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from the Tennessean,
At this time last year, defenseman Greg Zanon was skating the thin line between the big league and the developmental one.
This season he will play a vital role for the Predators, in the big league. A fearless and skillful shot-blocker, Zanon played in 66 games for the Predators last season and became invaluable on the penalty kill. Now he will be counted on as part of a young but solid defense.
“I love him,” goaltender Chris Mason said. “He is the kind of player that is so intense he will do anything to break up a play. I really can’t say enough about how much he helped us out last year. I am sure he exceeded everybody’s expectations. He deserves to be here.”
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
The private car was a place for bonding during the regular season and for all-night wet parties when the Canadiens were returning home after winning Stanley Cups on the road.
The trip to Chicago was a marathon on rails. The Canadiens would play a Saturday night game at the Forum and, immediately after it, would head for Westmount Station. Departure time: somewhere around midnight. Breakfast and lunch (thick steaks to die for) in their private dining car, after which most of the players would take their afternoon naps.
Normally, the team would arrive there at 6:30 p.m., head directly to Chicago Stadium - now and then with a police escort when the train was late. They would play the game, head back to the train and arrive in Montreal at 11 p.m. on Monday.
from the Calgary Sun,
“Dean is a friend of mine, but if it was Dean or somebody I don’t know, there’s no need for that.
“There’s nobody that can say, ‘I never hit anybody kinda cheap’ because you can get your elbows up or stick up, but you can’t hit somebody like that.”
Although the league has taken heat for being lenient on violent incidents, players were applauding Colin Campbell—the NHL’s disciplinarian—for taking a stand.
“It’s good the league did something,” Conroy said.
more on the suspension of Downie from Craig Conroy and other Flames too…
from the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in a nine-round shootout in front of 15,713 in the RBC Center. But, this being the exhibition season, the score is merely an aside.
“We’re going to be the toughest team in the league this year,” Fritsche said. “What this should tell everybody is that we’re not going to back down from anybody. If there’s an issue, our five guys are going to be right in the middle of it before their five guys are. That’s just the way it’s going to be.
“So, I’d say, yeah, we’re going to have a lot of nights like this.”
There were 39 penalties for 142 penalty minutes, including eight fighting majors, 12 roughing minors, three 10-minute misconducts and two game misconducts.
I have received a large amount of emails asking me about the broadcast schedule for the NHL games in London.
Here you go and as always, you can check NHL.com for a complete schedule.
Note the September 29th game will also be available on FoxSports West
note: original post date was 9/25/07, Saturday’s game is on the Center Ice schedule.
From the AP via MSNBC,
So ends the summer when the NHL stood out by simply laying low.
No talk of lockouts, steroids, rogue referees or police blotters in the world of hockey during the few short months following the Anaheim Ducks’ landmark championship for California.
The league that usually gets noticed when things go wrong, was glad to let baseball, football and basketball own the scandal-focused spotlight. Hockey escaped embarrassment and turmoil, and now is readying its next attempt to matter in the U.S. sports landscape.
The Calgary Flames have signed free agent forward Mark Smith. The 29 year-old checker had spent his entire career with the San Jose Sharks organization after being drafted in the ninth round in 1997.
Smith was hampered by injuries last season and finished with 13 points in 41 games. He was invited to camp with the New York Rangers, but was released earlier this week.
From Investor’s Business Daily,
“The first broadcast nearly ended in disaster,” Hewitt wrote in a 1928 Toronto Star article titled “Who Wouldn’t Be A Sport Announcer!” “When I finally did get in and closed the door, all the air was cut off. In a few minutes my head started to go round.”
Despite Hewitt’s difficulty catching air that night, listeners immediately loved the picture of the game he painted orally.
The next day, thousands clamored radio station CFCA for more. A decade later, in the 1934 playoffs, 6 million people would be tuning in to hear his voice.
“The impact he’s had on Canada has almost been a religious one,” Chuck Kaiton, president of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association and the announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes, told IBD.
Update 8:54pm ET: For examples of Hewitt’s work, check out CBC’s remarkable archives.
Listening to the Wings/Leafs game online, the Toronto announcers stated Brent Sopel was signed by Chicago today.
added 9:20pm, TSN link now available, believed to be $1.5M for 1 year.
from the Times Online,
Ice hockey, the cynics say, is not even an American sport, it is Canadian – which may be a key to its salvation. The sport has always had a sizeable following outside the US, especially in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, but its profile in the UK is low and the NHL is betting that it can change that with an entertaining pair of games that will underline the appeal of a sport that combines the balletic agility of ice dance with the brute violence of streetfighting.
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