Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday . . .

The horrible stories of hockey players and their attempts to deal with concussions continue to flow like fine wine at one of those team dinners where the rookies pick up the tab. Cathy Gulli of Macleans magazine has more devastating life experiences right here. Her story includes former NHLer Eric Lindros telling some of his story, and it is devastating. It also includes former WHLer Kevin Kaminski, who talks of how he believes his problems with post-concussion syndrome cost him his marriage.
Adam Micheletti is the director of hockey and business operations for the USHL-champion Dubuque Fighting Saints, the expansion franchise that won the league title on Saturday night. But there more to his story than that. It involves three concussions in 18 months, the last of which ended his hockey career. . . . His father is former NHLer Joe Micheletti, and this is a story to which ever parent should pay attention.
Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe has that story right here.
While Kootenay struggles to score at the Memorial Cup, former Ice star Nigel Dawes scored twice Sunday to lead the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs to a 5-3 double OT victory over the Houston Aeros in an AHL playoff game. The Bulldogs, who once trailed this series 3-0, have forced Game 7 and will that one Tuesday in Houston. . . . Dawes got the winner at 9:11 of the second OT. . . . In AHL history, two teams — Rochester Americans (1960) and Adirondack Red Wings (1989) — have come back from a 0-3 deficit, and both teams won Game 7. . . . Dawes also set a franchise record for most goals (14) in a single playoff season.
They’re calling it The Hit at the Mastercard Memorial Cup in Mississauga, Ont., and Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun examines its impact right here.
James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail was at Sunday’s Memorial Cup game. His game story is right here.
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