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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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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

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