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Battle Of The American Head Coaches In The Stanley Cup Final

from Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

After the NHL took control of the Stanley Cup in 1927, it didn’t take long for an American coach to win it. Bill Stewart was the first to do so, leading the Chicago Black Hawks to the title in 1938.

The wait for the second American Stanley Cup-winning coach was just a bit longer -— 53 years, to be exact, when “Badger” Bob Johnson led the Penguins to the team’s first title.

While American coaches have established themselves as a presence in the NHL over the past 25 years, this upcoming Stanley Cup final between the Penguins and Nashville Predators will set a new benchmark.

For the first time, two American coaches — the Penguins’ Mike Sullivan and Nashville’s Peter Laviolette — will coach against each other for hockey’s ultimate prize.

Not only are both American, but both are Massachusetts natives, too. Mr. Sullivan is from Marshfield, Mass., while Mr. Laviolette grew up about 35 miles west in Franklin.


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The Equipment Manager

from Jesse Granger of the Las Vegas Sun,

On an average day NHL equipment manager Chris Davidson-Adams gets to the rink at 6 a.m. and won’t leave until 6 p.m. On game days, he arrives an hour earlier and sometimes doesn’t get home until midnight.

Davidson-Adams sharpens every skate and maintains every hockey stick, helmet and pad you see on the ice.

He has worked more than 1,000 games over 21 seasons, including stints with the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks, and now manages the purchasing of all player equipment for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.

He’s eager to continue his labor of love with the new franchise.

“Our spouses are the most important people in this line of work,” Davidson-Adams said. “My wife (Kelly) is the most understanding person in the world. I think it was actually voted on and she won.”

Of all the equipment he deals with, it’s hockey sticks that are arguably the most important. Players are always coming to Davidson-Adams for small tweaks and customizations to their sticks, fine-tuning them for maximum performance.

An average NHL hockey stick costs $185, and players go through 60 to 125 sticks a year, he said. That’s as much as $23,125 in hockey sticks for one player.


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The Oake Family Driven To Make A Late Family Member’s Life Meaningful

from Randy Turner of the Winnipeg Free Press,

As a boy, Bruce Oake was a precocious kid. He was outgoing, friendly and impulsive.

"He spoke baby gibberish for a long while, and one day he just started talking," says his father, Scott Oake. "And he never shut up, ever after."

As a teenager, Bruce was a prankster. He and his brother, Darcy Oake, would play a game where they’d walk down the street holding hands to see who would let go first.

"If it wasn’t fun, he wasn’t interested in it," says Bruce’s friend Bret Olson. "He never wanted the day to end and couldn’t wait for it to get started again. That’s what stands out for me: just that tireless, ‘What are we doing next?’"

As a young man, Bruce had a booming voice. He craved to be around people. He was charismatic, persuasive and fearless.

"He had this way of connecting with people so easily," his brother says. "It was effortless. It was infectious."

At the age of 25, Bruce, by then a heroin addict, died alone on the floor of a washroom stall.

It’s not an easy story for his father, a longtime fixture on Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts, and his brother, a world-famous illusionist, to tell. But they tell it unflinchingly, if only because they learned the hardest way possible drug addiction doesn’t discriminate and that there are thousands of other family members out there experiencing the same agony.


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Watching Game 7 Eastern Conference Final

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 26, 2017 – Last night’s Eastern Conference Final Game 7 double-overtime thriller on NBCSN, in which the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, set major viewership and digital records, and continued the trend of strong results for the entire 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, according to Fast National Data provided by The Nielsen Company and Adobe Analytics.

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Video- On-Ice Chatter

On-ice officials and players interact in the Conference Finals.


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Video- Top Plays From The Conference Finals

4 1/2 minutes in length.


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KK- Taking It Easy Today And Tomorrow

I plan to take it easy the rest of the day and probably Saturday too.

Ramp up for the Stanley Cup Final starts on Sunday.

I am around though and will post if anything interesting pops up but I do need some down time to recharge.

Also, those traveling for the long Memorial Day Weekend, please be safe and for those just hanging around, the same goes for you.

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Video- Ring The Bell Mr. Bettman

The Nasdaq this morning.


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NHL Network Coverage Of The Stanley Cup Final

May 26, 2017 – After a thrilling Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, NHL Network today announced its comprehensive coverage plans for the 2017 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators, with up to 68 hours of live programming on-site in Pittsburgh and Nashville starting with Media Day this Sunday, May 28. 

Every day throughout the Stanley Cup Final, NHL Network will provide in-depth previews, interviews, highlights and analysis across studio programming, featuring analysts Mike Johnson, Brian Lawton, Mike Rupp and Kevin Weekes, and hosts and reporters Jamison Coyle, Jamie Hersch, E.J. Hradek, Tony Luftman, Michelle McMahon and Steve Mears. The daily programming schedule is as follows:

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Morning Line- Mike Lange

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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