Maybe Gov. Tim Pawlenty was just out of practice after a year without professional hockey.
The governor made an embarrassing slip of the tongue as he led the crowd in a cheer at the season opener for the Minnesota Wild hockey team. All 30 National Hockey League teams were back in action Wednesday after a year of labor unrest.
Ilya Kovalchuk was on a line Tuesday with Peter Bondra and Marc Savard in his first practice since re-signing with the Atlanta Thrashers. He’s looking forward to getting the same chance Wednesday night against the Montreal Canadiens.
Montreal Canadiens star Jose Theodore is wondering when the NHL’s crackdown on obstruction will make its way to the goal crease. Habs coach Claude Julien is hoping it happens before his franchise player gets hurt.
If the New Jersey Devils have a theme song, it might well be “Hotel California.” You know the riff, you can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave.
Take Larry Robinson, longtime guest at the Hotel Devils.
The Calgary Flames have added a little toughness to the blueline. Veteran defenceman Bryan Marchment has agreed to a one year deal with the team. Marchment attended the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp last month as a free agent but was not offered a contract.
For the second time in less than a year a Sidney Crosby Jersey has gone missing. Crosby’s jersey from his first NHL game was reported stolen from his father’s checked baggage during a flight from Pittsburgh to Buffalo according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The jersey was later found at the Pittsburgh International Airport.