Sidney Crosby takes a pass on world hockey championship

Sidney Crosby takes a pass on world hockey championship

Article from National Post.

Canadian Olympic hero Sidney Crosby won’t be wearing the Maple Leaf next month at the IIHF world championship in Finland and Sweden.

Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, said his client will take a pass on the worlds to focus on training and preparing for the 2012-13 NHL season.

“Sidney feels there is an opportunity ahead to spend the next four months getting ready for next season,” Brisson said in an email to Postmedia News. “He really didn’t have a full summer to train last year as he was injured and not 100%.”

The star centre with the Pittsburgh Penguins scored the overtime winner in the gold-medal game at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He also won a gold medal with the Canadian junior team in 2005 and a silver medal in 2004.

Crosby was named the top forward in his only world championship experience after leading the tournament in scoring in 2006 with eight goals and eight assists. Canada finished fourth in that tournament.

Concussion and neck injuries limited Crosby to 22 regular-season games with the Penguins this year, however his eight goals and 29 assists gave him a career-best 1.68 points per game average despite playing less than 20 minutes a game for the first time in his seven-year career.

In six games in the Penguins’ first-round playoff to the Philadelphia Flyers this year, Crosby had three goals and five assists.

Hockey Canada has already named 17 players to its world championship roster. The team is expected to be filled out by players on teams eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Canadian team, coached by former Calgary Flames bench boss Brent Sutter, opens play on May 4 against Slovakia in Helsinki, Finland

Sidney Crosby passes on 2012 world hockey championship

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Vancouver Canucks’ Roberto Luongo willing to waive no-trade clause

Roberto Luongo will be Traded

Article by Elliot Pap, Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER — Roberto Luongo said today he will waive his no-trade clause if Vancouver Canucks management feels this is the best move for the team.

Luongo, 33, has been the Canucks’ No. 1 goalie for six seasons but was replaced by 26-year-old Cory Schneider for the final three games of the playoffs. Luongo has 10 years and roughly $47 million remaining on his long-term contract. Schneider, meanwhile, is finishing a two-year deal in which he was paid $900,000 per season. He is in line for an extremely large raise.

“Yeah, of course, if they ask me to,” Luongo replied when queried about his appetite to waive the no-trade clause. “I don’t want to be one of those guys who is going to stand in the way of anything. I always want to put the team ahead of me. I don’t want to be one of those selfish guys.

“Obviously they have a guy here who is going to be a superstar in this league for the next 10, 12, 15 years so I’m okay with it. It is a business and that’s the way it goes. I’ve loved being here the last six years. If I’m here in the future, then great. If I’m not, that’s good also.”

Luongo said the next move is up to the team. He has already met with GM Mike Gillis and they plan to meet again.

“Even though I have a no-trade, it is not my decision,” Luongo continued. “It’s a very unique circumstance, I think, that we’re in where we have an elite young guy who is up and coming and is probably going to dominate the league for many years. So I’m not sure what I would do if I was GM.

“I’ve learned over the course of my career that things change quickly,” he added. “With anything, you don’t want to look too far ahead because life has a lot of curve balls.”

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As I have stated on this blog, I have met Roberto at the Keg in the Old Montreal, and he is a super classy down to earth guy.  We wish the best for Roberto where ever he goes.

NHL Hockey 6 Inch Action Figure Series 28 - Roberto Luongo White Jersey

Jacques Plante Classic Red Jersey Hockey Figure – Montreal Canadiens

My all time favorite NHL goalie is not Patrick Roy….it is the one and only….Jacques Plante.

Did you KNOW:  Plante was one of the first goaltenders to skate behind the net to stop the puck. He also was one of the first to raise his arm on an icing call to let his defencemen know what was happening. He perfected a stand-up, positional style, cutting down the angles; he became one of the first goaltenders to write a how-to book about the position. He was a pioneer of stickhandling the puck; before that time, goaltenders passively stood in the net and simply deflected pucks to defencemen or backchecking forwards.

Jacques Plante Mask

Plante was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978. His jersey, #1, was retired in 1995 by the Montreal Canadiens.  Finally McFarlane Toys has released Plante’s classic red, white and blue jersey in Series 28.   Just click the image below to buy it online.

Jacques Plante Hockey Figure

Don Cherry Support Our Troops Action Figure

From National Post.  A newly formed Vancouver-based group is challenging Don Cherry to a debate on Coach’s Corner to offset criticism that the fiery commentator is using Hockey Night in Canada to promote militarism and the war in Afghanistan.

Hockey Fans for Peace plans to rally outside the HNIC broadcast of Saturday night’s Vancouver Canucks game against the Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Arena in Vancouver to make the point that hockey fans have the democratic right to speak out against the war in Afghanistan.

Spokesman Kimball Cariou said Wednesday the group is calling on the CBC “to either stop the promotion of militarism during hockey broadcasts, or else to allow one of its members to debate Cherry during an upcoming Coach’s Corner.”

Hockey fan and peace activist Derrick O’Keefe agrees.

“It’s something that’s bothered me for a lot of years that Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner has been used to really give a one-sided platform to talk about the war only in full support,” said O’Keefe, a member of the group’s Facebook page. “And when Don Cherry makes political comments during the hockey broadcast he’s never challenged.”

He said Cherry is “100% pro-war from everything I’ve heard him say.”

O’Keefe, who is also co-chair of StopWar.ca, said people “can support the soldiers and hope that they come home safely and it doesn’t mean that we support the war.”

“I think he’s giving a very biased perspective and he’s invoking the soldiers as a way of promoting the war,” said O’Keefe.

CBC spokesman Jeff Keay said he doesn’t accept the premise that Cherry is promoting the war in Afghanistan and militarism every week on Coach’s Corner.

“I mean, Don does offer remembrances of soldiers who are killed as well as police officers and firefighters that are casualties,” said Keay. “We really don’t have a problem with that.”

“We hire him for his hockey commentary, but as a commentator he’s entitled to his opinion,” said Keay, who doesn’t foresee allowing someone to counter Cherry’s views on the war in Afghanistan.

Canadian Exclusive McFarlane NHL Figures

These Canadian Exclusive NHL Figures from McFarlane are all packaged in premium boxes and are as thrilling and dynamic as their predecessors. Pairing with Canadian Tire, the action figure geniuses at McFarlane have sought to create something truly special for fans and collectors of what has become an incredibly successful line.

Wayne Gretzky (Oilers), WEndel Clark (Toronto Maple Leafs), Alexander Ovechkin (Capitals), Sidney Crosby (Penguins), Bobby Orr (Bruins) and Maurice Richard (Canadiens) are the latest to be immortalized and look great displayed with their highly-detailed bases. Four of them (Gretzky, Crosby, Orr and Richard) come with miniature replicas of the Stanley Cup, allowing you to create moments of awesome victory. Snag these guys individually or as a complete set!

Sidney Crosby NHL Hockey 6 Inch Figure Canadian Exclusive

McFarlane Toys teams up with Canadian Tire to offer premium boxed sets featuring some of the greatest hockey players of all time.  Each figure is sculpted and painted for meticulous accuracy, relfecting the uniform and equipment from across several different eras.  SportPicks figures honor the very best players in history, blending current-day superstars with hockey legends who helped build the game and turn it into today’s widespread success.

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McFarlane NHL Hockey Series 26 Figures

So happy that I peed in my pants

I was just playing Call of Duty Black Ops with my buddy Thuan (see pic above) when I heard the good news that we will be getting our NHL Series 26 figures on Monday.  I was so happy that I almost peed in my pants (well….just a little bit came out).  I just have one thing to say before I talk about the new NHL hockey figures….Sailor Uranus Rules!  By the way, Thuan is a Big Sailor Moon fan (and he has this hair wig fetish which I am cool with).

You can place your orders for the new hockey series this weekend and we will ship out the orders on Monday.

McFarlane Toys NHL Sports Picks Series 26 hockey figures contain the following player assortment:

Ryan Kesler
Alexander Ovechkin
Zach Parise
Mike Fisher
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Carey Price
Ryan Miller

NHL McFarlane Hockey Series 26 Figures

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