Saginaw’s Ice Blast a major success, a photo history of the KHL, MacLeod stable after seizure and bad news in Belfast

Saginaw SpiritThe Ontario League’s Saginaw Spirit raised $925,000 this weekend during their sixth annual Ice Blast which drew over 15,000 people to the downtown area. The weekend featured events at the Mid Michigan’s Children’s Museum, a show by Mandi Layne and The Lost Highway at The Dow Event Center which featured children’s games and inflatables, a winter festival and public ice skating at Hoyt Park along with two Spirit Games, one against the Oshawa Generals (a 6-4 loss) and one against the Windsor Spitfires (a 7-4 win).

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The Kontinental League’s photobank now has over 100,000 pictures in its records. From KHL hockey to World Championships and the Olympics, the KHL Photo Agency is a marketing initiative set up in 2008 that “has been recognized with prestigious awards from the IIHF (International Ica [sic] Hockey Federation) and the AIPS (International Sports Press Association).”

The 100,000th picture is an excellent shot between Nikolai Prokhorkin of CSKA Moscow and Jaroslav Obsut of Spartak Moscow battling along the blueline for position. To check out this picture and the rest of the photobank, click on the link above.

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A game between the American League’s Springfield Falcons and Adirondack Phantoms was suspended towards the end of the second period after Wade MacLeod of the Falcons suffered a seizure after being hit from behind by the Phantoms’ Brandon Manning. It was a unanimous decision by both teams to postpone the rest of the game for a later date.

Fortunately he is in stable condition and took to Twitter to say thanks for all the support he received. He tweeted at 9:24 Eastern Time: “Feeling very blessed with all the  love and support I’ve received. I am feeling a lot better. Thank you everyone!”

Manning, who was given a boarding minor on the play, also went to the social media site to voice his concern for MacLeod. He tweeted: “would like to give my best to Wade MacLeod and his family. never had any intention of ever hurting another player..” followed by “hope for a speedy recovery and see him back on the ice soon. thoughts and prayers to him and his family”

In a show of tremendous sportsmanship, MacLeod tweeted Manning back saying: “@BManning28 Wish the whole Adirondack organization a big thank you for all their love and support” and adding “it was a play that is made many times throughout a hockey game. The result here was unfortunate but I am feeling much better.”

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The Belfast Giants of the U.K.’s Elite League were stunned to find its new owner, Christopher Knight, is actually a registered sex offender in Florida according to Greg Wyshynski on Puck Daddy. Knight purchased the team in November for £145,000 ($225,054.50 U.S.) and the deadline for Knight to resell the team has already expired causing Odyssey Trust, the company that owns Odyssey Arena in Northern Ireland, to terminate the Giants’ contract to play in the arena and purchase all assets of the team themselves.

In an ironic twist, the Giants were the team Theo Fleury, a sexual assault survivor himself, played for following his career in the NHL.

Check out the link above for detailed information on the developments from BBC News, The Independent and Odyssey Trust Chariman Brian Burke.

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