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NEW YORK (January 20, 2015) – The 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ will mark the first on-ice matchup between Team Foligno, under the helm of Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno, and Team Toews, led by Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Each of the 48 All-Stars and Rookies will compete in at least one of the six rounds of skill-based contests. Fans can watch the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ live on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC and TVA Sports in Canada.
Here is the video explanation...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 19, 2015) – The 2015 NHL Fan Fair™, the three-day, official fan festival of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, will occupy more than 200,000 square feet of the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), Exhibit Halls C & D, on Friday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 25. The family-friendly festival features something for everyone including special appearances from current NHL stars, former NHL greats and NHL team mascots. Fans will experience a display of 20 of hockey’s most prestigious trophies including the iconic Stanley Cup®; NHL All-Star exhibitions; live TV and radio broadcasts; music, food, merchandise, hockey trading cards, and memorabilia locations; interactive hockey-themed games and attractions; and much more.
from Pat Garofalo of U.S News and World Report,
“[The NHL has] had this Sun Belt sort of plan for development, and it hasn’t really done very well if you look at attendance,” says Dennis Coates, an economics professor at the University of Maryland–Baltimore County who studies sports and stadiums. And the prospect of Vegas bucking the trend isn’t good, he adds, saying that the league may “never build a fan base in Las Vegas for the same reason they couldn’t in Atlanta. Nobody skates there! They don’t play hockey. And so the natural followers of the sport just don’t exist there.”
In fact, according to an analysis by the website FiveThirtyEight, “there are only 91,000 hockey fans in the Vegas media market, which is nearly 40 percent fewer than even Nashville, Tennessee, the least-avid current NHL city, has.” The analysis, based on Internet search traffic, led FiveThirtyEight to the following conclusion: If Las Vegas “follows the league’s heretofore-established relationship between fan base size and financial success, it might be all but impossible for its new team to turn a long-term profit without a change to the underlying economics of the NHL as a whole.”
Adding to the trouble is that Las Vegas has a large Hispanic population, which has not traditionally been inclined to tune in to ice hockey. Vegas is also just the 41st largest television market in the U.S.; the only smaller market that currently has an NHL team is Buffalo, New York.
That said, the Business Journals estimated that, by available personal income, Vegas is actually one of the most attractive potential locales for an NHL team. The league has also successfully hosted NHL preseason games in the city for the last few years. And either way, the Las Vegas Arena is being built thanks to private funds, with or without a major sports tenant, its owners banking on a stream of other events – concerts, boxing matches and the like – to fill seats and pay the bills.
much more with some MLS talk too...
from Paul Lukas of ESPN,
But these new NHL All-Star designs aren't just awful -- they're awful in a very specific way, thanks to the use of all that really loud, neon-green trim, which sticks out like, well, like really loud, neon-green trim. Variations on this color -- sometimes varying more toward yellow, sometimes more toward green and often somewhere in between -- have been popping up throughout the uni-verse and the sports apparel world with increasing frequency in recent years. Nike calls its version of the color "Volt"; adidas calls its version "Electricity"; the Seattle Seahawks call their version "Action Green"; and the NHL is referring to the tone on the All-Star uniforms as -- drumroll, please -- "Elite Green."
By any name, it's an odd color to include in the All-Star uniforms. Aside from being visually jarring, the color doesn't appear at all in the game's logo. You can tell the players don't think much of it either, even when they're trying to be diplomatic about it. The whole thing is almost too easy to ridicule...
from Jason Scavone of Vegas Seven,
William Foley’s father was in the Air Force, up in Ottawa for three years in the early 1950s when Foley was just starting elementary school. Under those circumstances, pond hockey isn’t so much something you take up as it is part of the atmosphere. You put on a hat because it’s cold, you go to school because you have to and you play pond hockey because it’s January in Canada.
Foley, the 69-year-old chairman of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fidelity National Financial who made Forbes’ “Billionaire Up and Comers” list in 2013, drifted away from the game in his subsequent years. When he talks about his favorite hockey teams today, he sounds like a presidential hopeful stumping across primary states. (“I like the Blackhawks. I live in Northern Cal part of the year, so I follow the Sharks. I’ve got to say the Blackhawks and Sharks are kind of my teams.”)
Perhaps not for much longer. That’s because Foley is the head of a group (which includes the Maloof family) that’s trying to put an NHL team in the under-construction MGM/AEG arena by the start of the 2016-17 season. And he’s not shy about his ambitions for what would be this city’s first major professional sports team: “Our feeling is we want to have a really fast team. We don’t want to be the big guys who get into fights. We want to be highly skilled. The first couple of years are going to be difficult. But we’re going to invest in the team, and my goal is to bring a Stanley Cup to Las Vegas within eight years. It may take eight years, but we can do it if we make the right investment in the team. The Islanders did it.”
"I think it'll happen, I think it can work. There's a lot of money there, and I think a lot of people would love to go to Vegas to watch their favorite team play. It wouldn't be bad to be the first pro sports team in Vegas. I think the NHL likes to be the pioneers in that aspect."
-Jeremy Roenick on the NHL expaning to Las Vegas. More on this topic at Sports Illustrated.
I cannot believe that people raise a stink about who’s in and who’s out. WHO CARES? I’ve been saying for years that the All-Star Game should be cancelled, and perhaps one day they’ll listen to me. Many of the veteran players would rather be in Jamaica that weekend than at the actual event. But there is no question that it still matters to the younger guys who have never been.
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. LeBrun and Scott Burnside debate the ASG and it you can read more about it.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Granted, when the Flyers willfully violated terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement by traveling on Dec. 26, it was not exactly a capital crime.
Except it was, because it struck at the core of what the league professes to hold so near and dear, and that’s integrity of the competition.
I mean, that’s why the NHL has a hard cap, right?
But anyway, of course scheduling the Flyers to play in Nashville on Dec. 27 was unfair.
Kind of like scheduling the Flyers to play against the Predators any time or any place this year would be unfair. Wait, who said that?
But such inequities happen all the time. The Rangers, for instance, played their home opener as a tired team having traveled after a game the previous night in Columbus while their opponents, the Maple Leafs, were rested and waiting in New York for the Blueshirts.
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Just a thought, but perhaps if Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs’ father, “Mr. Jacobs,” wasn’t one of the most hard-line hawks through Owners’ Lockout III, the B’s wouldn’t have been forced to dispense with Johnny Boychuk in order to stay under the cap.
Or maybe that’s just me.
NEW YORK (Jan. 9, 2015) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and Reebok today unveiled the innovative new uniform system, including the jerseys, that will be worn by the League’s All-Stars during 2015 NHL® All-Star Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 23-25. Both All-Star team jersey designs are available for purchase starting today at shop.NHL.com, the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York City, Fox Sports Ohio Blue Line stores and select team retail locations.
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