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Happy 60th Amerks

Last night's game vesus the Hershey Bears celebrated  60 years of AHL in Rochester.

 Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat & Chronicle...

You can leave, but you can't forget. That's pretty much how it is for players who have worn the Rochester Americans sweater.

Not that they would want to let the memories fade, either.

Through 60 seasons of Amerks hockey, a multitude of special players have enjoyed truly special times.

Some came to town as first- or second-year pros and never left; Jim Hofford, Daryl Drader, Steve Langdon and Brian McKinnon still call the Rochester area home.

Others arrived later in their careers and kept signing contracts so they could stay, like Jody Gage and Chris Taylor.

The full story...

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Your father fires your coach - Do you walk out with your teammates in protest? An open forum.

As reported by The Malik Report and Puck Daddy there is a player revolt in Flint. The owner, apparently upset over his son's playing time, fired the entire the coaching staff immediately following an emotional come-from-behind victory. Included among the entire 24 player team roster who threw their jerseys on the floor of the front office symbolizing their united quitting of the the team was the owner's son.

Personally, I find the situation appalling, but apparently nepotism is fairly common in teenage sports and younger, as noted by KK members in the comments of the initial TMR report cited above. But what I find admirable is the owner's son is calling out his father's wish for special treatment by standing with his teammates. How many kids would have the courage to do that?

If you were in that same position, would you stand with your teammates and quit the team, or would you try to stay out of it and hope it all blew over quickly?

If you were on the team and your coach was just fired because of something like this, would you lead a revolt? Would you go along with the person or people who call for one?

What would you do? How would you handle a situation like this?

I'd like to think I would walk out with the team, regardless of potential consequences, that I'd have the courage to stand up for my coach(s). The person I am today would walk out with my team, that I can say for certain.

I yield the floor.

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Is it time to eliminate hitting from the game?

With recent hits by Mark Stone and Dustin Byfuglien I think this is a good time to ask a question about body checking in general:

Should the NHL go back to the original rule?

In a recent Red Wings Broadcast Mickey Redmond pondered this very question. He spoke about eliminating the idea of finishing a check as most of those hits occur well after the puck has moved on and there is plenty of time to avoid the hitting the now puckless player. He stated the old rule was about separating the player from the puck, not simply throwing one's body around.

I searched for the NHL definition of a legal body check and found nothing. The NHL rule book is packed with infractions, but I could not find the official definition. I do remember hearing the definition ever since I became interested in the game, but I've never read the rule. I think that begs the question how can the NHL define an illegal hit if there is no definition of a legal one?

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What was Once Old is New Again

Pittsburgh Penguins Slap Shot Remix Parody


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My 2016 Team Canada

With less than  one year until puck drop for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, I have decided to play every Canadian hockey fans favorite game: Creating Team Canada.

As per usual, the insane amount of depth in the Canadian system could assemble a “B” team that would contend for gold.
Therefore, I stuck to a formula:  Like handed defenceman, Like handed wingers when possible, and a solid mix of offense, speed, special teams and grit.On the backend, I prefer good puck moving d-men that can also hold down the fort.

Ideally, I would have kept wingers on the wing and centers at center, but let’s face it; Canada’s depth at center make that impossible.

So here you have it, Canada’s 2016 World Cup of Hockey Squad:

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Red Wings Prospect Tourney- View From the Cheap Seats

Well folks, I'm back from another entertaining Prospect Tourney in beautiful Traverse City.  Gorgeous scenery, interesting people watching and ultra competitive hockey is the name of the game during the Red Wings yearly competition, and this time around was no different.

What was different this year, besides my wife, who is pregnant with our first, living in her own personal hell of being surrounded by wine and being able to drink exactly none of it, was some of the people we ran into around the rink.  Family and friends of the prospects and staff alike were everywhere over the weekend, and we were lucky enough to spend some time with many of them.  We were able to talk to Mrs. Blashill (Jeff's mother) while perusing the gift shop.  We had the pleasure of watching a game with Dylan Larkin's mother, who gave us her insight into some of the pressure her son is dealing with since the draft.  I came across Dan Hinote while waiting for the bathroom, and even though he was in enemy territory he was more than willing to talk hockey for a few.  We even had the opportunity to watch the championship game with Evgeny Svechnikov's brother, who tried to tell us many things in heavily accented English, but mainly wanted us to know exactly how to pronounce his brother's name.

Now that the excitements over and my wife is busy thinking up ways to make me pay for her forced sobriety, I figured Id give my thoughts on some of the Wings prospects.  These are just my personal rantings, so take them for what they're worth.  You're mileage may vary.

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5Hole Yahoo Fantasy Hockey League

It's that time of year again!  5Hole Fantasy Hockey is back and ready for you to join its ranks.  We have 3 openings in a 10 GM league, and as always, I would much prefer filling those with KK members than any random Yahoo riff raff.

Some of the league settings:

  • 10 team Head to Head league
  • Live Draft on October 3, 2014 @ 7:00 (Start Time Subject To Change)
  • 5 Max Aquisitions per week
  • 3 Minimum weekly Goalie Appearances
  • All Trades Reviewed by League
  • Roster Add/Drop Deadline is Daily, and Changes Take Effect the Next Day
  • Positions: C, C, C, LW, LW, LW, RW, RW, RW, D, D, D, Util, Util, G, G, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, IR+,     IR+, IR+
  • Scoring: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, Wins, SV%, SHO

All I ask of GMs is to please remain active throughout the season (Keep lineups active, answer trade requests in a timely manner, take care of IR and NA players).  As stated above, we use a live draft, however you are able to submit a custom list for autodraft purposes if you are unable to be online at draft time.

If you are interested in joining the league, or have any questions regarding the details, please PM me or leave a comment and I will respond ASAP.  Thanks for your consideration, and much appreciation to Paul for continuing to allow me to post this here.

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European Teams Already on the Ice

While much of the North American hockey news discusses off ice stories, Europe is alive with action.

The KHL kicked off its eight season on Monday the 24th with the opening day tradition of last year's finalists, remeeting to kick off the new season.  CSKA took a 4 to 4 OT win over defending champion SKA.

There are four games on schedule today.   en.khl.ru is the English language KHL site.

You can probably stream most games via onhockey.tv

The rest of Europe is participating in the Champions Hockey League (the morphed version of the European Hockey Trophy)


Twelve different leagues/countries are represented, with plenty of games this weekend, and multiple ways to stream.


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Vegas, Seattle?

As someone who has lived in both these places, I feel I have a unique perspective worth sharing:

I moved to Las Vegas in '95 to play hockey, and, it seems equally absurd to me to place an NHL team there now as it did to play hockey there 20 years ago.  I moved there straight out of high school and joined a league known as the WSHL, the Western States Hockey League. We referred to as Whatta S*$#%y Hockey League. It was junior, I don't think we even distinguished between A or B,  but, it was decidedly B.  We had fans in the single digits consisting mostly of our billet families. 

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Remembering Anatoly Tarasov - 20 Years Ago

Twenty years ago yesterday, the legnedary Anatoly Tarasov passed from the hockey world.



Facebook post...

The Bing translation.

20 years ago the death of legendary Anatoliy Vladimirovich Tarasov. His contribution to the development of the domestic School of hockey is so huge that, so far, Tarasova remember and the players themselves, and of course, trainers. Under the direction of Anatoly Vladimirovich USSR national team nine times and won the World Championships (1963-1971) three times and became the champion of the Olympic Games (1964, 1968, 1972).

From the New York Times, 20 years ago.

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