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MMike89, You Out There?  Time to Pony Up

Because I have a long memory, a well-developed sense of schadenfreude, and a bit of pent up anger of Niklas Kronwall’s injury last night, I want to point you all back to a conversation back on October the 9th that took place after the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 in a game that featured a scrum in the final minutes during which Scott Hartnell allegedly bit Kris Letang’s finger.

The post can be found here.

Here is the particular exchange I want to point out between myself and a Flyers fan named MMike89. Mike begins by responding to a Penguins fan calling him jealous of their cup success:

MMike89 on 10/09/09 at 12:46 PM ET says:

“That was last year douche bag… not even the flyers would lose to the coyotes though… nice try”

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  Tags: philadelphia+flyers, phoenix+coyotes, pittsburgh+penguins, rubbing+it+in, stupid+wagers

Introducing asapHockey

Hey guys!

I am proud to introduce the KK readers to asapHockey, a real time hockey news application that was released for the iPhone last week. We’re looking to get as many hardcore hockey fans trying out the product as possible—which is why I’m here to introduce the app! smile

asapHockey provides hockey news to users in real time by sourcing updates from Twitter, which is fast becoming the best way of getting breaking news updates from fans and media services alike. The app itself acts as a news aggregation service, grabbing updates with some sort of relevance to the team of your choosing. If you’re used to digging through Twitter looking for hockey related information, you’ll realize how many steps asapHockey takes out of that process. Those who are now using the app are calling it a “real time news wire” for hockey news.

asapHockey features 160+ teams to choose from, including all of the minor league teams of the AHL and Canada’s CHL. For you folks without an iPhone, asapHockey will soon be available for the rest of the major mobile platforms such as the Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Android. You can download asapHockey now by searching ‘asaphockey’ in the iTunes app store, or by clicking the link made available on asapHockey.com.

I’d love to hear from any iPhone users who are able to install and use the asapHockey app—please feel free to PM me here at Kuklas Korner or to find my contact info via http://www.charismedia.ca Any f.eedback is good feedback!

Cheers!

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Trevor Linden discussing NHL 10

Hi guys

Electric Playground, your Vancouver-based video game experts, have posted a video segment on NHL 10. The segment features a talk with former Canuck great Trevor Linden. They also talk to producer David Littman. Here’s the link: Electric Playground NHL 10.

Enjoy!

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Help Send a Minor League Team to the World Juniors 2010

Hey there, hockey fans!

I’m writing to see if you’d be interested in helping a minor league hockey team make it to the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatoon. Through a recently launched website, http://timbrtube.ca you a,nd hockey enthusiasts across the country can make that dream a reality. We’re encouraging minor league hockey teams to shoot fun, whacky and outrageous hockey videos showing off their team spirit for the chance to score an all expenses paid trip for their entire team to the big event in December.

It’s easy! All the teams have to do is shoot a video, upload it to timbrtube.ca and rally their friends, families and communities to rock the vote. The top ranked video will win the big prize – a four-day pass for the entire team to check out watch the best of the best show down in Saskatoon!

Of course, the fun isn’t just for the minor league teams. For any hockey fanatic, the videos will be a blast to watch and ultimately it will be your votes that decide who gets to go. Tell your friends and keep checking back for the latest and greatest videos on timbrtube.

While you’re there, make sure you learn the ropes of hockey spectatorship from yours truly. I’d hate to have to call you for lipping, henhousing or hornblowing but that penalty box won’t fill itself!

Now hurry over to http://timbrtube.ca before I call you for slacking…

The Ref

Website: http://timbrtube.ca
Twitter: @timbrref
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/timbrtube

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  Tags: 2010, contest, saskatoon, world+juniors

Fantasy Hockey, Anyone?

Hey Everybody.
Dunno if this is the spot to post this ... thought there was a forum ... can’t find it.

I’m starting a Fantasy League through ESPN.  It’s a Keeper League, Head to Head, 22 weeks with 4 weeks of playoff.  It’s free, and user friendly.  I wanna live draft, but haven’t set a date.  10 teams, 8 slots open.

Any Takers?
Email me if interested!


Thanks!

Cold War.

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Kansas City Didn’t Fail The Islanders

Last night the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Islanders met for a preseason game in Kansas City’s Sprint Center.  As reported on the main page, Jim Baumbach seems to think that, with attendance just below 10,000 (around 9,700) in an 18,000 seat arena, Kansas City hockey fans missed a large opportunity to show the Islanders and the Town of Hempstead that they were serious about wanting a hockey team.  Sorry, Mr. Baumbach, but our poor showing is your team’s fault, not our city’s.

First off, this isn’t our first dance with a team that wants to take us to the prom to make his girlfriend at home jealous.  We fell for it hook, line, and sinker when Mario Lemieux and the Penguins used similar tactics to get the hometown crowd motivated to build a new arena for their team.  So we went out and bought a sexy $275 Million dress and tarted ourselves up for a team that likely would have never been allowed to move out of Pittsburgh in the first place.  Don’t blame us for being a little more demure and blocking off sections of seats when we hear the exact same words out of another team’s mouth.  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.

I’m very happy with the attendance numbers from last night’s game.  It shows that there’s enough hockey-starved fans in Kansas City that we may just be able to support a team after all (something of which I’m still not wholly convinced), but not so excited as to horribly frighten the Town of Hempstead back home that we’re a threat.  Tell me, what happens if 17,000 people show up to that game?  Does Kansas City get any closer to having the Islanders move here?  I don’t think they do.  I believe that a very large turnout would only serve to scare people into getting the Lighthouse Project passed.  The best thing those thousands of other Kansas City hockey fans could have done is to have either stayed home or gone out and enjoyed another wonderful pitching performance by Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke. 

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Drawing a Line in the Sand

Hello fellow readers,

Like many of you, I am a DirecTV customer.  I have been for years.  Most of you are probably aware of DirecTV’s recent removal of Versus from their programming lineup due to a contract dispute.

While I hate to do so, it has become apparent to me that I now have to hold off on my auto-renewal of NHL Center Ice and plan on changing services to another provider such as Comcast (which owns Versus, btw).  I’m not happy about it and I’d rather not do it.  So, what I propose here is a good old-fasioned letter-writing campaign.

You can contact DirecTV through their email form here.

After navigating to the page, enter your account information and select Programming/Sports as your topic and Customer Service/Complaints as your category.

I have provided a form letter below that you can use to encourage DirecTV to have a change of heart.  Hopefully if enough of us write, we won’t have to take any further action.

Dear Sir or Madam:

I have been a loyal DirecTV customer for years, and had been planning on being one for many years to come.  However your recent decision to remove the sports network Versus from your service will soon force me to switch to another provider so I may continue to receive their NHL programming.  I strongly encourage you to reconsider your position regarding renewing Versus’ contract and hope that you begin to understand just how many customers you are about to lose by not doing so.  I hope to remain a customer going forward but will cancel my service at the beginning of the NHL season if this situation is not rectified.

Sincerely,
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Rock Solid Renegades Win Youth World Championships (Under 12 Division)

A group of Barrie’s best young ball hockey players captured the first ever Youth World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championship.

The Rock Solid Renegades, comprised of players from the Barrie Ball Hockey Club’s Progressive 9-11 and PeeWee divisions, traveled to Brampton during the weekend of August 28th to 30th in their quest to claim the Under-12 division title.  Barrie teams also competed in the Under-15 and Under-18 divisions.

The youth tournament weekend was the first of three event weekends over the next six weeks as part of the “ballhockey.com” 14th Annual World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships.  Over the past 14 years, the Worlds have expanded to include Men’s A, B, and Over 35 divisions along with Women’s A and B tournaments.  Teams travel to the tournament from all over North America, including far flung locations such as San Diego, Vancouver, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Montreal.  In addition to the new youth divisions, 2009 will mark the first ever Co-ed World Outdoor Championships.  This is the first year as that the “Worlds” have expanded over three themed weekends: Youth – August 28-30 at the Brampton Ball Hockey Club; Women’s & Co-ed – September 25-27 at the Niagara Ball Hockey Club; and Men’s – October 2-4 at the Barrie Ball Hockey Club.  By the time the Men’s tournament wraps up, more than 100 teams from all over North America (which translates into more than 1500 participants) will have competed for more than $30,000 in prizes.

 

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Shameless Plug

Hi all. While not trying to take people’s attention away from KuklasKorner (which is probably my favourite site on the internet), I just wanted to let you know that I am a contributor at SportsAgentBlog.com. I write hockey related articles, although I have strayed into other areas from time to time. My latest article was posted today and deals with the insurance issues at Olympic orientation camps.

The link to the website is http://www.sportsagentblog.com and my archive of stories is located here http://www.sportsagentblog.com/author/dfurey/

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I work in the legal world in Newfoundland and it is my dream to some day, some how, work for an NHL team. I’m just trying to make connections any way I can. Enjoy the articles and I appreciate any feedback. Thanks very much!

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Random Offseason Musings from a Hippy on Beer Fumes, August 19th, 2009

So I just finished brewing my first batch of beer, and let me tell you, I think it’ll be a good one.  A pale ale.  Also let me tell you, don’t keep your head above the kettle for most of the boil, I think there are some intoxicating fumes in there.  I wanted to keep these offseason musings for next month but after huffing wort for a couple hours they just wouldn’t wait:

- I believe one of the most under-reported events of this offseason was the retirement of Jeremy Roenik.  It’s really too bad JR never won a cup.  Say what you will, but I think this guy was a dynamo of personality that this league sorely will miss, and certainly needs more of.  Now if only Sean Avery could class up like he did, the league would have a new spokesman.  Maybe if he can’t do it Ray Emery can.

- The other unsung quiet retirement of the year, I can’t freaking believe nobody’s covered this: Darren McCarty.  Sure, it’s not “announced,” but, c’mon, am I the only one who’s really sad about Mac sliding darkly into that quiet night?  We love you, Mac.  The Wings need another Darren McCarty, but they’ll never have one again.

- Speaking of fighters, I was pouring through one of my favorite sites and came upon this thread: Who are the top 10 fighters of all time?  I’m sure you all have your opinions.

- Also speaking of “fighters”: Patrick Kane and his brother deserve some jailtime.  I’m sorry, but if any of us regular readers violently assaulted a person, we’d get it.  I’m freaking tired of celebrities getting special treatment and he’s no exception.  Screw being young, the law shouldn’t descriminate based on age in adulthood.  Besides, he’s about to make a bunch of money off the endeavor based on the new NHL ‘09/Grand Theft Auto bundle pack:




- Ok, the Sabres signed Grier.  If you had to choose between Maltby, Williams, Bertuzzi, or him, which would you choose?  *cough*

- Lidstrom’s in the last year of his contract.  At 39, how many years do you think he’s got left?  I’m guessing quite a few.  At least 4.  He’ll give Cheli a run for his money.

- For Corsi’s Sake, we get it already.  I’ll leave it at that.

- Summer, what summer?  IIHF Style.

- And finally, the top 10 most bizarre hockey incedents of all time.

I’m beginning to think drinking beer is so old-school, from here on out I’m munching the barley and hops directly, and chasing it with the yeast and boiling water and letting it all ferment in my liver.

Mahalo,
- The Hippy

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