Puck Headlines: Kane's good deed; World Junior ratings

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.

-Patrick Kane(notes) saw the young kid wearing his Team USA jersey during the post-Winter Classic announcement of the American Olympic roster and wanted to do a good deed. After a few phone calls, Kane was able to getin contact with the family and signed the jersey for the kid. [Chicago Tribune]

-Canadian television ratings for the World Junior final were insane. Even Gary Bettman would describe them as "bizonkers". The ratings were better than the 2009 Grey Cup and most watched telecast on Canadian television since 2005. An average of 5.3 million Canadians tuned in for the game. The rest must have been tuned into Gerry Dee. [Truth and Rumours]

-With Canadian teams losing to Team USA in the U-17 and World Junior tournaments this week, is the tide turning red, white and blue in international hockey? One Canadian columnist believes so. [National Post via Canada.com]

-Allan Maki with a good take on the battle between the Canadian Hockey League the NCAA including the number of scholarships given to CHL players: "Certainly there's a rivalry between the two camps as evidenced yesterday when College Hockey Inc., which represents 58 NCAA Division 1 hockey schools, proudly noted how many of its players won gold in Saskatoon. Before that, the CHL extolled its virtues stating 1,140 players had been awarded $4.45-million in scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year, all that while playing some fine hockey." [Globe & Mail]

-After taking an inadvertant stick to the throat from Chris Higgins of the New York Rangers last night, Dallas Stars forward Mike Ribeiro(notes) stayed overnight in a local hospital for observation. He's expected to fly back to Dallas today should everything be alright. [Dallas Morning News] UPDATE: The Stars announced today that Ribeiro will be out the 4-6 weeks with a throat contusion. [Stars]

-Former Calgary prospect and 22-year old brother of Boston Bruins forward Michael Ryder(notes) will appear in court today after turning himself in on charges of armed robbery. [The Telegraph] Thanks to Puck Buddy Brian for sending that in

-First we have the Sports Illustrated cover curse. Now, a curse for being on The Hockey News? As long as the curse doesn't extend to being inside the magazine, Wysh should be okay. [Hockey Independent]

-Stars blogger Brandon Worley on this current Dallas team: "Love him or hate him, Marty Turco(notes) is still your goaltenders. When he gets plowed into and run over on purpose, this team needs to react in some way. There was none, zero; I'm not saying I want an all-our brawl on the ice, but at least show some backbone and stick up for your teammates." [Defending Big D]

-Don't look now but Henrik Sedin(notes) is your current NHL scoring leader. [Kelowna.com]

-David Staples channels his inner Destiny's Child and says "No, no, no, no, no" to any thought of trading Andrew Cogliano(notes). [Cult of Hockey]

-Seriously, if you're in a NHL locker room, don't step on the logo on the floor, no matter what you think of the rule. [The Tennessean]

-Ilya Kovalchuk's(notes) defensive "skills" are why The Falconer would not pay him $10 million a season. [Bird Watchers Anonymous]

-Picking the "All-Snubbed" team for the Olympics. [NHL.com]

-The San Jose Sharks and the ECHL's Stockton Thunder have come to a working agreement for the remainder of the 2009-10 season. [Sharkspage]

-Mike Green's(notes) Olympic snub will not go away just yet. [Russian Machine]

-Finally, from our good buddy Dave Pagnotta comes video of a recent photo shoot featuring Anze Kopitar(notes), Jaret Stoll, Dustin Brown(notes), and Ryan Smyth(notes) for an upcoming issue of The Fourth Period magazine:

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