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via the NHL,
The National Hockey League announced today an on-line initiative offering hockey fans in the United States the opportunity to purchase and download 2006 Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final game recaps from the iTunes. Music Store. The iTunes Music Store is offering a "Season Pass" for each Stanley Cup Playoff series for $4.99. Each package includes 15-20 minutes of expanded highlights of each game in the Eastern or the Western Conference Finals or the Stanley Cup Final. For $1.99, fans can download expanded highlights of individual games. Videos downloaded from the iTunes Music Store can be viewed on a computer or iPod.. "In addition to being the most passionate fans in sports, hockey fans love using the newest technology to connect with their NHL," said Doug Perlman, NHL Executive Vice President, Media. "Our deal with Apple will enable our fans to download and re-live the most exciting action in professional sports -- the Stanley Cup Playoffs." The U.S. iTunes Music Store also will feature personal song playlists created by players from both Stanley Cup Final teams.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, Gary Bettman was in the building and, you'd figure, was savouring the scene.... "These teams all embody the new NHL. Too many franchises were in too much trouble and couldn't be competitive.'' There are those who think this Stanley season, reduced to small markets Carolina, Buffalo, Anaheim and Edmonton with the game predominantly on OLN in the U.S.A. is a waste. "We don't look at that. We look at what is going on on the ice. It's terrific. "Half the people seem to suggest it's a negative because the major markets aren't represented. The other half seem to think having these four teams in the Conference Finals shows the new NHL is a success and is a breath of fresh air." more
from the Edmonton Journal via the Chronicle Herald,
Filmmaker Simon Dekker has a simple definition of a sports fan — someone who believes. For the past few weeks, Dekker has been travelling to cities throughout North America filming hockey fans to find out why ordinary people get so emotionally involved in professional sports. Using the NHL playoffs as his backdrop, he is exposing fankind’s deepest secrets.... Dekker said he’s not trying to capture wire climbers, police confrontations or women flashing their breasts. Rather, he said he wants to find out why fans have an "unending pursuit for recognition, belonging and glory." Dekker hasn’t seen any celebrations in California. Parking lots in San Jose and Anaheim are empty within 15 minutes of the end of the game, he said, and there are no traffic jams.read on
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
This is what happens, ladies and gentlemen, when the NHL uses its powers for good, not evil. Instead of debating "The Code" and whether Steve Moore deserved what he got, this country is seriously taking steps to develop a better game based on speed, skill and hitting without all the hooking, holding, tripping and interference that our children have been taught as more important than stickhandling and scoring goals for the last 15 to 20 years. Imagine that.more
Segei represents the "rest of the world".
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Only two games into the NHL's Eastern Conference final and the coaches are already going at it. A day after Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette said he felt some Buffalo players were diving in the third period of Monday's 4-3 win by Carolina, Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff mounted his own attack. "They got some good calls on some of their diving antics early in the game," Ruff said after Tuesday's practice at HSBC arena.continued
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
Comcast SportsNet has announced the hiring of former Chicago Blackhawk and local hockey icon Eddie Olczyk as the new color analyst for all Blackhawk telecasts on Comcast SportsNet starting next season.continued
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
-Don’t be surprised if Sergei Samsonov winds up in San Jose this Summer. -An interesting role player who becomes Unrestricted this summer is Dan Hinote, who is one of five players still on the Avs’ roster from the 2001 Stanley Cup team. Of course, there’s the matter of Rob Blake’s return and whether Joe Sakic will stay or go. If the Avs lose either, they can forget about a playoff berth for the next two years.read on
from Sports Illustrated,
There has been much chatter in sporting circles about the NHL's impending Stanley Cup finals Armageddon. The basic argument is that none of the four teams left in the tournament can draw flies, let alone eyeballs, to TV screens across the United States, where the majority of franchises dwell; thus The New NHL is destined to shake hands with famine, plague, boils, locusts and fiery destruction.... Thus the stark bottom line remains: The only way the NHL will ever garner boffo TV ratings coast-to-coast is if it employs nude female referees, the players are allowed to use handguns, Oprah Winfrey tends goal and Gary Bettman delivers free beer right to your door.more
from the San Jose Sharks,
The Northern California Chapter of the National Television Academy has recognized the San Jose Sharks and FSN Bay Area for its commitment to quality programming by awarding the network three Emmy Awards at the 35th annual Northern California Emmy Awards ceremony last Saturday evening in San Francisco. On Camera Talent – Sports Play-by-Play/Analyst San Jose Sharks Hockey - Randy Hahn, Play-by-Play Talent; Drew Remenda, Color Talent; Glen Kuiper, Sideline Talentread on
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