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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?

more

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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.”

read on

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The Gong Show Is Back

from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

Six months ago, there was intense concern about fighting in the NHL and stiff new penalties.

Today, the gong show is back.

With Brian Burke’s brawling Maple Leafs among the clubs leading the way in an NHL pre-season filled with fisticuffs, hockey fans who remember the league announcing new rules against fighting last winter must be a tad confused.

Wasn’t there supposed to be a crackdown on dropping the gloves?

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Rod Phillips Ready For The Season

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

On the NHL Network’s online broadcast of the Oilers-Flames game on Wednesday night, (Rod) Phillips started to roast referee Chris Lee about halfway through the first period and didn’t let up. Lee did give the Flames two two-man advantages in the first, but there might well be some concern that Phillips’ response wasn’t exactly in proportion, not that the nutbar Oiler diehards like me who actually watch the game online would care about his bias.

Indeed, we love Phillips for it.

“It doesn’t matter how long you see the game, when you see bad officiating, it just ruins it,” Phillips said of Lee. “This guy has just started off the game absolutely horrendously.”

Free speech, alive and well on the radio.

“He’s obviously an American Hockey League referee and you should be surprised to see him in the NHL this season because he’s not ready,” Phillips then said of Lee.

read on

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Who Replaces Roenick’s ‘Voice’?

from CBC Sports,

Jeremy Roenick: The only guys I can think of that have the balls to speak their mind and to say things that are a little bit off the chart and off the record are [Marc] Savard in Boston and maybe [Washington star forward Alex] Ovechkin.

I think Ovechkin has the ability to say exactly what he wants to say, being off the cuff, being a little bit crazy, being a little bit edgy.

And I think Savard has the cockiness and arrogance to push the envelope. Plus, he’s got the ability to back it up….

Scott Oake:...Our best chance for outrageous quotes this year may be for the Russian players who are interviewed by publications back home and then claim they were misquoted or translated incorrectly from those remarks published in North America.

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Is The Northwest NHL Worthy?

from Chris Daniels of King5.com,

The Coyotes set up the game at Everett’s Comcast Arena, the first such exhibition contest in the region in more than a decade.

“We had a couple players that played here,” said Phoenix GM Dan Maloney. “It’s one of the best junior markets in the region.”

“I think it’s a wonderful market,” agreed GM Brian Lawton, his counterpart with Tampa Bay.

But both men say it’s above their pay grade to talk about whether the NHL would be interested in moving a team to the region, or holding exhibition games here on a regular basis.

“I think this whole Northwest area is ripe for an NHL team,” said Maloney, “whether it’s Seattle, Portland, here, between, good fans.”

“One day,” said Lawton, “you never know, it’s a great market, I think it would be wonderful.”

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