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A Unique Tourney

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Hockey News,

As for the Tournament of Tournaments, I think the competition would be as follows (some forwards have been moved around due to exceptional talent and a dearth at certain positions):
Team 1990s: Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Jaromir Jagr, Ray Bourque, Scott Stevens, Dominik Hasek.
Team 80s: Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Paul Coffey, Denis Potvin, Patrick Roy.

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NHL Sponsorship Deal with Verizon

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NHL Press Release,

NEW YORK / TORONTO / BASKING RIDGE, N.J. (January 3, 2007) –
The National Hockey League (NHL®), the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), and Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless provider, today announced a new multi-year relationship where Verizon Wireless will have exclusive marketing and promotional rights as the “Official Wireless Service Provider” in the United States, and category-exclusive U.S. marketing rights for marquee NHL events – including the NHL All-Star Game, Stanley Cup® Playoffs, NHL Awards Show and NHL Entry Draft.

 

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St. Louis Crowds Coming Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues are still buzzing about last weekend’s crowd at Scottrade Center. More than 16,000 showed up for the club’s 2-0 shutout of the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
Although the crowd Tuesday night for a game against Chicago was 11,069 — weeknights are generally slower at the turnstile — the atmosphere at the arena is continuing to pick up now that the team is playing better.
“For a while, you almost think, ‘God, did they forget? Is it just dwindling in this city?’ It’s not,” Blues center Doug Weight said.

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The Fans On Yzerman

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Check out Kukla’s blog post today on NHL.com,

Instead of talking to former players, coaches and management types, I decided yesterday to talk to the common fan and get their views on Steve Yzerman. So I headed to a few establishments near the Joe Louis Arena, where fans were beginning to gather to watch the Steve Yzerman retirement ceremony.

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Lemieux Meeting Kansas City Officials Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Kansas City officials, eager to find an anchor tenant for a new arena, will get their first opportunity to lure the Penguins there today.
Council wants details of proposed arena financing
Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle, who lead the franchise’s ownership group, and other members of the team’s front office accepted an invitation to travel to Kansas City and meet with representatives of the city and the Sprint Center, a $276 million multipurpose venue scheduled to open this fall.
The Penguins’ lease at Mellon Arena expires in June, and they have attracted expressions of interest from cities across North America that are in the market for a National Hockey League franchise. This will be the first meeting between Penguins executives and people from one of those cities.

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Senators Trade for Mike Comrie

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sportsnet.ca,

Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler announced that the club has acquired centre Mike Comrie from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for prospect Alexei Kaigorodov.
The 26-year-old Comrie has played in 24 games with the Phoenix Coyotes this season, recording seven goals, 13 assists and 20 penalty minutes. In his last 10 games, he has three goals and five assists for eight points. Comrie has four multi-point games this season—his last (a goal and assist) coming in a 8-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 30.

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Canadiens GM Bob Gainey Returns

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP, via Slam,

Bob Gainey is back at work.
The Montreal Canadiens executive vice-president and general manager returned to his Bell Centre office in recent days after a leave to grieve the loss of his daugher Laura in an accident at sea, team spokesman Donald Beauchamp said Tuesday. Gainey was not available for comment.
Laura Gainey was swept off the tall ship Picton Castle about 700 kilometres off the U.S. Atlantic coast by a large wave during a storm on Dec. 8. Air and sea crews were unable to find her after a three-day search.

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Wednesday Morning Hockey Fun

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The World Junior Championships’ semi-finals are being played today in Sweden. Team Canada vs Team USA are up and the game is starting at 10:00 a.m. ET.  You can get the broadcast online by TSN Broadband. Or, if you’re having trouble connecting to the game due to your location, Sharkspage has some ideas for alternate internet broadcasts.

Of course, you can always just fake an illness, leave work, and enjoy the game the old-fashioned way: NHL Center Ice and TSN are both televising the game live.

Other games being played today:
10:00 am ET Germany vs Belarus
1:30 pm ET Russia vs Sweden

1:00 pm ET Post-Game Update:
If you didn’t watch this one, you missed out. The US scored first and held the lead till Canada tied it up in the 3rd. An overtime penalty against Canada gave the USA an excellent chance to end it, but they couldn’t convert. Ultimately the game went to a shootout, and 8 rounds later, Canada walked away the winner with a ticket to the gold medal game.

And by the way, despite the 8-round shootout scoring frenzy, there was some fantastic goaltending by both teams.  Games like this are exactly why the World Junior Championships are must-see hockey.

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Bolts Might Take Training Camp to Prince Edward Island

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune,

The Lightning are looking to take training camp to a whole new state. Or province, to be exact.
Tampa Bay officials have held meetings with members of the government of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, to discuss the possibility of the Lightning moving a portion of training camp to the island province in September.
“The city is in discussions with the Tampa Bay organization with a view to having them host their training camp here in the city of Charlottetown,” Charlottetown mayor Clifford Lee told CBC national television.

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KK- Delay Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have a few meetings to attend today and won’t be able to update until early afternoon.
The pressure now falls on Alanah, who happens to be up at 6am, PT.

See you in about four hours or so.

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