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Hitchcock & “The Boss”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Kimelman at NHL.com,

Hitchcock did catch a Springsteen show at the United Center in Chicago on Oct. 22, so he was able to scratch that itch, but it was a chance meeting a few years ago in Philadelphia that turned Hitchcock into a fan of the New Jersey-born singer-songwriter.

Thanks to a friendship between Flyers equipment manager Anthony “Rock” Oratorio and a guitar technician who was part of Springsteen’s tour group, Hitchcock was able to attend a Springsteen sound check the day of a show at Lincoln Financial Field.

read on

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets

David Aebischer Down to the AHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Gintonio at The Arizona Republic,

Coyotes goaltender David Aebischer cleared waivers Wednesday and will report to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, joining the team in Chicago. [...]

Coach Wayne Gretzky said that with defenseman Zbynek Michalek returning from the injured list, room was needed on the roster.

Phoenix entered the season with a goalie trio that also included Mikael Tellqvist and Alex Auld, another free agent.

“The worst thing , the first three weeks of the season for us, we haven’t had a lot of games,” Gretzky said. “So Aebischer in a lot of ways probably had a right to feel he didn’t get a really good chance. But we just haven’t had enough games to give him that chance.”

continued…

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  Tags: david+aebischer, goalies, phoenix+coyotes

Painful Moment in Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Dallas Stars commercial below features the one-and-only Daryl Reaugh.

*youtube video online here

 

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  Tags: dallas+stars, daryl+reaugh, marketing

Using Hockey As A Teaching Tool

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Nipawin Journal,

This is all old hat-trick to P.J., who in 2002 started a program at the U of S that offers a study of hockey literature. An immediate hit with students who might not otherwise have been attracted to a “lit” class, the program now has a waiting list every semester.

“I’m first and foremost a teacher, I love that, but this is a treat,” P.J. said. “I enjoy showing people something of the diversity of hockey literature.”

more

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Paul Kelly Officially Named NHLPA Executive Director

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the NHLPA,

The search process, conducted by a five-member committee of NHLPA members and the executive search firm Reilly Partners of Chicago, culminated with the introduction of Kelly at today’s media conference in Toronto.

“It is a distinct honour and privilege to be chosen by the players to serve as the Executive Director of their union,” said Kelly “I look forward to advocating tirelessly for the membership as we prepare to enter what I believe will be an exciting and prosperous new chapter for the NHLPA.

more…

added 1:01pm, from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: nhlpa, paul+kelly

Chris Simon: The Good and the Bad

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

Says Buffalo goalie Jocelyn Thibault, who played with Simon in Quebec, Colorado and Chicago, “Unbelievable guy [who’s] always been recognized as a straight shooter.” Says Montreal defenseman Roman Hamrlik, who knows Simon from Calgary, “He loves you, he kicks ass for you. Awesome. Best teammate I played with.” Says Toronto winger Jason Blake, who played on a line with Simon last season in New York, “Good teammate because he cared so much.”

Thus the case of one of the NHL’s most physical players raises some metaphysical questions: If Simon is so good, why does he do so many bad things? And if he does so many bad things, can he possibly be good?

more…

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  Tags: chris+simon, fighting, new+york+islanders

Young Flyers Doing Their Part

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

But in the midst of a 6-1-0 start, the contributions of third-year pros Mike Richards and Jeff Carter should not be overlooked.

In fact, you could make the case their re-emergence as bona fide front line NHL talent has every bit as much to do with the Flyers becoming a force as anything else. Through seven games, Richards had five goals and nine points and was plus-4 while Carter had four goals, five points and was plus-6.

After disastrous sophomore seasons, it is safe to conclude they are back.

more

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  Tags: jeff+carter, mike+richards, philadelphia+flyers

Lidstrom Extension Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Behind the Jersey ran across a story from the AftonBladet stating Lidstrom is close to signing a 2 year extension with thw Wings…

Lock him up Kenny, but save some room for “Z”, a lot of room…

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, nicklas+lidstrom

E.J. Is Right

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

If you’re a hockey fan in the good ol’ USA, life can be pretty frustrating. (You already knew that, didn’t you?)

The latest example of that frustration came Tuesday night. I was eager to see Ryan Smyth’s return to Edmonton. In particular, I wanted to see the crowd reaction when he skated onto the ice as a member of the visiting Avalanche and I wanted to see the Oilers’ video tribute to their former star.

I didn’t get to see any of that.

continued...

*and if you missed a previous KK post, you can see part of the Smyth ceremony here...

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, media, ryan+smyth

Blame The Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com,

When in doubt, blame the goalie. The following headlines have all appeared in the past seven days. Brief excerpts from the accompanying articles included:

Brodeur Can’t Bear to Look at Stats
The numbers would be bad even for the average guy. For Martin Brodeur, they’re positively ghastly.

Where Have You Gone Roberto Luongo?
...and all your thrilling, acrobatic saves, a rain-soaked, darkened city turns its lonely eyes to you.

continued

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  Tags: goalies, martin+brodeur, roberto+luongo

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