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Catching Up With Gary Thorne

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Bangor Daily News,

It’s only the second time in the last 21 years that Gary Thorne has faced the prospect of going through an entire winter and spring without calling any NHL action.
His life as a professional broadcaster is no less hectic, but things have been unsettling for the Old Town native the last three months.
“I’ve got plenty of work to stay busy, but with something you were close to, it feels like there’s something missing,” said the 58-year-old Thorne. “When you’re around it for that long a period and that much out of each year, you have a personal stake in it. It’s a hole and it’s something you wish you could fill.”

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We Don’t Need That Kind Of Team In Our Lives

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

60 degrees in your nation's capitol (capital) this morning. All meteorological indications point to a sunny, joy-filled weekend. I'm rested after a long week, energized and all is right with the world. That is if you can forget giving up a three-goal lead, allowing six power play goals, nine goals overall, leaving your goalie in for eight of them, and sprinting to the penalty box like it was a phone booth with free porn and you were a Pred fan. The only saving grace many of us can claim is that we didn't stay up to watch the carnage. Me? I learned of it driving to work. The display on my Sirius radio tuner flashed "Detroit 4, San Jose 9" and I thought it most certainly was a typo. Some drunken shift worker hit the "9" instead of the "0". Nope. Got to work, opened up the Freep's flashy new website, hunted and pecked to find the Wing coverage buried two-third of the way down the page (the print equivalent of placement adjacent to the classifieds) and threw up in my mouth a little bit.

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Patrik Stefan’s Really Bad Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The closing few seconds of the Dallas v Edmonton game Thursday night, and a very embarrassing moment for 1999’s first overall draft pick, Patrik Stefan. Said Dallas Stars defenceman Darryl Sydor afterwards:

“That was bizarre.  Seconds left with an empty net and then it’s down in our end and tie game. I’ve never seen any thing like that and you probably won’t see anything like that again for a long time.”

 

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Blues Tie NHL Record

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via SLAM,

Goalie Manny Legace likes the way the St. Louis Blues have started games lately.
Lee Stempniak and Dennis Wideman scored goals to lead the Blues to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
St. Louis has not given up a goal in the first period since Andy Murray became coach 12 games ago. The streak matches the NHL record which was set in 1974 by the Los Angeles Kings. The Blues ended the Kings streak that season by scoring a first period goal in the 13th game.

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Fight Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hockey Fights has a nice mix of the three fights from the December 30th game involving the Caps and Rangers.
Featured bouts were:
Brashear/Orr
Brashear/Shanahan
Morisonn/Orr

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Safer Dasher Boards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We normally don’t read about some of the products that help make the game safer…

Bone rattling board collisions are an inevitable part of life in the National Hockey League. This season, however, more NHL players will skate away without serious injuries thanks to a new product from Intek Plastics, a custom plastic extruder, and Athletica, a rink systems provider.
SoftCap is a flexible extruded plastic cover that sits on top of rink dasher boards. Its design uses hollow channels to absorb impact 96% better than the material previously used, according to NHL testing. The league expects SoftCap will reduce head, chin, elbow and other injuries and has approved the product for all team arenas. The New York Islanders was the first team to install the product and several more orders have followed.

more at Intek... kind of technical…

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Bell Pleads Not Guilty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Mercury News,

Sharks forward Mark Bell on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to felony hit-and-run charges stemming from a Sept. 4 crash in which prosecutors allege he was drunk behind the wheel of a car that rammed into a pickup truck at a Milpitas stop sign.

thanks to a KK reader for the heads-up.

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Johnson Staying At Michigan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Leksand, Sweden — United States defenceman Jack Johnson is not leaving the University of Michigan to join the Los Angeles Kings.
There was a buzz at the 2007 world junior championship yesterday that Johnson, the third overall selection of the 2005 National Hockey League entry draft, had already packed his bags and was primed to make his debut with the Kings next week.
But Johnson’s father, Jack Johnson Sr., said Thursday night that the rumour was fictitious.
“He committed to [Michigan coach] Red Berenson for the entire season,” Johnson Sr. said. “He’s going back to school.”

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Top 10

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Chen at Fox Sports,

From the Home Office (as in my home office where my fax machine and filing cabinet are, along with my two-foot tall Wayne Gretzky MacFarlane figure) in Palo Alto, Calif., here are the top 10 NHL lessons learned in 2006:
10. JR is Employee of the Month: When Jeremy Roenick says he has rededicated himself to the game of hockey, he means it. That is, if rededicating himself means finding the best place in Vancouver to have a beer and eat dinner while your teammates are working hard doing, you know, what they’re getting paid to do.

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Hedican Out 3-6 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Bret Hedican will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left ring finger on Friday. Hedican is expected to miss three to four weeks of action following the surgery.
The 36-year-old leads all Carolina defencemen this season, averaging 20:53 of ice time per game and ranks third on the team with 61 blocked shots.

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