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By Dan Rodricks | January 28, 2002
TWO WORDS in the Massachusetts manslaughter trial of Thomas Junta burned my ears: "That's hockey." Heard that one before, many times. It's macho shorthand, used by hockey fans to defend fights in the National Hockey League, and by hockey dads and hockey moms to dismiss peers who express some squeamishness about rough play on the ice. Think NHL stars set a bad example by dropping the gloves and going at it? My son elbowed your son "behind the play" and got away with it? "That's hockey." In other words: "The coolest, fastest game on Earth is a contact sport and sometimes there's more contact than the rule book allows, so get used to it or have little Josh take up tennis."
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | May 4, 1993
The Baltimore Hockey Advocates have sweetened their rent proposal to put an East Coast Hockey League team in the Arena next season.Whether it is enough to break the impasse in negotiations with Centre Management was uncertain, but Ed Anderson, the primary investor in a would-be ECHL team, said yesterday that those negotiations would be open-ended."
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By HELENE ELLIOTT and HELENE ELLIOTT,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 15, 2006
Turin, Italy -- Saying he would take no more questions about his alleged link to a sports-betting ring that supposedly took bets from his wife, Wayne Gretzky reiterated yesterday that he knew nothing about the operation. Authorities in New Jersey allege that an illegal gambling ring was run by Rick Tocchet, Gretzky's friend and assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes. "It doesn't involve me and I'm not involved," Gretzky, the executive director of Canada's men's Olympic hockey team, said after the team's first practice in Turin.
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By Tom Worgo and Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer | December 20, 1992
The Towson State ice hockey team experienced tremendous success last year and it's continued this season.Last season, the Tigers won the Mason Dixon Hockey League with an 18-1 mark and finished 15th nationally in the American Collegiate Hockey Association poll, going 23-8-3 overall.This year, Towson is 7-0 in conference play and ranked 16th nationally by the ACHA among 90 schools.And at the center of the success has been several county residents and players who are products of the Odenton-based Chesapeake Bay Youth Hockey Program.
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By RAY FRAGER | February 23, 1992
If you feel that bronze is for baby shoes, maybe the U.S.-Czechoslovakia hockey game for the third-place medal never held much promise for you.But the game dominated yesterday afternoon's CBS telecast, though, as the Czechoslovakians turned it into a rout, I was tempted to check out the "China Beach" episode featuring Nancy Sinatra over on Lifetime.CBS caught the frustration of American goalie Ray LeBlanc, whose teammates were serving as checkout clerks at Shots R Us. Before the second period, we saw Le- Blanc asking to be taken out of the game, but being told by the coaching staff that he'd earned the right to stay in goal.
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By RAY FRAGER | May 28, 1993
When it comes to sports television, hockey is your cousin Irving.You remember Irving, don't you? At the big family get-together on Memorial Day, all of the kids would run off to play hide-and-go-seek, kick the can, freeze tag, find the inside trader or some other game. But, as you skipped off, Mom would say, "Don't forget to let Irving play."And you'd grumble, because Irving had Coke-bottle glasses, a whiny voice and terminal klutziness. Now, of course, Irving is CEO of CompuGizmoTech Inc., worth $25 million and won't return your calls.
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By Phil Jackman | May 3, 1993
It's not the fault of the Washington Capitals that Baltimore has seen the last of the American Hockey League for a while. Directly, that is.But as a result of the folks calling the shots at the Baltimore Arena being unnecessarily hard-nosed negotiators, it doesn't appear the East Coast Hockey League will be coming here. And now we see a very definite pattern beginning to form.Let's see, what organization would benefit directly from Baltimore's being stripped of its hockey? Why, the Capitals, of course.
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By RICK MAESE | February 10, 2006
Turin, Italy-- --The winter's first big Olympic scandal is about to arrive. It's scheduled to leave the United States late Sunday night and touch down in Italy the next day. Everyone's already abuzz about its arrival. This isn't just a pretty good scandal. This is The Great One. A gambling investigation has threatened to take a sport that was on its knees and put it on ice. The waves that battered the NHL this week will fully douse the Winter Games when Wayne Gretzky, the executive director of Team Canada, arrives in town.
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By Frank Brown and Frank Brown,New York Daily News | June 11, 1993
California is used to earthquakes, and Wayne Gretzky's retirement tremors Wednesday night may have registered on Richter scales out west. Now we all brace for the aftershock, which will hit within two weeks.The Great One -- gone?That could be The Big One that California has been dreading. Gretzky has spent all these seasons building hockey's power base like a house on a fault line.Now, one goodbye wave of his hand might send it tumbling into the sea.California has made exceptional strides in hockey interest these five Gretzky years.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | October 5, 1995
When the Baltimore Bandits took the Arena ice for the first time as an American Hockey League franchise Saturday, there was a highly appreciative crowd of nearly 5,000 responding to their every move . . . . even to the penalty box. It was an exhibition game.The last time the city was a member of the AHL, as the Baltimore Skipjacks in 1992-93, regular-season games drew an average of 3,000 fans. The previous 10 years of their existence, the Jacks had averaged 3,375 per contest, which usually placed them about eighth in attendance in the 13-14-15-team league.
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