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Over the Hill at 25

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From James Duthie in the Ottawa Citizen:

For it seems that to be a true superstar in today’s NHL, you cannot be out of your frat-boy years.  Just take at the top look at the scoring race:

1.Evgeni Malkin—39 points (22 years old)
2.Sidney Crosby—34 points (21)
3.Ryan Getzlaf—31 points (23)
6.Aexander Ovechkin—30 points (23)
8.Patrick Kane—28 points (19)
9.Devin Setoguchi—27 points (21)
10. Alexander Semin—27 points (24)


That’s right.  Seven of the top ten players still cannot legally drink in New Delhi, India (minimum 25 years old).

Read on. Duthie goes on to compare the current group to the leading scorers of a decade ago, and the age contrast is notable.

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  Tags: hockey+stats

How To Get Into The NHL Organist Business

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Lisa Freedman of Time Out New York interviews NY Islander organist Paul Cartier,

There is an unofficial exclusive Web ring, where the NHL organ players exchange ideas and stories and some even play in a fantasy hockey league. How can you break in? “You need to be persistent without being a pest,” he warns. Call the team’s office and ask who’s in charge of music. “Introduce yourself and let them know that you’re always willing to help out in any way.” And don’t overlook the minor-league teams—they’re good experience and a great way to get your name out there.

more

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About Three Years Behind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Luchies at Associated Content,

Where has the NHL gone? As I flip through channel after channel on a lazy Sunday I am unable to find one hockey game or highlight unless I go to the NHL channel which I had to purchase on an extra sports package. I have grown up a Detroit Red Wings fan and am still a fan of the game and the Wings, but where has the NHL gone?

Remember the good old days when, on a Sunday, you could see the glowing puck on Fox Sports, then turn to NBC to watch the Red Wings play the Avalanche in a blood bath? There seem to be no more rivalries, unsupported teams, and a lack of North American talent (minus Sidney Crosby). The NHL needs to address issues and attempt to regain popularity in the United States.

continued

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Panthers Goaltender Seizing The Moment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Major Le-Brownie points for those of you who can guess off the top of your head which goaltender leads the NHL in save percentage with a sparkling .948 and is second in goals-against average at 1.87.

Tick-tock, tick- tock ...

That would be Craig Anderson, who tonight is making his third consecutive start for Florida as the Panthers play host Washington.

“You just have to seize the moment when it comes and be ready for it,” Anderson told ESPN.com last night, explaining his recent success. “If you’re not ready when you get your opportunity, you’ll look foolish.”

continued

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  Tags: craig+anderson

All Star Canadiens Getting a Challenge From Pens Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

New York (December 2, 2008) – Responding to the daunting challenge issued by the devoted fans of the Montreal Canadiens, the citizens of Pittsburgh and Penguins fans around the world are proving just how passionate they are about their heroes.
       
Pens forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the top two scorers in the NHL, have closed the gap considerably on the front-running Montreal threesome of Alexei Kovalev, Saku Koivu and Alex Tanguay in fan balloting to select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal Jan. 25.

As of 7 a.m. ET today, Crosby had received 320,373 votes in XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports. With polls still open for another month, that moved Crosby within 65,000 votes of claiming one of the three starting spots up front for the Eastern Conference.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: alex+tanguay, alexei+kovalev, all+star+game, asg, evgeni+malkin, hockey+fans, saku+koivu, sidney+crosby

Happy Hockey Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from my NHL.com column today,

Monday was a great ‘Happy Hockey Day’ across the web. I am going to share with you many of the stories that were sent to me and I ask you to read each one. You will come away smiling and hopefully have a better appreciation for our game.

I am listing the stories in no particular order and am only highlighting some of the story from each submission. Just click the link to read the full article and I hope you enjoy the stories from ‘Happy Hockey Day’!

continued

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Mr. Grumpy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Milbury of Blogs and Colums at CBC,

Those of you who are old enough to remember the television comedy show, Dennis the Menace, are sure to recollect the grumpy old next door neighbour to the mischievous Dennis.

Somehow, someway, Dennis always found a way irritate the fastidious Mr. Wilson. Still, in the end, Dennis would somehow find his way back into his good graces.

The Toronto media can only hope for that ending with the Maple Leafs’ own grumpy head coach, Ron Wilson. It seems there is nothing the media can do that won’t ignite the man. Be it dumb questions, the inability to listen or perhaps thinking that they might know the game a little, the media always seem to get it wrong with Ron.

continued

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  Tags: ron+wilson

Different Markets, Different People

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of the Hockey News,

While some markets aren’t booming with success, it’s fun to have different teams in different markets to draw all sorts of people into the fray who will hopefully, one day when their team is frequently competitive, form a new rivalry with another, distant fan base.

The way we have it now, you see a variety of characters involved in any given game. Such as…

In the front row, behind the coach: in Toronto, a guy in an Armani suit distracted from game action, typing business matters to an associate on his BlackBerry, brandishing his ‘bling bling’ – a gold Rolex watch…

In Nashville, a lady in a green sweater smiling and laughing with her friends and/or family, enjoying the action of the game in front of them and amazed they are so close to the players on the bench, brandishing her ‘bling bling’ – a heavy-duty gold cross necklace…

more

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Bad Week for the Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jason Botchford at The Province:

“A week ago we were talking about how great the room was, how great the leadership was, how great everything was,” coach Alain Vigneault said. “Same players, same game on the ice.”

But much different results.

“When we were on that roll, we were finding ways to win at key moments. At 2-1 [Monday], we should have been able to shut it down and we didn’t. Is that making a defensive play? Is that making a save? I think it’s a combination of everything. Right now, we have to find a way to win.”

read on

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  Tags: alain+vigneault

Power Play Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

Having two players at the top of the league’s scoring race is obviously a pretty impressive feat, especially when you consider the Penguins’ power play has been having so much trouble as of late.

But in all reality, Crosby’s and Malkin’s point totals have benefited a great deal from the team’s misfiring power play. Compared to the top 15 scorers in the league, Malkin and Crosby generate a pretty high percentage of their point totals with a man advantage:

read on for a chart, which shows Jarome Iginlia leading the way with 48.3 of his points coming while the Flames are on the PP.

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