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Giving Up The Fight Gave Myhres Perspective

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal:

Brantt Myhres never did keep a log of his many fights.
But going back to his wild junior days, the former NHLer figures he dropped his gloves about 300 times before former Edmonton Oilers enforcer Georges Laraque ended his career with a smashing left hand in a 2005 pre-season game at the Saddledome in Calgary.

Laraque sought out Myhres, who was trying to audition for the Calgary Flames’ enforcer job. But that TKO from big Georges came in a matter of seconds. Myhres needed surgery to repair the crushed bones around his left eye socket.
“They had to put in a mesh plate to hold the eye in place. They put in mesh rather than titanium, so I could fight again but I didn’t want to do it anymore,” he said.

much more in Matheson’s “Hockey World”...

 

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Update On Shanahan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via TSN,

Rangers coach Tom Renney said Sunday there didn’t appear to be any neurological damage. Shanahan left the hospital after a morning examination.
“He saw the neurologist and they are pleasantly surprised with where he is today,” Renney said before the Rangers faced the Chicago Blackhawks. “It’s not like he can play hockey in the next little while, but they’re optimistic with where it sits this morning.”

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How Cool Is This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Guy gets a surprise visitor at his bachelor’s party.

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Report- Oilers Trade Bergeron

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sportsnet reporting Edmonton trades Marc-Ander Bergeron to the Islanders for Denis Grebeshkov.
No link yet.

added 12:09pm, via Sportsnet,

Oilers have traded defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron to the New York Islanders for Russian prospect defenceman Denis Grebeshkov.
The 23-year old Grebeshkov was the Islanders’ 18th overall pick in the 2002 entry draft. He currently plays for Lokomotiv of the Russian Super League.

added 12:15pm, from the NYI,

“This trade addresses our need for a quality offensive defenseman to improve our power play,” said Islanders general manager Garth Snow. “Marc-Andre is an excellent point man, a very good skater and a solid competitor. We like the fact that, at 26, he’s just entering his prime. With Bergeron, Bruno Gervais and Chris Campoli, we now have three young defensemen who can really move the puck.”

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KK- Guess The Attendance Winner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Congrats to KK member millsz for winning the latest KK Challenge.  Others had the correct answer (17,113) so a random drawing was held to pick the winner.
Better luck next time to everyone who participated and look forward to another game in the near future.
millsz, I will be contacting you today with the details.

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Wayne Not Happy- Gordie Could Have Scored

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the East Valley Tribune,

Gretzky, who said the callups would not come today, singled out forward Shane Doan, defenseman Keith Ballard and goalie Mikael Tellqvist as those who played the proper way and didn’t object when it was suggested that it looked like some of his players quit during the game.
“Other than a few guys, we didn’t play hard the first two periods,” Gretzky said. “I don’t care who’s on the other side. Gordie Howe in a Red Wings uniform at the age of 72 might have got a goal in the first two periods against us. It was a pretty bad effort.”

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Bertuzzi Not Right

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Sun-Sentinel,

Recovering from back surgery, right wing Todd Bertuzzi skated in the morning practice Saturday, but does not know when he will return to game action. “I just don’t feel like myself,” said Bertuzzi, out since mid-October.

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NHL On NBC- Sunday, February 18th

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

note:  moved to top of page, originally posted on 2/17/07 at 6pm.

from KK Member SteveNJ

3:00 PM
NBCSports.com
The NHL On NBC Countdown to Faceoff
Host: Bill Clement
Analysts: Ray Ferraro and Brett Hull

3:30 PM
The NHL On NBC
Game of the Week
Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
AVAILABLE IN HD
Play By Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire
Will air in the following U.S. NHL Markets, and in a total of 59.2% of the United States: Pittsburgh, Washington, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Boston, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Carolina, Florida, Detroit, Columbus, Nashville, Colorado, Minnesota, Phoenix.

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Too Many Hangings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kamloops This Week,

There was a time when having a jersey number retired was seen as the greatest honour a team could bestow upon a player and, in normal circumstances, that player would be regarded as one of the greats in history, not only with the franchise but also within the league.
It’s always important to recognize heroes and their achievements but to glorify them into god-like stature is a bit much from where I sit.
Case in point was the Mike Vernon soiree in Calgary this week. It took one hour to salute a hometown hero who played his minor, junior and pro hockey in the foothills city in a career highlighted by the deliverance of the 1989 Stanley Cup.

continued

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Something Special About The Pens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

It isn’t just in Pittsburgh that fans are getting caught up in the Penguins’ improbable vault from second-to-last place in 2005-06 to fourth place in the Eastern Conference this season.
“There’s a Penguins craze building like a big wave, and it’s not only in Pittsburgh but everywhere else,” national broadcaster Bill Clement said yesterday. “It’s to the point where almost every person I speak to says they love to watch the Penguins more than any other team. You can tell there’s something special when hockey people want to watch the Penguins all the time.”

read on

thanks to a KK reader for the tip…

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