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from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
Judging by the amount of e-mails I received today, it seems many Blackhawks fans are upset with the team’s apparent decision to phase out long-time organist Frank Pelico.
Pelico has long been a fixture in front of the big pipe organ pounding away at the keys and leading Hawks fans in “Let’s Go Hawks!” chants.
The Hawks were off today so I didn’t get a chance to ask anyone in the organization what the deal is, but it appears from reports that Pelico has been replaced with recorded “popular” music.
continued & a suggestion for the Blackhawks, you should survey Wings fans about popular recorded music!
from On Frozen Blog,
Something very cool is happening at the Honda Center in Aneheim. The FSN West feed on NHL Center Ice is showing the LA Kings / Anaheim Ducks game. That’s normal. What isn’t is that there are no FSN Westannouncers. Just the sounds of the game and the crowd. Oh, and all the camera angles are from ice level with what they call “Rinkside View.”
I happened to catch the first period and really enjoyed the look. First off, game in HD, lots of shots from behind the net and in the corners. Crowd noise was picked-up very well and you had the feeling you were at the game.
I would like to see more teams try this and see what the reaction would be from fans…
Update 12:45pm ET: More on the Freeway Face-Off and the broadcast in this post and its comments
added 12:52pm, John Shannon was just on Hockey Central and said he thought it was fascinating. Produced by Fox Sports and John mentioned you could have received the regular broadcast of the game on another Fox Sports West channel.
John said it worked well, good production people and the low angle view was great, especially in HD.
John said it would work great in Canada too, but you need a station with multiple channels to broadcast on.
from the Dallas Morning News,
The Dallas Stars will announce today that Jeff Cogen has been named the new president of the team, according to outgoing president Jim Lites.
Lites is stepping down as president of the Stars, a decision he said was mutual with owner Tom Hicks. Lites will take an expanded role in the Hicks Sports Group.
Note: more on changes with the Stars earlier, here
Saves, Goals, etc… the best of the past week, all on video…
from the IceMan Bloggeth,
Marion Hossa’s 11 short handed goals in the last three seasons leads the NHL. So, when he is slumping, take a penalty, right?
The Thrashers actually out-shot an opponent for the very first time this season 33-21 Tuesday night. It was the 18th game of the year. And there was much rejoicing in Blueland.
from Empty Netters,
It seems like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are the only ones scoring points for the Penguins these days. That’s partially true. Through Monday’s games, Crosby and Malkin are the only players on the same team to each contribute at least 17 percent of their team’s offense. In other words, they probably could use some help from some other players:
read on for a chart of players who contribute the most to their team’s total offense…
from MediaNews via Inside Bay Area,
Apparently something is left in Ozolinsh’s tank. He has a goal and an assist in six games, and already is averaging 21:30 of ice time per game. Ozolinsh has become a take-charge presence, giving the Sharks a legitimate blue-line scoring threat.
“If I was coming back, I was going to try to play the way I know I could, or not come back at all,” Ozolinsh said. “I don’t really want to remember the recent past, but I didn’t want to be out there again, squeezing the stick so hard that I could see my fingerprints in it, or sitting back and worried to death about making a mistake. If I wanted to play hockey, I had to do it the way I played before.”
from the Star-Telegram,
Same coach? Same goaltender? Same guy who hired Armstrong?
Add to that the announcement that Brett Hull was being transferred from the golf course to the interim co-general manager’s office, and it was an odd day at Stars Inc.
Would somebody please explain it to me? I’m wondering what, exactly, does an “interim co-general manager” do? Make trades? Harvest the locker room gossip? Draft the next Sidney Crosby?
Why, after three straight quick playoff exits and after this season’s disappointing start, fire the general manager and not head coach Dave Tippett?
Update 12:16pm ET: Scott Burnside of ESPN weighs-in on the Brett Hull selection.
from the Philadelphia Daily News,
Gagne is at fault for rushing back to the ice. The Flyers are for allowing him to do so, especially since there is growing sentiment within the medical community over whether the NAN guidelines are too lax. Two international conferences in this decade, organized by the International Hockey Federation and the International Olympic Committee, concluded that any multitiered grading system is flawed because it seeks to assess severity before all symptoms surface.
“First of all, it doesn’t matter how many,” Lindros said. “It’s the severity.”
Team goals aside, Martin Biron entered this season with a personal objective: prove to himself and the world that he’s a legitimate No. 1 goaltender in the NHL.
The days of backing up Dominik Hasek and Ryan Miller in Buffalo are over. At 30, Biron is making a name for himself with the rejuvenated Flyers.
He admits there’s one thing that would hasten his validation as a high-level netminder — getting voted onto the Eastern Conference roster for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta.
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