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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
NHL tough guy Sean Avery reopened his feud with Don Cherry this week by stating the CBC commentator knows next to nothing about hockey.
“He’s a stable as far as Canadian hockey goes,” Avery said during interview on the CBC’s The Hour. “And I grew up watching Coach’s Corner, and he serves a purpose.
“But he really does not know shit about hockey.
“He knows, like, unnecessary facts about putting Sears catalogues on your shin pads.”
According to Experian Consumer Research, NHL fans tend to have higher mean household income compared to fans of the NBA, MLB, NFL, and MLS. Other characteristics that set NHL fans apart from other sports fans are their age, technology preferences, and online activity.
NHL’s fan base also tends to make more online purchases and is more focused on keeping up with the latest technology and gadgets compared to other professional league sports fans.
from Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday,
ESPN will announce today that Matthew Barnaby will succeed Barry Melrose as its NHL studio analyst, a development The Buffalo News reported last month.
Barnaby will debut on SportsCenter Oct. 8 and usually appear on the show Wednesdays and Thursdays during the regular season.
from the CP,
Asked to pick a Stanley Cup winner, Cherry sees no reason why the Red Wings can’t repeat as champions.
“I don’t see anything tripping them up along the way,” he said. “I see no weaknesses in them at all. If you are betting, you have to bet on Detroit again this year.”
Cherry considers Luongo the best goaltender in the world, but still found the Canucks naming him as captain a head-scratching move.
“Making the goaltender a captain is silly,” he snorted. “If he is the leader, he doesn’t need the captain.”
Update 6pm ET: Conference call transcript posted at MLive.
You’re witnessing a watershed moment in hockey history.
The new NHL.com represents the culmination of a massive effort to merge the NHL’s strongest assets – video, audio, editorial, photography and fan voice – into one complete package.
What you have here is a more dynamic site that brings home imagery capturing the power and essence of what makes hockey the greatest sport in the world.
from Barry Janoff of BrandWeek,
“Is this the year?” will be anchored by spots on Versus, the NHL Network and NHL.com, in addition to CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada. Support will include print and POP. Creative was handled in-house by the NHL. Y&R, New York and Toronto, served as creative consultants. Spend was not disclosed.
Four TV spots each feature a different NHL star: Sidney Crosby, Dion Phaneuf, Patrick Kane and Henrik Lundqvist. In each of the spots, the players initially are seen in photograph, which then comes to live as the athletes share their personal feelings about the game.
added 11:21am, much more on this from Rocky Bonanno at NHL.com and video has been added below.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Economic woes combined with cutbacks in the newspaper business will reduce the level of print coverage given to the NHL in some U.S. markets.
In Florida, The Palm Beach Post decided last week to discontinue staff coverage of the Florida Panthers….
The Los Angeles Times has chosen to use just one beat reporter to cover both the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks, with Helene Elliott continuing to write hockey columns….
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s long-time hockey writer, Tim Panaccio, accepted a buyout after he was taken off the Flyers beat and assigned to cover the Philadelphia Eagles….
The New York Times will continue to focus most of its attention on the Rangers. In terms of coverage on the road, sports editor Tom Jolly said by e-mail, that the Times will pick its spots….
from Puck Daddy of Yahoo Sports,
Already a daily destination for thousands of fans (and more than a few mainstream media pundits) thanks to its amazing collection of hockey headlines from around the world, KK dramatically expanded its editorial scope by growing its roster of bloggers. In addition to mainstays Bill “The Chief” Houlihan of Abel To Yzerman and Alanah McGinley of Canucks and Beyond, Kukla added eight new bloggers to provide their own insights and news focus.
“What I do is what I do. But I wanted to expand that, and start allowing other people to express their own views on the game of hockey,” said Kukla in a recent phone interview.
Thanks Greg (yes, I still have trouble calling him Puck Daddy)!
from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,
The key issue was motivation. Did he want to put his no-longer-young body through the rigours of an 82-game season - plus what everyone in Montreal prays will be a deep playoff run? The mental aspect of the game is even more
gruelling. A perfectionist who’s notoriously hard on himself, he had to decide whether he was psychologically ready for the total commitment that an NHL season demands.
I am referring, of course, to the Living Legend of Sports Journalism. And I am delighted to report that after carefully weighing his options - writing about the sport he loves and understands better than anyone this side of Scotty Bowman vs. playing pinochle with retired garment industry executives at the Cavendish Mall - the LLSJ has saddled up for at least one more cattle drive.
*picture via canada.com
NEW YORK (September 26, 2008)—NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada will provide live coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers’ pre-season game in their original home arena, the Spectrum, against the Carolina Hurricanes Sept. 27 at 1 p.m., ET. NHL Network also will cover the exhibition between the New York Rangers and SC Bern from Bern, Switzerland Sept. 30 at noon, ET, and the inaugural IIHF Victoria Cup game between the Rangers and Metallurg Magnitogorsk Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m., ET.
All games are subject to local blackout rules.
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