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05-01-2013, 11:00 PM
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Originally Posted by NYRKindms View Post
Question: I have read that the taxi squad doesn't practice with the big club. Is this a NHL rule or ?

Also if not, is it not common to have the "JV team"assume the role of opponent ? In many team sports I have played coaches will generally have the squad play / lineup / run plays common to the other team etc. is this something that isn't traditionally done in hockey ?
No rule as far as I know. The Black Aces (as they have been called within the organization for quite a while) are up to get a feel for the atmosphere surrounding a team during the playoffs, nothing more, nothing less. And, at least as far as the Rangers go, I can never remember the Black Aces practicing with the team--they are minor leaguers, not fair game for NHLers. The practices that the team has had have been about special teams and various strategies, not having Thomas pretend to be Ovechkin.

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