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Widow Of Herb Brooks Talks Team USA 1980

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

The memories of Lake Placid remain very fresh in the mind and heart of Patti Brooks, the widow of legendary Team USA coach Herb Brooks.

Monday, Feb. 22, marked the 30th anniversary of the biggest upset in hockey history when the United States pulled off the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” with an improbable 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union.

“Sometimes it feels just like yesterday because I remember so many details about Lake Placid,” Patti Brooks told NHL.com. “Then, there are times it feels like 100 years ago, especially when I watch the Opening Ceremonies because Lake Placid was a much simpler time; there wasn’t an elaborate Opening Ceremonies back then.”


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  Tags: patti+brooks, team+usa

Team Canada Still The Favorite

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So says Bodog.com.

As of today…

Canada                                 9/5
Russia                                 11/4
USA                                   7/2
Sweden                                 5/1
Finland                                 11/1
Czech Republic                         12/1
Slovakia                                 25/1
Switzerland                             125/1
Belarus                                 500/1
Germany                               500/1
Latvia                                   950/1
Norway                                 950/1

Odds before the start of Olympic Hockey…

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  Tags: winter+oiympics

Roenick Says Halak Wants A Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPNChicago,

“The trade deadline comes up [March 3], and it’s going to be very interesting to see what’s going to happen,” Roenick said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show.” “Especially with a guy in Montreal who is playing unbelievably up here [at the Olympics for Slovakia], and wants a trade because of the goalie situation with [Carey] Price.

“Halak wants out. Chicago would be a perfect place for a guy like Halak to be traded to, free up a little cap space maybe, but also get a goaltender who could push you over the top and win a Cup.”

read on

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  Tags: jaroslav+halak, jeremy+roenick

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If Canada manages to get there and to win the ultimate prize on home ice, as so many have imagined for so long, it will go down as arguably the greatest triumph in the country’s glorious hockey history, and you can bet that the Olympic party here will not only restart, but reach a true fever pitch - to be echoed all across the country.

-Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics.  More on Canada…

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  Tags: team+canada, winter+olympics

The Dedicated Hockey Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk at NBC Sports,

...here’s something pure and admirable in the dedication that hockey players have for their chosen sport.  After watching the American upset of Canada’s national team, a game for which the players will not receive a dime of salary, we’re now convinced that most if not all of the men who play hockey for money would play the game even if they were being paid nothing.

How many pro football players would do that?

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  Tags: winter+olympics

More People In Buffalo Watch Hockey Than Ice Dancing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News,

Locally, the coverage of Team USA’s 5-3 victory over Team Canada Sunday night carried on cable’s MSNBC out-drew NBC’s coverage of the Vancouver Olympics coverage that was on Channel 2.

MSNBC never out-rates its bigger brother NBC, which makes this “victory” almost as astonishing as the 42-save performance by Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller for Team USA.

The US victory, which gave Team USA a bye into the quarterfinals and an extra day of rest, attracted a 14.6 rating locally on MSNBC, representing 14.6 percent of area households. Meanwhile, NBC’s coverage of skiing and figure skating averaged a 13.4 rating during the game on Channel 2.

And the hockey audience undoubtedly was even much higher here because it was simulcast by CFTO, the CTV affiliate in Toronto.

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  Tags: winter+olympics

The NHL Welcomes Corporate Sponsors In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal at the Sporting News,

The NHL may have ceded control over its players and hockey operations during the Olympics, but it didn’t cede the opportunity to bolster its bottom line at the Vancouver Games.

The league took advantage of Sunday’s historic trio of hockey games to treat key partners to an Olympic hospitality experience. The league hosted a party at Club Bud on Saturday night and then treated 40 existing and potential partners to tickets to Sunday’s Russia vs. Czech Republic, U.S. vs. Canada and Sweden vs. Finland hockey games.

“When the schedule came out and we saw those three games on the same day, we decided it would be great to spend three or four days here,” said Keith Wachtel, the league’s senior vice president, corporate sales and marketing. “It’s a big presence of partners and it’s nice to find them in one place and keep the momentum going until the (NHL) season starts up again.”

The partners in attendance at the games included Pepsi, Budweiser, Scotiabank, Visa, Energizer, Kraft, McDonald’s and Cisco. The league also hosted prospective partners.


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NBC Sends The NHL A Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

First, the NHL in the Olympics mirrors the silliness of the parallel universe that is the whole warped fantasy sports experience, where Blackhawks fans are rooting for Duncan Keith to turn over the puck in the slot.

Then there’s the whole stupid notion of shutting down the league for two weeks. What business does that? What business with good business sense, I mean.

And wise up, the argument ended Sunday when NBC decided the NHL is not good for Olympic coverage, at least not on its big-boy channel, no matter that it was the greatest possible rivalry the NHL could offer network TV.

Nope. Sorry. Ski cross gets the kids and pretty, shiny hobbies like that cockamamie pairs ice dancing get the women. U.S.-Canada hockey, you be good kids and run down to a cable channel without high-def, OK?

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  Tags: nbc, winter+olympics

Men’s Preliminary Round Olympics

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The preliminary round is complete in the men’s hockey tournament in the Olympics.  Teams were sorted into three groups of four teams each.  They played a round robin tournament in each group.  The winner in each group, plus the best record of the non-winners receive a bye into the quarter-finals.  The eight lower finishers must play a qualifying game to make the quarterfinals.

Here are the preliminary round results:

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Questioning Team Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

Unless Canada is about to string together four Ws, there are going to be a lot of questions asked about this team’s personnel.

Are Pronger and Scott Niedermayer better than Mike Green?

Are Jarone Iginla and Corey Perry better than Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos?

Is Ryan Getzlaf better than Brad Richards?

Is Joe Thornton the worst money player in the history of hockey?


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  Tags: team+canada

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