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fromm Terry Frei at ESPN,
When NBC broadcasts the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day from Ralph Wilson Stadium, the network and the league will be hoping to draw in both the sport’s fans and others intrigued by the outdoor setting—those who, a day earlier, would have had a 50-50 shot of identifying whether Sidney Crosby plays for Buffalo or Pittsburgh.
Whether they have tired of college football and decided to turn their backs on Michigan-Florida in the Capital One Bowl, or have any other reason, perhaps they’ll be fascinated and willing to give the game (and the sport) a shot.
From Doug Mittler via Yahoo! Sports,
Does hockey translate to a Chinese audience? The New York Islanders want to find out.
The job of expanding the hockey vocabulary belongs to Alex Peng and Justin Chang, a pair of New York-based broadcasters who are calling Islander home games in Mandarin. They currently can be heard by flipping the SAP button on Fox Sports Net and the MSG Network in New York. The ultimate goal is to spread it to an untapped Asian market. [...]
Islanders owner Charles Wang, who was born in Shanghai, knows an untapped market when he sees it. The founder of Computer Associates has put a broadcasting structure in place as part of a long-range plan to sell hockey to a Chinese audience.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The original premise of these games – going back to hockey’s outdoor roots – was dubious at best. How playing in a football stadium in front of 70,000 fans is going back to the days of pickup hockey on a pond is beyond me.
Yes, I will be at the outdoor game in Buffalo on Jan. 1, but only because I was ordered to attend.
And now they propose to have one of these things under the dome where the NFL’s Detroit Lions play. How in the name of Bill Spunska is that supposed to be a celebration of the game’s roots?
more & David, you are missing the point. Detroit fans just want to see a home team win at Ford Field!
from The Local,
The NHL season will begin with two matches between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators at Stockholm’s Globe Arena, according Eurosport’s Swedish website.
The matches will be played next autumn, the reports say. In addition to the Globe matches, the Ottawa team will mean Swedish team Frölunda at Gothenburg’s Scandinavium.
Globe Arena manager Maj-Britt Gustafsson Wallin did not deny the reports when contacted by Eurosport.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Slump-busters? The Detroit Red Wings?
With 53 points in 32 games, Detroit has 11 more points than any team in the Western Conference and has won 10 of its past 11 games.
That’s a tough assignment for the Blues, who have lost a season-high four games, including three at home.
from On the Islanders Beat,
Asked about Simon’s agreement with Islanders owner Charles Wang to seek counseling in an effort to understand what made him snap for the second time in nine months after hitting the Rangers’ Ryan Hollweg with his stick in March, Campbell was recorded saying he hoped it would help Simon to meet with “the drug and alcohol, uh, uh, those doctors.” NHL spokesman Frank Brown quickly clarified that the doctors who deal with substance abuse under the NHL/NHLPA agreement also handle behavioral issues.
But the “stereotyping” horse was out of the barn. The gut reaction of Islanders coach Ted Nolan, who described Campbell’s assumption as “sickening” was understandable.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
This is a lot different than I thought it would be,” says Hull by phone from Dallas, where he’s actually preparing for a week in Hawaii, something he had planned with his wife and kids before he was given the interim co-GM title Nov. 13….
“You see, I have a very set idea of the kind of team I’d like and the way I’d like it to play, and I guess you’d have to be an idiot not to guess that it would include a more entertaining style. But it’s damned hard to get that.
“Here I was thinking you just had to call another team and they would talk to you about trading a player, and you just went out and got this guy and that guy, and moved this guy off your team, and that’s what you could do.
“Now you talk to a team and all you hear is, ‘Well my guy makes $3.1 million and your guy makes $2.7 million and there’s 400 grand difference and so we can’t make the deal. I mean, it’s ridiculous. Making a trade is pretty tough.”
from the Epoch Times,
...Footage of the brawl posted online showed many in the team pushing and shoving, and two of the tikes throwing punches like typical NHL enforcers (a.k.a. goons)—which is exactly the problem, says Dr. Gordon Bloom an expert in sports psychology at McGill University.
Professional hockey players set a violent example that younger players try to emulate, says Bloom. “What happens in the pros trickles down.”
Bloom has seen a dramatic change in youth hockey over the last thirty years and says players don’t respect each other the way they used to.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Despite the fact they advanced to the Stanley Cup final last season and currently lead the Eastern Conference with a record of 22-7-3, the Senators are one of the worst road draws in the league, ranking 26th among 30 teams.
Jason Spezza isn’t complaining, though. In fact, he suggests the small numbers almost make home-ice advantage meaningless.
“When you’re on the road, you’re never too worried about the crowd,” said Spezza, currently on a torrid pace, with five goals and six assists in his past four games. “It works to our advantage if it’s a dead building.”
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
“I’ve heard some rumours, but I don’t pay too much attention to them,” Hossa, who scored 188 goals in 467 games as a Senator from 1997-2004, told an audience of one following a workout.
“I’m here right now, and my focus is to help this team. Whatever happens, it’s up to management and my agent.
“I feel comfortable here. It’s a great place,” he added. “The main thing is winning the hockey games and having a good team. That’s my priority. I’m not rushing right now to sign a deal ... I want to know how the team is.”
more on Hossa and the Senators too…
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