Hockey valentines; Gretzky’s prayer; Figure skating tougher than hockey? (Puck Headlines)

Jen Neale
Puck Daddy

Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

• Happy Valentines Day from your friends at Puck Daddy! [From Russia With Glove]

• Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins believes figure skating is 'more physically challenging' than ice hockey. [Washington Post]

Dan Kelly introduced the NHL to St. Louis as the Blues radio announcer. He went on become one of many legendary sportscasters to come out of St. Louis. Kelly passed away 25 years ago Monday. [St. Louis Post Dispatch]

• Nobody wants Russia to win over the U.S. more than Vladimir Putin - NOBODY. Putin is still irked about the goings on of the Cold War. The ultimate revenge (for him) is to beat the US on Russian soil, even if it costs the Russian people everything. [Reuters]

• " ... I think Seattle will certainly be an intriguing marketplace from the league’s perspective,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says. [Seattle Times]

• Remember how Wayne Gretzky didn't shoot for Canada in the 1998 Olympic semifinals? (Still too soon, Canadians?) Well, he tried to be picked. He prayed for it. [Sportsnet]

• Swedish doctors say Henrik Zetterberg's herniated disk isn't a result of contact in the Olympics (i.e. it's not their fault). That should put all Red Wings fans at ease. [ProHockey Talk]

• What's the deal with prospect Anthony DeAngelo? He was suspended by the Sarnia Sting for disciplinary issues. Now it's possible he's been suspended by the league, too? [Buzzing the Net]

• Olli Maatta and Aleksander Barkov, still in their teens, are the next wave of Finnish talent the country has been waiting for. [Pittsburgh Tribune Review]

• An in-depth design review of all nations Olympic hockey sweaters. [Hockey By Design]

• On Russia's chances tomorrow against Team America: "If we play our hockey, it will be easy for us." OH REALLY, PAVEL DATSYUK?! Consider the Molotov cocktail served. [The Malik Report]

• The 1972 Summit Series is still having an impact on hockey to this day []

• Author, clothing designer, and former hockey player Sean Pronger is profiled as he lives his 'life after hockey'. [Fox Sports Ohio]

• Daniel Sedin is no longer a Top 10 left-winger. [Dobber]

• One win away from the MSHSL finals, Achiever Academy has dropped out of their sectional tournament. An anonymous email was sent to the Minnesota State High School League questioning the eligibility of several players on the Achiever Academy girls hockey team. Achiever Academy is a sports-intensive learning institution. [Twin Cities Pioneer Press]

• Win a date with Denver Cutthroats defenseman Daniel Amesbury.

[Denver Cutthroats]

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