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Stars Will Be Out For NHL Awards Show

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The NHL’s brightest stars will be shining in Toronto on Thursday, June 14, as hockey’s elite descend upon The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre for the 2007 NHL Awards Show, airing on CBC at 8 p.m. ET.
From a performance by Canada’s hottest band Finger Eleven, whose single “Paralyzer” topped the charts for 16 consecutive weeks, to “Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe, to Trish Stratus, the most decorated Diva in WWE history and host of The Second City’s Next Comedy Legend on CBC—some of the biggest names from the hockey and entertainment worlds will come together to recognize the best from the 2006-07 NHL Season.

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Spezza Needed

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

On a team that features stars like captain Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Wade Redden, none of whom have played particularly well in the first two games of the finals against Anaheim, Murray pointed instead to the 23-year-old Spezza.
Perhaps he was laying down the gauntlet for Spezza, whom he expects great things from.
Perhaps he was just hoping to catch a break in a series in which the Senators are desperate for a break.
Regardless, it is a mark of the evolution, the maturity of the one-time child prodigy that Spezza reacted to Murray’s hopeful comments, not with surprise or nervousness, but with his newfound aplomb.
“I know personally I have to be good,”” Spezza said. “Hopefully I can give the team a jolt. I know I have to be an impact guy.”

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Outdoor Game Discussed

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from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,

According to league sources, the NHL is planning another outdoor game for the 2007-08 regular season. The date, site and clubs involved were not disclosed.
The sources did indicate the game will likely include at least one American-based team and it will be televised in the U.S. by NBC as part of its regular-season schedule.

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Ottawa Holds Team Meeting

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from the AP via the NY Post,

The Ottawa Senators may have a surprise or two for the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. They better if they want to avoid falling into a 3-0 deficit.
On the eve of the first Stanley Cup finals game in Ottawa in 80 years, the Senators held a team meeting prior to Friday’s practice at Scotiabank Place.
Goalie Ray Emery wasn’t about to divulge what coach Bryan Murray discussed with his team, which flew home from Anaheim on Thursday after dropping the first two games of the finals on the road.
“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Emery said.

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One Duck Now Very Close To Home

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

O’Donnell is the local boy, who made good but now finds himself on the visiting side, with his team ahead 2-0 and in a position to put a stranglehold on the series with a victory tonight. His parents Emmett and Mary-Lou still live in the same house where he grew up, about a mile from the arena. Years ago, His dad worked as a security guard in the Corel Centre because he was a hockey fan and wanted to watch the games. O’Donnell was going home for a few hours after Friday’s practice to visit his parents before rejoining the Ducks for a team dinner later that night.
In short, his roots in the community still run deep — and he will even acknowledged that, for personal as opposed to competitive reasons, he wanted to see the Senators in the final.

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Jet Lagged

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from Brad Holland at NHL Connect Stanley Cup 2007 Headquarters,

The flight out of the airport in Ontario, California (how strange is that?) left at 8am. That means, for the media, staff and even the official crew working the Final, a 4:30-5am wake-up call, a 5:30 bus ride, and about an hour’s wait through check-in, security, and boarding.
All for a 6 hour, cross-country flight.
For the staff of nhl.com, we amused ourselves by taking video, reading, watching the in-flight movie Wild Hogs, and randomly hitting tunes on our iPods. And eating. Eating basically every step of the way.

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Stan Surfs

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from The Maven,

Instead of waiting for Thursday’s edition of The Times to obtain my playoff story – the tiny one that it was – all I had to do was go to the internet on Wednesday night and get more material than possibly the Times, News or Post ever would give me.
For starters, our own MSG had posted a lengthy game story minutes after the game had ended. Then there was the NHL offering detailed transcripts of the post-game press conferences involving both coaches and significant players for both teams.
In a half hour, using the internet, I obtained one hundred times more game and post-game info than the local papers had offered. That’s why Bettman is right when he says:
“The newspaper industry is in a very challenging period. Sports editors in particular are looking to cut expenses every way they can.”

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Alanis Morissette Sings Anthems At Game 4

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NEW YORK (June 1, 2007) – Grammy award-winning recording artist and Ottawa native Alanis Morissette will perform the U.S. and Canadian national anthems at Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in Ottawa, Monday, June 4. NBC will telecast the game live in the U.S. starting at 8:00 p.m. ET, and CBC and RDS will provide coverage throughout Canada.
Morissette’s contribution to the soundtracks for Dogma, City of Angels and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe have earned her two Golden Globes nominations. She has also made acting appearances in Dogma, Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm, among others. Morissette is currently in the studio working on a new album.

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New A2Y Feature: The Smyth Watch

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I’ve been inundated (sorry, Bubba…“flooded”) with emails asking me to keep everyone up to speed on the likelihood of a Smyth deal in Detroit.

Well, inundated might be too strong.  Actually, no one’s really asked about it.

But it’s my agenda and I plan on pushing it.  So here we go.

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Looking To Watch The Wings Practice?

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Well, the organ-I-zation doesn’t think you’re important enough to do so during the regular season in Detroit.  So they, you know, kinda lock the doors to the Joe.

But hey, TC in September isn’t exactly a bad place to be.

TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets for the Detroit Red Wings training camp will go on sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centre ICE.

This will be the 10th year for the Wings in Traverse City. Players will report on Sept. 13 for physicals and a golf outing. On-ice activities begin Sept. 14 and run through Sept. 18.

No word on whether you can order those tickets online or what.  No word either on whether a certain insane netminder will be there to greet you should you decide to go.

 

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