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from the Financial Times,
David Bonderman, a founding partner of Texas Pacific Group; Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer behind the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise; and Harry Sloan, chairman and chief executive of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, are behind the bid for the franchise.
Mr Bonderman’s TPG is an investor in MGM and was recently part of the consortium that bought Harrah’s Entertainment, the Las Vegas-based casino operator, for $17bn.
Mr Sloan, meanwhile, is leading the revival of MGM after a consortium of investors bought it from Kirk Kerkorian.
Anyone who thinks Vegas would have trouble selling tickets needs to know the major strip hotels would eat up those tickets in a hurry.- offering them to their guests and high rollers. Imagine the out of town visitors from Detroit, NYC, Toronto, etc. that would jump at the opportunity to get to Vegas, using this reasoning, “Had to go see my team play…”
added 6:50pm, from the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
An arena needs to arrive in Las Vegas before a team does, though, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Thursday.
“In order for the NHL to ever have a franchise in Las Vegas, they’d have to build a new state-of-the-art arena in Las Vegas. We’re talking a couple years away, minimum,” said Daly, who confirmed Bruckheimer and others have been in discussions with the league for the past six months.
“I think Las Vegas is a very attractive market,” Daly said. “But there are issues, with respect to gaming, the National Hockey League would have to address. That’s certainly something the board would have to consider, but this is all very premature, and that’s not something to discuss with the board at this point.”
from the Leader-Post,
When Aaron and Derek Boogaard take a wannabe tough guy to school, they usually do it on the ice.
The venue switched to the classroom this week when the Boogaard brothers - who make the Hansons of Slapshot fame look like lightweights - staged their inaugural hockey fighting camp at a Regina training centre.
The clinic included more 30 registered players from age 12 to 18 who signed on to receive a crash course from two of the toughest customers in the game.
from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
When the two South Hills natives decided to risk a career change by starting a film-production company, Nittany Films, it was a natural that they gravitated toward a feature-length documentary on the psyche and personality of the goaltender.
Then Englert met Jordan Sigalet and his mother last summer when Sigalet was working at a goaltending camp. Sigalet, who starred at Bowling Green, is a Boston Bruins prospect who has advanced to their American Hockey League affiliate in Providence.
He also is battling the extremity numbness and fatigue that come with having multiple sclerosis.
NEW YORK (May 30, 2007) – Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelioshas been named the recipient of the Mark Messier Leader of the Year Award, presented by COLD-fX for the 2006-07 season in recognition for his outstanding performance as a player, his vast leadership skills and his dedicated humanitarian efforts. VERSUS will air a special segment on Chelios, hosted by Messier, during tonight’s Stanley Cup Final Game 2 pre-game studio show LIVE from the Honda Center in Anaheim.
CV Technologies Inc., the maker of COLD-fX - the official immune enhancer of the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association - will donate $25,000 to the charity of Chelios’ choice.
from Allan Wigney at the Ottawa Sun,
The relationship between music and hockey has been further solidified by players who have dared to dip their feet into the recording world. Leafs goalie Johnny Bower did so successfully, thanks to his hit single Honky the (Christmas) Goose. Kings legend Marcel Dionne fared less well with his peppy Please Forgive My Misconduct Last Night. And as for Guy Lafleur’s disco hockey instruction album, well, it has its moments.
(For instance, the booty-shakin’ passage, “When stick ‘andling, always carry the puck near the ‘eel of the stick for control.”)
It’s all part of being Canada’s game.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Jonathan Cheechoo had sports hernias on both sides when he finished and both Bill Guerin and Mark Smith were also troubled by the same ailment. And we all know about the trials of Ed Jovanovski.
Most of the players are blaming poor ice conditions, which force them to move their feet at enormous speed through slow, slushy conditions, but the experts are not so sure the ice is to blame. To be sure, the teams are taking a very serious look at this and wondering whether or not a lot of this core training, which has been ongoing of late, is the main factor.
“The core work that is being done is allowing these guys to get stronger and to perform better but it’s putting a lot of torque and strain on that area and we’re seeing this injury on the rise,” says Canucks medical trainer Mike Burnstein.
from the Daily Observer,
When Dorothy Villamere and her husband Cecil bought the family hunt camp near Dacre 58 years ago, never in a million years did she dream the Stanley Cup would find its way there.
As the winners of the ‘Bring Home the Stanley Cup’ contest on CBC, the family won the ultimate playoff party, complete with a visit from six-time Stanley Cup champion Mark Messier and hockey’s holy grail.
After much anticipation, at 6:45 p.m. just as planned, Mr. Messier emerged from behind the tall trees lining the dirt road leading to the camp carrying the cup.
from the AP via ESPN,
A year after it closed, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame will reopen under a new name in Eveleth, under a cooperative agreement between USA Hockey and the Hall.
Under the agreement announced Friday, the Hall will change its name to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, Inc. Plans call for reopening the museum in late May or early June.
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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