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Report: Canucks Fans Advised Not to Wear Team Gear in Boston

I wrote earlier about the death of civility amongst hockey fans, and this report certainly doesn’t do anything to waylay my disappointment in these playoffs.  From The Province’s White Towel:

A Global TV report from Steve Darling suggests Canucks fans are being advised not to wear Canucks gear Boston. After talking to police, security, TD Garden representatives and many Canuck fans, the report is unconfirmed by The Province. Canucks fans said they will defy Darling’s advisory and wear their jerseys anyway at the game…

 

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A Minnesota Fan’s View on Wild’s Deadline Day

From Derek Felska at The State of Hockey News:

Any team more or less makes a covenant with its fans to do the absolute best it can.  In the case of the fans, they have shown incredible devotion and dedication to the Minnesota Wild selling out every home game in team history up to this point.  The fans have made its merchandise amongst the top selling teams in the league, and have filled the arena to over 100% capacity for the last few seasons.  That covenant is a trust between fans and ownership.  The actions or in this case the inaction of this team is a huge betrayal of that trust.  With the team’s fortunes this season clearly heading south, the Wild opted not to be a big seller and chose not to trade soon-to-be unrestricted free agents Stephane Veilleux, Martin Skoula, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Kurtis Foster, or star winger Marian Gaborik.  It seems strange a team that will likely not qualify for the post season did not even attempt to trade off assets with the hope of acquiring picks or prospects for the future.

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At the Star-Tribune, Michael Russo notes there was some action in Minnesota yesterday, but it fell apart:

While the Wild won’t confirm what “major deal” it was involved in until Wednesday morning, sources say General Manager Doug Risebrough continued his longtime quest for Jokinen, the former Florida Panthers captain who was ultimately traded from Phoenix to the Calgary Flames.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, olli+jokinen, trade+deadline

All Star Game Voting in the West

New York (December 3, 2008) – The Calgary Flames and NHL Winter Classic 2009 host Chicago Blackhawks heat up the Western Conference XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports. Meanwhile, Red Wings fans continue to vote in droves to support their Stanley Cup champions.

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom extended his dominance in the balloting among defensemen by gaining over 75,000 votes last week to remain, for the second week in a row, the highest Western Conference vote-getter. Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf has a stronghold on second place, while Wings’ Brian Rafalski (135,074)is holdingoff Chicago’s Brian Campbell (133,265) for third place among defensemen.   

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg, hockey+fans

All Star Canadiens Getting a Challenge From Pens Fans

New York (December 2, 2008) – Responding to the daunting challenge issued by the devoted fans of the Montreal Canadiens, the citizens of Pittsburgh and Penguins fans around the world are proving just how passionate they are about their heroes.
       
Pens forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the top two scorers in the NHL, have closed the gap considerably on the front-running Montreal threesome of Alexei Kovalev, Saku Koivu and Alex Tanguay in fan balloting to select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal Jan. 25.

As of 7 a.m. ET today, Crosby had received 320,373 votes in XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports. With polls still open for another month, that moved Crosby within 65,000 votes of claiming one of the three starting spots up front for the Eastern Conference.

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  Tags: alex+tanguay, alexei+kovalev, all+star+game, asg, evgeni+malkin, hockey+fans, saku+koivu, sidney+crosby

Happy Hockey Day!

Today is deadline to receive stories (or links) in for Happy Hockey Day.

Several people that don’t have their own blogs or websites emailed us their tales and you can find them posted on the KK Members Blog:

Anyone who wishes to add their own hockey memories to the KK Member Blog, please do so.

Other websites and blogs around the net have posted their own stories which will all be linked from Paul’s NHL.com blog tomorrow, and I’ll add other links to this post later today.  (But you can still .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) the links to your stories up till 7am ET tomorrow if you wish to be mentioned.)

 

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  Tags: happy+hockey+day, hockey+fans

Deadline Monday: Your Best Hockey Stories

Last Tuesday, Paul Kukla’s NHL.com blog invited readers, bloggers and all media to share their favorite personal hockey memory. The hope is to create a list of links at NHL.com on Tuesday, directing hockey fans to all those stories.

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  • To those readers who don’t have a blog or website you can .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) directly and we’ll be sure to publish all them on the KK Member Blog by Monday. (Thank you to all of you who’ve already sent them in. Everyone else, keep ‘em coming!)
  • To all other blogs and websites that post their own stories be sure to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) the links to your sites and Paul will post those links at NHL.com as well.  (You can also add those links to the comments of this post, if you want.)

More details here.  Hopefully by Tuesday we’ll all have a nice list of personal hockey tales linked at NHL.com that everyone can enjoy.

P.S. A big thank you to everyone that’s taking part and also helping promote this on their own sites. It’s greatly appreciated. smile

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  Tags: bloggers, hockey+fans, hockey+stories

St. Louis Fans Back at the Rink

From Eric McErlain at The Sporting News:

But then the wheels came off the bus after the lockout. With the team crashing through the standings and dealing many of its most popular players at the trade deadline, the Blues dropped from sixth overall in league attendance (18,560) to 27th (14,213) before cratering in dead last (12,520) for the 2006-07 season.

With the arrival of new management under Team President John Davidson, the Blues rebounded last season to 13th overall (17,610) through the use of some innovative marketing—particularly free food nights and a nifty television spot where individual players made their pitch to woo back the thousands of fans who had suddenly disappeared. Toss in the signing of free agent winger Paul Kariya, and the Blues had given the locals a reason to care again.

The improvement has continued into this season, with the team now ranked eighth overall (18,961) and ahead of two Canadian franchises, Vancouver and Edmonton.

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The comparison to the Canadian clubs might be inadvertently misleading, as Vancouver and Edmonton have attendance numbers at 101.1% capacity and 98.5% capacity respectively, whereas the Blues are at 90.3% capacity. (And if you look at it another way and resort the data to look at the capacity percentage, St. Louis falls to 20th in the league.)

But regardless, that doesn’t change the fact that St. Louis fans are returning to their rink in ever-increasing numbers after a few bad years, which is great news.

 

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  Tags: attendance, hockey+fans

Challenging All Hockey Fans

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

On Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, I unofficially proclaim that day be one of Happy Hockey Talk.

I want to read on that day, and hopefully others will agree with me, only good things about the game of hockey. I feel it is time let the sporting world in on our little secret, the game of hockey is good, really good.

imageCan I pull this off? Only with your help. First off, to all the bloggers and main stream media (MSM) types who are reading this, I ask you post, online, a positive hockey story on Monday.  It doesn’t matter if the story is about the NHL, the AHL or four kids playing shinny on a frozen pond.  Just write it and make sure to let me know about it by emailing me at pk@kuklaskorner.com.

To those of you who would like to participate, but don’t have a blog or a way to publish the story, fear not, just email me your Happy Hockey Talk story and I will find a way for people to read it.

I plan to point to all the hockey stories I receive notice about and also discover on my own next Monday. If all goes well, my [NHL.com] blog next Tuesday will be one filled with hundreds of links filled with wonderful hockey stories.

For more information, check out NHL.com.
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*image credit to hockeydogs.com

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  Tags: hockey+fans

Can’t Pay Your Mortgage? The St. Louis Blues Want to Help.

From the St. Louis Blues:

imageFannie & Freddie Mortgage Saturdays

At every remaining Saturday home game this season, one lucky fan will have their mortgage or rent paid for four months! 

A fan will be randomly selected during the game, and all you have to do is be at Scottrade Center when your seat is called. Hold on to your ticket stub and watch for an announcement that you’ve won.

Read on for contest rules, plus more ways the Blues want to save you money.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, nhl+promotions

Blackhawks Fans Back in Force

From the Canadian Press,

As a video on the Jumbotron before a recent game proclaimed, “Hockey never left Chicago, but it has definitely returned.”

“It’s great to see this many people here,” Brian Jack said, keeping a protective hand on the shoulder of his 8-year-old son, Kevin, as they made their way through the crowded concourse before Monday night’s win over the Colorado Avalanche.

“It’s nice to see energy in the building. There’s electricity in the air.”

A year after the season-ticket base dwindled to 3,400, it’s now a franchise-record 14,000. Every game so far has sold out, including a regular-season record 22,690 for the Oct. 25 game against the Red Wings. Merchandise sales are up a whopping 60 per cent from last year.

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Recovering From Super Saturday

How to hold a hockey party… from Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

* Total number of hot wings consumed by the 80 or so guests that invaded my home on Saturday: 482
* Number of trips made to the local Coney Island: 5, and 20 Coney Island hot dogs were brought back each time.
* Pizza, varying sizes and toppings: 24
* Cashews and pistachios consumed: 10 pounds of each, gone by 10 p.m.
* Number of hockey-themed cakes that were brought by guests: 4—and 2 were exactly the same. Must have been bought at the same bakery.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, super+saturday

Colorado’s Attendance Woes

James Mirtle at From the Rink,

Colorado has been one of the league leaders in attendance ever since moving to Denver back in 1995-96, but with the team going through a bit of a rebuilding phase and the problems with the economy, the Avs are experiencing some issues at the gate.

Denver Post reporter Adrian Dater said yesterday that many believed last night’s game against Edmonton could “be their lowest crowd of all time” and looking at the finally tally that very well may be the case.

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Super Saturday at the Kukla House

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

So far, 40 people are expected and I am sure more will just pop in. Over the summer months, I added 2 HDTVs, making a grand total of 4. Two LCDs, a 42-inch model along with a 55-inch model.  The two added during the summer are plasma models, one 50-inch and another 32-inches. I am set and can be in almost any room and be tuned into a game.

This time though, three HDTVs will be side-by-side-by-side and the room these televisions will be in will look more like a hockey production studio than a home theater room.  Wires are coming out of the ceiling, the baseboards and running along the floor.  I have attached numerous headphone sets to the audio receivers that are hooked up to the televisions, allowing some sort of privacy if guests wish to listen to the games in an individual manner. 

I am not sure, but the room may be in some sort of FCC violation.

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Geez, I’m seriously jealous of Paul’s home theatre setup. I can’t even get my DVR to work properly.

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The Non-Hockey Entertainment

John Loomis is the manager of game presentation for the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center, and it’s his job to “entertain the fans between the whistles.”  From Travis Brillowski of the Minnesota Wild (via NHL.com):

From pregame videos to between-periods entertainment, to anything that happens outside of the action on the ice, it falls on Loomis and his staff to keep things coordinated and organized, and most importantly, keep the building loud. Considering the Wild have sold out every game during their first seven seasons—and season No. 8 is tracking to be another full-season sell-out—he and his crew must be doing something right.

Here is what an average game day is like for Loomis, leading up to the drop of the puck at 7 p.m.

read on for ‘a day in the life’ of entertaining a hockey crowd

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Barry Melrose vs Tampa Fans

From Craig Custance at the Sporting News,

SN: What was the reaction in Tampa from fans when you were hired?

Melrose: A lot of people there were still mad at me for 2004. Supposedly, I made derogatory remarks about Tampa Bay. If people remember you saying it, it doesn’t matter if you said it. That was fun. [...]

SN: So what did you supposedly say in 2004 that has fans in Tampa so riled up?

Melrose: That Tampa didn’t have a chance (in the Stanley Cup final), not nearly as good as Calgary. That was nuts—I picked Tampa Bay. I don’t know what was going on. If they think you said it, you said it.

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Top 10 NHL Arenas

Last week, Erik Erlendsson at the Bolts Report listed his favorite road stops in the NHL.  This week he rethinks his top-10 list by evaluating his favorite arenas:

10 Columbus (Nationwide Arena) - Right about now, you’re probably thinking I’m being geographically challenged again, after all, how can an arena in Columbus make a top 10 list? Well, like I said earlier, it’s my list and my opinion and I like Columbus. I’ve only been there a couple of times, including the 2007 draft, but I just like the way it feels. It’s a bit different on the inside, which gives it a touch of uniqueness. [...]

Nationwide Arena might have ended up higher on my list had it not been for that ear piercing cannon used last year each time the Jackets scored a goal.

read on for a few unexpected choices

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Having Fun with Hockey in July

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News,

If you truly want to feel like it’s January (only without the twin terrors of frostbite and New Year’s resolutions), here are a few tips to get you back in an on-ice mindset even in warm weather:

1. Start and finish a trade rumor cycle all by yourself.
Who says professional rumorists and swap-mongers get to have all the fun? By kicking off a whisper campaign among your friends and co-workers – using the most illogical, unworkable-under-salary-cap-regulations, one-sided deal you can dream up – then sitting back and watching the useless debates begin, you’ll think it’s a week prior to the NHL’s trade deadline before you know it.

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Fun in Chicago

The Blackhawks fan convention in Chicago this past weekend was termed a “lovefest” by Len Ziehm at the Chicago Sun-Times, and it does appear to have been a lot of fun for hockey fans.

The video below was released by the Blackhawks today.  Nothing revolutionary here, but it’s yet another reminder of how far that franchise has come in such a short time.

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Looking for Hockey in the Summer

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

Here we are smack-dab in the middle of July and I have a hockey itch that needs to be scratched. I catch some classic games on the NHL Network, I pop in a DVD and watch Slap Shot and I hit the play button on the DVR to watch Mystery Alaska over and over again.

But I need more, much more. I drive by the local ice arena and peek in. The ice is gone, instead a dog & cat show is in progress. I head over to one of the outdoor roller hockey rinks and I catch a group of kids racing their remote control cars on the smooth surface.

I am about to leave the roller hockey rink, dejected, when a caravan of cars pull up.

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Marketing to Sports Fans

From Forbes:

imageWhich companies get the most bang for their buck advertising through the NBA or NHL? The answer, according to a study by Baylor University and iThink: beer, insurance and office supply businesses. We awarded NBA and NHL point totals to indicate how much “lift” a brand gets in distinction, loyalty and purchase behavior from sports fans over and above non-sports fans. [...]

Here are the top 10, with NBA scores weighted 3.5 times more heavily than NHL scores to reflect its superior reach.

Here are the Top-10 most effective sports advertisers.  (NHL fans like beer. A lot. Go figure. They also seem especially fond of office supplies…).

And Tom Van Riper has written a complete story on the subject here.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, marketing

UFA Time—Hockey Fun in the Summer

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

Can it get any better for us, hockey fun in the summer time? All teams are at 0-0-0-0. All teams have an equal shot at the Stanley Cup. We all believe, all our team needs is a little tweak here and there, and we are on our way to hockey in June.

These are the days we have been waiting for. An opportunity exists for our team to get better quickly, giving us hope for a dream season. Some teams will go all out, making a big splash in the UFA market while other teams will continue to build from within. Which way is correct? Well, we won’t know until the games are played, but it sure is fun knowing every team has a chance to improve by signing that key player(s)!

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  Tags: free+agents, hockey+fans, ufa

Stop the Scripted Cheering

From Michael Gluskin at The News-Dispatch,

Fans attending a playoff game, where the stakes are always high, shouldn’t have to be told how to dress or what to say during the course of a game. They should understand that their attire, and cheering especially, could help encourage their favorite team to victory.

Instead, many of these recent playoff games seem to be played in a scripted environment. When a crowd isn’t being told what to shout by a JumboTron, the group is often awkwardly silent. This is unfortunate because the beauty of sports is that it’s entirely unscripted and anything can happen.

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Penguins Set Franchise Records

Press Release from the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins set a new team total attendance record with 888,653 fans through 52 games of the 2007-08 regular season and Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Penguins’ average attendance through those 52 games was 17,089. Seating capacity at Mellon Arena is 16,940, but the Penguins sell a limited amount of standing-room-only tickets for each game.

The team’s previous attendance record was 847,204 over 53 games during the 1990-91 regular season and playoffs. The average attendance that season was 15,985.

The Penguins have sold out 67 straight games dating back to last season. The 2007-08 season marked the first time in franchise history that the Penguins sold out every game.

Pittsburgh Penguins fans also helped the team raise over $85,000 for the Mario Lemieux Foundation (for cancer and neonatal research) by coming to Mellon Arena to watch playoff road games on the Jumbotron, for a $5 admission fee.

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  Tags: attendance, hockey+fans, mario+lemieux+foundation, mellon+arena

Forwarded Email From Pittsburgh Fans

In 1991, the Giants won the Super Bowl
In 1991, there was a Bush in the White house
In 1991, there was a Clinton running for President
In 1991, there was a war in Iraq
In 1991, the Penguins won the Stanley Cup
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In 2008, the Giants won the Super Bowl
In 2008, there is a Bush in the White House
In 2008, there is a Clinton running for President
In 2008, there is a war in Iraq
In 2008, the Penguins?

source: The Pittsburgh Channel.com

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Big Audiences for NHL Video Online

From Business Wire:

After Tuesday night’s triple-overtime thriller during Stanley Cup Final Game 5 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings, on Wednesday National Hockey League (NHL) fans consumed more streaming video at NHL.com than any other single day in the history of the site.

On Wednesday, fans flocking to the NHL Network Online, and tuning to the Game Highlights Channel presented by Verizon Wireless, consumed 50 percent more streaming video than NHL.com’s previous daily record. The achievement is particularly notable because the amount of highlight video consumed in the wake of Game 5 eclipsed nights when the NHL has had 15 games being played across North America.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, media

Proud to be a Hockey Journalist

From Adrian Dater at the ‘All Things Avs’ blog in the Denver Post,

I’m more proud than ever to cover the NHL, after watching last night’s triple OT thriller. It’s still the game of Real Men.

And that’s why, even though I bled green as a kid and have a virtual shrine to Larry Bird from where I write this, I probably won’t watch more than a few minutes of the C’s-Lakers Finals coming up in about 12 more days, or whenever they start a series in the NBA now.

I didn’t watch a full NBA game all year, and I’m not about to start now. The game is unwatchable to me now, and so are the god-awful broadcasts. I don’t need every 2-3 pass possession broken down 23 different ways by the men in pancake makeup, or the ditzy sideline reporter reporting that “Kevin Garnett told me the Celtics need to come out strong in the third quarter if they want to get back into this game. Guys, back to you.”

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The Price of Octopus

From Ben Schmitt at the Free Press,

Splat!  The octopus hit the ice of Mellon Arena to a chorus of boos just after the national anthem Saturday.

But the tentacled toss didn’t come from a Michigander. Zach Smith, 19, of Cleveland, an avid Red Wings fan and adrenaline junkie, hurled the slimy creature. Then he got tossed. Security guards threw him out.

“You’re outta here,” Smith said they told him. “Come back in and you get arrested.”

But Smith and his two friends from metro Detroit, who asked not to be identified, had a plan. They had bought an extra ticket in anticipation of his booting. That’s an extra $300 from a scalper

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  Tags: hockey+fans, mellon+arena

Sports Success Cheers Michigan

From Francis X. Donnelly at the Detroit News,

The Red Wings lead the Stanley Cup finals two games to one and the Pistons made the NBA Eastern Conference Finals for the sixth straight year before bowing out Friday night in Game 6.

Success has buoyed the spirits of the staggered populace, providing a respite from the bleak economic landscape, residents and psychologists said.

“We need it,” said Pat Searles, a Warren personal trainer who was laid off by a health club six months ago. “We need something to feel good about.”

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On the other hand, as CBC points out, just don’t bet on the game! Sports is an emotional roller coaster, and the playoffs can be brutal.

*An old report on NPR stressed that sports fan stress can be a heart hazard.

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Winners!

Last week we put up a last minute contest for THREE gift certificates of $50 (for IceJerseys.com or shop.NHL.com)  to be given away in a random draw. To enter the contest, some KK members were brave enough to share their favorite—and/or weirdest—hockey superstitions and rituals. Quite entertaining.

Winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours. They are:

  • gosabres123
  • eyesris
  • hippy dave

Thank you to everyone for participating—the entries were great and it was good to be reminded there are other people are as nuts as we are.

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  Tags: contest, hockey+fans, kk+challenge, superstitions

Whodunnit?

From the LA Times,

The Penguins got a rude awakening at their Detroit-area hotel when a fire alarm went off about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

“It was kind of annoying,” forward Tyler Kennedy said. “I just stayed in bed. Worse comes to worse, I’d just jump out the window.”

Kennedy said hotel employees confirmed that it was a false alarm.

“They came out and said it was just someone fooling around,” he said. “Probably was a Red Wings fan.”

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Also a note that Ryan Malone is currently sporting a broken nose, courtesy of Kronwall in Game #1
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*hat-tip to Rotowire

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  Tags: hockey+fans, nicklas+kronwall, ryan+malone, tyler+kennedy

KK Hears From Penguins Fans

Paul finds some Pittsburgh Penguins fans in Detroit this afternoon ready to share their thoughts on the Stanley Cup Finals.

You can download it here or click that link and listen online, if your browser supports that.  Audio is approximately 2 minutes in length.

Update:
The conversation can also be heard on the player below.


Kukla’s Korner

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The NHL Needs a Fanfest

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,

Now, I know the anti-fun militia won’t like this, but let’s take a cue from the most successful sport in North America – NFL football – and schedule some sort of pre-final Stanley Cup extravaganza. In the days leading up to the Super Bowl, you can’t turn around without hearing about some sort of event hyping up what usually turns out to be a mediocre game (and in Canada, we don’t even get to see the good commercials).

Let’s have a fanfest. Bands will play, the Cup will be there, Mark Messier will sign autographs and give out bags of potato chips – it’ll be fun. This year, an event in Detroit could have featured Kid Rock and Bob Probert. Pittsburgh could counter with Mario Lemieux and a reunion of his buddies from the 1991 and ’92 Cup teams. Bring the kids, we’ll party until at least 9:30.

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Note: Perhaps an octopus-taste-test in Detroit counts as a fanfest?

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  Tags: hockey+fans, stanley+cup+finals

What’s Your Superstition? Share and Win

[Note: Original post time was May 21, 3:09pm ET. I’ll be bumping it to the front page periodically. The entries so far are great!]

imageNo amount of personal hockey superstitions have ever helped my Vancouver Canucks, but that’s never stopped me. From idiotic morning routines to game-day-meals, that team gets anywhere near the playoffs and I develop so many tics I’m like a strung out former heroin addict dealing with an OCD problem. 

Fortunately I’m not alone.  Kukla, for instance, bought this ticket in Nevada last November, betting $20 that the Red Wings take the Stanley Cup this season.  Yet cocky as that may be, he’s been too superstitious to make mention of it to anyone.  He only decided he’d let me mention it because, well, that doesn’t “jinx” things the same way, apparently.

See where I’m going with this? Well, yes: hockey fans are nuts. But also:  We’d like to reward 3 of you with $50 gift certificates to IceJerseys.com or shop.NHL.com for sharing your own special brand of crazy. 

What’s your most reliable superstition? Or just share your friend’s.

Winners will be selected by a random draw from the comments of this post. Enter by 5pm ET Saturday, May 24th. Rules are below.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, playoffs, superstitions

Sabres Want Your Stories

From the Buffalo Sabres:

It was a day that many people will never forget. And now the Buffalo Sabres want to find out why it was so special to you. 

As the summer months roll on, the Sabres are producing a DVD to commemorate last January’s Winter Classic. The New Year’s Day match-up featured the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins playing outdoors in front of a capacity crowd of more than 71,000 hearty fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY.

A featured section of that DVD will be “My Classic Stories,” a collection of fan stories from the day told by the actual individuals who experienced them.  The six most compelling entries, as chosen by Sabres staff, will be videotaped by Sabres production crew and used in the Winter Classic DVD that will be released prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.

Enteries must be received by June 20th. More information below.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, media, winter+classic

10 Ways to Improve the NHL

From David Newland at The Canoe Dossier,

I want to see the NHL succeed. It’s a grand tradition and was once a great game. But as a lifelong fan, I feel like I’ve never been consulted on what would make the game great again. So I’m offering my two cents’ worth anyway, and I hope you’ll do the same.

1. Management must love the game more than the money.

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I think we can call that first idea “unintended humor.” Other ideas on the list might be more feasible, however. Matters for debate, anyway—check it out.

 

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State of the Sharks

In today’s Mercury News, Mark Purdy points out that the San Jose Sharks host their ““State of the Franchise” session tonight at HP Pavilion, and team executives will be taking questions from fans.  Purdy isn’t too optimistic however, and predicts some of the not-so-insightful information to be gained from the event.  Such as:

Santa Clara Sam: “This question is for General Manager Doug Wilson. Is Patrick Marleau on the trading block? I keep hearing he is, because he has a no-trade clause that kicks in July 1. Marleau was struggling so much until the very last part of the season and the playoffs. Wouldn’t it make sense to deal him now, with his value up, for a strong defenseman or a top-line forward?”

General Manager Doug: “Our priority is to have as many good players as possible on the roster next season. Patrick is a good player except when he isn’t. And there are many other good players in the NHL who often aren’t as good as Patrick when he is good. Likewise, some are as good as Patrick is when he is not good. I think you see where I’m heading.”

Santa Clara Sam: “No. I don’t.”

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An Inspirational Hockey Fan

From Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,

The Summerside, PEI native, who battles a neuromuscular disorder that prevents him from speaking, won CBC’s Bring Home The Cup contest, meaning legendary captain Mark Messier, along with Lord Stanley himself, paid a visit to town over the weekend.

Adam Bourque. An inspiration. One heck of a hockey fan. And, oh, yeah, Summerside’s newest celebrity.

Watching Adam Bourque’s video entry to the contest — in which a computer had to transmit his words for him — one must marvel at not only his courage but the passion he has for a game. And it shows the importance of the Stanley Cup, what it means to not only those who dream of lifting it one day, but those who just dare to dream, period.

continued with more about Adam.  Video can be seen here.

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Pick Your Detroit Bars Carefully

From WXYZ.com:

A downtown bar popular with Detroit Red Wings fans is installing bulletproof glass after vandals attacked the establishment Thursday night along with two other hot spots.

“It’s no longer random acts, now it’s senseless acts of violence,” said Gary Kohsman, manager of Cobo Joes. Its front windows were shattered Thursday night after closing time. Kohsman said a bulletproof door was recently installed because the bar has been vandalized so many times in the past two months.

The vandalism spree on Thursday also included Bookies Tavern and Cheli’s Chili, owned by Detroit Red Wing Chris Chelios.

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Hockey Fans Keep it Interesting

From Jef Feeley and Dawn McCarty at Bloomberg.com,

Flyers fans may be plotting their revenge, said Chris Young, 23, a native of the Philadelphia suburbs who now works in Pittsburgh. One possibility is putting an orange-and-black Flyers jersey on the statue of Roberto Clemente, the late Hall of Fame outfielder for Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates, he said.

Fans on Internet sites have picked up the call, and are urging Flyers boosters in western Pennsylvania to mount an all- out jersey assault on the Clemente statue, which stands in front of the Pirates’ PNC Bank Park.

Young said he won’t participate in the high jinks himself because of Penguin fans’ reputation. It’s safer to watch the playoffs at home than in a bar, he said.

“I don’t have the courage to go and watch with all those belligerent Penguins fans,’’ Young said.

and more hockey fan chicanery between Pittsburgh and Philly

Update 12:47pm ET: On the same theme, there’s also a little chicanery from the players…

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Immortalizing Chris Pronger

A note from Greg Wyshynski, the NHL Blog Editor at Yahoo! Sports:

The following should be fairly straightforward, but here’s the short form: I purchased the Chris Pronger page on Hockey-Reference.com and I’m offering one lucky fan the chance to write the message that appears on the page.

The current page reads: “Chris Pronger: A suspension waiting to happen” and Greg thinks hockey fans can do much better. 

Go to Yahoo! Sports to read more about it and submit your best effort at ‘honoring’ Pronger.

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Blackhawks Ticket Prices Shoot Up

From Chris Kuc at the Chicago Tribune,

“I knew this day was coming—I think we all did,” said Eric Rabbers, a season ticket-holder in the 300 level of the United Center for three years who saw his tickets increase from $13.50 per game to $25. “We realized, especially in my section, the prices we were paying were pretty cheap.

“The problem I have is [accepting] an 85 percent increase for my tickets in one year. I think that’s out of line, especially seeing the team didn’t make the playoffs. I have a buddy who sits in the 100 level and his seats went up from $67.50 per to $115. I know the prices have been cheap for the past 10 years, but to try to make it up in one off-season is kind of ridiculous.”

more…

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Fans vs Fans

On The Hockey Show hosted by the NHL Network Online, hockey fanatic Scott Ferrall encounters the heated rivalry between Flyers and Canadiens fans.  Video is below.

Also, while I’m on the subject of the NHL Network Online, I contacted their technical people this week with a request for more information being made available to those who are encountering technical problems viewing the material. They were working on it already, but responded quickly by letting me know they put this FAQ page up.  It’s a work in progress, but at least it will help troubleshoot some issues when accessing the available media on different computer systems.

Anyway, back to the video…

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Habs Fan Beaten in Boston

From Jason Magder at The Gazette,

Jean-Pierre Masse was beaten and kicked in the face several times about 10:20 p.m. after Game 4 of the NHL playoffs in which the Boston Bruins lost 1-0 to the Montreal Canadiens. The incident happened on Causeway St. outside the TD Banknorth Garden, minutes after the game had ended.

Witnesses said Masse, 28, was wearing a red Canadiens jersey as he was walking by a group of about 20 Bruins fans.

“They began yelling things like, ‘Go home, you French (expletive)’ - things like that,” Hugo Contant told the Herald.

more… on what is certainly an isolated incident, but a disturbing one.

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Off-Ice Playoffs Feuding

From NBC10.com,

In the column, tiled “Beaten To the Punch,” Wise called the club “an instant repudiation of what (Commissioner) Gary Bettman wanted the league to become” and “a reminder of the NHL’s pugilistic past that just won’t go away.”

“They flat-out market and sell violence here, sanctioned, unbridled assaults disguised as sport,” Wise wrote. He also said, “Many of the women and children in the crowd looked as if they could be security for Megadeth.”

The Flyers planned to distribute 20,000 copies of the article at Thursday night’s game, but the Post sent a cease-and-desist order. So, what did the Flyers do? They put the article up on the big screen over the ice surface, Clark reported.

One Flyers public relations official also wore a long-haired wig and a black shirt with the heavy metal band’s name emblazoned across his back Thursday night.

Read Mike Wise’s original article [link may require free reg.] that appeared in yesterday’s Washington Post.

 

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Just Your Team or the NHL in General?

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com:

One quick question for you- Are you following all the games during the playoffs or are you just concerned about the results of your team?

The reason I ask is when the NHL came back after the lockout year, it seemed to me the majority of fans were just interested in their team. The league and the other teams really were not of interest; it was all about the team.

Now that we are three years into the redefined NHL, I am beginning to see more and more fans not only following their team, but also the NHL in general. Am I right?

and more, including a sample from the panicky emails showing up this week

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Sharks Fans Getting the Shaft

From The Consumerist,

Comcast SportsNet has more sports than they do channels. When fans of the San Jose Sharks tuned in to see playoff hockey last night they were surprised to see a baseball game in progress. When that game went into extra innings, ComcastSportsNet decided to stick with the game and drop playoff hockey.

And they might do it again tonight.

continued…

More to be found from John Ryan at Morning Buzz, and from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail.

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Pat Sajak Serious About the Caps

From Dan Steinberg at the DC Sports Blog (Washington Post),

The Stanley Cup playoffs require a wide-ranging level of civic commitment. For Mike Green, that commitment was on display this morning, in the form of an early-morning mohawk. Dozens of fans will be receiving similar ‘hawks tomorrow. For Pat Sajak, that commitment might involve a red-eye flight back East from a “Wheel of Fortune” taping next Friday, to make sure he can get to Verizon Center in time for Game 5.

“If the Caps don’t sweep,” Sajak noted. “I’m pretty well at their mercy.”

Yeah, that’s right, Sajak has become a hard-core Caps fan, a front-row season ticket holder for the past two seasons who attends 30 games a year and was “Rocking the Red” throughout last week’s spasm of Caps passion.

continued…

Unfortunately, there’s a good reason Sajak isn’t going to be able to pull off his own mohawk to support his favorite team.  smile

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Hockey in His Blood

From Vincent M. Mallozzi at the NYT (Sunday’s edition),

Also in his collection are 60 autographed jerseys, one of which was signed by 38 members of the Hall of Fame and 6 worn in games by Hall of Famers, including Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky, his favorite players.

“Wayne Gretzky was the most remarkable player I have ever seen,” Poitras said. “But Bobby Orr was a combination of greatness and toughness when the N.H.L. was a much tougher league.”

Poitras, who owns season tickets to the Rangers and the Islanders, has four rooms in his home filled with the kind of memorabilia that would make Lord Stanley raise his silver cup in appreciation.

“I do have a rather unusual collection,” said Poitras, a logistics and planning manager at Citigroup, who has turned his Long Island home into a veritable hockey shrine over the years, amassing much of his collection through auctions. “People who visit me get a real kick out of all my stuff.”

more… about one NY family’s passion for hockey

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Hockey Has No Borders

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

Hockey fans are everywhere.  They can live in Key West, Florida, they may live in any European country or could be following the game from a remote island in the Caribbean.

Wherever they are, they have a common bond with all of us; they are hockey fans.  Fans who love the game, a certain team and no matter what it is, they are hockey fans, just like us.

Now I must ask, why do certain hockey scribes continue to play the “south of the border” card when writing about the state, both current and future, of the NHL?  According to those who write these types of rants, the only place hockey should be played is in Canada and if it is being played elsewhere, well, then it is a problem until it gets fixed.

continued…

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A Polite Rebuttal

Hockey fans are all whiners who bitch and moan, never go to actual games, and sit around in a little circle of fellow bitchers and moaners who complain all day long.

How do I know this? Jamie Samuelssen told me, in a nice little 9:23 rant that’s available for your listening pleasure on WDFN.

Samuelssen claims that Red Wings fans and all hockey fans—with enough “you people” references to usually merit a lawsuit—are negative Nancies, each and every one, and he feels that the trade deadline brings out the worst in what hockey fans are.

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