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By Helene Elliott and Tribune Olympic Bureau | February 27, 2010
An icy dream dawned six months ago in a rink near Chicago, where candidates for the U.S. Olympic hockey team took the first steps of a journey that will end a few hours before the flame is extinguished on the Vancouver Games. A week later the same dream was planted in Calgary among prospective members of Team Canada, who have shouldered the hopes of a nation that considers hockey a way of life and not merely a diversion. The U.S. and Canada will compete Sunday at Canada Hockey Place for the Olympic gold medal, pitting NHL teammates against each other in a rivalry that has become, to Canadians' chagrin, increasingly even.
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By MILTON KENT | June 20, 1995
The calendar says that summer officially starts tomorrow, which means thoughts of ice should be confined to the number of cubes in your glass of lemonade.But as the thermometer's mercury makes its relentless climb, the focus of the sports world turns this week to athletics that are best served cold, particularly hockey.To be certain, hockey, which after a thrilling 1993-94 season suffered a lockout this year, has not reached the popularity level of the big three American sports of baseball, basketball and football.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | February 13, 1992
MERIBEL, France -- The uniforms are frayed and patched. The stars are dispersed to Europe and North America. Those left behind are scrambling to impress National Hockey League general managers.This is the Big Red Machine, running on empty.The Soviet Union may be extinct, but its hockey team, by whatever name, is still a force in the Winter Olympics. The players are younger -- and hungrier. But they can no longer spin the intricate webs of passes that gave Soviet hockey its signature and its seven Olympic championships.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | April 28, 1993
Negotiations to replace the departing Skipjacks have reached an impasse, placing the future of professional hockey in Baltimore in jeopardy once again.Whether Baltimore retains hockey next season could come down to three issues: Does Centre Management want hockey in the Baltimore Arena? Will Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke use his political muscle to assist in the effort? And will the Washington Capitals give their blessing to a new team in the area?Ed Anderson, would-be owner of an East Coast Hockey League team, and Gary Handleman, vice president for facilities at Centre Management, have been unable to reach a lease agreement for the Baltimore Arena in negotiations that began March 30.Now, time is running out on Anderson and the Baltimore Hockey Advocates, a group of local businessmen trying to keep hockey here.
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By Brian Fishman and Brian Fishman,Staff Writer | August 1, 1993
They play like the Red Army team that dominated international hockey for two decades. They use a quick-passing, attacking-from-transition style taken right out of any respected European hockey manual. Their record against teams from North America -- 102-5 in the past year -- and the scores they regularly inflict on their opponents would impress Mario Lemieux.Yet the record and methodical fashion in which they pick apart their opponents' weaknesses are not the most intriguing features to this Ukrainian hockey team.
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By SANDRA McKEE | November 9, 1993
Three nights a week, ESPN2 hockey announcers take off their jackets and ties and go cool. They talk "puck." They use words like "grunge box" instead of penalty box. They dress casual by design.It isn't Beavis and Butt-Head meet the NHL. But there is no doubt ESPN2's "NHL Fire on Ice" is playing to the same audience."Surveys show the majority of hockey viewers range in age from 18 to 35," said ESPN senior producer for hockey Mark Quenzel. "I was a little surprised by that. But that's the MTV audience.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer | July 8, 1993
Come September, Peggy Boutilier could finish her what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation essay in three words -- "I played hockey."Then again, the Roland Park senior might want to elaborate on her trip to the United States Olympic Festival in San Antonio July 19-28.Sandwiched within a busy camp schedule, the Olympic Festival competition provides Boutilier, 18, with her highest level of experience yet. Boutilier and St. Paul's graduate Tricia Burdt were the only Baltimore-area girls selected to the Olympic Festival's four field hockey teams.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1999
Think of "Rocky" on ice skates.That's what you get with "Mystery, Alaska," one of those hard-to-resist little guys-vs.-the world sports tales in which success isn't nearly as important as survival. Here, it's a ragtag bunch of Alaskan hockey players going up against the NHL's mighty New York Rangers.Created by prolific TV producer-director David E. Kelley ("Ally McBeal," "The Practice," "Chicago Hope," etc.), it's filled with his trademark touches: near-absurd situations, characters jumping from one inner crisis to the next, and a sometimes uneasy mix of humor and pathos.
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By RAY FRAGER | February 20, 1992
No soap, hockey fans. And that's good news.CBS has decided to carry tomorrow's Olympic hockey semifinal between the United States and the Unified Team live at 11 a.m.CBS was not originally scheduled to carry Winter Games programming at that time, so the game will pre-empt some soap operas. If I were answering the phones at a CBS affiliate, I'd call in sick tomorrow.*Go with the flow: CBS had a nice flow going last night with its coverage of the women's figure skating, but the switch back to women's giant slalom was quite jarring -- sort of like Midori Ito's fall during the original program.
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