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Will Calgary play host to the highly-anticipated NHL Outdoor Classic in 2010?
Don’t break out the champagne just yet.
Calgary Flames President Ken King says he’s excited by the prospect of the game being played at McMahon Stadium on New Year’s Day but admits talks are still very preliminary.
“The league wanted to give it consideration. It’s conceptual.”
added 1:35pm, from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
But having a second outdoor affair means having to solve a couple of key issues. For starters, the NHL schedule is due out in about three weeks. The league has been careful not to rush its schedule given the ongoing ownership squabble over the Phoenix Coyotes. But at some point, arenas have to be booked, games have to be slotted and tickets have to be sold.
The bigger issue for Calgary would be how to have useable ice in a city where temperature fluctuations are as common as Saddledome sellouts.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
“This has been a pretty special life for all of us,” Mark said about himself, his brothers Murray and Marty, and sister Cathy. “Gordie says the only way he can give back to the game is to make himself available to the people who keep our sport alive. I don’t think there’s ever been an athlete who is more accessible to the fans. That’s his most enduring quality, the way he is with people. It’s not a phony thing—it’s all natural. He loves to be around people.
“I’ve noticed that after people meet my dad, they never talk about the hockey player, they talk about Gordie the person that they met.”
Most of us know some ot the NHL players participated in the PokerStars.net Charity Shootout on Wednesday in Las Vegas.
The winner was supposed to be kept a secret, since it will be shown on ESPN on a later date, but our very own commish broke the news on his radio show yesterday that Scott Hartnell won the event.
I also found this story on the Hartnell win this morning….
The day after the NHL Awards are announced, emails start flowing in asking for a breakdown of the voting for each trophy.
Below you have your answers…
Jean Beliveau receiving the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award.
I have been a strong believer the NHL needs to honor the great players of the past and involve these types of players in any way possible.
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal via the Montreal Gazette,
Alexander Ovechkin and Pavel Datsyuk led a Russian assault on the podium at the NHL Awards and will be leaving Las Vegas with armloads of hardware and winning smiles.
Ovechkin copped the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player and the Lester B. Pearson as most outstanding player, in a vote by his peers, while Datsyuk waltzed off with the Selke Trophy as best defensive forward and the Lady Byng Trophy as the league’s most gentlemanly and sportsmanlike player.
“It’s pretty important when people and players give you this. I don’t want to stop. I want to be the best next year,” said Ovechkin, the Washington left-winger who easily outpolled countrymen Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin. It was a repeat Hart win for Ovechkin and the fourth straight Lady Byng for Datsyuk and his second Selke. It was a big night worthy of celebration.
via Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Penguins center Evgeni tonight was named the center on the NHL’s first-team all-star team.
Malkin, who won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer with 113 points, joins right winger Jarome Iginla of Calgary, left winger Alex Ovechkin of Washington, defensemen Zdeno Chara of Boston and Mike Green of Washington, and goaltender Tim Thomas of Boston on the first team.
added 9:54pm, 2nd team All-Stars-
G - Steve Mason, Columbus Blue Jackets
D - Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
D - Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks
C - Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
RW - Marian Hossa, Detroit Red Wings
LW - Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils
Western Conference players have taken five of six places on the 2008-09 NHL All-Rookie Team, the League announced today. An All-West forward line features St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund, Anaheim Ducks right wing Bobby Ryan and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg, and is joined by Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. The lone selection from the Eastern Conference is Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn.
added 6/19/09, I have added the voting breakdown by position below…
Watch live from the Red Carpet at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2009 NHL Award Ceremony. Featuring interviews and guest appearances from NHL stars.
View the streaming video below, now active. The NHL Network also has a preview show starting at 6:00pm ET.
update 6:56pm, Live stream is over, this is part of what you missed… plus the NHL Awards Show can be seen on Versus at 7:30pm and CBC at 8:30pm ET.
from Jeane MacIntosh of the NY Post,
Nearly two dozen NHL stars are seeking a courtroom face off with a resort developer who allegedly squandered their $25 million investment to throw debauched parties—- complete with porn stars and hookers—- for his baseball buddies Roger Clemens, Reggie Jackson and Pete Rose, according to two explosive lawsuits filed this afternoon.
The 19 former and current players—- including an all-star roster of Rangers and Islanders—- are demanding that Las Vegas-based golf course mogul Ron Jowdy return their money, plus $15 million in damages, for failing to build two luxury resorts in Mexico that are seven years behind schedule….
Among the biggest losers in the failed investment are Bryan Berard and Michael Peca, both former Ranger and Islander players, who each lost $700,000, while ex-Ranger Mattian Norstrom lost $600,000, according to the suits.
added 7:12pm, TMZ has more names of the NHL players involved.
Next on the agenda was a trip to the Playboy Club back at The Palms for another NHL event. Located on the 56th floor of the Fantasy tower, the Playboy Club showed off the Vegas Strip in all its illuminated glory. The scenery inside the club wasn’t bad either.
-Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com. Shawn is blogging from Vegas on a pretty regular basis…
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