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Camp Visits

Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated tours to NHL camps,

It's not just the chance to drive to the game with the top down that Roberto Luongo will miss this season. He also had to leave his classic Pink Panther mask behind when he was dealt from Florida to Vancouver. His new design, which features a submerging orca on the front, and a growling bear and destroyed old-school mask on the crown, is a real piece of work.
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3 “A’s” For Pens

via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins have decided not to name a captain for the 2006-07 season coach Michel Therrien announced Monday. The team will continue to use three alternates, as it did after Mario Lemieux retired last January. “We won’t have one captain, and the biggest reason why is respect for Mario Lemieux and what he did for this franchise,” Therrien said. “We’re going to keep doing what we did when he retired last year.” Therrien did not say who the three alternates would be.

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Canes Blogger Can’t Hold Back

from Matt Casulli at NHL.com,

After enduring a lockout that cancelled an entire season of hockey, I assumed it would be rather easy to get by any future off-season. Well, I was wrong. This summer, I quickly found myself chomping at the bit waiting for hockey to arrive. I had planned on going to the Hurricanes' first day of training camp, on Friday, but my physics professor felt the need to give an exam. Instead of skipping a test, I waited to go to the second day. Getting up was tough, but after I put on my lucky Cory Stillman shirt I could hardly contain my excitement. Well, as excited as a college student can be at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday.
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Inline League In Vegas

from the Las Vegas Business Press,

Growing up in Montreal, hockey was in Dan Corsatea's blood. Today, the sport is still a huge part of Corsatea's life, but living in Las Vegas has its limitations when it comes to ice hockey. Here, it's played on inline skates, in a building at the Commercial Center that he describes as "a big square box with no heat in it," far from the fabled Montreal Forum. The 42-year-old Summerlin resident, who used to be in the copier business, has put together a league that has approximately 500 players, ranging in age from 5 to 72. They fill 64 adult teams, six youth squads and 10 high school teams.
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New Deal For Hitchcock

via the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers and coach Ken Hitchcock have agreed to a new three-year contract. The deal, expected to be announced later today, rewrites the final year of his current contract and adds a two-year extention that will pay the coach in excess of $3 million.

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HNIPR

from the Edmonton Journal,

Hockey Night in Puerto Rico. Will this be the Slush Bowl or the Coolest Idea on Ice when the New York Rangers and the Florida Panthers hook up in San Juan for an exhibition game on Saturday? It could be scorching hot outside, but the game might just be a hit. "It's a beautiful building, with about 40 luxury boxes from what I saw when I was there in July for an inspection, and they've got good ice in there now and they have two brand-new Zambonis," said the NHL's Icemaker to the Stars Dan Craig.
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New NHL.com Website Coming

from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

The NHL will debut a dramatically redesigned league Web site on its season-opening day next month, spotlighting the centerpiece effort in a systemic overhaul of its digital media assets. The new NHL.com will feature a deep offering of video content, a sharply heightened emphasis on fantasy gaming and social networking, and a constant showcasing of individual players. “This is an entirely new Web site lying on an entirely new content management system,” said Keith Ritter, president of NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises. The prototype for the new-look NHL.com features a much more striking visual presence compared with the current site’s relatively staid, text-based look. Not unlike many leading sports sites, a box for video content such as game highlights is near the upper right corner of the page. No video will launch without user activation, though, with the league seeking to avoid the type of complaints levied on ESPN.com, MLB.com and others who employ non-user-initiated video.

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The Hype Begins

from Multichannel News,

OLN doesn’t officially become Versus until next Monday, but the Comcast Corp.-owned sports service will begin pushing its new moniker in earnest this week with a multimedia campaign that over the next year will exceed $10 million in value. Bergofin said the “relative value” of the campaign will be in the “eight figures.” He said that this week the campaign’s emphasis is on getting the word out about the name change, and looking to “build buzz and interest for our primetime lineup.” During the campaign’s second week, there will be more of an NHL focus, ahead of Versus’s second season covering the ice sport, which faces off Oct. 4 with a doubleheader. Bergofin said the plan includes USA Today, as well as to local newspapers in NHL markets. Also on the print side: ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, FHM, Men’s Health and Maxim. The name change will also be trumpeted on various sports sites, including ESPN.com, SportingNews.com, foxsports.com, sportsillustrated.com and cbssportsline.com.
more...and how about this idea, why not advertise on some hockey websites and blogs?...

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Inline Big In The Triangle

from the News & Observer,

Just about all the inline hockey players in Morrisville this weekend could tell you about the puzzled looks they get when describing their sport. "When you explain it to people they usually say, 'Um, OK,' " said Emily Smith, 14, a defensewoman who plays for the Central Carolina Hockey Wildcats. "Then they see it, and they say how cool it is." Inline hockey looks just like ice hockey, only it's played at roller skating rinks by people gliding around on high-tech wheels instead of blades. The Triangle boasts one of the larger inline hockey junior programs in the country, with about 30 top-flight teams.
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Bad Logos

James Mirtle is thinking bad logos...

In light of the official unveiling of the Buffaslug to the world, I’d like to offer a service to reassure Sabres fans that, no, it’s not that bad. And, yes, it could be worse. Oh so much worse. Here’s a look at some of the worst hockey logos of all time. (And please don’t hold me responsible for any resulting queasiness you experience while viewing this Gallery of the Damned.)
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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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