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“I would have flown around the globe to be there last night.  I was extremely disappointed to have been excluded.”

-Brian Burke speaking about the Trevor Linden ceremony last night.  A little more at the Vancouver Sun.

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Gary Roberts Ready To Retire At End Of This Season

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from Lightning Strikes,

The most interesting thing to come out of the Thursday’s morning skate (well, the morning meeting, there wasn’t really a skate) is that left wing Gary Roberts will retire after this season….

“I don’t think there’s any doubt, I’m gone after this season,” Roberts said. “I’m going to retire. I’d like to finish on a god note. I’d like to come back and prove I can play and hopefully stay healthy enough to finish the season and finish playing a stretch of games and at least have some success. I’d like to finish on a high note.”

read on

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Komisarek Returns Tonight

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from MontrealCanadiens.com,

Itching to return from the moment he went on the shelf, Mike Komisarek will be on the ice tonight when the Habs host the Flyers.

A spectator and part-time coach since suffering a shoulder injury on Nov. 13, Komisarek missed 16 games while recovering.  His teammates went 7-6-3 during that stretch and are currently on a three-game slide.

“The doctors liked what they saw,” he said. “They put their stamp of approval on my file.  I’m good to go tonight.”

continued

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Kings Make Roster Moves

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have re-assigned forward Oscar Moller to the Swedish Junior National Team for participation in the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships—which will be held Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ottawa—and have recalled forward Trevor Lewis from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

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The Best Shootout Goals

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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

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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.”

more

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Build It And They Will Come

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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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Making the World Better Through Hockey

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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.

 

Continue Reading »

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

A ‘Christmas’ Story

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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.”

continued

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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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