(1) This David Beckham Meets Hollywood story is interesting. And does the situation remind anyone else of Wayne Gretzky, c.1988? The Gretzky move to the LA Kings was widely credited with bringing hockey to the American mainstream, to non-traditional markets in particular.Armed with a $250 million contract, Beckham is clearly meant to achieve the same thing in soccer. But check this headline: "David Beckham Moves To LA To Hang Out With Tom Cruise"Now, Gretzky has landed in his share of public relations mis-steps in recent years, but nothing that fu#ked up.(2) GZ Expat was on a mission a while back to collect hockey gear for some neighbourhood kids in China. I'm happy to report that things have worked out brilliantly on that score and now the kids are learning all the fundamentals of Canadian-style violence.I couldn't be more pleased.(3) Many things went wrong with importing subscribers from the old blog to this one -- my grasp of technology is more limited than I care to admit. So for those that never got the re-directed feed, click here to do it now, or click the orange button in the left-side column at any time.(4) George Malik has posted two stories on hockey equipment on Kukla's Korner today: all about hockey sticks and all about goalie equipment. A ton of great information on a subject I knew nothing about.__________________ *translation: "feel sorry for me"