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"Sergey Lavrov and I are old hockey players, and we both know that diplomacy, like hockey, can sometimes result in the occasional collision."
-Secretary of State John Kerry on the diplomatic relationship between the USA and Russia. More at ABC News.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Here’s the thing that really stood out while compiling this ranking of the greatest hockey commercials of all time. Few of them involve anyone who is vaguely recognizable.
Oh, sure, there are spots that feature Sid and OV and Teemu and Kovy that ended up cracking the list, but in many, the game itself does the selling. The romance of hockey is the pitchman.
And while most of these originate in Canada, and some may require a certain sensibility to fully appreciate, all of them succeed in celebrating some aspect of the great game.
continue to view the Top 12 Hockey Commercials and one of my favorites, which did not make the list can be viewed below....
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
But if Canada is of the belief it’s got Olympic problems — and the impending National Goaltending Crisis is no small thing — it should be comforting to know that the overseers of the Sochi Games have a far more daunting set of challenges in their view. Sochi’s woes go well beyond the hard-to-fathom fact that Russia’s first crack at hosting a Winter Games is being planned for a subtropical seaside locale that makes balmy Vancouver look like Siberia. To tackle that problem, organizers have reportedly stored a winter’s worth of snow should none fall in February.
As for the ever-expanding raft of other issues — well, the solutions might not be as cold and soft.
Less than seven months from the opening ceremony, the 2014 Olympics are already promising to be one of the most controversial in history — and that’s just among the folks in the accounting department. Various reports suggest that the costs of the Games have careered out of control. The price to run Sochi, initially budgeted at $12 billion, is said to have reached $50 billion according to a recent article in The Economist. (The Vancouver Olympics, by contrast, billed out at about $9 billion.) There are accusations that widespread corruption is gobbling up large chunks of this cash. Critics of Vladimir Putin are already suggesting that the Russian president’s most famous act of sporting larceny is no longer the petty pocketing of Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring.
Boris Nemtsov, an opposition leader, has called Sochi “an unprecedented thieves’ caper.”
As Garry Kasparov, the Russian chess master turned politician, tweeted in the wake of The Economist report: “I never doubted (Putin) and his cronies would ‘take the gold’!”
You can watch this Sports Science feature on putting a Sumo wrestler in the net while Georg Parros tries to score.
I find it difficult to watch TV these days so I set out to find something I would enjoy watching this summer. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have thus far.
The series is seven years old but that doesn't matter, just plan some time during these summer months and enjoy.
Produced in 2006, Hockey: A People's History traces the history of the game over ten episodes. Featuring stunning re-enactments, rarely seen footage, and the words of the pioneers of the game, the series reveals a tale of hockey’s inventors, innovators and empire builders. More than just the story of a sport, it is a story of a people, serving as a unique lens through which one can view Canada’s social history. Witness the coming of age of a nation, and the remarkable journey of a sport that has woven itself into our cultural language and fabric.
Watch part 1 below and go here for all of the 10 parts. Each part is roughly 44 minute longs and hopefully this will help get you through the summer.
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)...
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