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from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
I’ve been to Nashville many times over the years and always enjoy my time in the city. Now, this isn’t a travelogue piece, but my schedule brought me there over the weekend and I decided to spend my time as a diehard hockey fan. I took in two Predators games, multiple youth hockey games, and even went to the team’s Friday optional skate at their local practice rink.
NEW YORK (March 12, 2007)—The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that NHL Center Ice, the League’s out-of-market subscription package, will now be available to fans in the U.S. and Canada on NHL.com. NHL Center Ice Online provides fans the opportunity to watch up to 40 games per week through a broadband connection on their personal computer or laptop.
NHL Center Ice Online features comprehensive game coverage through the regular-season finale on April 8, plus select games from the Stanley Cup Quarterfinal and Semifinal Rounds (all games subject to local blackout). Current NHL Center Ice television subscribers can purchase NHL Center Ice Online for half price with proof of television package purchase.
from USA TODAY,
Teemu Selanne’s second tour with the Anaheim Ducks has revitalized the Finnish Flash’s career. He just passed last season’s 40-goal mark and is on pace to have his best scoring season since 1998-99.
Many projected before the season that the Pacific Division would be one of the toughest in the league. Talk about how difficult it has been night in and night out.
Selanne: It’s hard. That’s what makes things interesting. You don’t know what’s going to happen on any given night. There are so many good teams and that’s making it exciting. You have to make sure you show up. It’s a must-win (situation) for everybody.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
More recently the NHL has been promoting the new movie “300,” a retelling of the ancient battle of Thermopylae. King Leonidas and a band of 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and a massive Persian army, inspiring Greece to unite against Persia and fight for democracy.
Rated R for “graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity,” it was described as “a videogame come to life” by The Times’ Kenneth Turan, one of many reviewers who panned its relentless violence. It’s a mixture of live action and virtual backgrounds, replete with blood and impalings.
Just like an NHL game! What great synergy!
read on (reg. req.)
Last week in Paul’s NHL.com post, he called out to readers to let us know your favorite hockey sites, blogs and media people. The result was fantastic and we received hundreds of suggested sites, many of which we’d never seen before.
Going through most of them carefully, and also keeping in mind the the many great sites and writers we already knew, we’ve built a mega-page of hockey resources to find almost anything you can think of. It’s a work in progress but a great start, and we hope you’ll continue to send in suggestions to make it even better.
The page is divided into 6 sections at this time, and categorized as best I could manage. The sections are: Hockey Media, Hockey Blogs, Hockey Podcasts, Hockey Leagues, NHL Team Sites and More Hockey.
Note: Links that were on the left sidebar of KK Hockey have all been moved to the new page. If your favorite site seems to have gone missing, let us know. It was a ton of information to categorize and organize, and I have no doubt I accidentally lost a few sites in the process.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via the Vancouver Sun,
One of the most popular Boston Bruins of all time will set off a Logan Airport metal detector on his way here later this month. But that’s something the indestructible Terry O’Reilly has been doing for two years, since he had his battered hips replaced with titanium joints that have dramatically improved his life - if not his skating.
“I hope all the Canadiens keep their heads up,” O’Reilly said with mock menace of the March 30 Bell Centre game between Montreal and Boston alumni.
And then he laughed.
via the Detroit Free Press,
Does Chelios feel vindicated?
“I’m not looking for vindication,” Chelios said. “Like I said all along, I want what’s best for the game and the players in this union.
“When this investigation comes out and every player is aware of what happened, if anything, it’s going to pull everyone together. That’s a guarantee.”
I recall when Chelios first brought this to the forefront, 90% of the MSM, bloggers, etc., were against him and thought he was just blowing smoke.
In the “Forget What I Wrote Earlier” media world, I wonder how they will spin this?
via Sports Business Daily (paid sub.),
The NHL today will begin hosting a four-day Partner Executive Summit in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, where NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will discuss the state of the league and his vision for the future.
Former NHLer Mark Messier will hold a session on leadership and Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban will address media and technology.
Also, league partners Kraft Canada, Reebok and Verizon will hold sessions on their relationships with the league, global design consultancy IDEO will conduct a workshop on partners further leveraging hockey, and a panel will discuss hockey, Hollywood and untapped potential for corporate marketers.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
With the season ticking down, here is Rinkside’s handicapping of the races for the NHL’s five major awards.
Sure, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin is the favourite. But the real story is the influx of talent on a league-wide scale.
Colorado’s Paul Stastny yesterday set a rookie record by recording a point in his 18th consecutive game, while fellow freshmen Anze Kopitar (Kings), Jordan Staal (Penguins), Kevin Bieksa (Canucks), Wojtek Wolski (Avalanche), Dustin Penner (Ducks) and Johan Holmqvist (Lightning) also serve as bright lights for the future of the game.
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
That said, the final two spots in the east are still up for grabs, and it looks like its going to be a humdinger of a fight for those berths given that no fewer than seven teams are still in contention.
That’s called a bottleneck. Five teams are going to be pretty sour come the evening of April 8th.
Might even cost a few people their jobs.
So here’s how this “race” shapes up, with it seeming very likely it could all come down to the final weekend of the season April 7-8:
read on for the breakdown of teams in the East involved in the playoff race…
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