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From Rebecca Bollwitt at NowPublic:
A few weeks ago the streets and Skytrain stations of Vancouver were plastered with posters to advertise the new Canucks season. The theme, “We are All Canucks”, and the unique twist is that they used photos of players in plain-clothes, fans on the concourse, and snapshots of hockey bloggers and podcasters.
Given how much negative attention has been brought to the issue of NHL teams and fan-media in recent weeks, I just wanted to point out that there are some teams working hard to find a balance on this issue. In my experience, the Canucks themselves (you can check out their FanZone) have come a long way in recent years.
NEW YORK, Oct 29, 2008—The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that on October 30 it will offer fans a free trial of NHL GameCenter Live(TM), a new online subscription service that enables fans to engage with live NHL games via TV-quality streaming video.
“Al (Strachan) is sort of like a spaghetti salesman. Al just throws so much against the wall and hopes something sticks. … It’s total lies.”
-Lightning coach Barry Merose on Al Strachan. More on the Lightning at the St. Petersburg Times…
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from Eric McErlain of AOL Fanhouse,
...This is a development you should welcome. Indeed, it is a world that is often confusing. After all, after knowing for a couple of decades that you only needed to pay attention to one or two dailies, a couple of radio stations and local television, you’re now faced with dealing with a multitude of voices. Yes, it means more work. But more work also means more opportunity—more opportunity for your players to talk to fans (in many cases your most passionate fans) and that means more opportunities to sell tickets, memorabilia, merchandise and pay-per-view packages.
In the end, it’s time to get busy listening to, but also talking with the sort of folks who promote your product without any expectation of realizing a financial return. And to quote one great American comedian, if you’re not careful, you might learn something before its done.
From ‘The Carulli Critique’ at the Sporting News:
The NHL is by far the most heavily criticized major sport in North America. Major TV networks (ahem, ESPN) and casual fans everywhere don’t think twice about taking cheap shots at hockey. They’ll talk about how fighting is a disgrace, how there’s consistently an on ice attack every year, or how the NHL is embarrassing because they’re on a network that isn’t shown by many major cable networks. That’s about the extent of the criticisms that anybody has about hockey, and the only legitimate one is about some violent on ice occurrences, but even that is pretty rare. It may seem frequent because the only time ESPN cares about showing the NHL is when something controversial happens.
The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features Dustin Penner (Edmonton Oilers), Jeff Hamilton (Chicago Wolves), Hardy Sauter (Spokane Chiefs), Bruce Garrioch (Ottawa Sun) and Brian Daccord (Stop It Goaltending).
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From Craig Custance at the Sporting News,
[Hockey blogging is] becoming a big business, and Kevin Allen, the president of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, only sees the influence growing.
“We’re kind of the Johnny-come-lately of the blogging world,” said Allen, the national hockey writer for USA Today. “For a decade now, in the entertainment world, bloggers have been very powerful in terms of the impact they can have on movies. We now see politicians hand-delivering scoops to bloggers who blog from their pajamas in their house—giving them information mainstream media can’t get. If it’s happening in entertainment and in politics, I don’t know why any of us would have thought it wouldn’t enter our world too.”
Yesterday, Paul Kukla chatted with Dan Blakeley and Mick Kern of the The War Room at NHL Home Ice on XM Radio, on a variety of hockey topics.
You can listen to the interview on the player below, or download the audio here.
*Our thanks to NHL Home Ice for providing the audio to us
Colin Campbell, Mike Murphy and Kris King discuss on-ice issues and potential rule changes within the game.
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