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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

Hedberg’s Mask

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Blueland Blog, The mask of the “Moose”.  Great pics…


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  Tags: goalies, johan+hedberg

Quincey Out of the Running…For Now

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Brent Sopel’s a happy boy today.  Because nothing makes you smile like the misfortune of others, at least that’s the case when you used to make millions and now you’re about a 50/50 shot of playing in the NHL this year—at least for the Wings. 

Kulfan/Detroit News

There’s one fewer candidate to win a roster spot on the Red Wings defense.

Kyle Quincey was walking around the locker room Friday with a cast on his left hand, the result of a broken bone suffered during intra-squad scrimmages back in Traverse City earlier in the month.

 

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Kings Name Blake Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the LA Kings,

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Blake will serve as Kings captain for the 2007-08 season, Kings head coach Marc Crawford announced from London.  Joining left wing Scott Thornton as assistant captains are defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky and left wing Michael Cammalleri.

“Rob and these players have the professionalism, drive and intensity that will be necessary for the Kings to keep improving in a very competitive NHL,” said Crawford from London.

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  Tags: los+angeles+kings, rob+blake

20 Game Suspension for Steve Downie

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The National Hockey League has handed down its verdict on the Flyers’ Steve Downie.  Colin Campbell, the NHL’s executive vice-president and director of hockey operations has suspended Downie a 20-game.

Downie was punished for his vicious hit on Ottawa Senators forward Dean McAmmond in Thursday’s exhibition game.

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  Tags: philadelphia+flyers, steve+downie, suspensions

2007-08 Regular Season Starts Tomorrow!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via the Globe & Mail,

Now it’s for real. The first points of the 2007-‘08 NHL season are at stake Saturday when the Los Angeles Kings get first crack at taking down the Stanley Cup-champion Anaheim Ducks.

Practice for both teams seemed to have a little more edge on the eve of the NHL’s regular-season opener (CBC, noon ET).

“There’s a subtle feeling that comes over a team,” said Kings head coach Marc Crawford. “And you can see it in the players, there’s a little more focus in their eyes.

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, london, los+angeles+kings

Marketing The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL Digest,

Trying to swoon the majority of the United States market into adopting ice hockey as a major sport worthy of prime time television slots, major advertising dollars, and premium ticket prices has been a daunting task for the National Hockey League.

To the seasoned hockey fan, the sheer speed and grace of the professional game is enough to send goosebumps up our spines. As hard as it may be for us to understand, that is simply not the case for the average North American television viewer.

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ESPN Previews the NHL Divisions

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From ESPN, E.J. Hradek and Barry Melrose preview each NHL division in separate video clips.  All the videos are below.

Atlantic Division

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  Tags: media, video

Hinote Getting Famous Sister-In-Law

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

imagefrom TransWorldNews,

Actress Jenny McCarthy’s younger sister Amy McCarthy has become engaged to NHL hockey player Dan Hinote. Amy, who was once name “cyber girl of the month” by Playboy, will wed Hinote next year in Colorado.

The couple lives in St. Louis as that is who Hinote is currently playing for. Amy works at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.


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  Tags: dan+hinote, st+louis+blues

Chris Pronger Named Ducks Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Anaheim Ducks,

Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle announced today that defenseman Chris Pronger will take over as captain, with last year’s captain Scott Niedermayer still mulling retirement.

“The coaching staff and management had a discussion and ultimately it was left up to us, the coaches, to make that decision and we made it through consultation through the last 48 hours,” Carlyle said. “We came to the conclusion that we thought Chris Pronger would be best suited to fit the captaincy role.”

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, chris+pronger

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