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from Dear Lord Stanley,
Does New York Islanders management read Avalanche blogs? Last week, in a comment on DLS-favorite JibbleScribbits, I wrote that NHL teams should build “blog boxes”, separate from the traditional press box, to provide a space for bloggers to post in-game updates to their sites. Well, just seven days later, the Islanders have announced their plans to do just such a thing.
Now, I don’t want to take all the credit, but it’s hard to argue that my single comment on a relatively small Colorado Avalanche blog didn’t have some kind of profound effect on the executives of a major professional sports franchise in the largest US city. Obviously, the power I wield through Dear Lord Stanley is far greater than I ever imagined.
from the CP via the Fort Frances Times,
The president of Steelback Brewery, based in Tiverton, Ont., has filed a $2-million lawsuit against an Ottawa-based blogger he claims repeatedly libeled him on his popular sports website.
Filed late last week in court in Newmarket, Ont., Frank D’Angelo alleges Neate Sager damaged his reputation and his image in comments posted on Sager’s blog between August, 2006 and January of this year.
The NHL Fanhouse has more information on this topic…
Now that the season’s over and done with, the real fun begins - the Inaugural Japers’ Rink UFA Pool…
The contest is easy enough - pick the teams with which you think the following players will sign. You’ll get one point for each correct answer, no points will be awarded for players whose intentions are known for certain prior to July 1st…
continue on to Japers’ Rink for more details…
I point to the Ducks bloggers in my NHL.com blog today. They are ecstatic and I am jealous.
The winner of the NHL Fathead Contest has also been selected…
I took part in a Detroit Roundtable Discussion hosted by Behind the Jersey. The discussion revolved around what makes Detroit a great sports city and well known Detroit related bloggers participated in the discussion.
Christy broke it down in five parts so you can begin here to find all the different questions asked of the group.
In case you missed it over at Abel to Yzerman, a couple of BJ bloggers are hosting a draft party.
I sure would love to attend, but it will be a last minute decision for me.
Somehow I missed this from about three weeks ago, but you can still vote for the next Ice Princess at Japers’ Rink.
from Poynter Online,
As the Stanley Cup finals began Monday in Ottawa between the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks (Quick, could someone please tell the mainstream media?!), hockey folks find themselves stuck in that tired just-who-is-a-journalist argument again.
For a professional sport that often has to go begging for coverage, blogs should be a godsend.
from the Universal Cynic, the blog of freelance writer Erin Nicks,
Here’s a synopsis of last week’s events: I was told by my editor at Sun Media that accreditations for the Finals would be extremely hard to come by (hardly a surprising revelation). Traditionally, accreditation request forms have a set number of spots. Sun Media had already accounted for all spots in Anaheim and Ottawa—which I was fully expecting. After all, they had to tend to their employees first, whereas I am a contracted writer.
They are a medium and they are helping to build a new one that is fast growing instead of shrinking. They are journalists who are self policed. If they do bad work, they won’t be pointed to by other bloggers and they will fall out of the search engine results pages. The NHL needs all of the coverage and audience we can generate. Our audience is the most wired of all the pro sports.
read on and note what Ted said…
We know of a few blogs that don’t point to any other blogs, pretending that they information they have came from a source.
We also know one of those blogs lies to draw readers and clicks; that blogger refers to it as his “stchick”, but I would remove a few letters and spin the letters around for a better description.
Be sure to check out the listings of hockey blogs and podcasts on Kukla’s Hockey Links page. Many are still busy covering their teams for the playoffs; and plenty keep it up even with their teams out of the playoffs. Lots of great choices to keep us entertained.
Also, the 2006-07 HockeyFights.com Awards are going on now. With categories like “Kocur Award: TKO or KO of the Year” and “The Biggest Let-Down Award”, you can have a little fun supporting your favorite (and least favorite) scrappers.
And finally, don’t forget to head over to the NHL’s own YouTube page for highlight videos, added most days.
Update 12:31pm ET:
If anyone’s interested, I’ve posted some audio of post-game trash-talk, depression and high-hopes with Earl from Battle of California, and J.J. of Canucks Hockey Blog. Both were good enough to share their thoughts with me on the air, after the Canucks/Ducks game last night. Earl was actually at the game when we chatted, so he’s in a pretty good mood, yet still very nice to this traumatized Canucks fan, so I had fun!
Update 1:24pm ET:
Joe Pelletier has written a post on a group of researchers who reconciled the Conn Smythe Trophy winners prior to the trophy’s birth in 1965, with some interesting results. Some hockey history to feed your brain.
Update 2:13pm ET:
How could I forget to mention all the celebrity bloggers covering their teams? Foolish of me. Find them here.
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