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Believe It- NHL Drawing More Than The NBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from PN of SuperSonic Soul,

I am not a hockey fan, despite the fact that I am an American living in Canada. In fact, were you to tell some of my friends up here that people now believe me to be an NHL fan, they would spit out their Tim Horton Timbits quicker than Ben Johnson at Seoul. I hate the NHL, I hate hockey, I hate people who say that hockey players are the greatest athletes alive, and I hate it when sportswriters couch their racism inside melodious descriptions of “gritty” and “tough” hockey players….

Do you know anyone who plays hockey? Did your high school have a hockey team? Do you and your friends get together for pick-up hockey on Saturdays?

I’m guessing the answer to those questions is no all around. And yet, despite basketball’s inherent advantages over hockey in terms of popularity in the U.S., here we stand, with hockey drawing more people this year. How is this possible?

more and I am pointing to the homepage and suggest you read the last 4 or so posts.  The author is a basketball fan, but shows a graph of the NHL out-drawing the NBA and is looking for answers on how to improve the NBA.

added 2:08pm, I see Puck Daddy had this topic earlier today, so make sure to check it out…

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Ruff Benches Two Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Some big changes are in store for the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup when they meet the Philadelphia Flyers tonight in HSBC Arena.

Up from Portland is right winger Mark Mancari and in from the scratch list is defenseman Nathan Paetsch. Sentenced to seats in the press box are two longtime regulars—defenseman Henrik Tallinder and winger Maxim Afinogenov.

“Part of it is production and part of it is defensive play,” Ruff said. “Play away from the puck is important and those stats aren’t very good and his stats offensively aren’t very good. I’ve told the players I’m not going the easy route anymore.”

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A Goaltending Idol

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Montreal Canadiens:

For one generation, the dream was to be like Maurice Richard or Guy Lafleur.  For another, it was all about Patrick Roy.

Before Roy began showcasing his talents in the Canadiens’ crease in 1985, goaltending was generally reserved for the less athletic or, if you prefer, less talented.  That changed quickly with the arrival of the Habs’ netminder, who suddenly had kids across Quebec clamoring to strap on the pads just like their idol.

When Roy decided to hang up his pads after a 19-year NHL career in 2002-03, the league was inundated with stoppers who grew up admiring the Habs’ No. 33.  Just that year alone, there were 29 Quebec native goaltenders lacing up their skates in the NHL.

Update 1:45pm ET: Lynn Zinser at the New York Times has a great summation of Roy’s Top 10 Moments

The video below is a career retrospective in honor of Roy’s jersey retirement on Saturday night, with numerous other NHLers reflecting on his career.

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  Tags: goaltenders, patrick+roy

NHL & NHLPA Raise Over $600K For Hockey Fighst Cancer

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

NEW YORK / TORONTO (November 21, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) together raised more than $600,000 in support of Hockey Fights Cancer during October’s Awareness Month. 

More than half-a-million fans attended Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Nights that were hosted by each NHL club, helping to raise funds for local charities. Broadcasters also participated in the awareness nights through extensive coverage of the initiative. More than 8 million viewers tuned-in and watched these telecasts through national and local coverage and on the NHL’s digital platform, GameCenter Live.

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Black & Branded: SJ’s New Hi-Tech Jerseys

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the San Jose Sharks:
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The branding of the “BlackArmor” sweater is a unique marketing partnership between the Sharks and Seagate, marking the 12th season that the organizations have been partners. Seagate also serves as the presenting sponsor of the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Month” and the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Year” Awards.

The branding of the alternate sweater coincides with Seagate’s promotion of its BlackArmor™ product, the world’s first safe portable hard drive. The BlackArmor portable hard drive from Seagate is a storage solution that provides government-grade AES encryption…

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Icethetics promises to have more feedback on the new black jerseys later today, as well.

P.S. In other Sharks news, PJ at Sharks Page put together a highlight reel video the other day from the Sharks first 20 games of the season.

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Duck Eric

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Here’s a first for me, in the new give-and-take world of cyberspace sports writing. Ted Leonsis, the Washington Capitals’ owner and AOL mover and shaker, took a shot at me in his blog, Ted’s Take.  Leonsis took exception to my views on the ballot-box stuffing controversy in Montreal, in which Canadiens supporters have their six candidates miles ahead of the pack in the voting for the 2009 All-Star Game.

What fun! Usually, it’s the other way around – writers critically analyzing the work of owners, general managers and players, mostly done in a vacuum. Turnabout is absolutely fair play - I wish more of them did it. A real dialogue could be a useful tool in ridding the industry of the lame blah-blah-blah that passes for analysis these days, fuelled largely by professional athletes who are coached to say nothing of consequence, for fear of alienating opponents or tarnishing their brilliantly polished images.

continued with many more NHL topics…

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Still Scoring

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Some of your favorite ex-NHL players still putting the puck in the net in the KHL.

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It’s A Parity League

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marc Crawford of CBC at Blogs and Colums,

Six weeks into the NHL regular season and we are beginning to see a familiar trend. Everybody is OK! Not great, mind you, but definitely OK.

Yes sir, parity has arrived and is living well in the fastest league on earth. There have been some early season disappointments, like Dallas and Ottawa, but most hockey insiders believe that those two teams will right their ships.

In the Western Conference, as of Nov. 18, there is no club that is less than two games under .500. In the East, just two teams are three games under .500, and if you look at the league as a whole, there are only six clubs that are less than a game under .500.

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Taking A Look At The Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks have prepared an in-depth, scientific study of the NHL schedule and how it affects many of the western teams—not the least of which is themselves—with a view to getting policy changes made at the league level when the schedule is drawn up.

“We’ve had this on-going, detailed scientific study of the schedule prepared by [manager of scouting and player information] Jonathan Wall which we feel is salient, topical and not in any way prejudicial and we presented it to the commissioner,” said Gillis in undertaking an effort to level the playing field to some degree at least for the clubs furthest away from the mainstay of the league’s cities.

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Key Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Here’s a look at some of the key numbers from the first few weeks of the season:

37.9 — Shots per game by the Sharks, the most in the NHL. The Sharks have allowed just 26.0 shots against per game, second to the Los Angeles Kings; San Jose’s differential of 11.9 per game is by far the best in the League.

45 — Games that have gone to a shootout this season. Home teams have won 23; road teams have taken 22. The key to winning seems to be scoring first; just five of the 45 winning teams have rallied after allowing the first goal of the shootout. The Rangers are tops with four wins; Chicago has played the most shootouts (6) and lost the most (4).

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