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December 2004 Feature

Anglo-Czech Hockey School

The school was the brainchild of Milan Figala, one of the first Czech players to play in the UK. Figala's idea was to forge links with his home country, the Czech Republic and to give something back to the sport he loved so much. Figala and a hockey schools director, John Wright got together - Wright became the contact in England while Figala covered Scotland and the Czech Republic. They started by inviting Czech junior teams to visit the UK, competing with teams throughout England and Scotland. Seeing such commitment to the sport in the UK, the Czechs offered an opportunity to take young British players to schools/camps in the Czech Republic, to be coached by the very best. Since 1990, players from the Anglo-Czech Ice Hockey Schools have been selected to take part in the Czech junior program, and several young British players have taken advantage of the opportunity.

To find out more visit the
Anglo-Czech Ice Hockey School

Competition Winners

Copies of BLACK ICE: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895 - 1925 by George & Darril Fosty have been sent to :

Gene Perry in North Carolina, USA

Sean Phelan in Tyne & Wear, England

Mia Webster in Quebec, Canada

To find out more about BLACK ICE visit www.stryker-indigo.com

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November 2004 Feature

Giveaway Competition

This month we have a number of copies of BLACK ICE: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895 - 1925 to give away thanks to co-author George Fosty.

The book was released last month by the Stryker-Indigo Publishing Company and our question is - 

Where are Stryker-Indigo based?

Send us your answer in an e-mail to blackice@azhockey.com and we will pick the winners at the end of this month.

The A to Z should have had the chance to review a copy of
BLACK ICE by now but a slight delay at the printers means they have yet to arrive - if possible, we will review the book in December.

To find out more about BLACK ICE visit www.stryker-indigo.com

AHL on NASN

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With the NHL locked out, NASN is giving its UK viewers the chance to see games from the American Hockey League, as well as NCAA games.

To find out move visit www.nasn.com

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October 2004 Feature

BLACK ICE

The full title of the book is BLACK ICE: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895 - 1925.

The book is released this month by the Stryker-Indigo Publishing Company of New York and has been written by Stryker-Indigo's founders George & Darril Fosty.

The flyer for BLACK ICE reads "Twenty-five years before the Negro Baseball Leagues in the United States, and twenty-two years before the birth of the National Hockey League, Black Canadians helped pioneer the sport of ice hockey ..... the Colored League would emerge as a premier force in Canadian hockey ..... Unfortunately their contributions were conveniently ignored, or simply stolen, as White teams and hockey officials, influenced by the Black league, sought to take self-credit for Black hockey innovations".

Like their first hockey book SPLENDID IS THE SUN : The 5,000 Year History of Hockey, this tale of the Colored Hockey League is sure to stir things up amongst hockey historians.

The A to Z will have had the chance to review a copy of
BLACK ICE by the end of the month and will run a giveaway competition in November as George Fosty is kindly making a number of copies available.

To find out more about BLACK ICE visit www.stryker-indigo.com

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September 2004 Feature

World Cup Of Hockey 2004

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In the UK, you can watch the World Cup of Hockey on NASN. The games are listed below - when games have been played results are shown.

Round Robin Stage
Mon 30/08 Czech Republic 0-4 Finland 
Tue 31/08 Germany 2-5 Sweden 
Tue 31/08 USA 1-2 Canada

Wed 01/09 Czech Republic 3-4 Sweden 
Wed 01/09 Canada 5-1 Slovakia 
Thu 02/09 Finland 3-0 Germany 
Thu 02/09 Russia 3-1 USA
 
Fri 03/09 Germany 2-7 Czech Republic 
Fri 03/09 Slovakia 1-3 USA
 
Sat 04/09 Sweden 4-4 Finland 
Sat 04/09 Russia 1-3 Canada
 
Sun 05/09 Slovakia 2-5 Russia 

Quarter-Finals
Mon 06/09 Finland 2-1 Germany
Tue 07/09 Sweden 1-6 Czech Republic
Tue 07/09 Russia 3-5 USA
 
Wed 08/09 Canada 5-0 Slovakia

Semi-Finals
Fri 10/09 USA 1-2 Finland
Sat 11/09 Czech Republic 3-4 Canada

Final 
Tue 14/09 Finland 2-3 Canada

To find out how to get NASN and game viewing schedules visit NASN.

To find out more about the World Cup of Hockey visit www.wch2004.com

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August 2004 Feature

World Cup Of Hockey 2004

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Eight of the top hockey nations in the world will compete in the second
World Cup of Hockey tournament which starts at the end of August and runs for a fortnight (30 Aug - 14 Sep).
 

Teams from both sides of the Atlantic will participate, with games held in Europe & North America.

The European Division includes the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany & Sweden and the North American Division includes Canada, Russia, Slovakia & the United States.

Four arenas in Europe - Cologne Arena (Cologne), Globe Arena (Stockholm), Hartwall Arena (Helsinki) and Sazka Arena (Prague) will feature European Division games and European QuarterFinals. 

Three arenas in North America - Air Canada Centre (Toronto), Bell Centre (Montreal) & Xcel Energy Center (St Paul) will feature North American Division games and North American QuarterFinals.

The SemiFinals will be held at the Air Canada Centre and Xcel Energy Center, with the Final in Toronto.

To find out more visit the World Cup of Hockey web site at www.wch2004.com


The USA worn the first World Cup of Hockey in 1996.


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July 2004 Feature

Educational CD-ROMS






In a departure from our normal hockey related feature, this month we bring an offer from one of our sponsors - Graphyle History Guides.

They are having a stock clearance and their CD-ROMS - "The Romans" and "The Anglo-Saxons" are available from Amazon.co.uk for just 99p + p&p.

The CDs are aimed at children aged 7-11.
(National Curriculum Key Stage 2 in the UK)

For more detail visit their web site at
www.graphyle.com/Publications


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June 2004 Feature

IIHF Super Six



From next season, the top club competition in Europe will be the IIHF Super Six.

The club champion of Europe will be decided at the inaugural
IIHF Super Six to be played 13th-16th January, 2005 at the state-of-the-art Ice Palace arena in St Petersburg, Russia.

The 2003-04 national champions from the top ranked European countries according to the 2004 IIHF World Ranking will participate.

Czech Republic: HC Zlin
Finland: Karpat Oulu
Germany: Frankfurt Lions
Russia: Avangard Omsk
Slovakia: Dukla Trencin
Sweden: HV 71

The teams will be divided into two groups and will play a single round-robin. Each group winner will then play in the gold medal game. A total of seven games will be played in four tournament days.

IIHF President René Fasel said, "Competition between the very best club teams in Europe ... is something that European club hockey and the fans have been missing since the European Hockey League folded four years ago."

"Further down the line there is definitely a desire to match the best club team of Europe against the Stanley Cup champion for a world club supremacy", says Fasel.

"Many fans are still talking about the great games between CSKA Moscow and the Montreal Canadiens in the 70s and 80s and the potential of games like these is even bigger today".

St Petersburg is also scheduled to host the 2006 and the 2007
IIHF Super Six competitions.

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May 2004 Feature

NHL Playoffs on NASN



The North American Sports Network continues to screen playoff games in May as the Conference Semi Finals conclude and the Conference Finals get underway (NB NASN moves fom Sky channel 420 to Sky channel 417 from Tuesday 18th May).

NHL Conference Semi Finals (Game #)

3 May 3.00am
Detroit Red Wings v Calgary Flames (#6)

NHL Conference Finals (Game #)

8 May 12.00am
Freeview  
Philadelphia Flyers v Tampa Bay Lightning
(#1)

8 May 8.00pm
C
algary Flames v San Jose Sharks
(#1)

11 May 12.30am
Philadelphia Flyers v Tampa Bay Lightning (#2)

14 May 12.00am
Tampa Bay Lightning v Philadelphia Flyers (#3)

14 May 2.30am
San Jose Sharks v Calgary Flames (#3)


15 May 8.00pm
Tampa Bay Lightning v Philadelphia Flyers (#4)


16 May 9.00pm
San Jose Sharks v Calgary Flames (#4)

18 May 3.00am
Calgary Flames v San Jose Sharks
(#5)

19 May 1.00pm

Philadelphia Flyers v Tampa Bay Lightning
(#5)

20 May 9.30pm
San Jose Sharks v Calgary Flames (#6)

21 May 12.30am
Tampa Bay Lightning v Philadelphia Flyers (#6)

23 May 12.00am
Philadelphia Flyers v Tampa Bay Lightning
(#7)

Stanley Cup Finals (Game #)

26 May 8.00pm
Calgary Flames v Tampa Bay Lightning
(#1)

28 May 8.00pm
Calgary Flames v Tampa Bay Lightning (#2)

30 May 1.00pm
Tampa Bay Lightning v Calgary Flames (#3)

1 Jun 8.00pm
Tampa Bay Lightning v Calgary Flames (#4)

4 Jun 8.00pm
Calgary Flames v Tampa Bay Lightning (#5)

6 Jun 2.00pm
Tampa Bay Lightning v Calgary Flames (#6)

8 Jun 8.00pm
Calgary Flames v Tampa Bay Lightning (#7)

For more information about NASN and where to get it, follow this link.

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April 2004 Feature

Playoff Hockey on NASN


April sees the start of the Playoffs in the NHL and the North American Sports Network is to screen the follow games.

NHL Conference Quarter Finals (Game #) 

9 Apr 12.30am
Ottawa Senators v Toronto Maple Leafs (1)
9 Apr 3.00am
St Louis Blues v San Jose Sharks (1)
10 Apr 12.30am
Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins (2)
10 Apr 3.00am
Dallas Stars v Colorado Avalanche (2)
10 Apr 8.00pm
New York Islanders v Tampa Bay Lightning (2)
11 Apr 12.00am
Ottawa Senators v Toronto Maple Leafs (2)
11 Apr 9.00pm
Detroit Red Wings v Nashville Predators (3)
12 Apr 12.00am
Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens (3)
12 Apr 2.30am
Vancouver Canucks v Calgary Flames (3)
13 Apr 12.00am
Philadelphia Flyers v New Jersey Devils (3)
13 Apr 2.30am
San Jose Sharks v St Louis Blues (3) 
14 Apr 3.00am
Vancouver Canucks v Calgary Flames (4)
16 Apr 12.30am
Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins (5)
17 Apr 12.00am
Ottawa Senators v Toronto Maple Leafs (5)
17 Apr 8.00pm
New Jersey Devils v Philadelphia Flyers (5)
18 Apr 12.00am
Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens (6)
18 Apr 2.30am
Vancouver Canucks v Calgary Flames (6)
19 Apr 12.00am
Toronto Maple Leafs v Ottawa Senators (6)
21 Apr 01.00pm
Ottawa Senators v Toronto Maple Leafs (7)

NHL Conference Semi Finals (Game #)

23 Apr
12.30am
Toronto Maple Leafs v Philadelphia Flyers (1)

23 Apr 3.00am
Colorado Avalanche v San Jose Sharks (1)
24 Apr 12.00am
Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning (1)
26 Apr 12.00am
Toronto Maple Leafs v Philadelphia Flyers (2)
27 Apr 1.00am
San Jose Sharks v Colorado Avalanche (3)
30 Apr 12.00am
Tampa Bay Lightning v Montreal Canadiens (4)


For more information about NASN and where to get it, follow this link.

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March 2004 Feature

Hockey Heritage North



Hockey Heritage North is two things - a web site which captures the history of hockey in Northeastern Ontario, Canada and a future hockey tourist attraction. The web site can be found at www.hockeyheritagenorth.com and the tourist attraction can be seen in a conceptual on-line tour.

The web site tells visitors that 309 men from Northeastern Ontario have played, coached or officiated in the NHL and that they have had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup 156 times.

The web site has profiles on all of these players, coaches & officials plus the stats on the current Northeastern Ontario NHL players.

Hockey Heritage North will be an 18,000 square foot interactive museum in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. 

The site is well worth a visit.


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February 2004 Feature



FREEVIEW

During February NASN will is offering ice hockey fans a chance to sample the channel for free. The channel – which broadcasts NHL news shows such as NHL PowerWeek and as many as 175 live National Hockey League games including the playoffs – will be available for free at certain times on Sky Digital (channel 420), ntl:home (917),  Telewest (533) and ntl:Ireland (420).

February 6th at 8.00 pm
Detroit Red Wings v Colorado Avalanche
(30 minute sneak preview).

February 7th at 11.30 pm
Hockey Night in Canada
The All-Star Weekend – LIVE
 
(30 minute sneak preview)

February 8th at 9.00 pm
NHL Super Skills 2004

February 8th at 10.30 pm
NHL 2Night

February 14th at 4.30 pm
NHL PowerWeek

February 20th at 8.00 pm
Boston Bruins v Philadelphia Flyers



DVD Giveaway Competition

Ultimate Gretzky DVD
The answer to the question, "Which actor, and close friend of Gretzky, appears on the DVD?" was Keifer Sutherland.

Our Ultimate Gretzky giveaway DVDs went to: 

Kevin Koski (Canada)
Marcel Pedneault (Japan)
Sean Phelan (UK)
 


Visit Warner Bros site at
www.prohockeydvd.com to find out more about the DVD or order your copy via this link Order from Amazon.com.

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January 2004 Feature

Ultimate Gretzky DVD

DVD G
iveaway Competition

Do we have a great way to start 2004? The answer is Yes! Thanks to our friends at Warner Bros, we have copies of the Ultimate Gretzky DVD to giveaway this month.

A well presented history of his hockey exploits from backyard rink, through junior hockey, joining the professional ranks and breaking all those records. This really is a treat for hockey fans.

To give you a taster of what's included visit the Warner Bros site at
www.prohockeydvd.com, they have three clips you can view and you'll also be able to find the answer to the question we pose at the end of this feature.

I have spent an hour reviewing the DVDs and they are packed with action, interviews, highlights and the Great One's own memories of the many outstanding moments of his hockey career.

This partial list of chapter headings will give you a feel for what is included on the first DVD:

- 1978 World Juniors
- First NHL Game
- 50 Goals in 39 Games
- 1987 Canada Cup
- 802 Goals
- Hall of Fame Induction
- Coyotes Ownership
- 2002 Olympics

The DVD includes action from the games - you get to see Goal 802 - alas not all of the goals 1 to 802!

The second DVD includes chapters on Gretzky's Wedding, Highlights of Last Games in New York City, Ottawa and Toronto, Career Bloopers, Career Stats & Record Pages plus a Tour of Walter Gretzky's Basement.

We have two copies of Ultimate Gretzky to give away and invite you to send your answer to the following question to Ultimate@azhockey.com.

Which actor, and close friend of Gretzky, appears on the DVD?

Visit Warner Bros site at
www.prohockeydvd.com to find the answer. The winners will be announced here next month.

You can
Order from Amazon.com via the link.

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