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from Brad Holland at NHL Connect Stanley Cup 2007 Headquarters,
The flight out of the airport in Ontario, California (how strange is that?) left at 8am. That means, for the media, staff and even the official crew working the Final, a 4:30-5am wake-up call, a 5:30 bus ride, and about an hour’s wait through check-in, security, and boarding.
All for a 6 hour, cross-country flight.
For the staff of nhl.com, we amused ourselves by taking video, reading, watching the in-flight movie Wild Hogs, and randomly hitting tunes on our iPods. And eating. Eating basically every step of the way.
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from The Maven,
Instead of waiting for Thursday’s edition of The Times to obtain my playoff story – the tiny one that it was – all I had to do was go to the internet on Wednesday night and get more material than possibly the Times, News or Post ever would give me.
For starters, our own MSG had posted a lengthy game story minutes after the game had ended. Then there was the NHL offering detailed transcripts of the post-game press conferences involving both coaches and significant players for both teams.
In a half hour, using the internet, I obtained one hundred times more game and post-game info than the local papers had offered. That’s why Bettman is right when he says:
“The newspaper industry is in a very challenging period. Sports editors in particular are looking to cut expenses every way they can.”
NEW YORK (June 1, 2007) – Grammy award-winning recording artist and Ottawa native Alanis Morissette will perform the U.S. and Canadian national anthems at Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in Ottawa, Monday, June 4. NBC will telecast the game live in the U.S. starting at 8:00 p.m. ET, and CBC and RDS will provide coverage throughout Canada.
Morissette’s contribution to the soundtracks for Dogma, City of Angels and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe have earned her two Golden Globes nominations. She has also made acting appearances in Dogma, Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm, among others. Morissette is currently in the studio working on a new album.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
With the world increasingly turning to electronic methods to access news, entertainment and sports information, the National Hockey League has launched a full-out assault on the Internet.
“Our responsibility to our fan base is to make sure we are where they want, how they want, when they want,” says Keith Ritter, President of NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises.
“In the United States, hockey does not get as much coverage as it should. We are making sure we can speak directly to our fans.”
In addition to the league’s electronic efforts, broadcasters have been frantically working to offer more hockey games online as well as in high-definition as the home theatre HD boom continues.
from Jim Kelley at Sporstnet describing the Sens chances of a comeback-
Besides, it’s not like they’re calling on Alexei Yashin to give them a win-one-for-Ottawa speech. This time their fate is truly in their own hands.
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
I think it’s safe to assume two things about the city of Ottawa: (1) it’s populated largely by lemmings and (2) Chicken Little has a prominent position in city council.
Have you ever heard so much negative talk and such a defeatist attitude coming from this town? Well, actually you have – many times to be exact – I mean it is Ottawa. The Senators have historically tripped more than Keith Richards and fallen more than a one-legged table.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
At a recent media “event” in Anaheim, the Cup’s presence in the Marriott hotel’s ballroom acted like a magnet, pulling hockey writers, photographers and television analysts - often a disaffected, cynical lot after a long season - over to it, to look at, to admire, and, yes, even to touch.
“I was like every Canadian kid,” says Michael Bolt. “I wanted to be a hockey player. More than life itself, I wanted to be a hockey player.
“But maybe I didn’t listen to my coaches enough or I didn’t have enough talent,” he adds. “I played high school hockey and junior B, but the dream probably died a lot sooner than I thought.”
A little dropoff from last month, but expected. As teams dropped out of Stanley Cup contention, so did the interest in the game.
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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
The Senators did a number on the soft Sabres and proved to be the better team because they were more physical. But if the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals were any indication, Buffalo wouldn’t have stood a chance against an Anaheim team that beats up its opponents en route to beating them.
Reaching the conference finals in consecutive years is impressive, but it has become increasingly clear the Sabres need at least one bruiser on defense, maybe two, and a couple of more bangers on their top three lines. Teams loaded with speed and skill can get through the regular season because talent will carry them through. It’s different in the playoffs, where checking is tighter and officials are less likely to make calls that could determine the outcome.
from the National Post via Canada.com,
The morning after a postgame Ottawa dressing room that was rife with complaints about the dropping of the standard for hooking and holding in this series, Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, didn’t give an inch to the Senators’ complaints.
In fact, he filed them under G—for gamesmanship.
“I appreciate it, but I’m oblivious to it. That approach to influencing the game, it’s archaic,” the head ref said. “The coaches stand up for their team, and I stand up for my team. We don’t score goals or miss the net.”
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