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Will The SCF Attract New Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Rovell of CNBC,

The big question is not how well with the Finals rate. We’re pretty sure this is going to be a winner, with the first two games on Versus and the rest on NBC. The real question is, can a good series bring in any additional hockey fans? (Go to the poll to answer that for us!)

Ratings are up again we know and the NHL is doing a million times better than I thought it would do when they became the first sport to sit out the entire year due to a work stoppage. But when you stack a network game on NBC versus other network sports, the NHL is still far behind.

read on plus a video interview with Gary Bettman…

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Russia Reclaiming its Pedestal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sergei Balash at Russia Profile.org,

The twists and turns of the final game were reminiscent of what the sport itself had gone through over the past decade and a half. After winning the Olympic hockey tournament in 1992 and capturing the world title in 1993, all of Russia’s major hockey accomplishments came just on the junior level, with the U20 team winning gold thrice from 1999 to 2003. Back then, the decline was evident in all winter sports, historically Russia’s strongest sport.

The long way back

“It’s always easy to ruin something,” said Vyacheslav Fetisov, director of the Federal Agency for Physical Education and Sport. “We were unbeatable in hockey. If someone said back in 1988 or 1989 that we’d win just two World Championships in the next 20 years, nobody would believe it.”

more on the road map Russia has followed to rebuild its hockey (and general sporting) dominance

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  Tags: iihf, russian+hockey, sport

Good News For Wings’ Central Sisters

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No not really. But hey, any time I can rile up the Bitter Blues fans?  I’ll take it

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Best of 2007-08

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Sporting News,

Before the Stanley Cup finals begin, it’s time to hand out Sporting News’ 2008 NHL Awards. Winners were determined by a vote of their peers, and all voting was conducted before the playoffs. Individuals could not vote for themselves, and players could not vote for teammates.

Player of the year: Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals

continued with more on AO, plus naming the Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Executive of the Year

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Great Players, Great Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

...Which brings us all the way back to 1994 when the New York Rangers battled the tenacious Vancouver Canucks through seven games at a time when the NHL was thought to be on the rise vs. NBA and within the company of other major sports leagues.

Detroit vs. Pittsburgh, the matchup that kicks off the 2008 Stanley Cup final this Saturday in Detroit, has that kind of cache.

It’s not just that it features many of the best young and old players in the game. That matters and so does the entertainment value of two teams that skate well and score goals in an entertaining fashion. But what’s good for the NHL and best for fan interest in markets that don’t usually care about hockey is that the league appears to have brought forth what people expect in a championship series: great players playing for what most everyone in and outside of hockey regard as the two best teams.


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An Inspirational Hockey Fan

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,

The Summerside, PEI native, who battles a neuromuscular disorder that prevents him from speaking, won CBC’s Bring Home The Cup contest, meaning legendary captain Mark Messier, along with Lord Stanley himself, paid a visit to town over the weekend.

Adam Bourque. An inspiration. One heck of a hockey fan. And, oh, yeah, Summerside’s newest celebrity.

Watching Adam Bourque’s video entry to the contest — in which a computer had to transmit his words for him — one must marvel at not only his courage but the passion he has for a game. And it shows the importance of the Stanley Cup, what it means to not only those who dream of lifting it one day, but those who just dare to dream, period.

continued with more about Adam.  Video can be seen here.

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  Tags: adam+bourque, cbc, hnic, hockey+fans, media

A World-Class Stanley Cup Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

Two weeks ago I wrote the Wings and Penguins were locks to meet in the Stanley Cup Finals. Somehow my wires got crossed and I predicted the Wings in five and Penguins in six. Does being close count?

Although I hate the prediction game, I do feel obligated to continue on. Therefore, I am taking the Detroit Red Wings route and saying Wings in 7. No matter how I look at this matchup, I cannot see one team being a dominating force and I just see a series that will be highly-entertaining and one that will draw the attention of sports fans worldwide.


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  Tags: stanley+cup+playoffs

Key Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

So as I sit here in the terminal waiting to board my flight to Windsor (sounds glamorous, doesn’t it?), here are my five notable things to look for in this year’s Stanley Cup Finals.

The Setting:

This series will be a showcase of the greatest skill and talent the game has to offer. But instead of watching this marvelous display of hockey artistry from the luxury of a modern facility, we will be confined to Joe Louis and Mellon Arena. This is like watching a Broadway performance of Les Miserables from a dinner theatre at your local Denny’s. It just doesn’t seem right.

read on

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Two Different Roads - One Goal In Mind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

After six weeks of marathon hockey, the stage is finally set for a Stanley Cup Final between the game’s marquee player and the game’s marquee franchise. At one end of the ice, it’s arguably the NHL’s best-run club in the Detroit Red Wings. At the other end, it’s a young and fiery Pittsburgh Penguins club led by Sidney Crosby.

And though both teams share the moniker as the NHL’s cream of the crop, their paths to glory have been very different.

In Pittsburgh, the Penguins were slowly and painstakingly built up from scratch.


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Welcoming the Hockey World to Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

I am taking a different approach today and will officially welcome you to the Metro Detroit area. I ask you to forget all the negative things you have read and heard about Motown. Sure there are areas you want to avoid, just like every large city in the world. Instead I will point out how the folks in Southeast Michigan will welcome you with open arms. We are a hard working bunch, and although this area is suffering through a down-turn in the automotive industry, we still are trying to keep our heads above water. Approach us, talk to us, we don’t bite and want to talk hockey with you and get your feelings on our game.

Michiganders love hockey, we love that is all that is good about the sport. It is in our blood and we have been playing in the NHL since the mid-1920’s. Our father’s father passed the game on to us. Our mother’s know the game too. We appreciate the special talents each and every NHL player has. We are amazed and hypnotized by the action on the ice and we feel part of the Detroit Red Wings family. Plain and simple, we are hockey fans.


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  Tags: stanley+cup+finals

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