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1999 Penguins Draft Pick Darcy Robinson Dies at Age 26

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom The Star,

Darcy Robinson, a Canadian playing for Asiago of the Italian hockey league, died during Thursday’s season-opening game. He was 26.

The native of Kamloops, B.C., fell to the ice without being hit during the first period of a game with Renon and was rushed to a local hospital where he died, Asiago said. No cause of death was given. The game was suspended.

Robinson was beginning his second season with Asiago. The defenceman, who held dual Canadian-Italian citizenship, played junior hockey in Saskatoon and Red Deer. He was selected 233rd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1999 draft.

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*For more on Robinson, see his player page on hockeydb.com

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Excitement for the London Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the BBC,

CEO of the 02, Philip Beard said: “When we announced the games, they pretty much sold out in a couple of weeks. I have to admit that I was surprised.

“We thought it might take a lot longer to promote the event, but not only did sports fans get behind it but the ice hockey leagues in the UK were really keen to promote it as well.”

Beard is particularly pleased with the interest despite the games taking place on a sporting weekend also featuring World Cup rugby and Premier League football.

“It’s fair to say that at the moment there is a massive amount of big sport on, but this weekend is a total sell-out.  People are coming from all over the UK and indeed across Europe,” he told BBC Sport.

more…

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  Tags: london

Craig Leipold’s Son Charged with DUI

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via TSN,

The son of Nashville Predators’ owner Craig Leipold was charged with drunk driving Thursday after police pulled him over for speeding, marking his second drunk-driving arrest since May.

Christopher Leipold was pulled over Thursday morning after Officer Kevin Wayne Lovell said he clocked him driving 43 m.p.h. (69 km/h) in a 35-m.p.h. (56-km/h) zone . The officer got out of his car after motioning for the 31-year-old to pull over.

Leipold seemed confused before rolling the window up, then back down, Lovell wrote in an affidavit. Lovell also said he smelled alcohol and that Leipold admitted to having ‘‘a couple’’ of drinks.

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  Tags: nashville+predators

Goalie Expectations in Florida, Boston and Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via Yahoo! Sports,

A trio of Eastern Conference teams feel they’ve made themselves better this off-season by acquiring goalies who couldn’t hold on to No. 1 jobs in the West.

Trades brought Tomas Vokoun to Florida, Manny Fernandez to Boston and Vesa Toskala to Toronto this summer and every one of those teams is hoping those guys can carry them to the playoffs.

Expectations might be a little high.

All three have shown some shaky form during the pre-season, although it would be foolish to put too much stock in the exhibition play.

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  Tags: boston+bruins, florida+panthers, goalies, manny+fernandez, tomas+vokoun, toronto+maple+leafs, vesa+toskala

McKee Out 4-6 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Jay McKee will be sidelined the next four-to-six weeks due to a fractured Metatarsal in his right foot. McKee suffered the injury in last night’s game at Minnesota.

note:  link added at 5:25pm…

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  Tags: jay+mckee

Genius! No…Idiot

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

ESPN’s Scott Burnside has proclaimed your Detroit Red Wings the eventual winner of the Western Conference. Well, he actually says they’ll finish first in the West.  Interpret that as you wish.  Of course, this adds to the growing list of hockey “experts” predicting big things out of Hockeytown. 

Odd, though, considering I just read a geek-filled usenet alt .net, .com thing the other day where a duck torturer claimed “no one’s picking the Wings to finish anywhere near the top of their conference.”

GM Ken Holland once again proved he’s one of the best in the business by signing longtime Devil Brian Rafalski moments after Mathieu Schneider bolted to Anaheim.

Only a very stupid person would disagree with Burnside’s assessment of Holland.

Continue Reading »

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The Literacy Legacy of Jacques Demers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Stephanie Levitz and Terri Theodore at the CP,

Two hockey hall-of-famers, the owner of a Canadian Tire store and a government employee are among the people who’ve confessed to hockey legend Jacques Demers that they, like him, are illiterate.

Since coming forward with the revelation that he struggles with basic reading and writing in a biography published two years ago, Demers has criss-crossed Canada and the U.S. speaking out about the issue. Once he was hockey’s golden boy, leading the Montreal Canadiens to Stanley Cup victory in 1993 and twice named coach of the year.

He’s since become a poster boy for literacy. He has headlined fundraisers and campaigns like Literacy Now in conjunction with the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games legacy program, the reason he was in Vancouver on Thursday.

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Watching Iron Mike

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP,

The Iron Mike watch is underway in Calgary.

Will new head coach Mike Keenan alienate his players? Or will he give a club that underachieved last season the edge it needs to be a Stanley Cup contender?

Eyebrows disappeared into hairlines when Flames general manager Darryl Sutter brought Keenan on board in June, partly because Jim Playfair, handpicked by Sutter to replace himself as head coach prior to the 2006-07 season, agreed to stay on as associate coach to Keenan.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, mike+keenan

Players To Watch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Hockey News,

Of course, everyone will be watching 20-year-old Sidney Crosby as he tries to duplicate his scoring title and MVP award for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

But here’s a look at 10 players who should also be at the centre of the action in the 2007-08 NHL season:

10. Todd Bertuzzi, Anaheim Ducks - The controversial power winger inked an $8-million, two-year contract with the Stanley Cup champions after going to Detroit in a late-season trade from Florida last season. Injuries restricted him to 15 regular-season games in 2006-07, when he had three goals and eight assists. The Ducks are gambling that fallout from the 2004 Steve Moore attack and his one-year suspension will abate and he can become an offensive force again.

read on

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Here’s A First

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit Red Wings,

The Red Wings will host an open practice on Saturday, September 29 at Joe Louis Arena.

This unique inside look at a Red Wings’ game day practice is free to the public and includes Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom and Vice President/General Manager Ken Holland addressing the crowd following the skate.

continued... open and free are the key words…

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