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Quite A Lineup For HDNet

HDNet announced today that Dan Kelly, Grant Fuhr, and Larry Murphy will comprise the broadcast team for The NHL on HDNet. Kelly will call the play-by-play action while NHL legends, Fuhr and Murphy, will share color commentating duties for this season. HDNet drops the puck on a 52 game NHL schedule on October 5th with Wayne Gretzky’s debut behind the bench as his Phoenix Coyotes take on the Vancouver Canucks. The NHL on HDNet will feature two exciting NHL games per week on Thursday and Saturday nights.

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1st Suspension Of The Year

via TSN,

The National Hockey League has suspended New York Rangers defenceman Dale Purinton ten games for gouging the eye of Boston Bruins forward Colton Orr on Saturday. Purinton had a disciplinary hearing Tuesday with NHL executive vice president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell. Bruins GM Mike O'Connell believes Orr will be able to play against the Montreal Canadiens in the season-opener on Wednesday.

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Let The Streaming Begin

from Yahoo,

Comcast, the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, joins the NHL and OLN to make hockey history as the first Internet provider to stream live NHL games over the Internet. Comcast's more than 7.7 million High-Speed Internet customers will be the first and only broadband users to experience hockey action live on their PCs, during the 2005-2006 season. This exclusive agreement gives Comcast High-Speed Internet customers access to up to two live games daily, for a total of up to 300 throughout the season, up through the Stanley Cup playoffs. Beginning October 5, users can view the live NHL games in the Sports channel on Comcast.net. Comcast.net will begin adding new NHL content to its Sports Channel next month: -- Access to archive of streamed games (for 48 hours after original broadcast) -- Hockey Live Video Player - player used to watch live and archived games -- Hockey Fan(TM) video player - video clips of game highlights, previews, reviews, and interviews that are easy to watch, search for, and organize -- Links to OLN television schedule and expert commentary -- Links to NHL full-season schedule and merchandise -- NHL Scoreboard Content will be updated throughout the season, with future enhancements planned. These include: scoreboards, standings, league leaders, a fantasy hockey league, and additional community features.

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Chat with ‘Doc’

Sound Out about the 2005 NHL Season Chat with Mike "Doc" Emrick, OLN's veteran NHL play by play announcer for the 2005 season on Tuesday, October 4th -9pm ET/ 6pm PT

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Slight Adjustment To The Rules

via Sportsnet,

The parade to the penalty box will continue in the regular season as NHL players and coaches grow accustomed to rule changes and the league's zero tolerance towards officiating. Sources tell Sportsnet the NHL's competition committee had a conference call on Monday night and all agreed the new system of rules is working. The group discussed problem areas like in front of the net and in the corners and intend to allow physical play in the locations - body on body, pushing and fending - however stick work and cross-checks will continue to be called instantly. The committee is also pleased with the results they're seeing with the elimination of the red line and firmly believe the end product will be more entertaining.

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NHL Has The Media Attention

from the Journal Inquirer (Manchester, CT),

The first NHL opening night in two years just happens to be fighting for publicity with the major league baseball playoffs, and that's always going to be a losing battle for the puck brigade. So when the NHL season begins Wednesday, will the fans come back in droves? That's an easy one. Sure they will. In the most recent Sports Illustrated issue, there's an NHL preview section that asks the following question: After a year off and a frenzy of player movement, can a faster, more explosive NHL win back fans? First of all, the NHL doesn't have to win back the fans. Hockey fans are hockey fans are hockey fans. What, you think hockey fans are suddenly going to turn their attention to ice fishing? If the NHL decided its players would have to use golf clubs instead of hockey sticks, the fans would still remain loyal to the game. Fans in all sports are loyal. The World Series wasn't played in 1994, and the health of major league baseball wasn't affected one bit. The game is bigger and better than ever, particularly in New York and Boston.

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Players Extending Their Stay

John McGourty of NHL.com points out in his article titled "Players Adjusting To Rules Changes" it is possible the new rules may extend the career of veteran players.

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley told the Raleigh News-Observer the new NHL rules could extend his career. "The clutching and grabbing that used to take place, obviously, that puts a lot of wear and tear on your body," Wesley said. "I don't think there will be as much of that."

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Marouelli Plans To Enforce The Rules

from the Globe and Mail,

Dan Marouelli attended another training camp last month as a National Hockey League official. This one was of far greater importance to his profession. As one of the league's senior referees, he's anxious to show why the NHL's emphasis on improving the game will indeed work. Referees and linesmen watched video and had on-ice demonstrations in camp at Fort Erie, Ont. They vividly illustrated what the NHL has in mind with its comprehensive changes. "It was the best camp we've had in 25 years," Marouelli said. "I think the league's going in the right direction. It's hard to believe after 25 years that a guy can still get excited, but I am. It's going to be a good year."

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‘Darryl’?

via ESPN,

Less than two days before making his NHL debut, Penguins phenom Sidney Crosby was able to joke a little with the media. Crosby has already donned the nicknames Sid The Kid and The Next One, but he revealed to reporters his true nickname Monday. Darryl? "Not too many guys know about it now, but when I was in junior, my first exhibition game I got eight points, and [Hall of Famer] Darryl Sittler got 10 in the NHL [in a game in 1976], so they just said 'Darryl' and it kind of stuck the last couple of years," Crosby told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "That's how nicknames come, in funny ways like that." Apparently, teammates have noticed "Darryl" on the cuff of Crosby's gloves, a space where some players inscribe their nicknames.

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Can Isles Contend For The Cup

from Alan Hahn of Newsday,

Islanders owner Charles Wang recently mentioned "some magic" about his Islanders team this season. Alexei Yashin said after three straight playoff berths, "expectations are higher" for the Islanders. But newcomer Brad Lukowich, a defenseman who has two Stanley Cup rings with Dallas (1999) and Tampa Bay (2004) and grew up a fan of the Islanders dynasty teams, is making a bolder statement he hopes catches on among his teammates. On a blog he wrote for the Islanders team Web site during training camp, Lukowich referred to a conversation he had with fellow newcomer, defenseman Alexei Zhitnik. In it he said, "I was talking to Zhitnik about this a few days ago and I know he felt the same way. I came here because I think this team will contend for a Stanley Cup."

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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