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Suspension Time In Juniors

from the Calgary Herald via the Vancouver Sun,

Two junior hockey teams and their coaches have been suspended indefinitely after a violent brawl at a Calgary arena that saw a linesman knocked unconscious from a kick to the head. The fight mars the image of the sport, said the president of Hockey Canada as Calgary police and the association which oversees the league investigate.

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NHL Broadcasting Questions

John Shannon, Senior Vice President for Broadcasting at the NHL will be answering your questions. Many NHL fans worldwide have sent me emails regarding broadcasting issues with the NHL. Here is your chance to get them answered. Mr. Shannon (press release & bio), has agreed to participate in this venture an it is very much appreciated. Leave a comment with your question, which will then be forwarded to John Shannon who will answer as many questions as possible in the near future. KK members can also particate in this post or over at the KK Forum. Please make sure your question is broadcast related. Thanks and please pass this around to other hockey sites. This post will remain "sticky" for the next few days.

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Shades Of Mario

Malkin's goal last night against the Devils.

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I was over at Waiting For Stanley, reading why Zanstom loves the season, when I discovered this cool bumper hockey game. image

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Buffalo- Ten Years Ago

Kevin at BfloBlog takes a look back at the Ted Nolan lead Sabres team from 10 years ago.

There were some really fun players on that 1996-97 team, and Buffalo was in love with their grit and toughness. Remember the sections of fans that wore red hardhats to the games and generally went beserk whenever a check was thrown or the inevitable fight broke out with Boughner, Ray, May, Barnaby (although he was usually busy turtling), Peca, and Darryl Shannon? The only bad part was that 1996-97 was the year Pat LaFontaine played his final game as a Sabre. And of course the lasting memory we have was Derek Plante ripping one off Tugger’s glove in overtime of game seven, the team rushing the ice, and an exhuberant Ted Nolan jumping up and down behind the bench.
read on... what players are still around...

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Testing, Testing

from the Tennessean,

When the Predators took the ice on Tuesday morning, they were not in their usual gear. Instead, the team was donned in a slicker, tighter, more streamlined version of their practice garb, which was produced by Reebok and was being tested by the NHL as it prepares to introduce new uniforms for the 2007 season. Nashville was the first team to wear the latest version of the jerseys, and Colorado will be next. The new style will also be worn by players at the NHL All-Star game in Dallas Jan. 24.

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Lupul Faces Old Team

from Robin Brownlee of the Edmonton Sun,

What's more, Lupul would like nothing more than to light up J.S. Giguere like a cheap cigar tonight and help the Oilers deliver the Ducks their first loss of this season. He'd like to make a statement to everybody watching, Brian Burke included. "I don't think it will be weird. It'll be exciting," Lupul says. "It's a game I've had circled on my calendar since the day the schedule came out. I've been thinking about it a lot. ''There's nothing I'd like to do more than go in there and score a couple of goals and beat them."

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Growing The Sport

from the News & Observer,

Competing for attention in a crowded U.S. sports and entertainment market, hockey players have extra incentive to get involved in the NHL's efforts to expand its popularity. Under the labor agreement, players are entitled to 54 percent of league-wide revenue. "I think these guys recognize that growing this sport is one of the key issues," said Ken Kim, the NHL Players' Association's senior director of business. With the input of player business reps, the league has launched a series of humorous promotional spots featuring Crosby, Philadelphia Flyers forward Peter Forsberg and other players reminding people that the hockey season has started. "For us, that's really groundbreaking," Kim said. "We've never had this much of a say in the marketing of the game."
more...including Eric Staal in GQ...

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Carter Stresses Fan Diversity

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Anson Carter’s aspirations in hockey go beyond winning the Stanley Cup. "My goal, among my many business ventures, is to become an owner of a hockey team," the Blue Jackets right winger said. Voicing such a dream represents progress in hockey’s integration, but the sport is still far less diversified than other major sports. "I want to see hockey up there with the NBA, Major League Baseball and the NFL," said Carter, one of 15 black players in the NHL. "Those are the model sports leagues. In order to reach that level, we have to have a diverse fan base — more diverse than we have now.

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Great Intentions

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But even as Renney was talking about the good intentions, even as he was expressing confidence in the composition of his team and in the additions that were made in the offseason, the coach noted that the club's stutter-step of a start might, in part, be due to the absence of, "people who are not here. "We miss the galvanizing presence who brings people together," he said. "Expectations were so low [last year] that we had different people help circle the wagons. We're searching internally for that." If the Blueshirts are searching for a galvanizing force, perhaps they'll even find it before Jaromir Jagr gets carted off the ice for good.
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