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During this time, things changed in a major way at my place of employment. Us writer types were told about a change of philosophy. For a good four years or so, we were all about original writing, game coverage, features, analysis, all that jazz. I’m not sitting here telling you we were ever a true journalistic news site — MLB.com and NFL.com were light years ahead of where we were in that regard — but we were slowly taking strides away from worrying about PR and team reactions to negative news and that type of thing. It was a fun place to work that you felt was going in the right direction.
But that philosophy changed. We were told that going forward, we were no longer being judged on “original writing," and instead we were being judged on how quickly we could rewrite breaking news from other people. For example, a reporter in Vancouver tweets that Roberto Luongo is starting over Cory Schneider. We would now be judged on how quickly we could rewrite three paragraphs about that and get it on the site.
Game coverage was also being reined in, and while a feature on Luongo or Schneider wasn’t frowned upon, it wasn’t what the site would be about.
-Dave Lozo, formerly of NHL.com. Read more to find out what he is doing now.
from Katie Benner of Fortune,
It was a lawsuit with all the elements tabloids love: Sex. Money. Star athletes. Betrayal. Fraud.
Sure enough, when 19 current and former National Hockey League players, all of them clients of a money manager named Phil Kenner, brought a fraud suit in June 2009, the newspapers pounced. The suit claimed they had sunk $25 million into two developments in Mexico -- golf courses, condos and hotels -- being put together by a real estate investor named Ken Jowdy. Instead of building, the suit charged, Jowdy had blown the money on "porn stars, escorts, strippers, party girls" to entertain a retired baseball star. The plaintiffs included hockey players such as Sergei Gonchar, Bryan Berard, and Michael Peca.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer...
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
Former Gazette sports columnist Michael Farber, a Hockey Hall of Fame writer with Sports Illustrated, is the host of a 30-minute TSN documentary that will be premiering on Tuesday, June 25 at 9 p.m. (last night) titled Neutral Zone: The Story of Hockey in Northern Israel.
The documentary examines the Canada-Israel Hockey School, which opened three years ago in Metula, on the northern tip of Israel, and is largely financed by Canadian media magante Sidney Greenberg. The documentary looks at whether teaching hockey to Arab and Jewish children together can help promote tolerance off the ice.
“The main goal is to integrate Jewish and Arab kids together playing hockey so that they can understand each other and make a difference for the future,” Mike Mazeika, head coach of the Canada-Israel Hockey School, tells Farber in the documentary.
from Don Muret of SportsBusiness Daily,
AEG and MGM Resorts Int’l have selected Populous to design a new arena in Las Vegas, according to Tim Romani, president and CEO of Icon Venue Group, the owners' representative for the project. AEG and MGM announced last month they had formed a joint venture to build the privately financed facility. The total project cost is $350M, of which $225-250M is hard construction costs.
The 20,000-seat arena is scheduled to break ground in the summer of ‘14 and open in the spring of ‘16. The site, between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, just off the Vegas Strip, is the centerpiece of a redevelopment by MGM, owner of those two properties.
There is no proposed major league tenant for the arena, but it will be designed to NBA and NHL standards, similar to Sprint Center in K.C., Romani said.
from QMI Agency/Toronto Sun,
In a fit of rage Saturday, a member of Canada's national men's ball hockey team sent an official to hospital.
With Canada trailing 5-1, Justin Pender chased a Czech opponent across the rink with one second left in a quarterfinal game at the 2013 World Ball Hockey Championship in Newfoundland.
Prior to the scrap, Pender is seen jawing with a Czech player during a face off.
Two officials, and the Czech goalie, tried to intervene. But Pender continued to pound on the player, hitting and tangling up others in the process.
Watch the incident below (#24 in white is the Canadian and I have started the video when the incident begins)...
from Joe O'Connor of the National Post,
Kelly Hrudey used to catch his youngest daughter blinking, blinking one eye, then the other, and then both, and then blinking some more. She was about 11 years old at the time and the former NHL goaltender and affable Hockey Night in Canada host did not think too much about Kaitlin’s blinking since, when he would ask her about it she would shrug it off, say it’s nothing, Dad, or say nothing at all.
Kelly and his wife, Donna, chalked up the blinking to a phase, to just another one of those curious little things that kids do. Kaitlin, though, was doing other things. Begging off sleepovers with friends, complaining of stomach aches, missing school, barely eating and always wanting to be around her mother. And a little girl who loved nothing more than to dance, stopped wanting to go to her dance classes.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
They walked the streets, many in stunned silence and looking confused, wearing their bibs from the 117th running of the Boston Marathon.
Two deadly explosions at the finish line of one of the most historic road races shook this city and sent shivers across the world and a country into hysteria as many were left with one question: Why?
The area around the finish line of the 26-mile race on Boylston Street was evacuated after the blasts, which created a fireball and smoke that billowed 50 feet into the air from behind spectators and a row of flags, killed three people and injured more than 100, some of whom had limbs amputated. Foreign Affairs officials said late Monday they were not aware of any Canadians among the dead or injured.
Last night I wasn't at home where I would normally be able to follow most of the NHL through Center Ice.
Instead, I was at some fancy, hold your baby finger in the air type party and the only game on the TV was the Wings/Blackhawks, with the sound cut off.
Before I left home, I loaded the SofaScore.com app on my Android phone, which allowed me to follow the games I was interested in without causing a big issue from my better half.
There are 19 players who played their college hockey at Michigan who are currently in the NHL or played with a team in the NHL this season.
I am sure the players listed below (via CBS Sports) will be thinking Go Blue tonight and will be watching the game if possible.
So what do you think about the game tonight, Louisville or Michigan?
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
First thing you need to do is increase the number of voters. Currently there are 18, 14 of whom must support a candidate to grant admission to the Hall. That tight gap makes it too easy for a small bloc to prevent someone from gaining admission for any perceived flaw or slight. More to the point, it gets a little too incestuous, too tightly knit. Open it up a bit, decentralize the voting power and get some new blood in there.
What’s the right number? I don’t know, maybe 25? 50? I’ll leave that up to you. You don’t want to be like baseball where everybody but the popcorn vendors chime in, but there are experienced voices out there that could contribute to the process. More of them need to be heard.
And when you get around to adding those voices, how about breaking up the old boys club a bit? Yes, the NHL is and always should be the primary focus of the Hall. But it’s the Hockey Hall of Fame, not the NHL Hall of Fame. You’ve allowed women in as honored members. Now how about a couple of women on the selection committee? A few more European voices wouldn’t hurt, either, judging by the absence of players like Vladimir Krutov, Sergei Makarov and Sven Tumba iu the Great Hall.
And while we’re on about members, maybe you could have a talk with the guys about the builders category. I’m sure there’s a reason why everyone who’s ever been a part-owner of the Calgary Flames is in while legendary coaches like Pat Burns, Fred Shero and Mike Keenan have been snubbed time and again, but it needs to be addressed. And seriously: Don Cherry. It’s time.
And then there’s the process. It’s a little too…Canadian.
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