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Ken Kal—the play-by-play voice of the Red Wings’ on their flagship station for some 12 years now—ran into a serious occupational problem on Wednesday night: a bout of laryngitis.
Fortunately, Ken did get to call the final 15 seconds of the game, and on Thursday he spoke to Dan Tencer of 630 CHED in Edmonton about the series and the after-party.
With our thanks to Dan for providing the audio, you can download their conversation here, or use the audio player below.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
I cried when Nicklas Lidstrom first picked up the Cup, knowing full well that the label of “first European captain of an NHL champion” really couldn’t have been applied to a more polite, respectful, decent human being.
I cried when the first person Lidstrom handed off the Cup to was Dallas Drake, a guy universally acknowledged as one of the league’s best foot-soldiers for the past 15 seasons, and now, someone who earned a spot where he was able to bask in the glow of championship glory.
I cried when Drake passed the trophy to Dan Cleary, a onetime elite prospect pushed to the periphery of the NHL before he scratched and clawed his way into a tryout opportunity with the Wings and turned the chance into a personal resurrection that will live on in the minds and hearts of his fellow Newfoundlanders for as long as the Atlantic tides touch the province’s shores.
from Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,
The alarm went off at 1:40 in the morning yesterday here in my home in Stockholm. That gave me five minutes to get my head back on straight, and my mind focused on the task at hand. Fortunately, the task was watching Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
I’ll admit, I hadn’t got up in the middle of the night for all of the Final games. OK, OK, enough, you don’t have to twist my arm. Sure, Game 6 was the first time I was awake at 3 a.m. to see Sid the Kid and “Lidas” battle it out for the Stanley Cup.
Osgood gets interviewed by McCarty and creates a new word. Is the spelling correct?
From Simon Dingley at CBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Blog,
It is something few reporters experience.
Behind the scenes, at the Stanley Cup final. Outside the winning team’s dressing room in the moments leading up to the trophy being awarded.
Wednesday night during the second period of Game 6, I parked myself beside the Red Wings’ room at Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena. Usually I cover NHL games from the press box. But I feared if I didn’t get down to the Wings’ room early, I may not get in at all because of the huge crush of media.
Press Release from the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins set a new team total attendance record with 888,653 fans through 52 games of the 2007-08 regular season and Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Penguins’ average attendance through those 52 games was 17,089. Seating capacity at Mellon Arena is 16,940, but the Penguins sell a limited amount of standing-room-only tickets for each game.
The team’s previous attendance record was 847,204 over 53 games during the 1990-91 regular season and playoffs. The average attendance that season was 15,985.
The Penguins have sold out 67 straight games dating back to last season. The 2007-08 season marked the first time in franchise history that the Penguins sold out every game.
Pittsburgh Penguins fans also helped the team raise over $85,000 for the Mario Lemieux Foundation (for cancer and neonatal research) by coming to Mellon Arena to watch playoff road games on the Jumbotron, for a $5 admission fee.
from Scott Morrison at his Viewpoint blog,
The best team won.
The team that deserved to win did win the Stanley Cup.
It doesn’t often work out this way, but the Detroit Red Wings are champions and that is how it should be.
Make no mistake, from the start of the season they have been the best team in the NHL, with the exception of a brief stretch late in season when they were badly injured. But they started strong and they finished strong.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
While The Stanley Cup nestles neatly in Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings’ championship performance inspires a question for our Met Area teams: What can the Rangers, Devils and Islanders learn from the magnificent Motown sextet?
Several lessons are available, not necessarily in order of importance since every element factored into the championship. To wit:
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
From a top prospect to chronic underachiever to a man without a contract three years ago, Cleary too has found a home in Detroit and, in return, has given them nothing but dedicated play.
“Here I am at the pinnacle of hockey,” he said in disbelief.
As soon as he took the Stanley Cup from Drake, Cleary sought out his family in the stands and raised the Cup to them.
“Oh my gosh, it’s so surreal,” said Cleary’s wife Jelena, holding 22-month-old daughter Elle in her arms. “I’m just so happy for him.”
more on the Wings…
from Ted’s Take,
The NHL had a great year. Can you name me one other media oriented company that can say they grew and grew fast across the board in terms of:
Ratings - both nationally and locally;
Season ticket renewals and season ticket sales;
Overall ticket sales;
Overall ticket pricing;
The salary cap will move up again as the players share in more than half of the revenues so the players are happy.
For the most part, the product has improved.
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