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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 25, June 18, 2006, Article 32

HOCKEY RINK COIN KARMA

John Kraljevich forwarded this June 14 article from ESPN about
lucky coins, hockey rinks and Zamboni operators:

"Hours before Wednesday's Game 5, a do-or-die game for the Edmonton
Oilers, there was a bit of intrigue after the team's morning skate.

Forward Ryan Smyth started chipping away at center ice and removed
something from the ice.

"I don't know what it was, obviously it was a coin," Smyth told
reporters after practice. "I guess it was an American loonie or
an American dollar. I don't know if it was good luck for them or
what, but it wasn't in very deep so I was scared the boys were
going to trip over it. So ? got it out."

"But when word got out that the coin was removed from the ice,
RBC equipment workers went out to center ice, drilled a hole
and placed the coin back into the ice."

"The coin karma began at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, where
Canadian icemaker Trent Evans planted a one-dollar coin at center
ice of the E-Center. Both the men's and women's Canadian hockey
teams went on to win the gold medal. The loonie is now displayed
at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

The Tampa Bay Lightning created their own version of the good luck
charm as then-Zamboni operator Ryan Welty took a miniature pewter
Zamboni key chain charm and buried it at center ice in the St.
Pete Times Forum in January 2004. The Lightning went on to win
the Stanley Cup."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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