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from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Raining hockey pucks at the Olympics

Vancouver Olympics Ice HockeyMolly Riley writes:

Covering hockey at ice level is rarely without excitement but usually without injury to photographers ... until the game I was working at last Friday.

I was covering the last of three hockey games in one day from our assigned position in a seat against the glass. During second period a puck that was shot up to the net above the glass dropped straight down and hit me on the leg. I didn’t think much of it and while fans scrambled for the loose puck I thought ‘what are the chances of that happening?’

Then during the third period another puck was shot up into the net and came straight down, this time on my head.

I did not see it coming but knew what it was when it hit, and I thought 'hmmm I just got hit on the head with a puck...' It didn’t hurt much but I felt my head and found it bleeding. I cleared my cameras and laptop away, leaned over the isle watching blood drip from my head to a pool in the floor, and signaled for help.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Olympic ice hockey final, closing ceremony — live

We're at rinkside in Vancouver to bring you live coverage of the Winter Olympics ice hockey final between Canada and the United States. And join us later for the closing ceremony of these Games.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Games, day 14 — live

The men's ice hockey semi-finals pitting the United States against Finland and Canada against Slovakia are the highlights of the day ... but with the mayhem of short track speed skating and the women's curling final there's plenty of other action to shout about... Join us here today and every day of the Games.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Games, day 11 — live

Canada v Germany in the hockey is the highlight of the Winter Olympics programme today, with the host nation facing a test of nerve in this sudden death play-off.

That's not all, though, folks, with the men's giant slalom in alpine skiing one of five medal events.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Olympics Hockey Super Sunday — live

We're running a live blog on the mouth-watering line up of hockey on Sunday, featuring Russia v Czech Republic in Group B, Canada v United States in Group A and Sweden v Finland in Group C.

We'll be talking hockey all day so please feel free to dip in. The fun starts Sunday. Early.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

“Support Our Troops” slogan falls foul of Olympic rules

OLYMPICS-ICE HOCKEY/Trouble is brewing over United States ice hockey goalie Jonathan Quick and the “Support Our Troops” slogan on his helmet. Slogans of this sort are banned under Olympic rules and Quick will be told to remove it, the International Ice Hockey Federation has told Reuters.

Ryan Miller has also been told to remove the slogan “Miller Time” from his helmet while the third American netminder Tim Thomas had already placed a sticker over a slogan on his mask for the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Sportswrap fashion special

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It’s a fashion special this week, and no, we’re not talking about Owen’s Gene Hunt, Life on Mars, 1970s suit selection.

Click the headline, press play and join us for an intimate sale of Italian jewellry, a rustle through the racks at Germany’s most exclusive clothes shop and a little spice out on the ice.

Who will be the new Captain Canada?

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hockeyIt’s hard to predict who will become Captain Canada, when Canada hasn’t even picked a team.But who will lead Canada’s men’s hockey team into battle at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics will spark more debate than who will be the hockey mad country’s next Prime Minister.

With 46 of Canada’s best taking part in last week’s national team orientation camp you could not swing a hockey stick without hitting a worthy candidate.

We interrupt this music to bring you some ice hockey

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swedish-rock

The official name for the tournament is the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship. But its real motive seems to be to cram 10,000 people into a covered a arena and then subject them to over two hours of Euro-rock crowd pleasers.

Imagine a soccer match being interrupted at every free kick, corner, throw-in and goal by a burst of music, usually of questionable taste, and you start to get the picture.

The playoff beard grows into a Stanley Cup tradition

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One of the great Stanley Cup traditions is the “Playoff Beard” and with the post-season just underway, you can already tell who might not pick up a razor again until their run at the famous mug ends.

As hockey traditions go, the Playoff Beard is relatively new, the New York Islanders widely credited with starting the fad during the 1980s when they won four consecutive hair-raising Stanley Cups.

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