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Careful With That Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via the Globe & Mail:

The Stanley Cup is okay after taking a tumble during the Red Wings’ celebrations in Detroit.

NHL spokeswoman Bernadette Mansur says Saturday the Cup got a “slight dent” Friday after some players took the trophy to Cheli’s Chili Bar, a downtown restaurant owned by Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios.

Mansur says a keeper of the Cup traveling with the trophy was able to smooth out the dent.

Update 2:18pm ET: A further comment from CBC.ca,

Over its history, the cup has been subjected to a number of indignities. There are actually three of them — the original bowl, the “presentation model” and the “replica” version that is used at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto when the presentation model is out partying.

The cup has been accidentally left on a street corner, pooped in by an excited infant, used as a doggie bowl by two players’ canines and dropped numerous times.

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Happy For Drake

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Once upon a time, the Blues and Red Wings had a pretty spirited rivalry.

Once upon a time, St. Louis possessed a more consistently competitive team than Detroit did.

More recently, though, the Red Wings have operated a juggernaut while the Blues struggled through an ownership change and the first prolonged funk in franchise history. While the Red Wings added more banners to the Joe Louis Arena rafters, the Blues started over from scratch.

It hasn’t been a happy time for local hockey fans. Watching Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Co. hoist the Cup, again, had to be galling for those who bleed Blues

But you had to be happy for former Blues captain Dallas Drake, right?

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Fantastic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press,

The team estimated 1.4 million fans came downtown for the event, while the Detroit Police Department simply sized up the crowd at more than a million. Fans started gathering on Woodward Avenue early in the morning, with lines extending north of the I-75 bridge. The parade ended with thousands spilling into Hart Plaza for a 1:15 p.m. rally that lasted a half-hour.

The human mass stood seven or eight deep in most spots, with not a chunk of sidewalk to be seen along the route. Fans young and old flooded the avenue’s sidewalks with red and white.

They came from across Michigan, Ontario and the surrounding states, skipping work, missing school and just spending a day thanking their heroes for the enjoyment of the past season, and the two-month playoff run, in particular.

read on and the title of this post happened to be Babcock’s favorite word of the day!

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Hockey Withdrawal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

It is over now. The Detroit Red Wings finished off the Pittsburgh Penguins and, three days later, there is that hollow feeling in the pit of the stomach. The next game isn’t until October, and even the draft can’t cover the expansive void. Scouts don’t check one another.

There is a particular letdown this spring because the final was so compelling. It’s tough get off the couch and clean the garage when all you want is more damn-the-torpedoes hockey.

“Having gone through deep runs a few times before, what happens is that by the end there is nothing left,” Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. “What impressed me this year was the level of play (in the finals). Both teams got through the first three rounds relatively rested, and relatively healthy. And it was a real good final.”

read on

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Hossa Looks For A Cup Contender

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Marian Hossa said for the first time Friday that he will entertain the idea of taking less money to play for a Stanley Cup contender, and believes the Penguins fit the bill as a great team….

“If I wanted to make a couple more dollars, I would probably just re-sign with Atlanta,” said Hossa, whose 12 goals and 26 points in the playoffs were exactly what the Penguins were seeking when they acquired him from the Thrashers on Feb. 26. “But I’m glad Pittsburgh got me here. This was a fun journey for myself, and a great experience. I hope I can stick with a great team like this. ...

read on

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Keep Your Enemies Closer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Late, breaking news into the A2Y news room.  Our interns on loan from Saginaw’s Delta College have been conducting exhaustive research all day.  The kind of research that must have been required to compile an in depth power point book report on the 2003 draft? 

Of course not. But good damn research anyway.

Here’s what they found.  There are bloggers out there who don’t like you.  Do I mean the Wings? No. I mean you.  Personally.

Continue Reading »

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Miss The Parade?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

About fifty thousand others didn’t, and each of them had a video camera, and they all ran home to load it on You Tube.

For who?  You, that’s who.  Because Al Gore wanted it that way.

Remarks from Uncle Mike and players below.

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Keep ‘Em Coming

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You guys rule.  Images from the parade have been filtering in all day.  I’ll post a collection of your stuff sometime tomorrow.

In the meantime, check out this classic sent in by Jenn.

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Burke Will Lead Team USA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Anaheim Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke was named the General Manager of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team today by USA Hockey. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games are scheduled to take place from February 12-28, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“I’m very grateful and honored to be part of the U.S. Olympic Team,” said Burke, whose previous international experience includes serving as General Manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 1993 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship in Munich and Dortmund, Germany. “We hope to put a team together for 2010 that Americans can be proud of.”

“We could not be more pleased than to have Brian as our General Manager,” said Ron DeGregorio, President of USA Hockey. “His record of accomplishment speaks for itself. Brian’s drive and fire for the game rub off on you and it’s that type of passion that will help lead us to our ultimate goal of winning the gold medal.”

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Jeez, Ted…That’s Deep

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s been a while since I brought you the literary brilliance of one Teddy Toolbag Montgomery.  Today, I must.  It takes a gutsy part-time community college teacher/part-time hockey genius to make this kind of observation.

It seems clear now that there is far more interest in a series which features two teams that have obvious star attractions in cities where hockey is quite a bit more than just a curio for the locals to ponder.

Brilliant.

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