The Malik Report
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The number one team in our social media ranking is the Detroit Red Wings. This is not a surprise, as the common wisdom is that the Red Wings are the number one team in Detroit (at least according to Professor Lewis’ sister in law). The Red Wings have great social media presence on both Facebook and Twitter. In positions 2 through 5 we have the Bruins, Devils, Flyers and Avalanche. These are all big time fan bases with the exception of the Avalanche (actually we are not sure about the Devils but there was an episode of Seinfeld involving face painters so we assume Devils’ fans are indeed very passionate).
The Avalanche is where the story gets interesting. While the Avalanche rank only 21st in the league in Twitter followers and 12th in terms of Facebook likes, they have achieved these results in a relatively small market, while often struggling on the ice (16-25 last year). Our model suggests that Denver is potentially a strong hockey market.
Via the Moose Jaw Herald's Katie Brickman, this press release from the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors seems...Strangely befitting someone who's incredibly, incredibly proud of his status as an American Olympian:
The Moose Jaw Warriors announce that on Saturday, October 5th they will honor the Moose Jaw Canucks and welcome back former Canuck Chris Chelios proudly presented by Rodo’s Pizza, Mr. Sub, and the Mad Greek.
“Paying tribute to the Moose Jaw Canucks has been something we’ve been working on for a number of years,” said Warriors Director of Business Operations Corey Nyhagen. “The Canucks and their alumni have played a major role in the foundation of amateur hockey in Moose Jaw. Being able to honor them is something that we take great pride in and is well overdue.”
After a very-early-morning practice at Joe Louis Arena, the Detroit Red Wings will tangle with the Boston Bruins tonight at 7 PM, and the game will air on Fox Sports Detroit. Four of the Wings' six remaining be televised as well, with only Saturday's tilt against Boston (I will be attending that one as a fan) and the Friday, September 27 game against Toronto not airing on TV.
If you plan on watching tonight's game, you might want to know that a) the Boston Herald's Steve Conroy reports that Gregory Campbell may play for Boston but Patrice Bergeron will not, b) Teemu Pulkkinen's heading to New York instead for an in-person hearing with Brendan Shanahan as it sounds like his first five NHL games will involve spending time in the press box...
Via RedWingsFeed, I'd mentioned that Daniel Cleary stated that kids from his hockey school were voting on what number he'd wear this season, and #15 was leading the charge. DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reports that Cleary's charges did indeed decide to have him wear #15 once the regular season begins:
As MLive's Ansar Khan notes, the whole, "Getting #11 back from Alfredsson" thing got complicated...
Sometimes reading a "business" story reveals Red Wings-related news of a sort. Per the Detroit News's Michael Martinez:
Officials from the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Metro Airport and Midtown touted recent retail successes at the International Council of Shopping Center’s annual retail breakfast Wednesday morning in Birmingham.
Okay, that part isn't interesting, but this is:
Maggie Sweeney, retail promotions manager for Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Red Wings, detailed the team’s new online catalog that will include a new “Made in Hockeytown” line, from a partnership with Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit company.
I'm supposed to be taking a full day off today, and I am exhausted after a pair of 90-to-100-hour work weeks, but the Pulkkinen issue has me pissed off and grumpy, so here's an abbreviated Red Wings morning report. I will be driving home tomorrow and will not cover the Bruins game in much detail, though I will watch it on FSD like the rest of you.
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose noted that the Wings have today off completely, but will practice at something like 9 or 9:30 AM before heading to Boston...
And this much is good:
Today is supposed to be my "sleep and pack" day, but I can't help but weigh in on the news that Teemu Pulkkinen's facing a 5-game suspension and has to head to New York for an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety for the following hit:
Detroit Red Wings left wing Teemu Pulkkinen will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety at the League's New York offices Thursday for a boarding incident during a preseason game against theChicago Blackhawks Tuesday night at United Center.
Pulkkinen was offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing as required by provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for any suspension that can exceed five games.
You can watch the hit below...
Given that no one outside the United Center witnessed the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 on Tuesday night (the Wings won't practice today; they practice early on Thursday morning before heading to Boston for a 7 PM game that will air on Fox Sports Detroit), perhaps it's best to start this entry with highlights, albeit Blackhawks-centric ones from their website.
Here's the first period--and yes, the Hawks just happen to be making a subtle suggestion that Teemu Pulkkinen should be suspended for his hit on Mike Kostka (he was given 5 and a game; Mitchell Callahan followed Pulkkinen to the locker room only 2:55 into the 2nd period, yielding 10 Wings forwards for the balance of the game), given that they show it and everything else THREE TIMES...
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