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The Winter Classic jerseys are now available. Here’s the Blackhawks sweater:
Update 9:24pm ET (Alanah): And now here’s the Wings jersey for the event:
added 10:57am on 10/29/08, If you are interested in purchasing these sweaters, they can be found here.
Full press release below.
from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
...Or perhaps you prefer the wonderfully original Ducks color scheme: black sweaters, black shorts, black socks, black gloves, black helmets. That happens to match the ensemble worn by the Flyers. And the Lightning. And the Kings, Penguins and Stars. All of which were inspired by the Bruins.
It’s such a great idea that the Hurricanes last month introduced their new third jersey: black. Thus they joined the Sharks, Senators, Coyotes and, alas, the Blackhawks among teams who wear black at least part of the time.
What you have is uniformity in uniforms. It’s also a mess. When you turn on a game, you often can’t tell who is playing unless you happen to know who is playing.
It you were watching the Devils/Flyers game this afternoon, yes, that was a smoke bomb/flare that was tossed on the ice during the OT period.
MSG+ showed a replay of the event with one of the Philadelphia players actually picking it up and carrying it towards the maintenance crew.
Hope the person responsible was caught and not allowed back in the building again!
added 7:35pm, Watch a video of the Smoke/stink bomb/flare below…
added 6:06am 10/26/08, from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
A hostile crowd is the accepted burden of a pro athlete. Having to play under attack from a flaming missile tossed out of the stands is not part of the contract.
This one - possibly a road flare of the kind used during highway emergencies - flew toward the ice, flaming and smoking, landing next to the bench where the Devils were trying to coax victory out of overtime last night.
The missile erupted in acrid smoke that chased coach Brent Sutter and his staff into the runway and left the visitors looking to see if another was headed their way.
from the Boston Bruins,
The Boston Bruins announced today that the third period in tonight’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers will be split, with the teams switching ends at the first stoppage in play after the 10-minute mark of the period….
The change in format is occurring due to incorrect markings on the West End (visitors bench side) of the TD Banknorth Garden Ice. In the West End, the two face-off dots are 24 feet from the goal line - four feet longer than NHL specifications. The corresponding face-off circles are also four feet further away from the goal line.
“Maybe it’s a good thing I’m not with Team Canada anymore. Because every time we saw Jarome, he was auditioning (and he’d score three or four). I’ve got the white flag now — tell him I’m not there. Go do it against Detroit.”
-Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky talking about Jarome Iginla. More on the Flames/Coyotes matchup tonight at Flames Insider.
Do you have plans to catch most of the hockey action beginning today (NHL schedule) at 4pm ET? Will you be surfing different games, or maybe just catching your team in action?
Feel free to comment here with your plans and observations of the day/night!
Update 3:59pm (from Alanah):
Anyone wanting to throw some hockey-talk into their hockey-watching today can also check out Live From Gretzky’s from 4-6pm ET. Among others, they’ll be chatting with Ken Hitchcock, Oren Koules and Claude Lemeiux. Listen at XM Radio or on these online broadcasters.
from Eric Erlendsson of Bolts Report,
Now, as the Lightning get set to take on the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, Stamkos appears set to begin getting the 12-15 minutes of ice time Melrose has said he would like to give the rookie. During practice on Friday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, Stamkos was working on the top power play unit with Vinny Lecavalier, Vinny Prospal, Marty St. Louis and Paul Ranger.
Through the first six games, Stamkos has seen an average of 1:08 of ice time per game on the power play, with most of that coming on the second power play unit.
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
On Friday, for example, Vigneault stepped out to go to the bank and everyone, it seemed, wanted to know what was ailing his team or was offering him advice.
“I had so many people asking what’s going on I was giving it the Reggie Dunlap line in the movie Slapshot,” Vigneault said with a laugh as he launched into his impersonation of Paul Newman’s character.
“‘Yeah, yeah yeah,’” Vigneault told the concerned citizenry at the bank. “‘We’re working on it right now.’”
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Coyotes left wing Shane Doan got an unexpected result when he attempted to score against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. His shot broke the puck in two pieces when it hit the glass, something that neither coach Wayne Gretzky nor Doan’s teammates remember ever seeing.
So how did he do it?
He flexed his biceps, then laughed.
The puck broke when it hit the partition in the glass.
And theory the the puck was traveling at 200 mph?
“Oh, it might have been,” he joked.
from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,
Crosby’s life is full of photo shoots and commercials, slipping through back entrances to avoid crowds, and more news conferences than most political candidates. He has endorsement deals with Reebok and Gatorade, although he is used far more heavily in advertisements in his native Canada.
“We’ve seen television ratings increase in games he has been in, increased attendance where he plays,” said Brian Jennings, who is the league’s executive vice president for licensing and marketing. “He’s a powerful force.”
But the question is whether the N.H.L.’s promotion of Crosby is enough, whether one player in a medium-size market can lift the league.
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