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Hockey Canada Says Insurance Issues Are Cleared Up

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

As far as Hockey Canada is concerned, the issue of insurance coverage for the country’s best players has a giant check mark beside it.

“Everything is fine,” Johnny Misley, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations, said regarding the controversy over insurance coverage for NHLplayers attending the upcoming orientation camp for potential 2010 Olympic team members.

“We have secured insurance to help protect the players - given the low risk there is - to give them peace of mind.”

Peace of mind doesn’t describe the mindsets of the NHL or NHL Players’ Association - at least judging by recent public comments regarding the camp.

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added 7:50pm, Icethetics may have the first pictures of what the Team Canada sweater may look like for 2010.

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Hockey Really Doesn’t Change Much In An Olympic Year

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Disregarding last season’s four-team, four-game opening show in Europe that preceded the North American portion of the schedule, and also the five-day All-Star break, the NHL’s 82-game season was stretched out over 181 days in 2008-09. Sticklers can add five days for the Senators, Lightning and Penguins, and four for the Rangers.

This season’s schedule, not counting the 14-day break, will take 179 days. The season-opening European games in Helsinki (Panthers versus Blackhawks) and Stockholm (Red Wings versus Blues) are built into the same period in which all teams are playing.

The two fewer days doesn’t qualify as significant compression.

Actually, schedule compression compared to the previous season hasn’t been much of an issue since the ‘98 and ‘02 Games, and they came in seasons when the NHL also had four-day All-Star Game breaks.

read on

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All About Rights

from Dave Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

If Jim Balsillie ultimately fails in his bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, or any other NHL team for that matter, the Canadian billionaire will be able to look back on two events that shaped his fate more than any others.

One was entirely in his control and may be Balsillie’s single biggest mistake of the entire campaign, even though it had nothing to do with the Coyotes. The other was not, although its outcome, which has not yet been determined, will affect not only Balsillie but all four of the major professional North American sports leagues, their unions, companies that do business with them and their fans.

First, the matter not in Balsillie’s control: A lawsuit between a company called American Needle, which makes knit caps and baseball hats, and the NFL.

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Ice Making

Now that many of us are experiencing high temperatures in early August, how about we cool down a bit and watch the process of putting in the ice at an arena.

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Does Roenick Belong In The HHOF?

via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• What does it say about Nikolai Zherdev, when he’s only 24 years old, is one goal shy of 100 in the National Hockey League, is a free agent, and only teams with 10-foot poles want to touch him?

• Yes, Jeremy Roenick could talk and make you laugh, but the guy could play, too. A bunch. He’s borderline Hall of Fame and may be able to talk his way in.

• The math on Jerry Reinsdorf’s apparent offer for the Coyotes is somewhat startling. It goes something like this: He wants $23 million US, or thereabouts, in lease concessions from the City of Glendale, wants to deal Wayne Gretzky out of the game by not paying him his $8 million a year, and get some $15 million in revenue sharing annually from the NHL. In other words, he figures that, with $43 million in handouts, he has a chance to break even.

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Half Dressed Dan Belisle

from Diane Armstrong of the Timmins Times,

At one point in his career, Danny was known as the “Half Dressed NY Ranger”. Then 23 years old, he was called up to the Rangers to make his NHL debut. After his first four games, he had scored two goals as a rookie. Game five was at Madison Square Gardens. Just as he finished dressing up, Alf Pike, the Ranger’s coach, told him to take off his equipment as he wouldn’t be playing. Off came the jersey, pads, pants & skates and back on went his dress shoes, suit, shirt and tie. Then Pike returned and said “Put your equipment back on,” so Dan put on all his gear. The scene was repeated with another change of clothes. Danny was just finishing for the third time when Pike came back and said “You might not be playing after all, so get half dressed.”

I did tell you that Danny had an impish sense of humour. He donned his skates, socks, pads and hockey pants. Above the waist he wore a white shirt, tie and suit jacket. When Pike returned, Danny said, “I’m half dressed coach, and ready to go either way.”

Alf Pike was not amused. Danny never played another shift in the NHL.

more on Dan Belisle including his appearance in Slap Shot…

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The Action Comes Right At You

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Is Lord Stanley ready for the James Cameron treatment? More precisely, what happens when hockey’s greatest moments get the same 3D treatment that famed Canadian director Cameron is employing to convert his classic film Terminator? “I’ll be back … with my hockey stick.”

Michael Lowe, the producer/director of Calgary’s LoweLife Productions, has teamed with Conversion Works – the innovative 3D conversion firm working with Cameron on his classic Terminator and Titanic films – to create a history of hockey that he hopes will blow the doors off anything seen by fans before. Lowe recently showed Usual Suspects samples of what to expect from the marriage of 3D and hockey. The results might be described as Gary Bettman’s happy dance.

The depth of field on 3D, the capture of perspective between the players, offers a solution to TV’s biggest complaint about the sport: Where’s the puck? Using the technology at the Hockey Hall of Fame, to mention one venue, to revive vintage games and classic moments could put hockey in the front seat of sports technology.

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Evening Line

If the NHL truly believed the Olympics were important, that the quadrennial tournament was an important marketing platform for the NHL and its players, the league wouldn’t play cutesy with the orientation camp insurance. They would expand the clauses in the collective bargaining agreement that ensures players’ contracts are guaranteed during international play, including the Olympic tournament to include the camps. End of story.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN.  More from Scott on this topic…

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Interest In Hockey Declining In Canada

from Misty Harris at the Vancouver Sun,

In a nation long ruled by hockey, it’s the equivalent of high treason.

According to one of the country’s top sociologists, interest in the National Hockey League has been declining over the past two decades, with the game’s largest proportion of fan losses occurring among teenagers. The University of Lethbridge’s Reginald Bibby says his findings debunk the myth of “hockey-mad” Canadians, and call into question the game’s endurance as our national winter sport.

Between 1990 and 2005, the percentage of adults who “very” or “fairly” closely follow the NHL dropped to 30 per cent from 36 per cent. Among teens, fandom over the same 1992 to 2008 period — fell fully 10 points, to 35 per cent from 45 per cent.

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Bill Daly Talks Numerous Topics

Bill Daly was on Hockey This Morning with Scott Laughlin this morning.  He talked about the future of the Coyotes, the Olympic insurance controversy, and the investigation into the Hossa/Pronger deals by the NHL.

You can listen to the interview here.

thanks to the guys from XM204 Home Ice for passing the link along to me.

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