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Marquette’s (Mich.) Lakeview Arena is the Eastern U.S. Finalist to be named the 2016 Kraft Hockeyville arena (story here).
The winning arena has the chance to win $150,000 in upgrades, as well as an opportunity to host a preseason NHL game this September. The 48 hours of voting starts midnight tonight (Monday, April 25 at 12:00 through Tuesday, April 26 at 11:59).
As you can see in the short videos, Marquette's rink is in dire need of repairs, while the relatively new rink in South Dakota (built in 1995) is busting at the seems and needs expansion. I'll let you decide which to vote for, but I'm all in for a new compressor, boards, glass and roof for Lakeview, the home rink for many years of my alma mater - Northern Michigan University. I wouldn't mind seeing the Red Wings play a pre-season game there either.
As the NHL ego parade continues, the AHL took the time to honor Sandy Hook victims in a unique way
When Brendan Burke, son of Toronto GM Brian Burke, was tragically killed in a car accident 2 years ago, it ignited a debate about homosexuals in hockey and sports and general. This debate raged everywhere from the mainstream media down to the blogs like this one. Whenever there was a post alluding to Brendan Burke or openly gay pro players, it seemed to always result in heated rhetoric on both sides. Despite being an extremely contentious issue, while still only in college, Brendan himself came out as openly gay and began to fight very publicly for acceptance of gay players within the game.
Hockey Mom and family friend, Karen Schneider, has written a thoughtful article on Jack Jablonski.
The story is now available on-line on the SI IPad app (for $4.99) and it will be available on the news stands tomorrow. I have attached the link to the free print version (minus photos) below. I hope you will read it, and, if the spirit moves you, spread the word, as a way to support Jack and his family and the efforts of the enormous but intimate family of hockey players, but not only hockey players: of all parents who have to face difficult truths and make hard decisions as we take on the complex, daunting task of raising our children, and, in the process, striving to be the best role models and people we can be, one inch at a time. Jack\‘s story has both broken me like no other, and lifted me like no other. He is a remarkable, inspirational kid.
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!
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!
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