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Get Used To It Philly

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from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphai News,

But when it isn’t even December and you have had four players suspended for on-ice stuff and the rest of the league combined has had only two, you know what people will think. When you lead the league in penalty minutes and majors, you know what people will think. When you are the Flyers, and even if you are so far removed from the old days that some current players are young enough to be the grandsons of some of the original Broad Street Bullies, well, you know.

You know what people will think - and the Flyers had better get used to it.

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Selling Hockey In China

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from Geoffrey York of the Globe and Mail,

It’s a sunny afternoon in the Beijing suburbs, and the thumping strains of Billy Idol and Duran Duran are echoing noisily through the Century Star Skating Rink in a futile effort to whip up enthusiasm from the tiny crowd of hockey fans.

It’s an inauspicious start for the NHL’s first venture into the Middle Kingdom. The potentially massive Chinese market has become the Holy Grail for sports promoters around the world, but the NHL is facing a hard struggle in its attempt to sell hockey to the 1.3 billion people of the world’s most populous country.

As recently as the 1980s, there were 16 hockey teams in China. But today, Chinese hockey has fallen into such a steep decline that one leading Chinese newspaper declared it “not far from death.”

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Burke Wants To Stay With Ducks

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from the LA Times,

Ducks General Manager Brian Burke took the time Tuesday morning to address speculation out of Toronto about a job that, at least for the moment, isn’t even open….

“You guys know my view on some members of the media,” Burke said. “Some of the stuff they write is just . . . I’ve said it a million times and it’s true. It can only be ascribed to a drug-induced fantasy.”...

“I can’t say it any more clearly,” he said. “We want to stay in Anaheim. My wife and I want to stay there.”

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  Tags: brian+burke

36 Year Old Blog

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

The network has highlights of every game—every night and every morning; miles of NHL Productions footage, heretofore wasting away on shelves and unseen by the masses; special presentations; and, yes, vintage games shown in their entirety. It’s all a hockey fan needs….

And with the NHL Network showing those vintage games, it gives me the opportunity to do something I’ve wanted to do for a while—blog a game from the past.

So, here we go. The game is between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs from Jan. 2, 1971.

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Possible Criminal Charges in Youth Hockey Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press, more information on the Triple-A hockey brawl involving 8-year-old players last weekend:

A video recording of the fight was being reviewed by police, who are expected to decide as early as Wednesday whether to lay criminal charges amid allegations that one of the adult coaches spit in the face of his cross-ice counterpart.

Police are alleging that when a small fight broke out between players on the ice, both coaches sent in more players from the bench to join in.

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association began its own investigation and was being assisted by the Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association and the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

“Which group was the first to act, (and) which was the next to react, doesn’t make any difference,” said GTHL president John Gardner.  “For adults to get into a situation like this . . . it’s not good for hockey and we’re not going to tolerate it.”

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  Tags: fighting, ontario+minor+hockey+association

Bryzgalov Has Moved On

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Don McGowan at CanWest News,

The 27-year-old Russian, who had played his entire NHL_career with the Ducks, was touched when the Anaheim crowd applauded him as his career highlights were displayed on the Honda Center video screen.

“The crowd stood up and gave me cheering,” said Bryzgalov, who was named Tuesday as the NHL’s No. 2 star of the week ending Nov. 25. “This was a great moment. I started a bit of crying because I don’t expect 17,000 people to stand up and start cheering. It was a great moment.”

That’s where the sentimentality ended.  Bryzgalov stopped 23 shots and two more in overtime as the Coyotes beat the defending Stanley Cup champions 4-3.

“We are all professionals,” Bryzgalov said. “We came to (Anaheim) to win this game. Right now, I play for the Coyotes, so no friends on the ice. We have to beat this team. We need the points. No sharing.”

more… *highlights from Bryzgalov’s NHL press conference call today

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  Tags: anaehim+ducks, ilya+bryzgalov, phoenix+coyotes

The NHL Hour

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Listen to the debut of the NHL Hour on XM from 4-5p ET today.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media

Two Games For Hartnell

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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has been suspended two games by the NHL for a blatant, dangerous head shot to Boston defenseman Andrew Alberts during Monday’s 6-3 Bruins rout at the Wachovia Center.

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If you missed the video, you can see it here.

added 4:29pm, from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,

But there is clearly a mandate in Philadelphia to drill guys first and worry about the repercussions, or concussions, later. They figure that makes them “tough to play against,” and earlier this season GM Paul Holmgren intimated that the Flyers are a better team because they’re making their mark physically on their opponents.

Of course that’s why they’re better. It has nothing to do with acquiring one of the most talented offensive players in the league in Daniel Briere, rebuilding their defense corps and getting a goalie who can actually stop the puck on occasion.

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added 4:41pm, from Colin Campbell,

“It appears that Mr. Hartnell was attempting to let up on delivering a check to an opponent that was in a vulnerable position,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “However, at the point of contact, he did deliver a blow to the head of Mr. Alberts that resulted in an injury.”

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  Tags: andrew+alberts, boston+bruins, philadelphia+flyers, scott+hartnell, suspension

BOG Agenda

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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

The NHL owners have a busy agenda as they gather this week in picturesque Pebble Beach, Calif., but they’ll still find time to squeeze in a little golf.

The annual two-day board of governors meeting, the most important of the year, goes Thursday and Friday and should finally bring about a new format for the NHL schedule. It means that every team will play one another starting next season.

“There’s quite a large sentiment for change,” said Edmonton Oilers president and CEO Patrick LaForge.

read on for the main agenda…

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  Tags: nhl+board+of+governors

Bettman In The Media

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters,

“I believe that under the current system that all our markets can support their clubs. Contraction isn’t something we have any interest in,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said at the Reuters Media Summit in New York. He also said the league was not in any kind of expansion process.

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added 12:58pm, from NHL.com,

The National Hockey League (NHL) and XM Satellite Radio today announced a new weekly live satellite radio show titled NHL Hour which will be hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and a rotation of League executives. The show will debut Tuesday, November 27 at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204) and NHL.com. On December 6, NHL Hour will begin airing every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Gary Bettman was also on Fox Business News yesterday- Watch the video…

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media

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