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Mike Brophy at The Hockey News once tried to interview Tom Barrasso:
“Who is this?”
“Mike Brophy from The Hockey News.”
“How did you get my phone number?”
“You gave it to me.”
“No I didn’t.”
“Yes you did.”
“I did not and I am going to spend the rest of my life trying to find out how you got it. Goodbye.”
My thoughts afterwards? What an ass!
And yet I sit here today thinking he should be in the Hall of Fame.
from Pierrre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitaille are all in their first year of eligibility in 2009. Yzerman and Hull are obviously total no-brainer selections and Leetch and Robitaille are pretty darn close to that.
All of which means players such as Doug Gilmour, Pavel Bure, Dino Ciccarelli, Adam Oates and Steve Larmer, just to name a few, will have to wait even longer for possible induction.
I can’t figure out why one of those players didn’t get the needed support from the committee to join Larionov and Anderson given what’s ahead next year.
Perhaps the selection committee is getting tired of hearing how “easy” it is to get into the Hall.
The annual meeting of the Selection Committee was held this past Tuesday to select this year’s inductees to the HHOF, in the Player, Builder and Referee/Linesman categories. “Players eligible are those that retired prior to the 2004-2005 season.”
via Legends of Hockey:
Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors and Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee, announced today that Glenn Anderson and Igor Larionov have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. In the Builder Category, Ed Chynoweth was posthumously elected. In the Referee/Linesman Category, Ray Scapinello was elected. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.
Update 4:47pm ET: Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail has more on today’s inductees.
A note from the league—
NHL Network’s special Draft programming begins Friday, June 20, with the NHL Draft Preview Show live from Scotiabank Place at 6 p.m. ET. After all 30 first-round selections are made, NHL Network will be the place to be for the live NHL Draft First Round Recap Show. Fans can tune-in for instant analysis of how their favorite team fared as NHL Network breaks down all of the Round 1 action.
The first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on Friday will start at 7 p.m., ET. In Canada, NHL Network will simulcast TSN’s live coverage of Round 1, which begins at 7 p.m., ET. RDS in Canada also provides live coverage of Round 1. In the U.S., VERSUS will air TSN’s live feed of Round 1 in its entirety. NHL Radio’s live audio coverage of Round 1 can be heard on radio stations across North America, on XM 204 and on NHL.com.
Update 2:16pm ET: George Malik at Snapshots has rounded up a nice selection of online Draft coverage out there today.
In preparation for the NHL Entry Draft this weekend, I threw together a short Q&A for both Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams, who are covering the event for Kukla’s Korner.
First, meet Erin Nicks. (Even Gary Bettman has learned to stay out of her way…)
from Alex Hebert of the Ottawa Sun,
A quick search on craigslist.com, kijiji.ca, ebay and other e-commerce sites yielded multiple postings of people selling pairs of tickets for upwards of $125.
Whether fans will actually pay that much remains to be seen but a pair of tickets on ebay already had a bidder willing to drop $51 on them with 11 hours left in the auction.
This revelation puzzled Senators spokesman Phil Legault, who told me that the event was not yet at capacity and there were still many Entry Draft passes being given away for free.
Geez, I need to get a glossary. Does everyone have one but me?
At least Erin has a much shorter version than Abel to Yzerman!
In case you missed it yesterday, Erin Nicks along with Patrick Williams will be filing reports for KK from the 2008 NHL Draft in Ottawa. Look for more on this in the next few days.
Kukla’s Korner will be covering the NHL Entry Draft live again this year, this time with the help of two great hockey writers, Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams. They’ll be providing exclusive interviews from Ottawa, liveblogging the gossip, and posting whatever else they find going on behind the scenes.
More details available here.
P.S. My endless gratitude to Patrick and Erin for undertaking this project with me for KK readers—it should be a lot of fun!
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
This coming week, there are no fewer than four pivotal events on the docket, each one of them with the potential for far-reaching impact:
• Monday and Tuesday, the NHL Players’ Association will meet in Colorado Springs and each player who shows up gets a free laptop. The usual procedural things will be on the agenda, but sources say a rather interesting situation is forming between the league and its union.
First of all, the players will address the possibility of terminating the collective bargaining agreement in September 2009. Not a chance this will happen because a CBA in which the players were supposedly taking a kick to the groin is turning out to be another huge win for them.
from Alan Adams of AOL Canada,
This is one of those read the book, seen the movie scenarios that has become all too common in NHL folklore.
The price of doing business is about to go up again, for a third straight year.
The average NHL salary this season was $1.9 million US, a hike of 11 per cent over last season and a whopping 28 per cent higher than it was when the NHL resumed business following the 2004-05 lockout.
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