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NHL Gets Kudos For Best Marketing Idea

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The NHL was mentioned in Brand Week for having the 12th Best Marketing Idea for 2005. Below is a little snip from the article, you can also view the pdf for a little more info. from Brand Week,

There were lots of bad ideas in 2005, but there were several good ones, too. Dove and Curvation were pitch perfect in their campaigns aimed at “real” women. Miller cleverly suckered Bud into a sparring match while keeping the beer category focused on taste. The NHL made some bold changes and scored a strong comeback. Even the drug industry came up with a winner in Lunesta.

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Win With Experience

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from Martin Brodeur and Sun Media via Slam,

I think that it’s important to explain that in order to succeed in a tournament of this scale, it’s necessary to form the best possible team. You can’t limit yourself to the players who happen to have the best statistics at the time of the selection. Naturally there are several young Canadian players who have been standouts at this point in the NHL season. But if we want to win the gold medal, it’s smart to go with experience, the players who have been there.
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Mario Will Go Thru Off-Ice Conditioning Program

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Mario Lemieux’s comeback is on ice, or rather off it – for now. “He’s going to be on an off-ice conditioning program for the next 10 days to two weeks and then he will be re-evaluated after that,” Penguins General Manager Craig Patrick said. “They are going to try to get the right level of medication that he needs. Medicine is not an exact science, so you have to test things and try them. They are in that process now. “We’ll get the right level of medication and right level of conditioning and he’ll be re-evaluated as to when he gets back on the ice.”
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Team Apoligizes To Nolan

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from TSN,

The Chicoutimi Saguenéens has apologized for the behaviour of its fans at a game against the Moncton Wildcats on December 16, saying the events were "reprehensible." Moncton coach Ted Nolan, an Ojibwa, was the target of repeated racial slurs during the game, and fans continued to harass the Wildcats as they made their way to the team bus when it was over. "The Saguenéens organization will send its sincere apologies to Mr. Ted Nolan and to the Wildcats for the events of last Friday," said Cardinal.
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Buzz In Detroit

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Kevin Allen, USA TODAY hockey writer, was on local radio in Detroit today. Kevin states Chris Chelios will be selected to the USA Olympic team and could possibly be named the Captain.

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Shanahan, Luongo POW

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via the CP,

Detroit Red Wings forward Brendan Shanahan and Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo were named the NHL's offensive and defensive players of the week Monday. Shanahan collected two goals and seven assists while leading Detroit to a 2-1-1 mark, earning points in each contest. His best effort came last Tuesday, when he recorded a goal and four assists during a 7-6 loss to Atlanta. Teammate Pavel Datsyuk (four goals, four assists) and Panthers winger Nathan Horton (five goals, one assist) were the runners-up. Luongo claimed the defensive honours after leading the Panthers to a 3-1 mark record with a 2.25 goals-against average and .942 save percentage. He stopped 147 of 156 shots during the week, including an astonishing 53 saves in a 3-2 win Sunday over Washington. Martin Biron of the Buffalo Sabres (3-0-0, 2.98 GAA), Martin Gerber of the Carolina Hurricanes (3-0-0, 1.67 GAA) and Michael Garnett of the Atlanta Thrashers (3-0-0, 2.92 GAA) were runners-up.

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Attention Detroit Area College Hockey Fans

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I have four tickets to the 41st Great Lakes Invitational Tournament at JLA. The tickets are for the games on Thursday, December 29th. Good for both games, 4:30pm MSU vs. Michigan Tech and 8:00pm game Michigan vs. Colorado. The seats are lower bowl, section 115, behind the net, row 11. If you want them, they are yours. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and tell me if you want two or four. I will update this post when the tickets are gone. update 1L45pm, Tickets are gone. Went to a regular reader of KK.

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Glavine Made Right Decision

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from USA Hocley,

Tom Glavine certainly had a tough decision to make back in 1984. An outstanding high school athlete, Glavine had played both baseball and hockey. The Concord, Mass., native was a four-time league All-Star and All-Conference honoree in baseball and was named to All-Star and All-Conference teams three times in hockey. June 1984 turned out to be a month of decision for Glavine. Within days, the talented athlete was first drafted by the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Kings. There were even a number of colleges trying to recruit the youngster. History indicates that Glavine made the right decision by choosing the Braves.
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Devil Malakhov Retires

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from MSG Network,

In other developments that affect the Devils' salary cap-afflicted roster, star LW Patrik Elias enjoyed a full practice with the team as his road to recovery from a severe case of hepatitis draws near an end. Robinson also said that defenseman Vladimir Malakhov, who was not at practice, has retired. The Russian blueliner was signed as a free agent last summer to help fill the void left by the departed Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer.

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NHL Bizarro World

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from The Hockey News,

Ladies and germs, welcome to the new NHL, where up is down and down is sideways and Bob Goodenow is doing cartwheels that he got the heck out of Dodge when he did. Just when you thought labor peace had finally arrived, the NHL and NHL Players' Association could be headed for their first significant disagreement over the new CBA…but it's not the kind of fight Goodenow used to relish. Better pull up a chair 'cause this one's a beauty. The union is considering pushing for a lower-than-expected salary cap next season. And if it does, the NHL will probably tell 'em to take a hike.
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