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Man Meets Stanley And A Lot Of Fish

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from the Citizen,

Phil Graham never anticipated he'd get a chance to hold Lord Stanley's Cup - the oldest trophy in professional sports and championship prize of the National Hockey League. But three times? Graham, who grew up in Ithaca and now lives in Skaneateles, is the manager of Lynah Rink at Cornell University. He is now in his 26th year with the school. But the job isn't always so glamorous. Sometimes, his work just plain stinks. “The worst game of the year is Harvard. They throw fish on the ice,” Graham said. “I have to get out there and pick it up.” That wouldn't be so bad if it were just a handful of fish, but the Big Red don't do anything in small doses. “I'd say you end up with about 1,500 pounds of fish on the ice every Harvard game,” he said.
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Two Teams- Worlds Apart

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Watching the Washington Capitals' dynamic Alexander Ovechkin play with such style and panache makes you wonder if the Pittsburgh Penguins didn't do all the wrong things after they landed Sidney Crosby as the No. 1 choice in last summer's NHL entry draft.
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Best Friends Off The Ice

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from College Sports,

There's an old saying in hockey, "There are no friends on the ice." Four pairs of best friends will offer proof every time Michigan and Michigan State hit the ice this season in one of the most heated rivalries in college hockey.
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The Most Important Person On The Team

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from WBIR,

You could argue the goalie or the head coach is the most important part of a hockey team. Ask any member of the Columbia (South Carolina) Inferno they'll tell you something different. "Everyone knows it's obviously the dentist, we depend on him for clean and healthy teeth," says Jay Legault, the Inferno's center. "It's just a main factor for our team succeeding this year."
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Calder Winner

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Even the Penguin agrees...

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Corvo Has Been Down Many Roads

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from the Telegram,

Something was going to happen. A defining event was on the horizon. In a bar, on the street, wherever. It might have been worse than what took place — a scary thought, that — or it might not have been as bad. Point is, there’s no knowing what outlet Joe Corvo’s downward spiral might have found. But it was coming. “Something would’ve happened,” Corvo repeats. “I just think, the road I was on, it was not the right road.”
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Luongo Clarifies His Contract Stance

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from the Sun-Sentinel,

"My main goal is to stay here, I don't want to leave," Luongo said. "I don't want people to get that impression, because that's what I've been getting the last few days. "The organization is going in the right direction. The only thing I was saying is, for me, there's no rush to sign right now. I just want to make sure everybody understands that, that Florida is my No. 1 priority."

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Samsonov Upset With Illegal Stick Call

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from the Boston Globe,

It was uncharacteristic when Samsonov barked at the Anaheim bench midway through the third period yesterday after he was called for an illegal stick. ''I think it's a pretty gutless call with 10 minutes to go in the game," said Samsonov, who scored a goal with the stick at 15:35 of the first period. ''He calls that with it being five on four. He got what he deserved; they got another loss, so I'm pretty happy about that. ''It's the first time in eight years I've gotten called. You don't see that getting called very much. It's stupid really. I'm sure half the team on the other side has illegal sticks. ''I'm glad we gave them a loss in overtime. If he just wants to single me out, that's fine, but I think he got what he deserved."

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Can The Wings Goalies Win The Cup

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from the Detroit News,

You know where this is headed: "Is the Wings goaltending good enough to carry them to the Stanley Cup?" "Right now, I don't think it's a major worry," said Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated's national hockey writer, of the Wings goaltending. "These guys have a portfolio. Is either one of them among the top five goalies in the league? Probably not. But they've shown they can get the job done."
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It Is All About The Money- Even In Russia

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from Russia Profile,

For many years, sports in Russia was primarily associated with the word “patriotism.” Now the word you most often hear in conversations about sports is money. Many Russian athletes have found it difficult to adapt to this new reality. The commercialization of sports has been a worldwide phenomenon over the last few decades but, in Russia, it coincided with the period of market reforms that completely changed the economic situation. ...“Many Russian clubs can offer them salaries of hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Igor Shabdurasulov, the chairman of Moscow’s Spartak Hockey Club. “When you take into account Russia’s [13-percent flat] income tax rates, at the end of the day they can take home more money than in the NHL.”
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