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In Memory

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The New York Times Slapshot blog,

Many hockey figures, young and old, passed away in 2007. Some were internationally renowned, some were locally famous and some appeared only briefly in hockey’s lower ranks, but all were and always will be part of the game. The roll call below of those departed was compiled by the Society for International Hockey Research…

continued… with a sad list of those who died this past year.  (More details of their careers can be read at SIHR.)

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Winter Classic Does Well In Canada Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CNews,

The Winter Classic was a hit in Canada as well.

A day after NBC reported the largest hockey viewing audience in more than a decade watched the outdoor game south of the border, CBC announced Thursday it drew its second-largest audience ever for an afternoon NHL game.

continued

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The Big Hitter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson at ESPN,

Phaneuf’s renown, however, rides on his ability to sap people of their senses. He currently sits a comfortable second in Western Conference All-Star voting among defenseman, trailing only the inevitable and unavoidable Lidstrom. And Phaneuf isn’t getting that kind of broad-based love at the ballot box for nimble poke-checks, stylish tie-ups or witty repartee.

He will develop over time and become a more well-rounded defenseman. He may even add some curly-cues to his repertoire. But what fans relish, and opposing forwards dread, is Dion Phaneuf, the Terminator.

more

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Adam Proteau Talks With Paul Kelly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Adam Proteau of the Hockey News concludes his interview with Paul Kelly.  In case you missed the firat part, a link is available on the page….

THN: Improving the marketing of the game has been a common goal of the NHL for decades, yet little progress has been made. What are some of your opinions on ways to finally make some headway in this area?

PK: I’ll make three or four quick points:

One is U.S. television. I commend Versus for their broadcasts, but we need broader reach, broader coverage, reaching a greater number of homes, on more nights, with more highlights. We need something that’s even half of what you have here in Canada, and we don’t have it in the United States.

If I’m in a certain city and I want to watch a hockey game, I go hunting around the TV dial, I go past ESPN – which has a poker game on – and I can’t find a hockey game because many of the places I go to don’t have Versus on the dial. It’s unacceptable.

read on

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Backstrom—Rookie of the Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com,

Washington center Nicklas Backstrom, who led all rookies with 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 13 games as the Capitals posted their best month on a points percentage basis since February 2001, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for December.

Backstrom edged Chicago Blackhawks linemates Jonathan Toews (5-7—12 in 12 games) and Patrick Kane (2-7—9 in 12 games), Phoenix Coyotes center Martin Hanzal (1-8—9 in 14 games) and Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Tobias Enstrom (0-9—9 in 16 games) for the award.

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No Surgery For Toews

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks received some good news Thursday as an MRI revealed that Jonathan Toews’ knee injury is a sprain and no surgery will be required.

Hawks’ General manager Dale Tallon expected the 19-year old Toews to miss the next three to four weeks.

The electrifying rookie suffered the injury in the first period of Tuesday’s Blackhawks’ loss to the Kings.  Toews said he felt as though he “changed directions too quickly” after going hard into the boards.

continued…

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  Tags: injuries, jonathan+toews

The NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com.

The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com. NHL Hour is a production of NHL Radio.

[This link broadcasts a live audio stream at show time.]

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, nhl+hour, nhl+radio

Hits Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

3 1/2 minutes of the Top 10 hits of the week.

Watch now…

Continue Reading »

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USA Hockey Needs a PR Lesson

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail,

New NHLPA boss Paul Kelly arrived at his first world under-20 championship on Wednesday to mix and mingle with NHL scouts and general managers as well as IIHF officials. One of the causes he has championed since he took over his office on lower Bay St. in Toronto was to better market hockey in the United States.

He should have a chat with the people that run USA Hockey. For the second year in a row, Canada and the U.S. will meet in the semifinals at the world junior and for the second straight year hockey’s governing body down south made available for interviews after practice only three players and coach John Hynes.

continued…

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  Tags: iihf, world+junior+championships

Who’s Your Starter?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A2Y’s San Francisco delegate, Alex, brings up the question below.  It’s the issue we’d all like to avoid for now, but it’s coming down the pike.

Who starts in the playoffs?

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