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Ah, Vegas In Late June!

from the CP via TSN,

The National Hockey League is looking at holding its annual awards show in Las Vegas.

A source familiar with negotiations said Tuesday that the move would help the league make more of a splash with its season-ending gala. Everyone from sponsors to media to personnel from the NHL’s 30 teams would converge on the city, making it more of an event than it has been in recent years.

There could also be a natural tie-in with entertainment acts that hasn’t really been there in the past.

continued & if you are a regular KK reader, you knew about this in October...

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Goodbye 2008

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Luc Bourdon, Alexei Cherepanov, Mickey Renaud, each still blossoming as an athlete and a human being, also died this year, long before they had the chance to best manifest their talents.

But above and beyond those gut-wrenching goodbyes, there just seemed to be something inescapably melancholy in virtually every facet of the hockey world this year.

There was ‘Boots’ Del Biaggio’s expensive, heartbreaking charade in Nashville and the myriad of questions it raised about the NHL’s leadership group.

In Tampa Bay, new owners Len Barrie and Oren Koules rode to the team’s rescue and promised an adventure for Lightning fans.

read on

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Missing McGeough

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com,

I miss NHL referee Mick McGeough. There, I have said it.

I miss the arm waving, the theatrics. You always knew when Mick was in the building, not like some of the anonymous zebras working now, with no names on their jerseys.

Can you tell Dean Morton from Dean Warren from Dean Martin or Dan O’Halloran from Dan O’Rourke? Nobody could turn a slashing penalty into something akin to a beheading with the colourful gesturing that McGeough offered up through close to 1,100 league games and 63 more in the playoffs through 20 seasons. He retired to become an NHL officiating mentor this year.

McGeough has showed up at Rexall Place several times this season, sitting up in the press box, far from where he wanted to be.

continued & I would normally link to the original source story, but the Edmonton Journal is really slow-loading today for me.

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Hockey Night In Paris

from Peter O’Neal at Canada.com,

The City of Lights, typically associated with sophisticated images of culture, fashion, architecture, food and romance, would seem to be an unlikely target to promote the lowbrow sport of ice hockey.

Yet French organizers think there is a hockey culture here strong enough to justify their bid to make Paris join the ranks of three other European cities - London, Prague and Stockholm - that have hosted season-opening National Hockey League games since 2007.

They are counting on the thousands of hockey fans from Paris, and from hockey hotbeds like Rouen in the northern Normandy region and Grenoble in the French Alps, who regularly attend games to cheer on local teams or their own children in minor league programs.

French fans would be hard to distinguish from hockey moms and dads in Canada except that they are typically better dressed and arrive clutching dainty little cafe noisettes (an absurdly tiny jigger of dark coffee with a faint splash of milk) rather than double-doubles.


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Bettman Opens Up A Bit

via VancouverCanucks.com,

In a recent visit to Vancouver, Gary Bettman sat down with Kristin Reid to talk about the challenges and the perks of the job. He talks about the Olympics, his favourite teams, and best buildings in the League.

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Holiday Gifts

It’s that time of the year again, so here are the presents people in the hockey world should see under the tree.

read on for the rest of the story at my NHL.com submission for the week.

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Financial Health Of The Devils Is Good

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

The economy is bad and could get even worse.

Even many fans who would have been willing to dig deep into their pockets were unable or unwilling to get to the Devils’ past two home games because of snowstorms.

Still, Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek remains optimistic fans will support a team that has been surprisingly resilient on the ice and that the club will be profitable for a second straight season in the Prudential Center.

“The health of the Devils is fine,” Vanderbeek told The Star-Ledger Monday. “Certainly we saw the light (financially) last year, but we need to continue to grow. I haven’t seen specific numbers, but I think our attendance is just a touch up (from last year at this point). I think the prospects are good.”


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Bettman In Maxim

from Maxim.com,

(Maxim) The other great debate in hockey is fighting. Some people are for banning it, others say it’s a necessary part of the game. How do you feel about it?

(Bettman) It’s always been a part of the game.  It’s an incidental part of the game and in increases and decreases based on how the game is being played. It’s physical. Contact is encouraged. Players are skating at each other, running into each other. It’s speeds up to 30 miles per hour and players are carrying sticks. It’s nonstop, it’s edgy, and it’s emotional. So the fact that this is an incidental part of the game-I don’t think it calls for debate to whether or not it should be in or out of the game. It’s always been a part of the game.

many more topics discussed…

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Christmas Wish List for the NHL

From Lyle Richardson (Spector) at FoxSports:

It’s Christmas time again, and in the NHL there could be several teams or players looking for just the right gift under their respective trees which would help them the rest of this season. Here’s the NHL version of a top 10 Christmas wish list.

1. NHL — A great Winter Classic game between the Blackhawks and Red Wings.

and much more…

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McDonald’s Teams Up With The NHL

from Terry Lefton of SportsBusiness Journal,

The NHL has added McDonald’s to its roster of corporate sponsors with U.S. rights. The pre-eminent quick-service restaurant has signed a deal through the 2009-10 season. McDonald’s has been a Canadian sponsor of the league since 1993 and has local rights deals with 15 NHL teams, including one in its final stages with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Under the deal, McDonald’s gets ads on NHL.com and the NHL Network and makes advertising commitments to NHL rights holders NBC and Versus. The deal also includes USA Hockey rights, which fit nicely with McDonald’s TOP Olympic deal. NHL Players’ Association rights for the U.S. were not included.

continued and thanks to SBJ for making the link available to KK readers…

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