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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Wednesday Evening Duck News

There was a lot of news today.  Some of it bad (Selanne) and some of it was good.  So on with the show!

Selanne News from the official Anaheim Ducks Blog

We have a follow-up on that Teemu Selanne story in the Finnish newspaper. A fan named Jan-Erik was kind enough to provide me with a much better translation than the one I found from the online translator. Here it is:

Motivation completely lost

Teemu Selanne's return highly unlikely.

Family means more to Teemu Selanne than continuing his career.

It is starting to look quite sure that Teemu Selanne won't be taking part to Anaheim Ducks' training camp that starts in a month's time.

"Hockey has been my life's work, but there is a lot more to life than that. The thing I fear the most is that I would base my decision (about my career) on something else than motivation and hockey". Selanne told on YLE interview.

See the rest here - Link

From the same link it tells you how to order the commemorative book that I mentioned earlier here are the details

I've gotten a couple of emails from out-of-town Ducks fans asking how they can purchase the Commemorative Tribute if they can't get to the Team Store. Give the Team Store a call at (888) 438-2505 and they can arrange having one or more shipped to you. So, please do that if you can't get to the Team Store. It really is a nice publication. 

Also according to the blog training camp starts September 11 at Anaheim Ice and is open to the public. 

Earl at BOC gives Teemu a reason to stay

Not to steal any thunder from Rudy's hilarious post below, but today the Hockey News decided to break out their Finnish translators to report that indications are that Teemu Selanne is likely going to retire.

Just because the Hockey News is run by dunces doesn't mean that their translation is wrong--I've seen enough message board affirmation to think this is the way Teemu is leaning. All I can offer is one last reason for Selanne to consider coming back.

Read the rest here  - Link

NHL releases their television schedule.  This is not the whole Ducks schedule, just what is being broadcast nationally.

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the television schedules of NBC, VERSUS, CBC, TSN, RDS, HDNet and NHL Network for the 2007-08 season.

In the U.S., VERSUS and NBC return for a third year as the NHL’s national television partners.  In Canada, CBC begins its 55th consecutive year of NHL broadcast coverage while TSN – which began covering the NHL in 1985 – is once again the national cable partner.  RDS, the French-language telecast partner of the NHL, enters its fifth year televising regular-season Montreal Canadiens and other select games.  HDNet, a national High Definition telecast partner of the NHL, begins its sixth year of NHL coverage, while NHL Network heads into its fourth year of televising live NHL regular season games.

The NHL’s 90th anniversary season begins 45 days from today when the Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings open the 2007-08 regular season with the two-game NHL Premiere series at London's O2 Arena on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 (both starts noon ET).  The season-opening game Saturday will be covered live by HDNet in the U.S. and by CBC’s “Hockey Night In Canada.”  VERSUS begins its season with the live telecast of Sunday’s game.  The remainder of the regular season begins Wednesday, Oct. 3 and the 56th NHL All-Star Game will be played Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

Read the rest here - Link

See the Ducks Schedule here - Link

Some more on the NHL Schedule

After finding success last season with flexible schedules of its “Sunday Night Football” games, NBC is set to copy that formula for its hockey telecasts.

The NBC NHL “Game of the Week” is set to drop the puck on Sunday, Jan. 20, with either the Boston Bruins at the New York Rangers or the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks at the Dallas Stars as the network readies for its third season.

NBC will be able to pick from up to four games for each Sunday’s telecast, selecting one of those options to be the “Game of the Week.”

Much like the flex-scheduling of its NFL games, the decision was made with an eye to ensure maximum relevancy for each telecast.

NBC will give 13 days’ notice of which game it chooses to air.

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Bryzgolav has his day with the Stanley Cup. The link is all in Russian and has multiple articles and lots of photos.  This link is courtesy of Scotttishockeygod on the Anaheim Ducks message board (

The Russian Translation

The unique event will take place in Togliatti soon. The Stanley Cup, the championship trophy of the National Hockey League, appeared to be in our town on the 6th of August. Informational server is to monitor its way on the territory of Samara region.

Its correspondent meets “Lord Stanley’s Mug”, as it is known abroad, in “Kurumoch” international airport. The visitors of the server would be the 1st to get news about the И фото на памятьStanley Cup at every moment of its stay in the area. In order to know everything it’s enough to go to

By now it contains a lot of information about “Lord Stanley’s Mug” – its history, the Russians’ names, who won the trophy in different years, the program of its stay in Togliatti. It’s also possible to get acquainted with Ilya Bryzgalov, the pupil of AVTOVAZ hockey school, due to whom people of Togliatti have opportunity to look at the Stanley Cup. Besides this, on the page one finds the hockey-player’s interview, where Ilya tells us about himself and his impressions of the victory in NHL.И фото на память










Илья Брызгалов в Тольятти: о себе и о Кубке Стэнли









Кубок Стэнли прилетел










See the rest here - Link

By the way Bryzgalov is a very funny and strange guy.  He is one of my favorite Ducks.  Here is one of the reasons why:



The Anaheim Ducks are participating in Project Playhouse.  This charity is to raise funds for HomeAid Orange County.

Project Playhouse is the unique fundraising event that benefits HomeAid Orange County, a non-profit organization that builds and renovates shelters for the transitionally homeless in the community. With immense imagination and craftsmanship, Southern California's premier homebuilders have designed, constructed, and decorated whimsical cottages that look like they have popped from the pages of a fairytale went to modern creations brimming with technology.

The Auction has been extremely beneficial to HomeAid Orange County’s Shelter Development Program. HomeAid was founded by the leadership of the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California in June, 1989 to help alleviate the homeless problem in Orange County. HomeAid is successfully mobilizing and utilizing the skills, talents and financial resources of BIA-member companies and the community to construct and renovate homeless shelters throughout Orange County.

Visit their website here - Link