Kukla's Korner Hockey
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.
And so, our official winners are:
- The Alexander Ovechkin Jersey goes to blueleafss who guessed closest to the correct time of the 60th goal.
- The Alexander Ovechkin Special Edition DVD goes to jsginsocal, who won it by a random draw from all the entries.
Both winners will be contacted by email in the next 48 hours. Thanks for playing, everyone.
Watch for the next Kukla’s Korner Challenge coming on April 2nd… we’ll have more fun stuff to give away to KK members (‘cause unfortunately, Paul won’t let me keep the swag for myself)!
Enjoy the Holiday!
Alexander Ovechkin scored his 60th goal of the season at the 11:30 mark of the 3rd period tonight.
I will re-check all the entries and post the official winner on Monday.
added 10:43pm, Watch Ovechkin’s 60th goal…
Sunday night it started, and by Tuesday morning it was time to re-load Windows XP onto my computer. I am not sure what happened besides the power hit I took, but I am happy to report I am working my way back into game shape.
I am about 80% right now, but the playoffs are close and we need as many points as possible. I have a few other things to take care of and should be back to posting by 9:00am today.
Thanks to Alanah for keeping you updated and I will see you soon.
Earlier today, Pierre McGuire of NBC and TSN was good enough to share his hockey observations with Paul and myself. We asked him about the upcoming Philadelphia/Pittsburgh game this Sunday at noon EDT on NBC, got some gossip about what goes on “Between the Glass”, and insights into both the Western and Eastern conferences going into the playoffs.
You can download the interview by this mp3 file here, or listen on the player below.
*Our sincere thanks to Pierre McGuire for taking this time with us, and to NBC for arranging the interview.
[Updated March 10th —Originally posted March 4th. Deadline for contest entries is tomorrow. Details below.]
Can Alexander Ovechkin get to 60 goals this season? You tell me!
Pick the game, period and time that AO will reach 60 goals this season. If you are the closest (in case of tie, a random drawing will be held between the winning entries) with your prediction, you win a replica Rbk Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin Premier jersey.
Also, anyone entering will be entered into a random drawing for an autographed, limited edition DVD from Alex’s Calder Trophy season, courtesy of the Washington Capitals.
To help you out, here is the Caps schedule for the season. I need the date of the game, what period he will get #60 and the time of the goal, NOT the time left in the period.
Closest to the correct time (over or under) will win the jersey. If Ovechkin does not get to 60 goals, a random drawing will be held for the jersey.
You must be a KK member to win (join, it’s free!) and good luck. Also, all entries must submitted in the comment section of this post (no emails) and must be timestamped by noon EDT on March 11, 2008.
With Daylight Saving Time (DST) just around the corner, I wanted to give KK members a heads-up to change your time settings.
Go into your KK Member Account settings (located near the top right of any page), go to Localization Settings, tick the DST box & update. Also, make sure your time zone is set-up to match your local time if you want KK to coincide with your local time.
Also, you have less than 3 days to enter the latest KK Challenge and win an Alexander Ovechkin jersey!
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.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org