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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Will Host The NHL Awards Show

LAS VEGAS (April 11, 2018) –The NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu will return to Las Vegas this summer at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu will be held on Wednesday, June 20, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue. It marks the second year that the NHL Awards™ will be held at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, home to world-class entertainment, dining and party hotspots, as well as concerts and special events. In addition, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas will serve as NHL® Headquarters for the festivities. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live in the United States and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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Video- Hockey 101 With Snoop Dogg

via the YouTube channel of the NHL.

The Professor's Professor, Dogg Cherry -- the one and only Snoop Dogg -- gives you the scoop on all things hockey in this exclusive series. First up: The Stanley Cup. Watch and learn.



added 4:39pm, I prefer this one...

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A Fantasy Feel For The NHL

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It’s the NHL that Gary Bettman and the owners wanted.

Presumably, the players are good with it as well, given the NHL Players’ Association now has more say in how the game is designed and played than at any previous time in its 51-year history.

Finally, the guess here is that this is what fans want. The Bettman administration has always liked to survey its customers, and try to tailor the game to their desires.

So if everyone’s good with it, you have to wonder why something just feels a little funny with the NHL circa 2018. Something just not quite right.

The Colorado Avalanche were dead last and doggone horrific last year. A year later, they’re in the playoffs. The New Jersey Devils were worse than every other team except the Avs last season. They’re back in the playoffs, too....

But there’s also something a little nagging about these rapid turnarounds. Maybe it’s that it’s not just one team, but several, all at once. It feels in a way like the rapid transformation from doormat to playoff team, or in the case of Vegas, from Ground Zero to apparent contender, is devaluing the entire process of team-building upon which this sport is built.

It feels a little too much like a fantasy league, with every team starting from scratch every year at the same time.


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A Slight Date Change For The 2019 NHL All-Star Game

NEW YORK (April 9, 2018) -- The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced date changes for the 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend, hosted by the San Jose Sharks and the City of San Jose. The League’s midseason showcase at SAP Center will now take place Jan. 25-26, 2019, and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Friday, Jan. 25 (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS), and the NHL® All-Star Game at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Saturday, Jan. 26 (NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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The Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award

NEW YORK (April 6, 2018) – The NHL announced today the creation of the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award to recognize the commitment of those who are improving lives and strengthening their communities through the game of hockey. It will be presented for the first time at the 2018 NHL Awards

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We Have A Problem In The NHL

from Ken Dryden at The Players' Tribune,

The time for action is not 10 years from now.

The time is now.

Because hockey, as we currently play it, has a problem.

Shorter shifts have allowed players to go faster, and the game has speeded up, which has resulted in more collisions of greater force, and more serious injuries to the players — concussions, brain traumas, post-concussion symptoms that linger for weeks and months, and sometimes longer. These injuries have shortened or diminished the careers of many, and effected life-altering conditions or death for some. What stands in the way of change is not an absence of awareness of the problem – there’s plenty of awareness — but of a decision-maker willing to take immediate steps that turn the awareness into action. Making decisions. Doing what needs to be done.

And that’s where the commissioner comes in.

Gary Bettman is smart, capable and experienced, and he has the authority to see implemented the changes that are needed. He can bring about a strict liability for head hits — “no hits to the head, no excuses.” He can ensure that the league’s on-ice officials enforce the rules that already exist. The league did as much this season with the rules on slashing, and has expressed great pride in the effectiveness of its clampdown.


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Scoring Is Up

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The steady influx into the league of remarkably talented and equally confident teenagers who don’t necessarily conform to previously established norms represents a major factor in the offensive uptick. The 2016 World Cup may not have a prominent place in history, but Team North America’s influence most surely endures.

It isn’t only scoring that’s up, but both scoring chances and golden scoring chances, at least from an anecdotal basis. Of course, keep in mind that I am surrounded by defense-optional operations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, so my sense might be warped, but probably not entirely. There are more chances, and more good chances, around the league.

And I’d give a good amount of credit for that to the NHL’s crackdown on slashing that officials have maintained from the start through the finish. The inability of beaten defenders to hack away at attackers’ hands or chop at them once a half-step behind has opened up the ice from the wide hash-marks in. Enforcement of the rule has created more one-on-one situations with which goalies have to contend.

This has been a welcome exception from the league, which has generally abandoned previous, assorted crackdowns by mid-season. Now the trick will be for the refs to enforce the rule just as consistently in and though the playoffs as they have during the season.

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Staying Away From The Boards

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Just imagine: Hockey players taking the ice with magnets embedded in their equipment.

It is the stuff of dreams. The theory, according to a cohort of engineering students at Carnegie Mellon University, is that with magnets also fitted into the boards, the similarly magnetized players would be repelled when they approached the walls and avoid injury-causing impacts.

“Think of two magnets being pushed together,” explained Diana Haidar, assistant teaching professor in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon. “It’s the same polarity. They bounce off each other. So if you’re going to slam into a hard wall, when you approach, you bounce off because of the natural force.”

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Video- Enjoy Your Retirement Dave Jackson

via the Los Angeles Kings,

The Coyotes and Kings honor referee Dave Jackson on his 1,629th game following the Los Angeles' 4-2 victory at Staples Center.


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Your NHL Draft Lottery Odds

NEW YORK (March 28, 2018) – The National Hockey League announced today the odds for the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery, which will be held Saturday, April 28, in Toronto.

The 2018 NHL Draft Lottery will consist of three drawings: the 1st Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting second overall and the 3rd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting third overall.

The 15 clubs that do not qualify for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs – or the clubs that have acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff clubs – will participate in the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery.

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