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Alex Biega Is Involved With The NHL/NHLPA Core Development Program

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Alex Biega has seen it happen on several occasions during his six-year NHL career.

The Red Wings defenseman has watched as a teammate had his career end suddenly, usually for injury, but maybe simply getting cut, and not getting another shot at the NHL.

With that mind, Biega has been active in the NHL/NHL Players Association Core Development Program (CDP) since its inception in October 2016.

The CDP aims to help the transition for players to careers after hockey, and life after hockey.

“Once I was approached (by the NHLPA) about it, I felt it was a resource that was definitely needed in the NHL,” Beiga said during a phone conversation from his home last week, during the NHL’s pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I’ve been an advocate for it, in terms of how to build it, and from a player’s perspective, what could be utilized from it.

“We’re just in the preliminary stages now, but the sky is the limit for this kind of thing.”


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Gary Bettman Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Gary Bettman was on NBCSN today in the noon hour.

via Stephen Whyno tweets,

Bettman: "I do believe we can play into the summer, well into the summer."

Postponement of Olympics opens window for NHL on NBC.

"Nothing has been ruled in and nothing has been ruled out."

Bettman brings up "speculation" about playoffs at neutral sites in remote areas, says, "That's just part of considering all the potential options."

Bettman acknowledges, "There aren't a lot of answers."

NHL is taking cautious, wait-and-see approach.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says on @NHLonNBCSports
it's still a few weeks away from making a decision whether to resume and he hopes to know more by end of April.

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Morning Line- Jeff Vinik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"Again, I don't know, and it's very hard to predict. But I'm an optimist. I do think that we will see hockey over the summer. Frankly, which sounds fun to me, summer hockey."

- Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Via Justin Granit and Jaclyn Fenton of WTSP,

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From the Dub: Identity Theft

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

On March 23, the Canadian Hockey League officially announced that playoffs and the Memorial Cup had been cancelled. It wasn’t a surprise, but it’s still devastating. The Kelowna Rockets will not get another shot at hosting the Memorial Cup anytime soon. The CHL’s announcement noted that the next Cup will take place in the OHL in 2021. For junior hockey fans across the league, it’s game over. Here in the void that's usually overflowing with hockey, I've gained a new perspective on what it truly means to be a hockey fan.  

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Video- Did You Know Kris Draper Scored 24 Playoff Goals?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

13 1/2 minutes to watch all of them.


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Detroit Baseball Great Al Kaline Passed Away Today

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press,

Al Kaline, who in a long and unique Detroit Tigers lifetime grew from youthful batting champion to Hall of Famer to distinguished elder statesman, died Monday afternoon at his home in Bloomfield Hills. He was 85.

A cause of death was not immediately available. John Morad, a close friend of the family, confirmed the news to the Free Press after speaking with Kaline's youngest son, Mike.


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If You Have Nothing To Do Tonight

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

I'm predicting a sweep.


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Viewing The NHL Games In A Different Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Steigerwald of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

I talked to a former NHL marketing director, whom I’ve known all my life, and he had some interesting thoughts on playing games without fans.

My brother, Paul, who was the Penguins’ marketing director before becoming part of their radio and TV broadcasts, said, “If there are going to be games played inside of empty arenas for the sake of television, then why not make them look and sound as realistic as possible for the viewing audience?

“They could look a lot like video games only they would be real games, with virtual crowds. You could use special effects using crowd shots from previous games. Sound could be created the same way.”

He also said this could be an opportunity for producers to put cameras in different places and “have access to camera angles they could never dream of having with fans in the stands.”

The technology already exists that allows fans to choose their camera angles from their living room in real time.

“Teams may soon have to realize that it’s a new paradigm, and, for the time being, their games are purely made for television events,” he said.


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Could We See A Few NHL Fold?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

The majority of NHL teams these days are owned by extremely rich individuals or large corporations. Financial pressures from other businesses may nonetheless put more focus on their NHL holdings if there is no hockey revenue.

So which teams could be in trouble?

The first one that comes to mind is Ottawa. A small-market team with diminishing attendance, last in the NHL with well under 13,000 per game. There have already been rumours that the Senators might one day have to move, all quickly dismissed by owner Eugene Melnyk. He’s been focused on trying to get a deal for a new arena....

Arizona and Florida, 28th and 29th in NHL attendance, would also face challenges with an extended shutdown.

The fragile Coyotes’ story is well known, and even the acquisitions of star forwards Taylor Hall and Phil Kessel improved attendance only slightly this season.

The Panthers have a deep-pocketed owner in Vinnie Viola and have vowed to keep paying workers. But that’s a money-losing operation, and the losses will become even more significant. Billionaires run out of patience, too, and the stock market is doing no one any favours these days.

The Islanders have struggled without a permanent home. Carolina has been wobbly for years. New Jersey, Buffalo and Nashville could also face big financial challenges.

Knowing Bettman’s legendary determination to keep teams afloat and in the same city, he’ll fight to the death to keep all the existing teams alive. But he also knows Atlanta going out of business turned into a positive story for the league when the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg.


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Video- Bobby Ryan’s Life

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Before the Ottawa Senators, Team USA, even the NHL draft, Bobby Ryan wasn't Bobby Ryan. In a Sportsnet special, Chris Simpson sits down with the forward to learn about his secret past.


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