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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Intelligent, young and motivated, urban and hip.
An African-American living and going to school south of the Mason-Dixon line.
At 21 years of age, Jonathan Davis is the kind of sports fan the NHL covets. There’s just one problem.
“I love basketball, I grew up playing basketball, that’s part of my culture,” says Davis, a Clark Atlanta University student originally from New York City. “If you can show me how the NHL is like the NBA, I will definitely be there.”
In what might sound like an odd twist, the NHL is asking Davis, and marketing students from predominantly black Atlanta-area colleges and universities, to come up with a plan to sell the NHL to African-Americans.
It seems that every off-season (and sometimes even during the season), more and more college hockey players are deciding to sign professional contracts and leave school early.
I have been representing professional hockey players for over 17 years, the majority of whom have come from the collegiate ranks. I have represented players that have stayed in college for four years, as well as some who have chosen to turn professional before their collegiate eligibility has expired. Every player’s situation is unique, and a number of factors must be considered when determining the best time for a particular player to become a professional.
continued… considering the issues a college player needs to evaluate before turning pro
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
But the evolution of the all-star game — from a legitimate competition to the sort of shinny extravaganza it is today — happened in a short period of time and the changes were book-ended by Mike Keenan’s three appearances as the Eastern (or Wales) Conference coach.
Keenan coached in back-to-back games — 1986 in Hartford and 1988 in St. Louis (the 1987 game was replaced by Rendez-Vous, a two-game exhibition between the NHL and Soviets in Quebec City).
This week, Keenan recalled: “The first time I coached, it was a real hockey game. That was when Mike Ramsey caught Wayne Gretzky with his head down and the only way you caught Wayne Gretzky with his head down was because he didn’t expect anybody to hit him. But he flattened him and after that, there was a real edge….”
read on plus some Wings/Ducks game talk…
from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,
3. General managers are not on the phone every day trying to swing trades, ok? I keep hearing that nonsense and it’s simply not true. If it was, they’d have no time to devote to other aspects of running a team, like scouting, managing payroll, and player development. Yes, they have assistants but GMs must stay involved in day-to-day activities….
6. Correctly predicting one rumored trade doesn’t make you a genius prognosticator if you’re wrong most of the time. One rumor out of one hundred coming true is nothing to crow about. If you were a weather forecaster with that kind of prediction rate you’d be unemployed in no time!...
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
The NHL All-Star Game will fill Philips Arena on Sunday, will be covered by media from across the United States and Canada, and will be yet another source of bragging rights for Atlanta’s sports boosters.
But in a city of major events, sports and otherwise, hockey’s All-Star game and accompanying festivities will not even be this week’s largest attraction.
That would be the International Poultry Expo, which wraps up a three-day run at the Georgia World Congress Center today.
from the CP,
All was warm and friendly as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman interviewed NHL Players Association executive director Paul Kelly on his weekly radio show on Thursday.
“Paul has been really good to deal with,” Bettman said after the 15-minute interview ended on the NHL Hour show on XM Radio from New York.
The two men represent opposing sides in a league that had the entire 2004-05 season wiped out by a lockout, but Kelly is the new man, taking over three months ago after the house-cleaning that swept former boss Ted Saskin out of the NHLPA.
added 6:45pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly surprised some earlier this season when he suggested the players would be in favor of adding a couple of games to the NHL regular season, to make it 84 instead of 82.
Sources say the NHL board of governors will get its chance to vote on that concept this weekend in Atlanta at the NHL All-Star Game.
The governors have previously been lukewarm or even opposed to bumping up the schedule to 84 games, but that proposal was often in the context of going to the Detroit Red Wing-sponsored schedule matrix, where there would be a home-and-home (30 games) series with all teams in the opposite conference.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The NHL? Well, they want fans to remember Crosby, Alex Ovechkin (but only once his English is completely up to snuff), and…um, have we mentioned Crosby already?
In fairness, the lack of widely-known hockey icons hasn’t always been solely the fault of commissioner Gary Bettman and/or team owners. For as long as any observer can remember, the players themselves have been content to sit back in the shadows and play the modesty card while other “sports” like poker and X-Games usurped the NHL in TV ratings and editorial departments.
Future Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Leetch is a perfect example. A quiet man by nature, Leetch – who will have his number retired by the New York Rangers in a ceremony Thursday night – was easily the most elusive, reclusive NHL star I’ve ever tried to interview.
NEW YORK - TORONTO—Six of the NHL’s most prolific and creative scorers will showcase their best moves in quest of a ‘perfect 10’ when they square off against All-Star goaltenders in the inaugural Breakaway Challenge, the signature event in Saturday’s Dodge NHL SuperSkills Competition at the 2008 All-Star Weekend in Atlanta (7 p.m., ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS), the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today.
Three shooters from the Eastern and Western Conference will have two attempts to perform a highlight-reel trick while attempting to score. Shooters can start their routine from anywhere in the offensive zone and have full access to the offensive zone, including behind the net. NHL penalty shot rules do not apply
From Jim Matheson at Canwest News via the National Post,
Jared Staal, a six-foot-three right-winger from Thunder Bay., Ont., is projected as a second-round pick in this April’s draft. That might be because it’s a very deep draft pool this year and because Staal’s skating needs some work.
“He certainly has skill, but there’s a lot of pressure on Jared following his three brothers. This is a big week for Jared,” said Kevin Prendergast, the Edmonton Oilers’ vice-president of hockey operations.
Staal is keeping the Top Prospects game in perspective.
“I’ve got to realize it’s just one game,” he said. “I don’t think it’ll make or break things for me ... I’m just trying to show I deserve to be here.”
more… on the next Staal heading towards the NHL
from PJ at Sharkspage,
Mike Bolt, one of three Hockey Hall of Fame Keepers of the Cup, answered a few questions about the Stanley Cup Tuesday prior to the 2008 ECHL Allstar Skills Competition in Stockton, California.
continued and check out the video…
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