Kukla's Korner Hockey
NEW YORK / TORONTO (January 23, 2015) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today announced a North American partnership with GoPro, the maker of the world's most versatile camera and enabler of some of today's most immersive and engaging content. The agreement is GoPro’s first with a major professional sports league. As part of this unprecedented partnership, the NHL will use GoPro’s innovative equipment and expertise to deliver hockey fans never-before-seen perspectives of the game and the talents of the top players in high-definition video content during national and regional game broadcasts and across the digital and social media platforms of the NHLPA, NHL and GoPro.
from Chris Daniels of King 5 News,
On Thursday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray acknowledged that he met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Murray said the meetings occurred Monday on his way to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. According to Murray, Silver said, "Seattle remains a very attractive city for an NBA franchise," but that "the league has no plans to expand at this time."
Murray added that he told Bettman, "We are very keen on bringing an NHL team here, and the commissioner recognizes the value we would bring as home to a future franchise. We will continue to work toward that shared vision."...
Murray is out of town and not available for further comment, according to his spokesman Jason Kelly.
Kelly stressed there were "no firm commitment" made by the NHL or NBA, but the NHL is "very interested in having Seattle host a franchise, that was very clear."
NEW YORK (Jan. 22, 2015) – The National Hockey League announced today the format for the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft™ presented by DraftKings, which will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).
By Mike Shackil,
The All Star game may be the main event of All Star weekend, but Saturday night will still have one of the most fun NHL events of the year. Every season the NHL All Star Skills Competition proves itself a truly unique event that brings excitement and fun for all involved.
This season, there will be the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge, the DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting, the Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay, the AMP NHL Hardest Shot and the Discover NHL Shootout. While this may look like an over-sponsored event, it is still something the fans love to see.
While this ticket isn't going to get as much attention as the actual game, it might actually be a better buy. The average ticket price for the event is going for $214. Just to get into the door of the Nationwide Arena, it is going to cost $86. The skills competition brings an exciting and unique hockey experience for a reasonable price.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
A U.S. bankruptcy judge has reiterated that the NHL should not receive the $145 million it demanded from former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes.
Moyes became the controlling owner of the financially troubled team and its new arena in 2006.
Two years later, he told the NHL that he couldn't afford to fund the team's operating losses. The Coyotes' losses have eclipsed $50 million per season. In 2009, the NHL was told that Moyes was discussing a possible sale of the team to Jim Balsillie and that Balsillie planned to relocate the Coyotes to Hamilton.
The NHL demanded that Moyes stop negotiating with Balsillie. Moyes responded by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the team and its assets, and he executed a sales agreement for the team to Balsillie.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
A prospective NHL team in Las Vegas should generate at least $450 million in expansion fees for the league, two NHL owners told TSN.
“It’s going to be between $450 million and $500 million. I bet it comes in at about $475 million,” one owner told TSN, requesting anonymity because the league does not like owners to speak publicly about such issues.
A second NHL owner subsequently agreed with the prediction.
The estimate, if it bears out, highlights the NHL’s growth over the past decade, a stretch during which the NHL has effectively doubled overall revenue to $3.7 billion.
The last teams to pay expansion fees, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, paid the league $80 million apiece.
Meanwhile I will just call it a money grab until proven wrong.
from mbrodsky at of St. Louis JewishLight,
In the late 1960s, Gary Bettman would finish classes at his Queens high school, take the subway to Madison Square Garden and whip out his student ID card to land a ticket for 50 cents to a New York Rangers game. He’d sit in the arena doing his homework until the game began and he could cheer on favorite players like Rod Gilbert and Eddie Giacomin.
Though the Rangers were a storied hockey club, Bettman was drawn to the newer franchises.
Growing up in a single-parent home, “I didn’t have the passing on of [fandom from] generation to generation that a lot of kids did, so I would tend to gravitate toward expansion teams so I would have instant history,” Bettman, the National Hockey League’s commissioner, told JTA in a telephone interview from his Manhattan office.
“At the time, I didn’t realize what I was doing. As I reflect back on it, it makes sense.”
On Feb. 1, Bettman will mark his 22nd year as NHL commissioner, his longevity trailing that of only five others — including ex-NBA chief David Stern — in the annals of America’s four top sports leagues. Stern had hired Bettman at the National Basketball Association more than a decade before Bettman took the reins of the hockey league.
On Thursday, Bettman, 62, was recognized by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America with the Louis Marshall Award — the first time the New York institution has bestowed the honor for “exemplary ethics and communal commitment” on a sports figure.
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...
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at email@example.com