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from Darren Rovell, with CNBC (now ESPN) on 12/31/08,
DR: How do you bottle this up? It's a catch-22 because you have it and then people start saying Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park. Let's do this 15 times a year.
Gary Bettman: Well, 15 times a year would probably take away its uniqueness.
DR: So how much can you do it?
GB: We've been focused on one a year. I think more than that, two would be the limit. But I’m not even focusing on doing it more than one. There is no shortage a of interest. We've had at least a dozen clubs say “we would love to do this in our market -- our fans would just absolutely love it.” Last we played in a football stadium, this year in Wrigley Field. To play the Bridgestone Winter Classic in a stadium that is almost 100 years old that's had virtually every event except, until now, a hockey game.
Outdoor games aren't about celebrating the game, or hearkening back to childhood ponds. They're about making money....
- Barry Petchesky of Deadspin where you can read more on this topic.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Brendan Shanahan isn't interested in statistics anymore, not even the ones that appear to work in his favor, such as those that show the number of suspensions, fines and warnings he has handed out this season being down considerably from last season.
Shanahan, the NHL's senior vice president of safety and hockey operations, has handed out 15 suspensions totaling 34 games, eight fines and 15 warnings through 631 games (totals through Monday) this season, according to numbers provided by the Department of Player Safety. He handed out 22 suspensions totaling 73 games, 17 fines and 49 warnings in the same amount of games last season. There were another 29 regular-season games missed because of eight suspensions handed down during the preseason.
"I'm glad [the numbers are down], but in my mind teams are getting ready for the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs and my team [at the Department of Player Safety] is getting ready for the playoffs," Shanahan told NHL.com.
Shanahan admits he is leery about what awaits because of what happened in the first round last season.
continued plus other NHL topics...
Darren Dreger of Insider Trading on TSN talked about the plans for outdoor games next season in the NHL.
Contracts are not signed and some details need to be "ironed out", but this is the plan.
Watch the full edition of Insider Trading on TSN here. Other topics discussed were league security and NHL awards.
Brendan Shanahan discusses the hits around the boards in this educational video.
from Chris Stevenson of the Toronto Sun,
The National Hockey League is ramping up security at its rinks in the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon Monday.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly responded “yes,” in an email to QMI Agency when asked if the league is increasing security at its games.
“We have coordinated with all of the buildings in which NHL games are being played and appropriate steps are being taken to ensure the buildings are secure and safe,” wrote Daly.
Follow the two referees as they prepare and call the recent game between the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs.
A good behind the scenes feature.
added 3:30pm, Read a statement below on today's meeting.
Patrick Burke and Gary Bettman were on CNN this morning to discuss the You Can Play initiative.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
In only 13 months, the You Can Play project has gone from fledgling concept to unstoppable cultural force. Its raison d’etre – the eradication of homophobia in all athletic endeavors – and the passion behind it has been embraced so swiftly and by so many people, YCP has become the go-to organization for anyone who wants to be educated about gay and lesbian issues in sport.
But the place where it all began for YCP was the hockey world. In some ways, you can say it truly began in the dressing room of the Miami University men’s hockey team in late 2009, when then-team manager Brendan Burke told players he was gay and received overwhelming support for who he was and his goal. But after Burke’s tragic death in a car accident in February of 2010, his brother Patrick and father Brian have worked wonders to honor his legacy – first by founding YCP and then by relentlessly promoting its message – and they’ve succeeded in large part because dozens of hockey players and thousands of hockey fans believe in their cause.
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