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Fans Have A Voice

from Jim Boone at the Hockey News,

Most hockey fans have never heard of the National Hockey League Fans’ Association, or NHLFA. Yes, there is such an organization representing the common, fifth-line fan.

Many people are surprised at the stats of this little not-for-profit organization. The NHLFA has been battling much bigger opponents for a respectable 10 seasons.

It all started in 1997, when two Ottawa schmucks vented over the astronomical offer the New York Rangers had made to restricted free agent Joe Sakic ($21M over three years, which the Avalanche matched to retain his rights). Bob Goodenow was five years into his impressive tenure leading the NHL Players’ Association. The schmucks, along with millions of hockey fans, feared rising ticket prices would severely damage the sport we loved. We knew something had to be done to protect the fans.

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These Germans Love Their Hockey

from the Reporter-Herald,

“Three of us were sitting in a bar, perhaps one too many beers, and we said, ‘Let’s go to Calgary’,” Reuther said. “Look what the prize is for this one question and the few beers we had that evening, is that we went with about 65 people to Calgary. The trip was so nice, we decided to do it again.”

And again, and again, as a matter of fact.

A 13th trip to North America took the group — this time around 25 people — to Colorado for the first time last week. Friday night, they had their first taste of the action in the Central Hockey League, as they attended the Colorado Eagles game against Mississippi at the Budweiser Events Center….

“It’s a universal sport, where everybody goes to see a fast game with hard hits, with action on the ice. That’s the reason we go to hockey games; otherwise, we’d go see volleyball or something else.”

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Hockey’s Cathedrals

From The Pensblog,

If you’re attached to the game of hockey, your team’s arena isn’t just another building. It’s a place where dreams are born, dreams are dashed. Your darkest moments, your best times. All captured in crammed rows of seats, sometimes with friends or family. Other times with virtual strangers flanking you in every direction.

In the end, every arena has a story.

We will never understand the way people felt about the “Winnipeg Arena,” just as people can never understand how we feel about the Mellon arena.  But we wanted to try and find some things out…

continued… *a great collection of photos and facts, looking at the arenas of the NHL

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Jeff Bourne Plays His Hockey Game

from the Kelowna Capital News,

Sledge hockey has offered Jeff Bourne a way to enjoy a sport he loves despite being paralyzed.

Growing up with a father who played in the NHL, Jeff Bourne had hockey in his blood.

But Bourne, whose dad Bob played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League, wasn’t able to strap on a pair of skates and attempt to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

Bourne, now 28, was born with spina bifida, a developmental birth defect that in Bourne’s case meant he was paralyzed from the waist down.

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The Greatest

From David Staples in the Edmonton Journal,

Who are the 50 best players in the history of the National Hockey League? Ask 50 fans and you’ll get 50 different answers. Ask 50 hockey experts, ex-players, coaches and general managers from different eras and, again, you’ll get 50 totally different lists.

In recent years, there’s been no shortage of attempts to rank the best-ever players, but all of these attempts have the same fundamental flaw. In making their rankings, the experts tried to compare players they had only read about in history books against players they knew extremely well, often their former teammates, opponents, employees or sources. With that in mind, The Journal has created its own list which attempts to rank players in a more objective manner, based solely on all-time NHL MVP voting results.

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*thanks to Joe Pelletier for the pointer. He was also interviewed in the piece.

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Want One?

Never saw these before, and probably would not want to, but a KK reader passed it on to me and I thought maybe I was just too old to appreciate these NHL fitted hats...

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Longest Hockey Game—World Record

From the Canadian Press,

The world’s record for the longest continuous hockey game now belongs to a group of amateur Edmonton athletes.

The 40 players broke the old record at noon Monday - 240 hours, or 10 straight days of non-stop skate-lacing and puck-chasing, through temperatures that ranged from minus-40 to plus-three.

The effort raised more than $300,000 for cancer research.

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The Fading Pond Hockey Game

from Charles McGrath of the New York Times,

Almost no one skates outdoors in New England anymore. People seldom do it even in Canada or Minnesota. For hockey players the indoor area has long replaced the backyard rink or the frozen prairie slough as the incubator of future talent, and even in those northerly climes skatable outdoor ice has become an uncertain commodity. Around here it’s like oil, so scarce that its value goes up every year.

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Hockey in the ‘Hood

From the Detroit Hockey Association,

The annual Hockey in the Hood tournament breaks down stereotypes and brings diverse inner-city hockey teams together for a tournament that is capped off by the presentation of the Willie O’Ree championship trophy, the Willie O’Cup.

This 4th annual event will run from February 15-17th.  For some biographical information on black players around the NHL, past and present, there’s also MisZGoalie’s NHL Connect blog.

Note: For other events happening around the United States for “Hockey Weekend in America”, links can be found at this KK post, put up yesterday.

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USA Hockey Fans

Hockey Weekend Across America begins tomorrow.  Information can be found at the following links:

 

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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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