Kukla's Korner Hockey
I have sent in my NHL.com blog about last night and will be pointing it out later today when it appears online.
I did not include my meeting with IwoCPO, The Sailor, the founder of Abel to Yzerman. This was the first time I met Bill and we chatted for a few minutes under the Gordie Howe statue at the JLA.
Bill wanted to be there as a fan, not as a media guy and to be truthful, I envied him. You see, I had a media credential around my neck, which basically prevents me from cheering. As many of you know, I am a fan first and never have or will consider myself a journalist.
As the game played-out, I thought of Bill with a beer in his hand, maybe two, screaming at the top of his lungs. Hurling jeers at the ref when the Lidstrom goal was waived off, exchanging high fives when the Red Wings scored, probably doing the same as most Wings fans were doing.
I miss that, I have to hold my emotions in check, can’t even give a little clap. There are perks to this job, but there are also a few downsides too, and this happens to be one of them. No cheering, my emotions in a state of flux!
I also want to thank Alanah for holding down the fort here at KK while I am covering the SCF. I know updating KK is not a one person job anymore and Alanah is going above and beyond her role here!
Paul is at the NHL’s media event in Detroit (for which we’re hosting the live video feed on the previous post).
This post will be an open forum from the event, to add photos he sends in and links to audio he’ll be posting on NHL.com later today.
Updates will be added below throughout the day, with Wings stuff coming in first since the Penguins aren’t yet available. To start, I’ve put up a couple screenshots from video he’s shot today so far…
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[Note: Original post time was May 21, 3:09pm ET. I’ll be bumping it to the front page periodically. The entries so far are great!]
No amount of personal hockey superstitions have ever helped my Vancouver Canucks, but that’s never stopped me. From idiotic morning routines to game-day-meals, that team gets anywhere near the playoffs and I develop so many tics I’m like a strung out former heroin addict dealing with an OCD problem.
Fortunately I’m not alone. Kukla, for instance, bought this ticket in Nevada last November, betting $20 that the Red Wings take the Stanley Cup this season. Yet cocky as that may be, he’s been too superstitious to make mention of it to anyone. He only decided he’d let me mention it because, well, that doesn’t “jinx” things the same way, apparently.
See where I’m going with this? Well, yes: hockey fans are nuts. But also: We’d like to reward 3 of you with $50 gift certificates to IceJerseys.com or shop.NHL.com for sharing your own special brand of crazy.
What’s your most reliable superstition? Or just share your friend’s.
Winners will be selected by a random draw from the comments of this post. Enter by 5pm ET Saturday, May 24th. Rules are below.
Just a reminder of the various ways Kukla’s Korner feeds and updates can be accessed if you’re not able to get to the website all the time.
RSS Subscriptions—If you want to subscribe to everything KK (that is, the “Home” page posts which include the Hockey page, Abel to Yzerman, Eye on the Media and Canucks & Beyond) use this link here. Or if you’d rather choose just specific feeds this page has them all listed individually. (If you don’t use a feedreader, Bloglines, Netvibes and Gmail‘s reader are a few of our favorites.)
Twitter—We started to Twitter a couple months ago which is handy for keeping up with headlines and links in a variety of ways—at the Twitter website, by IM or via your cell phone. A fair amount of traffic from our Twitter feed has shown us how useful this service has proven to be for a lot of people, subscribers and non-subscribers alike.
Hopefully these things help you keep up with the hockey news! Feedback and suggestions are always welcome.
The guys at PlayAction.tv have been after me to participate in one of their prediction games and I finally took them up on their offer last Saturday.
PlayAction.tv offers a very unique prediction game that runs off your mobile phone. They send you a prediction question. You predict the outcome and send back the numerical code of your chosen answer. They have ‘game jockeys’ who run the games live and send out some very interesting questions.
The opening pick for Saturday’s Habs-Flyers game was “Can Habs carry momentum from GM 1? How will MTL do after 1st?”. I figured Montreal would certainly ride the momentum of their huge comeback win in Game One so I chose “Lead by 1”. Unfortunately, the Flyers didn’t follow the script…
Pardon the interruption, but Shop.NHL.com (affiliate link) is holding a one day sale, today only. 25% off on non-playoff team merchandise!
Click the link, pick your non-playoff team and you will see the 25% discount available to you.
April 8th 11:59pm ET: Contest Closed. Good luck!
Here is your chance to win a Rbk EDGE Authentic Jersey of your choice!
First off, you need to be a KK member (registration is free) and tell us the following:
How many total goals will be scored in the 2008 NHL Playoffs. Then, and for tie-breaking purposes only, give us the number of shutouts that will be registered during the 2008 NHL Playoffs.
Simple as that and your entry must be submitted in the comments of this post (no emails accepted). If a tie still remains from the winning entries, a random drawing will be held to select the winner.
Additional prizes will be awarded too, by doing a few random drawings of all entries.. Those prizes will be announced soon.
All entries must be timestamped no later than 11:59pm ET on April 8, 2008.
Update April 4th: Another Prize!
A one-year subscription to the digital edition of The Hockey News! Winner will be decided by a random draw chosen from all the entries. (*Meanwhile, check out a trial version THN digital edition)
note: This post on occasion will be moved to the top of page until April 8th. Original post was April 2nd at 2:37pm.
Update April 8th: Comments Problem
For some reason, comments aren’t showing up from the most recent handful of people who have entered the contest. We are working to fix this now. Meanwhile, please note that we are keeping track of those missing entries. They will be added to the comments below as soon as we figure out the technical glitch. (Update again: Problem fixed!)
Update April 8th 11:59pm ET: Contest Closed. Good Luck, Everyone!
Today I had the pleasure of interviewing E.J. Hradek of the NHL Hour on XM 204, the NHL Network and ESPN.
We discussed the West, the East and the ESPN outlook regarding the NHL
You can download the audio file here, or click on the player below to listen online.
As the way fans watch the game continues to change in this information age, we’re seeing all sorts of new ‘arenas’ where fans can compete and win while cheering on their favorite team. NHL PlayAction launched recently, and Big League of PlayAction.tv dropped by Kukla’s Korner to give us some insight into this new age of fan-driven competition.
Paul Kukla: Hi Big League. What’s the driving force behind PlayAction and what can fans expect when they sign-up and play?
Big League: All of our PlayAthletes are posed the same 8 questions, sent by text message to their phone, from which they predict certain outcomes in the game. For example, how many points will Alexander Ovechkin tally tonight? They then make their picks on their mobile giving fans a way to interact with each other by competing throughout the game. The questions keep the game exciting right to the end. Your team may be down 5-0 with 10 minutes left, but you still need to see if your choice, say “Pittsburgh Forward”, will get the last shot of the game. It really adds excitement from the opening face-off to the final buzzer.
The cool thing is that you have a live “Game Jockey” who is watching the game and keying questions based on the action.
It appears we are having a slight hosting issue this morning, causing KK to load slowly.
We are working on the issue and will update as soon as possible.
added 10:23am, from my hosting service,
This morning, the data center lost a power distribution unit and this affected many of our Minneapolis, MN servers. We have moved the systems to alternate circuits and are bringing the systems back online.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
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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