Hockey Critic

29 June

Is the Dominator on his way to Canada's capital?

The news has been floating around for a couple of weeks. The rumours were further fueled earlier this week as the Ottawa Senators dealt goalie Patrick Lalime to the St Louis Blues for a fourth-round draft pick in 2005. This seems to have cleared the way for the Sens to bring Dominik Hasek as their next starting goalie. The announcement is expected to be made on July 1 (Canada Day). [Read More!]
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26 June

Todd Bertuzzi charged with assault causing bodily harm

On Thursday of this week, Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi was charged by Crown authorities in Vancouver with the serious charge of assault causing bodily harm. The charge relates to an incident from earlier this year where Bertuzzi attacked Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore during a game in Vancouver and severely injured the Avalanche forward. Bertuzzi faces a court hearing on July 9 that will decide which court has jurisdication on this case and remains suspended by the National Hockey League. [Read More!]
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24 June

WHA stumbles right out of the gates

The World Hockey Association (WHA) seems to be on the rocks as two potential franchises dropped out of the race. The two teams from Florida (Jacksonville and Orlando) will no longer be part of the WHA. The league had recently made news by announcing 6 teams for the upcoming season. Along with the two Florida cities, Halifax, Quebec City, Detroit and Dallas were supposed to be in with Toronto and Hamilton showing interest. It will be interesting to see whether the league is able to overcome this loss and put together a product for this next season. This would be their only chance to get off to a good start as it looks like there might not be any hockey from the NHL.
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20 June

Penguins could move unless Pittsburgh gets new arena

Penguins owner and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux has made it quite clear that the team could be sold and moved if a new arena is not built in Pittsburgh. Among the cities known to be seeking an NHL franchise are Houston, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, California; Hartford, Connecticut, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Penguins current lease at the Mellon Arena expires in 2007 and the team would likely want assurances in the near future before seeking buyers.
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15 June

Former enforcer Bob Probert arrested in Florida

Former NHL enforcer Bob Probert was arrested last week in Delray Beach, Florida after a scuffle with police that led to him being shocked multiple times with a Taser gun. Apparently Probert had parked his car in the wrong direction on a downtown street and was in a verbal jarring match with some other men. When police officers intervened, an enraged Probert refused to give up and had to be restrained by mutiple officers and with the use of multiple use of a Taser gun. Probert was charged with battery against a police officer, resisting arrest and other charges. Probert is best known for his years with the Detroit Red Wings where he showed the rare combination of a scoring touch and toughness of a fighter.
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13 June

Lightning clean up at NHL awards night

The Tampa Bay Lightning were already on top of the world, having won the Staley Cup championship earlier this week. And later in the same week in Toronto, they also took home a good chunk of the NHL awards. Forward Martin St. Louis has emerged as a bonafide NHL star taking home the Art Ross trophy for most points in the regular season, the Hart Trophy as the Most Valuable Player and a of course a Stanley Cup ring - this "triple crown" of hockey awards was last matched by Wayne Gretzky in 1987. [Read More!]
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11 June

Hockey Hall of Fame names 2004 inductees

The Hockey Hall of Fame added three great defensemen for 2004. Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy played during the same NHL era and produced phenominal numbers during their careers. Former Calgary and Toronto general manager Cliff Fletcher was also chosen in the builders' category by the 18-member selection committee.
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08 June

Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup Champions!

The gruelling NHL playoff season came to a conclusion last night. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames by a 2-1 score in game seven of their Stanley Cup finals. The Lightning got two goals from Ruslan Fedotenko and solid goaltending from Nikolai Khabibulin to defeat a dejected Flames team. The game was tight from the very start with few shots on goal and a lot of tense, defensive play. The Flames did not really show much of an offensive spark until the last ten minutes and by then it was too late. [Read More!]
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Ottawa Senators Hire Brian Murray as new Coach

The Ottawa Senators are a good young team, often considered a model NHL franchise when it comes to putting together a group of talented young players. Today they added a veteran coach to the mix by hiring Brian Murray who replaces Jacques Martin. Murray is best known as a long time coach of the Washington Capitals, a team that was consistently good under his tuteledge. His most recent stint in the NHL was as the General Manager of the Anaheim Might Ducks. Murray has also spent time as General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers. This hiring should bring some much needed veteran leadership to a Senators club that has not been able to harness its talent for a sustained playoff run.
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01 June

Calgary goes 'Cup Crazy'

The Calgary Flames have had quite a season. They finished 7th in the Western conference and have done much better in the playoffs than anyone expected. And the fans in Calgary deserve a lot of credit. The Flames hadn't made it past the first round since their last Stanley Cup victory in 1989, so the fans in Calgary are in uncharted territory. They have packed the Saddledome and Calgary streets after many of their playoff wins. One of the more amazing things of the playoffs happened during game 2 of the finals. The Saddledome had over 20,000 packed in for the game and hundreds had to be turned away. But the kicker of course is that the game wasn't even in Calgary, 20k people came to watch the game on the arena scoreboard! No matter what comes out of this series, it is quite clear that hockey fans in Calgary (and Canada in general) are probably more hockey crazy than anywhere in the world.
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