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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
This NHL exploration of the global market is as welcome as it is necessary. This is not a time for this league to retreat into its own North American borders, regardless of what the habitually ignorant Don Cherry might have to say on the subject. It cannot afford to.
But the league needs to develop a sound plan here, and it needs to do so in conjunction with not only the IIHF, but with each international hockey federation. It needs to form a genuine partnership with the folks from whom NHL teams mine their natural resources. And that includes Russia.
from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
Thinking back a decade or so, Guerin said, “The game was a little more carefree. Now there’s a lot more at stake. There’s more money at stake for the players, a lot more money at stake for the owners, for the coaches, for everybody. You see guys backchecking like crazy. Every game is important now. Now, if you have a bad stretch in November, your season could be over.”
Devils forward Bobby Holik, who debuted with the Hartford Whalers in 1990, said the league still is growing into its new offense-first era. He is happy that tight-fitting jerseys are gone and physical play is making a comeback.
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From Shawn Roarke at NHL.com
The fun in Helsinki started with our arrival at Hartwall Arena, where our two-bus caravan was met by a small horde of diehard fans, so happy and eager to see the Pittsburgh Penguins in the flesh. It reminds you just how lucky, as a North American, that the NHL game is so accessible to most of us.
Shortly after I settled into the press room, on of the NHL PR people asked if I had ever seen the practice rink here. I’ve seen hundreds of practice rinks in my day, so I almost passed on the offer to take in this one. I am glad I didn’t.
As I think I mentioned in my last post, Hartwall Arena is cut out of the surrounding bedrock and there are rock outcroppings along the corridors on the event level. Well, the practice rink is three floors below the event level and is carved entirely out of rock!
That’s right, the Jokerit practice facility is a cave with an ice surface. Amazing!
read on for more from Europe
from Mick Kern of the NHL Home Ice Blog,
If you had to win ONE big game, be it for the Stanley Cup, or, if your expectations are more realistic, be it for first place in your division, or even the last playoff spot in the conference…which player would you most want to have on your side?
A few conditions, but of course. First, no Hockey Hall-of-Famers can be considered. Way too obvious. Second, this one may stir up some debate as to what defines a star, but any player most fans would recognize as a star cannot be included (though many did vote for Danny Gare…and we allowed him to be included, so go figure). Third, the player can come from any era, any team, but we had to have a concrete, logical reason why.
from Kevin Maney at Portfolio,
Put every game on line live, supported by ads and free. Store them on line so if I can’t get to a screen until 30 minutes after the game starts, I can start watching from the beginning—or I can watch hours later. Use a Hulu or Kyte type of strategy so fans can seed NHL games around the Web, on blogs and Facebook pages and so on. The No. 1 priority should be getting games in front of eyeballs and becoming the league that excites the digital generation.
That would be a truly daring, radical strategy. In fact, it’s what Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis told me he’d do if he were starting the NHL from scratch today.
Discussing which sport has the best post-season, E.J. Hradek of ESPN comes to the rescue regarding our game…
Take a look at what we’re talking about here. I mean, the Cup playoffs are a two-month physical and mental grind. Think about that. That’s two months where you play just about every other day. With each passing game, you’re more beat up, but you keep going. The guys grow those “playoff beards” because they want to look like they feel—worn. They play through injuries that would make a college hoops kid cry for his mom.
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com—
I am so ready!
Center Ice ordered along with NHL GameCenter Live. All cables and inputs checked and tightened on the back of the HDTV. The recliner is exactly 9 feet away from the 55 inch screen. Picture-in-picture x4 checked, which allows me to follow 8 games at a time. Climbed onto the roof, sprayed the satellite dish with anti-stick cooking spray (prevents ice and snow build-up).
Sound system has been checked…
continued… as Paul reminds me of all the ways that some of us are NOT ready!
from Tim Arango of the New York Times,
On Saturday, the N.H.L. opens its 2008-9 season, putting yet more distance between the league and its former financial troubles, which wiped out the entire season four years ago after management and the players union failed to reach a collective bargaining agreement.
By many measures, the league has engineered a turnaround — both attendance and revenue are up. But the labor fiasco remains fresh in people’s minds, including those in charge of marketing the league to fans, and those troubles still serve as a backdrop to the league’s business and marketing decisions.
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