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Trevor Daley Wants To Open More Doors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Star-Telegram,

“I’m in a position now where I can help,” Daley said. “Today that’s the biggest thing, resources and money…. If I could help one kid, I could help 10,000 kids.”
Economics might be the biggest obstacle to many would-be black hockey players. But racism still exists in hockey, though it’s nowhere near as vicious as it was in O’Ree’s time.
Daley, 23, said he heard far more racial taunts as a youngster than he did as he moved up the ranks to the NHL, where he says he has never had a problem.

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The Voice On The Ice

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from the News-Democrat,

Tom Calhoun felt the same goosebumps as the fans on the night Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky made his St. Louis Blues debut in 1996.
Calhoun had a rinkside seat when Paul Cavallini lost the tip of his finger at the old St. Louis Arena and once tried—very briefly—to keep Detroit’s Bob Probert from climbing out of the penalty into the stands during a brawl.
Calhoun recently celebrated his 20th anniversary as the public-address voice of the Blues, a streak made even more remarkable when considering the 56-year-old Millstadt resident has not missed a game.

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Early Games Today

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A few games have early start times today.  I would imagine the arenas will be filled with kids, many who are off from school, celebrating Martin Luther King Day in the USA.

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Deal With It

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So here’s the crux of it - if Renney is so concerned scratching Kasparaitis will create a negative-energy matter within the team, the Rangers should deal with the issue before it actually becomes one. If Renney doesn’t believe Kasparaitis can be a productive seventh defenseman, the Rangers should waive him immediately and either promote Bryce Lampman to fill the spot, or, for that matter, even consider restoring Sandis Ozolinsh to active duty after his, uh, knee discomfort abates.

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All-Star Dad

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from the Dallas News:

Philippe Boucher brought an All-Star Game jersey to his dad this weekend and hung it in his hospital room in Quebec.
Jean-Claude Boucher is dying of pancreatic cancer, and Philippe said earlier in the week that he wasn’t sure he would be able to participate in the 55th NHL All-Star Game because of his dad’s condition – that he might want to use the time off to be with his family. But when the NHL announced Boucher as a member of the Western Conference All-Stars on Saturday for the Jan. 24 game at American Airlines Center, the Stars defenseman said there was no decision to make.
“My dad said I was going to play, that it was a big honor,” Boucher said. “So I am going to play.”

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Not Bad For A Newfie

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Mercury News:

Despite the 4 1/2-hour time difference from California, [Sharks rookie Ryane] Clowe said many fans from his home province sacrifice sleep to catch the Sharks on the satellite dish.
``You’d be surprised how many stay up late,’’ he said.
Actually, considering how rare it is for a Newfoundland native to reach the NHL, it isn’t all that shocking. Clowe, Dan Cleary of Detroit and Michael Ryder of Montreal are the only Newfoundlanders skating in the NHL today.
``I’ve got a lot of pride about that because I know how much support I’ve gotten and how much hockey means back home,’’ said Clowe, a sixth-round draft pick of the Sharks in 2001. ``They love hockey and they love to see guys go away and do well. There’s no jealousy.

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Todd vs. McGuire

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette:

Yes, it was TSN’s Pierre McGuire who phoned me early this season to say - and this is a direct quote - “Jack, Sheldon Souray can’t play in the National Hockey League. “
I didn’t phone McGuire on that occasion, I didn’t ask him about Souray. He phoned me, he offered the opinion on his own. I didn’t name him when I wrote about Souray making the all-star team because I thought it was kind of funny that the guy who considers himself the world’s biggest expert on the NHL could be so wrong.

But when McGuire goes on the air and denies he said it and then says the Gazette has a problem - well, I have a problem with that. It’s one thing to be wrong, but lying is something else - and calling me a liar is something else again.

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Cup Champs Vs. Euro Cup Champs?

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from the New York Times:

HPK Hameenlinna of Finland and Ak Bars Kazan of Russia will play in the European Champions Cup final today in St. Petersburg, Russia. The tournament, staged by the International Ice Hockey Federation, pits the champions of the six top leagues in Europe against one another.

René Fasel, the federation president, was asked last week if he could envision a day when the N.H.L.’s regular-season or Stanley Cup champion might take part in a world club championship tournament.
“That will happen, sooner or later,” he wrote in an e-mail message. “It will happen because this is the natural thing to happen, a best-on-best on a club level. We have discussed it for many years with the N.H.L., and we are trying to find a solution.”

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Current Events

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yeah, yeah, yeah...I've been delinquent. But I have excuses. In the last five days I've been back in Bubba territory, Diveland and finally into the Canes backyard...all last week. And, no, I didn't see any hockey. I'll be back with regular posting tomorrow around mid-day. In the meantime, a little reaction from yours truly on a couple of deep diggers who did a little writing over the weekend. First, stand by for Helene St. James. Not since Khan(!)'s "deal for Luongo" manifesto of last Spring has a deep digger gone out on a limb and actually graced us with an opinion. Well, here we go.

Barring any disastrous injuries, by the Feb. 27 deadline the Wings will have more than enough cap room to acquire the roughly $2 million that'd be left on Forsberg's contract. It has been a frustrating season for him because of all the problems with finding a boot to fit his surgically repaired right ankle, but at long last he appears to have rebounded. When he plays, he is still one of the top five forwards in the game, and better than any forward on Detroit's team. If he doesn't have any setbacks over the coming month, he'd be an amazing acquisition.
Ahhhh....I welcome your thoughts. Me? A healthy Forsberg? A 3/4 Forsberg? Ok, but not if it means giving up the Pavel Datsyuk we've seen the last two weeks. Delma may have just bought himself one more playoff to prove himself. Has he ever played better? If I had to choose today, which I don't, I'd say bring Floppa to town, but only if it means we don't give up much in return. If it's a salary dump for Philly and we can afford it, do it. But give up nothing of value. I see Hank has been added to the all-star roster. Nifty. Hasek's been snubbed? Even better. One less game, one less chance for injury. Nonetheless, the decision to leave him off was ridiculous.
“I’m a little disappointed,” Hasek said in between lifting weights in the Red Wings' dressing room. “I thought I was going to be there.” Hasek owns a league-leading 2.03 goals-against average. Kiprusoff's average, meanwhile, is 2.32. Hasek is 23-7-3, while Kiprusoff was 21-14-3 heading into his game against Edmonton Saturday. Both goaltenders have five shutouts.
Not much today. Back tomorrow with much more. Thanks for your continued patronage and patience. Signed/Management

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The Post Man Always Rings Twice

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from NHL.com’s Evan Weiner:

“That was more for superstition,” said Roy explaining why he was carrying on conversations with iron piping. “I was really a superstitious person. So when I turning and facing the net, I was feeling like the net was getting smaller. That was good for my confidence. I think every goalie needs something special to make his confidence bigger and that’s mine.”
So Roy found this particular teammate, albeit a piece of cold metal, a settling influence and he would strike up a conversation during a game.
“I treat them more like a friend, when a shot hits a post, I say good job and stuff like that or it’s a good job my friend, it’s a good save,” Roy said.

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