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Rock Solid Renegades Win Youth World Championships (Under 12 Division)

Blog: KK Members Blog By 007devils007

A group of Barrie’s best young ball hockey players captured the first ever Youth World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championship.

The Rock Solid Renegades, comprised of players from the Barrie Ball Hockey Club’s Progressive 9-11 and PeeWee divisions, traveled to Brampton during the weekend of August 28th to 30th in their quest to claim the Under-12 division title.  Barrie teams also competed in the Under-15 and Under-18 divisions.

The youth tournament weekend was the first of three event weekends over the next six weeks as part of the “ballhockey.com” 14th Annual World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships.  Over the past 14 years, the Worlds have expanded to include Men’s A, B, and Over 35 divisions along with Women’s A and B tournaments.  Teams travel to the tournament from all over North America, including far flung locations such as San Diego, Vancouver, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Montreal.  In addition to the new youth divisions, 2009 will mark the first ever Co-ed World Outdoor Championships.  This is the first year as that the “Worlds” have expanded over three themed weekends: Youth – August 28-30 at the Brampton Ball Hockey Club; Women’s & Co-ed – September 25-27 at the Niagara Ball Hockey Club; and Men’s – October 2-4 at the Barrie Ball Hockey Club.  By the time the Men’s tournament wraps up, more than 100 teams from all over North America (which translates into more than 1500 participants) will have competed for more than $30,000 in prizes.

 

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Addressing The Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

There will be issues for second-year coach Todd McLellan, who promises to get some Sharks veterans out of their usual comfort zones even more so than last September, when he installed his own system that worked marvelously for 82 games and then fizzled.

There will be issues with former captain Patrick Marleau, subject of much finger-pointing and trade scuttlebutt. Marleau might not have been asked to drop his no-trade clause, but you can bet he was asked whether he wanted to stay with the team. His statement that he wants to stick around and “prove the naysayers wrong” needs to be validated by him at every practice and every game.

There will be issues with Joe Thornton. Will he be more like the snarling player we saw in the last couple of playoff games against the Ducks? Or will he keep his emotions buried under the surface? Unbelievably, the buzz from Canada’s Olympic camp is that Thornton is on the bubble for making its team. That’s an insult to Thornton’s achievements — but he knows that a fast start with the Sharks will lock up the roster spot.

There will be issues with Evgeni Nabokov.

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Chasing Luongo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of the White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

A bizarre day of Roberto Luongo contract conjecture, fuelled by unconfirmed Internet rumours, exposed the media as a little desperate and a lot sloppy.

How bad did it get? The Vancouver Sun was actually duped by a fake Twitter account supposedly belonging to “Bobby Lou” which proclaimed: “The rumours are true we’ve reached an agreement. Very happy to be a Canuck long-term.”  The account has long been known as a fake but was used to confirm signing rumours, which have been circulating for months, were true.

A headline on the Vancouver Sun Web site late Monday night read: “This Tweet just in: Roberto Luongo locked up.”

Meanwhile, the real Luongo, who was not in Vancouver, told people his deal was not quite done but he remained “very confident” it would be soon.

The day began with a Sportsnet report titled “Luongo, Canucks agree on extension.” The story got huge play even though it didn’t provide much in the way of new information.

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Paul Kelly Didn’t Deserve This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

Or, more precisely, Kelly got fired because somebody convinced the 30-player executive committee that he hadn’t done enough in less than two years on the job and therefore couldn’t be trusted to lead the next collective bargaining battle.

Those who successfully plotted against him breached constitutional procedures, fudged internal reviews and used a variety of dirty tricks worthy of Watergate to finally triumph at 3:30 a.m. yesterday.

What self-respecting organization fires a key executive at 3:30 in the morning?

If there’s a single smart player on the executive committee, they’ve already figured out they’ve made an awful mistake by being convinced to axe a good man, thereby putting their futures in the hands of Machiavellian suits they wouldn’t trust as teammates.

Maybe that’s why more than 50 players spent yesterday lobbying Kelly’s right-hand man, the widely respected Glenn Healy, to stay on after his colleague Pat Flatley quit in the wake of Kelly’s ouster.

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VERSUS Pulled From DIRECTV

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Directv,

Comcast, the largest cable company in the U.S., owns Versus. They regularly try to charge us amounts well in excess of what is fair and reasonable to carry the programming they own. Their reason is obvious: they want to stifle competition from DIRECTV. Comcast’s unfair terms undermines DIRECTV’s ability to offer our customers the best possible value. If we simply accept these terms, we would have to absorb the unreasonable costs Comcast wants to charge us, and in turn we will be forced to increase the rates our customers pay. We do not want this to happen. In fact, Comcast has forced us to remove Versus because we would not accept the terms they demanded.

We are currently in contract negotiations and will continue to work with Comcast until the matter is resolved. Rest assured that we are making every effort to ensure that you continue to be satisfied with your service.

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We’ve Heard These Type Of Stories Before

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Globe and Mail,

A report by the former auditor of Bear Mountain Resort – a massive golf, hotel and commercial and residential project near Victoria headed by Canadian Len Barrie – has accused the Tampa Bay Lightning co-owner and other senior members of the complex’s management team of misappropriating funds.

The Victoria accounting firm of Norgaard Neale Camden Ltd. made the report to Bear Mountain’s executive committee last January and then resigned as the auditor on April 15 because it felt some financial transactions were illegal and because Bear Mountain’s directors did not take action.

Some of those transactions, according to the report, involved at least $2.5-million that Mr. Barrie, a former NHL-player-turned-owner, used to pay for his part of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The report raised questions about more than $25.8-million paid to Mr. Barrie or companies under his control going back at least two years by the partnership that owns Bear Mountain.

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Denver Backs In: #10 On the A2Y Rivalry Depth Chart

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Part one in a series to determine the Red Wings’ greatest rival.
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Denver is the exception.  Of all the teams in the Top Ten, they’re the only team who offers exactly zero threat to the Wings, the only team that is actually getting worse from year to year.

As a genius said in our preview post yesterday, the only thing the Dive are any good at is sucking.

But because of March 26, 1997….they made the depth chart.  And in true Dive fan fashion? They got on there ass-first.

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Tanguay Talks Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Tanguay, who was in town Monday looking for houses (I guess everyone is sure he’s going to pass this physical)  also said he is “hungry” to start next season.

“I have a lot to prove, for sure,” he said. “That’s why I took this opportunity. It’s a very good opportunity for me to get back to the level I’m capable of.”

What else is on Tanguay’s mind? He took some time from house-hunting to give us some insight.

Why the Lightning? “We looked at many different options, and I looked at this team and the opportunity I’m going to be given here, it’s a good opportunity for me to help the team and help myself and get back to the level of which I want to play. ... When you look at Vinny and Marty St. Louis and Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone, and the rest of the team, I’m excited….”

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Fans Should Care About What Is Going On With The NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The fact of the matter is, not one single thing will change on the ice as a result of Kelly’s ouster, nor will anything be different between the whistles when the new man (or woman) takes over. For the next three seasons, fans won’t have to worry much about how dysfunctional and predatory the NHLPA’s head office has become. For all most fans care, the union can go on devouring its own and the game won’t be any different.

But there are a number of reasons why, as a hockey fan, you should be concerned about the putsch a small, but vocal and radical group of players pulled off in Chicago in the wee hours of Monday morning.

In firing Kelly, the players made it abundantly clear they are not pleased with the current direction of their association’s affairs. There are allegations Kelly was too media friendly, a little too cozy with those who occupy the upper reaches of the NHL and the fact that he didn’t connect as well with the players as they hoped he would.

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In case you missed it, Ian Penny has been named Interim Executive Director of the NHLPA.

added 7:50pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

One top player told ESPN.com that by the time the search committee gets around to finding a new executive director and gets up to speed, “he won’t have time to get his pencil sharpened before we’re in another lockout.”

“It’s the culture of paranoia,” added a former player and former NHLPA executive committee member. “And what sign does this send to the league? Where’s the stability at the union? It’s a year or two away from needing to negotiate a new CBA.”

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  Tags: ian+penny, paul+kelly

Malhotra Represents Columbus At NHLPA Meeting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

—Believe it or not, Manny Malhotra represented the Blue Jackets in Chicago at the NHLPA meeting on Saturday. This is strange, because Malhotra is no longer under contract with the Blue Jackets and has virtually no chance of returning to Columbus, which signed free agent Sammy Pahlsson over the summer. Still, the Blue Jackets have not congregated to elect a new representative, and, hey, Malhotra has lots of time on his hands these days. He remains unsigned, although Atlanta and Florida are believed to have been interested. Malhotra has been skating, both in Columbus and Vancouver, where his wife’s family resides.

—Talked to Michael Peca today. He’s still unsigned, too, but said he’s had inquiries from a handful of clubs, all in the Eastern Conference. Nothing is close, he said, but it could happen at anytime. He has no plans to retire, he said.

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