(Sal) decided to do a site on this sport after the Minnesota Wild won their 9th straight game, which they are just on a tear torwards this 2007 season (most winningest season and longest win streak!)!
Wild win ninth straight in front of home fans (KSAX Sunday, March 25th of 2007) q
"ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Third-string goalie Josh Harding turned in another strong performance to help the Minnesota Wild beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Saturday night and stretch their franchise-best winning streak to nine games.
Brian Rolston got his team-leading 31st goal after Brent Burns scored in the first period for Minnesota, which sneaked past idle Vancouver into first place in the Northwest Division - though the Canucks have played two fewer games.
Mikko Koivu added a late goal for the Wild, who have 97 points - a franchise record and the fourth-highest total in the Western Conference.
Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who have been eliminated from the playoff chase, but entered the game having gone 4-1-1 in their previous six games. Goalie Mathieu Garon had a four-game winning streak end. He made 19 saves in a game full of yapping, scrapping and a late fight between each team's specialist - Derek Boogaard for Minnesota and Raitis Ivanans for Los Angeles.
Harding, making his third start this season while Niklas Backstrom got a break, filled in seamlessly once again and improved to 3-0-1 since his promotion from the minors when original starter Manny Fernandez first sprained his left knee. In 225 minutes, Harding has given up only three goals. He made 32 saves against the Kings.
Early in the third, Brown took a drop pass from Anze Kopitar and scored 14 seconds in as a power play neared expiration to make it 2-1.
Minnesota pushed back 6� minutes later when Todd White controlled a faceoff in the opponent's zone - a weakness for the Wild this season - and sent the puck in perfect position for Pierre-Marc Bouchard to wind up and shoot past Garon for a 3-1 lead. Notes: Defenseman Rob Blake, whose free-agent signing headlined an active offseason for Los Angeles, has a minus-25 rating for the team that has given up the second-most goals in the league. Blake, who was scratched because of a strained neck that occurred in the first period of Friday night's win at Chicago, is day-to-day. ... Minnesota also established a franchise record by winning its 26th home game. The Wild are 26-6-4 at Xcel Energy Center. ... Brown's goal snapped an 0-for-17 streak by the Kings against Minnesota this season on the power play."
I never played ice-hocky, but did play floor hockey (close enough, right?)! I played it during gym/phy ed during elementary school. I actually liked the sport growing up as I watched the NHL North Stars (a.k.a. Dallas Stars now after betraying us by moving down south-who plays hockey down south!) growing-up until my mom told me to stop watching it all the time ("not good for your eyes!").
"Alexandria’s Scott Hennen looks back on a day last summer that could have cost him his life and sees what transpired as a blessing.
It’s easier to see that now, eight months removed from the most hectic 24 hours of his life. But at the time, he saw it as the day the game he loves was taken away from him.
Hennen has been a self-described rink rat since he was 6 years old. His dad, Vinnie, is the maintenance manager at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria. He helped his son grow up in skates, and Scott was willing to do anything to make sure he didn’t have to take them off anytime soon.
“Every day,” Hennen said of how much hockey meant to him. “Every day. It was my whole life.”
His dedication to the sport had paid off for him through high school. Hennen was a senior captain on the Cardinals’ state tournament team last season. He developed into a physical defenseman who prided himself on blocking shots and doing the dirty work – whatever it took to help his team win games.
He knew that was his calling card if he was going to extend his playing career after graduation. He took that mindset into a couple tryout camps with North American Hockey League teams, including the Blizzard.
“I know he’s very dedicated to the game,” Blizzard head coach Doc DelCastillo said. “He works hard. He’s an honest player who plays with a lot of heart on the ice, competes very hard. Those are the things that you notice right away about him on the ice.”
They are the same traits he wanted to show the coaches of the Granite City Lumberjacks out of the American Tier III Junior A hockey league. The Lumberjacks drafted Hennen in the 16th round of the NA3HL draft early last summer.
On July 17, he and his Alexandria teammate, Garrett Skinner, went to St. Cloud State University for a tryout scrimmage with Granite City. Hennen jawed back-and-forth with a veteran player on the team through a few shifts before things finally came to a head.
He had always been a physical player, but this was the first fight he had ever been in. Both players landed punches before things seemed to be coming to an end.
“I just had my hands on his jersey to make sure his arms weren’t trying to punch me,” Hennen said. “I kind of gave him a nudge to try and get him off me and kind of say, ‘Hey, we’re done here.’ Instead, I think he fell or pulled me down, but my hands were tied up.”
Hennen’s head was the first thing to hit the ice. He lay dazed on his hands and knees for a few seconds before getting to his feet and skating to the bench. He felt woozy but nothing that seemed too alarming. His first thought was that he might have suffered a concussion.
The coaches had him looked over and told him he wasn’t going back on the ice. He showered and got dressed before driving to get a bite to eat at a nearby Arby’s. It was there that he noticed blood dripping out of his nose.
“I knew something was wrong,” Hennen said. “I had to go to the ER. I wasn’t going to. I thought I just had a concussion, and I was just going to deal with it when I got home.”
Hennen went to the emergency room at the St. Cloud Hospital. He explained what had happened and had his vitals checked before signing a release form an hour and a half later so he could return to the rink to watch Skinner’s last game. Once he was there, he developed a headache that almost knocked him out.
Hennen slept for a short while on the way home as Skinner got them both back to Alexandria. He couldn’t shake the headache and decided to call his chiropractor, Brian Bymers, to see if he could take a look at him on short notice.
“I JUST WANTED TO BE OK”
Bymers was the one who urged him to check into the ER again after examining him. Hennen was apprehensive but gave in to the requests of his sister, Kayla.
He checked into Douglas County Hospital where he was given an MRI on his head. Doctors immediately discovered that it was worse than anything he ever imagined. Hennen had a hemorrhage between the dura mater and his skull the size of two golf balls.
“I didn’t know what happened,” he said. “I was just in shock…I just wanted to be OK. It was such a life-changing thing. One minute you’re OK and the next minute you’re being rushed down to the ER.”
Hennen was rushed back to St. Cloud by ambulance where they prepared to perform emergency surgery. The doctors couldn’t believe he was even conscious when he arrived at the hospital.
The surgery to relieve pressure on his brain lasted almost an hour.
“Long,” his father, Vinnie, said about what that hour felt like. “One thing is that the hospital kept us informed every 15-20 minutes on how things were going, so we didn’t have that initial long wait. They would call down and let us know that things were going well, so that helps relieve a lot of the tension.”
BACK IN THE GAME
Hennen’s recovery after the surgery went smoothly. He spent the next day in the ICU and was beginning therapy walking sessions by the middle of the week. He returned home that following Friday.
To see him now, one would never know what Hennen went through that week. His hair has grown back, covering the scar that shows how close he was to having his life altered considerably. He has had to ease his way back into things like running and weight lifting. One of the last effects he still feels are headaches, but those too are becoming few and far between.
Everything is almost back to normal – everything except his ability to play the game he’s loved for years. Hockey has been the first thing on his mind for as long as he can remember. It remained that way until his doctor told him his playing days were over in the ICU after his surgery.
“I just started bawling,” he said. “I didn’t want this to end.”
Doctors told him he needed to live his life after leaving the hospital. The problem was his whole life had revolved around hockey. That meant he needed to find a different way to get involved in the sport.
The Alexandria Blizzard gave him that chance almost two weeks after getting out of the hospital. DelCastillo knew Hennen would be in Alexandria over the winter, so he approached him about helping out with the team.
Hennen has gotten close with the Blizzard players this season after being at every home game. He spends time in the locker room, keeps stats and does almost anything they need him to do.
“He is a part of our team,” DelCastillo said. “He didn’t lose that aspect. He’s a part of hockey.”
It was during an open skate at a Blizzard practice when Hennen put the skates back on for the first time. It took some encouragement from his dad before he finally decided it was time.
“I was so nervous,” he said. “I put them on, and I was shaky. It felt great though to actually do it.”
Hennen says he still watches Blizzard games and thinks what if? What if he had used a little more composure that day? Maybe it would still be him out there on the ice.
“When I look back at it, I see that I wasn’t disciplined enough,” he said. “For hockey, you need to be disciplined. There’s a right time to fight and a right time not to, and the time I fought, it was stupid…that’s where I failed that day.”
Slowly but surely, Hennen is starting to put that regret behind him. He spent the winter months refereeing youth hockey games in Alexandria. He plans on enrolling at the University of North Dakota this fall where he hopes to play hockey in non-contact intramurals. Coaching could be on the horizon, as well.
Hennen is resigned to the fact that those are his options when it comes to staying involved in hockey. He seems content with that. Hennen even laughs now when going through pictures and talking about that day.
He knows how close he was to not being here to tell the story. What if he had gone to bed early that night in an attempt to sleep off the headache? Chances are, he wouldn’t have woken up. He said he still thinks about that every day, and every day he comes to the same conclusion.
“I’m blessed,” Hennen said. “I don’t take a day for granted anymore. You get a whole new lease on life. Every day I’m thankful for.”"
"MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Like so many other high school players, Jenna Privette had told friends she would be skating for Jack Jablonksi when she took to the ice for Friday night’s game. Now, they are both being hospitalized at the Hennepin County Medical Center.
According to her brother, Privette still has no feeling below her waist after being injured when her Minnehaha Academy team played the St. Paul Blades. Her family says Jenna was checked from behind, but from the cell phone video of the incident, it is hard to tell what happened.
Jake Privette says his sister is in significant pain. He says the only time he has seen her smile is when she was visited Sunday night by Leslie Jablonski, the mother of Jack Jablonski, the teen who was paralyzed in a game on Dec. 30.
Jake Privette said everyone in the hospital room became emotional when Jenna showed Leslie Jablonski the “Jabs #13″ she still had on her wrist from Friday night’s game.
“Our family was incredibly touched that she would visit. Jack’s injury is so much worse than Jenna’s and she took the time to visit. It really lifted Jenna’s spirits,” said Jake Privette.
Meanwhile, Jack Jablonski has been moved from the intensive care unit to a regular room and has been upgraded to serious but stable condition. This weekend Leslie Jablonski reported that her son suddenly started moving his arms, something doctors had said would not happen.
“He moved his right arm all the way up and moved his left arm this way and according to where the spinal cord is severed, that really isn’t possible,” said Leslie Jablonski.
This weekend, a fundraiser for Jack Jablonsk at the Wayzata-Blaine game took another improbable twist. A chuck-a-puck contest, where puck closest to the center wins, the winning puck was No. 13 — and it was thrown by the Wayzata player who hit Jack Jablonski.
That Wayzata player visited Jack Jablonksi last week, and Jablonski’s family has said repeatedly that they and Jack have no hard feelings towards him and are concerned about him.
The chuck-a-puck raised $1,200 for the Jablonski’s. Fundraisers for Jenna Privette are still being planned."
"WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The hockey community is gathering around yet another high school player who was injured on the ice.
Jenna Privette, a senior at St. Croix Lutheran High School, was checked from behind during a game Friday according to her father Dan Privette. She told those on the ice with her she had no feeling in her arms or legs.
But there is good news. Her father said she has some movement in her arms and is in some pain which means she may not be paralyzed.
Her classmates are now planning a "Blue Day" to honor the hockey player. Students will wear blue, which are the colors of her hockey team, to honor Privette.
They also plan to sell bracelets to help the family with medical bills, according to Gene Pfiefer, president of St. Croix Lutheran.
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"The inspiring story of the team that transcended its sport and united a nation with a new feeling of hope. Based on the true story of one of the greatest moments in sports history, the tale captures a time and place where differences could be settled by games and a cold war could be put on ice. In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team's coach, Herb Brooks, took a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation yearning from a distraction from world events. With the world watching the team rose to the occasion, prompting broadcaster Al Michaels' now famous question, to the millions viewing at home: Do you believe in miracles? Yes! Written by Sujit R. Varma...
miracle trailer (2004)
1980 USA HOCKEY TEAM STORY(1/3), youtube.com " Uploaded on Jun 27, 2011
Documentary on the 1980 USA hockey team.part 1 of 3.
Miracle on Ice Gold Medal Moment: 1980 Lake Placid
" Published on Nov 16, 2012
Voted the "Greatest Sports Moment of the 20th Century" by Sports Illustrated, the U.S. Hockey team shocked the world at the Lake Placid 1980 Olympic Winter Games when they defeated the Soviets. "Do you believe in miracles...YES!" shouted Sportscaster Al Michaels and the game infamously became known as the "Miracle on Ice". In this episode, Gold Medalist John Harrington, USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean, and Coaching Program Director of the 1980 U.S. Hockey team Lou Vairo, take viewers through a play by play of the path that lead the U.S. to Gold.
"Faith audiences will be blown away by WARRIOR because of its emotional power and the principles of forgiveness, compassion and commitment to marriage that it advances. The story contains direct depictions of faith, repentance and reconciliation within
a framework of unflinching realism, which will be refreshing to Christian audiences. This film is for mature audiences only (strong language and violence): http://www.movieguide.org/reviews/movie/warrior.html This film, made by the acclaimed director of the
Disney film MIRACLE, about our 1980 Olympic hockey team, will have you standing, cheering and wiping away tears at the end. WARRIOR IN THEATERS NOW!"
Def Leppard puts the Stanley Cup upside down
"Def Leppard puts the Stanley Cup upside down to kick off the new hockey season. "
"AS the NHL playoffs get underway, CC.com spotlights a prominent Canadian aboriginal player. Jonathan Cheechoo, right winger for the San Jose Sharks, has led his team in scoring goals. However, in the team's first game against the Nashville Predators April 11, Cheechoo suffered a severe knee injury in a collision with an opponent. The Associated Press says it is "uncertain" whether he will return to the ice for further playoff games. Cheechoo has been public about his Christian commitment; in the following testimony, he recounts the role faith has played in his career.
EVER SINCE I can remember, hockey has been part of my life. I got my first pair of skates when I was just one year old. Dad would flood the backyard, and during my younger years, I would play for hours.
Images from Hockey Night in Canada filled my Saturday nights season after season, at home with my family or over at my grandfather's. We all love the game.
My home of Moose Factory, Ontario, is an isolated northern location on James Bay. It isn't known for producing professional hockey players. So the thrill of playing for the San Jose Sharks has been all the more exciting for me. I know it's of the Lord, because hockey is something he helped me grow into.
I decided when I was 14, in Grade 8, that during my high school years I wanted to leave Moose Factory to play competitively. I went to Timmins for Triple A Bantam, then Capuskasing for Triple A Midget. Then I played Jr. B for the Kitchener Dutchmen. In 1997, I was picked 5th overall in the Ontario Hockey League draft by the Belleville Bulls.
On right wing with Belleville, I had an excellent season, with 76 points. I amassed 31 goals and 45 assists. It was a great year for me and proved to be the final stepping stone to launch me into my dream of being drafted into professional hockey.
I've had a lot of support along the way. When the time came for the draft on June 27, 1998, more than 100 fans from Moose Factory went all the way to Buffalo, New York, to encourage me. They had to be really excited for me, as it took more than a day of travel.
Later, they had a Jonathan Cheechoo Day for me back home. I signed pictures and answered a bunch of questions. There were about 250 kids and 300 adults at the community center. It's nice to know all these people are interested in what I'm doing.
My family has really been my biggest support. They've been behind me 100 percent. It's been that way my whole life.
From the time I was very little, my parents have been showing me God's love, and teaching me. They taught me that according to God's word, the Bible, I was a sinner. I needed God's forgiveness.
It was following a church service, when we had a guest speaker, that I went forward when the invitation was given -- and someone led me in a prayer to accept Jesus as my personal Savior. From that time on, I have tried to put the Lord first in my life.
Playing as a Christian in a professional sports league like the NHL has put challenges on my walk with the Lord. But God has helped me -- and I can be a testimony to people he puts me in contact with. There's a lot of temptation, but I'm not worried. Now, of course, there will be new challenges.
Everyone knows where I stand, and that's respected. I haven't had much of a problem with racism. I get it occasionally, but it's not too bad. Sometimes in the heat of battle, words slip. But hockey is such an intense game.
Now that I've made it to the NHL and played in the Stanley Cup finals and on the All Stars team, I'm excited about what lies ahead. There aren't a lot of Natives who have made it this far. I'm a goal scorer, and those Native players who have made it haven't been goal scorers.
There haven't really been any since the days when Reggie Leach played for the Philadelphia Flyers. This is my opportunity to show that we're just as good as anyone else.
I feel God has really had his blessing over me. If you live for him, he'll bless you. It's all his doing. I just work hard -- and I know he'll help me out.
-- Courtesy of Indian Life "
"..... Uploaded on Oct 12, 2011
This video shows how Mike Fisher became a star in the NHL, and how his faith in Jesus has become stronger now than ever!
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The 700 Club - October 12, 2011 - CBN.com
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camp 2012
"In this video Ken Paulin discusses the 2012 FCA Camp to be held at Niagara University May 24-27, 2012. The camp is for high level players born between 1996 and 1992. It will feature NHL, USHL, and College coaches. For more info go to www.fcahockey.com
"Jim Cantelon speaks with Mark Osborne about his career playing professional hockey and his work now with Hockey Ministries International.
Former Toronto maple Leafs Hockey Player, Representative, Hockey Ministries Internationalsss
Wylam Price - Hockey Ministries International - Inspirational Videos
"Posted By toutelabibleenparle 10 months ago
Toute la Bible en Parle-B94-06-1994-01-28
Avec Fernand Saint-Louis
Invité: Wylam Price
Hockey Ministries International
28 janvier 1994
Site Web: http://www.lfv.qc.ca/"