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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.
From The Star,
Darcy Robinson, a Canadian playing for Asiago of the Italian hockey league, died during Thursday’s season-opening game. He was 26.
The native of Kamloops, B.C., fell to the ice without being hit during the first period of a game with Renon and was rushed to a local hospital where he died, Asiago said. No cause of death was given. The game was suspended.
Robinson was beginning his second season with Asiago. The defenceman, who held dual Canadian-Italian citizenship, played junior hockey in Saskatoon and Red Deer. He was selected 233rd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1999 draft.
*For more on Robinson, see his player page on hockeydb.com
From Stephanie Levitz and Terri Theodore at the CP,
Two hockey hall-of-famers, the owner of a Canadian Tire store and a government employee are among the people who’ve confessed to hockey legend Jacques Demers that they, like him, are illiterate.
Since coming forward with the revelation that he struggles with basic reading and writing in a biography published two years ago, Demers has criss-crossed Canada and the U.S. speaking out about the issue. Once he was hockey’s golden boy, leading the Montreal Canadiens to Stanley Cup victory in 1993 and twice named coach of the year.
He’s since become a poster boy for literacy. He has headlined fundraisers and campaigns like Literacy Now in conjunction with the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games legacy program, the reason he was in Vancouver on Thursday.
from the Chicago Daily-Herald,
In a case that could send shock waves through the sporting world, the Illinois Supreme Court will decide if two suburban hockey players, their coaches and league should be held liable for a hit from behind that seriously injured a player in 2003.
Matthew Jacobson, representing the hockey league, said the case could have a “chilling effect” on organized sports, as people would withdraw from coaching and officiating for fear of lawsuits.
from Earl McRae of the Ottawa Sun,
Jose Luis Tibaudin, 52, photography teacher, who has never been out of South America, who has never seen an NHL game live, who has never met a Canadian—Jose Luis, defenceman, the godfather of ice hockey in the most unlikely place you could ever imagine it being played: Ushuiai, the southernmost community in the world….
Under Jose Luis Tibaudin’s program, 35 kids in Ushuiai from six to 16, including two girls, are playing full-equipment teams hockey (two of the kids wear Philadelphia Flyers jerseys their parents got in a clearance sale from a sporting goods store in Buenos Aires) in the Tierra del Fuego winter from June to September on the only ice surface in town, the frozen pond known as Laguna del Diablo, Devil’s Lagoon.
from the Detroit News,
Hockey legend Gordie Howe says he’s being checked by his neighbors—17,000 times a day—and he’s tired of it.
Howe, who has been the subject of a residential association dispute for more than a year, this week won a temporary restraining order barring the neighbor from spying on his home with a surveillance camera.
continued... just give the guy a shot to the ribs, Gordie!
NEW YORK—Nine-time NHL All-Star Brian Leetch, U.S. Olympic gold and silver medalist Cammi Granato, prolific writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler and longtime communications executive and historian John Halligan have been named recipients of the 2007 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
continued and congrats to all!
added 7:30pm, Stan Fischler’s response to the award…
from the St. Catherines Standard,
The long-anticipated Wayne Gretzky wines are hitting LCBO shelves Monday, just in time for hockey season.
The classy labels bear the No. 99, a number the National Hockey League retired when Gretzky ended his career in April, 1999.
Gretzky admits he doesn’t know a whole lot about wine but “I can tell you if I like the taste of something or if I don’t like the taste of something,” he told Standard reporter Monique Beech in an exclusive interview.
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