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Ilya Kovalchuk returns

He was the 1st overall draft in 2001 by Atlanta Thrashers. At renewal of his contract in 2010, he reportedly turned down 12-year $101 million or 7-year, $70 million contracts, and was traded to New Jersey Devils, and by the summer, he agreed to a contract 17-year @ $102 million with the Devils. Then he chose to retire, leaving behind $77 million (for the next 12 years) – so he could play for Putin @ Saint Petersburg – Putin’s hometown.

I’ve joked in 2014, that he should check Putin’s reputation and bank account. Soon, the oil dropped and Putin couldn’t pay … Yahoo reported 2016 that he has to play in China. LOL. Seriously, China?

Anyway, starting this 2018-9 sesason, he returns to USA, playing for LA Kings. Looks like the American dollar is far better than Russian ruble.

他是2001年的第一次总选秀, 被亚特兰大鸫鸟队选中. 据报道, 在2010年续约时, 他拒绝了12年1.01亿美元或7年7,000万美元的合同. 结果被踢到新泽西州的魔鬼队, 签订了17年合约, 1.02亿美元. (比原队少好多). 然后… 然后… 5年后他选择退休 (走法律空隙的那种), 因为他想替普京效力@圣彼得堡 – 普京的家乡.

我那时说过: 也不查查普京的为人和他银行户口 … 然后 … 然后 …普京变成穷光蛋 没有钱付. 习大大说: 过来, 我们有钱 …  在中国打的实在不过瘾. 然后… 然后…现在又灰溜溜的回来美国. 看起来美元远远好于俄罗斯卢布.

挺精神的小伙子 怎么这么 …

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666

The goalie who wears 666 – the number of the beast.

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A fairytale Stanley Cup 2018

What a fairytale 🏒 Stanley Cup … The cave man [调皮] Alexander Ovechkin 是当代人喔 看似山洞人但是非常可爱,受欢迎. Stanley Cup 是最好看. DC 首都队赢得他们第一个🏆. 1⃣ 是联盟专员(长岛小律师)6⃣左是队主 (群照他站在最边上… 好懂事…) 拉斯维加斯赌城今天热闹但是没有首都热闹. 恭喜🍾
每次去DC 都会去看他们打 洞人8号可爱 [强] 高兴他终于赢了🏆
There’s a really good documentary Evgeny Kuznetsov (#92) was only a little boy in Russia 🇷🇺
T. J. Oshie is great too [强]

  

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Las Vegas Golden Knights

🏒 What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas 🏒 won’t be true any more newly minted team goes to Stanley Cup final [愉快] 赌城第一年的冰球新队进了决赛 … 太阳底下啥事都会有 [鼓掌]

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Golden girls

Congrats to the golden girls This is heir first win in 20 years, since they won the in 1998 when it became an olympic game. Since then Canada dominated the gold medal podium. 🏒 美国队赢了 🎉 上次赢是1998 之后都是加拿大. 想念Julie Chu 她打了3⃣ 届奥运 2006-14,2银1铜. 她在哈佛的记录 协助得分到2011 才被破. 她的伴侣是加拿大冰球队的 Caroline Ouellette (2002-14)赢了4⃣个金牌. 她们是对手喔 [捂脸] … 赢不了娶回家 can’t beat them marry them [愉快] 她们四个月前生了一个女儿 恭喜

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Luc Robitaille and his home: Staples Center

For a causal fan, I know Wayne Gretzky but not Robitaille. However, his status is bigger than Gretzky in front of the downtown in LA. As I was amusing loud, one of the guys in team’s uniform, pointed to a man walking by me, “that’s him.”
Oh well. I was too slow to take a better picture of him.

 

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LA Kings

In Staples CenterLos Angelesdowntown. The surrounding area is very welcoming. Kings won 2:0 over Buffalo Sabres.

   

 

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NPR: Chinese Fans Are Slow To Warm Up To Ice Hockey

January 24, 2017

As the Beijing Kunlun Red Stars hit the ice to face off against a team from Moscow, tension is high. A win tonight is crucial to make it to the playoffs in the Kontinental Hockey League, or KHL, Russia’s top professional hockey league, second only to the U.S. National Hockey League in talent.

But hardly anyone in the 15,000-seat Beijing arena understands the stakes. In fact, there’s hardly anyone here; a vast majority of the seats are empty.

“I tried to get my son’s family to come with me, but they weren’t interested. I haven’t seen a hockey game in 20 years — I forget the rules. I can’t figure it out. One team is Russian, but who’s the other team?” she asks me.

That’s your Beijing team, I tell her. She looks up from her knitting and squints through oversized spectacles.

“Oh. But they’re all foreigners! China’s no good at hockey,” she concludes, returning to her knitting.

After China won its bid to host the 2022 Olympics, President Xi Jinping vowed to get 300 million of his people “on the ice,” an initiative to encourage winter sports. Energy tycoons in China and Russia quickly made a deal to create Beijing’s first professional hockey club, and Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Beijing for the signing ceremony with Xi last June. Kunlun Red Star was born — the first Chinese club to join Russia’s premier KHL league.

China’s team has 18 players from Russia, Finland, Canada and the United States. There are a few Chinese nationals, but none of them can compete at this level and they rarely see ice time.

Team CEO Emma Liao says sponsors, many with close connections to China’s government, have already covered the $30 million cost needed to run the Red Stars. Now comes the hard part: educating the public about the team — and about hockey, for that matter.

“Nobody really knows what is hockey,” Liao says with a sigh. “So our job is to educate the audience [about] what is hockey, why it’s so attractive and why they should come to watch the hockey game.”

Few people have done this more than Mark Simon, a Canadian hockey coach who’s worked for years to raise awareness about the sport in China and now volunteers as an assistant for the Red Stars. On this particular day, he’s juggling an order for new jerseys with a hospital visit to the team’s goalie, who’s out with an injury.

Mark Simon, a Canadian hockey coach, now volunteers as an assistant for the Red Stars.
Rob Schmitz/NPR
Simon says he wasn’t sure what to think when he first heard about the team. “Great idea — KHL. China, Russia, you know, the Communist brothers and all the stuff. I mean, I get it,” he says. “But I still thought, you know, it’s early. To expect that you’re going to fill an NHL-sized rink is insane.”

Simon says the Red Stars have already broken a KHL record for lowest attendance at a single game — 550 people.

The sparse crowds can make for an awkward game-day experience, when the team’s 12-member cheerleading squad’s cheers are swallowed by the void of a near-empty arena. Or when the announcer – who Simon complains doesn’t know a thing about hockey – begins an exuberant cheer for the Red Stars two seconds after the opposing team scores.

A group of spectators from Finland is amused, and a little confused.

They say the game would be better if they were drunk. But tight security rules prohibit alcohol inside the arena. They’re the only audience members I meet who’ve actually bought tickets. Peter Solonen, one of the Finns, says he’s never seen a hockey game with such good talent attract so few fans.

“They’ve still got something to learn,” he says with a laugh. “You don’t see hockey anywhere else but inside the stadium. Nowhere else. That is weird.”

It may be weird, but for Red Stars player Zach Yuen, it’s a dream come true. He was the first Chinese-Canadian defenseman drafted by the NHL, and he’s chosen to come here now, to play in his homeland.

“When I was growing up, I never had a role model,” says Yuen. “It would’ve been cool to have a role model to look up to. Just to know that it’s possible. Because the entry to hockey is tough for sure, culturally. In China, there are kids that watch our games and hopefully, I can live up to that and be a role model for them.”

Kids like Yuan Zhongfan, who’s practicing with his team in Shanghai, could use a role model. The eight-year-old loves hockey, but he’s not sure how supportive his parents will be when he gets older.

“My mom wanted me to learn swimming, but I wasn’t tall enough. There was a hockey rink nearby, so we picked that,” he says.

Yuan says his dream is to play for the Chicago Blackhawks. I ask him what his parents think about this. “They don’t think it’s possible,” he says, “because no Chinese player has made it to the NHL.”

Yuan’s parents have never heard of Zach Yuen, and they don’t know much about the Red Stars — who, as it happens, lost their big game and have likely lost their chance to make it to the playoffs. But China’s government is dreaming big about hockey. And no matter how obscure the sport is today, if he works hard, this eight-year-old from Shanghai may someday get a shot at his dream, too.

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Weekend in Vermont

This place is highly ranked:

    

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The 1980 miracle on ice

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The legendary game at 1980 olympics when the USA college kids won over Russian professionals.

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