Monday, December 15, 2008

More on the passing of Indiana Ice's President Michael Schupay

This one is a good one from the Indianapolis Business Journal.

The author makes a great point: the local media more or less ignores the Ice, which is so sad.  One would be lucky to get an article a week out of the Indianapolis Star, and maybe once a season out of the television stations, and only if something legal happens.

Schupay will surely be missed.  I really hope the team continues to thrive and grow in Indianapolis.  I mean, if Des Moines has an AHL team, why can't Indianapolis have hockey, even at an elite junior amateur level?

Friday, December 5, 2008

6 games and anger management evaluation: What the heck?

Sean Avery has been suspended six gams by the NHL for inappropriate comments to the media prior to Tuesday's game against Calgary.

The suspension is retroactive to Tuesday's game, meaning Avery will have to sit out four more games.

"Mr. Avery has expressed remorse for his recent comments and has sought a professional anger management evaluation," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement issued by the league. "I will require that he follow through with that process as a condition of his returning to the ice and that he complies with any and all recommendations."

Avery, who signed a four-year, $15 million deal with the Stars in the off-season, was condemned by his coach Dave Tippett, GMs Les Jackson and Brett Hull, owner Tom Hicks and some of his teammates for his remarks.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Stefan Legein on HNIC Radio

About a five minute interview on Hockey Night in Canada Radio (Sirius Satellite Radio) with Stefan Legein (interviewed by Jeff Marek & Cassie Campbell).  Some notes of what I remember.

  • He sounded great, happy, doing well, glad for the decision.
  • He quelshed the rumor that he worked for Boston Pizza.  He simply ate there.
  • He said he started training again about a month ago with the St. Catharines Falcons. The itinerary I read online is the timeline he gave.
  • He doesn't regret his decision, though he also doesn't regret all the things he did before he got burned out.  He said he needed the time to decide what he really wanted.
  • He advised all the young players out there to find time for themselves; not necessarily take time off like he did, but still, take time off in the offseason.
  • He said he would have never walked away during the season.  He would have stick it out.  He also said Howson was understanding.  He hopes the Jackets players will give him a chance.  He also said the Steve Mason was doing an awesome job.
That's all I can remember.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Michael W. Schupay (1961-2008)

USHL's Indiana Ice president passed away on Friday.  Thoughts go out to his family, friends, and the Indiana Ice.

Schupay joined the team for the 2006-07 season and quickly made an impact on the Ice and the U.S. Hockey League. The league's owners honored him as the top USHL executive. He was in charge of day-to-day operations and strategic planning.

Pair of funny Blackhawks All-Star Voting Commercials