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NHL Partners With New Amsterdam Vodka

MODESTO, Calif., (October 1, 2018) - New Amsterdam Vodka and the National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced a multiyear U.S. partnership naming New Amsterdam Vodka the Official Vodka of the NHL, securing its place as the first-ever vodka brand to be a League sponsor. New Amsterdam Vodka will be featured in NHL programming throughout the regular season and the Stanley Cup® Playoffs, as well as during the league’s premier events, including the NHL Winter Classic®, NHL Stadium Series™ and NHL® All-Star Game.

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The NHL Seattle Group Will Meet With The NHLs Executive Committee

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

While nothing official will come out of a Tuesday meeting between the NHL Seattle group and the league’s executive committee, any positive nod makes the deal as good as done. Sure, there would still be a vote required by the 31-member NHL board of governors, likely in Florida come early December, to award Seattle an expansion franchise to play at a remodeled KeyArena starting in October 2020.

But the board of governors has never nixed an expansion recommendation by the all-powerful, 10-member executive committee. And if you’re weighing the odds of a positive recommendation out of that committee on Tuesday, well, that particular deck comes about as stacked as the Washington Capitals lineup that will open defense of its Stanley Cup championship the following night against the Boston Bruins.

First off, the executive committee chairman is none other than Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, also known as the 50-year patriarch of family business Delaware North, which happens to have a deal as lead concessionaire of the soon-to-be-revamped KeyArena. Next, you have Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, who worked tightly with NHL Seattle president and CEO Tod Leiweke for years when he was Lightning CEO and helped Vinik with his Channelside real estate development project.

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What Is The Plan For International Play And The NHL?

from Damien Cox of th Toronto Star,

Don’t be bothered if your memories of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey are a bit sketchy. You’re not alone.

As a refresher, the tournament was held two Septembers ago, entirely in Toronto, there were two amalgamation teams made up of players from various European countries and NHLers under the age of 23, the U.S. squad was lousy and Canada beat the Euros in a forgettable two-game final. The hockey was fine, if not compelling, and the profits were considerable, if not spectacular.

More than anything, it was a start. The NHL was back on the board with what was once its signature international event before the league joined the Olympic movement in 1998, working hand-in-hand with the NHL Players Association and sharing the proceeds.

The intention was clear. After 12 years without a non-Olympic, best-on-best competition, the World Cup was not only going to be a regular event, likely every four years, it was going to be accompanied by several other new events to showcase NHL players internationally....

Well, here we are in 2018, almost in October, and no events, new or old, have materialized. Boston and Calgary were in China for a couple of meaningless exhibition games earlier this month. Edmonton and New Jersey will kick off the 2018-19 NHL season in Gothenberg, Sweden, as part of the 2018 NHL Global Series, which will also include Winnipeg and Florida flying to Helsinki for a pair of games Nov. 1 and 2.

This is clearly not what the grand plan was.


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Donald Fehr On The Next CBA

from the CP at CBC,

Sitting in a boardroom at the NHL Players' Association's sleek 12th-floor downtown office, a relaxed Donald Fehr doesn't seem like a man getting ready for a fight.

But the union's executive director also makes it clear his membership isn't prepared to be pushed around a third consecutive time with labour clouds and the possibility of another lockout already starting to form on the horizon.

"It's no secret the players made enormous concessions to the owners in the last two negotiations," Fehr said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press. "There's a general sense that it would be appropriate for the scales to move back in the other direction a bit. We will see."


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The Changing Goalie Gear

from the CP at TSN,

The aim, like the other streamlined goalie gear, is to boost scoring while at the same time rewarding athletic ability in the crease by eliminating unnecessary padding that wasn't protecting goalies, but instead simply helping them block pucks.

In short, a 190-pound goalie and a 240-pound goalie will no longer cut the same figure on the ice.

"Three or four years ago, talking to some of the best goalies in hockey ... they wanted us to try to find a way to make goalies look closer to the size they were," NHL vice-president of hockey operations Kay Whitmore said. "The biggest complaint was, 'If I weigh 50 pounds more than another guy, why do we look the same?'"

The focus of the league, in conjunction with the NHL Players' Association, on chest protectors has been reducing the size of the shoulders by roughly an inch to make them less boxy and more form-fitting. The same goes for the padding on a goalie's arms.

"When you buy a suit, everyone wears different sizes," Whitmore said. "That was our challenge — adding different sizes to encompass all goalies."


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Seattle City Council Approves Renovations To KeyArena

from Chris Daniels of K5News,

The Seattle City Council put an end to a debate spanning more than a decade by approving a $700 million makeover of the KeyArena.

It is part of what will - likely - be a more than $1.4 billion private investment in the city where an NHL team can call home.

The vote was unanimous.

It was expected, and completes a dramatic comeback for the much maligned building.

The effort had been bad mouthed since 2006, and bordered on “white elephant” status after the Sonics left in 2008. More than one developer or entrepreneur looked at the site and moved on.


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Afternoon Line- Pierre LeBrun

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The Bottom Line On Gambling

from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,

They’ve yet to play a meaningful game, but already the New Jersey Devils and Las Vegas Golden Knights are the big winners of the 2018-19 NHL season.

The Devils and Knights both announced this week they have gone where no NHL team had before — signing lucrative sponsorship deals with companies that specialize in sports gambling....

So what happens now if we see American-based teams swimming in new gambling money, while Canada’s seven franchises continue to be shut out at the windows because of this country's ban on single-proposition sports betting?

On the one hand, the NHL salary cap serves as the great equalizer. No matter how much money your franchise generates, the existence of a cap means you can only spend so much of it on hockey players before you reach the limit.

In other words, while all this new gambling money will make a team such as the Knights more profitable off the ice, it won’t necessarily help make it any better on the ice.


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Jagermeister Is Now The “Official Shot Of The NHL”

NEW YORK (September 18, 2018) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and Jägermeister have entered into an agreement in which Jägermeister will become an official partner of the NHL in the U.S with the designation of “official shot of the NHL.” As part of the partnership, Jägermeister will create compelling and engaging 360-degree, integrated programs that will be supported across various retail, in-venue and on premise channels as well as consumer activations at the NHL Winter Classic®, the NHL® All-Star Weekend and other NHL marquee events. This collaboration allows consumers and hockey fans alike the opportunity to partake in shared, ice cold moments with premier brand integration and exposure.

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Vegas Golden Knights Announce A Partnership With A Sports Book

VEGAS (September 18, 2018) – William Hill US, the world’s leading sports book operator, and the Vegas Golden Knights today announced a landmark, multi-year partnership, the first-ever between an NHL team in North America and a sports book.

“We could not be more excited to partner with the Golden Knights.  We are headquartered in Las Vegas and have seen first-hand what this team has done for our community,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US. “William Hill is the leader in the U.S sports betting market and we are proud of the fact that this is the first sponsorship agreement between a sports book and an NHL team in the country.  We appreciate the leadership of Bill Foley and his Golden Knights management team in bringing a winning franchise to Las Vegas and always working to make the in-game experience the best anywhere.”

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