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from John Buccigross of ESPN,
Al Pacino told me to never be a name-dropper, but I would return to Denver in 2002 and 2003 to host Joe Sakic’s charity golf tournament, and in 2004 to play in Peter Forsberg’s charity golf event. Then the lockout hit, and all of our worlds changed forever. It hasn’t been the same since. I hadn’t been back to Denver until Thursday.
Of course, the reason I was returning to Denver was hockey-related. I was hosting the 2008 United States Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. And what a class it was: Brett Hull, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter and Cammi Granato. Granato was the first woman to be inducted into the U.S. Hall.
from David Gerig of the Whitworthian,
Hockey takes a back seat to the big three sports in the country, but even more evidently here in the Northwest. Seattle sports fans might be surprised to find out that their very own Seattle Metropolitans won the first United States Stanley Cup back in 1917 in the Pacific Coast League. It’s the same city and region that has ignored and has been ignored by the NHL ever since….
The strong minor league hockey teams make one wonder why there has not been a professional hockey team here in the Northwest. Ironically, there is a “Northwest” division in the NHL, but it doesn’t include a team from the Northwest United States - with the closest United States team being the Colorado Avalanche – just 20 hours southeast.
So why is it that the Northwest United States is not getting any love from the NHL? I’m out to investigate this crime and find out the main factors that contribute to the lack of a professional hockey team in Seattle and surrounding regions.
from the CP via TSN,
The NHL is “still in growth mode” despite the economic downturn, commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday, noting that ticket sales have increased this season.
“We’re acutely aware of what’s going on out there, but it hasn’t yet impacted us,” Bettman said before attending Monday night’s game between the Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks.
“I have no doubt that, over time, if it’s long enough and bad enough, it will have some impact, but based on what we’re seeing right now, our business seems to be strong.”
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from Craig Slater of the Nanaimo Daily News,
Both Cliff Ronning and Gerry Cheevers, former NHLers, can’t deny the following today’s stars receive, but each have fond memories of the superstars they played with or against during their heydays in professional hockey.
“There was a time that Pavel Bure, no question, was the most exciting player in the NHL,” Ronning said of his former Vancouver Canucks teammate. “The first three years of his career in Vancouver . . . he took guys to another level. He was a player who came over (from Russia) and brought everyone’s fitness level so high. He changed the game in so many ways.”
Below you will find a video of Bure’s Top Ten goals…
from Sean Gordon, Allan Maki and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The grumbling is intensifying behind the scenes from owners and team officials who are watching with mounting dismay as millions pour from successful franchises in Canada and the United States to their staggering partners, mostly in the American sunbelt.
According to information compiled by The Globe and Mail from various sources, the six Canadian NHL franchises contributed more than $40-million (all figures U.S.) to their fellow owners last season, and about $50-million when playoff revenues are taken into account.
from Puck Daddy of Yahoo Sports,
This was the proverbial slow-motion car crash; like on “The Price is Right,” when a contestant is about to put the $199 price tag on the tube of toothpaste and the crowd simultaneously shrieks “NO! NO!”
You saw him turn the Stanley Cup the wrong way, and you just wanted to reach through the television and flip it back before he put it down. If only someone on stage had helped him. Why couldn’t the drummer have lent a ... bit of moral support?
I am glad I didn’t watch a single second of anything but hockey last night. I don’t need a rock concert to kick-off the season.
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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
So there are now limits to what he can do to improve the game. That’s assuming, of course, that he knows what needs to be done, and that in itself is a dubious proposition. So in order to help out the commissioner and point him in the right direction, here are five things that need to be fixed in his league.
1. Get a better TV deal….
2. Get rid of the weasels….
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