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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
The coaching staff once tried to bring an end to a regular-season slump by holding a séance in the trainers’ room, complete with candles to help them call on the ghosts of One-Eyed Frank McGee, King Clancy, and Fearless Frank Finnigan. It didn’t work.
One goaltender — and we shall spare him the humiliation of using his name — refused to change his underwear during one playoff run that, perhaps fortunately, came to a quicker-than-expected end.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The last thing the NHL needs now is to see this growing northern alienation take root. Canadians have threatened to walk away before — usually after lockouts or strikes - but always flocked back when the game returned. There was a massive uproar against the decision to show the Pens-Sens’ game in the afternoon, a demonstration of the passion that NHL fans have in Canada for playoff hockey and the institution of Hockey Night In Canada. One of these days, the league is going to make a similar sort of call and find the response far more muted.
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from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Columbus: Penguins It’s a relatively easy drive to Mellon Arena, and Blue Jackets fans can also see how astute drafting—well, and having the luck to be especially rotten in the right draft years—can actually lead to progress.
Spector has gathered some information on a few teams not involved in the playoffs.
At times you have to feel for the fans of these teams, they deserve to be rewarded and hopefully the future will be brighter for them.
NEW YORK (April 12, 2007) – NHL.com experienced record traffic on the last day of the National Hockey League’s regular season Sunday, April 8, 2007, due in part to the heated competition for a coveted spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the site’s offering of original content that includes exclusive stories, video interviews with players, and the highlight show NHL On the Fly: Final.
NHL.com experienced 1,724,406 user sessions and more than 15 million page impressions on Sunday, April 8, which marks a 51.4% increase in sessions and 40.4% increase in number of page impressions compared to traffic experienced on the last day of the 2005-06 NHL regular season (April 8, 2007).
Sunday’s traffic also surpassed numbers experienced on the 2007 Trade Deadline Day (Feb. 27, 2007), which is historically one of the busiest days of the year for NHL.com, with an increase of 10.7% of sessions and 11.5% of page impressions.
All audience figures courtesy of Nielsen//NetRatings SiteCensus.
Think your hometown teams are a bunch of losers? Hey, Chicago, we’ve all been there. Some of us, though, have been there longer than most.
Which brings us to the first-ever ranking of the Losingest Sports Cities in North America. That’s all-time, for all four of the Big Four sports. Yes, that’s right. We looked at every city in the U.S. and Canada that has an NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB team today—then went back in history to account for every franchise that stayed for the long haul, just passed through or died a sad death.
NEW YORK (April 10, 2007)—The Chicago Blackhawks won the National Hockey League Draft Drawing today and gained the first overall drafting position for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, June 22 and 23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The Blackhawks, who would have picked fifth based on inverse order of regular-season finish, had the fifth-greatest percentage likelihood, 8.1%, that one of the numbered sequences assigned to them would be the winning combination. Under the lottery system, only the five teams with the fewest points had the chance to win the first overall selection; no team could move up more than four spots and no team could move backward more than one.
NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—As the 89th NHL regular season draws to a close this year, there is a software application to liven up the playoffs. Information Builders, the enterprise business intelligence (BI) standard of choice for organizations around the world, has developed an Active Report that allows anyone to access goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, short-handed and power plays, and game-winning goals statistics, as well as salary and nationality data for all the players.
“Hockey is a fast paced game with a wealth of interesting statistics,” said Michael Corcoran, CMO of Information Builders. “Fans in the U.S., Canada, and Europe can easily track the stats of their favorite players and teams in the NHL Playoffs. This Active Report will allow you to learn things about the top players you probably didn’t know. Business intelligence can hit just as hard as the meanest slap shot when the data is offered in an accessible way.”
from Jody Vance at Slam,
Working at the rink, day in and day out, you get to know the characters behind the scenes pretty well, good folks like Vic the security guy who stands guard in front of the Leafs dressing room.
Vic is always there with a big smile and hello for me every game day, and this day was no different, except, he added, “Well, Jody ... is this it till next fall or will I see you next Monday?”
Call it the ripple effect of being a part of the NHL culture. It is akin to having a seasonal family.
One can only imagine how the players must feel on this day.
When any season wraps up, as it has in Toronto, do they give thought to how this group likely will not gather in its current form next fall?
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
*David Nonis is the under-heralded GM who rates a retroactive ovation for picking Alain Vigneault off the coaching scrapheap and handing him the Canucks. Brian Burke’s protégé, Nonis speaks with fewer decibel counts than his mentor but he sure is piling up the point
*Ales (Big Talent, Little Drive) Hemsky and Fernando (Overpaid) Pisani were supposed to take the Oilers a long way this year. So, who gets the blame – our beloved underachievers or coach Craig (Run Out Of Quotes) MacTavish?
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