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from Allan Muir of Sorts Illustrated,
Fans may be focused on the big games in Edmonton this weekend, but there's plenty of activity going on in the world of hockey outside of the Stanley Cup Finals. As a public service, here are some stories you may have missed. News: In a state of the union press conference in Raleigh last Monday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman complimented the effectiveness of the rule that prevents line changes for a team that ices the puck. He then went one further, saying, "I'd like to also see it be considered when the goaltender freezes the puck." The Level-Headed Observer Says: At first blush, it sounds ridiculous, just another ill-informed musing from "that basketball guy." But give it a little time and Bettman's idea will grow on you.more
For her efforts in directing the communications efforts throughout the National Hockey League's (NHL) labor dispute and rebounding from the fallout of the cancellation of the 2004-05 hockey season, Bernadette Mansur has been recognized as the "Public Relations Professional of the Year" by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Mansur, senior vice president of communications, NHL, received the award during the annual PRSA Silver Anvil Awards Evening held last night at the Equitable Tower in New York City.continued To hear a recent interview with Bernadette Mansur follow this link and scroll down to April 28th. To save some time, the interview starts at about the 3:30 mark of the audio.
from the Christian Science Monitor via CBS News,
Most important, the appearance of two scrappy outsiders in the Stanley Cup final means hockey has given fans what they cherish most: hope. "Fans want to know that, every once in a while, David is going to get a shot and it's not always Goliath in the ring," says Bill Sutton, a sports marketing professor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. With nail-biters dominating the playoffs, some fans are getting that old-time feeling from the new NHL. It doesn't hurt that the matchup is the first between two former World Hockey Association clubs: the Oilers and the former New England Whalers. The 'Canes have even played the Whalers' old fight song, "Brass Bonanza," to get the nostalgia flowing in a league that, a year after it looked defunct, is notching fan noise at 126 decibels.more
from ESPN Page 2,
So what is it about hockey, and about Canadians, that makes an entire country rally around a team like the Edmonton Oilers? One of sports' greatest dynasties in the days of Gretzky and Messier, today's Oilers aren't nearly as glamorous. Geographically, living and dying with a team from Edmonton would be like Americans going nuts for the Missoula Missoulians. "Being a Canadian, I am obliged to root for the Oilers in the Stanley Cup," explains Adam Cooper, a small-business owner from Toronto and a Maple Leafs fan. "Sure, all NHL teams are composed of a mix of international players, and Edmonton doesn't have more Canadians on their team than the average NHL team. But cheering for the Canadian team is just how it has to be. Hockey is Canada's game.more
According to RIA Novosti Russian hockey clubs agreed with the position of the president of the Russian Hockey Federation Vladislav Tretiak regarding the IIHF-NHL transfer agreement. This agreement was achieved today at the meeting held by the Federation for the management of the Superleague clubs. The formal documents will be signed on June 16th.added 12:10pm, The only mention I have found at the RIA is this:
Vladislav Tretyak, Russia's top hockey official, said Friday a tax needed to be imposed on foreign players in Russian hockey clubs to improve the level of national hockey. The three-time Olympic Champion, who was elected in April the head of the Russian Hockey Federation, said many foreign players turned out for Russian clubs but could not play for Russia as they already played for own national teams. "I would like to say that we are only considering new regulations [for 2006-2007 Russian championship], discussing our proposals and plans, arguing the urgent need to train Russian goaltenders and players," Tretyak said. Tretyak is holding a session Friday with heads of Russian hockey clubs.update 12:35pm, via Reuters Canada,
Russia's ice hockey chiefs approved on Friday a transfer agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL), ending a long confrontation with their North American counterparts. Russian Hockey Federation Vladislav Tretyak said his country would soon sign a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the NHL. "With this agreement we can say we're back as full members of the international hockey community. Common sense has finally prevailed," the former goaltender told a news conference. Russia had been the only major hockey power not to sign the deal, which was approved by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) last year, calling it unfair.
The column by Al is really about the Oiler fans, but first a shot at Carolina... from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
The way things are going, Peter Karmanos, owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, is going to have to place a call to his hard-line buddy, Lou Lamoriello, in New Jersey. "Hey Lou! Could you give me a few tips on how to stage a Stanley Cup parade in a parking lot?" Like the Devils, the Hurricanes are a team without a town.more
via the NY Post (reg. req.),
It's tough to imagine that OLN could treat an exhibition game with greater disregard for viewers and a sport than it did the Stanley Cup finals, which now move to NBC. Game 2 found live play often, suddenly and indiscriminately covered by a series of large, flash-in graphics promoting shows such as, "The IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout." As the first goal was scored, OLN had diverted attention and squeezed the view with a bottom-of-the-screen graphic noting that OLN will cover the NHL draft. How about covering the Stanley Cup finals? OLN can't wait for a whistle?
from the Richmond Times-Dispatch,
With the Stanley Cup finals under way, it's probably time to announce the retirement of ice hockey as a major sport in the United States. There's a difference, of course, between retirement and disappear ance. Hockey's in no danger of extinction and remains a national obsession in Canada. In certain hockey-oriented areas - New England, Minnesota, Chicago and Detroit come to mind - the game still attracts participants and spectators in a very major way. It's not the game that's dead, it's the old idea that the "big four" major professional sports leagues are the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL.continued
from the News & Observer,
The Carolina Hurricanes did what other NHL teams usually do for the playoffs: They raised ticket prices. Was it worth it? Three groups of fans who attended Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals at the RBC Center on Wednesday weigh in: Tickets: $375 for two seats in section 304, purchased on eBay. The experience: "There were these overexcited fans sitting behind us that were commenting on everything that happened," said Meyer, 24. The best part? Watching Cory Stillman score with 2.4 seconds left in the second period to put Carolina up 3-0. "I'd say it was still worth it to go to a Stanley Cup game," Meyer said. Rating: Short of epic, but it was worth the money.more
from the Scranton Times-Herald,
Just a few short days ago, I was like a million sports fans who would rather get invited to a Duke lacrosse party than watch an NHL game. That was until three friends who aren’t hockey fans told me Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals was one of the best games they had ever seen. Not best hockey games. Best games, period.read on
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