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Measuring The Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cheryl Ryan of The Metric System,

I love hockey and like most hockey fans, I’ve been actively following the NHL playoffs, including the Stanley Cup finals that started at the end of May. While watching the finals, I couldn’t help but notice some of the advertisements that played during the intermissions and the three commercial breaks each period. I sat through the standard beer commercials (Bud Light, Miller Lite, Amstel Light to name a few) and the US military commercials (Army, Marines) without paying much attention, but then some Cisco commercials came up. These commercials were a bit of a surprise to me, since I wouldn’t expect a strong overlap of between hockey fans and videoconferencing enthusiasts.  I also remembered that Cisco heavily advertises on the NHL.com website.

As I watched more and more of these Cisco commercials, with about one appearing during each commercial break, I became very curious about why Cisco would choose the SC finals to advertise their new products. I decided to look into the demographics of NHL fans to see if Cisco knew something I didn’t. Not surprisingly, they did: the makeup of the NHL fanbase.

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GWG Game 7 SCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Instead of putting up a poll asking you who wins, why not kill two birds with one stone and ask you this- Who gets the game winning goal tonight?

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Barnaby & Melrose Look At Game 7

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The ESPN crew is in Detroit…

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Malkin Thinking One More Win

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from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

A man of few comments throughout the Stanley Cup Final, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin acknowledged Thursday that one picture would be worth a thousand words.

“I think about it a lot, especially these last (two) weeks,” he said, smiling before finishing the sentence. “It’s my dream. Me and Sid, just like that.”...

He has rarely spoken to North American media. Teammates insist he is more intense than they can recall from any point in his career, talking constantly of ways for the Penguins to improve.

“Yeah, I’m trying to concentrate on the games,” Malkin said yesterday. “The Cup is all I want. I will give 120 percent. I will give everything.

“One win. The Cup. After that I will talk. I will do anything. One win first.”

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Pressure On Detroit

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Now, with Game 7 on tap tonight at The Joe, the pressure is suddenly all on the Red Wings.

The Pens would never say it, of course, but they’ve already accomplished a great deal just by getting to the seventh game.

They can just grip ‘em and rip ‘em tonight. While the game will be closely scrutinized and analyzed, Pittsburgh should be as relaxed as any team can possibly be and thus be able to play to its maximum capability.

If the Penguins lose, well, it will only be said that perhaps they should have started the series better and that they almost pulled off a terrific comeback.

Detroit, however, is facing a less-generous reaction should it be unable to lift the Cup on home ice.

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Keeping The ‘D’ In Detroit

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Hockeytown … ghost town.

Without one, Jimmy Devellano says, you’d have the other.

These are not good times for Detroit, where tonight the 2009 Stanley Cup will be handed either to Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby or, once again, to Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom.

There will be more than 20,000 fans in the Joe Louis Arena, only 7,000 more than the number of homeless local charities say will bed down in city streets tonight.

One in four in this city is said to be out of work, exactly the ratio that was unemployed in North America during the height, or should we say depths, of the Great Depression.

Just like certain teams in the NHL – the Calgary Flames come to mind this year – the Big Three of the auto industry went in the wrong direction, choosing size over sensibility.

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Ah, Friday Morning. Nothing To Do, Feeling So Relaxed

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What is going on folks, anything happening tonight?  I plan to do som fishin’, how about you?

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When Was Osgood’s Prime?

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In the comments of the answering some questions thread it remains clear that the Detroit fans who make up a large portion of the Kukla’s Korner readership maintain some misconceptions about Chris Osgood.  There remains the idea that he is still a top goalie and a few people even claim he is still in the prime of his career.  This clearly isn’t the case and is relatively easy to show statistically,

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This Is Why They Play

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

It’s the game they played on rutted roads while the light faded and their toes grew numb, the scenario they imagined as kids in Slovakia, Sweden, Saskatchewan, Syosset, N.Y., Sverdlovsk, Russia and Sault Ste. Marie, Canada.

Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final, tonight at Joe Louis Arena, between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s a shot at hockey immortality, to have your name inscribed on the Cup to be traced by envious eyes and timid fingertips.

“This is why I play hockey,” Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart said Thursday. “That’s what it’s all about.”

That, and more.

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The Motor City’s Team

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from Reed Albergotti of the Wall Street Journal,

As the ailing Motor City rallies around the Detroit Red Wings, who face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, there is one tiny bit of irony: Michigan’s top team is powered more than ever by European imports.

Less than half the Red Wings’ roster comes from North America. The rest, and most of the team’s top talent, hail from Sweden, the Czech Republic, Russia and Finland. In all, five players are from the U.S.

Swedes Henrik Zetterberg, left, and Nicklas Lidstrom, center, and Pavel Datsyuk of Russia are the team’s three captains.

Years ago, when the Big Three auto makers were allowing overseas competitors to pull ahead, the world was getting flat inside Joe Louis Arena. Starting in the 1980s, the Red Wings began building a dynasty by recruiting talent from Russia and adopting a new, European style of hockey.

continue the in-depth look at the Wings…

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