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Winter Olympics Ratings Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Hiestand of USA TODAY,

With NBC’s long, current Olympic TV lock extending only to London’s 2012 Summer Games, new TV deals might come this year that could lead to something not seen since the Clinton presidency: Somebody else carrying the Games.

And potential bidders for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Summer Games — possibly including NBC, ESPN/ABC, Fox and a joint CBS/TNT bid — will scour NBC’s Olympic ratings looking for clues about this: Are the Games hanging on as a TV hit?...

Compared to NBC’s Salt Lake coverage — which averaged 19.9% of U.S. TV households through its first four nights — NBC’s Vancouver ratings are down 24.1%.

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The Team Comes First

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

For all the talk from Team USA management and coaching staff that this team was built around a cog like Drury, having him start the Olympic Games as the 13th forward certainly didn’t send the same message. In fact, it only reinforces the belief from some critics that the young T.J. Oshie should have been on this team. Surely, the Blues star could have handled the 13th forward job.

But let me say this: there’s a positive flip side to what coach Ron Wilson decided to do with Drury. When you have a 33-year-old veteran with Drury’s international experience willing to suck it up for the team and accept a diminished role, it sends a message to a youthful squad: no one is bigger than the team.

“Chris has been around for a while,” said young Team USA leader Dustin Brown. “He’s been part of a lot of winning teams and he knows what it takes to win. Everyone has done a really good job of checking their ego at the door and he’s at the top of that list.

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Pierre McGuire Breaks Down Team Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Canada takes on Norway at 7:30pm ET.  The game can be viewed on CNBC, CTV and RDS.

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Team USA vs. Team Switzerland

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Regular KK readers know I am not into the live blog thing, but if you’d like to leave a comment while watching the game, which starts at 3:00pm, be my guest.

The game is on USA Network in the States and TSN & RDS in Canada. Also a stream is available at NBC Olympics.

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The Other Miracle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allen Barra of the Wall Street Journal,

Team USA faces off with Switzerland today in the first round of the men’s hockey competition at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. And as sports fans settle in to watch, they’ll undoubtedly recall the “Miracle on Ice” in the 1980 Lake Placid games, when a group of young Americans surprised the world and brought home the gold.

Far fewer will remember the first miracle on ice 20 years earlier. At the 1960 Squaw Valley Games, a group of unknown Americans went undefeated, beating the highly favored Russians and then the Canadians and Czechs to win the gold.

“That team,” says Sports Illustrated’s E.M. Swift, “was underrated the day after they won the gold medal.” Yet theirs was arguably the greatest achievement in U.S. Olympic history.

continued and thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

All the best hits, goals and saves from the past week in the NHL.

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Shanahan Talks Olympic Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scroll to the 2 minute mark to hear Bredan’s views…

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Preliminary Round Starts Today, Will You Be Watching?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL.com,

Here is where you can find the Olympic hockey tournament games on Feb. 16.

3-5:30 pm ET—U.S. vs. Swiss men, TSN & RDS
5:30-8 pm ET—U.S vs. Russia women, APTN,
7:30-10 pm ET,—Canada vs. Norway men, CTV
8:30-11 pm ET— Canada vs. Norway men, RDS
11 pm-1 am ET— Finland vs. China women, RDS
12-2:30 am ET (Wed)—Russia vs. Latvia men, CTV
1-3 am ET (Wed)—Russia vs. Latvia men, RDS

United States
3-6 pm ET—U.S. vs. Swiss men, USA
5:30—8 pm ET—U.S. vs. Russia women, MSNBC
8-10 pm ET—Canada vs. Norway men, CNBC
10 pm-12:30 am ET—Finland vs. China women, CNBC
12:30-2:30 am ET (Wed)—Russia vs. Latvia men, CNBC

added 11:17am, My NHL.com blog today, basically on watching the Olympics.  Enjoy and someone knock my socks off with a beverage or a unique food item to bring to my home.

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Ron Wilson Gets A Second Chance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Filip Bondy of the NY Daily News,

Twelve years later, the man who coached one of the most disappointing, ill-behaved hockey teams in history is back coaching Team USA again.

It is hard to believe Ron Wilson gets this second chance Tuesday, when the Americans begin the Olympic tournament against Switzerland, but maybe not so difficult to understand when you consider most Americans involved never really confessed they had done much of anything wrong back at Nagano in 1998. They had some bad luck, they lost to Canada, Sweden and the Czechs, and then just had a goodbye dorm party that got a little bit crazy.

Of the players on that roster, only captain Chris Chelios really manned up, apologized and wrote a check for $3,000. The players involved never quite admitted to anything. Nobody would rat out anybody. Even now, Wilson will acknowledge no responsibility for supervising players who trashed their rooms and hurled furniture from the window of the Olympic Village.


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Hot Scorers At Olympic Time

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In order to get an idea of who the top scoring threats in the Olympics might be, I decided to look at the top ten scorers since the beginning of the year.  It is interesting to see which teams have the most top scorers and to see which teams left their potential top scorers off of their rosters.

Here are the top ten scorers since January 1st:

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