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Dick Pound Still Beating The Drugs Drum

from Mike Norris of the Whig-Standard,

Four years after saying he believed that as many as a third of NHL players may be taking performance-enhancing drugs, the former chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency says the league still won’t admit it has a problem….

During a question-and-answer period following his speech, Pound was asked if he still felt the same way about performance-enhancing drugs in the NHL.

“I was attacking the closest thing to organized religion as you can,” he said of his original claim, made in January 2006.

Pound said he wasn’t referring to steroids, but rather stimulants, for which the NHL doesn’t test.

“Sudafed cocktails,” said Pound. “Those are performance-enhancing drugs.”

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KK- Back In A Bit

Stepping out for a dental appointment, should be back around 11:30am.

In the meantime- Fans of teams in the playoff hunt, what’s your gut feeling, will your team be in or watching when mid-April rolls around?

added 11:04,am Back, no drilling required.

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Mike Keenan Wants Another NHL Coaching Job

via Steve Buffery at the Toronto Sun,

Fired last season by the Calgary Flames, despite guiding his injury-laden team to the Western Conference quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, Keenan said he certainly would accept a coaching position in the NHL if the right opportunity arose.

“I definitely still have a lot of interest in the profession,” said Keenan, who guided the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup in 1994. “I think I still have something to offer to a hockey club. I’m not to the point where I feel I’m retired. I’m way too young to be retired.”

Keenan, 60, admitted that being fired by the now-struggling Flames still stings.

“I was disappointed about being fired and disappointed about the rationale,” he said. “We had a very good season, we ran into some very critical injuries to some players who had some long-term, serious disabilities. And then we ran into cap problems, where we had issues of (not being able to) ice appropriate number of players.

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Developing A Standard On Head Shots

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail (Thursday edition),

Before next season begins, the National Hockey League wants to crack down on headshots that leave unsuspecting players exposed to serious injury, commissioner Gary Bettman says.

“We want to develop a standard that is clear; that the players know what to expect; that the officials know exactly what to call,” Mr. Bettman said in a telephone interview yesterday.

According to Mr. Bettman, an NHL game averages 40 to 42 hits, or roughly 50,000 total in the regular season. He believes egregious headshots amount to about a dozen over the course of an entire season. The challenge, he says, is to develop a standard in order to impose discipline – without fundamentally changing the physical aspect of the game.


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Hockey Talk

As many of you know, I am always thinking hockey.

Read my thoughts at NHL.com.

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Sucked Back Into The Game

from Justin Bourne at USA TODAY,

Seven or eight years ago, I started losing interest in the game from a fan’s perspective. Playing at a high level was taking the fun out of watching it – Not only did I know the crappy truths about why some guys made it while others of equal talent didn’t (agents, drafts, birth years and size overriding concepts like “who’s the better player?”), but I started to feel like I could do a lot of what I was watching, and in some cases, better.

I never totally drifted from the game, of course. And, as I trained and grew and improved and developed, I was realizing something. There were still a couple dozen players around the league who made me think “Wow, not with all the training, nutrition, practice and encouragement could I ever do that.” And that’s what’s sucked me back into fanhood, and what keeps me here — isn’t it for you? That awe, the respect for a level of ability you yourself just weren’t blessed with possessing?


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Talking NHL & Social Networking

from Jennifer Leggio of ZDNet,

The 29th episode of the Quick’n’Dirty podcast was the most enjoyable one yet, at least for me. Why? I got to talk about one of my top five life obsessions: hockey. Michael DiLorenzo, director of social media marketing & strategy / director of business communications for the NHL joined us to talk about the organization’s social media strategy - and how it’s going about using social media to increase the loyalty of hockey fans across the regions.

Needless to say, I hijacked most of the interview from my poor co-host Aaron Strout, and hammered DiLorenzo with all kinds of questions ranging from the change in his role from traditional corporate communications to social media, what the NHL is doing with social media to make hockey no longer a “secondary” sport in the U.S., as well as how they balance the naysayers of commissioner Gary Bettman while still allowing him to be open online.

continue with link to listen to the podcast…

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Marketing The NHL

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The NHL has made progress in eroding its traditional insistence on being excessively democraticlittle “d” — in its mind-set and promotion.

But the league, meaning both the administrative office based on the Avenue of the Americas in New York, those involved at every level with the 30 teams, plus even the game’s culture, has a long way to go.

Absolutely, it should stop short of the NBA’s self-centered culture and excessive star promotion, but it still could take better advantage of its stars and marquee teams.

That even can be done in a number of ways, from billboards and television ad campaigns, both for individual teams in their markets and for the league internationally; to even scheduling that gets the most possible exposure for top games.


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Peter Laviolette Not Happy With The Way Today’s Game Was Called

from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

What he wasn’t happy with were some of the calls that went against his club, including a high-sticking penalty on Simon Gagne, wiping out a Mike Richards goal that would have made it a 2-0 game in the first period.

“Going back and looking at that game, there are just too many penalties that never happened,” said the head coach. “On that play in particular, Simon Gagne didn’t high stick anybody. So, it turns around and goes the other way.

“Scott Hartnell did not, in my opinion, interfere with the goaltender (at 7:44 of the first period). I don’t know if it’s a reputation from the past, but you know we want to play tough, physical…we don’t need to go to the box. But, we’re still going there, and our players aren’t taking penalties.”


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HNIC Hotstove Talk Tonight

from Mihira Lakshman of CBC,

At least a few NHL general managers are willing to consider a proposal that would give video replay officials at the central office in Toronto more authority on controversial calls, Hockey Night in Canada contributor Elliotte Friedman said during Saturday’s Hotstove segment.

There are also suggestions to bring in a new “coach’s challenge” rule similar to the one used in football, he said.

continue or watch…

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