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Battle of the Blades

I also posted this on my hockey blog, but just to be safe…

There’s a reality show known as “Battle of the Blades”. It is similar to Dancing With The Stars, only it’s broadcast only on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company). And..here’s the fun part. It’s all done on ice.

Former hockey players (I think they’re all NHL caliber) will be ice dancing, or figure skating.

There’s a blog post done by Kelly Chase of the St. Louis Blues. He’s one of the participants.

Here’s the link:

<a href="http://blues.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=534980&cmpid=stl-twt-072710“>

Seeing that I live in the U.S., I hope I can watch it on the Internet. 🙂

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Bret Hedican retires

Just received news from the NHL Network that Bret Hedican is retiring after 17 NHL seasons. Bummer. His career spanned 1,039 games. He has played on the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and the Anaheim Ducks.

(For those non-hockey fans….his claim to fame is the fact he is married to Olympic Gold Medalist figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.)

More NHL Free Agent Signings

From my Twitter account, and the involved teams Twitter accounts, come the following signing updates as of 2:45pm PST 7/6/09:

Vancouver Canucks sign free-agent goaltender Andrew Raycroft
Vancouver Canucks re-sign defenceman Shane O’Brien.
Detroit Red Wings re-sign restricted free agent Ville Leino to a two-year deal
Chicago Blackhawks re-sign RFAs Ben Eager, Troy Brouwer, Colin Fraser, Corey Crawford and Aaron Johnson.

Toronto Maple Leafs sign veteran Beauchemin
San Jose Sharks re-sign forward Ryane Clowe to a four-year contract
St. Louis Blues have reached a new agreement with forward B.J. Crombeen.
Pittsburgh Penguins sign Dallas Stars forward Cooper

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Some Current NHL News

The past few days have provided for some great hockey on a variety of stations. This includes Center ice, NHL Network, and NBC.

NHL record. Martin Brodeur. Of major importance, is the fact that Martin Brodeur – of the New Jersey Devils – has tied Patrick Roy for the all-time wins in his career – 551. Brodeur, a goalie for those who don’t know, has won the Stanley Cup three times and the Vezina Trophy four times. (The Vezina Trophy is awarded to the best goaltender of the year). He is just fun to watch and it never ceases to amaze me to watch him play. He’s an acrobat on ice. He accomplished his career tie during the game broadcast on Hockey Night in Canada (New Jersey Devils v Montreal Canadiens), as part of a triple header televised on the NHL Network. Great day for hockey. 🙂 He got a standing ovation from the Montreal crowd…class. 🙂

Death. Bill Davidson, 1922-2009 dies. Not any less important is the passing away of this man. He was a long time owner of the NBA team, Detroit Pistons. He also owned the Tampa Bay Lightning when they won the Stanley Cup. Davidson is the only owner to win both championships in the same season.

Wings News. Chris Osgood. As goalie of the Detroit Red Wings, Osgood can proudly claim he has 300 wins in a Red Wings uniform. This was accomplished during the Red Wings win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, March 14. Woohoo, OZZY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Goal scoring. The Detroit Red Wings scored three goals within 46 seconds during that same game. They won 3-1 over the St. Louis Blues.

I need to brag about the Red Wings since I have been stunned about some recent defeats they have been pummeled with. 😦

Retirement. Brian Kilrea, of the AHL’s Ottawa 67’s, has retired. As coach of the AHL team, he is known for stating that his two most memorable accomplishments are 1) Induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame; and 2) winning the Memorial Cup in Ottawa.

Quotes. I have found hockey to have some great quotes throughout its programming on the NHL Network, NBC weekly game, and/or Center Ice. Here are two that stand out:

Don McLean during Hockey Night in Canada’s intermission: “The key to television: when you can fake sincerity you have it made.” That one is funny, in my opinion.

Over the line. Don Cherry. “Alex Ovechkin has been acting like an idiot and I said so. And he listened. Show this clip.” When the clip was shown it was of Ovechkin scoring a goal and instead of acting like he normally does…enthusiastically, entertaining, and unashamedly passionate…he started acting like that and stopped himself. “See….he listened to me,” Cherry commented. Who’s Cherry think he is taking away someone’s natural personality? What gives him the right? Normally, I have enjoyed Cherry for years…but he’s gone too far this time. This and him not liking “foreigners”. Zip it up, Cherry. That’s what I say. End of commentary.

Unexpected injury. Keith Jones, former NHL player and now commentator, was hit by a puck that went over the net. Ouch!! He fractured his jaw, among other injuries, and now has it wired shut. You usually don’t think about a NHL commentator getting injured. 😦

NHL Live! Contact Info….

I was recently asked about contact information for my favorite (and others’ fave) NHL Live! show – the hockey XM radio show televised on the NHL Network. Hosted by Don LaGreca and a variety of guests – including E.J. Hradek on Monday and Wednesday – here is the contact information for callers:

Phone: 877-645-6696
Email: NHLLive@xmradio.ca

This information is given regularly throughout the broadcast.

Manny Legace of St. Louis Blues Assigned to AHL

Here is some NHL hockey news I found on the UPI.com site about one of my favorite goalies, Manny Legace….

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 7 (UPI) — St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace, an NHL all-star last season, has been demoted to the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League.

In a season filled with poor play in net, the 36-year-old Legace, an eighth-round NHL draft pick in 1993 by the Hartford Whalers, also has dealt with a hip injury.

He cleared waivers Friday, then was demoted Saturday morning.

“I’ll go to Peoria and help them try and win a cup down there,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Helping out (Blues goalie prospect Ben Bishop) down there will be great. I don’t care where you are … if you can win a championship, it’s going to be fun. That’s where my head has to be.”

This season, Legace had compiled a record of 13-9-2 with a 3.18 goals-against average and an .885 save percentage.

The Toronto native was in the final year of a deal that paid him $2.5 million this season.

Sarah Palin Drops Puck at St. Louis Blues’ Game

Sarah Palin dropped the ceremonial first puck at a St. Louis Blues’ game Friday night.  Here is the link to the article found on Yahoo News…