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Over the course of a normal week at KK, I receive about 30 requests to post something hockey related on KK.

At time I do post and at other times I point them to the KK Member Blog, where KK members can do their own post on anything hockey related.

For instance, a post about the World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships just went up. 

So you can see, you can put it to good use if you so desire.

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Youth World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships coming to Brampton, Ontario

Blog: KK Members Blog By 007devils007

On the weekend of August 28-30, 2009, youth teams will assemble to compete in the first ever Youth World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships! Teams can enter one of three divisions Under 18; Under 15; and Under 12. The entry fee is $450 per team with a minimum deposit of $200 to secure your teams spot. Deposits can be submitted at any Ball Hockey Ontario location (cash, debit, Visa and MasterCard accepted), or you can call in with your Visa or MasterCard number to confirm your entry. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games and there will be prizes for the top four teams in each division, including the coveted Champions jackets!

The World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championship, now in its 14th year, is the signature event in the Ball Hockey Ontario calendar. In recent years, the event has expanded from its initial Men’s “A” and “B” divisions to include Over 35, Women’s, and Co-Ed tournaments. Details on all divisions can be found at http://www.ballhockey.com

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Under 18 (U18) this division is open to participants born prior to 1991, and those born after August 30th in 1991. No players will be 18 years of age or older in this event.

Under 15 (U15) this division is open to participants born prior to 1994, and those born after August 30th in 1994. No players will be 15 years of age or older in this event.

Under 12 (U12) this division is open to participants born prior to 1997, and those born after August 30th in 1997. No players will be 12 years of age in this event.

For more details on entering your team, contact Tom Roberts at 905-455-6246 or via email at tomr@ballhockey.com

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Is Brad Richards A Trade Target?

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Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News responds to a Rangers/Stars trade rumor.

Are we better with Rozsival on defense and Dubinsky as the No. 2 center or are we better with Brad Richards as our No. 2 center and the current defense? They have decided, I believe, they would be better with Richards as the No. 2 center and the current defense.

Now, the Stars are on a very tight budget and would probably listen to offers that allowed them to move Richards for top prospects so that they could shed his $7.8 million salary (for the next two seasons) and possibly acquire a bigger name defenseman. But, the proposed deal with the Rangers doesn’t save them any money, so I believe they are simply looking at this as they would rather have Richards than the other players.

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Laraque Was Right

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I caught this yesterday but did not post.  However, I took Georges recommendation and watched Pay if Forward late last night.  He was right!

from MontrealCanadiens.com,

We caught up Georges Laraque and put him on the hot seat to get his take on life’s little necessities.  Here’s what the veteran Habs enforcer recommends checking out to read, watch or listen to if you’ve got a few spare hours to kill.
Movie everyone has to see:

Pay it Forward.  That’s my favorite movie of all time.

read on

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Young Hockey Players Pay $3000 To Play Shinny In France

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from CBC,

Police in southern Ontario have launched a fraud investigation after about 60 young hockey players said they paid thousands to attend a European tournament that didn’t happen.

The players, who are mostly from southern Ontario and in their late teens, paid roughly $3,000 each to travel to France to participate in the tournament.

Event organizer Ontario Central Scouting (OCS) promised dozens of professional hockey scouts would be at the tournament, said the players.

Instead, when they returned to Toronto on Tuesday, the dejected group said there was no tournament and they ended up playing a few games against each other….

OCS blamed the International Ice Hockey Federation — the organization that governs hockey around the world — saying it warned European scouts to stay away from the Canadian players because the OCS was not sanctioned by Hockey Canada.

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Oilers Looking For A Return To The Playoffs

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from Todd Kimberely at NHL.com,

The Heatley affair sullied what otherwise has been a solid offseason for the Oilers, who are trying to find their way back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after three years out.

After parting ways with veteran coach Craig MacTavish after eight seasons, Tambellini delivered a master stroke—drawing on his old Vancouver Canucks connections by bringing on board the tandem of Pat Quinn and Tom Renney as head coach and associate coach, respectively.

Between them, the duo has coached nearly 2,000 NHL games—Quinn in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto; Renney with Vancouver and the New York Rangers—and use a common approach of strategizing, teaching and demanding total commitment.

That’s seen as a perfect fit for a young Oilers group, including Sam Gagner, Robert Nilsson, Patrick O’Sullivan, Cogliano and Tom Gilbert, which took a collective step backward last season in the face of high expectations.

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Morning Line

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“I think the bad rep I got—I’m not saying it wasn’t deserved, but maybe half was true and half was blown up—I think that kind of died down a bit and gave me the opportunity to come back with a good team. I didn’t have that opportunity last year.”

-Ray Emery of the Philadelphia Flyers.  More on Emery from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun.

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Long Odds For A Fleury Comeback

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Darryl Sutter believes Theo Fleury will get a tryout if cleared by the NHL.

“You and I could get a tryout—as long as we pay for our hotel room,” deadpanned the Flames GM yesterday, suggesting a no-strings attached camp invite means little.

That said, while trying his best to remain non-judgmental, Sutter isn’t optimistic the ex-Flames star will be capable of fitting into a league that has changed dramatically since Fleury’s last season in 2003.

“You pull for him because you think a lot of him, but six years is awhile,” said Sutter, revealing Fleury approached him during the playoffs to inform him of his intent to return to the game.

“The big thing is the calibre of training is significantly different these days. It’s one thing to lose weight, but we’ve got kids setting records with their fitness test results, let alone what phenomenal athletes like Iggy (Jarome Iginla) and Reggie (Robyn Regehr) are capable of. I think it would be very difficult for an older guy to get to those levels.”

read on

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  Tags: darryl+sutter, theo+fleury

Kaberle Still A Toronto Maple Leaf

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Tomas Kaberle still hesitates when answering his phone in the Czech Republic.

But the wait and worry ends Saturday when the window on the defenceman’s no-trade contract closes, with him still expected to be a Maple Leaf.

Kaberle was relieved to hear general manager Brian Burke predict again yesterday that he’ll be in the fold when training camp opens in a month.

“I’m happy to be staying a Leaf, though there are still a few days to go,” a cautious Kaberle said yesterday in a phone interview from his hometown of Kladno.

“Everyone knew what Brian said, that if he got a good deal there would be movement with me. But I’m getting ready to go to Toronto now, working out the past few weeks with (compatriot and Canadiens forward) Tomas Plekanec and ready to fly out in a few weeks and see the guys.”

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Broadcasters Need To Walk A Fine Line

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from Drew Remenda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

Every once in a while we come under fire for our work. That comes with the job. Every one of us has been called on the carpet by our superiors for transgressions on the air. In those situations it’s usually because we were harsh and negative about the Sharks. We have never been told what to say but we are reminded that we have to strike a balance between journalistic objectivity and positive exuberance for all things teal. We are reminded we are not journalists. To be smart and don’t insult the intelligence of the fans but at the end of the day the people should know who you work for. The problem with that philosophy is that it’s hard to cover the parade when you are marching in the band.

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