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Ilitch Believes Schedule Change Coming

via the Detroit News,

Ilitch also spoke about his ownership of the Red Wings and the team’s sudden attendance challenges. He blamed “scheduling” boredom for fan disinterest and indicated that changes in the NHL schedule will be forthcoming in the 2008-09 season.

“You’re gonna be able to see a lot of teams,” Ilitch said, implying that the division-heavy scheduling of past seasons will give way to greater diversity. “This is history. This will be the last year with this type of structure, I think.”

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Athletes as Role Models

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail, in response to Gary Bettman’s statements today regarding Mark Bell’s suspension,

Bettman’s phrasing is eerily reminiscent of the wording of commissioner Roger Goodell’s statement when he suspended a couple of NFL miscreants (Pacman Jones and Chris Henry) last May. Goodell talked about the “integrity” of his league; how it was a “privilege to represent the NFL” and that its members must meet “the highest standards of conduct.”

All of which sends a clear signal to professional athletes everywhere — that whatever standard of behavior was tolerated in the recent past by the NHL, NBA, NFL and major-league baseball, the rules are starting to change and that part of the “covenant” with their fans that Bettman alluded to is becoming good role models again.

much more…

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Under The Radar

from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,

No surprise, really, but I failed for the 26th consecutive year to finagle an invitation to an NHL training camp. Rather than succumb to bitterness, I merely did what I do every year at this time: scour camp rosters to see who was lucky enough to get the call. Most of these guys aren’t any more likely to suit up in the NHL than I am, but there are always a few surprises on the lists. I’m talking about the where’s-he-been guys, the last-chancers, the longshots, the dark horses and the no-names who could be big names before too long if things go their way.

Here are 15 players that caught my eye.
Brandon Sutter (Hurricanes): The 11th overall pick of this year’s draft won himself a lot of fans—me included—with his ferocious performance at the Super Series.

much more

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Toronto’s New Jerseys

The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled their own new RBK jerseys a few minutes ago.  This post on HF Boards shows a screenshot from Leafs TV:

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More on the history of the evolving Maple Leafs sweater can be found here.

Update 3:58pm ET: For another point of view… (ha! okay, sorry…)

Update 4:34pm ET: Here is the broadcast from Leafs TV that unveiled the jerseys earlier today. (opens in WMP)

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  Tags: jerseys, rbk, toronto+maple+leafs

Refs Play

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

At least for part of the day Tuesday, the skate was on the other foot for the NHL officials at their training camp at the Beaver Valley Community Center. The officials spent part of the morning playing hockey as their peers worked on their refereeing skills in live-fire game situations.

“That’s the toughest game you will ref all year,” said Dan O’Rourke, one of the referees. “Guys just want to get their time done as the ref and go back to playing because the boys are all over you about everything.”

continued

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Take Note

from the blog of Bob McKenzie at TSN,

The first thing that needs to be said about the Mark Bell suspension is this: if you are an NHL player and you get convicted of a significant crime, you are going to get further punishment from the league.

Now, in the light of the fact Bell got 15 games, you can debate whether it’s too light or too heavy, but the real issue is that he was suspended.

Rick Tocchet, take note.

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Hockey Season Inches Closer…

From Pierre LeBrun via the Globe & Mail,

Hockey’s back. Training camps open around the NHL on Thursday and Friday and the buzz is as good as it gets in Pittsburgh where Sidney Crosby and the Penguins believe they’ve got a shot at the Stanley Cup.

“That’s our goal and I think it’s realistic,” Penguins defenceman Darryl Sydor told The Canadian Press.

continued… (Including a look at various teams around the NHL, gearing up for the season)

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Bringing Back the Blackhawks Fans

From the CP via TSN,

It might be time for hockey fans in Chicago to come out of hiding.

The Blackhawks have consistently been among the NHL’s lowest-ranked teams in attendance in recent years, but they believe that could start changing this season thanks to a revamped roster.

“We get plenty of walk-ups for our games,” said GM Dale Tallon. “They’re there. They’re wanting us to succeed. They’re waiting for an excuse to come to the United Center.”

continued…

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, hockey+fans

New Avalanche Jerseys

Unveiled today, the image below (originally found here) shows a television screen shot of the new jerseys.  From the Avalanche:

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club revealed its new-look Rbk EDGE uniforms at a press conference this morning. Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles modeled the new Avalanche uniform for members of the media. The Avalanche will wear the new uniforms this season beginning this Sunday, September 16 at the Burgundy/White game at the Air Force Academy.

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Read more about them at Colorado Avalanche Blog.

Update 3:10pm ET: the Avalanche team site has added a photo gallery of the new jerseys..

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, jerseys, rbk

Compromise Reached For Jewish Player

from the CBC,

A talented Quebec junior hockey player from Montreal has agreed not to observe some of the strict rules of his Jewish religion after officials threatened to cut him from the team if he didn’t travel or play on Saturdays.

The Gatineau Olympiques managed to reach a compromise with 18-year-old Benjamin Rubin on Tuesday, allowing him to play forward this season, said team governor Charles Henry.

continued

added 9/13/07, View a video report from the CBC…

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