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Blackhawks Announce 2nd Annual Fan Convention

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Chicago Blackhawks have announced today the team will hold its second annual Chicago Blackhawks Fan Convention at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Ave.) on Fri., July 17; Sat., July 18 and Sun., July 19, 2009.

Fans interested in attending can begin making reservations through the Chicago Hilton on Thu., Dec. 11, 2009, by calling (800) 445-8667. Additional Blackhawks Convention details will be posted at chicagoblackhawks.com as they become available.

Last year, the Inaugural Chicago Blackhawks Fan Convention, the first of its kind in the National Hockey League, sold out in less than two weeks and entertained over 10,000 fans. It included Blackhawks Hall of Famers Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Tony Esposito, along with General Manager Dale Tallon and current players Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, while Blackhawks and National Television Analyst Eddie Olczyk served as honorary chairman.

For the second consecutive year, both current Blackhawks players and alumni will be in attendance throughout the weekend of the fan convention, which will include autograph and photo sessions; Q&A session; exhibits and interactive games and much more.

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Reaction To Maurice Hiring

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In my daily tour around the web, I noticed many Canes fans are not very open to the hiring of Paul Maurice as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.  David at Red and Black Hockey at KK gave his views and following is another.

from Joe Ovies of the Blog at 850theBuzz,

Maurice might be considered a good coach in hockey circles, but he is the depressing face of what hockey used to be in the Triangle for too many loyal fans. Laviolette, in combination with Rutherford’s shrewd roster moves heading into the lockout, ushered in a new era. The organization can’t go back, but they managed to turn back the clock.

The reasons to fire Laviolette now are no different than they were during the summer, expect now the Canes put themselves in an odd position of choosing the next coach out of a shallow pool. They end up with Maurice because he’s “family”, not named Barry Melrose, and most importantly, willing to sign on without a long-term contract.

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What Could Happen To Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources tell TSN that Avery’s personal publicist reached out to the Stars’ organization first thing Wednesday morning in an effort to get Avery an audience with his teammates so he could apologize to them.

The Stars made it clear to Avery’s representative that the door was not open for that to happen at this time and perhaps not at all.

The Stars, it would seem, are not in the mood for reconciliation. The Avery-inflicted wounds - in the dressing room, in the coaches’ offices, in the front office and the ownership suite - are just too raw and fresh at this point. And they may never heal to the point to allow him a way back in.

more and with this story, I am closing the Avery talk.  I have had enough and until something official comes out from either the Stars or the NHL, no more Avery talk from me.  Perhaps I should turn my attention to Sundin non-news?

added 7:38pm, via Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

“I would like to sincerely apologize for my off-color remarks to the press yesterday from Calgary,” said a statement obtained by SportingNews.com.

“I should not have made those comments and I recognize that they were inappropriate. It was a bad attempt to build excitement for the game, but I am now acutely aware of how hurtful my actions were. I caused unnecessary embarrassment to my peers as well as people I have been close with in the past.

“I apologize for offending the great fans of the NHL, the Commissioner, my teammates, my coaching staff and the Dallas Stars Management and Ownership. As many of you know, I like to mix it up on and off the ice from time to time, but understand that this time I took it too far.”

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  Tags: sean+avery

Local TV Ratings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nielsen,

NHL Local Ratings Box Score

• The Washington Capitals‘ ratings are up 140% compared to a year ago, thanks in part to reigning NHL MVP, Alex Olvechkin, continuing his great play and leading the Caps to first place in the Southeast division.

• The Chicago Blackhawks are televising all of their regular season home games for the first time, and viewers are responding to their exciting young team with a 71% boost in average ratings from last season.

• Not only are the San Jose Sharks on top of their division, they also have an impressive 50% increase over last season’s ratings in the SF-SJ-OAK Market..

more team ratings…

Thanks to Capitals Insider for the pointer.

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Briere Out 4-5 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via On The Fly at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

Flyers center Danny Briere will be sidelined for the next four-to-five weeks with a groin strain, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

Briere left last night’s 4-3 overtime win over Tampa Bay after the second period. Prior to that game, he had missed the 14 of the previous 16 games with various injuries.

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  Tags: daniel+briere

Brooks On Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Gary Bettman’s decision to indefinitely suspend Avery pending a hearing tomorrow in New York is extraordinary, unprecedented, and most importantly, an abuse of power that the NHLPA must vigorously oppose even if a vast majority of its membership would just as soon see Page Six Sean receive a dishonorable discharge from the NHL.

This suspension must be challenged in an independent forum where the burden of proof would be placed on the commissioner to demonstrate that saying the words “sloppy seconds” represents “[conduct] detrimental to [the NHL] or the game of hockey,” as Bettman is claiming in citing the language in By-Law 17 and Article 6 of the NHL constitution as grounds for imposing discipline.

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You do know there is a very simple solution to all of this?  Stars waive Avery, he clears, spends a few weeks in the minors.  Stars recall Sean, he gets picked up by Calgary.  Case settled!!!

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  Tags: sean+avery

All Star Game Voting in the West

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

New York (December 3, 2008) – The Calgary Flames and NHL Winter Classic 2009 host Chicago Blackhawks heat up the Western Conference XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports. Meanwhile, Red Wings fans continue to vote in droves to support their Stanley Cup champions.

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom extended his dominance in the balloting among defensemen by gaining over 75,000 votes last week to remain, for the second week in a row, the highest Western Conference vote-getter. Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf has a stronghold on second place, while Wings’ Brian Rafalski (135,074)is holdingoff Chicago’s Brian Campbell (133,265) for third place among defensemen.   

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg, hockey+fans

The Hockey News Is On The Air

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Toronto, ON – The Hockey News, North America’s leading hockey publication announced today the launch of a brand new radio show on XM Canada, the country’s leading satellite radio service. The Hockey News Radio Show will air on XM Canada’s NHL HOME ICE (XM Channel 204) every Friday afternoon from 3pm – 4pm EST with a repeat on Sunday afternoon’s from 6pm-7pm EST.

The show, hosted by THN’s Adam Proteau and XM Canada’s Mike Ross, will be a one-hour hockey magazine style show focusing on current events, controversies and hot topics with weekly high profile guests.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It’s ridiculous we’re even talking about this, because our game is about great people doing great things and yet the attention our game is getting today in the U.S. is over this.’‘

-Wings coach Mike Babcock on the Avery issue.  More comments from the Wings from Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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  Tags: sean+avery

Who’s the Best GM in the NHL?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Pierre LeBrun asks readers of his blog at ESPN:

Best GM in the NHL? The ESPN.com puckheads delivered again.

Ken Holland was the most popular answer, followed by Lou Lamoriello (Devils), Doug Wilson (Sharks) and Brian Burke (Toronto), among others. Because there’s been so much focus on Burke over the past week, we needn’t bother going over that again here.

Let’s take a look at other GMs:

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