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Watch The Red Carpet Ceremony From Las Vegas

Watch live from the Red Carpet at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2009 NHL Award Ceremony. Featuring interviews and guest appearances from NHL stars.

View the streaming video below, now active. The NHL Network also has a preview show starting at 6:00pm ET.

update 6:56pm, Live stream is over, this is part of what you missed… plus the NHL Awards Show can be seen on Versus at 7:30pm and CBC at 8:30pm ET.

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Resort Developer Allegedly Blows Investment Money Of NHLers

from Jeane MacIntosh of the NY Post,

Nearly two dozen NHL stars are seeking a courtroom face off with a resort developer who allegedly squandered their $25 million investment to throw debauched parties—- complete with porn stars and hookers—- for his baseball buddies Roger Clemens, Reggie Jackson and Pete Rose, according to two explosive lawsuits filed this afternoon.

The 19 former and current players—- including an all-star roster of Rangers and Islanders—- are demanding that Las Vegas-based golf course mogul Ron Jowdy return their money, plus $15 million in damages, for failing to build two luxury resorts in Mexico that are seven years behind schedule….

Among the biggest losers in the failed investment are Bryan Berard and Michael Peca, both former Ranger and Islander players, who each lost $700,000, while ex-Ranger Mattian Norstrom lost $600,000, according to the suits.

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added 7:12pm, TMZ has more names of the NHL players involved.

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Afternoon Line

Next on the agenda was a trip to the Playboy Club back at The Palms for another NHL event. Located on the 56th floor of the Fantasy tower, the Playboy Club showed off the Vegas Strip in all its illuminated glory. The scenery inside the club wasn’t bad either.

-Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com.  Shawn is blogging from Vegas on a pretty regular basis…

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Court Fines Lafleur And Gives Him One-Year Suspended Sentence

from the CP via TSN,

Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur has been fined $100 and given a one-year suspended sentence for giving contradictory testimony at his son’s bail hearing in 2007.

He will also be required to make a $10,000 charitable contribution to a local rehab centre.

Quebec court Judge Claude Parent handed down the sentence this afternoon in Montreal.

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Mason Does Las Vegas

from Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets,

Hello everyone. I just spent my first afternoon in Vegas and the one thing I got out of it was blisters. We went down to the strip and walked EVERYWHERE. I can’t remember the last time I walked that much. We checked out a few of the other hotel-casinos. Caesar’s Palace and the Bellagio were two of them. I gambled a lit bit – slot machines – for fun, but mostly we just took it all in.

There are a ton of shopping places here. We went to Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace and there was an Elvis impersonator actually singing in one of the stores. That was pretty cool… sort of creepy, but cool. There was another place across the street from Bellagio that had a ton of stores, too.

continued (Mason is blogging from the NHL Awards Show)...

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No Comparison

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

There’s balls and then there’s balls.

Chutzpa versus cojones.

Exhibit A: Jim Balsillie; Exhibit B: Nicklas Lidstrom.

Both have taken it in the groin – one off the ice, from the courts; the other on the ice, from a hockey stick. You are invited to take the measure of each man.

We’ll start with the player, Detroit’s inestimable captain, a ferocious warrior who, despite gallant effort, was unable to capture a second straight Stanley Cup triumph for the Motor City.

How gallant?

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Roenick On the Awards Show In Las Vegas

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Bloggers Pick The Winners

from Mike Halford of Orland Kurtenblog at the Vancouver Province,

We at KB headquarters are excited about the awards ceremony and, as such, have compiled THE definitive panel of hockey bloggers to predict tonight’s winners.

The panel includes:

James Mirtle, From The Rink

Richard Pollock, Illegal Curve

Paul Kukla, Kukla’s Korner

Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy

Reasonable Doubt, Melt Your Face Off

read on for the picks…

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How About A Team In Vegas?

from Ryan Greene of the Las Vegas Sun,

Even though Las Vegas is not an NHL town, it appears that there’s a running joke circulating among the league’s players regarding America’s playground as a potential home for a franchise.

“It’s obviously a very alive city and everybody enjoys coming here,” Calgary winger Jarome Iginla said. “There’s been a lot of talk about it, and usually among the players it’s pretty popular. Then there’s always the joke—I’m sure you’ve heard it a hundred times—is that the home team would sure have a nice advantage, which would probably bear some truth.

“It’s not just a joke. It might be difficult to be as focused, but it’d be fun. There’s a lot to do here, great restaurants, and I’d be all for it.”

more players respond…

added 8:24am, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Las Vegas streets are overflowing, but only a handful of curious passersby stop to peer through the wrought-iron fence as Ovechkin and Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler lay down moves that will form the basis of the video game’s play.

This is a chance to test Ovechkin’s star power – and by extension, the NHL’s – in a market that has long intrigued commissioner Gary Bettman and his commitment to a U.S. Sunbelt expansion strategy.

Even if NHL expansion is not on the front burner at the moment, the expectation is that influential Hollywood mogul Jerry Bruckheimer eventually will land a team for Vegas.

more

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NHL Goes Outside The Box With Awards Gala

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Could the National Hockey League have picked a better summer to step outside the box and move its annual awards ceremony to the city that never sleeps?...

Credit NHL chief operating officer John Collins, who cut his teeth in the NFL and embraces the “thinking big” approach of doing business that has sometimes escaped the NHL, for transporting the awards show from Toronto to Vegas for what is expected to be a three-year run or more if the event gains the kind of traction Collins envisions.

Collins has been a force behind the two Winter Classic games in Buffalo and Chicago, events which have already become staples on the national sporting scene with impressive television ratings and significant buzz surrounding them. The move to Vegas is his baby, too.

Traditionally, the awards have been an afterthought on the NHL schedule, wedged between the end of the Stanley Cup finals and the annual draft, and was given little profile in Toronto.

Collins won’t criticize the previous awards shows, but told ESPN.com this week, “we just felt there was an opportunity to do something more.”

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