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Jets-Sharks Game Day: First Look

                After a summer where commercial matters like logos and sweater unveilings dominated NHL news in Winnipeg, the Jets’ prospects take to the ice in Penticton this evening for their YoungStars opener in the first instance of actual hockey for the franchise. The youngsters head into this week coming off a couple of heavily…

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There shouldn’t be fighting in prospect games

    The scene: After a hard-fought prospects game at one of the many preseason tournaments sprouting up across North America, a progressive coach brings a player into his office to discuss the fighting major the player earned the night before in the second period of a 5-1 hockey game. “Oh, hey, it’s good to…

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REMEMBERING 9/11/01

Ten years ago today we were sitting at the breakfast table getting ready to match wits with a class at the U of A. The entire family was watching BBC News when they announced that a plane had accidentally crashed into the World Trade Center. As they cut to live footage and commentary, it was…

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NATION RADIO – SEPTEMBER 10, 2011

  We sincerely hope that this most excellent summer weekend finds you in good spirits and in good health. We have a jim dandy of a lineup for this show. Thom Drance from CanucksArmy, former WHA Oiler Skip Krake, Jonathan Willis, Jason Gregor and Oil Kings commentator Kent Simpson round out the roster this week….

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Jets sign Kyle Wellwood

               The Jets have spent most of the summer looking a little light up front, so it’s possible that this evening’s reported addition of Kyle Wellwood on a one year, 700K deal should be less of a surprise than it might seem. The well-travelled forward has never really been…

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Player types: The defensive forward

    Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player’s plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players. This month, somewhat regularly, I will break down types of players and teams in an effort to localize player…

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MORE TRAGEDY: LOKOMOTIV PLANE CRASHES

With the NHL still coping with the deaths of players Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak, the hockey world is reeling with today’s tragic news out of Russia about the crash of Jaroslavl Lokomotiv’s team flight shortly after take-off. Here’s the story, starting with the original report by the Associated Press, as it has unfolded…

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Hockey Is Destroying Western Civilization

Laura Robinson’s article on the Vancouver riots and the violence-worshipping nature of hockey doesn’t quite go as far as the title above, but she comes close. Robinson argues that hockey – she cites the Vancouver Olympics and the Canucks’ playoff run – leads to violence against women, because of the culture of violence in hockey.

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NATION RADIO – SEPTEMBER 3, 2011

  There is a little something from everywhere this week on NationRadio. Red Deer Rebels talk starts it off, then it swings over to the Winnipeg Jets. Then Jason Bonsignore emerges from the mists of time to talk about his stint as an Oiler so many years ago. Then some AHL talk and a look…

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