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Kevin Allen Leaving USA TODAY On Friday

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

...14 months later, I was working permanently for USA TODAY, not the Times-Herald. I’ve thought about that day often this past week as I contemplated that my USA TODAY career is ending after 34 years. Friday is my last day.

The details of my departure aren’t interesting or unique. You’ve heard the story before. Shrinking industry. Staff reduction. Many friends have left the business under similar circumstances. Now it’s my turn.

Rather than dwell on those events, I choose to be grateful for the years I’ve had at the nation’s newspaper. From the minute I sat in a USA TODAY desk, I was proud to be Kevin Allen of USA TODAY. I refuse to revise my feelings just because my time is up.


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Morning Line- Eric Duhatschek on Kevin Allen

"One of the biggest stories that has been broken in the past 30 years was Mario Lemieux coming out of retirement. That was a clean kill by Kevin. Nobody else had it. Local guys didn't get a whiff of it. National guys didn't get a whiff of it. Kevin got it. You only get stuff like that with one part asking the right question at the right time, but also having a lot of people in your sphere who trust you and to tell you things.

"Today, everybody is an insider. It is the most over-used term, "NHL Insider." Before that term became virtually meaningless, Kevin was an insider. The only way you can do that is if the people you talk to develop confidence in your integrity and your reporting skills. You need to form a level of trust before people will give you information to be an insider."

-Eric Duhatschek on Kevin Allen who will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award today.  More on Kevin Allen from Corey Masisak of NHL.com.

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Kevin Allen And Pat Foley Announced As Award Winners

TORONTO (June 5, 2014) -  Eric Duhatschek, Vice-President, Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, and Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, announced today that KEVIN ALLEN will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism and PAT FOLEY will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

Kevin Allen has been USA Today's hockey expert since 1986, and is the only writer to make Hockey News’ Top 100 list of most influential people in the sport each year of the list existence.  In 2013, Kevin received the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, only the fifth media member so honoured since the award debuted in 1966.  He has also written 17 hockey books. 

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United States Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Here we are in early December and the hockey world, at least the United States hockey world, is already looking to Detroit.

Just under a month away from the Greater Detroit area hosting the largest hockey event in history with the Winter Classic at Michigan Staduim and  the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is inducting the class of the 2013 right in the heart of Hockeytown.

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Kevin Allen Receives His ‘Stanley Cup’ Tonight

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

For many years, I've asked NHL players what it feels like to win the Stanley Cup, and they always look as if they have been asked to define the meaning of life.

Most say they don't have the words necessary to explain the feeling of accomplishment that they now enjoy. They say it's indescribable, or surreal, or exhilarating.

Some of them can't even try to explain. More than one has let out an audible exhale, paused to fight back tears, and then shaken his head to tell me that he is too emotional to go there.

That's where I am at in trying to explain how meaningful it is to me to be presented with the Lester Patrick award tonight. I simply can't explain.


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