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Should The Canadian National Anthem Be Played At The Stanley Cup Final?

from CTV Toronto,

A York region hockey fan is hoping to bring some Canadian spirit to the Stanley Cup final.

Sandro Liburdi has started up a petition with hopes of convincing the National Hockey League to play both the Canadian and American national anthem at the games.

The finals will be a best-of-seven games showdown between two U.S. teams – the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers. The series starts Saturday at 9 p.m.

“Although there are two U.S. teams in the final, there are 38 Canadian players and only 24 U.S. and international-born players combined,” he said in a telephone interview with ctvtoronto.ca. He also pointed out that the captains of both teams are Canadian.

“Those Canadian players deserve to hear their anthem.”

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Morning Line

I wrote for a local newspaper for nine years. I’ve seen dozens of editors bend to the will of a vocal minority, altering coverage plans to quell an uprising. If you don’t believe your local rag is giving hockey its due during the championship round, call or email the sports editor and let them know about it. If you’re watching the local news, and Champ Kind or that bubbleheaded blonde on the sports desk isn’t showing at least one highlight from the Cup Finals, call or email the newsroom and demand it.

-Greg Wyshynski.  Read more from Greg at PuckDaddy on what your obligation as a hockey fan is.

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Business Growth Continues For The NHL

NEW YORK (May 27, 2010) – With U.S. television viewership at its highest level in eight years, with attendance soaring beyond 103% of capacity, with digital platforms showing explosive growth and with merchandise sales up significantly, the National Hockey League enters the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks (No. 3 U.S. media market) and the Philadelphia Flyers (No. 4 market) riding a wave of positive momentum in all areas of the business. Consider these highlights:

TELEVISION

• NBC’s 1.89 million average viewer figure is the most for national broadcast TV in the U.S. through three rounds since 2002 (2.31 million on ABC) and up five percent over last year

• VERSUS’ 0.9 household rating is their highest three round NHL playoff rating ever and up 29 percent over last year

• NBC/VERSUS combined three-round average Men 25-54 viewer figure (432,000) is the most since 2000 (471,000 on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

• The NHL Playoffs on CBC are averaging 1.95 million viewers, a 70 percent increase over last year (1.5 million)

• The NHL Playoffs on RDS are averaging 765,000 viewers, up 106 percent over last year (372,000 viewers)

• The NHL Playoffs on TSN averaged 1.1 million viewers, gaining 70 percent over last year (645,000 viewers)

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Your SCF On-Ice Officials

via a Darren Dreger tweet,

S.Cup officials. Referees (4): McCreary, O’Halloran, Sutherland, Walkom. Linesmen (4):Devorski. G, Miller, Morin, Racicot.

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Staying In Phoenix Costing Players Some Money

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

In choosing to re main for the time being in Glendale, Ariz.—the time being defined by the city’s politicians’ willingness to inflict the cost of business on its citizens—rather than relocate immediately to Winnipeg, the NHL is going for at least one more year in a market that never has demonstrated the ability to generate the revenue necessary to turn the team into a profitable enterprise.

This is not a felony, but in sacrificing immediate additional guaranteed revenue north of the border—and for the second time in a year now, following the Jim Balsillie debacle—Gary Bettman and the power brokers on Sixth Avenue are taking money out of the pockets of every player in the league without giving them, or their representatives in the NHLPA, a seat at the table or a voice in the process.

You don’t hear much these days about the partnership between the league and the players, and this is why. It’s not a partnership when one side dictates terms to the other.

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NHL Continues Their ‘Green’ Way

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK - The National Hockey League is acutely aware that responsible stewardship of our planet is a mandate of the highest importance. Our great sport was born of winter weather. It is played by athletes who, in many cases, took their first skating steps on frozen ponds.

Accordingly, the NHL, with support from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), is launching a League-wide green initiative to promote sustainable living and business practices. While most of our 30 Member Clubs and many of our approximately 700 players already are actively involved in programs and projects aimed at promoting sustainability, the NHL today unveils NHL Green, a year-round commitment to making the League and its Clubs more ecologically responsible while educating our fans and raising awareness of environmental issues.

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Actually Talking Hockey On A National Sport Radio Show

Many of you know when I hit the bed, I turn on the radio to catch some late night sports show.

I have been impressed by The Tony Bruno Show recently since they have been talking the Stanley Cup Playoffs on a regular basis and have interviewed players after the game.  The show producer actually thanked the NHL for giving them access to the players, something the NBA won’t do right after a game.

And guess what, people actually call-in to discuss the game too.  Most radio hosts have had the impression that they can’t talk hockey because their listeners don’t care about it.

Perhaps they should listen to the Tony Bruno Show and they may change their thinking.

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The Online Strategy Of The NHL

Michael Ozanian of Forbes sits down with John Collins, COO of the NHL to discuss the online strategy of the NHL.

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Afternoon Games Get Some Attention

from Phil Couvrette of Canwest News Service at the National Post,

The show may be called Hockey Night in Canada, but the clock will say afternoon when the NHL playoffs resume this weekend, a schedule that doesn’t please some fans and business owners.

The Montreal Canadiens play the Philadelphia Flyers in the fourth game of their Eastern Conference final series Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, while the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks face off at the same time the next day in their Western Conference final, incidentally at an earlier time in their respective time zones.

NHL.com contributor Paul Kukla said he’s received some 50 e-mails this week alone from fans upset about the schedule, prompting him to raise the issue on his blog, Kukla’s Korner Hockey.

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if you missed the earlier post on KK regarding this topic, you can read it here.

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Complaint Filed Against The IIHF

from Peter O’Neil at the National Post,

Hockey Canada formally complained to the International Ice Hockey Federation on Thursday over an IIHF official denigrating players such as Sidney Crosby for not playing at the IIHF world hockey championship.

Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson appeared to be in damage-control mode after speaking earlier in the day to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

But Nicholson dodged a question on whether he is concerned the IIHF’s attack on no-shows could jeopardize Hockey Canada’s ability to recruit players for future international competitions and championships.

“Gary was upset, there was no question he was upset that there was no appreciation for the National Hockey League owners allowing their players to come here,” Nicholson told reporters before the Canada-Russia quarter-final match.

“We have a lot of players who would like to play, but they can’t play without the support of the ownership.”

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added 3:32pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

U.S. general manager Brian Burke believes the International Ice Hockey Federation should abandon holding a world championship in Olympic years.

“It’s nothing short of based on greed in my opinion. The IIHF doesn’t want to acknowledge that,” Burke told ESPN.com on Thursday morning.

Burke said the IIHF makes about $20 million from the tournament, and therefore have a vested interest in getting top players to take part. But national teams traditionally have struggled to attract top players in Olympic years.

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