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Does Anyone Care About Hockey?

Some interesting and not so interesting comments left at the YouTube page.

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The Loyalty Of Hockey Fans

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

Hard-core hockey fans are, if nothing else, dead loyal.

Plenty of people, including the vast majority of Americans, may be oblivious to the sport’s charms, but those who love it tend to love it above everything else.

It is the No.1 game everywhere in Canada, it is at worst a strong second to soccer in parts of Northern Europe, and regionally in the northeastern U.S., including some major markets, plus isolated pockets elsewhere such as Minnesota, it more than holds its own.

That’s got to be the key to the NHL’s future – playing to strengths, catering to the devoted, building on the committed core audience while abandoning missionary work, leaving the heathens to their own devices.

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Relocation May Be The Only Option For Phoenix

from Ben Klayman of Reuters,

The bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes hockey team is likely to leave Arizona because it has not turned a profit since 1996, analysts said, even though the city of Glendale would like it to stay and keep paying rent.

“Under what set of circumstances could this thing possibly stay in Glendale?” said a sports banker, who asked not to be named because he has done business with NHL teams. “This team is worth less than zero in Phoenix.”

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Playing In Europe Not A Great Idea

from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

The worse thing about starting the season over here is that so few in North America know or even care about it.

Wings goalie Chris Osgood said he got a call from his friend and Lions center Dominic Raiola on Wednesday and Raiola, a big sports fan, didn’t even know the Wings were in Sweden.

This trip hasn’t generated any buzz about the start of a new season where it matters most—in the NHL’s primary markets.

Here’s what the NHL should do instead. At the start of each season, pick a destination city in North America—Las Vegas, New York, Miami, Toronto, Vancouver, wherever—and invite the final four teams from the previous year and stage an NHL showcase. Each team gets two regular-season games and you can pair them off any way you want—East runners-up vs. West runners-up, rematch of the conference championships, whatever.

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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…

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