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Big Red Hits 600

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Ann Arbor News:

As is typical, Red Berenson shook hands with the opposing coaching staff and headed across the ice toward the exit.
Upstairs in the University of Michigan locker room at Yost Ice Arena, seniors T.J. Hensick and Matt Hunwick had a present for him. The game puck from Berenson’s 600th victory, which he then brought into the news conference.
In Berenson’s first try at the milestone, the Wolverines got ahead quickly Friday night to take a 5-2 victory over Northern Michigan.
In the final minutes, the student section chanted Berenson’s name, and a congratulatory message was displayed on the scoreboard as the clock ran out.
“It’s been a long time coming,’’ said Berenson, who is 600-286-63 in 23 seasons at Michigan. “It’s nice to do it at home.’‘

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Diversity In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Morning News via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

But as Fuhr gets older and spends more time in the United States, he said he better grasps events like the NHL’s salute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a slate of afternoon games on Monday.
‘‘It really is a different world down here, and you understand over time that it is important,’’ he said. ‘‘Anytime they ask for help with finding a way to get the game to new people, you definitely want to help.’‘
Stars defenseman Trevor Daley has had similar experiences. His father is black, and his mother is white. He grew up in a home with his mother’s family and spent much of his formative years with his white uncle as his best friend.
‘‘It was nice growing up in that environment because it wasn’t a big deal,’’ said Daley, who was teammates in youth leagues with players of different races and religions. ‘‘But not everybody can have that.’‘

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Garon On IR- Fukufuji Back Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN, T

he Los Angeles Kings have placed goaltender Mathieu Garon on injury reserve and recalled goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
Garon injured his finger in a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

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NHL- Year Two On NBC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 6:20pm, 1/12/07 (original post on 1/11/07 at 1:40pm), I am moving this to the front page of KK since hits are starting to come in, looking for this information.
Also, SteveNJ wanted to add this… Before we get to the games, I’d love to show you this nice little promo that NBC has been running, it’s quite good, and nice how they got all three play-by-play voices on it.  Very exciting stuff:

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Thanks to KK member SteveNJ for this submission…

So, welcome back my friends to the show we as hockey fans probably have all labeled as “Must See TV”, “The NHL On NBC”.  The broadcast returns for it’s 2nd season with increased coverage, new faces, and overall a dedication to spreading the good word of hockey. 
I think we are more fascinated with NBC than either of our previous network television broadcasters (Fox and ABC) because they seem to genuinely care.  You’ve heard reports from this site that they may be doing many more games in years to come.  They promoted the games during football, and that counts.  More people watched the Dallas-Seattle game than any other in NFL Wildcard history.  And they all got to see some shots of the NHL during the broadcast.  I hope we’re with the Peacock for a long time to come.

Here are some major things that you can expect from NBC in Year #2.

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How do U.S. Troops Get Their Hockey?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Kara Yorio from The Sporting News,

I recently got an e-mail from a soldier in Iraq who is watching the Sabres’ success from the Iraq-Syria border with other Sabres fans. At a Flyers game in November, I saw a photo on the big scoreboard of a Flyers pennant in the window of a fighter jet. I know these guys are not alone. You’re out there. You’re trying to stay in touch with the day-to-day here by watching the scoreboard and the standings and rooting for your team, maybe with other fans like you.
So I’m asking troops out there to e-mail and post. (I’m sure you’d rather spend your time e-mailing family and friends, but if you get a second, drop me a line.) Let us know where you are and how you’re following your team and what they mean to you.

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Shanny Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brendan Shanahan took part in the NHL tele-conference today,

Q. Since you’ve been in the marketing efforts and thoughts about the new NHL and curious how you feel it’s been going now in season two, and also your thoughts on the new sweaters to come, is that a good gamble for the League to take a new look, a new image?
BRENDAN SHANAHAN: Well, you know, I don’t know, I know we had some practice sweaters on a couple of weeks ago. Mine didn’t really fit me that well that day. We had talked about getting a bigger one.
You know, I think it’s one of those things we’ll have to have them on and play before we really know how they are. I guess I’ll wait to judge them. I’m an old school equipment guy. I don’t like to change my equipment too much. So you’re probably talking to the wrong guy as far as changing the look of a hockey player, but I’ll trust the experts, the marketing experts on that.
As far as the game is going, I think the game is still going really well. You know, I think the honeymoon is kind of over somewhat. Every once in awhile I see on TSN or ESPN Classic an old game, and I’m seeing a game from sometimes only five, ten years ago and I see the clutching and the grabbing that was going on, where just the game is just so much better right now.

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Please Sign My Car

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

He wanted an autograph, but his old ‘84 Lincoln didn’t hold anything for Gretzky to sign. So Gretzky grabbed a marker and signed the Lincoln itself — in sweeping cursive, with a marker, right on the interior roof.
And so that’s how it started, Sleeman recounts, the most unique autograph collection around. What began with one autograph has grown into a hobby for Sleeman, who now has over 235 hockey player autographs inside his current cab, a 2004 Nissan Altima. He cut out the cloth from the roof of the Lincoln, to save the precious autographs from a car now out of service.

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How To Score More

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

He doesn’t serve on the National Hockey League’s competition committee, but maybe he should. Minnesota Wild general manager Doug Risebrough made a persuasive argument this week for respecting NHL tradition and history (he believes the league needs to market and emphasize the things that work in the game), but he added an interesting twist in the ongoing debate over what to do about goal-scoring, which continues to lag and drag, no matter how much they talk about the so-called new era….
So Risebrough’s solution: Instead of widening the nets, he thought the league could consider introducing a basketball style “key” in front of the goals, in which perhaps only one defender could take up residence at a time. Instead of restricting where a goaltender could play the puck behind the net, you’d reduce the number of defenders that could help him out in front.

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The Gearhead: An Interview With TPS Hockey’s Goalie Guru

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

By George James Malik

My day at TPS Hockey’s headquarters in Wallaceburg, ON included a teleconference with TPS’s goalie pad design guru, Dave Wilcox.  He and I spoke at length about goaltending equipment and design until everybody left the room, and then we really talked about how goaltenders are smarter, better, and saner than everybody else.

Okay, okay, so not all of that is true, but those pesky skaters did leave the room because there’s one truth that’s undeniable: goalies are definitely the pickiest, most finicky hockey players in terms of their equipment preferences. 

As such, I’d like to introduce myself as a goalie with a dirty little secret.  I actually started out playing hockey as a late-blooming 13-year-old forward.  I loved scoring goals and making deft passes in traffic, but a 13-year-old who’s built like Shawn Burr tends to find himself pigeonholed into a particular role—pushing people around.  When big guys start to analyze how to push people around more effectively, and how to intimidate with a slash here and a cross-check there, the forwards and defencemen who tire of welts and bruises tell that big, vicious guy, “Would you mind filling in for our goalie, please?”

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High Praise

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

We are all about giving praise when praise is due, and that includes the NHL’s improved ad campaign.
And after last season’s Art of War ad campaign, which seemed more like a men’s cologne ad gone bad, this season’s television campaign featuring stars like Joe Thornton, Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier and Alexander Ovechkin are must-sees by comparison. And we’re not the only ones who think so.

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