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Preparing for Hockey Day In Canada

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Prepare to celebrate, Canada! CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA sixth annual broadcast drops the puck on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 12 noon ET, as host Ron MacLean tells the story of the sport that unites us all, live from Stephenville, Nfld. The 2006 edition of CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA will celebrate our game at the grassroots level, highlighting how hockey defines both the parent-child and adult-child relationship, and featuring remote video feeds from Florenceville, N.B.; Parry Sound, Ont.; Winkler, Man.; Calgary, Alta.; and Burnaby, B.C. more of the press release... If you have the opportunity, plan your day around this. CBC does a fantastic job of covering this event; takes me back to the roots of hockey! update 2:21pm, And it appears the Hockey Day in Canada theme is being copied by the NFL and NBC.

"Football Night in America" will encompass more than four hours of NFL coverage on Sunday nights-hosted by 17-time Emmy Award winner Bob Costas, the most acclaimed sportscaster of his generation-including the primetime studio show at 7 p.m. ET followed by the premier primetime game of the week "NBC's Sunday Night NFL Football," beginning with the 2006 NFL season.
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Underrated NHL Players

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from The Hockey News,

The Hockey News asked 30 NHLers, one from each team, " Who is the most underrated player in the NHL?“ 26 players were named, with only four mentioned twice - Buffalo center Daniel Briere, Los Angeles center Craig Conroy, Philadelphia left winger Simon Gagne and Dallas right winger Jere Lehtinen.”
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Olympic Hockey On NBC & Affiliates

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I received and email today asking me to post a link to a website where fans can vote on what winter Olympic sport they want to see. The email was filled with panic, stating we may not be able to watch any hockey on NBC. First of all, the link is to a NY NBC affiliate station and has no influence on what NBC will show. As a matter of fact, NBC will be all over Olympic hockey coverage- in case you forgot they will start televising the NHL in 2006. If you want to visit the site, here you go. update 1:50pm, Here is some information you can really use, HD plans for the NHL on NBC. Plus, scroll down just about on this link and you will see the NBC plans for daily coverage from Turin.

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Big Plans For Phoenix

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

You have to have really good eyesight to see the future of the Phoenix Coyotes. You have to be able to see beyond the expanse of scrabbly desert floor that stretches out in all directions from the Coyotes' home at Glendale Arena. You have to see beyond the scaffolding and cement pads that have just now begun to dot the area outside the arena's main entrance. It's the kind of eyesight majority owner Steve Ellman hopes fans, businessmen and investors have.
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Dreams Do Come True

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from Mike Milbury of the New York Islanders,

After months of planning and stressing over passports and visas and travel arrangements, it is a pleasure to inform you that everything is a "GO" for the arrival of two youth hockey teams from the Chinese cities of Harbin and QiQihar in late December. We intend to make this a visit that they will never forget. The teams will first stop in Ottawa to attend the Bell Atlantic Atom Tournament, the largest of its kind in the world. After a welcome reception and press conference at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa at which they will be presented with a complete set of equipment courtesy of Nike-Bauer, the kids will join a host family from the region.
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Playing The Game Down South

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from the Greenville News (South Carolina),

With its steamy summers and often snowless winters, Greenville seems an unlikely place for hockey. But tell that to the more than 100 kids who play the fast-paced sport at the Pavilion. A recent practice session for young players was like 'most any sports practice. Younger siblings frolicked on the sidelines while parents watched, critiqued and chatted with each other. On the ice, kids zipped past taking instructions from coaches. The difference, of course, was that despite being indoors, everyone was still bundled up in sweatshirts, scarves and jackets.
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He’s Back

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from Inside Bay Area,

I said I would give the NHL two months. I figured the first month everyone was going to be on their best behavior no matter what, like the beginning of class with a substitute teacher. After that, though, it's game on. The NHL could have evolved into glorified pick-up hockey in that second month, with absolutely no contact. It could have turned into the Federal League, with bench-clearing brawls. Or worse yet, it could have reverted to its pre-lockout yawn-a-thon, in which case I would have been out like The White Stripes at a Bay Area concert. Anybody's guess really. That being said, I'm pleased to report the NHL has won me back. Well, sort of.
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Firing Sullivan Is The Next Move

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from the Boston Herald, Like it or not,

Mike Sullivan is a goner. His ouster has to be the next move aimed at righting the disaster known as the Bruins. That’s not to say he is the reason why the B’s are mired in last place or the cause of so many angry and discouraged fans, not to mention the ones that are so fed up they don’t care anymore. He’s simply the only major card Mike O’Connell has left to play in an attempt to get the team winning and make the Black ’n’ Gold somewhat relevant again on the Boston sports landscape.
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Find Those Old Cards

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

A mystery Canadian has struck it rich after discovering a small collection of vintage hockey and baseball cards that fetched almost $150,000 Cdn at a sports memorabilia auction in New York. A complete 1954-55 set of Topps hockey cards, including Gordie Howe at the height of his NHL career, sold for more than $20,000. The seller has insisted on anonymity, but the California-based auction house that handled the sale said the cards' owner, a man from Western Canada, "didn't have a great sense of their value."
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Shanahan Has Clout In Canada

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from the Globe and Mail,

Some saw it as grandstanding. Others thought he was playing politics. Even Brendan Shanahan was uneasy about his decision to organize a meeting to assess the state of the National Hockey League game. But the two-day summit in Toronto turned out to be a success and much more. It became a benchmark from which evolved the sweeping reforms that opened up hockey and produced the new NHL. Of all the stories this year, the Shanahan summit will have the longest and most profound impact on the way a Canadian sport is played. For that reason, the Detroit Red Wings' veteran from Toronto is The Globe and Mail's choice as Canada's most influential sports figure of 2005.
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