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For all their promises, however, these tech-enabled gambits have also raised some 21st-century problems. Greater access to fans is indeed great, but how can a league guard against high-tech cannibalization of its core business? If fans can watch highlights, entire games and even customized telecasts online, how can owners make sure enough fans are still forking over cash for the wooden seats? What effect will Web-enabled access have on a team’s media partners? Are there tech opportunities now in play for sponsors, too? And as tech advances and allows fans to choose where, when and how they’ll view their favorite teams and events, how much control are the teams and leagues themselves willing to relinquish?
read on… not NHL specific, but a good read on where this is headed…
On St. Patty’s day, 1955, this took place…
On March 17, 1955, thousands of crazed hockey fans in the Montreal Forum went on a seven-hour rampage of destruction and looting that ended in many injuries and the arrest of 100 fans. In later years, the free-for-all euphemistically became known as “The Richard Riot.” The other team on the ice happened to be the Detroit Red Wings.
I posted this a year ago today and thought some old school KK readers may enjoy it again.
Note: the video link doesn’t appear to be working…
We know tossing a bra onto the ice has become the “in” thing to do after Jeff Cowan scores a goal, but I must ask- Why are men tossing bras onto the ice? I just don’t get it.
And make sure not to toss the bra onto the ice unless your team is winning- Don’t be like the Nashvill fans who toss catfish onto the ice when they are down 3-1.
from the Edmonton Sun,
But as playoff and divisional races become so tight that one point will likely mean the difference between making and missing, or clinching home ice and opening on the road, a lot of teams in the tourniquet are only now beginning to appreciate the value of those shootout spoils.
“I don’t know if our team really realizes how many points we have lost,” said Teemu Selanne, whose Anaheim Ducks have seven shootout losses this season, most in the Western Conference and second most in the NHL.
“We don’t really practise it. Maybe three, four times in the whole season, and I don’t think that’s enough.”
from the Ottawa Sun,
Still 27 months from his NHL draft day, John Tavares already had the hockey world abuzz.
The volume was just cranked up a little louder last night at the Civic Centre.
The Oshawa Generals star broke Wayne Gretzky’s record for most goals by a 16-year-old when he notched his second of the night and 71st of the season at 14:05 of the second period in an eventual 7-4 loss to the 67’s.
“I’m only 16 and to accomplish something like this, I’m pretty proud of myself,” said Tavares. “It’s pretty exciting, it was nice to get it.”
from the Associated Press:
“We seem to spend so much time worrying about hooking and holding. We lose focus,’’ said Gretzky, the Phoenix Coyotes coach. “In my mind, I see much more charging. Hitting from behind is a little bit more blatant than it used to be. Late hits are getting blown up, obviously.
“I don’t think it’s a question (whether) anybody wants it or likes it. In some ways, we seem to be forgetting about it.’‘
from Robert Tchykowski of the Edmonton Sun:
There have always been a number of NHL players - larger than many would suspect - who’d really like to wear a visor, but don’t, because they’re afraid of the peer pressure.
The age-old dilemma - eyes or pride - is something they no longer deal with in the AHL, where the first year of mandatory visors is being greeted with mixed reviews.
“Some of the older guys who haven’t worn one for years were a little bitter about it,” said Kyle Brodziak, who spent most of this season in Wilkes-Barre.
“But a lot of guys were also relieved because the decision was taken out of their hands. Everyone has to wear (one).”
from the CP via Metro News,
“Every year at the start the experts make predictions, but I don’t think people in the game can even make those predictions,” Babcock said Friday from Vancouver. “They said the same thing about us last year at the start.”
And the Red Wings won the Presidents’ Trophy.
Even without the retired Steve Yzerman and the departed Brendan Shanahan, Detroit is doing it again. The Wings are the class of the NHL with 99 points in 71 games and are in position to finish first overall for the third straight time.
That says something to Babcock.
the AP has a Q & A with Ed Snider, via the Akron Beacon Journal, AP:
What has kept the Flyers from winning another Stanley Cup?
Snider: “So many things have happened to us that have kept us from winning Cups it drives me crazy. In 1980, it was taken away from us, not only because of an offsides call, but also because (Denis) Potvin put a puck in the net with a high stick. We win that sixth game on the island, we come back to Philadelphia, we definitely win the seventh game and the Cup….
continued... also includes some 76ers talk…
via the Tennessean,
Predators center Peter Forsberg says he’s healthy and ready to return to the lineup for Saturday’s game against Dallas.
“I’m ready to go – finally,” Forsberg said. “It’s been frustrating sitting on the bench this long, but now it’s all healed up and that’s all I care about.”
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