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from On Frozen Blog,
A morning shower train of thought: were I an NHL referee, how would players, coaches, and fans commonly characterize my officiating style?
For starters, I would well withstand charges of blindness; thanks to Lasik, I’m a fella who can read the tiny scroll on the corner hanging television viewed from the tavern’s most secluded corner.
But more importantly, every time I sat in an arena’s officials’ dressing room lacing up my skates near 7:00, I would reflect on the thousands of hard-working men and women directing their limited disposable income at our evening’s entertainment then pouring through the turnstiles one level above me.
from Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press,
Phil Housley, who today at the St. Paul Hotel will be among recipients of the Lester Patrick Award, is twice appreciative of USA Hockey.
“They were the first people to give me a chance,” Housley said.
That was nearly 26 years ago, in 1982, when Housley was a senior at South St. Paul High School.
“USA Hockey allowed me to play in two exhibition games with the U.S. national team in Germany, playing against Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Clarke and many of the great players in the world before I was drafted, and I made the team,” he said. “That gave me a measuring stick.”
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
NHL governors are talking informally about placing a second hockey team in Toronto alongside the Maple Leafs, The Globe and Mail has learned.
“Why shouldn’t we put another team in the best and biggest market in the world?” one of several NHL governors who spoke with The Globe anonymously said of the Greater Toronto Area.
According to this governor, one idea floated is for prospective owner Jim Balsillie to be rewarded with an expansion team in Toronto after helping to restore financial ballast to the Nashville Predators.
“I’ve heard this exact scenario,” a second governor said.
added 12:52pm, from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
It sounds as if reports that the NHL is considering placing a second team in Toronto are more fantasy than reality.
“The story is nonsense,” one highly placed NHL source told the Star. “Perhaps the musings of one team representative. Expansion to Toronto has never been discussed with the board, the executive committee or any other league committee.
“And its never been considered internally.”
from the Fabulous Forum Blog at the LA Times,
Here are the top 10 richest sports owners from the Forbes list:
1.) E. Stanley Kroenke ($3.5 billion) and his wife, Ann Walton Kroenke ($3.4 billion). Stan owns the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche…
6.) B. Thomas Golisano ($1.7 billion), owner of the Buffalo Sabres.
7.) Michael Illitch ($1.6 billion) from Detroit got rich from the Little Caesars Pizza chain and he owns the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings.
9.) Jeremy Jacbos ($1.6 billion) is much derided in Boston. He owns the Boston Bruins and the TD Banknorth Garden…
note: the list is for the richest American owners.
On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 the National Hockey League and USA Hockey will team up to honor Bob Naegele Jr., Brian Burke, Phil Housely and Ted Lindsay with the 2008 Lester Patrick Award.
“I had the idea that I should beat up every player I ever tangled with,” Lindsay famously said. “And nothing ever convinced me it wasn’t a good idea.”
Tonight we feature Ted Lindsay, watch the video below.
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Head coach Mike Keenan’s stick was up high in the post-game presser, though. He was calm, but obviously upset about the lopsided calls.
“The question is, ‘Are they warranted,’ and then the next question is, ‘Are they penalty free for 40 minutes, the opposition, because that’s how the assessment was made,” said Keenan.
“I look down here,” he added, looking down at the game sheet, “and we’ve got four hooking penalties and they have none. I would say you would be hard-pressed to say they never took a hooking penalty tonight.”
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from P.J. Stock at the CBC Hockey Blog,
But you’d figure that when a rule book is written, it is written with rules for everyone to abide by. You would think that everyone on your team and all your peers in the league are judged on the same slate. Every individual in the NHL is equal and have to follow all these rules in this book….
It’s just that as the season goes on you discover that some players are more equal than others.
Here’s how I know. If you haven’t read the small print in the little National Hockey League Official Rules Book, at the bottom of each page it reads:
- Players on the fourth and fifth lines, fifth, sixth and seventh defencemen and players with a limited skill set like PJ Stock aren’t included in this booklet. Referees are free to call anything they want against these players, ignore anything that happens to them and of course laugh at them between whistles.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The time-honored tradition of bestowing NHLers with nicknames by adding a ‘y’ or an ‘er’ to their surnames means rookie Predators winger Patric Hornqvist will be referred to as:
(d) Mr. Qvister.
more multiple choice questions…
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday:
[The New York Rangers] trip seems to have more than compensated in team chemistry what it had cost in practice time during a rushed training camp. That’s more tangible than the cool million dollars they earned by beating Metallurg Magnitogorsk for the preseason Victoria Cup in Switzerland.
American professional leagues do not release figures on exactly how much real compensation they receive for these trips, but the fact that they keep doing it tells you it is worth their while.
“Playing overseas is a marketing investment—for the league and the team,” said Stefan Szymanski, professor of economics and head of the MBA program at Cass Business School in London. “The long-term benefit is that the league will develop a new fan base.”
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