Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2010 Team Canada just announced

As per a broadcast on the NHL Network, the announcement for team members partaking in the 2010 Olympics are as follows:

Coach: Mike Babcock

Montreal Martin Brodeur
Quebec Marc Andre Fleury
Montreal Roberto Luongo


Ottawa Dan Boyle
London, Ontario Drew Doughty
Penticton Duncan Keith
Crambrook Scott Niedermeyer, C
Garden, Ontario Chris Pronger, A
Tsawassen, BC Brent Seabrook
Sicamous, BC Sean Weber

Sillery, Quebec Patrice Bergeron
Nova Scotia Sidney Crosby, C
Saskatchewan Ryan Getlaf
Calgary, AB Dany Heatley
Edmonton, AB Jarome Iglina, A
Saskatchewan Patrick Marleau
Saskatchewan Brendan Morrow
Brampton, ONT Rick Nash
London, ONT Corey Perry
Kenora, ONT Mike Richards
Thunder Bay, ONT Eric Staal
St. Thomas, ONT Joe Thornton
Winnipeg Jonathan Toews

Series starts February 12, 2010.

Monday, December 14, 2009

What's Up With NHL Live!?

I’ve been hoping that things would straighten out, so I haven’t said anything. It’s reached the point, however, where it is affecting my hockey news. That has to stop.


It is difficult to read anything. Whenever someone is either in-studio (Bill Daly of the NHL) just finished an interview. (By the way, he was asked what the scoop is regarding Versus, DirecTV and the NHL. Answer…they’re working on it. Give us something more useful. The situation is unacceptable to us hockey fans who are paying extra to watch hockey!) Back to the preposterous screen format of NHL Live!…I could not read his (Daly’s) name or title on the screen. IT IS SO UNBELIEVABLY SMALL!!!!!! I, luckily, knew who he was. Viewers who were not aware of that, however, would be STRUGGLING to read what is printed on the screen.

The three players of the week were mentioned at the beginning of the show. I wanted to be certain I got the name spellings correct. I COULD NOT READ THE INFORMATION!!@??!! This is so obnoxious.

What is the purpose of having a SMALL in-studio screen surrounded by ridiculously distracting sidebars? What are we supposed to be doing? Reading the information or listening to the hockey talk? Can’t do both. One takes away from the other. Recently, there has even been LONG quotes printed on the right sidebar. WHO CAN READ THEM????!!!! WHAT THE BLAZES IS GOING ON??!!

Plus, what’s the purpose of reading hockey stats and news if we are trying to listen to what is being said by the in-studio personnel. Today, it is Don and EJ. I was thrilled to find out the two were together today. I was thrilled, that is, until I saw the screen format. Now I HAVE A HEADACHE!!!

If anyone has any insight into why this totally user-unfriendly format is being used, kindly share with us.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

NHL Ref Concerns

First of all, let me say that prior to this season I have been on the side of the NHL officiating and referees. That is a tough job and I sure would not want it. It has to be difficult to be skating while keeping your eye on such a fast-paced sport. Plus, you're in harms way. Kudos to the refs, was my previous opinion.

Now...this season I have seen (as I'm sure other hockey fans have) such stupidity I find it appropriate to buy that blind referee costume for Halloween. Well, I'll have to wait for next year now. :( Anyways, there seems to be no rhyme nor reason to the ref calls.(I'm trying to make light of a situation that is turning the NHL into a laughing stock, in my opinion).

Something needs to be done about the NHL refereeing inconsistencies. How can one play, which involves a purposeful “dirty shot” from behind WITH A REF WATCHING THE PLAY WHILE STANDING THREE FEET AWAY receive a two-minute minor penalty while another play is called “hooking” (which was nothing of the sorts) receives the same penalty minutes? How can two players be in a fight and the non-instigator receive an instigating penalty while the other player receives nothing? It makes no sense. There was a time when fans would be complaining about the officiating at NHL games with the feedback of “oh, it happens”. Well, it has to stop.

Some cases in point:
This just happened last night, so it's fresh in my mind. A Montreal Canadien player (Laraque) placed his foot directly in front of Nicklas Kronwall's (Detroit Red Wings) left leg and trips him. The trip just happened to be on the leg that had undergone knee surgeries. Coincidental? I don't think so. Called a “leg on leg, open-ice collision”, this play was uncalled for. What did Laraque receive? A two-minute tripping penalty. He already had a delayed penalty against him for high sticking a Red Wing (Helm). We don't know how long Kronwall will be out as of today (early am Sunday 11/22).

There have been goals scored which have blatantly been revealed via replay tape. The goals didn't count because the ref didn't see it first hand. So, the ice-side ref doesn't see the play. How can the goals not be seen by the Toronto “officiating headquarters” team, but be seen by the fan watching the replay on television? Something is definitely wrong there. Or, a goal is scored and the whistle is blew before the play is completed. The goal didn't count. When that happens...and I have seen it on more than one occasion...what is the restitution? It just doesn't cut it for a refereeing official to say “we made a mistake and apologize”. Get real. Once or twice is acceptable, but it is becoming increasingly common.

Here is the statement from Mike Murphy, the NHL's Senior Vice President for Hockey Operations was quoted as saying: "It's not when you hear the whistle blow, it's when he intends to blow the whistle. There is a little bit of a gray area there between when he intends and when the whistle sounds.” YOU THINK?! GREY AREA?! How are we supposed to know the “intention” of a ref? If that's not the stupidest thing I have heard. (Well, other than the balloon boy story).
Here's a link for those interested:

There have been plays when one line ref will have his hand up with whistle in mouth while the opposing line ref will let it slip by. So, the call is not made. Inconsistent? Yes.

With such rampant stupidity and inconsistency within the NHL refereeing ranks lately, it has me wondering if it really isn't ruled by the green back (dollar)? Is the NHL losing its impartiality?

1)I say for every miscall, take it out of the ref's pay. Monetarily penalize the refs. Maybe that'll get some consistency going.
2)Revamp the NHL officiating rules and regulations. Take out the “gray areas”. Gray areas only lead to confusion and miscallings.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Luc Robitaille on TV tonight

Luc Robitaille, a 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, will be on the Jay Leno Show tonight - November 12,2009 at 10:00 pm PST. NBC

Per LA Kings Twitter account.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween to All!

Today is one of the best holidays around, in my opinion. Forget all the blood and gore…give me the carved pumpkins, pumpkin-based food and beautiful fall colors. :)

We can’t forget the costumes, either. Some are just a hoot! For the hockey fans among us…

A Zamboni rider at the Bruins game today was dressed up as an “accountant?”. He was wearing a black suit and tie, greased back hair and black-rimmed glasses. He was waving to the audience as he drove by. “That guy’s never gonna get a date,” was the announcer’s response. Only a hockey fan could appreciate seeing a Zamboni driver in suit and tie.

Another fan came to a game as Don Cherry, aka “Grapes”. He was at ScotiaBank place during HNIC. It was hilarious! The camera flashes over to him as he’s descending the stairs while waving at the audience. Him and his brightly, color-coordinated outfit. lol

Then there was Jonathan Toews dressed up as part of the “Dumb and Dumber” duo. He was in orange, complete with hat. “Apparently his concussion has come into play,” was the announcer comment. lol

We can’t forget all the fans dressed as Superman, Batman or some other super hero. Too cool.

This is one reason it’s so much fun watching hockey on Halloween. :)

Even if you don’t watch fun-filled hockey, have a great holiday!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What A Game! Canucks V Wings

Yesterday was the first chance in a while when I could watch a hockey game in its entirety. It was played at BC Center in Vancouver, British Columbia and broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit and Center Ice. The home team, Vancouver Canucks, was playing the visiting team – the Detroit Red Wings.

When the Canucks scored within the first 30 seconds of the game, I thought..”Oh oh”. Then, when they scored another goal within the next three reaction was “What the blazes is going on here?!”

Then, the Wings scored. And, as soon as that would happen, the Canucks scored. It was a great game. :)

The only negative was when Ryan Johnson slammed into the boards and was taken off by stretcher to the hospital. Last I heard, he was conscious and talking. Initial reports claimed he did not suffer serious injury. The look of the play was definitely otherwise. The term “slammed” is an understatement. It was awful to see. He was going so fast into those boards, it was painful to watch him make impact.

The final score was 5-4, with the Red Wings winning. Finally, I may add. ;) As much as I may say that the first half of the season doesn't matter, it is kind of difficult seeing the Wings in such a low position on the totem pole. :( As of today (October 28, 2009), they are in 11th position. What's up with that?!

Monday, October 26, 2009

What's With NHL Live?

What's with NHL Live broadcasting on DirectV? There is a small screen broadcasting the in-studio feed. Then, sideboards are flashing nonstop with current games and scores. The bottom bar (footer) is also flashing.

Whatever is printed on the in-studio broadcast is's so small.

It's not the least bit appealing. What's going on?

And....Versus is continuously mentioned on the verbage. DirectTV and Versus are no longer.

What's up?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hockey for Dummies

NHL Live! (broadcast on the NHL Network and XM/Sirius Radio) is usually an informative show, but the other day an idea was presented that sounded great. Billy Jaffe, former NHL player and current New York Islanders commentator, mentioned a way to get others interested in the sport of hockey.

First, the team would sell a “beginner's package” consisting of three games in three different sections of the arena. The first game would have the fan seated in the middle section of seats. That way, they could get a feel for the game while feeling part of the action.

The second game would be in the lower seat section. Sitting here would allow the fan to really get into the game while hearing the players and “smelling the blood”.

The third game would have the fan sitting in the upper section, or..”nose bleed seats”. This would give the fan an overall view of the game while allowing them to see how everything ties together.

The beginning fan would be accompanied on each of these three games by an experienced hockey fan, or an expert in the sport.

Doesn't that sound like a great way to get someone introduced to the sport of ice hockey? I think so.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

NHL News Update 10/19/09

Brett Hull

Luc Robitaille

John Davidson

Are being inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame.


Mark Messier has accepted the position of Special Assistant to the President with the New York Rangers.

Chris Pronger is the first defenseman in 37 years to win the Hart Trophy.

Source: NHL Network, NHL Live!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chicago Blackhawks Make History

The Chicago Blackhawks have made NHL history.

In yesterday's game against the Calgary Flames, they faced a five-goal deficit within the first ten minutes of play. As the game progressed, the Hawks scored six goals, with the deciding goal being in overtime.

That is the first time any NHL team has scored six goals to come from behind and win a game.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Brendan Shanahan News

Brendan Shanahan, former New Jersey Devil, has been put on waivers by the franchise as of October 11, 2009. He is now a free agent per NHL Network.

Curious as to what will happen next.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

NHL Opening Day belongs in North America..

The opening day of the Detroit Red Wings season began in Sweden. The Wings have five players from Sweden. I think it is great that the NHL is increasing their international exposure. Really, I do. However....

Call me old fashioned, but I believe that opening day needs to be in North America. Preseason games could be in international countries, no problem. That would still give the NHL great exposure. And, it would give NHL teams and fans some novelty.

I am curious as to the intricacies of the financial arrangement is. Do the international hosts pitch in towards the NHL player salaries? If so, I could see how an international game on opening day would be warranted. That doesn't mean I agree with it, though. Call it opening day for international hockey, not the NHL's opening day.
Do international hosts split the game revenues with the NHL? If so, how...what percentage?

Anyone have any insight? If so, kindly share. I'll research further since I love doing research and this gives me an outlet. :)

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

NHL Retirements, Signings and Updates 10/01/09

Mats Sundin announced his retirement from the NHL after 18 seasons of playing. His NHL career includes 1,346 games and 1,349 points.

He has played with Quebec Nordiques, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks.

Theo Fleury announced his retirement after playing in the NHL for 15 seasons. His career accomplishments include 1,084 games and 1,088 points.

His career included playing with Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks.


Other NHL News includes:
* Cam Ward signed 6 year contract with Carolina Hurricanes valued at $38.7 million.
* Ryan Hollweg has signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes.
* Ryan Bayda signed a one-year contract with the defending Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins.

* Manny Legace has been released by the Atlanta Thrashers from try outs.
* Randy Jones has been put on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers.
* Adam Hall and Ryan Craig have been put on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
* Rob Schremp, formerly of Edmonton Oilers, has been signed by the New York Islanders.
* Dan Hinote and Matthew Dandenault are released from try outs by the San Jose Sharks.

Info provided by the NHL Network and NHL Live!

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Brendan Shanahan no longer a New Jersey Devil

Seasoned NHL veteran, Brendan Shanahan, has parted ways with the New Jersey Devils. According to the NHL Network and NHL Live!, Shanahan decided to not play with the team any longer since he would not be playing in the top three lines for the upcoming season.

I admire Shanahan for not just playing for the money but realizing that if he couldn't play at his best, he wouldn't play. Kudos to him.

I have been a fan of Shanahan since his Detroit Red Wings days. He was part of the Stanley Cup championship teams in the late 1990's. :)

As of today, 10/01/09, Shanahan is still under contract with the NJ Devils, but is a free agent. It'll be interesting to see what transpires.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Theo Fluery Retires

Theo Fleury has retired after 15 seasons. His career achievements include playing in 1,084 games and 1,088 points.

His career included Calgary, Colorado, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.

Information taken from NHL Live! on the NHL Network, today 09/28/09.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Original Six Vintage Hockey

The NHL Network has a wonderful show titled “Vintage Hockey”. Many times the e games are not what I would really consider vintage. Sometimes, though, there are some GREAT ones. Like yesterday...

The match-up involved two Original Six teams: Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. This traditional rivalry was a total delight to watch and listen to...It brought back so many nostalgic memories. And...I'm smiling as I write this. What a game..

Where do I start? (Yes, I know...the beginning is always a good idea). Well, the game was played at the Olympia (Olympia Stadium) in Detroit. It was Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semi-finals. The game was played on April 11, 1965. That's right...1965. Get down!

Even though the Red Wings won the game, 4-2, the Blackhawks went on to win the semi-final series in seven games. The Hawks then advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals and faced the Montreal Canadiens. The Hawks and Canadiens went seven games, with the Canadiens finally clinching the Stanley Cup Championship.

Bruce Martin was the play-by-play announcer. There was no color announcer. All we heard about was the game. Play-by-play. Absolutely perfect.

Here are some other facts I jotted down:

The indoor temperature was 80 degrees. There was steamy ice. The announcer stated, “Do not adjust your sets. The fog comes to you from our sponsors.” Too cool. By the end of the game, there was steam rising from the ice. The camera shot to the crowd throughout the game. The men had removed their jackets and were down to their shirts and ties. As the game progressed, men removed their ties and opened up their top one or two shirt buttons. It was just great to see.

Center ice consisted of two Detroit Red Wings logos. That was all. No wordage or clutter.

Norm Ullman was chosen as the player of the game. He was interviewed after the game. He broke the all-time scoring record for two goals in five seconds during a post-season game. As he was interviewed at game's end, he stated ..”the ice was real slow”.

The other two players of the game were Bobby Hull and Roger Crozier. Wow...

Some of the players of the game included, are you ready for this?!....Phil Esposito, Bobby Hull, Glenn Hall, Warren Moon, Bill Hay, Bill Gadsby, Ted Lindsey, Gordie Howe, Marcel Provonost, Warren Godrey, Larry Jeffrey, Peter Mavelich and Pat LaFontaine. It was pure nirvana watching that line-up.

There was a lull in the game when Glenn Hall, Hawks goalie, needed a “lingerie stop”. His suspenders broke. “Whenever there is a lingerie seems to involve goalies,” stated the announcer. As Hall went to the bench to have his suspenders repaired, Bobby Hull shot a rubber ball into the goal. The crowd went wild. :)

A Hawks player pushed Ted Lindsay. Lindsay whipped around and the two got into a fight (sorry, I didn't get the Hawks player..I was too wrapped up in watching Lindsey. I do know that wasn't Hull or Esposito). Lindsay received a two-minute penalty for roughing.

A few minutes later, a Hawks player tested Gordie Howe. Howe got even by hooking the guy. Gordie then joined his buddy Ted in the penalty box for two minutes. It was GREAT seeing Howe catch up with the guy who tested him. After hooking the guy, Howe stood there with a glare in his eyes and his hockey stick in the ready position. He was in the cross check mode. Just great...

Way to go NHL Network. Thanks...:)

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

NHL News & Signings 09/12/09

Here's some NHL signing information I picked up from the NHL Network today 09/12/09:

Derek Dorsett - CBJ 2 years

Dany Heatley - SJ (that's a shocker to me. I wonder if he'll try to get out of
that contract in a bit)....

Jonathan Cheecho - WASH

NHL Teams are holding on-ice training camps starting SUNDAY 09/13/09

Friday, September 11, 2009

Pittsburgh Penguins Honored at White House

Every year the defending champions of the Stanley Cup are honored by the White House. The team takes the trip, meets the President and the President makes a speech. The team stands behind and along side of the President. It is a happy and proud moment.

After reading an article about the Pittsburgh Penguins memorable meeting, I have decided not to reprint it here. Why? Some jackasses have turned it into a political debate. When are people going to realize that IS NOT THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING!!

Congrats to the Penguins. They deserve the accolades and all the respect they receive. Any true hockey fan knows that winning the Stanley Cup is not an easy task.

Any "hockey fan" who turns the meeting between the President and the Stanley Cup winning team into anything other than what it is AN a waste of human intelligence. THIS TRADITION HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS.....DO NOT TAINT IT!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

NHL Live! Return Date

Just received notice through my Twitter account that NHL Live! is due back on the air waves September 28.

Friday, September 4, 2009

NHL Update as of 09/04/09

As mentioned on the NHL Network

Unrestricted free agent centers:

Dominic Moore BUF
Michael Peca CBJ
Derek Armstrong LA
Blair Betts NYR
Mike Comrie OTT
Chris Gratton CBJ
Rob Lang MTL
Manny Malhotra CBJ
Jiri Novotny CBJ
Mats Sundin VAN


Derick Brassard 4 yr CBJ

Steve Eminger 2 yr ANA

Claude Julien Head Coach Multi Year contract extension BOS

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Jason Smith Retires After 14 Seasons

As printed in the Edmonton Journal and Ottawa Citizen....09/03/09

Jason Smith was longest running captain of the Edmonton Oilers.

It's one of the hardest lessons hockey players can learn: If you like to play a rough, sometimes nasty game, your body will eventually rebel.

You play hurt. And you stay hurt.

That's what happened to former Edmonton Oilers captain Jason Smith, who retired Wednesday after 1,008 NHL games over 14 seasons --none where he ever went to battle anything but all-out. If there was a shot to be blocked, a straight-arm to be delivered into an opposing player's chest or a score to be settled for an earlier slight-- often on a teammate-- Smith was always first in line.

But now it's the end of the line.

"I always played the game as hard as I could and as physically as I could and I don't think I can do that anymore. It's not like I flipped a coin and made this decision," Smith said at his going-away party in Ottawa, where he played last season for the Senators.

Smith, a native of Calgary, was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in 1997 and played for five different teams in a distinguished NHL career: the Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, the Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers and Senators.

He came to Edmonton on March 23, 1999, in a trade-deadline deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Oilers gave up a fourth-round draft pick in '99 (Toronto took Jonathan Zion)and a second-rounder in 2000 (they took Kris Vernarsky). Only Vernarsky played in the NHL, but just 17 games.

Smith, nicknamed Gator, played 542 Oilers regular-season games and 45 more in the playoffs. He became Oilers captain in 2001 after Doug Weight was traded to St. Louis. When he was traded to Philadelphia, he got the C there, too, a testament to his leadership.

"There were some pretty tough captains like Bucky (Kelly Buchberger) and Fogey (Lee Fogolin) too, but Jason certainly wore his heart on his sleeve as well as any of them," said current Oilers president Kevin Lowe, who was a coach and then general manager with the team during Smith's years in Oilers silks.

Smith's most satisfying moments as a player came during his seven-plus years in Edmonton, where he became the fourth team captain to lead the team to the Stanley Cup final, in 2006 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

"Obviously, being in Edmonton as long as I was, being the captain there and experiencing the run to the finals, was a special time," Smith said. "Having grown up in Alberta and being around the Flames-Oilers rivalry, it was pretty amazing to be a part of that.

"I had some great teammates there, and met some great people in the city and still have friends away from the game there to this day. I definitely had a lot of fun playing there and have a lot of great memories of playing in Edmonton."

Part of what made Smith a great leader was his incredible pain threshold. He barely knew his way to the medical room.

"If he said, 'This is hurting me,' you would put him in an ambulance," said longtime Oilers trainer Ken Lowe, Kevin's brother.

"Nobody beats Danny Ray Kepley (for taking pain), but Gator was right up there. In my top five. Only one time I can remember him being worried was when he was hit in the eye with a puck...only time he ever hesitated about playing.
The Edmonton Journal

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Sergei Federov Awarded $60 Million

Here’s something from Yahoo! Sports, my Twitter account, and the Red Wings site….

DETROIT (AP)—A Michigan judge says former Detroit Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov(notes) is entitled to $60 million from a man accused of failing to meet a loan obligation to the hockey player.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Kathleen MacDonald made the ruling Friday and her clerk confirmed the decision Monday.

Fedorov says Joseph Zada of Grosse Pointe Shores swindled him out $43 million during the past 11 years. He allegedly promised to repay the former player $60 million by April 20.

Zada’s attorney, Benjamin Aloia, said his client should have more time to respond to the lawsuit. Peter Alter, one of Fedorov’s attorneys, told the Detroit Free Press that the judgment “is an important and necessary step” in the case.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

NHL Free Agent Defensemen

According to the NHL Network, here are some the unrestricted free agent defenseman, in no particular order:

Bret Hedican ANA
Kyle McLaren SJ
Alexei Semenov SJ
Brett Warrener CGY
Chris Chelios DET
Marc Andre Bergeron MIN
Jason Cullimore FLA
Steve Eminger
Marek Malek TB
Darryl Sydor DAL
Philippe Boucher PIT
Matthew Dandenault MTL
Denis Gauthier LA
Matthew Schneider MTL

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Sad Day in Chicago...

Patrick Kane got drunk and beat up a cabbie. I hope they (CHI) cans his butt.

Patrick Kane Belongs in Jail from Yahoo Sports!

by Colin Linneweber (Columnist) Written on August 10, 2009
Colin Linneweber


Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane was arrested early Sunday morning after he allegedly assaulted a cab driver in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y.

According to a police report, Kane, 20, and his cousin, James Kane, 21, were pinched by the fuzz at approximately 5:00 AM after a physical dispute erupted between the kin and the cabbie over a measly 20 cents in change.

The driver was reportedly given $15 for his fare.

However, once the driver informed the obvious drunks that he didn’t have exact change, he was repeatedly punched in the face by the cheap duo before they stole the money back.

“They broke my glasses, they ripped my clothes…all over 20 cents,” cab driver Jan Radecki recounted.

Radecki, whose nose was broken in the brazen attack, said the first overall selection in the 2007 NHL Draft and the winner of the 2008 Calder Trophy bragged about his stature while he proceeded to beat him.

“Patrick punched me in the head. He says, ‘You don’t know who you’re fucking with! You don’t know who you’re fucking with!’ And he kept pounding and pounding on me.”

A witness saw the attack while it occurred in “The City of Good Neighbors” downtown nightclub district and called police.

Both violent members of the Kane clan were charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor counts of theft of services and criminal mischief.

“What are you doing about it?” Radecki, a cab driver for nearly 30 years, asked rhetorically. “They’re hitting a 60-year-old man.”

The puny right wing, who could earn up to $3.725 million annually with bonuses, was hailed as a “hometown hero” by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown just last Thursday after he partook in a ceremony announcing the funding of a local ice rink.

“Today is special for me,” Kane said at the ceremony at Timothy J. Burvid Ice Rink in South Buffalo. “This is where I grew up playing hockey. This is the first rink I probably skated in when I was six years old.”

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Jeremy Roenick Career Statistics

The end of a 20 year career has just ended. Jeremy Roenick just completed his press conference announcing his retirement. I will miss watching him play, personally.

He regaled a story about how, as a kid, he went to watch the Hartford Whalers play. He loved Gordie Howe play with his sons Marty and Mark. As Jeremy, 6 years old at the time, Gordie scooped up a hockey stick full of snow from the surface. He skated by Roenick and dropped it on his head. As he skated away and then skated back to Roenick , Gordie winked at him. That individual attention made a lifelong impression. It was a wonderful story to hear.

Here are some Jeremy Roenick stats:

20 NHL seasons, 1988-2009
5 teams: Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Phoenix Coyotes
Philadelphia Flyers

3 - 100 point seasons with CHI
8th draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, 1988

1,363 Games
1,216 Points
trails only Mike Modano (543) and Phil Housely (525) for American born players.
703 Assists
513 Goals, 36th all time goal scorer

9 time NHL All Star

2002 Olympic Silver Medal
Two time Olympic medalist (1998 and 2002)
1988, 1989 and 1991 World Championship
1991 Canada Cup

All time scorer in World Junior Championship

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NHL Hockey Updates, as of 08/06/09

According to the NHL Network, the following are Unrestricted Free Agent Left Wings:

Mark Bell NYR
Rob Niedermayer ANA
Taylor Pyatt VAN
Kyle Calder LA
Boyd Devereaux TOR
Brad May TOR
Alex Tanguay MTL
Andrew Peters BUF
Peter Schaeffer BOS
Andy Hilbert NYI
Vaclav Prospal TB
Dan Fritsche MIN
Dean McCammond NYI
Matt Pettinger TB
Nickolai Zherdev VAN
Ryan Bayda CAR

Tony Granato has been named Assistant Coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins
Jannik Hanson has signed an undisclosed contract with the Vancouver Canucks
Jason Williams has signed a one year contract with the Detroit Red Wings

Jeremy Roenick is expected to announce his retirement during a press conference scheduled
for today at 2pm EST.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Recent NHL Signings as of July 30, 2009

News taken from my Twitter account updates...

Vancouver Canucks re-sign Kyle Wellwood to one-year, US$1.2-million deal

The Flyers have signed defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen to a one-year contract.

New GM For Chicago Blackhawks

This just off the press...

July 14, 2009:

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks abruptly ousted general manager Dale Tallon on Tuesday, less than two months after the team he helped revive from the bottom of the standings reached the Western Conference finals.

Tallon, who was reassigned to senior adviser of hockey operations, was replaced by assistant GM Stan Bowman, the son of legendary NHL coach Scotty Bowman. The elder Bowman who was hired last year as a senior adviser.

A clerical mistake may have hastened Tallon's departure. Last week, the NHL Players Association filed a grievance against the team, saying the Blackhawks missed the deadline for sending qualifying offers to restricted free agents. The Blackhawks ended up signing all their restricted free agents, including their top rookie from last season, Kris Versteeg.

Tallon denied that the administrative problem and grievance had caused the Blackhawks to overpay the restricted free agents.

Tallon, 58, has been a member of the organization for more 30 years, including five as a player and 10 in the front office. He was named general manager in June 2005 and under his guidance, the team drafted young stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, made trades for scorers like Martin Havlat and Patrick Sharp, and signed free agents Nikolai Khabibulin, Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet.

Last season, the Blackhawks started drawing fans back to the United Center and advanced to the playoffs for the first time in seven years, losing to the Detroit Red Wings in the conference finals.

Earlier this month, the Blackhawks signed free agent Marian Hossa from Detroit to a 12-year, $62.8 million deal. Havlat, the team's leading scorer last season, was let go and he was signed by Minnesota.

"I have been with this organization in several different capacities since coming over as a player in 1973 and although my position has changed, my goals have not," Tallon said in a statement released by the team. "I've seen Stan come up through our ranks and I'm confident he is the right person to step in. This is what is best for the Chicago Blackhawks."

Bowman, 36, has been with the team for nine years, including two seasons as the director of hockey operations and four seasons as an assistant to the GM.

"We will not rest until we reach our goal of winning the Stanley Cup and establishing consistent success," he said.

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July 15, 2009:
It was announced today that the 2010 Winter Classic will be played at Fenway Park in Boston, MA. The Boston Bruins will play the Philadelphia Flyers in this tradition that started three years ago. Date: January 1.

Fenway Park is the oldest ballpark in the United States.

Center face-off will be where second base is.

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