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‘The China Clipper’

from Roger Knox of the Vernon Morning Star,

Playing hockey was his job, and he took his skills east to play with the New York Rangers’ farm team, the New York Rovers, of the Eastern Hockey League in 1946-47. He played in 47 games, scoring 19 goals and 37 points.

The following year, (Larry) Kwong would make hockey history, becoming the first Asian-Canadian to play in the NHL, when the Rangers suited him up for a game in Montreal against Rocket Richard and the Canadiens at the old Forum.

Kwong, a left winger, waited for two periods before Rangers coach Frank Boucher finally tapped him on the shoulder in the third period.

On March 13, 1948, Kwong hopped over the Forum boards, along with the Rangers’ top two scorers, Buddy O’Connor and Edgar Laprade, and into the record books.

His shift lasted one minute. He didn’t score and it was back to the bench, never again to play in the NHL.

more & his page at Legends of Hockey...

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Reinventing the Pro Sports Business

From the Canadian Press:

Lower player salaries, delayed construction of new arenas and “weeding out” of struggling companies may loom as the next phase of how the recession impacts the sports and entertainment world, a panel of industry executives and athletes cautioned Wednesday.

Speaking at the IMG World Congress of Sports, the group agreed that even in these times, well-managed companies should thrive. Still, they warned the impact of the global financial crunch may not be apparent in sports for some time - perhaps another year or more.

“We’re facing the greatest economic challenge of all of our lifetimes,” said Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which oversees arenas including the Staples Center in Los Angeles. “We have never seen anything like this and I pray that we never see anything like this again. And if you look at our industry, sports in particular ... we have to reinvent ourselves.”

continued… including comment by the NHL at the end of the article

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  Tags: economy, sports+business

All Carrie Milbank

from Dave McBrayer of Barry Melrose Rocks,

BMR:  Pick one: Ed Olczyk or Barry Melrose?

Carrie: Eddie O with Barry’s mullet…yummy.

BMR:  You just gave us a very disturbing mental image with that last answer.  Clearly, you don’t mind blogs since you’re talking to us and have dabbled in some of your own. What are your thoughts on blogging and where sports media is headed?

Carrie: I loooooove bloggers, and it seems that the Internet is quickly becoming our main source for news and entertainment so get comfy boys…I don’t think you’ll be unemployed anytime soon.

more

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Fans Share Their Hopes, Pain & Questions Too

I receive around 500 emails a week and most of them are from hockey fans who want to express their feelings on our great game.

Here is a sampling of those emails and I will be pointing to this blog post in my NHL.com article today, so feel free to add your comments & questions too.

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Give Bettman Credit

from Marcia C. Smith of the OC Register,

He’s not the commissioner of America’s most, second-most or even third-most popular professional sports league.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wasn’t even close to being the tallest figure – counting pre-teen children, ice sculptures and hockey sticks on their ends – on Saturday night at the Discovery Science Center’s opening gala for its “Science of Hockey” exhibition.

But there’s big story about Darwinian survival for the little guy running what many consider an American niche sport. Bettman and hockey aren’t hurting as much as the big three behemoths of the NFL, Major League Baseball or the NBA in this economic recession.

While the other major pro sports leagues trim luxurious budgets, lay off workers and raise some ticket prices, hockey endures largely unscathed because Bettman already had instituted belt-tightening practices after the 2004-05 season lost to a work stoppage.

continued

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2008-09 Prime Cuts Squad

From Jeff Angus at Dobber’s Hockey, a 5 part series featuring his “prime cuts” of the 2008-09 season.

[The] Prime Cuts squad is chalk-full of intangibles such as heart, determination, hockey IQ, two-way play, grit, and clutch scoring ability. Most of the players on this squad are also under appreciated (in both fantasy and real hockey circles). There are obviously some big stars on this team – the usual suspects – but there are also some under-the-radar players who you may not have noticed this season for whatever reason

Part 1 and Part 2

Remaining parts to be published at Dobber’s over the coming days.

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Koharski On His Career

Elliott Friedman did another great interview with retiring referee Don Koharski last night in the ‘Inside Hockey’ segment of the HNIC pre-game show.

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Why Say No To The Winter Olympics

from Peter Adler at The Cult of Hockey,

Gary Bettman, quite correctly, in my humble opinion, replies he has a terrible difficulty finding one single advantage for the NHL. It’s not as if people will start playing hockey somewhere in Africa, just because they saw top professionals plying their trade somewhere in Russia.

Let’s get to basics here.

Of course, many suspect Bettman is trying to twist the Russians’ arm: sign the player transfer deal, and we’d be willing to listen.

No matter what you think of the current commissioner, he can hardly be THAT shortsighted. After all, even if the Russians signed the agreement tomorrow, there’s still five years to go to Sochi, and one can’t fathom they would be willing to commit to that long a term. And it wouldn’t be the first time in modern history that the Russians would sign on a dotted line, win concessions from the other side, and then find a way to get their side out of the deal. That’s just their way of doing things.

read on

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How Much Are Teams Willing To Pay?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Matt Gilroy, the highly regarded Boston University senior defenseman who will become an uncapped free agent the moment his Terriers either win the NCAA title or are eliminated from the tournament, likely will become an early indicator on whether the uncertain NHL economy will depress the summer market.

Two dozen NHL squads informally recruited Gilroy, a 24-year-old out of North Bellmore, last summer when it appeared he would leave school following his junior year. But he returned to lead Hockey East defensemen in scoring while earning a nomination for the Hobey Baker Award.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

On Inside Hockey Radio today:

We’ve got another great lineup for you this week as we talk to Conor McKenna (Team 990), Bob Snow (NHL.com), Jim Cummins (Former NHLer), Alanah McGinley (Kuklskorner.com) and go Toe to Toe with Todd Carroll.

Conor will give us the latest on the Habs push for the playoffs and take a swing around the Northeast Division. Bob Snow will be live from the NCAA Hockey Northeast Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire to help us dissect the NCAA tournament. Jim Cummins will help us tackle some of the hot topics around the NHL and the playoff chances of his beloved Blackhawks. Alanah McGinley who is based in Vancouver will give us the latest on the Canucks and we’ll finish off by going Toe to Toe with Toddy Carroll as we examine the tug of war between college hockey and Canadian Juniors, as well as the drawn out response to Alexander Ovechkin’s goal celebrations. Enough already folks!

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Home Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and on YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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