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Broken Neck Sidelines Boyd Devereaux

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at the Globe and Mail,

Former NHLer Boyd Devereaux will have a lot to think about in the weeks ahead as he recuperates from a terrifying broken neck.

Competing at the Spengler Cup in Switzerland through the holidays, Devereaux and the rest of the Canadian team were off to a roaring start.

The Kitchener, Ont., resident and former Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs centre was being double-shifted by Craig MacTavish when he entered the offensive zone and attempted to collect a loose puck in a Dec. 28 game against host-team Davos.

That’s when Davos blue-liner Beat Forster caught Devereaux with his head down.

Devereaux crumpled to the ice, but was helped to his feet and assisted to the bench. He soon noticed a tingling sensation in his arms.

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USA Hockey Is Do Or Die

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Team USA with a victory chant after winning the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Below watch extended highlights of the Gold Medal game…

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Gold For Team USA In WJC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Great game that went to OT.

Winning goal scored by John Carlson.

added 10:48pm, from TSN,

A furious comeback was all for naught as John Carlson has scored in overtime to give Team USA a 6-5 victory in the Gold medal game at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship over Canada.

The victory gives the Americans only their second Gold medal in tournament history and snaps Canada’s streak of five straight Gold medals.

It appeared as though all the momentum was on the Canadians side after Jordan Eberle scored twice with less than three minutes remaining to force the extra frame, however Carlson beat Marin Jones high for his second of the game.

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Just About Everyone Was Wrong About The Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We are at the midway point of the season, and I figured it was time to look back at the worst prediction I made in September by far: that the Colorado Avalanche would finish last in the Western Conference.

Of course, I wasn’t alone in the media to make that assertion; it was a widespread feeling. But it doesn’t get me off the hook. So, when Avs coach Joe Sacco gave me a call this week, he broke into a hearty laugh when I told him how much crow he’s making a lot of us hockey scribes eat these days.

It was the kind of laugh that makes you feel like Sacco is enjoying beating down the dire preseason predictions. Last place? Ha! Try 24-13-6 heading into Wednesday night’s home game against the New York Islanders, and battling for first place in the Northwest Division and third place in the West.

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Behind Those Soft Eyes So Innocent And Blue? Pure Evil And A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s unfortunate that Bullet Bob Seger had to learn the hard way about California women.  Unfortunate for him and great for us because it’s pretty clear the way he got crushed on the west coast led to some awesome tunes. 

We’re going to avenge him, though.  We’re going to avenge him by assuming that the granddaughter of the skank who ditched Seger on that morning he woke up alone is a Poultry fan.

And we’d like to invite her to watch a little ditty shot on a warm evening in Detroit, the last few minutes of the last meaningful game played between Anaheim and the Wings.

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AHL All Star Game

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Over the Christmas break, the AHL announced their All Star rosters.  The game is played between Team Canada and Planet USA (a team consisting of players from all countries in the world except Canada).  The game will be played on January 19th in Portland, Maine and is a great showcase of potential future NHL players.  I think that the AHL made a marketing error by releasing team rosters when many people were celebrating Christmas and New Year’s.

At any rate, here are the AHL All Star rosters:

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Captain Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin took the ice for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens wearing the captain’s ‘C’ on his sweater, introducing him to the Verizon Center fans as the 14th captain in club history. Vice president and general manager George McPhee and head coach Bruce Boudreau made the selection and Boudreau informed his team of the decision this morning.

Ovechkin, 24, is the first European-born captain in Capitals history and the second-youngest captain in team history (Ryan Walter was 21 when he captained the 1979-80 team). The Moscow native is the sixth Russian-born player to be an NHL captain and joins Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk as the only active Russians to captain their teams (Pavel Bure, Alexander Mogilny, Alexei Yashin and Alexei Zhamnov are the previous ones). Ovechkin, who has been one of Washington’s alternate captains since his second season in the league, succeeds Chris Clark as Capitals’ captain following Clark’s trade to Columbus last week.

Alex Ovechkin … What Others Are Saying

 

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Oilers Behavior Questioned

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Look—we’ve all been part of a bad bill before. And, yes, NHL players can become targets in a situation like this one.

But the end result was 20 millionaires didn’t suck it up. Men who get more stuff for free in a year than anyone reading this column does in a lifetime, refused on principle to come up with less than $1,000 apiece for them and their spouse/girlfriend on New Year’s Eve. Instead, they created an incident that stained a once proud organization’s reputation from coast to coast.

Another dent in a train wreck of a season—in Calgary, no less. Like the story of the Oilers dine-and-dash wouldn’t have legs in that city? Sheesh.

Within days, team owner Daryl Katz had canceled a planned golf trip to Palm Springs for the players and their wives. The Oilers say the two incidents had nothing to do with each other, but we can only hope that isn’t true.

Now, the players will stay in minus-20 Edmonton for a mini-training camp instead of teeing it up in the sunshine. And their wives will sip Tim Horton’s coffee instead of Cosmopolitans by the pool.

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Chelios Picks Up DUI

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chicago Breaking Sports News,

Former Blackhawks star Chris Chelios was arrested early Dec. 28 and charged with speeding and driving under the influence, Westmont police said.

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West Is Best

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that the Western Conference is a better brand of hockey. Look at Canada’s Olympic team: 16 of the 23 players are from the West. Or is that because the whole management team is from Western Conference teams; Yzerman and Holland from Detroit, Armstrong from St. Louis, Lowe from Edmonton. But then again Brian Burke’s America has 12 players from the West. (Hey, isn’t that where Burke really cut his teeth as a manager?) The true measure of the balance will be in the final points standings. It could take something in the mid- to upper-90s to get a playoff spot in the West, while it might be only mid-80s in East.

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