Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/18/05 at 10:10 AM ET
The NHL, this season, widened its accessibility by allowing reporters to enter the locker rooms and interview players for a 30-minute period two hours before the start of games. There's plenty of precedent for this. It's standard operating procedure in Major League Baseball and the NBA. But in the tradition-steeped NHL, where the sanctity of "the room" is legendary, opening the door to reporters before games is revolutionary. "I'm sure it sent heads spinning for some of the old-liners, but this is a good decision," said Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford, who was an NHL goaltender for 13 seasons. If nothing else, it expands the opportunity for pregame publicity in this first season after the long lockout.
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