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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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Roenick Adds ‘Life’ To NBC Broadcast

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Jeremy Roenick’s been waiting 40 years for his close-up. Now that he’s finally in the tight focus of Mr. DeMille - okay, NBC TV - the garrulous Roenick is saying, “I am big. It’s hockey that’s gotten small.” It promises to be a bumptious ride.

Roenick fills the former-player quotient on NBC’s Sunday afternoon NHL hockey intermissions. Along with Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire, it’s promising to be the liveliest network TV panel around this season. Canadians know Milbury and McGuire, of course. Milbury is the highly entertaining spokesman for hockey’s antediluvian element, Don Cherry without the pandering. McGuire is the sport’s Beeker, a hockey technocrat prone to loud bursts of enthusiasm between team benches.

But Roenick promises to be the agitator, the rabble rouser, the shift disturber on the panel.


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  Tags: jeremy+roenick, nbc

Embrace The Changes

from Brian Duff of the NHL Network,

As noted in many past ramblings, I don’t lose an ounce of sleep over overtime, the shootout or the three-point games.

Is it perfect? No, but tell me a sport that is.

Coin toss for overtime in football, extra inning baseball games that end at 1 a.m. in front of 300 fans, or basketball games where a foul is defined as ... ? Right, just what I thought.

And those are admittedly very easy shots to take, but no different than the ones hockey fans aim at their own game on a daily basis.

What piqued my curiosity most in the midst of all this public griping is this notion that still exists that trades are necessary to generate a “buzz” around the game.


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Talking Donations

from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

With the horrors in Haiti since the devastating earthquake last week, aid has been pouring in from all over the world to help survivors who have lost everything. From the sports world, it was no different.

The NFL gave $2.5 million. The MLB gave an initial $1 million donation. Lance Armstrong and his Livestrong Foundation gave $250,000.

The NHL? It gave $100,000, or roughly the same amount that the 76ers’ Samuel Dalembert took out of his own pocket….

There’s an inherent problem with the NHL — the people that run it think they are doing a good job of marketing their product in a positive light, when in fact they frequently make the league look foolish.


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Bettman Talks Head Shots

from the CP at CBC,

“This issue for us is what can we do about what is otherwise a legal check resulting in a shoulder going into a head,” he said. “We have studied it very carefully and extensively.

“We want to get it right. We average 40 hits a game. That’s somewhere in excess of 50,000 a year.

“It’s an essential element to our game. We want to get those hits that make us uncomfortable out of the game. But we want to do this in a very judicious, professional way.”

Bettman cautioned that finding a solution could take time.

“We need to take the time and create a very precise standard, something that’s easily understood and something the players know what to expect,” he said. “Something that the officials know what to call and if necessary Colin Campbell knows how he’s going to discipline.

“We’re looking for precision, not over-legislation. We will have ample time in March and, hopefully, we can come to some sort of consensus.”

more topics discussed…

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John Halligan Passes Away

from NHL.com,

John Halligan, the longtime hockey publicist, historian and author passed away Wednesday morning. The genial Halligan received the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2007 for his longstanding service to hockey in the United States.

“The thing that always stood out for me was the fun,” said NHL Group Vice President of Communications Frank Brown, who sold his first story—a piece that ran in the Rangers’ program—to Halligan nearly 40 years ago. “You get so bogged down in the work of it sometimes. I don’t think anyone who puts on a jersey is called a ‘hockey laborer.’ He’s a ‘hockey player.’ John always kept the ‘play’ in the game.”

Halligan was the New York Rangers’ publicist and historian for more than 40 years, working tirelessly to spread the gospel of hockey in New York and beyond.

He also worked in a similar capacity with the NHL.


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Record The Refs?

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Best job in the country last week? Unquestionably, it had to be a Vancouver sports radio host.

Stephane Auger and Alain Vigneault (who was accused of putting Darcy Hordichuk and Alex Bolduc out to fight in a Jan. 13 game against Minnesota) were acquitted in separate incidents by the NHL, because there wasn’t enough evidence to convict.

There was no trouble filling airtime. For all the talk, however, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. For me, the biggest: How can the NHL make sure this doesn’t happen again?

The easy answer: Put microphones on the zebras and record all conversations.

This has been considered before.

continued plus Elliotte’s popular 30 Thoughts…

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Drop The Shootout For Just About Anything Goes

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“I’m not sure how everyone feels, but I can’t stand the shootout,’’ said (Mike) O’Connell, who these days works in pro development and special assignments for the Los Angeles Kings. “I haven’t liked it from Day One. The games are being settled, but in a way that really has nothing to do with how hockey is played. I mean, look at [Wayne] Gretzky - the best player ever and he couldn’t score on a breakaway.’’

O’Connell’s vision of overtime, with the clubs skating four a side, would still have penalties being whistled and served. Otherwise, the full sheet would be in play, with no offsides, icings, trapezoids, or, it goes without saying, dreaded neutral-zone traps. If we all agree the world would be a better place with no lawyers, the ice would have to be a better place with no lines, right?

“All the talk we keep hearing about the game going back to its roots, how much everyone liked the outdoor game at Fenway,’’ mused O’Connell, “well, what’s more in keeping with the spirit of true hockey: something like this, or the shootout?’’

read on plust other hockey topics…

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