (3 time Olympic medalist, all-time games played leader, top defensive player, great person).  Almost two years to the day, I assisted her in running the Project Hope Invitational in New York, hosting one of our teams from China to play against three teams from the New York area.  A few weeks later Angela and I visited Heilongjiang Province to see the kids at the schools in which Project Hope installed outdoor rinks, and my life officially changed for the better.

 

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  Tags: adam+sherlip, angela+ruggiero, sportsmanship, volunteers

A ‘Christmas’ Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Charlie Teljeur (Loose Change) at the Hockey News,

One of the true joys of the holiday season – besides random snowball attacks on unsuspecting postal workers – is the annual National Hockey League Christmas Pageant.

This event has been taking place ever since Conn Smythe realized he could creatively circumvent labor laws with his indentured workforce.

It is put on annually by the NHL Repertory Theatre Company and is loosely based on the story of this couple (Mary and Joseph) who are too cheap to pay for proper medical care or even a passable motel room and are forced to have the delivery of their baby in a musty old barn, surrounded by curious four-legged creatures, various poultry and some very determined paparazzi.

The story itself seems unspectacular until you realize this is no average kid being born here. He is said to be the King of Kings – an obvious ode to Marcel Dionne, one would think. In addition, this kid possesses a lethal slapshot and is said to play with “a real nasty streak.”

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Jason Chimera To The IR

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Jason Chimera on Injured Reserve and have recalled left wing Alexandre Picard from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  Chimera is expected to be sidelined at least one week.

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Dan LaCouture Trying To Find A Home In Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Sources tell TSN another NHL player may be about to jump to the KHL.

Carolina Hurricanes forward Dan LaCouture is believed to have left the team for Russia, however, the Hurricanes remain unclear as to which Kontinental Hockey League team LaCouture is attempting to join.

The Hurricanes intend on suspending LaCouture, who was signed as a free agent in October, if he doesn’t have an immediate change of heart.

If LaCouture walks away from his contract with the Hurricanes this will fuel the ongoing feud between the KHL and the National Hockey League as, once again, the Kontinental Hockey League would have apparently abandoned its policy of respecting NHL contracts.

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Chicago Development Continues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Coach Joel Quenneville’s ‘‘team-building activity’’ on the Blackhawks’ first day in Calgary turned out to be an afternoon of curling at a nearby rink.

If ever the Hawks were entitled to a day of fun away from hockey, it’s now. They’ll take a season-high five-game winning streak into their game Friday night against the Flames. They play the following night at Vancouver leading into the NHL’s Christmas break.

The Hawks are the league’s youngest team, but game by game, they’re getting stronger and more confident. Just 29 games into an 82-game regular season, they’re even developing a bit of a swagger.

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Tortorella Hopes To Be Coaching Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

While he’s definitely trying to relax in his year away from the bench, Tortorella is hardly a homebody. He travels from Tampa to Toronto, where TSN’s studio is located, every Monday and doesn’t return home until Thursday or Friday.

“I go to a great city in Toronto that is nothing but hockey and that has kept me a little fulfilled without coaching,” Tortorella said. “It has kept me around the game and understanding the nuances of what is going on around the League.”

Three coaches have been fired this season, and two were replaced by out of work coaches like himself, but Tortorella tries not to think about the fate of current coaches around the League.

“I try not to because it’s so unfair and it’s a lousy way to live, but you have people talking to you and you hear this and that,” Tortorella said. “I think there are a lot of good people in this game and we all know it’s part of the business. I certainly don’t wish anything bad on people because a lot of them are good friends of mine. I am going to try to go about this the right way and if things happen than they are supposed to happen.”

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Injuries Put A Stop To Their Career

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Marian Gaborik returned to the Minnesota Wild lineup Wednesday night after missing 27 games with a lower-body injury. The talented winger has never played a full 82-game season. We take a look at five other NHL stars who could have done even more had it not been for injuries.

1. Pavel Bure: The Russian Rocket was only 31 years old when he played his last NHL game. Recurring knee problems grounded him for good.

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