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2008 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageThe annual meeting of the Selection Committee was held this past Tuesday to select this year’s inductees to the HHOF, in the Player, Builder and Referee/Linesman categories. “Players eligible are those that retired prior to the 2004-2005 season.”

via Legends of Hockey:

Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors and Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee, announced today that Glenn Anderson and Igor Larionov have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. In the Builder Category, Ed Chynoweth was posthumously elected. In the Referee/Linesman Category, Ray Scapinello was elected. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.

Update 4:47pm ET: Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail has more on today’s inductees.

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  Tags: hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame

Media Coverage of the Entry Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A note from the league—

NHL Network’s special Draft programming begins Friday, June 20, with the NHL Draft Preview Show live from Scotiabank Place at 6 p.m. ET.  After all 30 first-round selections are made, NHL Network will be the place to be for the live NHL Draft First Round Recap Show.  Fans can tune-in for instant analysis of how their favorite team fared as NHL Network breaks down all of the Round 1 action. 
 
The first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on Friday will start at 7 p.m., ET.  In Canada, NHL Network will simulcast TSN’s live coverage of Round 1, which begins at 7 p.m., ET. RDS in Canada also provides live coverage of Round 1.  In the U.S., VERSUS will air TSN’s live feed of Round 1 in its entirety.  NHL Radio’s live audio coverage of Round 1 can be heard on radio stations across North America, on XM 204 and on NHL.com.

Update 2:16pm ET: George Malik at Snapshots has rounded up a nice selection of online Draft coverage out there today.

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  Tags: media, nhl+entry+draft, nhl+network, tsn, versus

The Real Story of How the Wings Broke the Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From James Duthie at The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,

Here’s what happened:  Chris Chelios was atop the bar, Coyote Ugly style, Cup in hand, with the packed crowd cheering madly.  At some point there was an attempted handoff to Brett Lebda.  Whether it was the chaos of the crowd, or the…umm…content of the blood, balance was lost.  Down went Lebda.  Down went Stanley.

And no, the dent wasn’t “slight”.

In fact, it needed emergency service.  Mike Bolt, the Keeper of the Cup, was taken to Joe Louis Arena, where Stan, like a forward who took a puck in the eye, was placed gently on the trainer’s table in the Red Wings dressing room, and operated on.

read on

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  Tags: brett+lebda, chris+chelios, stanley+cup

Meet the Press: Erin Nicks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

In preparation for the NHL Entry Draft this weekend, I threw together a short Q&A for both Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams, who are covering the event for Kukla’s Korner

First, meet Erin Nicks. (Even Gary Bettman has learned to stay out of her way…)

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  Tags: erin+nicks, media, nhl+entry+draft

Lafleur’s Son Pleads Guilty

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC, an update on Guy Lafleur’s son, Mark:

Mark Lafleur pleaded guilty Tuesday morning at the Montreal courthouse, just as his assault trial was set to begin for alleged incidents involving an underaged girl between 2004 and 2007.

Lafleur, 23, pleaded guilty to 14 charges, including uttering death threats and forcible confinement, but did not enter a guilty plea for two related sexual assault charges.

more

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  Tags: crime, guy+lafleur, mark+lafleur

Babcock is the Difference

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

You may think differently, but the talent level of the Wings, after Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Lidstrom, can be matched by many of the teams in the NHL. You could change the names of players like Franzen, Filppula, Cleary, Samuelsson, Kronwall and others with players from other teams, and you would get the same talent level.

So what made the Wings tick this season? One answer—Mike Babcock. We may never know what kind of motivational tactics he used, we will only know that they worked and it appears they will have a long-lasting effect on the team.

read on

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  Tags: mike+babcock

Zhitnik Sticking in Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Knobler at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Veteran defenseman Alexei Zhitnik remains in the Thrashers’ plans after a season in which he played only 65 games though he was paid $3.5 million.

Thrashers general manager Don Waddell rejected speculation the team might buy out the final year of Zhitnik’s contract.

“That’s never been talked about,” Waddell said. “We think he’ll be a big part of our future. We expect him to come back and be part of our team.”

For more of the latest rumors and signings, be sure to visit Spector.

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  Tags: alexei+zhitnik, don+waddell

Cat & Mouse Games with Jagr

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Dellapina at The Blueshirts Blog,

Jagr told me again today that he hasn’t heard anything from Rangers GM Glen Sather since they spoke on the day the team broke up for the season. While such a cat-and-mouse act is long-standing standard operating procedure for Sather, it makes little sense in this case.

Not only can Jagr sign with Omsk-Avangard at any time, there seems to be little to be gained by making him sit and wonder whether the Rangers want him back. His personal experience (see: Washington 2000-2004) is that things don’t go well when he’s playing for a team that doesn’t fully believe in him. And every day that goes by without the Rangers reaching out to him has to make him wonder even more.

more

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  Tags: free+agency, glen+sather, jaromir+jagr

Glenn Healy Leaving TV for the NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,

Hockey analyst Glenn Healy is leaving TSN for a high ranking post with the National Hockey League Players’ Association, sources have confirmed.

Healy, who was active with the association as a player, is expected to be involved in a player liaison capacity.

The former NHL goalie has built a successful career in television, first with the CBC from 2001 to 2004 and, for the past four seasons, with TSN.

continued

Update 2:36pm ET: TSN,

Glenn Healy has been named the new Director of Player Affairs for the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

Healy will fulfill a wide range of responsibilities for the Players’ Association. In his role, he will focus on player relations, coordinating his efforts with the NHLPA’s Ombudsman and Divisional Representatives, along with working closely with the NHL Alumni office.

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  Tags: cbc, glenn+healy, media, nhlpa, tsn

Panthers Must Buy Into The DeBoer Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ethan J. Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel,

Nearly every weakness can be sold as strength. Before Peter DeBoer could make his first line change from an NHL bench, the successful junior coach had to persuade a potential employer to overlook his relative inexperience.

Never played at this level. Never coached at this level.

“I tried to spin it that I’m undefeated,” DeBoer said Monday of his winning interview with Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin. “I guess he bought it.”

Soon we’ll learn whether DeBoer’s players buy in, too.

continued

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