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from Paul Lukas of ESPN,
But these new NHL All-Star designs aren't just awful -- they're awful in a very specific way, thanks to the use of all that really loud, neon-green trim, which sticks out like, well, like really loud, neon-green trim. Variations on this color -- sometimes varying more toward yellow, sometimes more toward green and often somewhere in between -- have been popping up throughout the uni-verse and the sports apparel world with increasing frequency in recent years. Nike calls its version of the color "Volt"; adidas calls its version "Electricity"; the Seattle Seahawks call their version "Action Green"; and the NHL is referring to the tone on the All-Star uniforms as -- drumroll, please -- "Elite Green."
By any name, it's an odd color to include in the All-Star uniforms. Aside from being visually jarring, the color doesn't appear at all in the game's logo. You can tell the players don't think much of it either, even when they're trying to be diplomatic about it. The whole thing is almost too easy to ridicule...
from Jason Scavone of Vegas Seven,
William Foley’s father was in the Air Force, up in Ottawa for three years in the early 1950s when Foley was just starting elementary school. Under those circumstances, pond hockey isn’t so much something you take up as it is part of the atmosphere. You put on a hat because it’s cold, you go to school because you have to and you play pond hockey because it’s January in Canada.
Foley, the 69-year-old chairman of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fidelity National Financial who made Forbes’ “Billionaire Up and Comers” list in 2013, drifted away from the game in his subsequent years. When he talks about his favorite hockey teams today, he sounds like a presidential hopeful stumping across primary states. (“I like the Blackhawks. I live in Northern Cal part of the year, so I follow the Sharks. I’ve got to say the Blackhawks and Sharks are kind of my teams.”)
Perhaps not for much longer. That’s because Foley is the head of a group (which includes the Maloof family) that’s trying to put an NHL team in the under-construction MGM/AEG arena by the start of the 2016-17 season. And he’s not shy about his ambitions for what would be this city’s first major professional sports team: “Our feeling is we want to have a really fast team. We don’t want to be the big guys who get into fights. We want to be highly skilled. The first couple of years are going to be difficult. But we’re going to invest in the team, and my goal is to bring a Stanley Cup to Las Vegas within eight years. It may take eight years, but we can do it if we make the right investment in the team. The Islanders did it.”
"I think it'll happen, I think it can work. There's a lot of money there, and I think a lot of people would love to go to Vegas to watch their favorite team play. It wouldn't be bad to be the first pro sports team in Vegas. I think the NHL likes to be the pioneers in that aspect."
-Jeremy Roenick on the NHL expaning to Las Vegas. More on this topic at Sports Illustrated.
I cannot believe that people raise a stink about who’s in and who’s out. WHO CARES? I’ve been saying for years that the All-Star Game should be cancelled, and perhaps one day they’ll listen to me. Many of the veteran players would rather be in Jamaica that weekend than at the actual event. But there is no question that it still matters to the younger guys who have never been.
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. LeBrun and Scott Burnside debate the ASG and it you can read more about it.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Granted, when the Flyers willfully violated terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement by traveling on Dec. 26, it was not exactly a capital crime.
Except it was, because it struck at the core of what the league professes to hold so near and dear, and that’s integrity of the competition.
I mean, that’s why the NHL has a hard cap, right?
But anyway, of course scheduling the Flyers to play in Nashville on Dec. 27 was unfair.
Kind of like scheduling the Flyers to play against the Predators any time or any place this year would be unfair. Wait, who said that?
But such inequities happen all the time. The Rangers, for instance, played their home opener as a tired team having traveled after a game the previous night in Columbus while their opponents, the Maple Leafs, were rested and waiting in New York for the Blueshirts.
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Just a thought, but perhaps if Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs’ father, “Mr. Jacobs,” wasn’t one of the most hard-line hawks through Owners’ Lockout III, the B’s wouldn’t have been forced to dispense with Johnny Boychuk in order to stay under the cap.
Or maybe that’s just me.
NEW YORK (Jan. 9, 2015) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and Reebok today unveiled the innovative new uniform system, including the jerseys, that will be worn by the League’s All-Stars during 2015 NHL® All-Star Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 23-25. Both All-Star team jersey designs are available for purchase starting today at shop.NHL.com, the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York City, Fox Sports Ohio Blue Line stores and select team retail locations.
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Keep up the great work Kerry, always enjoy reading your posts at TSN.
Maybe you can use these questions, not game related but more on the officials.
Is there any talk among the officials between periods of play on the ice, meaning players to watch out for, the flow of the game, etc.?
Also, what happens after a game? Are the officials contacted by the NHL regarding certain calls, review of the game, certain plays?
In general, the life of an on-ice official once they arrive at the rink until they board their next flight to a new city.
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Thank you for the shout-out and your general question that allows me to provide a dressing room full of insights presented in this lengthy column, which I hope you find both informative and interesting. I likewise enjoy reading the extensive material you assemble and update frequently on Kukla's Korner.
Let's begin by thinking back in time to an NHL that allowed the Officials to demonstrate their unique and individual personality even to the point of having their names on the back of their jerseys. The personalities that you saw on the ice were in most cases a glimpse of what you might expect from inside the officials' locker room.
from Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly,
The decision to knowingly violate the NHL's collective bargaining agreement will cost the Flyers $50,000, according to a source.
The team flew to Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 26, one of three required days off from team activities, according to article 16.5(b) of the CBA (see story). Teams are prevented from organized activities including management and coaching staff from Dec. 24-26.
General manager Ron Hextall said he was approached by players who requested the team depart for Nashville earlier than 12:01 a.m. Dec. 27, when teams playing on the road were permitted by the CBA to resume travel. It is very rare for a team to travel on the day of a game; in fact, for flights longer than 2.5 hours in length, the CBA forbids doing so.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The NHL is preparing to take a glimpse into the future by using player-tracking technology at the upcoming all-star game.
Officials from the league and NHL Players’ Association will be in Columbus for testing early next week, according to two sources, with the goal of employing the Sportvision system during the Jan. 24 skills competition and Jan. 25 all-star game at Nationwide Arena.
That would see computer chips placed in the sweaters of each player, plus the puck, to chart what is happening on the ice. As a result, everything from how fast and far a player skates to how hard he shoots and positions himself would be measured in real time.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Nothing has been finalized, and we are being told there are still several issues to be settled, but the NHL and NHL Players' Association are discussing a World Cup tournament field that would include USA, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic, plus a European All-Star team made up of players from other countries and a team made up of top young players from North America....
This plan would allow us to see Slovenia's Anze Kopitar, Switzerland's Roman Josi, Austria's Thomas Vanek, Norway's Mats Zuccarello, Germany's Christian Ehrhoff and a legion of Slovaks led by Zdeno Chara.
Out-of-the-box thinking is also how we landed on the idea of patching together a team of rising young stars to compete as the eighth team. Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon probably won't make the Canadian team, but he will be the No. 1 center on this team. Florida's Aaron Ekblad could be the top defenseman and Anaheim's John Gibson could be in net.
It's a creative plan to be sure, but would it make the World Cup a better tournament?
Of course not.
The public's love for country vs. country competition is well-established. Could you imagine soccer's World Cup embracing this idea?
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