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Smart Move NHL Hooking Up With YouTube

from Ray Slover of the Sporting News,

Exposure is hockey's most dire need. Great stories involving the NHL are less available than insight on the Iditarod or Galapagos tortoise races. The NHL needs to get its stories, its action, its people into the mind of its target audience. And that audience is you, or folks like you, who eschew slick, vanilla TV for video on the web. More people are getting news and information from the web every day, and more than once in recent weeks have I heard how smart folks are getting their message across via computers. No longer will fans have to wait for video to appear on TV. It'll be right there are their fingertips. I'm impressed. For a sports organization that too often goes into lockdown mode, this is a great move for the NHL. Let's see just how open it will be in distributing clips from all 30 teams and whether its video images will be honey or have enough vinegar to give a true taste of the game.
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Fix The Picture

from Adam Proteau at the Globe and Mail,

However, there’s no denying some NHL telecasts still appear to be lit via candlelight, with interview sets on loan from the local community cable channel. It’s also quite clear the energy levels of a few play-by-play men rival that of Ben Stein (a.k.a. the near-comatose teacher from Ferris Bueller's Day Off). A remedy for the problem is, of course, an infusion of money from the owners (insert cynical belly-laughs here) to spend on broadcasts. The old adage “you’ve got to spend money to make money” obviously applies, but NHL owners have preferred cost certainty to image improvement since the league was founded.

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The NHL Store

NEW YORK / CANTON, Mass. (November 16, 2006) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and Reebok today announced plans to open a flagship retail store in New York City, N.Y. in fall, 2007. The 6,700-square-foot retail store will be located at 1185 Avenue of the Americas, at the corner of 47th Street, in midtown Manhattan. “We have wanted to open an NHL store for a long time and now the timing is right,” said Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President, NHL Consumer Products Marketing and Retail Operations. “The store’s location, size and product offering, as well as our partnership with Reebok, all will serve to enhance the NHL brand, promote our players and offer hockey fans a unique multi-sensory shopping experience.” “The NHL has some of the most dedicated and passionate fans in all of sports,” said Matt O’Toole, President and Chief Executive Officer, Reebok Canada. “This venture will allow our brand to reach those consumers in new and exciting ways and will also serve to reinforce Reebok’s relationship with the NHL.” The NHL and RBK store will carry a wide selection of NHL-licensed and Reebok branded apparel, outerwear, footwear and equipment.

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Sens’ Owner Gets Serious

from the Globe and Mail:

Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators, will hold a media conference call Thursday at 4:30 p.m. EST. Rumours have been circulating in recent days about a potential shakeup in the organization on the heels of the club's slow start. The Senators are coming off a 4-2 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. The win was just the second in nine games for Ottawa, which also snapped a two-game losing string.
Update 4:34 PM: listen along on Ottawa's Team 1200...Chris Stevenson will update his blog after the call as well...

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How About A Good Old-Fashioned Donybrook

from Douglas Karda at Fox Sports,

In recent years, there has been a move toward a "kind" and "family friendly" game on the ice. While I am a fan of many of those changes, fighting has become as endangered an existence as an intelligent TV comedy — thank goodness we still have Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Thanks, guys. Now, the first question we need to ask if a good donnybrook has a place in the NHL game.
more also from Douglas,
So here I am to tip my cap to 10 of the greatest fighters I have ever seen in person, spanning the last 30 years. 10. Nick Fotiu: Perhaps the best fighter to ever wear a Rangers jersey, Fotiu added a much-needed physical presence in New York. There was a time when teams like the Flyers and Bruins would push around the "Blueshirts" and Fotiu quickly let people know that they weren't going to get away with it any longer.
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All Rolston

from David Amber at ESPN,

In this week's Facing Off, the Wild captain tells us what it was like to be traded for Ray Bourque, why Minneapolis is a better hockey town than Boston and who he thinks is the game's next Mario Lemieux. Question from David Amber: You keep getting tagged as the "NHL's most underrated player." What does that mean to you? Answer from Brian Rolston: Not much I guess [laughs]. That's great being underrated, but I think that comes from the media. Over my career, I have seen a lot of players who aren't that good built up by the media, I haven't had that kind of buildup, but I would like to think the people in the organization and my teammates appreciate what I do.
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Rail Cam Debut

STAMFORD, CT (November 16, 2006)—VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, today announced that the network will debut a high-definition rail camera (Rail Cam) on Monday, November 20, when the Colorado Avalanche take on the Dallas Stars at 8 p.m. ET at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, host of the 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration. The Rail Cam, which was developed and supplied by the technology firm of Fletcher Chicago, runs on a small rail system situated just above the glass on one side of the arena. The camera shot will be used extensively during live-action play, as well as in replay sequences. VERSUS is using the Monday, November 20, game as a trial run for the Rail Cam and, if the new technology proves successful, VERSUS will use the Rail Cam during the NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, January 24, in Dallas. “The Rail Cam gives viewers a unique perspective, bringing them significantly closer to the action," said Marty Ehrlich, Vice President of Production and Executive Producer for VERSUS. “The camera gives viewers an appreciation for the speed and strategy of the game with the way it tracks the action on the ice. We’re excited to introduce this new technology and we could not have done it without the help of the NHL, the Dallas Stars and the dedicated operations staff at the American Airlines Center.” Although there have been some experiments with Rail Cam in other hockey telecasts—previously during the nationally televised Frozen Four, a college level hockey tournament—this is the first time that the camera is being used extensively in a nationally televised NHL game in the U.S. It is also the first time that the Rail Cam has been used in native high-definition. Recent improvements to the Rail Cam provide better and smoother-moving shots than ever before.

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Serge Savard Goes To The Rafters

from the CP via TSN,

"The Senator" takes centre ice Saturday night when his No. 18 takes its rightful place among hockey legends. Serge Savard will be the 11th player to have his number retired by the Montreal Canadiens, an honour that comes 20 years after his induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame. "It's going to be with pride that I accept that honour," Savard said Thursday. "I'm very humbled about it. It's not something that you win, it's something that they give you. I'm just really thrilled about it."

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Finding A Way To Play The Game

via the Guelph Mercury News,

Desert heat, pouring rain and even a rocket attack haven't deterred Canadian troops based in Kandahar from indulging in the ultimate Canadian pastime: hockey. The last thing you'd expect to see at Kandahar Airbase, where even winter temperatures can climb to 30 C, is a hockey rink. But that's exactly what you find in the boardwalk area, which serves as the economic and social hub for the base.

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Sharks Goaltender Situation

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

There have been the inevitable upsets this season, but this is one of the biggest: The San Jose Sharks haven't yet traded Evgeni Nabokov or Vesa Toskala. The Kazakhstani and the Finn are sharing the workload in the net, co-existing and trying to avoid either fanning the flames of controversy or overreacting to rumors. "It's out of my control right now, and I'd prefer not to talk about it," Nabokov said Wednesday night in Denver after he had 40 saves in a 4-3 victory over the Avalanche. "Whatever's going on is going on. I just try to go out and do my best and not think about other stuff."

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