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Top 10 NHL Arenas

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Last week, Erik Erlendsson at the Bolts Report listed his favorite road stops in the NHL.  This week he rethinks his top-10 list by evaluating his favorite arenas:

10 Columbus (Nationwide Arena) - Right about now, you’re probably thinking I’m being geographically challenged again, after all, how can an arena in Columbus make a top 10 list? Well, like I said earlier, it’s my list and my opinion and I like Columbus. I’ve only been there a couple of times, including the 2007 draft, but I just like the way it feels. It’s a bit different on the inside, which gives it a touch of uniqueness. [...]

Nationwide Arena might have ended up higher on my list had it not been for that ear piercing cannon used last year each time the Jackets scored a goal.

read on for a few unexpected choices

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: arenas, hockey+fans, media

Top Not-So-Secret Agents

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Sports Business Journal has pronounced the top 20 most influential sports agents working today and includes the ubiquitous Don Meehan in 13th spot—

Meehan, who started representing hockey players nearly 30 years ago, has dominated the NHL agent business for years. His Ontario-based firm represents more than 110 NHL players, including Nicklas Lidstrom, Jarome Iginla, Chris Pronger, Wade Redden, Henrik Lundqvist and Dion Phaneuf. This year, Meehan’s Newport Sports represented nine first-round draft selections, including five of the first six players taken. He also represented No. 1 overall pick Steven Stamkos. Meehan did, however, suffer a loss in the last two years, when superstar Alex Ovechkin fired him in late 2006.

Check out the rest of the list.

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: don+meehan, sports+agents

A New NHL Game Idea

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News,

Available Sept. 9th, NHL 09 looks to be a whole heap of fun for citizens of Gamer Nation. However, I’m holding out until somebody creates a game called NHL Owner 09, in which you can:

a)  Make clandestine loans with other NHL team owners without the commissioner’s knowledge;

b)  Threaten your local population of hockey fans with franchise relocation if civic officials don’t cede to your obscene demands for a swanky new arena;


Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ea+sports

Heidi Has the Right Equipment

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

To their credit, the Los Angeles Kings have been willing to try unique marketing efforts in recent years, the hiring of Heidi Androl—originally of The Apprentice—probably being the most well-known.

Continuing that Heidi in Hollywood  theme the Kings have enjoyed, the video below depicts Heidi in a new job as an apprentice assistant equipment manager for the team, which eventually gets her fired by Luc Robitaille.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: heidi+androl

Embarrassing Moments in the Spotlight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Schwartz at NHL.com,

Some of the best players in the NHL have suffered an embarrassing miscue. For instance, when Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall shot the puck into his own net in last season’s Stanley Cup Final. Yep, he’d like to have that one back.

Like Kronwall, Steven Stamkos, picked No. 1 at the 2008 Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, has a story of televised misfortune.

read on for tales from Stamkos and other NHLers

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: shoot-outs, steven+stamkos

Jonas Brothers Declare Blues Fans As Official “BFFs”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning. Hello.  Spent the last eight days in the mountains of North Carolina and I appear before you a dumber man today than I was the last time we spoke.

Now…hold on.  Has my brain slowed due to more than a week of exposure to the good folk of NC?  It’s logical that you may think so.

But that’s not it.

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Canes Lose A Season Ticket Holder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

It wasn’t Erik Cole’s unique combination of speed, size and skill that reminded Deborah Halaby of the son she lost so long ago, although that certainly helped make her a fan of the former Carolina Hurricanes forward.

There was more to it than that, something harder to define about the unspoken braggadocio embodied in Cole’s bull-rushes past flat-footed defensemen and his occasional petulance with the officials that stirred her emotions—and her memories.

“The arrogance—his whole stance,” Halaby says. “Something just clicked. Every time I saw him, it was just Michael. When Erik got hurt and they’d show him on the Jumbotron, my seatmates would look over at me and I’d be crying.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Challenge The Shooter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Winnipeg Sun,

Hockey player, coach and enthusiast Bob Unger can now add successful inventor to his list of credentials.

The Winnipegger has been generating attention and gaining big-name support for his Goalie Band, an original tool that prevents goalies from sinking back into their nets.


Visit the GoalieBand site…


Filed in: Hockey Equipment, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Pens Will Miss Whitney’s Offense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

How much will the Penguins miss Ryan Whitney as he recuperates from his foot injury? You be the judge. Take a look at the top point totals by defenseman the past two seasons:

9. Lubomir Visnovsky, Kings   GP 151 G 26 A 73 PTS 99
9. Ryan Whitney   GP 157 G 26 A 73 PTS 99
11. Kimmo Timonen, Predators/Flyers   GP 160 G 21 A 78 PTS 99

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ryan+whitney

Sundin’s Agent Says Report Not True

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Mats Sundin’s agent is denying a report in the New York Post that says his client wants to join the Rangers.

When contacted by TSN, Barry denied there have been any increased discussions with the Rangers. He told TSN that he has spoken to both the Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers but also has had long discussions with Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher and Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis. Barry said there are six teams interested in Sundin’s services for next season.

Barry also said his client has not made a decision on playing this coming season.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mats+sundin

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