Quick hits: Street hockey in Times Square, Bryan Murray’s hatred of smart phones and more


Here are a few quick and interesting stories during the last weekend of August.

Adrian Dater wrote an amusing piece for SI.com about how “team bonding suffers” thanks to modern gadgets such as smart phones, as players “have created insular worlds” where they even (gasp) might text members from other teams from time to time. (If you ask me, it all really started with those pesky Walkmen *shakes walking cane angrily* … )

Look, it’s annoying when you’re having a conversation with someone who refuses to look up from their text messages, but people who think that players aren’t bonding with their teammates anymore clearly haven’t witnessed the triple low-five in all of its glory.

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Then again, maybe society really is falling apart one emoticon-filled text message/game of “Angry Birds” at a time.

  • Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy takes a look at today’s landscape for head coaching in the NHL compared to 10 years ago. He actually found that coaches experience a slight bit of extra job security, as the average job spans 2.8 years instead of 2.5. Beyond lifers like Lindy Ruff and Barry Trotz, Wyshynski says that five seasons is the new benchmark for longevity among coaches. It’s a tough racket.
  • Finally, here is today’s evidence of the power of spontaneous street hockey. Weather concerns provided the rare opportunity for a shirts and skins game in Times Square, which you can see in the video below (via Kukla’s Korner).

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Quick hits: Mike Keane might join Jets staff, Brouwer on the LTIR and NHL’s most disappointing teams

Here are a few bits of news from around the NHL to keep your Thursday afternoon going.

  • Every now and then, a “fringe” player becomes popular enough that people remember him almost as much as big-name stars. Of course, it never hurts if that guy won his fair share of Stanley Cups.

Mike Keane fits into that category when it comes to ’90s hockey. He played in 1,161 regular season games and a stunning 220 playoff contests in his NHL career, winning three Stanley Cups with the three different teams: the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars. He also endeared himself to many when he allegedly fed Patrick Roy the line about not hearing Jeremy Roenick’s smack talk because he had “Stanley Cup rings plugging his ears.”

The Manitoba Moose retired Keane’s number last winter, so if you follow the trail of Moose staffers joining the Jets organization, it wouldn’t be shocking if the Jets confirm the Winnipeg Sun’s rumor that Keane might become an assistant coach on Claude Noel’s staff. We’ll have to wait and see, but it would make plenty of sense.

Quick hits: Leafs’ outdoor practice, Czech-German WJC game postponed, Fowler becomes a human X-Mas tree

Here are some quick hits from the hockey world that weren’t quite beefy enough for full posts.

  • It seems like the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals (and Michigan-Michigan State “Big Chill” teams) aren’t the only hockey clubs that are getting into the spirit of outdoor hockey over the holidays. The Toronto Maple Leafs will reportedly hold an outdoor practice tomorrow (Wednesday, December 22nd) beginning at 10:45 a.m.

Here’s some info about the event from the team’s press release.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, RONA and Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation will unveil upgrades and refurbishments made to Trinity Bellwoods Outdoor Rink as part of the MLSE Team Up Foundation Rink Refurbishment Program. In recognition of the program, the Leafs will hold their annual outdoor practice at the Trinity Bellwoods rink.

The practice will be followed by two Learn to Skate Clinics – the first for local kids and the second for new Canadians. The day will conclude with a community skate at 2:15.

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