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Nieuwendyk Inspires Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

At first, I didn’t think much of seeing Joe talk to the team during the second intermission. Especially when Zednik was called for an early penalty giving the Canes a chance to break the game open. But then things started to go Florida’s way, and lo and behold, the Cats took advantage. Haven’t seen much of that.

A lot of the guys were praising Joe’s speech, the captain of the team saying it really inspired them.

Now, why would Joe’s voice hold more credence than that of coach/GM Jacques Martin? Or Olli himself?

read on

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  Tags: florida+panthers, joe+nieuwendyk

Koivu Knows French

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

A day after taking heat for not speaking French, Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu spoke a few words in a pre-recorded feature shown before a game Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

A surprised crowd cheered as Koivu said ‘‘ici Saku Koivu, voici mon equipe’’ (Saku Koivu here, this is my team) before reading out the Canadiens lineup in a mix of English and French on the video scoreboard.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: montreal+canadiens, saku+koivu

Choices, choices

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Uh oh.  Wife’s birthday tonite.  Live blogging (at least from me) will most likely be minimal. If I do participate, you’ll know I made the wrong (or right) choice.  I’m definitely torn.  Regardless, those of you who wish to document your game-time brilliance may do so in the comment section below.

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The Gearhead: Easton’s New S17 stick

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

I recently spoke with Easton Hockey’s product manager Mike Mountain, about the company’s new S17 stick, which has an elliptical bulge below the lower hand, called “Torx” technology, which is supposed to help reduce energy loss and the tendency of composite stick blades to “open up” when they hit the ice. 

There are a lot of products out right now that claim to strengthen the bottom of the shaft in terms of blades twisting, but when I saw this product, it just made intuitive sense to me, so I was really excited to talk about the concept of using an ellipse to strengthen the shaft.

I led off with the question at hand, asking about the physics that make “Torx” work:

Continue Reading »

Filed in: Hockey Equipment, Easton, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Googling the NHL in the USA

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHLdigest.com,

I have created the following video to show yet another perspective on the popularity, or lack thereof, of the NHL in the United States.

In this video I use a tool created by Google, called Google Trends, that is used to graphically show the popularity of certain terms that are searched for on the Internet. Google Trends is very nice to use because it allows us to compare two terms against each other to determine which of the terms is most often searched for.

This video clearly shows that “Nothing” is more popular than the NHL as a search term used in the United States. This is absolutely embarrassing for me as a hockey fan.

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*thanks to a KK reader for the heads up on the link

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The Accidental Sportswriter

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric McErlain at the Sporting News,

What a long strange trip it has been.

Confused? I’m sure you are, but then again, so am I.

Why? Because while this column is serving as my introduction to the hockey-loving audience at Sporting News, it’s also something of a milestone for me. I didn’t set out to become a sportswriter; it just sort of happened.

continued…

Just wanted to send a shout of congratulations to Eric for his new gig. And for more hockey news, readers can always check out Eric’s well-known blog, Off Wing Opinion.

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Bloggers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Mark Bell Ready For Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The 27-year-old forward will have served his 15-game suspension after Toronto plays in Montreal on Saturday night. Bell will make his Maple Leafs debut on Tuesday in Ottawa.

Practice has taken on a different feel as his debut draws closer. Bell has been around the team all year and looked downright giddy on Thursday as he contemplated actually getting into a game.

‘‘It’s been a long time since I played,’’ said Bell, who last saw the ice for San Jose on May 7. ‘‘I’m just looking forward to getting out there with the guys.’‘

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mark+bell, toronto+maple+leafs

Following The Code

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Recently we’ve seen examples of hockey’s citizens circumventing The Code. Alexei Kovalev criticizes his coach. Markus Naslund criticizes his coach. Alain Vigneault criticizes his player. Again, the list goes on.

The truth is The Code is broken all the time. And guess what? Nothing happened. The sky didn’t fall. The sun rose the next day. Jesus didn’t appear.

But what you need to realize – what we all need to realize – is that The Code is essentially a thinly-veiled attempt at cerebral segregation. It’s tantamount to special handshakes in secret clubs.

more

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Who Do You Want To Draft?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Amber at ESPN,

Considering there are fewer than 800 players in the NHL, your chances of making it to the big show, and then becoming a star, fall somewhere around winning the lottery or seeing snow in Florida in the middle of July.

For those players who aren’t blue-chip prospects, the odds are even worse. That’s what makes this list even more remarkable. In this edition of 10 Degrees, we count down in reverse order the top active overlooked draft prospects-turned-stars.

10. Steve Sullivan

read on for nine more…

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Hey, Hey, Hey, A New Hockeytown

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ross McKeon at Yahoo,

But back to the task at hand: Choosing a new destination we can call Hockeytown, USA. Taking into consideration attendance, fan loyalty, a cozy relationship between the team and its region, a city that’s just right for the NHL, and our choice is pretty clear. Saint Paul, Minn., home of the Minnesota Wild, fits the bill.

Buffalo, Long Island, Denver, Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have all had their moments both recently and long ago, but the rejuvenated market in Minnesota gets our vote.

read on

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  Tags: minnesota+wild

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