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Winterpeg Photos December 28, 2014   Leave a comment


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Beautiful sunny Winnipeg day. Sunshine reflecting on fresh snow is almost Nirvana-like. However, we do have to find the balaclava, north windchill -42. 

But at least there are no mortars or bombs going off.

Go JETS. 

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Posted December 28, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Those Bloody Egocentric Dictators   Leave a comment


These guys just want to have power fun.

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Team America will take out Kim Jong Un!

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Posted December 28, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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At the Spengler Cup the Referees aren’t Zebras, they are Cows!   1 comment


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The Spengler Cup is an annual ice hockey tournament held in Davos, Switzerland. First held in 1923, the Spengler Cup is often cited as the oldest invitational ice hockey tournament in the world. The event is hosted by the Swiss team HC Davos and played each year in Davos, Switzerland, between Christmas (December 25) and New Year’s Day. Currently, all games are held at Vaillant Arena.

At the Spengler Cup everything is about advertising and promotions. And the Refs are not left out of the Ad frenzy.

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This has to be somewhat embarrassing for the Refs.

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The back.

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The players uniforms look like colourful billboards.

Spengler Cup Davos 2012: HC Davos vs. Team Canada

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Spengler Cup Davos: Team Canada vs. HC Davos

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What kind of call was that Cow?!

Spengler Cup Davos: Finalspiel ZSKA Moskau vs. HC Genf Servette

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Posted December 27, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Some Holliday Cheer   Leave a comment


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An old mean looking gangbanger from New Zealand

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Posted December 26, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Historical Comparisons of NHL Salaries   Leave a comment


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The attached Detroit Free Press photo from the August 13, 1959 edition of the paper had the following caption:

“It’s Official: No one really expected Gordie Howe not to sign a contract for his 14th year as a Red Wing, yet the act Wednesday did make general manager Jack Adams gleeful. Howe isn’t unhappy either since he is one of the highest-salaried players in hockey and signed for close to $25,000 this season.”

If inflation is calculated $25,000 in 1959 would be $202,878.87 in 2014.  Still pittance compared to todays NHL salaries.

Here are some salaries from the 1977-78 NHL season.

Atlanta Tom Lysiak $130,000 Dick Redmond$ $125,000 Daniel Bouchard$ $100,000.

Boston Brad Park$ $250,000 Gerry Cheevers $160,000 Jean Ratelle$ $150,000 Gilles Gilbert $135,000 John Bucyk$ $115,000 Wayne Cashman$ $110,000.

Buffalo Gil Perreault$ $200,000 Richard Martin $170,000 Jim Schoenfeld$ $115,000 Danny Gare $105,000.

Chicago Tony Esposito $200,000 Stan Mikita$ $200,000 Dale Tallon $150,000.

Los Angeles Marcel Dionne $320,000 Syl Apps$ $150,000 Mike Murphy$ $120,000 Rogatien Vachon $120,000.

Montreal Ken Dryden $180,000 Guy Lafleur$ $180,000 Guy Lapointe $175,000 Yvan Cournoyer$ $160,000 Serge Savard$ $155,000 Jacques Lemaire $135,000 Larry Robinson$ $125,000 Steve Shutt $120,000.

N.Y. Rangers Phil Esposito $325,000 Walter Tkaczuk$ $250,000 Wayne Dillon$ $175,000 Carol Vadnais $120,000.

Philadelphia Bobby Clarke $160,000 Bill Barber$ $150,000 Rick MacLeish $150,000 Bernie Parent$ $140,000.

Toronto Darryl Sittler $165,000 Borje Salming $ $155,000 Lanny McDonald $145,000 Ron Ellis$ $140,000 Ian Turnbull $120,000.

Marcel Dionne was the top paid player in 1977-78 at $320,000. In 2014 that would inflate to $1,266,486.39.

Now todays top salaries

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player & transacation team & position date 2014-2015
Shea Weber at Defenseman $14,000,000
Sidney Crosby at Center $12,000,000
Ryan Suter at Defenseman $11,000,000
Henrik Lundqvist at Goaltender $11,000,000
Alex Ovechkin at Right Wing $10,000,000
Pavel Datsyuk at Center $10,000,000
Claude Giroux at Center $10,000,000
Philip Kessel at Right Wing $10,000,000
Evgeni Malkin at Center $9,500,000
Eric Staal at Center $9,250,000
Corey Perry at Right Wing $9,000,000
Ryan Getzlaf at Center $8,750,000
Steven Stamkos at Center $8,000,000
Dion Phaneuf at Defenseman $8,000,000
Rick Nash at Left Wing $7,900,000
Marian Hossa at Right Wing $7,900,000
Henrik Zetterberg at Left Wing $7,750,000
Duncan Keith at Defenseman $7,600,000
Anze Kopitar at Center $7,500,000

Posted December 26, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Ranking of Canadian Provinces by population   Leave a comment


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The majority of Canada’s population is concentrated in the areas close to the U.S. border. Its four largest provinces by area (Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta) are also its most populous; together they account for 86% of the country’s population. The territories (the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon) account for over a one-third of Canada’s area but are home to only 0.3% of its population, which skews the national population density value.

Canada’s population grew by 5.9% between the 2006 and 2011 censuses. All territories and provinces, excluding the Northwest Territories, increased in population from 2006 to 2011. In terms of percent change, the fastest-growing province or territory was Yukon with an increase of 11.6% between 2006 and 2011, followed by Alberta with 10.8% growth. The Northwest Territories experienced a net loss of two people between 2006 and 2011.

Canada’s population has increased every year since Confederation in 1867 (see List of population of Canada by years).

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Posted December 25, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Florida passes New York in Population   Leave a comment


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By adding an average of 803 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Florida passed New York to become the nation’s third most populous state, according to U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates released today. Florida’s population grew by 293,000 over this period, reaching 19.9 million. The population of New York increased by 51,000 to 19.7 million.

California remained the nation’s most populous state in 2014, with 38.8 million residents, followed by Texas, at 27.0 million. Although the list of the 10 most populous states overall was unchanged, two other states did change positions, as North Carolina moved past Michigan to take the ninth spot.

Another milestone took place in Georgia (ranked 8th), which saw its population surpass 10 million for the first time.

North Dakota was the nation’s fastest-growing state over the last year. Its population increased 2.2 percent, followed by the 1.7 percent growth in Nevada and Texas. Each of the 10 fastest-growing states was in the South or West with the exception of North Dakota.

Six states lost population between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014: Illinois (9,972 or -0.08 percent), West Virginia (3,269 or -0.18 percent), Connecticut (2,664 or -0.07 percent), New Mexico (1,323 or -0.06 percent, Alaska (527 or -0.07 percent) and Vermont (293 or -0.05 percent).

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The United States as a whole saw its population increase by 2.4 million to 318.9 million, or 0.75 percent.

In addition to the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the new statistics also include estimates for Puerto Rico. On July 1, 2014, Puerto Rico had an estimated population of 3.5 million, a decline of 47,000, or 1.3 percent, from one year earlier.

The Census Bureau produces population estimates each year, allowing the public to gauge the growth and demographic composition of the nation, states and communities. These statistics use administrative data to estimate population change between census years, using the decennial census count as a starting point. Local governments use estimates to locate services, and estimates are used by the private sector to locate businesses.

The Census Bureau also released today estimates of the number of people 18 and older in the U.S., states and Puerto Rico. The downloadable file also includes total population and the percentage of people 18 and older. Internet address: https://www.census.gov/popest/data/datasets.html.

During 2015, the Census Bureau will release estimates of the 2014 population of counties, cities and towns, and metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas as well as national, state and county population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin.

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Senior citizen exodus to the Sunshine State increases population. If you want to make money invest in Florida funeral parlors.

Posted December 25, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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