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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

“Dean is a friend of mine, but if it was Dean or somebody I don’t know, there’s no need for that.

“There’s nobody that can say, ‘I never hit anybody kinda cheap’ because you can get your elbows up or stick up, but you can’t hit somebody like that.”

Although the league has taken heat for being lenient on violent incidents, players were applauding Colin Campbell—the NHL’s disciplinarian—for taking a stand.

“It’s good the league did something,” Conroy said.

more on the suspension of Downie from Craig Conroy and other Flames too…

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  Tags: craig+conroy

Tough Approach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in a nine-round shootout in front of 15,713 in the RBC Center. But, this being the exhibition season, the score is merely an aside.

“We’re going to be the toughest team in the league this year,” Fritsche said. “What this should tell everybody is that we’re not going to back down from anybody. If there’s an issue, our five guys are going to be right in the middle of it before their five guys are. That’s just the way it’s going to be.

“So, I’d say, yeah, we’re going to have a lot of nights like this.”

There were 39 penalties for 142 penalty minutes, including eight fighting majors, 12 roughing minors, three 10-minute misconducts and two game misconducts.

more

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes, columbus+blue+jackets, fighting

London Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have received a large amount of emails asking me about the broadcast schedule for the NHL games in London.

Here you go and as always, you can check NHL.com for a complete schedule.

Note the September 29th game will also be available on FoxSports West

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note:  original post date was 9/25/07, Saturday’s game is on the Center Ice schedule.

added 10:39am, Don’t forget the free preview of both Center Ice and Center Ice Online begins today and ends October 9th.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, CBC HNIC, VERSUS, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: center+ice, media

Only the NHL Escapes Off-Season Embarrassments

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via MSNBC,

So ends the summer when the NHL stood out by simply laying low.

No talk of lockouts, steroids, rogue referees or police blotters in the world of hockey during the few short months following the Anaheim Ducks’ landmark championship for California.

The league that usually gets noticed when things go wrong, was glad to let baseball, football and basketball own the scandal-focused spotlight. Hockey escaped embarrassment and turmoil, and now is readying its next attempt to matter in the U.S. sports landscape.

continued… (*also, see MSNBC’s 30 Team Previews)

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Flames Sign Mark Smith

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Calgary Flames have signed free agent forward Mark Smith.  The 29 year-old checker had spent his entire career with the San Jose Sharks organization after being drafted in the ninth round in 1997.

Smith was hampered by injuries last season and finished with 13 points in 41 games.  He was invited to camp with the New York Rangers, but was released earlier this week.

continued…

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  Tags: calgary+flames

Foster Hewitt: The Voice of Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Investor’s Business Daily,

“The first broadcast nearly ended in disaster,” Hewitt wrote in a 1928 Toronto Star article titled “Who Wouldn’t Be A Sport Announcer!” “When I finally did get in and closed the door, all the air was cut off. In a few minutes my head started to go round.”

Despite Hewitt’s difficulty catching air that night, listeners immediately loved the picture of the game he painted orally.

The next day, thousands clamored radio station CFCA for more. A decade later, in the 1934 playoffs, 6 million people would be tuning in to hear his voice.

“The impact he’s had on Canada has almost been a religious one,” Chuck Kaiton, president of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association and the announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes, told IBD.

more…
(*Hewitt called the famous 1972 Paul Henderson goal, referenced earlier today on KK.)

Update 8:54pm ET: For examples of Hewitt’s work, check out CBC’s remarkable archives.

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  Tags: foster+hewitt, media

Sopel Signed By Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Listening to the Wings/Leafs game online, the Toronto announcers stated Brent Sopel was signed by Chicago today.

added 9:20pm, TSN link now available, believed to be $1.5M for 1 year.

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  Tags: brent+sopel, chicago+blackhawks

London Prepares For Sports Invasion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Times Online,

Ice hockey, the cynics say, is not even an American sport, it is Canadian – which may be a key to its salvation. The sport has always had a sizeable following outside the US, especially in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, but its profile in the UK is low and the NHL is betting that it can change that with an entertaining pair of games that will underline the appeal of a sport that combines the balletic agility of ice dance with the brute violence of streetfighting.

more

 

 

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  Tags: london

MSG Sues The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Yahoo,

Madison Square Garden sued the NHL on Friday, saying the league has monopolized promotion of its teams.

According to the lawsuit, the NHL has claimed it will fine MSG, which owns the New York Rangers, $100,000 per day if it does not give the NHL complete control over the team’s Web site and other promotions.

continued

update 6:55pm, a little more on this from Bloomberg…

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

Colin Campbell Discusses Downie Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Colin Campbell was involved with a tele-conference call today discussing the Downie suspension.

Q. Can you characterize what Steve Downie did to Dean McAmmond? What you saw?

COLIN CAMPBELL: Characterize? We had requested this be put on the agenda for the board of governors. As a result, the general managers looked at a number of hits. We had 52 hits from last season that were not suspendable hits, but hits where shoulders were delivered to the head.

And from that meeting on, the general managers in June, it was in Ottawa in the finals, the Competition Committee met and reviewed the same hit.

We convened a group of coaches in late July, early August as well as having talked about the draft to a number of coaches, assistant coaches as well. We had six coaches that were brought in here and we discussed what we had found.

At the end of the day, there were a number of criteria that the groups didn’t like, and any of those criteria could get you suspended. At the same time, we wanted to keep hitting in the game of hockey. And legal shoulder checks to the head would be allowed if they were delivered in a legal fashion.

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  Tags: colin+campbell, steve+downie, suspensions

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