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Simmer’s Skate: Team Canada Champs, Russian Cheerleaders Fired, Blind Skating $$



As the end of the summer holiday break draws near, don’t expect to hear about any Vancouver Canucks signing contracts. However, hockey executive bodies will start to fill rinks and offices again after Labour Day next week, and the pressure and the action should pick up. Until then …

Let’s Skate! …

— Team USA’s five time championship run is over, thanks to a dramatic 3-2 overtime victory for Team Canada at the Womens World Championship in Calgary. Canada’s captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored the Golden Goal as told by Andrew Podnieks for the IIHF. The delayed reaction as to whether the puck went in added some drama.

— Alrightee then. The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) season is underway in Russia and we have a cheerleader controversy in Kazan. The Ak Bars club has just relieved its pep squad of its duties over apparent jealousies from the players’ wives. Seems a bit harsh.

Ahhh summer. How long til NHL training camps open again? In the meantime, any cheap flights to Kazan?

Mark Demontis and the lads from Canadian Blind Hockey exceeded their goal of raising $100,000 for the program just as they set off today on their 1,000 kilometre inline skate from Windsor, Ontario to Ottawa. We previewed the effort, with Demontis’s remarkable back-story and the goal of bringing blind hockey to the Paralympics one day. A small group of blind and sighted skaters are going 100K a day for ten days.




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