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A Great Matchup For TV

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from Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Two big cities, known more for grit than for glamour, with long histories of ethnic voting and machine-style politics. Two of a bare handful of U.S. markets where the NHL enjoys strong roots and proud tradition.

“Similar? Oh, my God, they’re almost identical,” Jeremy Roenick, never one to equivocate, said yesterday as he ordered lunch in Pasadena, Calif ., before flying to Chicago. Roenick, who starred for both the Blackhawks and the Flyers during his eventful 18-year NHL career, will analyze the Cup finals for NBC, starting tonight.

“Both cities have ridiculously passionate fans, for one,” said Roenick, who came up with Chicago, where he played from 1988-96. Roenick was a Flyer from 2001-05. “The fans are a little different. I think Philly fans are a little more blue collar, wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve. They’ll let you know what they think of you. Chicago, very, very passionate, but a little more forgiving. Definitely two of the biggest fan bases in the league . . . That’s a great, great scenario for the National Hockey League, and for TV.”

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Thanks For Supporting The Flyers

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from Alex J. Walling of TSN,

The Bell Centre is a big arena with over 20,000 seats. So what are the odds that anyone would get random tickets close to the Flyers private box where the Philly top brass watch the game? The Moyses had seats just beneath it, close enough to chat with those in the box.

Prior to the game, a well-dressed man entering his Flyer box spotted the boys wearing the Philly garb and said, as Geoff recalled “hey guys, thanks for coming up and supporting us.” The man figured the two brothers were from Pennsylvania and were Flyer fans or perhaps fans from Montreal. The person who acknowledged them was none other than Flyers owner Ed Snider who was flabbergasted that these guys were from Newfoundland. He was amazed they would travel so far to see his team.

Throughout the course of the game and in between periods, Snider and the Moyses carried on a conversation and Snider introduced the boys to his wife and others in the suite. In fact, in the third period he asked the waitress—also from St. John’s—to invite the boys into his booth and gave them two passes to visit the dressing room after the game.

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Financially, Is The NHL Better Than Before The Lockout?

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from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

Five years ago, the Stanley Cup went unraised, a dark spring for anyone who loves hockey, but for Gary Bettman, a time of triumph.

The commissioner of the NHL had won the great war that his bosses (the franchise owners) empowered him to fight, shutting down the league for a year by lockout, crushing the players’ union, vanquishing his No.1 foe (then-players’ association boss Bob Goodenow), creating a blank slate on which the new business rules of the sport would be written just the way he wanted them.

Friday, Bettman spoke to the press in advance of this year’s Stanley Cup final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers, and could honestly make the case that, on several fronts, the NHL is better off now than it was then.

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What About Toronto?

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Bettman has plans to double the number of NHL outdoor games, one in the U.S. dedicated solely to NBC and therefore American-based teams, and one in Calgary next February that won’t involve the Maple Leafs but will, like the first Heritage Classic in Edmonton, include the Montreal Canadiens.

The NHL awards? Had those moved from Toronto to Las Vegas because the new fair-haired boy at NHL headquarters, John Collins, envisioned something bigger and glitzier — headlined by geezer Chaka Khan, no less — than the GTA, apparently, was capable of delivering.

All-star game? Minnesota’s Twin Cities next year. Entry draft? L.A. this June, then Raleigh.

Next fall, the league will play exhibition matches and regular-season games in Helsinki, Stockholm, Prague, Riga, Mannheim, Belfast and St. Petersburg.

Just none involving the Leafs. Can’t compensate MLSE, apparently, for the lost gate, and the league doesn’t view the Leafs as a worthy flagship franchise capable of selling the brand.

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Testing

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from John Dellapino of NHL.com,

Shanahan and the NHL’s entire Hockey Operations Department will preside in late August over a Research and Development Camp at the Maple Leafs’ practice facility in Toronto. Two on-ice sessions per day on Aug. 18 and 19 will allow Hockey Ops and many of the League’s general managers and coaches to watch 35-40 of the top-rated prospects eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft put potential rules changes and strategic innovations to the ultimate test—real game action.

“The idea is just to create a camp that gives us information about the game—not because we think the game is broken and needs fixing, but to allow our hockey people to think and act progressively,” Shanahan said Friday at the United Center, after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the camp during his annual pre-Final address to the media.

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NHL.com Writers Pick The Stanley Cup Winner

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Eight say Chicago, seven pick Philadelphia.

See their picks here.

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Have A Great Memorial Day Weekend

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I am sure some of you are traveling, some staying home and some working too.

Whatever you are doing this weekend, be safe and enjoy the time with family and friends.

I will be posting as usual and can’t wait for the puck to drop tomorrow.

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Afternoon Line

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As uncomfortable as Bud Selig looks when confronted with a microphone and an audience, Bettman beats him.

-Lindsey Willhite of the Chicago Daily-Herald.  More on Bettman’s press conference from Lindsay.

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Signature Schedule For 2010-2011 NHL Season

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NEW YORK (May 28, 2010) – The National Hockey League announced today its schedule of signature events for the 2010-11 NHL season.  A record number of events are slated for this upcoming season, setting up the NHL’s business for another successful year.  Revenue generated from the League’s large-scale events last season was up 22 percent over the previous year and helped propel the League’s fourth consecutive year of business growth, which included record-setting television ratings and digital metrics across its platforms; as well as an unprecedented level of NHL business partner activation.

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After Four Decades, Rod Phillips Career Coming To An End

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from an Edmonton Oilers press release,

Edmonton Oilers radio play-by-play hall of famer Rod Phillips will highlight the 2010-2011 Edmonton Oilers season by calling radio play by play for 10 ‘Rod’s Classics’ games. The ‘Rod’s Classics’ Series will mark the end of Rod’s illustrious career as ‘Voice’ of the Oilers, a career that spanned 37 years.

The ‘Rod’s Classics’ games will be carefully selected to highlight the biggest games, the biggest playoff series, Stanley Cup victories, and the storied connection the Oilers radio games have established between listeners and the team. The ‘Rod’s Classics’ series will be announced when the NHL Schedule is officially published.

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