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Pond Hockey: Rediscovering The Game – An Entertaining, Novel Way To Get Your Off-Season Hockey Fix

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MONTEREY PARK, CA — With about nine weeks until the start of National Hockey League training camps, we’re into that dead period where hockey fans, already desperate for their hockey fix, are forced to choose between playing NHL2014 on their video game console, or watching replays of 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff games on their DVR or on the NHL Network multiple times each, even though they already know the outcome.

Of course, neither of those options are ever enough for hockey fans during this period that should be known as The Dreaded Lull.

Fortunately, there is another option.

Indeed, there are a number of good hockey books available, many about former NHL stars. But a recent book bucks that trend, Instead, it’s a novel about the game and time when the game was much simpler compared to what we see today on NHL ice.

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Breakaway: From Behind The Iron Curtain To The NHL – The Untold Stories Of Hockey’s Great Escapes – A Must-Read For Any Hockey Fan

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LOS ANGELES — Even though there have been indications over the past few days that the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association are finally negotiating rather than just posturing, and that an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement could be just days away, it is rather obvious that it won’t take much for the current negotiations to collapse.

Meanwhile, time marches on without the NHL on the ice. Many are looking for substitutes for their desperately-needed hockey fix. Catching an American Hockey League, ECHL, or junior league game, if you are lucky enough to have a team nearby, is probably the best substitute. But another way to help fill the void is to pick up a good hockey book, and a great choice is Breakaway: From Behind The Iron Curtain To The NHL – The Untold Stories Of Hockey’s Great Escapes, by Tal Pinchevsky, published in 2012.

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LA Kings’ Jordan Nolan Honors Family, Community Back Home In Garden River With Stanley Cup

LA Kings left wing Jordan Nolan is shown here during his “Day With The Cup” on August 20, 2012, in his hometown of Garden River, Ontario.
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LOS ANGELES — Like other young National Hockey League players who are biding their time, waiting for the NHL lockout to end, Los Angeles Kings left wing Jordan Nolan is back in the American Hockey League, having returned to the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs.

But Nolan, 23, has gotten off to a slow start after suffering a broken right pinky finger during a fight in the first game of the season.

“[The healing process] is going well,” Nolan told Frozen Royalty during an exclusive interview. “I’m still working out and skating.”

“[Nolan has] been skating, but he’s still a ways away,” said Monarchs head coach Mark Morris.

Nolan, who is listed as week-to-week, is not only back in Manchester again, but he is also back with an old roommate.

“[Defenseman] Jake Muzzin and I are living together,” said Nolan. “We lived together the past three years. The first year was Jake, [defenseman] Andrew Campbell, [left wing] Dwight King and myself. Last year, it was Muzzin, King and myself. But this year, it’s just Read more of this post

Author, Hockey Writer Brian Kennedy Reads From His New Book, My Country Is Hockey, on February 9 in Pasadena, CA

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PASADENA, CA — Author Brian Kennedy, a freelance hockey writer who covers the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks for Inside Hockey, will read from his new book, My Country Is Hockey (Edmonton, Argenta Press, 2011), at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, on Thursday, February 9, 2012, at 7:00 PM.

The book explores the deep roots of Canada’s hockey obsession, which has become an integral part of the national mythology. Among the topics Kennedy takes up are the violence in the game, French-English rivalries, the modern definition of childhood, and Canada’s relationship with its closest neighbor, the United States. Read more of this post

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