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The Life Of A Ref

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

It’s a job many onlookers think they can do better than the ones wearing the orange bands after a disagreeable call is made, but there is more to this job than meets the eye through a television screen or reverse replay angle.

Building off the popularity of last season’s ‘A Scout’s Life’ feature, every other week we will explore what it takes, what it means to be and what goes through the mind of an official to familiarize fans with this polarizing corner of the game. We’ll not only touch on NHL referees, but also the minor leagues, junior leagues, all the way down to the local minor hockey level where it all begins.

“I grew up not a great hockey player, so, fortunately, I learned at a young enough age I wasn’t going to go anywhere playing,” said pro referee David Banfield. “My dad was a ref himself, so I came home one day and asked him and I started minor hockey on the eastern shore in Cole Harbour.”

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There Is Just Something About The Game

from Chad Hermann of the Radical Middle at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

But there’s something about hockey. 

It’s a Canadian game, and many of the players have French or Russian names, so it’s not exactly an easy sell in the United States of Xenophobia. It’s the red-headed immigrant step-child of the American sporting world, dismissed, frowned upon, and condescended to by a great many people who do not understand it, have never seen it played in person, and are therefore in little position to judge. It barely registers on the radar of millions of so-called sports fans, with precious little print coverage and tv ratings somewhere between the abject boredom of bowling and the Kafkaesque torture of poker. It’s a bunch of guys in sweaters and shorts and ice skates, chasing a little rubber biscuit around a frozen parking lot.

But still. There’s something about hockey.

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer

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Let The Games Begin

Finally, the puck drops tonight and the games really mean something.

How do you feel about the upcoming season, any predictions or is it too early to tell?

On a viewing note, word is Center Ice will be offering a 3 week free preview beginning tonight, so enjoy that while you can.

Feel free to leave a comment on your thoughts and a KK tradition continues below…

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Canada Loses Again

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...By contrast, the NHL has never blocked an effort by a Canadian-based team to move south to a U.S. market. It was allowed decades ago when Hamilton moved to New York and became the Americans and Ottawa shifted to St. Louis, and more recently when the Winnipeg Jets became the Coyotes and the Quebec Nordiques moved to Colorado.

An interesting double standard, wouldn’t you say?

The exception to the ABC (Anywhere But Canada) rule came in 1980 when the money-losing Atlanta Flames, after a short-circuted attempted move to Houston, were sold to interests in Calgary for $16 million and allowed to shift operations to Alberta.

John Ziegler must have been looking the other way on that one.

So until there is another round of NHL expansion – greed will dictate the when – Canada can forget about getting another NHL team. Balsillie can claim “nobody can deny that we are now a big step closer to having a seventh NHL team in Canada,” but it seems abundantly clear that won’t be achieved through relocation.

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Diversity Matters

Did you know if there is one non-Canadian on a line, an NHL team has a better chance of winning.

So says Katherine Phillips of Northwestern Univ. in this video at the Globe and Mail.

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Let’s Go Old-School Sponsors

from Jamie Bradburn of the Torontoist,

Source: The Telegram, December 2, 1948.

We can picture it now—a giant, disembodied head floating in the locker room of Maple Leaf Gardens, hovering near his microphone as he interviews battle-scarred hockey players preparing to dazzle the rest of the country with their skills over the airwaves on Saturday night. Interviewees were too focused on the game ahead to notice the lack of a body…

Sportscaster Wes McKnight (1909–1968) began his association with CFRB in 1928. Four years later, a chat with Charlie Conacher of the Leafs launched his long-running Bee Hive–sponsored Saturday night hockey interview series. Players received twenty-five dollars for appearing on the show, which aired before Hockey Night in Canada…

continued with an old time print ad…

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How Much Longer Will Owners Support Bettman?

Richard C. Powers is the associate dean and executive director of MBA and Master of Finance program at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

from Richard Powers at the Toronto Sun,

As we await the decision on the fate of the Phoenix Coyotes, there is an interesting angle to the story that should be front and centre—why does the NHL continue to push its southern U.S. strategy when everything seems to suggest it hasn’t worked?

More to the point, how has NHL commissioner Gary Bettman managed to keep his position despite numerous problems and fiascos south of the border? In just about any other job, he would have been turfed out with last week’s salad.

Let’s examine the facts. Phoenix is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Why Not? It Is Only An Exhibition Game

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

Why not hold a 10-player shootout after 40 minutes?

Why not have players serve the entirety of a two-minute penalty whether a goal is scored or not?

Why not paint the ice?

Why not use orange pucks?

Are they afraid fans will be in an uproar over not seeing a half-hearted, plodding, robotic matchup featuring players they’ve never heard of and will likely never hear about again?

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Your Hockey Fix At Noon

With the return of NHL Live today, we now have three options to follow:

NHL Live- NHL Network and on XM/Sirius

HockeyCentral on Fan590 in Toronto, 12p - 2p ET

Leafs Lunch on 640am in Toronto, 12p - 1p ET

I usually watch NHL Live and tune in to both HockeyCentral and Leafs Lunch.  Yes, hockey is back!

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Look For More Instigator Calls

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Gregson, who has replaced Stephen Walkom as the NHL director of officiating, says the priorities this season will be calling the instigator penalty on fights more often and standardizing the way officials drop the puck for faceoffs.

Officials were told that the instigator has been overlooked too often.

”It’s not new,” Gregson said in a recent interview. ”We’re not changing the wording and we’re not trying to make every fight an instigator call.

”But if a player travels (to start a fight), you have to ask ’did someone clearly instigate?’ And if so, apply the rule.”

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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