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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from FemmeFan.com,

Let’s be honest, outside of a Klan rally you won’t find a worse ratio of whites to blacks. The lack of black players means the NHL does not get the recognition the other sports receive in the hip hop community. You won’t find many hockey jerseys in the latest rap video. You also won’t find the hottest artists in the stands watching a NHL game. This lack of recognition from the artists means a lack of recognition from their fans that follow their lead.

“That’s an awful lot of eyeballs that aren’t interested in hockey as a casual fan and they’ve maybe never had the opportunity to pick up a hockey stick and experience it”, Darren Pang explains.

Unfortunately for the league this will continue to be a problem for the league, as there’s not exactly a big push in the African-American community to send their children to hockey camp.

This brings us to yet another problem.

read on if you wish…. Damn, I don’t think one of my favorite artists, Eric Clapton is a hockey fan, maybe I should stop watching…

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Secret Behind Drake’s Return: Shreddies

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Bob Duff has broken a big one, that single story every reporter waits for. 

“I’m a big Shreddies guy.”

The move back to Detroit, the team that originally drafted Drake back in 1989, put him within eyesight of the Canadian border and in close proximity to Shreddies.

“It just became a lot easier to get them,” Drake said, joking he’d had a Shreddies clause written into his pact. “That was the only contract bonus I got.”

The rest of the story mentions a few other (former) Wings and the items they’d have imported from home.  I don’t know if Duff had a straight face when he wrote this about Bob Probert.

Probert, who spent his entire 17-season NHL career in the United States playing for the Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, was another player who delighted in care packages of Canadian products.

Yeah…we know.

 

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  Tags: drake, probert

Pass Of The Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Media News,

Maybe the only person unimpressed with the incredible pass that San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton made six minutes into the second period Wednesday night was Thornton himself.

“It was just unbelievable,” said Sharks captain Patrick Marleau, who converted Thornton’s cross-ice feed for the Sharks’ second goal.

“If that’s not the play of the month,” said Sharks coach Ron Wilson. “Man, that was a pass and a half. That was Gretzky and then some.”

continued

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  Tags: joe+thornton, patrick+marleau, san+jose+sharks

If Crosby Is Gretzky, Malkin Is Messier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

“I think he does fly under the radar,” said Penguins general manager Ray Shero. “Sid’s the one who has to do all the press conferences. Yeah, we’re pretty fortunate to have two guys like them.”

Malkin is a massive man, just like Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks. But he’s faster. He’s also a better shooter, but not as a silky smooth a set-up man as Jumbo Joe, but still very clever.

“Very creative. He could make plays in a phone booth,” said Penguins winger Gary Roberts.

“Gino (Malkin) doesn’t get as much attention as Sid,” said former Oilers forward Petr Sykora, his linemate. “But on any other team he’d be the guy.”

more

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, gary+roberts, sidney+crosby

Rangers Say No To Berger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Toronto Sun,

The Rangers will not let bygones be bygones, however. The team is refusing to admit FAN 590 reporter Howard Berger into the MSG press box tonight despite the fact Berger issued an on-air apology for reporting that Avery allegedly had verbally chided Blake about his fight with cancer.

“As far as what happened or what was said, it was blown out of proportion,” forward Scott Gomez said. “Talk to Blakey or Tucks about it.”

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  Tags: howard+berger

Recchi Still A Top Six Forward

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from the Globe and Mail,

Roberts, who signed with the Penguins last season after getting a call from Recchi, let his feelings be known on the release of his friend. Recchi cleared waivers Wednesday and the Penguins now have the option to send him to the AHL or negotiate a buyout of his $1.75-million (U.S.) contract.

“He brought this team together last year,” Roberts said. “I think he’s still a top-six forward on any team. Unfortunately, they [the Penguins’ management] didn’t think so.”

more on the Crosby show in Edmonton…

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  Tags: gary+roberts, mark+recchi

I Feel Old

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Joe Pelletier made me a legend.

I am not much into these types of awards, the publicity or recognition but I must say it is much appreciated, especially coming from Joe.

 

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Hitchcock Delivers Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

Tonight, the Avs had a 3-1 lead after two periods and the Jackets were playing like midgets. During the intermission, Ken Hitchcock said something to his players, and whatever it was, it worked.
“Basically, he said, ‘Wake up,’” Jody Shelley said.

Hitchcock would not get into detail about his message, he only hinted: “Let’s just say we don’t have many of those over the course of the season, but today was one of those. A heart-to-heart.”

read on

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No Clowning Around For Tortorella

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

A day after the whole media clowns thing, we decide it would be funny if when coach Tortorella came in to meet with reporters today after practice at the St. Pete Times Forum, we all would wear red clown noses. Low and behold, one of the media relations people for the Lightning said he had a box of red noses from when the circus was in town, and he runs to his office to get them.

So Torts comes into the meeting room, looks at four people with red noses, breathes deeply and says, “Great guys. Can we get going here, please. I have things to do.”

Didn’t even break a grin.

more

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  Tags: john+tortorella

Big Deal, You Won A Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

“You won one game, big (expletive) deal! Do it right!” screamed coach Mike Keenan in the middle of the Calgary Flames practice yesterday….

“It’s not about winning one, it’s about stringing some together,” said centre Craig Conroy.

“I think that was the major point, ‘Who cares you won one, it’s not breaking any records.’ You’re not gonna win two if you have a practice as bad as we had.

“He definitely let it be known it’s unacceptable and be ready for (today). They’re in a similar situation as us so it’s gonna be a tough game.”

read on

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  Tags: craig+conroy, mike+keenan

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