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Not A Clear Picture

from College Hockey News,

Something was noticeably absent from Saturday’s sold-out, nationally-televised college hockey game at Madison Square Garden….

In particular, the game Saturday was televised, but was done so using the in-house MSG video feed. The regular broadcasters, Matt McConnell and Dave Starman, were not at the event, but rather called the game off video monitors from CSTV’s studios about a half-mile away from the Garden.

Clearly, budgetary concerns are at play. Advertising revenue has not been there for CSTV. And when CBS bought the network almost two years ago, it was unwilling to continue absorbing those losses. As a result, hockey has gone from the network’s signature sport, to a somewhat lesser role.

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  Tags: college+hockey, television

The Judge Loves Hockey

from KearneyHub.com (Nebraska),

Whether he’s on the bench or sitting on the ice, Gerry Jorgensen’s jobs are a lot alike.

As one of two Buffalo County Court judges, Jorgensen can be found presiding over cases during the day, but by night he’s a Storm hockey off-ice official or fan….

In his spare time, he also collects hockey jerseys and maintains a message board tracking every former Storm player’s games, statistics, injuries and season-to-date totals, whether they’re playing college or professional hockey. But it wasn’t until November 2000 when the Storm came to Kearney that Jorgensen’s jersey collection went full strength.

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  Tags: fans, gerry+jorgensen

“Noodles” In Japan

from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citzen,

“I was going to retire,” McLennan continues. “But my best buddy from Lethbridge, Joel Dyck, has played in Japan for 14 years, and he said, ‘Why don’t you come play with me and finish your career here?’ So I figured, what the heck? It has been awesome so far. The people. The culture. It’s amazing.”

McLennan brought another former NHL pal, tough-guy Tyson Nash, with him. They are Nippon’s two allowed imports. The rest of the team consists of transplanted Canadians and native Japanese players, who already knew all about their goalie’s infamous antics.

“They had all seen the bit with me running over Luongo on YouTube. They know I like to have fun,” McLennan said with a chuckle.

read on

Watch the video McLennan talks about…

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  Tags: jamie+mclennan

Hockey Weekend

from Brad Holland at NHL.com,

Nashville’s Game Presentation: I had a chance to sit low in a very good seat last night, and watched the game with an ice-level view instead of a bird’s-eye. Outstanding! The Nashville fans were energetic, into the game, and right on top of the action. They were courteous, asking questions of me and even weren’t shy to give a few tips on how to make NHL.com better (I spent the third period sitting next to a young Predators fan and youth Nashville hockey player who knew as much about hockey-at-large as any Canadian kid…

more on Brad’s hockey weekend… and I think I may have to have a sit-down with young Bradley!

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  Tags: arenas, nashville+predators

Riksman Quits

from the Peoria Journal Star,

Juuso Riksman is gone again. And this time, without permission.

The veteran Peoria Rivermen goaltender abruptly quit the AHL team late Saturday night after Peoria’s loss to San Antonio, saying he wants to head back to Europe….

“Juuso Riksman told us last week he wanted to come back and play for Peoria, so we dropped Jason Bacashihua to No. 3 on the depth chart and traded him to Colorado,” St. Louis Blues director of pro scouting and Rivermen general manager Kevin McDonald said Sunday. “Then last night he told us he was going home. We want guys on this team who want to be here. Riksman will be suspended.

“I don’t know where he’s going to play. Jokerit (the Finnish team Riksman played for in 2006-07) holds his rights in Europe and does not need a goaltender. And we retain his NHL rights and control of him here.”

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  Tags: ahl, europe, goalies, juuso+riksman

Earning His Chance

from the PJStar,

Do not worry about Nikolay Lemtyugov.

The St. Louis Blues and Peoria Rivermen prospect is not among the Russian players who in the past have left North America - or refused to come at all - once an NHL roster spot was not guaranteed….

“If I wanted to earn money, if that was my goal, I would stay home in the Super League,” Lemtyugov said. “I came over here to play at the world’s best level. I will work in the AHL, wait for my chance, earn it.”...

“If it’s clear I can’t play at the NHL level, I’ll go back home,” Lemtyugov said. “But finding that out could take two or three years. The AHL is the third-best league in the world (behind the NHL and Russian Super League). I understand it’s part of the process in getting to the NHL.

“Too many players don’t have patience.”

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  Tags: ahl, nikolay+lemtyugov, russian+super+league, st+louis+blues

All-World All-Star Team

from the CP via TSN,

Wayne Gretzky with Peter Forsberg and Valeri Kharlamov up front, Viacheslav Fetisov and Alexandre Ragulin on defence and Vladislav Tretiak in goal.

Perhaps.

Others will suggest variations, and the International Ice Hockey Federation has enlisted 56 hockey experts from around the world to get it right.

An all-time global all-star team will be announced during an IIHF gala in Quebec City when the world championship tournament is held in Canada for the first time next spring. Games also will be played in Halifax.

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Top 10 US Born Players

from David Amber at ESPN,

Within the last week, Jeremy Roenick became the third American-born player to join the exclusive 500-goal club. Earlier this month, Mike Modano surpassed Phil Housley as the most prolific American-born scorer. So it’s a good time for 10 Degrees to weigh in with the 10 best American-born hockey players.

Chris Chelios 5th, Mike Eruzione 8th… read on...

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US Players Galore Playing For Michigan

from the CP via the Brandon Sun,

The boom in American hockey talent is strikingly apparent with a quick glance at the University of Michigan men’s roster.

There are only three Canadians skating for coach Red Berenson’s No. 1-ranked Wolverines. “I’ve seen it really change in the last 10 years,” Berenson says over the phone line from his Ann Arbor office.

Berenson wants to make it clear that Michigan hasn’t stopped recruiting Canadians. It’s just that there are way more Americans capable of making his team these days.

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The Latendresse Brothers

from the Montreal Gazette,

The Latendresse brothers, Guillaume and Olivier, remain an inseparable pair, even though they live 3,500 kilometres apart on opposite ends of the professional hockey spectrum….

Guillaume is living out a dream playing for his beloved Canadiens, a media darling who has been portrayed as a saviour to a public starving for a French-Canadian star to carry the Tricolore. Olivier, meanwhile, is toiling in the Central Hockey League with the Arizona Sundogs, unable to make any headway in the Phoenix Coyotes organization after signing a three-year contract in 2004 as an undrafted free agent.

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  Tags: chl, guillaume+latendresse, oliver+latendresse, phoenix+coyotes

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