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from USA Hockey,
USA Hockey today announced its coaching staff for the 2007 U.S. Men’s National Team, including head coach Mike Sullivan, associate head coach Barry Smith and assistant coach David Quinn. Team USA will compete at the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship April 27-May 13 in Moscow, Russia.
As the race for Stanley Cup Playoff spots approaches its dramatic conclusion, the National Hockey League (NHL) has given fans the opportunity to catch all the excitement by offering special pricing on the Center Ice Online package.
For the remainder of the regular season, plus select games from the Stanley Cup Quarterfinal and Semifinal Rounds (all games subject to local blackout), subscribers in the U.S. and Canada are able to watch up to 40 games per week through Center Ice Online on NHL.com. The one-time fee in the U.S. is now $49 and in Canada it is $43.
To purchase the League’s online subscription package, log on to NHL.com or CenterIce.NHL.tv. NHL Center Ice Online is a portable service; once registered from a home location, the service can be accessed remotely through a broadband connection on any computer throughout the U.S. and Canada.
NHL Center Ice is currently available in the U.S. and Canada on the following League cable and satellite distributors: DirecTV, Dish Network, iNDEMAND, Bell Express Vu, Rogers, Cogeco, Access, Eastlink and others.
via Sports Business Journal, 1.1 Rating and a 3 share- regional coverage.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
...That’s why you cannot minimize Gaborik’s influence. It’s quantifiable: he has 28 goals in 42 games—a pace that would lead the league if he had played the full schedule thus far. Point-wise, his half-season tally (50) likewise projected would have him battling Crosby and Thornton.
Because Gaborik won’t produce a full body of work, though, no awards will be forthcoming—certainly not the Ross and very likely not the Hart Trophy. But in the big picture, while he has been the Wild’s focal point for some time, it is now truly his team. Marian Gaborik is the Wild’s MVP, as in Most Visible Presence.
from Thomas Nuemann at Page 2/ESPN,
A simmering rivalry bubbled over in a game for the ages 10 years ago.
On March 26, 1997, while the Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings were positioning themselves for the upcoming NHL playoffs, bad blood from the previous postseason boiled into unadulterated fury at Joe Louis Arena. The teams combined for nine fights, 11 goals, 39 penalties, 148 penalty minutes, one hat trick, one “turtle” and two Stanley Cup champion goalies duking it out in an overtime thriller.
The box score alone is suitable for framing.
STAMFORD, Conn. (March 26, 2007)- VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, will televise wall-to-wall Stanley Cup playoff action beginning April 11 with the Conference Quarterfinals and all the series leading up to and including the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. Each night VERSUS will televise one or two playoff games as well as the studio wrap-up show, “Hockey Central”. VERSUS will announce its playoff schedule on April 9.
NEW YORK (March 26, 2007)—New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, San Jose Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 25.
Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League’s top performances over the past week.
FIRST STAR—HENRIK LUNDQVIST, G, NEW YORK RANGERS
Lundqvist posted a 4-0-0 record with a 0.72 goals-against average and .974 save percentage as the Rangers (39-28-9, 87 points) moved up to sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Lundqvist made 21 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins March 19, recorded his fifth shutout of the season in a 5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers March 21, made 40 stops in a 2-1 shootout win at Boston March 24 and finished the week with 34 saves in a 2-1 overtime decision over the New York Islanders March 25. Lundqvist is 34-21-7 for the season, recording a 2.30 GAA, .918 save percentage and five shutouts.
via Sports Business Journal,
Atlanta Thrashers co-owner Bruce Levenson and EVP/GM Don Waddell were seen in mullet wigs after a promotion in which the team gave out 9,000 wigs. At the black-tie team fundraising “Casino Night,” several players, including Greg de Vries and Marian Hossa, wore mullet wigs.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
With all that happening, we could use a little levity, something all hockey fans can agree on. We’re talking about Clark, the Canadian Hockey Goalie.
If you’ve seen Clark, you’re already chuckling at the mention of his name. If you haven’t seen Clark, we’re here to make your day.
Clark, the Canadian Hockey Goalie is a six-minute mocumentary that was made three years ago but has found new life on the Internet.
About a month ago, Alanah at Canucks and Beyond posted the video- feel free to take it in...
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Despite exhaustive efforts (presumably) by its production and research staff, HNIC has still not been able to turn up a single person capable of expressing the growing sentiment against fighting in the sport.
You’d think with all those taxpayer dollars behind it HNIC might be able to find a single voice in the hockey world to occasionally disagree with the program’s stridently pro-fighting platform.
Instead, it’s “fighting is part of the game” before the game, during the first period intermission when we see hockey’s version of Ann (Anybody Who Disagrees with me is a Fag) Coulter, during the second period intermission panel discussion and after the game.
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