Saturday, April 29, 2006


View from the Red Road

View from the Red Road

"The Canary Effect"
Tribeca Film Festival Nominee - April 27, 2006

Discovery Category
[code name: CANAR]
60 min
Directed By: Robin Davey,Yellow Thunder Woman
World Premiere

The Canary Effect offers a fresh and horrifying perspective on the abuses enacted against Indigenous Red Nations and Peoples (IRN&P), both historically and in contemporary society. The title refers to a statement by a legal scholar comparing actions towards IRN&P to the barometric role of miner's canaries: "the treatment of the Indians…reflects the rise and fall of our democratic faith." If this documentary is any proof, our democratic faith has risen disturbingly little over the past centuries. Interviews with IRN&P on reservations, federal testimony, archival footage, and the historical guidance of scholars are woven together in a sophisticated visual representation of our government's systematic repression of America's real settlers. Professor and American Indian Movement leader Ward Churchill compares the treatment of IRN&P to the UN's definition of genocide-and it meets every criterion. Government-sanctioned killings, children forced into identity-cleansing boarding schools, sterilization of women, and inadequate funding for reservations have all decimated and demoralized the IRN&P population. Today, reservations rank at the bottom of the nation for quality of life, and in the top for rates of suicide, depression, and drug abuse. At a hearing, one official presents a bottle of water from a reservation tap: and it looks like a bottle of brown cola. A dozen teenagers on one reservation made a pact to hang themselves, one by one. On another reservation a Columbine-style school shooting went virtually unnoticed by the media. This bold film challenges us to confront the miniature third-world countries and second-class citizens living, and dying, in our midst. - Lauren Wilson

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


View from the Red Road

View from the Red Road

Sharks' Thornton, Cheechoo win NHL trophies
as point, goal leaders
April 19, 2006

NEW YORK -- San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton captured his first career Art Ross Trophy as the NHL points leader and linemate Jonathan Cheechoo collected his first Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the League's top goal-scorer of the 2005-06 NHL season. Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff earned his first William Jennings Trophy as the goaltender for the club that finishes the regular season with the fewest goals against.Thornton finished the season with 125 points (29 goals, 96 assists), with the New York Rangers' Jaromir Jagr finishing second with 54-69--123. Cheechoo finished the season with 56 goals. Thornton and Cheechoo became the first teammates to capture the Art Ross and Maurice Richard Trophies since the Richard Trophy was introduced in 1999. Both will head to Nashville this weekend to take on the Predators in the opening first round playoffs.

Art Ross Trophy Leaders (points)

1. Joe Thornton, San Jose, 29-96--125
2. Jaromir Jagr, NY Rangers, 54-69--123
3. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington, 52-54--106
4. Dany Heatley, Ottawa, 50-53--103
5. Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa, 43-60--103

Maurice Richard Trophy Leaders (goals)

1. Jonathan Cheechoo, San Jose, 56

2. Jaromir Jagr, NY Rangers, 54
3. Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta, 52
4. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington, 52
5. Dany Heatley, Ottawa, 50

Kiprusoff, whose team allowed a League-low 200 goals, edged the Detroit tandem of Manny Legace and Chris Osgood, who allowed 209. Kiprusoff led all goaltenders in shutouts (10) and goals-against average (2.07), ranked second in victories (42) and third in save percentage (.923).

William Jennings Trophy Leaders (min. 25 GP to be eligible)1. Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames, 200 team goals against2. Manny Legace/Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings, 209 team goals against3. Dominik Hasek/Ray Emery, Ottawa Senators, 211 team goals against4. Manny Fernandez, Minnesota Wild, 215 team goals against4. Henrik Lundqvist/Kevin Weekes, New York Rangers, 215 team goals agains

Cheechoo Wins Richard Goal Scoring Trophy
April 18, 2006

Thanks to a final month where he registered 11 goals in 10 games, right wing Jonathan Cheechoo captured the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, given to the National Hockey League’s top goal scorer. This marks the first time a Sharks player has won the NHL’s goal scoring title. The 25-year-old Cheechoo, who ended the 2005-06 regular season with a franchise-record 56 goals, is the third San Jose Shark to win a major NHL award. Cheechoo edged out New York Rangers winger Jaromir Jagr, Washington Capitals rookie phenom Alexander Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers to become the seventh winner of the Richard Trophy. The award is named after the Montreal Canadiens legend, who was the first player to score 50 goals in a season and 500 in his career. Cheechoo capped off his outstanding 2005-06 season with his fifth hat trick of the campaign and his third against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on April 15. After being held scoreless Monday in the team’s regular season finale against the Los Angeles Kings, the Moose Factory, Ontario native waited for Jagr, Ovechkin and Kovalchuk to play their last regular season games on Tuesday before winning the award. In addition to setting a team record in goals scored, Cheechoo’s 93 points (37 assists) also established a Sharks standard. Scoring in pivotal moments, Cheechoo led the NHL in game-winning goals (11), home-ice goals (31) and divisional goals (29). His five-point performance (3-2=5) on April 15 was a Sharks season-high. Cheechoo became the first player to record five or more hat tricks in a season since Mario Lemieux notched six in 1995-96. Cheechoo became just the second aboriginal player to score more than 50 goals in a season, joining former Philadelphia Flyer and California Golden Seal Reggie Leach. Since 2003-04, Cheechoo has scored the most game-winning goals in the NHL (20) and has the most goals among any player entering the NHL since 2002-03 (93). During the 2005-06 season, “Cheech” was selected Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Month” for the month of November and January and was named the NHL Offensive Co-Player of the Week with teammate Joe Thornton (week of April 10-16). The six-foot-one, 195-pound winger was also named the winner of the PlayStation “Three Stars of the Game Award,” presented by 989 Sports, while earning a star in 23 games this season. Cheechoo joins current Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (2001 Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year) and former left wing Tony Granato (1997 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for best exemplifying the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey) as Sharks major NHL award winners.

Joe Thornton Wins Art Ross Trophy
April 18, 2006
After posting a National Hockey League best 125 points, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton captured the Art Ross Trophy, given to the League’s leading scorer, on Tuesday. Thornton beat out New York Ranger Jaromir Jagr, who notched 123 points on the season. This marks the first time a Sharks player has led the NHL in points.
"This is a team award," said Thornton. "You want to play well and good players make you better. Cheech and I are happy for each other."
It was not just his teammates who played a big role.
"I'm happy to win it for my family," said Thornton. "I'm surrounded by good people."
And Thornton knows that a lot of good hockey players have won the award previously.
"I'm proud and very humbled," said Thornton. "I never dreamed about it. A lot of big names have won it before."Thornton led the League with 125 points (29 goals, 96 assists) in 81 games this season. Since being acquired by the Sharks on Nov. 30, he posted 92 points (2nd in franchise history) and 72 assists (a franchise record) in helping the Sharks to a 36-14-7 record in his 57 games with the team. By recording 125 points overall, he became the most-prolific scorer in the history of NHL by a player who played for two teams in one season and is just the 11th player in NHL history to record 90-plus assists in one season. During the 2005-06 season, Thornton was the Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Year,” Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Month” for December and the NHL Offensive Player of the Week for the weeks of Dec. 5-11 and April 10-16. The six-foot-four, 223-pound native of London, Ontario competed for Team Canada’s men’s ice hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Thornton made an immediate impact with the Sharks, setting a franchise record by recording six consecutive multi-point games and helping the team to six consecutive victories in his first six contests. He concluded the season in similar fashion, posting six multi-point games in the teams final six of seven games. Thornton also tied a franchise record by recording assists in eight consecutive games from Dec. 2–20. Thornton captured his first scoring title after coming to the Sharks on Nov. 30 from Boston in exchange for forwards Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and defenseman Brad Stuart. The award is the center’s first major NHL award in his eight year career.

Cheechoo Wins PlayStation three Stars Award
April 18, 2006
The San Jose Sharks announced that right wing Jonathan Cheechoo is the winner of the 2005-06 PlayStation “Three Stars of the Game” Award. Cheechoo was honored with the award from PlayStation following tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Kings at HP Pavilion at San Jose. Sony Computer Entertainment will also present a check for $2,500 to The Sharks Foundation in recognition of Cheechoo’s accomplishment. Cheechoo edged Sharks Captain Patrick Marleau by a single point to claim the award. Cheechoo has scored a league-leading and franchise record 56 goals this season and his 93 points (56-37=93) set a franchise record as well. Scoring in pivotal moments, Cheechoo leads the NHL in game-winning goals (11), home-ice goals (31) and divisional goals (29). His five-point performance (3-2=5) on April 15 against Anaheim was a Sharks season-high and gave him five hat trick, three-goal-games on the season. He became the first player to record five or more hat tricks in a season since Mario Lemieux notched six in 1995-96. The native of Moose Factory, Ontario became just the second Indigenous player to score more than 50 goals in a season, joining former Philadelphia Flyer Reggie Leach. Since 2003-04, Cheechoo has scored the most game-winning goals in the NHL (20) and he has the most goals among any player entering the NHL since 2002-03 (93).
Cheechoo Celebration
During the 2005-06 season, “Cheech” was selected Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Month” for the month of November and January and was named the NHL Offensive Co-Player of the Week with teammate Joe Thornton (Apr. 10 – 16). The six-foot-one, 195-pound winger earned a star in 23 games this season. At the end of each 2005-06 regular season game, players received five points for being chosen first star, three points for second star and one point for third star as listed on the official NHL game sheet distributed by the game’s official scorekeepers. Each star is chosen by members of the media based on the player’s performance each game.

Cheechoo and the Sharks head to Nashville this weekend for the opening round of playoffs against the Predators and Jordin Tootoo.

ROBITAILLE RETIRES Luc Robitaille, a respected thorn in the Sharks side for many years, played his final regular season game Monday night and was cheered by the HP Pavilion faithful. The top scoring left wing of all-time was acknowledged by Sharks management during a television timeout and was cheered again following the game when he shook hand with several Sharks players. “I think he’s been around so long that I played against him,” joked Wilson. “He was a great player and I’m happy he won a cup before retiring. He was always a great ambassador for the game. Always positive and smiling. He is stepping down at the right time and hopefully the Kings will keep him around.” Sharks rookie, and fellow Quebecer, Steve Bernier enjoyed the night against a provincial hero. “He is a French-Canadian kid whose problem was skating and he scored 600 goals,” said Bernier. “I’m a French-Canadian kid who had to improve my skating, so maybe I can try to do what he did. “He is one of the best left wings in the history of the NHL. It was amazing to play in his last game. It is a memory of a lifetime for me.”
Robitaille was “mic’d” for OLN during the game and Jonathan Cheechoo and Robitaille were heard by the TV listening audience congratulating each other just prior to the opening face-off, as the two started the game – Cheechoo at Right Wing, and Robitaille at his Left Wing position, which placed them right next to each other.

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Friday, April 14, 2006


View from the Red Road

View from the Red Road

Sharks Finish Off Vancouver, 5-3
Cheechoo Scores Two

April 13, 2006

In a rematch of last night’s playoff clinching victory, the San Jose Sharks returned home to take on the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night at HP Pavilion. Midway through the second period, Sean Brown hooked Nils Ekman and the Sharks headed back on the power play. Just 44 seconds into the advantage Jonathon Cheechoo added his 52nd goal of the season. Tom Preissing sent a slapshot on goal that went just wide of the net. Cheechoo was crashing the net and found the puck as it came back off the end board in front of Auld and with one hand on his stick he tipped it past the netminder to tie the game at 2. But with 3:11 left in the second Ekman was penalized for hooking and Vancouver would make them pay. Bertuzzi was able to go five-hole after a loose puck left Nabokov defenseless. The Canucks now led 3-2. As they did in the second period, the Sharks began the third period with 21 seconds remaining on the power play. The Canucks were able to kill the Sharks brief time with the man advantage with relative ease. The two teams would play cautiously on both sides of the puck for a couple of minutes when, with 15:24 remaining in the third, an innocent turnover by the Canucks at their line would spring the Sharks. Kyle McLaren picked off a pass just on the Vancouver side of the red line and quickly moved the puck to Marcel Goc. Goc made a strong play and then a tape-to-tape pass, finding a streaking Ville Nieminen. As Nieminen moved through the zone, he cut inside the defenseman and headed towards the net. He then made a move to the center of the net and beat Alex Auld on the short side to tie the game. As he did twice in last night’s contest, Joe Thornton found the trailing defenseman and Carle buried the puck over Auld’s right shoulder with 8:26 remaining. The Sharks led 4-3, their first lead of the game.
With 1:26 left in the contest the Canucks pulled Auld in favor of the extra attacker. Vancouver needed another goal in order to save their season, but an empty net goal by Cheechoo with 16 seconds put an end to that and the Sharks skated off with the 5-3 victory.

Sharks Gaining In Playoff Race And Individual Races;
Cheechoo Gets Two More

April 14, 2006

With Thursday’s 5-3 victory, the Sharks tied a franchise record for their longest winning streak, and also set the longest winning streak for this season, at 7-0. However, it was their improvement in numerous races that made the most news. First and foremost, the Sharks took advantage of Anaheim’s loss and jumped into sole possession of fifth place in the Western Conference standings. Not bad for a team that stood in 12th place back in November. “Two months ago, nobody would have thought we would be here,” said Kyle McLaren. San Jose will try to protect their one-point lead on Anaheim and wrap up the fifth seed with a head-to-head battle on Saturday at 1 p.m. at HP Pavilion (FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX, “It will be a hard fought battle, but we’ll be ready to play,” said Joe Thornton. “It will be a playoff atmosphere,” said Ron Wilson. Many feel that a playoff advantage would go to whoever earns the fifth seed as they would be facing Nashville minus Tomas Vokoun, however, the Sharks are much more concerned with how they are playing than who they are playing. Plus, reaching the fifth seed means that with the additional acquired points, there is always the potential of upsets that could provide home ice in later rounds. “The top seeds don’t always work out and you could have home ice in round two or three,” said Thornton. “We want to finish as high as we can.” “I’ve seen things in past years,” said Wilson. “If the top teams lose, you could have home ice. Maybe you won’t have home ice (at all in the West), but you could face an Eastern team in the finals and get home ice.” San Jose grabbed the victory despite playing their fourth game in five nights. “Obviously, we could have had a huge let down, but we didn’t,” said Joe Thornton. “We got some timely goals and San Jose also saw progress on two individual races. With his goals in the second and third periods, Jonathan Cheechoo extended his own franchise record to 53 goals. He is just one goal behind league leader Jaromir Jagr and both high-scoring wingers have two regular season contests remaining. Not to mention the fact that with his three-point night (2-1=3), Cheechoo passed Patrick Marleau for a new franchise record of 88 points in a single season.

Jonathan Cheechoo #14
San Jose Sharks
April 14, 2006

Cheechoo is 2nd overall in Goals (53).
Cheechoo is 1st overall in Home Goals Scored At Home (28)
Cheechoo is 1st overall in Game Winning Goals (10)
Cheechoo is 4th overall in Power Play Goals (22)
Cheechoo is 5th overall in Short Handed Goals
Cheechoo is 5th overall in 1st Goal Scored In Games
Cheechoo is 9th overall in Total Points

If the playoffs were to If the playoffs started today, the San Jose Sharks would face the Nashville Predators in their first round of playoff action.

(Cheechoo will play Saturday against Anaheim and Monday against Los Angeles for the final two games of the regular season prior to the playoff race.)

Jonathan Cheechoo has now scored 46 goals since Joe Thornton was acquired and Thornton has assisted on 36 of Cheechoo’s 46 goals tallies since the trade. On Cheechoo’s second tally, it looked as though Cheechoo would get the primary assist on a Thornton goal, but Thornton had other plans. “My guy was right in front of me, so it was smart to give it to Joe,” said Cheechoo. “I just went to the net and he saw me.” Cheechoo in enjoying the goals because they are making a difference. “The goals mean nothing if you don’t win,” said Cheechoo. “I’m happy doing it. When people pay more attention to me, Joe finds other people.” Cheechoo’s response on the tongue-in-check question of whether the Thornton acquisition will work out. “I think it might,” laughed the Moose Factory native. THORNTON TIED FOR 1ST With his three assists against Vancouver, Joe Thornton made a dramatic jump into a tie with Jaromir Jagr for most points in the NHL, with 122. Thornton has posted at least one point in 45 out of his 56 contests with the Sharks, including registering 27 multi-point games. It was mentioned to Thornton that he might have a better chance at the league’s Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player if he and Jagr were in different media markets and the New York press was behind Thornton. “I like dealing with you guys better,” said Thornton. “I like it out here.”

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


View from the Red Road

View from the Red Road

Sharks Defeat Stars, 4-1 April 9, 2006
Returning home for one game before embarking on their final road five game-in-seven-nights road trip to end the regular season – and earn their way into the play-offs, the San Jose Sharks played host to the Dallas Stars Sunday night at HP Pavilion. Vesa Toskala, winning his last four games, manned the net for the Sharks, while the always tough, Marty Turco, opposed him for the Stars.
The Sharks extended their second period 2-1 lead when superstar centerman, Joe Thornton, forced a turn-over and skated around the net to fee the always ready right winger, Jonathan Cheechoo – who is heading for a 50 goal season - with a perfect pass. As usual, Cheechoo knew exactly what to do, and sent a one-timer past Turco for a commanding 3-1 lead.
The fan favorite Cheechoo, now with 49 goals for the season (3rd overall in the NHL goal-scoring category), needs only one more to obtain the highest San Jose Shark goal-scoring milestone ever the rarely seen NHL 50 goal season. Player of the game, captain, Patrick Marleau, stated after the game that Cheechoo “would get his 50th the next game”, which is April 10th in Phoenix against Gretsky’s Coyotes.
Cheechoo is 15th overall in entire NHL in total points so far this season and 6th in power play goals. He nearly achieved his fifth ‘hat trick’, scoring two goals against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night – where he has amassed quite a following of fans in LA – the Sharks California rival.
San Jose maintained their stifling defense through the final stanza as the Stars were limited to 15 shots with just six minutes left in regulation. The final minutes of the clock expired without the Stars being able to solve Toskala, as the Sharks skated off with the 4-1 victory.

Cheechoo Scores Two To Beat Phoenix
April 11, 2006
Jonathan Cheechoo made good on captain Patrick Marleau’s prediction in Dallas Sunday night after Cheechoo scored his 49th goal of the season by notching his 50th and 51st goal of him most impressive season – scoring the game winning goal in the process to defeat the Phoenix Coyotes.
The upcoming superstar Cheechoo (no more than four players are expected to reach 50 goals this year – an amazing feat in the world of sports) accomplished his personal best and team record 50 goals in front of quite an audience. On hand to witness the feat was hockey great legend, Wayne Gretsky – Mr. Hockey himself.

NHL Hockey’s ”The Great One”, Wayne Gretsky,
celebrating Stanley Cup victory in 1987

Also on hand to view the scoring machine – nicknamed “The Cheechoochraan” were the infamous “The Hanson Brothers” of the famed 1970’s hockey movie “Slapshot”, who were in attendance to watch the phenomenal Indigenous hockey player from “Moose Factory, Ontario Canada.”
Jeff Carlson, Steve Carlson, and Dave Hanson; real-life hockey players whose sensitive performances as the “Hanson Brothers” helped make Slap Shot one of the top sports films of all time.
“Cheechoo – he da man!” Said Dave Hanson after Cheechoo scored two goals against the Coyotes.

Cheechoo, an indigenous “Cree First Nations” citizen from Moose Factory Ontario, nearly tallied his fifth 3-goal hat trick (he notched four within a two a half month period, a feat nearly unheard of in professional hockey) as he fired a shot off the goal post in the third period.

Cheechoo now leads the entire NHL in game winning goals with 10. He is 2nd place overall in goals scored with 51 (with four games remaining in this year’s regular season), fourth in power play goal scoring with 21, and 12th overall in total points for a remarkable season, brought on in part by a mid-season trade for Boston Bruin’s great centerman, Joe Thornton, who now centers the talented Shark’s “Cheechoo-Ekman-Thornton” Line.

Professional NHL Hockey Player
Jonathan Cheechoo
#14 San Jose Sharks

Born: July 15, 1980
Moose Factory, ON
Height: 6-1
Weight: 190 lbs.
Age: 25
Shoots: Right
Pos: Right Wing
Experience: 3 years
Drafted: Year: 1998 Round: 2 Pick: 29, Sharks

Goals 51 Assists 34 Total Points 85 - Premiere Cheechoo Blogsite – Premiere Indigenous Website

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