August 05, 2013

Pucks On The 'Net: Catching Up With The Past

After three weeks of vacation it's time to catch up with the past and see what has been going on in the world of hockey history. Here's a catch-up edition of Pucks On The 'Net.
  • Ziggy Palffy announced his retirement. The Slovak with the great name last played in the NHL in 2006 but he has continued to play in Slovakia until now. had 329 goals and 713 points in 684 regular-season games with the Islanders, Kings and Penguins. He also competed in the 1994, 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics. Palffy was an underrated star.
  • Mark Messier is "stunned" by the increasing number of families turning away from minor hockey. Rightfully so. There are a number of serious concerns facing Hockey Canada and such associations across the globe.
  • Georges Laraque is getting poised to officially start his political career in the upcoming federal by-election in Montreal.
  • Former NHLer Andrei Nikolishin is looking to prolong his hockey career with Dynamo Moscow.
  • Former NHLer Mike Robitaille recently shared some stories of his 382 game career at the Midland Cultural Center.
  • Brad May recently spoke to a group of runners at a race in Muskoka. It seems Camp Oochigeas has done a fantastic job raising money to help kids fighting cancer.
  • Former NHL star turned Hockey Night In Canada broadcaster Craig Simpson recently had a baby. The mother is none other than Canadian Olympic figure skating sweetheart Jamie Sale. 
  • The Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey has been looking at the history of hockey, while Florida Panthers blog Litter Box Cats has a fantastic look at the history of hockey in the Sunshine State.
  • Belated congratulations to Doug Weight, Bill Geurin, Peter Karmanos, Ron Mason and Cindy Curley for their induction into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. 
  • An old wooden hockey stick Wayne Gretzky used as a 13 year old recently sold for over $38,000 at auction. 
  • Jeff Beukeboom made his 19th appearance at his favorite charity golf tournament.
  • Pierre Turgeon's son Dominic is one of the top ranked prospects for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He recently was named to Team USA's team for the Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

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