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Europe is Worth it to the NHL

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday:

[The New York Rangers] trip seems to have more than compensated in team chemistry what it had cost in practice time during a rushed training camp. That’s more tangible than the cool million dollars they earned by beating Metallurg Magnitogorsk for the preseason Victoria Cup in Switzerland.

American professional leagues do not release figures on exactly how much real compensation they receive for these trips, but the fact that they keep doing it tells you it is worth their while.

“Playing overseas is a marketing investment—for the league and the team,” said Stefan Szymanski, professor of economics and head of the MBA program at Cass Business School in London. “The long-term benefit is that the league will develop a new fan base.”

read on

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  Tags: europe, marketing

New Ideas For The All-Star Game

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The NHL’s skills competition could have a new flavour to it when the Montreal Canadiens host All-Star Weekend in January….

The event celebrates the Canadiens’ 100th anniversary and pending commissioner Gary Bettman’s approval, there will be changes. Most notably, the effort to include some of hockey’s greats of the past.

A goaltending showdown between Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur has been discussed, but a more likely scenario would see Guy Lafleur or any number of former stars take part in either a head to head with Brodeur - or Roberto Luongo - or a competition against the NHL’s young guns.

read on and how about a Probert/Domi re-match?

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Bettman Talks Many Topics This Morning

from Fan590,

(Gary Bettman) talk(ed) about the state of the league during the current worldwide economic crisis, the possibility of NHL teams north of the border in the near future, the falling Canadian loonie’s effect on Canada’s team revenues and the NHL’s look into expanding into Europe.

listen to the interview from this morning…

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Upside Down Cup Was Done On Purpose

from the Detroit Free Press,

Here’s today’s conspiracy theory, courtesy of Chris Chelios’ appearance with JJ & Lynne on WCSX-FM.

Remember when Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott set the Stanley Cup upside down on the stage during last week’s “NHL Face-Off Rocks” show at the Fox Theatre?

“Someone should have drove that guy, he did that on purpose,” Cheli said Wednesday.

J.J.: “You think he did it on purpose?”

“No, we know he did ... we talked to people at the show and the guy was being real rude to everybody,” Chelios said.

read on

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  Tags: chris+chelios

Thursdays with Gary are Back

From NHL.com:

The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the return of NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman. The second season of the weekly, hour-long, live radio show will debut Thursday, October 16 at 4 p.m., ET, on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204 and Sirius Channel 208) and NHL.com. The show, co-hosted by former NHL player Bill Clement, will air every Thursday throughout the NHL season.

Whoopi Goldberg, the award-winning actress, moderator of ABC’s “The View” and a long-time NHL fan, will be the guest on Thursday’s season-debut show. She will join Commissioner Bettman in the NHL Radio/Sirius XM Radio studio located in the NHL Store Powered by Reebok store.

 

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  Tags: bill+clement, gary+betman, media, whoopi+goldberg

Why the Poor Starts?

From Lyle Richardson at FoxSports,

The season is only a week old, but already some teams have raised eyebrows with their poor performances after only three games.

After reaching the Eastern Conference finals last season, expectations were high for the Philadelphia Flyers. Instead, they’ve gone winless their first three games, including blowing a 2-1 lead to the Montreal Canadiens — who they eliminated from last spring’s playoffs — to lose 5-3.

The Tampa Bay Lightning generated excitement in the offseason with their roster overhaul and promises from their new ownership of a fresh start, but after going winless in their first three games — giving up an average of 40 shots per game — it appears little has changed since last season.

continued… with a look at a few other teams off to a bad start, and some reasons why

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Sports Marketing Double-Take

From Darren Rovell at CNBC’s SportsBiz:

imageA blog reader writes in today to tell us how similar the “NHL Face Off 2008” logo was to this year’s “NFL Kickoff 2008” logo.

It’s kind of ridiculous how similar they look. Have we really run out of logos? I know no idea is really original, but I hope the person who put this one together at the NHL didn’t get any sort of credit for it.

Rovell is apparently suggesting the NHL’s work is a knock-off of the NFL’s earlier logo. I’ll leave it to readers to decide, but he might have a point…

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  Tags: marketing, nfl, nhl

Back In Denver

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.

read on

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Time For The NHL In The Northwest

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.

more

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NHL Still Growing

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.”

continued

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