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February 22, 2010

February 22, 2010

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WHEN MICHAEL GARNETT was eight years old, he sat in the stands at Saskatoon Place with his dad and marveled at the moves of Jaromir Jagr, then 18 and playing for the Czech Republic at the 1991 World Junior Championship. Nineteen years later, Garnett was playing for Team Jagr at the Kontinental League All-Star Game in Minsk, Belarus. If that wasn’t a big enough thrill, what happened later was. “After the game we were flying back to Moscow and Jagr was seated across the aisle from me,” Garnett said. “He had a bottle of Number 99 Estates red wine, which Wayne Gretzky had given him at the All-Star Game, but he doesn’t drink red, so he gave it to me.” Garnett, who played 24 games for the Atlanta Thrashers in 2005-06 after being…



FEW PEOPLE know how funny Miikka Kiprusoff is. “He’s always got something brewing,” said goalie coach and former teammate Jamie McLennan. “He’ll surf the Internet and find an old picture of me. Then at the rink, he’ll be very serious and say he needs to show me something…It’ll be a picture of me from 1989 or something and he’ll make fun of my mullet.” Years ago in Finland, Kiprusoff had to go for a lengthy run in training camp. He disappeared from the pack of goalies, but near the finish line he was found dining in a blueberry patch while he awaited the return of his brethren. His reply: “Now everyone knows blueberries are good for you. Antioxidants. I was ahead of my time.”…



ACROSS 1 Team expected to do well at the Olympics 4 Saskatoon’s junior team 9 Frontrunners 10 Chicago netminder from Finland (with 11 Across) 11 See 10 Across 12 Where Doug Wilson is GM 13 Bob ___ is a long-time hockey announcer 15 Calgary’s ___ Stajan 18 Auditions 21 Buffalo’s ___ Myers, pictured 23 Company that makes sports cards 24 Henrik and Daniel’s team 25 Long, straight parts of sticks 26 New ___ Devils DOWN 1 Former goalie ___ Melanson 2 ‘Jake the ___’ Plante 3 What players crave (they hate to watch) 5 Figure out 6 Where to find ‘The Joe’ 7 One who is good at finding the net 8 Gets what one deserves, ___ for it 14 Detroit’s old arena 15 Afternoon game 16 The ‘S’ in U.S.A. 17 Legendary trainer ___ Forristal 19 Defeat unexpectedly 20 Fire 22 Clinches, ___ up ANSWERS AVAILABLE IN THE NEXT ISSUE AND AT LAST WEEK’S CROSSWORD SOLUTION ACROSS 1. AMERICANS,…



Kody Orr was going to the beach in July with friends when their car rolled and hit a tree. Orr had to be cut out of the car and his girlfriend was hospitalized for three weeks. “There must have been somebody watching us from above,” said Orr, a left winger with the Amherst (N.S.) Ramblers of the Maritime Jr. A League. Orr, 17, had nine goals and 19 points through 49 games. He attended camp with the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads after recovering, but returned to Jr. A to retain his NCAA eligibility. “Going through something like that makes you realize how important family and friends are,” Orr said.…