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Record Attendance For March

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 2, 2007)—With dramatic playoff races reaching their peak, NHL clubs set an all-time record for March attendance. A total of 3,778,189 fans attended the 218 games for a per-game average of 17,331, well ahead of the previous March high of 17,144 set in 2001-02 and the largest monthly figure in League history (minimum 100 games).

The late-season surge has increased the 2006-07 per-game average to 16,920, with 19,965,364 fans (91.5% of capacity) attending the 1,180 games. The League will surpass the 20-million mark in total attendance for the sixth consecutive season Tuesday and would, with a per-game average of 17,777 over the final 50 games of the regular season, surpass last year’s record attendance figures of 20,854,169 (total) and 16,955 (per-game average).

League-wide average attendance has increased month by month in 2006-07: 16,537 in October, 16,538 in November, 16,850 in December, 17,075 in January, 17,146 in February and 17,331 in March.

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It’s Only Starting For Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

At just 19, Crosby has the brightest of futures still ahead of him. Barring injuries, Crosby should have at least two decades to engineer what promises to be a stunning assault on the NHL record book.
Wayne Gretzky, the current holder of most of the NHL’s offensive records, can’t wait for the assault to begin.
“What he is accomplishing now is truly remarkable,” Gretzky told NHL.com. “He deserves all the accolades he is getting. It will be great to watch his progress here.

read on

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Sean Avery Dishes it Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Hockey News, the Players Poll has determined that Sean Avery is the most hated and the most overrated player in hockey. Predictably, Avery embraces the first part… but “overrated”?

But elation soon turns to disbelief when Avery finds out he was also voted the most overrated player, too.
“What?” he says. “You’ve got to be kidding me. I’ve never really heard anybody say I was good. Did you put candidates on the ballot?”
No, we did not.
“Then how come Shane Doan wasn’t named most overrated,” Avery continues. “Hey, if I’m going to take shots, I’m going to dish them out, too.”

more…

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KK- Detroit Vs. Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well, my Opening Day ritual continues.  I will be attending the Tigers/Blue Jays game today so updates may be a little less than normal.
One more thing- We think the NHL schedule is bad, but the Tigers will not see the Blue Jays again after April 15th.  One of the great things about playing Toronto was taking the train from Windsor to Toronto for a nice summer weekend of Tigers/Blue Jays.
Now it looks like a train ride to Chicago this summer instead of TO.

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Quest For The Cup Campaign

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sports Business Journal,

The NHL today is expected to unveil “Quest for the Cup,” a digital marketing campaign “aimed at boosting the league’s national profile and TV viewership” during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fans can participate in “an Internet-based treasure hunt” to collect trading cards and accumulate points by entering codes seen during playoff telecasts, among other elements. Winners will receive NHL merchandise, with the grand prize being a trip to the league’s season-opening games in London this fall

I will have more information on this campaign when it is released.

Continue Reading »

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Keep Shooting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Boston Globe,

Petr Kalus kept his perfect shooting percentage intact—the winger scored his third NHL goal yesterday on his third career shot—for Boston’s only score yesterday.

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One Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

That would be one win in a quarter of an NHL season. ONE win. And the Oilers aren’t an expansion team. And they almost won the Cup last year.
OK, they had a nasty run of injuries. So has Buffalo. The Oilers traded heart-and-soul guy Ryan Smyth five weeks ago, but it’s not like Wayne Gretzky left. They’ve needed binder twine, spit and glue to keep the defence intact, so much so Jason Smith should have been asking for a raise for babysitting.
But c’mon. One win in a quarter of an NHL season. When was the last time that happened? That’s the only storyline that’s really worth talking about.

more on the Oilers…

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Slap Shot- In-Depth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

“There was a guy from the (NAHL) Cape Cod Cubs I hated, and I had one scene when I was just supposed to miss him. But I whacked him with an elbow in the head and knocked him out. The director came over and said: ‘It’s not supposed to be that real,’ but he was winking. He loved it.
“The best hits? They’re real, because they happened after 3 o’clock when all the extras were hammered. It was boring, sitting around on the set from 7 a.m., just waiting to be called.”
O’Reilly’s daughters, age 25 to 34, still don’t quite know what to make of their father’s role in hockey’s ultimate goon show. But they do know he’ll be on DVD for generations to come, which means ...something.

more... if you are a Slap Shot fan, a must read…

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Thinking Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

The seventh or eighth seed is most likely for the Flames, who have four games remaining, which means they could start their drive for the Stanley Cup in Detroit, Nashville or Anaheim.
Those three teams are scrapping it out for the top spot in the west as well as the Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s best record.
“I would say I would want to play against Nashville if I were Calgary,” said TSN and NBC analyst Pierre McGuire, impressed by the way the Flames have returned to their gritty style down the stretch.
“I think an overall hitting game would probably be the kind of game Nashville wouldn’t be overly comfortable with even though they’re not a shy team.
“I see a team that’s really starting to come together. I see a team that’s playing more of a resilient road game. If they play their mean-spirited Calgary Flames type of game, which they’re starting to get back to—in a good way, not a bad way—I see them being able to win.”

read on

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Leafs Stars Must Step Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Yet Sundin has stayed cold. It’s possible the Leafs could yet qualify for post-season play if No. 13 remains that way.
Possible, but unlikely.
Bryan McCabe, meanwhile, was a horrific minus-5 last night, sparking unhappy memories of his nightmarish performances against Philadelphia the last time the Leafs were in the Stanley Cup playoffs three years ago.
Instead of leading his team physically, McCabe wasn’t credited with a single official hit on the night in more than 26 minutes of playing time.
What a bad time for both Sundin and McCabe, the team’s two highest-paid players, to go sour.
Last night, they weren’t just ineffective, they seemed devoid of the fire required for the Leafs to prosper in an atmosphere that was noisy and intimidating.

more

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