For the Ducks, it’s Fathers’ Day

first_imgThe Ducks invited their fathers to join them for the final two games of their five-game trip, which ended Saturday night at Staples Center. Nineteen of them accompanied their sons to Phoenix and L.A., a treat for all concerned. There was a team dinner and a golf outing in Phoenix earlier in the week, a trip to the Ducks’ Anaheim practice facility to watch a workout Friday and the games themselves against the Coyotes and the Kings. There also was a sight-seeing trip to Hollywood for the dads Saturday. The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche made similar trips with their fathers to Anaheim earlier this season, prompting general manager Brian Burke to plan the father-son trip for the Ducks. It’s a way for the players to repay their fathers for the many hours of sacrifice watching their sons get their starts at predawn practices often held in frozen rinks around North America and in Europe. It also was a chance for the fathers to get to know each other. “It’s very special for them,” winger Teemu Selanne said. “My dad (Ilmari) has probably been here (Southern California) 20 times, but he’s never been on a road trip.” Goalie rotation: As is his custom, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle declined to name his starting goalies for the second game of the home-and-home series against the Kings. Jean-Sebastien Giguere started Saturday’s game and Carlyle said he probably wouldn’t decide until after the game whether Giguere would start again tonight at the Honda Center or whether Ilya Bryzgalov would start for the first time since Feb. 7. center_img Roster move: Before the game, the Kings signed winger John Zeiler to a NHL contract and recalled him from the American Hockey League and sent down rookie winger Konstantin Pushkarev. Zeiler, 24, made his NHL debut Saturday. He had 11goals and 16 assists in 52games in Manchester. Solid in goal: A major factor in the Kings’ mini-resurgence since the All-Star break has been goalie Sean Burke, a 40-year-old veteran who was plucked out of the AHL off waivers. During the Kings’ recent five-game road trip, Burke made four starts, went 2-1-1 and stopped 115 of 120 shots. He also recorded a shutout against the Florida Panthers. Mathieu Garon got the start, but Burke is expected to be in goal tonight in Anaheim. “I’ve been pleased,” Burke said. “I’m just pleased that I was able to come in and contribute, considering where I was. I’ve been able to come back to this level and have some enjoyment with it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgTara the Jack Russell with owner Maire.A tiny Jack Russell dog is being hailed a hero after it saved a singing festival in a Donegal gaeltacht village.Residents in Falcarragh were left red-faced after its prize trophy went missing just days before its annual Sean-nos singing festival.The prestigious event attracts singers from across Ireland and was due to be opened by Minister of State at the Department of the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh.But disaster struck when the Corn Chuimhneacháin Éamonn Ghráinne (or the Éamonn Ghráinne memorial cup) went missing from An tSean Bheairic arts and cultural centre.Organisers were left distraught and had started a search for a new trophy.Tara and the trophy.But in a bizarre twist of faith, manager of the centre Maire Ni Chasaide had called to the centre with her dog Tara.Tara needed a call of nature and Maire duly let her roam free.That is when she noticed Tara rummaging in a piece of overgrowth next to a skip, and saw that something was grabbing the dog’s attention.“I went over to see what Tara was sniffing and scratching at”, Máire said, “and to my amazement, I saw a number of items in the bushes with something shiny in the middle of them. It was the cup. I was absolutely delighted”.It’s not clear how the trophy ended up under the overgrowth in the first place.But Máire thinks the cup may have being inadvertently dumped during a spring-clean of the venue last week. The trophy had being packed in a cardboard box along with other items, and the manager believes the box may have being mistaken for items of rubbish and thrown onto the skip.“As the skip was full, the box and its contents may have fallen into the overgrowth”, Ní Chasaide said.She said the group are absolutely delighted that Tara helped find this very important trophy.The Éamoinn Ghráinne sean-nós competition is one of the most important events the group organises organise. The competition and cup are named after the late Éamoinn Ghráinne Mac Ruairí of Tory Island and Falcarragh, who was highly respected as a singer, musician and folklorist and is acknowledged as one of the masters of the Donegal sean-nós singing tradition.“Some of the best exponents of sean-nós singing in the county participate in this prestigious competition and it would have being catastrophic to have lost a trophy that means a lot to so many people. ”And now Tara’s cunning exploits in sniffing the trophy out have not gone unrewarded.While she may not receive a year’s supply of dog food like the famous english dog Pickles who recovered the World Cup in 1966 when it had been stolen, Tara is to get a big thank you.Local butcher Josie Doohan, the chairman of an tSean Bheairic said “Those of us who remember the story of Pickles and the World cup trophy will know that particular dog became an international celebrity and was rewarded with a year’s free supply of dog food. Although, we are unable to match that, as a retired butcher I can guarantee that Tara will be presented with the best quality prime T-bone steak to be got in Donegal”.TARA THE JACK RUSSELL SAVES THE DAY FOR SINGING FESTIVAL! was last modified: June 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DOGdonegalFalcarraghTara the Jack Russelltrophylast_img read more