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Gretzky Week Starts Tonight

Just a friendly reminder, Wayne Gretzky Week starts tonight on the NHL Network.  Check out the schedule of shows and enjoy a sneak video preview of the NHL Network’s ‘A Day That Changed the Game: August 9, 1988’.

Watch below…

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What’s On Your Mind

Well we can’t get much worse in the delivering of hockey news over the last few days.

GM’s are golfing, fishing or just plain out of site.  Players are getting the skates sharpened and have started their off-ice conditioning.

Anything on your mind these days?  Or are you just taking early August off to prepare for the upcoming season too?

Feel free to leave a comment, question or just tell us how your summer has been going.  On a side note, KK has been receiving a few hits from Beijing, China in the last week or so.  Probably some media types trying to keep their finger on the hockey world.

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Hockey Blogging Went Mainstream

Last week we mentioned this story in USA Hockey Magazine that was already on newsstands, but not yet on the internet.  Now it’s available online.

From Ricki Dugdale at USA Hockey Magazine:

Today’s bloggers are gaining acceptance among mainstream media, in part because professional journalists have learned that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

The rising popularity of blogs has forced mainstream media to re-evaluate which direction coverage is heading in the near future as fingers stay glued to the keyboard and eyes stay fixed on a computer screen.

“I think [blogging] sort of changed how we approached coverage of events,” said Kevin Allen, president of the Professional Writer’s Association and USA Today’s hockey writer. “Instead of just reporting what happened in the news we are interpreting it quickly, and we have been forced to do it by the amateur bloggers.”

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  Tags: blogging, media

Listen To Grapes

Don Cherry will be co-hosting the Morning Show on Fan590 in Toronto Tuesday morning from 6-9a ET. 

You can get the stream by visiting their site and it may be a good time to hear Don talk some hockey!

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A Week of Gretzky

From NHL.com

imageOn August 9, 1988, a day that changed the game, Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers to the lowly Los Angeles Kings.  The trade changed the fortunes of the Kings, was a driving force for National Hockey League expansion into the ‘Sun Belt’, and generated extensive growth of the game at the grassroots level in “non-traditional” hockey markets. 

To commemorate the anniversary, The NHL Network will highlight its “Wayne Gretzky Week” programming by presenting a one-hour special that features exclusive interviews with Gretzky, former Oilers owner Peter Pocklington and former Kings’ owner Bruce McNall, among others, at 9 p.m., ET, on Wednesday, August 6. A VNR of the interview with Gretzky will be provided Tuesday.

Here is the complete NHL Network schedule of Gretzky-related programming for next week:

 

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  Tags: hockey+history, nhl+network, wayne+gretzky

Best of Hockey Blogs

USA Hockey Magazine recently came out on news stands with their August edition, which includes a feature on the hockey blogging world. The article should be available online soon. 

Meanwhile, we were too excited to wait since they named Kuklas Korner.com to the top of the list—#1—for best hockey blog. (How cool is that?!)  Our sincere thanks to USA Hockey Magazine for such a flattering mention for us, plus an excellent list that includes other familiar hockey faces, both mainstream media as well as some independent fan bloggers. Represented are James Mirtle, Ted Leonsis, TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Tom Benjamin, A View From the Cheap Seats, and many others.

Thanks to our friend Patrick Hoffman at The Hockey News for sending us a scan so you can check out the complete list.

Update August 5th: Story now available online.

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A Personal Story

from Shawn Lavigne of Home Ice XM204,

18 years ago today on July 28, 1990 I should have died…literally

I was driving home from an overnight radio shift at CFRA in Ottawa and was one mile away from my home when I had a head-on collision with a truck. I fell asleep my car was destroyed and my body was mangled, I was given a 30 percent chance of survival and if I pulled through I faced paralysis….

In the end though when people feel sorry for me I always tell them it could have been worse. The greatest inspiration in my recovery was two things. My family and my friends! They never let me get down. There was no pity party only love and encouragement. It is amazing what a note, a card, or a visit does to pick someone’s spirits up. My mom never left my bedside until she knew I was out of danger.

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HNIC Still Finalizing Air Talent

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Milbury’s addition raises the question of what the future holds for another HNIC regular with Boston connections - P. J. Stock. There won’t be much room on the Hotstove with ring master Ron MacLean, Milbury and Scott Morrison taking up three of the four spots. HNIC likes to throw in Eric Duhatschek, Pierre LeBrun or Al Strachan in the fourth spot, and that leaves little or no room for Stock.

But CBC Sports head honcho Scott Moore told me yesterday: “We’re definitely keeping young Stock. He has a future.”

Moore said HNIC executive producer Sherali Najak is still putting the pieces of the telecast together, but predicted Stock will have a “slightly expanded role.”

more on Milbury…

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Bloggers Delight

Thanks to the hockey bloggers, we still have something to read in late July.

Check out my NHL.com blog today for a bunch of ‘pointers’.

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Milbury to Join Hockey Night in Canada

From CBC:

Hockey Night in Canada will welcome a familiar face and opinionated hockey mind next season, with Mike Milbury joining the show as an analyst.

Milbury, who has spent over 30 years in the NHL as a player, coach and general manager, will also be a regular contributor to the Hot Stove segment on HNIC.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Mike to our talented broadcast team,” HNIC executive producer Sherali Najak said in a statement. “His experience as an NHL player and executive is reflected in an entertaining on-air style. We look forward to his honest opinions and knowledge on what’s happening around the NHL on a weekly basis.”

continued…

Update 3:53pm ET: Speaking of Milbury’s “entertaining style,” that sort of demands we point to this video (embedded below). The footage is terrible, but somewhere in that muck you can see #28 beating a hockey fan with his own shoe…

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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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