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I've been sick* and gotten a bit behind on a few things I wanted to mention:

(1) This David Beckham Meets Hollywood story is interesting. And does the situation remind anyone else of Wayne Gretzky, c.1988? The Gretzky move to the LA Kings was widely credited with bringing hockey to the American mainstream, to non-traditional markets in particular. Armed with a $250 million contract, Beckham is clearly meant to achieve the same thing in soccer. But check this headline: "David Beckham Moves To LA To Hang Out With Tom Cruise" Now, Gretzky has landed in his share of public relations mis-steps in recent years, but nothing that fu#ked up. (2) GZ Expat was on a mission a while back to collect hockey gear for some neighbourhood kids in China. I'm happy to report that things have worked out brilliantly on that score and now the kids are learning all the fundamentals of Canadian-style violence. I couldn't be more pleased. (3) Many things went wrong with importing subscribers from the old blog to this one -- my grasp of technology is more limited than I care to admit. So for those that never got the re-directed feed, click here to do it now, or click the orange button in the left-side column at any time. (4) George Malik has posted two stories on hockey equipment on Kukla's Korner today: all about hockey sticks and all about goalie equipment. A ton of great information on a subject I knew nothing about.
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Hockey Speak: Quips & Quotes

A collection of random quotes from the hockey world this week.*

“When you coach against him, you notice some of the breakdowns, but not as many as when he’s on your team.”

Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish commenting on his ex-player Mike Comrie, recently traded to Ottawa.

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Western Conference Fashion

Released in this morning’s financial news:

Shoemaker Crocs Inc. has signed licensing agreements with the National Football League and the National Hockey League. 
The Niwot company (NASDAQ: CROX) said Wednesday it will begin manufacturing its distinctive clogs with the logos for all 32 NFL teams and all 30 NHL teams. Shoes with the team logos will begin appearing before the end of the current season, but roll out with a full introduction before the start of the 2007-2008 season.

Wow. Hockey fashionistas must be drooling. 

To start things off on a good footing, I’ve developed potential advertising campaigns for Crocs and the NHL to work out jointly.  In the interests of time, I’ve just done the top 4 teams in the Western Conference.  (It’s not like anyone’s paying for my sound business advice…)

 

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Luongo Press Conference

I just had a chance to listen in on Roberto Luongo's NHL press conference call. The transcript will be available shortly (I'll add it below) but I thought I'd post this part right away to warm up all those Canucks' fans on this miserable, cold, total crap west coast day:

Question How much does it matter to you to get into the playoffs this year? Luongo That’s ALL that matters to me now. Two things I look at this year: One is wins. The other is our spot in the standings.
Full text of press conference below.

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Canucks Legend: #27 Harold Snepsts

imageA while back, Global Television did a series on the 7 Greatest Canucks of all time.  Since the team is currently on a 7-game win-streak and I just tossed off a list of the Best 7 Players in the Last 7, there continue to be signs of number 7 strangeness. 

For instance, the first video issued in that series was a profile on Harold Snepsts, #27, which a good hockey fan was kind enough to upload to YouTube on January 7, 2007

Yeah, I think I’m getting carried away with the #7, but what the hell.

Anyway, I also thought that all this recent Rory Fitzpatrick business made it a perfectly good moment to bring a little Snepsts into everyone’s life.  After all, this hard-working, lunch-bucket player made it to two NHL All Star games—1977 and 1982. 

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More Reasons to Dislike Detroit

Need yet another reason to thank God every day that you're not a Detroit Red Wings fan? (I mean, besides Kirk Maltby?) Kukla's Korner member -- and Detroit Free Press journalist -- Bernie Czarniecki submitted this excellent article about the current ownership's record of snubbing hockey legend Larry Aurie. I knew nothing about this history before reading this piece, and I'm betting that many others are ignorant of it as well:

On Tuesday, Jan. 2, Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch celebrated the storied, magnificent career of his long-time All-Star captain and center Steve Yzerman by retiring his jersey number 19, hanging it high into the rafters of Joe Louis Arena. But as Ilitch celebrated the career of Yzerman with a spectacular ceremony, he simultaneously and purposefully desecrated the career of one of the Detroit’s earliest and true hockey heroes – right wing Larry Aurie.
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On the Hockey Blogs This Week

This week’s hockey talk and links to the fan writers of the game.

Eyes on the Prize runs down the evidence and asks: Who’s better: Crosby or Ovechkin? Compare the video and decide.  And along the same theme you can also head Mike Chen’s direction where he explores the same issue, adding Evgeni Malkin for a bonus challenge.

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The Best 7 of the Last 7

imageThe Vancouver Canucks have stowed away a rather shocking 7-game winning streak and are now on a short break till Thursday, so it seems like a practical (and pleasant) time for a retrospective on their recent performance. In no particular order, here are my picks for the seven players who've had the biggest impact in the last seven games. I know some of these will be controversial, but what the hell -- it's just my perspective and I'm always open to disagreement.

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Luongo’s Magical Life

Seems Yo! Luongo's getting the love from the NHL to start this new year -- he just got named the NHL's First Star for the week ending January 7. Well-deserved, no doubt. Though he had no shutouts, his save percentages and goals-against numbers are seriously sparkly these days.

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Luongo Loves Us

With the Panthers in town there's almost no other story but Roberto Luongo... especially if you're fan of Florida. A friend put me onto George Richards' blog, a sportswriter at the Miami Herald. It's a good blog, and I particularly enjoyed his impressions after speaking with Luongo this weekend:

So, Vancouver's got this new goalie these days. Don't know if you've heard. Guy's name is Loungo, I think that's how you spell it, and word is, he's pretty good. And he's digging life up here too. Met up with Roberto today, joked about the surprising Vancouver snow and the driving habits of South Florida sports writers when the roads get a little slushy. He says he loves it in Vancouver, and he does have 27 million reasons why he should be happy. But I think it's more than the money; Roberto already had a good chunk and the Panthers were going to give him more.

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About Canucks and Beyond

Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.

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Email: am@kuklaskorner.com

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