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from Harry Hurt III of the New York Times,
I climbed into the driver’s seat of the Zamboni about 15 minutes after the end of the third period. The electronic screens suspended from the ceiling of Madison Square Garden still showed the final score of the season’s first National Hockey League exhibition game: New York Rangers 4, New Jersey Devils 3. But by now, almost all of the Garden’s 18,000 seats were empty, and the public address system speakers were blaring the last few bars of Billy Joel’s hit song “New York State of Mind.”
I felt a thrilling, teeth-clenching chill. The Zamboni was parked just inside a gate at the Eighth Avenue end of the rink. A vacant expanse of skate-scarred ice sprawled before me like a wrinkled cotton sheet awaiting an ironing. In a dubious effort to calm my quivering body, I mouthed the words Charlie Brown immortalized in a Peanuts cartoon, “There are three things in life that people like to stare at: a flowing stream, a crackling fire, and a Zamboni clearing the ice.”
From Eric Kay at CBS Sports,
Such are things with hockey sweaters. Football and basketball jerseys may dominate today’s marketplace, while a top-selling hockey jersey (Peter Forsberg) sees sales of around 4,000. To put that in perspective, some 600,000 LeBron jerseys were sold just six months after the then high schooler was drafted.
Yes, the NHL doesn’t have the tentacles or market share of the other big American sports, so its numbers will never reach a parallel scope. But there’s something more to hockey garb. Just like the little boy in Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater, people don’t just pull the old switcheroo on their hockey threads. There’s something that comes with wearing a time-tested Red Wings or Bruins jersey.
more… (*you can vote for your favorite sweaters at the link)
from the Ottawa Citizen,
If hockey is the most passionate way we define ourselves abroad, then surely our musical expressions of the game are worthy of consideration as substitutes for O Canada. We suggest two hockey hymns that might be adopted as a kind of bifurcated national anthem: the Hockey Night in Canada Theme and Stompin’ Tom Connors’ rink-rousin’ The Hockey Song.
Here’s the way it would work: On occasions when a purely orchestral version of the anthem is acceptable, like during flag raisings at Olympic medal presentations or drowsy state visits by foreign dignitaries, we could blare out a brassy rendition of the Hockey Night in Canada Theme. But when singing is de rigueur, say at the beginning of a Toronto FC soccer match, everybody would belt out Stompin’ Tom’s immortal lyrics: “The good ol’ hockey game, it’s the best game you can name…”
From at the AP via Yahoo!,
Adam Litteken, 16, and his Francis Howell Central teammates were warming up for practice Tuesday night at the Rec-Plex rink in St. Charles County when he collapsed, school officials said Wednesday.
Paramedics treated Litteken at the scene and took him to Barnes-St. Peters Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour after falling to the ice.
The wife of NHL hall of Fame hockey player Emile Francis is missing.
According to Lt. Chuck Reed of the West Palm Beach Police Department, Emma Frances dropped her husband Emile Frances off at Palm Beach International Airport Sunday morning, but never made it back home.
from the Mirror-Guardian,
Fact is, his new job is way better than that. He gets to be even more irritating than Jeff Probst. After years of annoying people at NHL games for free, Nick is officially turning pro this week - he’s becoming a professional heckler….
NICK: “Hey bonehead, wake me up when you make a good call. Or better yet have a Sony digital clock radio wake you up instead. So you can get back to doing what you do best - screwing up hockey games.
Since everyone reading these words is either reading them on this blog or via some rss feedreader, the audience here might be a bit biased in believing hockey fans are very tech-knowledgeable. But in this instance, your bias is absolutely correct—NHL hockey fans are indeed very well-wired.
From the Sports Business Journal on Monday, October 1 (sorry, no link. subscription only):
The NHL has long asserted that its fans are the most tech-savvy in sports. Exclusive data provided to Sports Business Journal by Scarborough Sports Marketing seems to support that belief. Twenty-four percent of NHL loyal fans live in households that own an HDTV and more than seventy percent have a broadband connection (cable or dsl) at home.
See the graph below.
from Hockey Adventure,
The way the entertainment media interacts with NHLers is quite unlike traditional sports coverage.
For instance, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the comedian-host joshed Wayne Gretzky about whether he’s known as “The Great One” around the house with his wife Janet. Also, at this year’s ESPY Awards, Kimmel quipped at Gretzky about David Beckham’s potential impact on soccer in the USA: “Maybe he can do what you did for hockey, and in 15 years no one will be watching soccer, either.”
Would Canada’s ultimate hockey god ever receive such irreverent treatment when interviewed on Hockey Night in Canada or in The Globe & Mail? Historically, no.
I have pointed to Ken’s work in the past and time to do so again.
Ken describes his work in this manner…
I create weekly / bi-weekly Sports Editorial cartoons that showcase the parallel world that coexists with us all… sports.
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