September 04, 2008

Catching Up With The Past

I'm back from vacation! Hopefully everyone enjoyed my countdown of the top hockey photos of all time while I was away enjoying the countless beaches and used bookstores of Vancouver Island.

Now it is time to get back down to business. Of course the first thing I have to do is catch up with the news while I was away. Here's the latest edition of my little segment that follows the news former NHL players. I call it Catching Up With The Past.

Thomas Steen To Run For Seat In Canadian Parliament

I like Thomas Steen a lot. On the ice he was an honest, hard working center with good leadership abilities. He was an extremely underrated talent who bled Winnipeg blue.

Now the Swede apparently is running for election in the upcoming Canadian federal election:

From the Globe And Mail: "The Winnipeg Free Press quoted unnamed sources yesterday as saying the former NHL player will run as a Conservative candidate in Elmwood-Transcona, a seat up for grabs since long-time NDP MP Bill Blaikie will be retiring. The newspaper reported Mr. Steen is to formally announce his intentions Friday to coincide with Prime Minister's Stephen Harper's election call expected this weekend."

Good for Thomas Steen. Ottawa could use a good ol' Canadian boy in office, even if he's from Sweden.

Former Stars Honoured

Edmonton Oilers fans should mark Sunday, January 18, 2009 on their calendars. On that date, the Oilers will honour Glenn Anderson by retiring his #9 in a special on-ice ceremony prior to the 6:00 p.m. game versus the Phoenix Coyotes at Rexall Place. | Edmonton Oilers |

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate and Harry Howell will have their jerseys retired in two separate on-ice ceremonies during the 2008-09 season. | New York Rangers |

The Montreal Canadiens appear to have patched things up with Patrick Roy. The team will retire his number in November. | National Post |

The Washington Capitals will retired Mike Gartner's #11. | Washington Capitals |

The NHL announced that former Red Wing and Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Ted Lindsay is one of four recipients of the 2008 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Lindsay was named along with Minnesota Wild founding owner Bob Naegele, Jr., Anaheim Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke, and 21-year NHL defenseman Phil Housley. | Detroit Free Press |

George Faulkner has been named the greatest athlete in Newfoundland sporting history | St. John's Telegram |, beating out the more famous Alex Faulkner | St. John's Telegram |

The town of Smithers, BC (which should have won the Hockeyville title) is renaming it's hockey rink after the town's biggest hockey supporter, Mary Watson. Mrs. Watson is the mother of Jim and Joe Watson, both of whom enjoyed long careers with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s. | Vancouver Province |

Here's another great story about a hockey mom from Smithers - Delores Kerr | Smithers Interior News |

Player Movement

Bryan Berard, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 NHL draft, gallantly battled back from a 2000 injury that nearly blinded his right eye. On Sept. 20, he will be among the defensemen competing for a job when the Flyers open training camp, general manager Paul Holmgren said yesterday. | Philadelphia Inquirer |

Not surprisingly, Stu Barnes retired. This means there are only a couple of ex-Winnipeg Jets still left in the league. | Winnipeg Sun |

Jeff O'Neill is ready to resume his NHL career and continue his climb up the Carolina Hurricanes' all-time scoring list. | CBC |

Some Moves To Coaching

On Tuesday night, the New York Islanders announced the hiring of Scott Gordon as coach, replacing Ted Nolan, who parted ways with the team on July 14. | Sporting News |

Campbellton (New Brunswick) resident and former NHL player John Leblanc has joined the coaching staff of the Restigouche tigers on a part time basis. | Campbellton Tribune |

Now that a series of knee injuries have forced him into retirement at age 31, Alyn McCauley isn't quite ready to say goodbye to the game entirely. He's accepted an assistant coaching position with the Queen's University hockey team. | Canadian Press |

The Grand Rapids Griffins have hired their eight head coach in team history, and Red Wing fans may remember him for battling Detroit players in the past. Curt Fraser was named head coach this morning by Griffins General Manager Bob McNamara at a Van Andel Arena news conference. | wzzm13.com |

For the second time in three seasons, Eric Weinrich will be an assistant coach for the Portland Pirates. | Kennebec Journal|

The Barrie Colts announced they have hired former NHL defenseman Jeff Beukeboom as an Assistant Coach to the coaching staff. | Our Sports Central |

The Phoenix Coyotes hired Eric Lacroix as a scout | The Daily Courier |

Former NHL player Bob Corkum has been named associate head coach of the University of Maine hockey team. | Boston Globe |

In Other News

Ray Ferraro is hitting the links in BC | Vancouver Sun | while Cassie Campbell does the same in Calgary | Calgary Sun |

Where Are They Now? Jon Yaneff catches up with Igor Korolev | Caledon Citizen | and later Paul Coffey | King Township Sentinal | An unnamed interviewer for the Calgary Sun catches up with Charlie Simmer | Calgary Sun |

Former NHL tough guy Steve McLaren found himself some temporary work with a crazy dj at a North Bay, Ontario radio station. | Bay Today |

A former NHL player and his brother were sentenced this week to one year in jail and three years of probation in connection with attempted extortion, reports the Detroit News. Larry DePalma, 42, and his brother John DePalma, 44, had pleaded no contest to the charge. | Star Phoenix |

Pat Jablonski suffered some serious injuries in a surfing accident in Florida | Bolts Report |

Adrian Dater talks to 92 year old former NHLer and university coaching legend Murray Armstrong:

The legendary former hockey coach at the University of Denver is still shooting right around his age on the golf courses near his home in St. Augustine, Fla. Playing with him at least one day a week is his wife of 66 years, Freda. | Denver Post |

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Joe, We missed you!