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Sutter Coaching His Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of the Record,

(Brent) Sutter says general manager Lou Lamoriello didn’t hire him to coach like those who preceded him here. That’s why you won’t see the Devils sitting back in the neutral zone during even-strength situations anymore.

“I wasn’t hired and [told], ‘You’ve got to coach this way. That’s the way we’ve coached here for the last …,” Sutter said.

“No, it was, ‘We want this new blood. We want another perspective on how the game is played.’ “

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Berard Has Russia Option

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Craig Custance at the Sporting News Today reports UFA defenseman Bryan Berard would like to play in the NHL this season but going to Russia to play is an option.

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Opening Games In Europe A Money Grab

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Loewen of the Toronto Sun,

The NH(S)L, the National Hockey Savings and Loan, and its chief banker, Gary Bettman, have cashed in on another opportunity to sell officially licenced league paraphernalia….

I hate to hammer you over the head with a reminder that sports is a business, but taking a few of the top NHL teams and creating a few truly interesting matchups in Stockholm and Prague instead of, oh, I don’t know, Canada, isn’t just business, it’s monkey business. It’s Bettman monkeying with our game for the sake of a few extra kronors.

read on

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Wings Trying To Trade Quincy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

General manager Ken Holland said Monday he has been working the phones in an effort to make a trade before Thursday’s regular season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena.

An NHL source confirmed the Red Wings are attempting to deal defenseman Kyle Quincey.

more on the Wings…

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Yotes Attract Fans With Food

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russell Brooks of PhoenixCoyotes.com,

Fans watching a Coyotes game in a luxury suite inside Jobing.com Arena this season have good reason to arrive early….

“I am lucky enough to have access to beef that almost no one has access to,” said Choate, who is a gold member of the Certified Angus Beef Board. “I want to provide the best dry-aged beef available to the people at Jobing.com Arena. When you come here, you are getting something special that you are not going to be able to go to Westgate or Scottsdale and receive.”

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NHL Thinking Vegas For Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

The National Hockey League is seriously considering Las Vegas as the site of next year’s NHL awards show, Hockeycentral has learned.

The annual event is usually held in Toronto the week after the Stanley Cup Final but also took place in Vancouver as recently as 2006.

more

Why not have a fan fest at the same time, make it a three day event!

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KK- Another Tweak

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

KK readers requested that we add a ‘most recent comment’ feature.  So on the KK Homepage, in the middle column at the bottom, we have added the last ten comments made in the blogs.

This allows you to follow blog posts and the comments in those posts.

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Taking the Dressing Room on the Road

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Ulmer at Maple Leafs.com

imageThe Leafs Nation Mobile Fanzone will put fans first.

“I think the dressing room is an inner sanctum people don’t get access to,” Hosford said. “ It’s something where people can feel what it’s like to actually be there. That’s why we wanted to replicate it and take it out into the community for all the people who are such a big part the Toronto Maple Leafs.”

The Leafs Nation Mobile Fanzone will be driven to locations all over the GTA over the next six days. Some of those events will include Leaf players and alumni handing out Leafs gear. Everyone gets free swag as well as a walking tour of the rolling room.

more here plus a video feature

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Hollweg Gets First Suspension Of The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Globe and Mail,

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ryan Hollweg has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season.

The suspension is tied to a hit from behind during a game last week and for two similar incidents last season when he was a member of the New York Rangers.

continued

added 5:24pm, Official NHL release on the suspension below…

Continue Reading »

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‘Machine Vision’ Applied to Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Shane Schick at itWorldCanada:

“When I was in graduate school (at Dartmouth College), I got hooked on hockey,” [Ryan Lilien] says. “When I came to the University of Toronto about two years ago, my focus was on computational biology, but this is Canada. I wanted to see if we could do something that could combine both interests.” The result is a project called the Computational Analysis of Ice Hockey Gameplay. The goal is to develop a system that will learn how hockey is played and help a team improve their performance. Or better yet, help a team like the Penguins understand how Osgood knew just where and how to move in those last 10 seconds, and how they could outthink him.

“Tracking the puck is hard. It’s small,” he says. “As a hockey fan, you don’t always see the puck, but you know based on the position of the players where the puck is and where they’re moving. The computer could do the same thing.”

Lilien’s approach is to use “machine vision,” a subfield of engineering that encompasses computer science, optics, mechanical engineering, and industrial automation.

read on

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  Tags: machine+vision, ryan+lilien, university+of+toronto

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