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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
The late Red Storey liked to tell the story about the day he met Worsley in a bar in the morning of an afternoon game.
“Mind if I join you?” he asked.
“Sit,” the goaltender said.
They chatted for a few minutes, whereupon Storey said to Worsley: “It’s none of my business, Gump, but don’t you have a game this afternoon?”
“You’re right,” Worsley grunted, “it’s none of your business.”
more on Worsley…
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Even if he (Blake) misses the next four seasons, his contract would surely be honoured, even though he’s not suffered a broken bone, concussion or other hockey-specific injury.
Yet far too few of hockey’s young stars take time to consider their mortality. What if instead of Blake it had been Alex Steen or Kris Newbury – who don’t have long-term security – tearfully disclosing they had leukemia?
Fact is, the NHL Players’ Association has long been worried that not enough of hockey’s less established players buy long-term disability insurance, even as the league minimum salary approaches $500,000 a year. (A million-dollar policy would cost a player in his early 20s about $10,000.)
Consider the cases of Milos Holan and Yanick Dupre, onetime teammates with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.
via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
As Hockey Night’s Elliotte Friedman reported last week, the NHL is beginning to install high-definition overhead cameras in the arenas as well as HDTV video recorders, which help clarify reviews of disputed goals.
The HDTV technology helped make possible the correct calls on two disputed, but difficult-to-see goals in the New Jersey Devils-Ottawa Senators game on Monday.
By the end of the week, 14 arenas will have the HDTV technology. By the end of the month, it will be in all the buildings.
From Evan Grossman at NHL.com,
Located on Avenue of the Americas between 46th and 47th streets in the heart of New York City, the new NHL store will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 12. And calling it a store is not quite doing it justice, as this is much more than just a place where you can buy hockey stuff. The NHL store is designed to be a unique experience for visitors that plays on many senses in addition to the impulse to want to buy everything in the store.
This is a hockey cathedral, in many ways, with an ice wall where you can carve your name or initials, a computer where you can custom design a pair of sneakers with the crest and colors of your favorite team, a radio studio upstairs where you can see and hear the daily XM broadcast of NHL Live, or sip on your favorite flavor latte or cappuccino at the hockey-themed Starbucks that’s adjacent to the store.
From Kevin Dupont at MSNBC,
We’re a long way from that end-of-season balloting for the Calder Trophy. No telling which child shall lead them all at this point. But here are 10 names to watch as the weeks unfold:
1) Andrew Cogliano, Edmonton, C. —The 25th pick overall in the 2005 draft, Cogliano played college hockey last season at Michigan, and picked up 28 points in 39 games. He is a bit small (5-10/185), but his speed and skill level, combined with the Oil’s dire need for offense, won him a roster spot. He led all rookies in scoring (1-2—3) through the first weekend.
From Empty Netters at the Post-Gazette:
While reading Shelly Anderson’s story about Rob Scuderi today, we noticed a brief mention that Scuderi is the player with the longest uninterrupted connection to the Penguins organization.
So that got us to wondering how Scuderi’s time with the Penguins stacks up against the service times of other players who have been tied to their franchises the longest.
It also gave us an excuse make a list, and there isn’t anything we like to do more in life than make lists.
continued… (*a handy and interesting chart of the longest serving players of all the NHL’s teams)
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
The NHL season is about a week and a half old and we need more time to sort everything out. But here are at least six things we kind of, sort of, know:
Jeremy and those jerseys
Upon further review, the San Jose Sharks are wearing arguably the ugliest uniforms in any team sport in the history of team sports.
from Business Wire via Yahoo,
Reebok and the National Hockey League (NHL) have teamed up to launch the first-ever “NHL Powered by Reebok” retail destination. Ideally located at 6th Avenue and West 47th Street on the ground floor of the NHL’s new World Headquarters in New York City, the revolutionary new store features technology, symbolism and authenticity to create an unprecedented shopping experience for players and fans around the world.
much more information…
from Marketwire via CNNMoney,
Using Omniture SiteCatalyst® Web analytics, the NHL will gain a comprehensive view of visitor engagement to NHL content through RSS feeds, podcasts, video clips, wireless devices and emerging digital channels.
“Our job is to make sure people have access to NHL content how they want it and where they want it,” said Keith Ritter, president, NHL Interactive Cyber Enterprises (ICE). “We are committed to devoting resources to the channels that are most appealing to our fans. Omniture allows us to understand how each element of our Web platform is performing—helping us better serve our customers while also optimizing our marketing strategies.”
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