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from NHL Digest,
Trying to swoon the majority of the United States market into adopting ice hockey as a major sport worthy of prime time television slots, major advertising dollars, and premium ticket prices has been a daunting task for the National Hockey League.
To the seasoned hockey fan, the sheer speed and grace of the professional game is enough to send goosebumps up our spines. As hard as it may be for us to understand, that is simply not the case for the average North American television viewer.
From ESPN, E.J. Hradek and Barry Melrose preview each NHL division in separate video clips. All the videos are below.
Actress Jenny McCarthy’s younger sister Amy McCarthy has become engaged to NHL hockey player Dan Hinote. Amy, who was once name “cyber girl of the month” by Playboy, will wed Hinote next year in Colorado.
The couple lives in St. Louis as that is who Hinote is currently playing for. Amy works at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
From the Anaheim Ducks,
Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle announced today that defenseman Chris Pronger will take over as captain, with last year’s captain Scott Niedermayer still mulling retirement.
“The coaching staff and management had a discussion and ultimately it was left up to us, the coaches, to make that decision and we made it through consultation through the last 48 hours,” Carlyle said. “We came to the conclusion that we thought Chris Pronger would be best suited to fit the captaincy role.”
All from NHL.com,
In a matter of hours, the most international of the North American professional sports leagues will open its 90th anniversary season in the sparkling, sold-out setting of the 02 Arena in London, England.
from Shawn P. Roarke,
Like you, I don’t know what will happen during the 2007-08 season, but I like to dream about it. Here are some of the things—82 to be exact (just like a regular-season schedule)—I am looking forward to as we finish preparations for Saturday’s opening-day game. Whether they happen or not remains to be seen, but just thinking about the possibilities will make the wait for Saturday a little more palatable.
I even participated today…
From the Toronto Sun,
Don’t expect healing defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo to be in the lineup for the Maple Leafs’ final two exhibition games against the Detroit Red Wings. Barring a last minute change of heart, the Leafs will keep Colaiacovo on the shelf in order to allow his surgically repaired knee to strengthen.
The decision casts even more doubt concerning Colaiacovo’s availability for the season opener against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.
And from Sportsnet.ca news alerts: “Carlo Colaiacovo had an MRI on his knee. The results were negative.”
Today represents the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit series. From the CP,
Henderson will mark the anniversary giving motivational speeches at a leadership conference at an inn north of Toronto.
Canadians who watched the live Summit Series broadcasts will never forget the drama that unfolded.
And Joe Pelletier has put together some selected works, if you’d like to blast back to the past:
- How Politicians used the 1972 Summit Series
- A Photo Essay of the Team Canada Jersey
- A Photo Essay of the Soviet Jersey
Updated 12:41pm ET:
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
As long as there are large, angry and well-paid men flying around at crushing speeds, there will be stupid acts, scary collisions and scrambled cerebellum. You could throw a lifetime ban at Downie and someone, soon, would be there to wear the villain’s mask. Marty McSorley begat Donald Brashear. Donald Brashear begat Chris Simon. Curly begat Moe.
And at that point, there will be another body lying motionless on the ice, Cuckoo over Cocoa Puffs, and the rafters will ring once again with the experts’ call to arms.
COMMISSIONER BETTMAN: Let me add my voice in welcoming you to the 02. It is an incredibly impressive facility, arena. All the other aspects of this facility, surrounding it, are really state-of-the-art, really cutting edge. It’s a delight for us to be here.
I’ve had a little bit of time to interact with fans. I’ve met a number of people from Los Angeles and from Orange County. I’ve seen fans from other places in Europe. Met some fans from Finland and Sweden.
For us, this was an opportunity to dip our toe in the water in Europe, take what we believe is the most international of the North American sports, and bring it to the other side of the Atlantic. And while, obviously, London and England may not be the strongest hockey markets in the world, it puts us in closer proximity to markets and people have traveled here.
NEW YORK (September 28, 2007) - The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced NHL Center Ice Online, the League’s out-of-market online subscription package, is now accepting registrations for the 2007-08 season on NHL.com. NHL Center Ice Online provides fans the opportunity to watch more than 1,000 NHL live games throughout the regular-season, plus select games from the Stanley Cup Playoffs through a broadband connection on a personal computer or laptop (all games subject to local blackout). The NHL has partnered with NeuLion, Inc. to create a new and improved multimedia player for NHL.com and all of the 30 club sites which will stream NHL Center Ice Online.
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