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1990: Covering Boston’s Last Cup Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Chilibeck at TSN:

I was working for TSN and had covered the Oilers as they made their run for their fifth Stanley Cup title in seven years. It was a Stanley Cup sans Wayne Gretzky, who had been dealt to the Los Angeles Kings a couple years before.

Now a few things still stand out in my mind about covering that series. First, it was at the old Boston Garden which was their home since 1928.  It was way past its prime in 1990. Cleanliness was ignored for the most part. Your shoes were always sticking to something or other when you were walking around.  And there were some sort of rodents that lived under the seats.

There was not much of a press box and you had to know someone to get a seat in it. For the bulk of the media contingent, we were allocated seats in the stands.

The dressing room for the visiting team was a shoe box.

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Report- Shanahan The New Head Of Discipline?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Sources tell TSN Colin Campbell is giving up role as NHL disciplinarian. Brendan Shanahan will likely take over.

Update 3pm ET: From TSN

Campbell will remain a key component in Hockey Operations and as such will continue to oversee such events as future general managers meetings.

Sources tell TSN Brendan Shanahan will likely take over, but there could be somewhat of an overhaul of how supplemental discipline is handled.

Shanahan’s role has continually evolved with the league. He is currently working as the NHL’s point person in dealing with equipment changes in conjunction with Mathieu Schneider and the NHLPA and is the lead man in organizing the league’s Research and Development camps.

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Time For The Bruins To Finish The Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,

The easy and safest thing to do now would be to regard this all as some type of bonus, as if the final 25 percent of these NHL playoffs are free. They are not. They never were. And so for all that the Bruins have accomplished in this 2010-11 season, for as far as they have traveled, they now have the chance to go where so relatively few have been.

Whatever you do, do not fall into the trap that so many of us are being lured into this June, particularly in the wake of Friday’s Game 7 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning that is likely to have induced at least a few champagne headaches. The Bruins do have something to lose here. They are not playing entirely with house money.


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Montreal Makes Gill Signing Official

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MONTREAL (June 1, 2011) – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of defenceman Hal Gill for the 2011-12 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Hall Gill has played a key role since he joined our team two years ago. He brings leadership and determination on and off the ice, two very important components to the success of our group. He is an experienced veteran and his contribution to the development of our young players is extremely valuable,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.

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Hal Gill Officially Re-signs

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

As rumoured yesterday by, uh, the Canadiens’ very own official Twitter account, Hal Gill is staying a Hab. The text of the Canadiens press release follows.

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Hockey Comes Alive In Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe,

The Old Guy was patient. The Old Guy knew you’d come around.

Yup, Old Man Hockey knew that deep down in your heart, lodged in the depth of your psyche, there resided a little round rubber disk, right next to that little white ball with the red stitches. Football and basketball have had their moments of glory during the past two decades, but Old Man Hockey knew that the two sports permanently embedded in the local DNA were baseball and, yes, hockey.

Old Man Hockey watched in sadness as other sports elbowed him to the side. But he had faith. He knew you just needed an excuse to reacquaint yourself with a sport that has extremely deep roots in these here parts.

And you have. There was only one dominant conversational topic in our town last Saturday morning.

“Did you see the game?’’


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Average Ticket Price In Winnipeg Is $82

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP a The Hockey News,

Fans of Winnipeg’s new NHL franchise are being asked to pay a higher price for tickets on average than all but one existing Canadian team.

True North Sports and Entertainment will open a pre-sale on season packages at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday. Ticket-holders and corporate partners of the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose will be given the first chance to buy seats before they’re opened to the general public on Saturday.

Seats at the MTS Centre will be priced over seven different tiers at an average of $82—the same price Montreal Canadiens fans paid last year at the Bell Centre and behind only the Toronto Maple Leafs ($114 average) in Canada, according to the most recent franchise valuations by Forbes.

The new Winnipeg owners are hoping to get commitments for 13,000 season seats before the NHL board of governors meet June 21 to vote on the sale of the team.


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Kaberle Gets His Shot At The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Tomas Kaberle is in the same exact position as his older brother, Frantisek, was five years ago: playing for the Stanley Cup and thinking this might be his one-and-only chance to win an NHL championship. Frantisek’s Carolina Hurricanes were the favourites and he was one of the defence-by-committee crew that ultimately played seven gruelling cross-continent games against the Edmonton Oilers before winning it all.

“When I saw him come back that summer after winning the Stanley Cup, he looked like a different person,” Kaberle remembered Tuesday. “It was a difficult couple of months for him and they had to work really hard.

“But the first thing he said was, ‘It was worth it.’ I was watching back home on TV. At the end of the day, he said, ‘It was an unbelievable feeling and I’ll probably never be in it again, so I was enjoying it.’”


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Wild For The Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sarah Kwak of Sports Illustrated,

With the news of the Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg next season, Canadian hockey pride has been thick this week north of the border. A CTV poll suggested that the nation is rooting to see the Stanley Cup won by a Canadian city—no matter the fact that three of their biggest names belong to two Swedish twins (Henrik and Daniel Sedin) and an American (Ryan Kesler). One nation, under Stanley, so to speak.

But in Vancouver, the hopes, expectations and support are overwhelming. On the front page of Tuesday’s Vancouver Sun, there was a photograph of a fan showing his enduring loyalty to his team. Sitting in an awkward pose, a young man winces as he gets the finishing touches of a massive Canucks tattoo drawn onto his leg. In his particular brand of fandom, you wear your loyalty on your thigh. For those looking to wear it in a more conventional sense, however, it’s become almost as difficult to score a Canucks jersey at a store as it is to get a coveted ticket to tonight’s game. Reebok underestimated the demand and won’t have replenished jerseys until the summer. The buzz around the city, one player remarked, may be even stronger than it was for the Olympic gold medal game, held in the same arena in February 2010.

“Oh, it’s wild here,” (Pat) Quinn said. “Everybody is completely stoked. But, of course, if you had taken a picture of this city two weeks ago, they all would have had cement boots on and be standing on the Lions Gate Bridge, you know?”


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Red Wings overnight report: personnel updates, Nick playing poker, Axelsson’s mentor and other stuff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Okey dokey, as Tuesday met the Red Wings’ average in terms of personnel news and a near regular-season level of talk (we might have a slow day here and there, but from here till after prospect camp in the middle of July—more on that later—things will remain pretty darn busy), let’s review the news of note:

• The Detroit Free Press’s Helene St. James reported that Chris Osgood and Kris Draper’s futures with the team won’t be determined until Ken Holland and the rest of the Wings’ front office, coach Mike Babcock and the pro and amateur scouts meet on June 14th and 15th to hone their master plan for the entry draft and free agency. These meetings will probably also determine whether the Wings re-sign Jonathan Ericsson, Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller, and whether the team plans on trading a forward (Jiri Hudler?) to make cap space to add what Babcock wants in a top-six forward;

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