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from the CBC:
The NHL All-Star Game has undergone many transformations since the first official matchup 70 years ago.
It had its origins in several unofficial all-star games organized in the 1930s to raise money for the families of Ace Bailey, who suffered a career-ending injury, and later Howie Morenz and Albert (Babe) Siebert, who met untimely deaths.
Seeking a celebratory showcase following the Second World War, the NHL revived the all-star format to kick off the 1947 season, with the defending Stanley Cup champion taking on the best players from the remaining Original Six rosters.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
The NHL and RBK Hockey unveiled their new “uniform system” (jersey, pants and socks) on Monday in Dallas as part of the buildup to Wednesday’s All-Star Game.
(Well, actually, the league and its corporate partner pulled the curtain back on their latest creation for a select group of media in New York this past Wednesday.)
For now, I’d say the league gets an “A” for effort but an “incomplete” for every other element of the project.
First, let me give you the good news.
from the Daily Miner:
History didn’t repeat itself but the week-long celebration commemorating Kenora’s Stanley Cup victory over the Montreal Wanderers in 1907 will be rehashed with as much fervour as if it did.
Sunday afternoon, former Winnipeg Jets hero Dale Hawerchuk nailed the game winning goal late in the third period as the Team Canada Selects quashed the Kenora Thistles’ hopes of reliving the glory of the club’s Stanley Cup win 100 years ago to the day in an 11-10 nailbiter.
In old re-creation jerseys for both sides, the match was a throw back to the early days of the game, even the referees wore black cardigans and collared shirts and ties.
Louie McKay, the oldest surviving Kenora Thistle at 90 years of age, put the home team on the board first, with a blistering shot from the blueline into the open net just prior to the game’s actual commencement.
Monday, Jan. 22
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET - All-Star Special (video)
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET - Mid-Season Recap (video)
7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET - NHL Salute to a Generation of Stars (video)
Check out their website, which is loading very slowly right now.
added 3:13pm, History of hockey equipment (pdf file)
...That’s Uni Watch’s preliminary reaction to the NHL’s new Reebok-designed, snug-fitting “uniform system,” which will get a test drive in Wednesday night’s All-Star Game and then be used league-wide next season. Uni Watch emphasizes the “preliminary” qualifier there, because for now the NHL is only revealing the All-Star Game version of the new uni. It remains to be seen how the 30 NHL teams will fit their logos and other graphics into the new silhouette. We won’t see those designs (several of which aren’t even finalized yet) until this spring or summer.
That’s right—after all the buildup, all the fanfare, the league isn’t showing us what everyone really wants to see. Frustrating? Definitely.
read on... NHL players will be wearing their All-Star jerseys beginning tonight in an open practice session in Dallas…
Players react to new design…
via the St. Louis Post-Disptach,
Columbus will go one step further next season with the sweater change and also change its logo.
A “State of Ohio” flag will cover the front of the Blue Jackets’ sweaters. The logo isn’t actually new; the team currently wears it on its third jersey. But beginning next season, it will replace the “CBJ” logo for home and road games.
“We’ve done a lot of research that suggests this is the way to go,” Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean said. “It’s become a real popular look for us, with our fans and from people I talk to around the country and in Canada. We’re still working on finalizing how it’s going to look, but from what I’ve seen, it’s going to be real sharp.”
I happened to get a look at the logo the other night and I like it better than the current one…
Nashville Predators centre David Legwand, Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco and Pittsburgh Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin have been named the NHL’s Three Stars for the week ending Jan. 21.
Before the NHL lockout, you might never have heard of Brian Gionta, who had 89 points last season.
Maybe last fall your buddies couldn’t stop laughing when you selected Alexander Semin with a mid-round draft in your hockey pool.
On the other hand, maybe you’re still waiting for Patrik Stefan to find his form.
In honour of all-star week, below are a dozen players who have been flying under the radar and deserve some recognition during break-out seasons:
from the NHL.com editorial team…
With the 2007 NHL All-Star Game taking place mid-week this year, we realize it’s going to be darn-near impossible for most of you to get time off to fly to Dallas. Don’t feel left out!
NHL.com’s intrepid staff of hockey reporters will be there to take you on a personal tour through each day of All Star Week.
We’ll give our readers virtual access to all the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on at All-Star, including the American Airlines “NHL Salute to a Generation of Stars” featuring the All-Star Game skaters and former League
greats, the YoungStars Game, all the concerts, parties and celebrity sightings, and finally the main event, the 55th NHL All-Star Game from American Airlines Center.
In addition to all the blogging, you’re encouraged to ask questions of NHL.com’s All-Star staff – the editorial team of Shawn Roarke, Evan Grossman, Rich Libero, Phil Coffey, Darryl Haberman and Rocky Bonanno.
visit them often here...
update 10:20am, Here is the NHL.com streaming schedule for ASG week…
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