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A Quick Thanks

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Thanks to everyone for purchasing an Olympic hockey jersey and clothing through my affiliates. Over 70 jerseys have been bought in the the last week and numerous USA apparel pieces have been purchased too. This helps me out and is much appreciated. Also, thanks for the emails and comments about my health yesterday. I am feeling a little better today, at least I can keep my eyes open.

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Changes Coming For Women’s Hockey

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from the CP via TSN,

Changes to eliminate lopsided scores are coming to women's Olympic hockey, according to the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Rene Fasel said Friday the IIHF may tighten qualifying standards and perhaps even make the host country qualify in order to keep weak teams out of the Games.
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A Special Time

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from the Winnipeg Sun,

Antonio Luongo is back in the country of his birth, in the north instead of the south of Italy, watching his son Roberto play goal for Canada at the Winter Olympics. It is, in the words of the terrific netminder, "a special time for us, a special time for my family." These are his roots. His father was born in Naples. His mother's family is all Italian born. He is the only Team Canada player fluent in French, English and Italian. "I'm having a great time here," said Luongo, who faced all of 12 shots in what might be his only start at the Games.
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Russia Is A Team

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It's early, to be sure, just two games into the five-game round robin. But the Russian win over the Swedes, who started the tournament with a 7-2 handling of Kazakhstan, was illuminating on a number of fronts. It provided the first indication that there is a difference from previous Russian teams, which were marked as much by in-fighting, defections and internal politicking as they were for their considerable talent. "I think right now it's coming back. Any tournament we play, you know guys are concentrating more on winning and bringing back good hockey to the Russian people," Kasparaitis said.
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Praise The NHL

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from Terry Frei of ESPN,

Emphasize what an amazing phenomenon it is that players from around the globe -- Russians, Czechs, Swedes, Finns -- understand the magic of the Stanley Cup and seem to get just as intoxicated in its presence as a guy from Swift Current, Fort McMurray or St. Paul. Continue to take the world view. Brag about it. Celebrate it. Don't apologize for it, to anyone. Play not just to the current NHL constituency, but try to join a new wave of intelligent, world-view fans who might be disgusted with the "me-first, don't-get-respect" attitudes in other sports, even those with some international flavor on their rosters.
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Hasek Out, Elias Hurting

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from the AP via NHL.com, Czech Republic star goalie Dominik Hasek is out of the Olympics because of an injury that happened minutes into his first game in Turin. ...Elias bruised his ribs on a check from a Swiss player, and his status for Saturday's game against Finland (2-0) is uncertain. update 8:24am, from Reuters,

Zbynek Kusy, general manager of the Czech ice hockey team, added on Friday that forward Patrik Elias was also leaving the Games after suffering an upper body injury from a crosscheck during the Czech's opening game against Germany.

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Different Game

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from the Globe and Mail,

But it is also a different game -- and only two days into this 2006 Olympic tournament, that realization is beginning to set in. The difference is open ice -- some Finns, in fact, are convinced this Olympic rink is physically bigger -- with a new sense of unoccupied territory that can be directly connected to the new rules. The hooking, the clutching and grabbing, and the interference that have been the norm in European and North American hockey have been dramatically reduced,...
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Prepare For The Trade Deadline

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from TSN,

Get yourself prepped for what promises to be an interesting stretch run to deadline day with the latest trade buzz - compiled from media reports and rumours - around the NHL's 30 teams.
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Forsberg To Skate Tomorrow

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from the AP via NHL.com, Sweden star Peter Forsberg will test his strained left groin in practice Friday and expects to learn if he can play in the Olympics. Forsberg sat out Sweden's first two Olympic games and the Philadelphia Flyers' final eight games before the break because of the injury, but Sweden coach Bengt Ake Gustafsson said he is getting better.

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Sorry for The Delay

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This morning I woke up very early to start my day of posting. But as you know, my hosting service was having some issues that now appear to be cleared up. Unfortunately, I have been hit with need to sleep and sleep. Not sure what is wrong, but I feel terrible. Will keep you posted.

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