Friday, April 20, 2012



"I pulled into Nazareth,
I was feelin' about half past dead;
I just need some place where I can lay my head.”

Levon Helm R.I.P.

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David Johnston, the Governor-General of Canada, watches the NHL playoffs and wonders what is happening to our “beautiful game.” He isn’t alone. Read all about his thoughts right here.
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Austria has earned promotion and will compete in the 2013 IIHF World championship in Stockholm and Helsinki. Austria and Slovenia earned promotion at the Division I Group A championship in Ljubljana, Slovenia. . . . Emanuel Viveiros, who played for the Prince Albert Raiders, is the Austrian head coach. Former WHL coach Rob Daum, who coached Linz to the Austrian league championship this season, is on his staff. . . . The Austrian roster included former WHLers Stefan Ulmer and Michael Grabner.
There is more from Ljubljana right here.
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THE COACHING GAME:
The Selkirk College Saints, who play out of Castelgar, B.C., have named Jeff Dubois as their head coach. The Saints play in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League. Dubois takes over from Darrin Kissock, who left after a five-season stint as head coach. Dubois has been the general manager of the Simon Fraser University Clan since 2006. The Clan has been in the BCIHL championship game in each of the past five seasons, winning three of them.
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It’s coming!
The NBA is taking a long, hard look at the possibility of allowing advertising on game uniforms. And you can bet that hockey in North America won’t be far behind.
There’s more right here.
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The Hockey News’ Name of the Year Tournament is down to the final. And it’s between Kane Lafranchise of the ECHL’s Alaska Aces and former WHLer Wacey Rabbit, who plays for the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. He was pointless last night in a 5-4 OT victory over the visiting Chicago Wolves. The winner game off the stick of former Brandon Wheat Kings D Colby Robak. . . . If you want to vote for Rabbit, zip on over to right here and get it done. . . . By the way, Rabbit was named after bull-rider Wacey Cathey.

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