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The NHL has selected the 20 referees and 20 linesmen who will work the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, with one veteran referee surprisingly left off the list.
54 year-old Kerry Fraser, the longest serving referee in NHL history, did not make the cut this year.
read on for the list of officials…
NEW YORK (April 9, 2007) – Starting today on NHL.com, celebrities from the television, motion picture and music industries will write exclusive blogs and provide original video content to offer fans a unique perspective of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Through NHL.com, the official web site of the National Hockey League and the leading online community for hockey fans, each celebrity will offer insight on their favorite team’s quest for the Stanley Cup. In addition, using Pure Digital’s new Flip Video™ - the only camcorder that connects directly to YouTube – the bloggers will capture and instantly share the original video content on YouTube at youtube.com/nhl. The Playoffs begin Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (April 9, 2007) – New York Islanders’ goaltender Wade Dubielewicz, Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic and Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending April 8.
Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League’s top performances over the past week.
FIRST STAR – WADE DUBIELEWICZ, G, NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Dubielewicz backstopped the Islanders to four consecutive victories and the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. He made 36 saves through overtime and three in the shootout as the Islanders defeated the New York Rangers 3-2, April 3. On April 5, he made 28 saves in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and stopped 28 of 30 shots in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, April 7. On April 8, he blocked 22 of 24 shots and then two of three in the shootout as the Islanders clinched a playoff position with a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.
from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
With the Stanley Cup playoffs starting in less than a week, Versus is finding the ad sales market to be sluggish, though it expects sales to pick up as the playoffs begin.
“We are living in an environment where clients and agencies continue to spend money closer and closer to the air date,” said Steve Margosian, Versus’ vice president of marketing solutions. “That, more than anything, contributes to the perception that the markets are sluggish.”...
Meanwhile, Versus has embarked on a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign on print, radio and TV to drive tune-in. The campaign, called “Defining Moment,” was created by Versus’ agency, TAXI.
The campaign will carry the tag line “Do or Die,” and will highlight great moments in Stanley Cup history. One TV spot shows five defining Stanley Cup moments, such as one from a New York Rangers win in 1994.
Versus, one more time, do some advertising on hockey blogs. You would be surprised by the amount of attention you will draw!
When the NHL’s schedule doctor, Steve Hatze-Petros, begins the first drafts of what the playoff schedule will look like about a month before the season comes to a close, there are almost 30 teams still alive in the race….
Hatze-Petros sat down with NHL.com during his busiest and most hectic time of the year to talk about what he goes through in constructing the playoff schedule every spring.
How do you go about organizing the playoff schedule?—“We start keeping track of potential matchups in the playoffs about 30 days in advance. When you’re 30 days out, you wind up seeing probably every combination that could possibly happen. Our preparation on a daily basis is getting a new schedule out with the possible matchups.”
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Roster changes are inevitable, but there could be a wholesale reshaping of the team after the Canadiens failed to reach the playoffs for the fifth time in eight seasons.
The Canadiens needed a win Saturday night in Toronto to grab the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but they fell to the Maple Leafs 6-5 in a game that was a microcosm of a failed season.
As long as Spector keeps on picking the Wings, his blog at Fox Sports will get linked, lol!
Actually, I try to stay away from many of the predictions, since we all have our own opinion your picks are as good as the “experts”.
But do check out Spector’s picks, very well done and a lot of thought put into them.
Police arrested two Florida Panther hockey players early Monday morning after they refused to leave a nightclub for disorderly conduct.
According to Miami Beach Police, 43-year-old goalie Ed Belfour and 33-year-old left wing Ville Peltonen were at Nikki Beach around 1 a.m. when they were asked to leave for disorderly conduct. When the pair refused to leave, an officer responded to the scene.
thanks to a KK reader for the heads-up, I have been waiting for confirmation on this…
added 2:59pm, To clear up the blackout rule regarding Versus- The first round local carriers are not blacked out. The 2nd round, Versus can choose two games from each series and it televised, Versus will have the exclusive rights to those games.
STAMFORD, Conn. (April 9, 2007) - VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, today announced the network’s schedule for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Quarterfinal round, which begins on Wednesday, April 11 with VERSUS’ pre-game studio show “Hockey Central” at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by a double-header at 7 p.m. ET when the Ottawa Senators host the Pittsburgh Penguins and at 10 p.m. with the Dallas Stars at the Vancouver Canucks. Each week night VERSUS will feature one to two playoff games, as well the studio wrap-up show, “Hockey Central”.
VERSUS anticipates airing up to 52 playoff games, as well as the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. The number of playoff games will vary depending upon the length of each individual series.
The complete schedule for the NHL Playoffs Quarterfinal round follows (subject to change):
from the Mercury News,
This is the third time the Sharks will face the same opponent in the postseason two years in a row. On the previous two occasions, the Sharks won the first year and lost the second.
Last year, the Sharks beat Nashville in the opening round, four games to one. The Predators say they will be using that defeat as motivation.
“We saw them last year, and I think we’re a little more prepared as a team and as a group,” Nashville Coach Barry Trotz said.
The Sharks enter the playoffs on a roll, having finished the regular season with a 13-1-3 run. “The last three games especially, we’ve been honing our playoff intensity,” defenseman Kyle McLaren said. “We feel good about the way we’re playing.”
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