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EA’s New NHL 07 Control Scheme & Gameplay Video

Blog: KK Hockey By Tuba Guy

Hi KK readers, I’m Matt and I will be keeping you up to date on the latest of hockey gaming during the upcoming season. I have 20+ years of gaming experience and want to bring my expertise to you. This year’s hockey gaming lineup looks especially promising! Look for posts on a regular basis, a Kuklas Korner Xbox Live video game hockey league and be sure you check out the new Gaming Section of Kuklas Korner. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions! IGN.com interviewed David Littman, former NHL Goalie and NHL 07 associate producer, mainly focusing on the innovative new control scheme. image

These controls are something that will change the way hockey games are played
We made it to give people the same skating and stick control that an NHL player has. Think of the left analog as your skates and the right as your hockey stick
If you have ever played hockey in real life, this is the closest thing to that experience without actually lacing up the skates.
Read the ign interview. Also, take a look at Video captured at a German Gameplay Convention. The interesting video shows the learning curve on the new controls as well as the real gameplay AI. If you listen carefully, you will hear an EA rep talking about the game. My one complaint is the gameplay speed; it's too fast for a sim-style game. Hopefully, there will be a way to customize the game speed like the 2k series has had for years. Click here to view the video

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Hamhuis Still Waiting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

As of the end of last week, there hadn't been much in the way of talks between the Predators and defenseman Dan Hamhuis, the last returning player without a contract. "All I'm thinking about is getting it done by training camp,'' Predators General Manager David Poile said. "That's my only concern.'' Hamhuis' agent, Ross Gurney, said he is starting to wonder when he'll next hear from the team. "Over the last couple of weeks, we've probably talked about two minutes,'' Gurney said. "Our number is listed, so we're waiting for a call.''
more on the Preds...

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Staying Or Going

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Last week I pointed to a story in Brand Week stating Michael LaBroad, the CMO of the NHL, may not return this season. Today, a press release states he will be speaking at the CMO Summit.

Tapping into the CMO Council Summit's theme, "The Power of Engagement. Gaining Customer Intimacy, Insight & Inspiration," LaBroad will reveal his strategies for future growth opportunities, plans to leverage new media platforms to appeal to shifting demographics and fan-base expansion in his keynote address, "New Channels of Engagement: Growing the Fan Faithful."

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Face Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am surprised the face recognition software didn't spit-out the Stanley Cup when Mike Commodore's pciture was pointed out by Alanah yesterday. As keepr of the Cup Mike Bolt said, "no player has had more face time with the Cup than Commodore." Read about Commodore's adventures in the Calgary Sun today.

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Seinfled Theme Week- Show About Nothing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Spector's Fox Sports blog,

Heading into the final week of August and with the start of training camp fast approaching, I can't help but wonder if this'll be yet another week of nothingness when it comes to our favourite unrestricted free agents. For weeks now we've heard that there are teams interested in Anson Carter and J.P. Dumont, if only they'd lower his asking prices. I think they and their agents (especially in Carter's case) expect the approach of training camp and pre-season to spur teams into accepting their asking price, but the longer these guys wait, the greater the likelihood they could still be unsigned at the start of the season.
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Remembering The Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toroonto Sun,

It was Aug. 9, 1988, and Kurri, now 45, was running a hockey school near here in the Finnish capital. All was right with his world. He'd just won his fourth Stanley Cup, come off a season in which he scored 57 regular season and playoff goals and could see immortality for his Edmonton Oilers. Then suddenly Wayne Gretzky was on his way to Los Angeles. "I didn't believe it," he said with tears in his eyes. "I told my agent it couldn't be right." It's still emotional for the Finnish Flash, who has always wondered what could have been? "Who knows how many cups we could have won?" he said. "We were all in our 20s and our best hockey was ahead of us."
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In The Oil Business

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald via the Provine,

Eighteen years after last skating in the NHL, David (Tiger) Williams, 52, is humping into work everyday, holding down the fort as chief executive of his baby, Pacific Rodera Energy Inc. That's right. Notorious, celebrated, vilified, charged-but-never-convicted, beaten-but-never-beaten-down, Tiger Williams, yes he of the 4,421 career penalty minutes, is running a publicly traded oil company. It's hard to make fit. Puck fans can still see a sour Tiger sitting in the penalty box. Or a gleeful Tiger riding his stick down the ice after scoring. Or Tiger dropping the gloves against men called, "the Hammer," "Cementhead," or "Knuckles."
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NHL Celebrity Matches—Part 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

By Alanah Downie [You can find Part 1 featuring Milan Hejduk, Dominik Hasek and Chris Pronger at VCOE.] Wasting time this weekend -- and a few more brain cells -- I ran a handful of NHL players through some facial recognition software that matches faces to their closest celebrity "twins". These are the matches that the software spit out, so you can't blame me, you must blame the technology. I am simply an innocent messenger. Here are the celebrity face matches for Jaromir Jagr, Roberto Luongo (Yo! Luongo, as we call him at VCOE), Joe Thornton and Mike Commodore. (Update: Mike Ricci added.) I think these boys would all be flattered, don't you? image

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image image image Updated: 1:02 p.m. EDT Mike Ricci added at Paul's suggestion. Madness.

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Boston Goaltending Unproven

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,

This summer has been one long love fest between the Bruins and their ever-loyal fans, who have greeted every signing, every morsel of good news, with enthusiasm not seen in New England hockey circles in some time. After all that optimism, though, it’s time for a sobering thought: Is the Bruins’ goaltending really as secure as it seems? “It’s something that I’ve addressed in my mind,” Chiarelli said, preferring not to characterize his view as concerned or worried. “Certainly, both of them are unproven — as was Cam Ward.” Chiarelli said if an injury develops, or Toivonen or Thomas suddenly blow up, he might look to acquire another goaltender.
read on...much more on the Bruins including a mentor for Kessel...

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Red Wins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ft. Collins Coloradoen,

In a 2005 study published by the journal Nature, researchers at Durham University in England concluded that, "across a range of sports, we found that wearing red is consistently associated with a higher probability of winning." The researchers also suggested that red's effect may "subconsciously intimidate opponents in athletic contests, especially when the athletes are equal in skill and strength." Beside, ever heard anyone cheer for 'The Big Gold Machine?" "Go Big Green" just doesn't sound right. A blitz is not called a "Blue Dog," and the area of a football field that holds the most significance is not called "the Purple Zone." The height of urgency in our country today is not a "Teal Alert," and when someone gets mad, they don't "see yellow." Red matters. Red wins.
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