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from Josh Kosman and Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Sports megabrand Adidas is weighing a move to lower the team-sports profile of its Reebok unit, The Post has learned.
The move may first be seen in the NHL where, sources said, Adidas has recently asked the NHL for permission to replace Reebok as its official uniform supplier with its brand.
In fact, in locker rooms during this week’s NHL Stadium Series games at Yankee Stadium, the cold-weather gear handed out to players for the Rangers, Islanders and Devils was Adidas brand — not Reebok.
The NHL told players to cover up the Adidas logo — including those on T-shirts and underwear — when the media is in their locker rooms, because the NHL has not approved a supplier change, two sources close to the situation said.
via the CP at NHL.com,
Referee Trevor Hanson has left a game between the Buffalo Sabres and Phoenix Coyotes after being hit in the nose by a puck.
Hanson was in the corner late in the second period Thursday night, when a shot by Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson caromed off the crossbar and hit Hanson in the nose.
Hanson doubled over in pain and skated to Phoenix's bench, where he was given a towel. Holding the towel to his face, Hanson was helped down the Coyotes tunnel to receive medical attention.
Watch the incident below, via CBC...
from Mike Beamish of the Vancouver Sun,
For the first time in a public forum, however, the former Vancouver Canucks enforcer acknowledged that he has a mental illness, a condition he suspects is linked to the pounding he took as an NHL player. Odjick provided powerful testimony Tuesday at a sports-related concussion symposium at the Chan Centre for Family Health Education at B.C. Children’s Hospital....
“I remember, in the last two years of my career, getting a concussion, going into Philly and walking around,” Odjick explained. “People just looked like Martians. They looked like they were from another planet. I couldn’t remember how to get to the rink for half the season. I was totally forgetful. I couldn’t remember what time it was, what I was supposed to be doing. It was just one turn to the right, one turn to the left to get to the rink, but I got lost just going there. Everybody (players) wanted to play me in the simplest of card games because they knew they could beat me.”
Odjick related how his hockey fights developed into a strange addiction. He craved the blows, both in delivering and receiving them, because it confirmed his worth as a hockey player.
And I’ll predict that the game will be against the Detroit Red Wings. I mean, the alumni game alone would be an automatic sellout. You want to see Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic suit up against Darren McCarty and Mike Vernon and Kris Draper and all the other hated Wings one last time? Of course you do, and you will buy a ticket to see them one more time, even if some don’t show up. An Avs-Wings alumni game would be just so much fun – and I bet it would be a verycontentious game, which would make it that much more fun.
-Adrian Dater of All Things Avs where the headline reads "Denver a slam dunk to get NHL outdoor Winter Classic game next year". Dater also refers to the "Outdoor Winter Classic Series" in the story so somewhere along the line there is confusion since I thought Washington was awarded the Winter Classic game for next season.
from Kavitha A. Davidson of Bloomberg,
The absence of NHL players would also further highlight just how poor a decision the IOC made when it chose Sochi to host the games. Flash back to 2007, when the committee selected the Russian city by just four votes in a secret ballot that had many scratching their heads over questions of the country's ability to get the infrastructure and security in place for such a major event -- not to mention the whole "worst human-rights record since the Soviet era" thing. The IOC has done a masterful job of deflecting blame to the host nation for the problems that have plagued these Olympics, but let's not forget that the committee chose Sochi over the much more stable and accessible Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The IOC could ultimately be the cause of what it considers an absolute travesty: not having the best athletes in the world representing their countries. The absence of Major League Baseball players from the Summer Games was a primary reason the IOC voted to purge baseball and softball. Wouldn't it be something if that happened with the competition's most high-profile (and highest-revenue-generating) sport -- and it would be completely the IOC's fault?
A different perspective of the game.
The video is just over two minutes long.
from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Not to pick on the NHL, which isn't crazy about the situation, either, but the league has compromised its level of play, put its players at greater risk of injury, and turned itself nearly inside out in order to shut itself down at the worst possible time.
There isn't another sport out there that would do such a thing. (Of course, there isn't another sport that thinks it's a good idea to award points for losses, either. That stupidity can be the subject for another day, however.)
It isn't as if hockey is football in this country and is popular enough and rich enough to do whatever it pleases. Hockey needs to develop and hold onto casual fans, although the NHL has no idea how to do so. The league office became so enamored with the attention it got from the first few Winter Classic games that it scheduled six (six!) outdoor games this season, proving there is no innovation so good that it can't be run into the ground by men with little imagination and a lack of other ideas.
It is downright silly for the NHL to stop playing in the middle of its season, to disappear just as the NFL monster has finally relinquished the stage and before the basketball tournaments and baseball season get going. That is when the NHL could catch the attention of fans looking for something to watch. Instead, it will be Duke vs. Somebody Else and Arizona vs. Another Team, and if you don't like that, there will be curling and the bobsled.
from Michael McCarthy and E.J. Schultz of Advertising Age,
If Coors Light has its way, next year's Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will feature some Rocky Mountain Freshness.
The title sponsor of the NHL's new series of four outdoor hockey games has asked the league to bring the event to its backyard of Denver in 2015 after stops at New York's Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Chicago's Soldier Field this year, said Adam Dettman, director of sports & entertainment marketing for MillerCoors.
NHL CMO Brian Jennings confirmed the Colorado Avalanche are under consideration to host a Stadium Series game next year.
from the CP at TSN,
The NHL's Olympic break is less than two weeks away but the threat of terrorism is keeping the situation volatile.
After deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league would consider pulling out of Sochi if something "significant" happens before players arrive, those set to participate are trying not to worry about that scenario.
"Between the NHL and the NHLPA and the Olympic people, in communication obviously with the people in Russia, they're going to advise us if we shouldn't go," Ken Holland of Canada's management team said Tuesday. "I'm looking at the lead of the NHL.
"Until they tell us we're not going, I'm going to Newark and going to jump on a plane and go to Sochi."
A Hockey Canada spokesman said the organization had no official comment, adding nothing has changed about the situation.
By Tom Murray,
The “kicking motion” rulings that are coming out of the NHL’s War Room of late—or not—are beyond maddening, not only because of their lack of consistency, but also because with every decision we seem to get a new definition for what exactly Rule 49.2 describes as a “distinct kicking motion.”
And you need look no further than two games that were played over this past weekend.
At 3:45 of overtime in a Saturday afternoon game between the Blues and the Islanders, Franz Nielsen of the Isles fires a puck to the front of the Blues net as teammate Thomas Vanek heads for the crease. The puck bounces off his right to his left skate as Vanek is backing in towards the net, then slides under the pads of goalie Jaroslav Halak for what appears to be the winning goal for the Islanders.
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