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Today’s NHL teleconference call was with Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.
Patrick leads Chicago and all National Hockey League rookies in scoring with 28 points on 7 goals and 21 assists, playing in each of the Blackhawks 29 games so far this season. In some ways, his journey to the NHL will come full circle this Saturday when he will play his first professional game in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, when the Blackhawks visit the Sabres at the HSBC Arena.
Q. Are you even a little surprised how well things have gone for you this year?
PATRICK KANE: You know, I think coming into the season, probably the biggest thing for me was to try to make the team. Once that kind of happened, things started coming in. I seemed to get a little more ice team here and there, some more opportunities to play with better players and I had a good start. Before you know it, we’re playing—myself and Jonathan, we’re playing against the top checking lines. I guess you don’t expect things to happen that quick.
At my NHL.com blog today, I go on a “no more changes” rant.
Enough, play the game the way it was meant to be played.
From the CP via TSN,
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is the winner of the Lou Marsh Award.
The honour, decided by a panel of sports editors and broadcasters, is given annually to Canada’s outstanding athlete by the Toronto Star. Other finalists in a close vote were Steve Nash, Erik Guay, Adam van Koeverden and Steve Molitor.
The Lou Marsh Award is named after a former Toronto Star sports editor.
from Tripp Mickle at SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),
The NHL plans to broadcast its first live, video broadband programs on NHL.com in promotion of the Amp Energy NHL Winter Classic scheduled for Jan. 1 in Buffalo.
The first broadcast will be a Winter Classic preview show aired live from XM’s NHL studio at 3 p.m. ET on Dec. 28. The show will focus on past NHL and collegiate outdoor games and why the league is playing outdoors this year.
The second show will air two hours before face-off live from Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo
The live programs represent the first step of an ambitious effort to offer more Web-specific programming on NHL.com. Depending on their success, other live shows could follow from events such as the All-Star Game and Stanley Cup playoffs.
Four games yesterday and all were available in HD via Directv. Not sure if that is the same for other satellite and cable companies, but it sure was nice to be able to watch every game in HD.
Now, if could only get HNIC in HD via Directv, life would be good.
...Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, the Detroit Red Wings TV broadcast crew.
via Russo’s Rants,
Wonder if the Wings play-by-play guy would be whining about A TWO-MINUTE MINOR for tripping in a 5-zip game if Gaborik was paralyzed?
The play-by-play guy should be embarrassed. Hasek did not lead with his stick. He flung his body into Gaborik’s legs — whether Gaborik’s head was down or not — trying to protect a shutout.
It was reckless play on Hasek’s part and it could have been a catastrophic finish at the Joe last night.
The more I listen to regional telecasts on Center Ice, it just amazes me how some of these local announcers lack any objectivity whatsoever.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Preparation begins on Sunday, the day after the Saturday night show.
“I start thinking about what I’m going to wear the next morning,” Cherry said. “I get the suit or jacket that I’m going to wear and I hang it up in my bedroom.
“Before I go to bed, I put different ties with it. So, I’m thinking about that suit all week. If I have a real good fitting suit, if I feel really good, I feel Coach’s Corner is better. I felt that way when I coached, too.”
Cherry watches NHL games almost every night of the week and he takes notes. But he doesn’t flip around the dial. He stays with one game from beginning to end.
From Kevin Allen at USA Today,
One of the most powerful forces in the NHL today is an organization that owns no standing in the NHL. And therein lies the problem.
ESPN has become the big elephant sitting in our room, only in this case everyone is talking about it.
The lack of a television deal with ESPN is now the No. 1 gripe in hockey today. Players complain about it. General managers complain about it. Coaches complain about it, and fans truly complain about it in most vulgar terms.
Joe Pelletier made me a legend.
I am not much into these types of awards, the publicity or recognition but I must say it is much appreciated, especially coming from Joe.
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