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NEW YORK (Nov. 1, 2006)- NHL Interactive Cyber Enterprises (ICE), the digital arm of the National Hockey League (NHL), today announced a multi-year deal to provide NHL video content to Google Video. The NHL will provide in-season full-length games on delay to Google Video at http://video.google.com/nhl.html Googl.e also will receive select NHL classic games. In addition to the game content, the NHL also will work with Google to allow certain NHL themed user-generated content on http://video.google.com/nhl.html This .is the first time Google Video has worked with a major professional sports league in such a manner. To celebrate its 89th season and this increased access to video content, the NHL will be offering its content for free – without ads – for the first two weeks of November. "When web users are searching for diverse video content, Google Video is the first place they go, just as NHL.com is the first place hockey fans go when they want NHL video,” said Keith Ritter, President of NHL ICE. “The combination of our content and Google's massive reach is a terrific pairing, and we're excited to add fan-generated content to the mix." update 3:45pm, from Bufalo Business Journal,
The National Hockey League has annunced a new multi-year video content deal with Google Video making full-length games from the '06-07 season and some classic games available for online purchase on a 48-hour, tape-delay basis. Pricing is still being finalized, but games are likely to cost $2.99 each after a free trial for the first two weeks of November. The deal arrives after a beta test on Google Video, as well as an offering last spring in which condensed NHL playoff games were sold on Apple' iTunes store. Discussions about a future video content deal with Apple are still ongoing, Ritter said, as are efforts to offer live streaming of games online. No timetable exists for either initiative.more
Canadian sports channel, TSN, will tonight begin offering a two-screen, Web-based interactive TV application to accompany its coverage of NHL When viewers access the application, they will first be asked to choose a team to support in the game, and will then gain or lose points as their team scores or is penalized. They will also be able to gain points by correctly answering hockey-related trivia questions and questions about the app's sponsor, by participating in polls, and also by playing hockey-themed mini-games that will appear in the app during half time (?) and commercial breaks.more
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' of the month for October.
Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch mentioned that Colin Campbell turned down the Flyers GM job. What is interesting is Watters stated Campbell wants the Leafs GM job. The pressure is always on John Ferguson Jr. added 3:29pm, from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
I believe Colin Campbell turned down the Philadelphia Flyers job because he would rather work for the St. Louis Blues and his friend John Davidson when Larry Pleau’s contract as general manager expires at the end of the season. In fact, at the Memorial Cup a good source from the Ontario Hockey League whispered in my ear that Kitchener Rangers coach Peter DeBoer was on his way to joining the Blues as an assistant coach because Campbell had offered him an assistant coach position.more
from George Johnson at ESPN,
These whacky Preds actually believe they can contend for the Stanley Cup. A team from Music City, USA. And why not? The last two franchises to hoist the hallowed mug, the Lightning and Hurricanes, aren't exactly located in traditional hockey hotbeds. After a jittery opening three games, Barry Trotz's boys have stepped on the gas and rediscovered their groove. With the Stevie Y-less, Shanny-less Detroit Red Wings revamping and the title of Hockeytown very much a debatable one these days, the Predators, built on speed and sass, are a perfect fit for the new NHL, the upwardly mobile yuppies of the Central Division.more...on the Preds...
Guest Submission by Joe Pelletier You will have to excuse Dallas Stars rookie Louie Eriksson for breathing a sigh of relief after the NHL’s opening night. Eriksson was a “bubble player” during training camp. The rookie had played well enough to stick with the Stars for game one, but rumours persisted that he would be sent down to the farm team should he not get off to a good start. Eriksson must have expected he had bought himself a little slack when it came to sticking in the big leagues. Eriksson did about all you could a coach could ask for that night. He scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game. However it was not enough. The next day he was banished to the AHL’s Iowa Stars. Good goal kid. Now get out of here.
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
The Pittsburgh Penguins choosing to keep junior eligible prospect Jordan Staal on the NHL roster means the average age of the team is now 12.4. In addition, nine players in the lineup do not have driver’s licenses. Six players have paper routes. And four players are still nursing. To me personally, Anze Kopitar will always be the traditional Klingon greeting from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (usually said prior to an epic battle or when someone on the Space Station was “about to get some”.more
from the Sun-Sentinel,
Panthers winger Todd Bertuzzi is considering surgery on his lower back and will make a decision by the end of this week, his agent, Pat Morris, said Tuesday. Morris said Bertuzzi has received two epidurals to subdue pinching pain that has spread from near a disc in his back down to his buttocks and right leg. Neither was effective.continued
Actually, the Sharks are running an auction for charity on these one of a kind sweaters.
TORONTO (November 1, 2006) - The National Hockey League today announced the renewal of a multiyear agreement with The Home Depot Canada, the country’s largest home improvement retailer. "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with The Home Depot Canada, which, through innovative and unique programs, has allowed hockey fans across the country to demonstrate their great passion for the game," said Ed Horne, President, NHL Enterprises. "I am sure our loyal fans will continue to enjoy and participate in the unique promotions that The Home Depot Canada has planned to celebrate the game of hockey.” “Our partnership with the NHL is such a natural fit for us. Our customers and our associates, like all Canadians, are in love with the game of hockey,” said Annette Verschuren, president of The Home Depot Canada. “Partnering with the League has provided our company with so many ways to be innovative in the marketplace, and we plan to leverage both our brands to bring more exciting opportunities to customers and hockey fans alike.”
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