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Kings Name Blake Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the LA Kings,

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Blake will serve as Kings captain for the 2007-08 season, Kings head coach Marc Crawford announced from London.  Joining left wing Scott Thornton as assistant captains are defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky and left wing Michael Cammalleri.

“Rob and these players have the professionalism, drive and intensity that will be necessary for the Kings to keep improving in a very competitive NHL,” said Crawford from London.

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  Tags: los+angeles+kings, rob+blake

20 Game Suspension for Steve Downie

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The National Hockey League has handed down its verdict on the Flyers’ Steve Downie.  Colin Campbell, the NHL’s executive vice-president and director of hockey operations has suspended Downie a 20-game.

Downie was punished for his vicious hit on Ottawa Senators forward Dean McAmmond in Thursday’s exhibition game.

continued…

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  Tags: philadelphia+flyers, steve+downie, suspensions

2007-08 Regular Season Starts Tomorrow!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via the Globe & Mail,

Now it’s for real. The first points of the 2007-‘08 NHL season are at stake Saturday when the Los Angeles Kings get first crack at taking down the Stanley Cup-champion Anaheim Ducks.

Practice for both teams seemed to have a little more edge on the eve of the NHL’s regular-season opener (CBC, noon ET).

“There’s a subtle feeling that comes over a team,” said Kings head coach Marc Crawford. “And you can see it in the players, there’s a little more focus in their eyes.

continued… (*regular season in North America starts next Wednesday)

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, london, los+angeles+kings

Marketing The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL Digest,

Trying to swoon the majority of the United States market into adopting ice hockey as a major sport worthy of prime time television slots, major advertising dollars, and premium ticket prices has been a daunting task for the National Hockey League.

To the seasoned hockey fan, the sheer speed and grace of the professional game is enough to send goosebumps up our spines. As hard as it may be for us to understand, that is simply not the case for the average North American television viewer.

continued

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ESPN Previews the NHL Divisions

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From ESPN, E.J. Hradek and Barry Melrose preview each NHL division in separate video clips.  All the videos are below.

Atlantic Division

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: media, video

Hinote Getting Famous Sister-In-Law

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

imagefrom TransWorldNews,

Actress Jenny McCarthy’s younger sister Amy McCarthy has become engaged to NHL hockey player Dan Hinote. Amy, who was once name “cyber girl of the month” by Playboy, will wed Hinote next year in Colorado.

The couple lives in St. Louis as that is who Hinote is currently playing for. Amy works at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.


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  Tags: dan+hinote, st+louis+blues

Chris Pronger Named Ducks Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Anaheim Ducks,

Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle announced today that defenseman Chris Pronger will take over as captain, with last year’s captain Scott Niedermayer still mulling retirement.

“The coaching staff and management had a discussion and ultimately it was left up to us, the coaches, to make that decision and we made it through consultation through the last 48 hours,” Carlyle said. “We came to the conclusion that we thought Chris Pronger would be best suited to fit the captaincy role.”

continued…

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, chris+pronger

The Pressure Starts Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

All from NHL.com,

In a matter of hours, the most international of the North American professional sports leagues will open its 90th anniversary season in the sparkling, sold-out setting of the 02 Arena in London, England.

continued

NHL Primer...

from Shawn P. Roarke,

Like you, I don’t know what will happen during the 2007-08 season, but I like to dream about it. Here are some of the things—82 to be exact (just like a regular-season schedule)—I am looking forward to as we finish preparations for Saturday’s opening-day game. Whether they happen or not remains to be seen, but just thinking about the possibilities will make the wait for Saturday a little more palatable.

read on

 

I even participated today…

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  Tags: london

Colaiacovo’s MRI Results Not Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Toronto Sun,

Don’t expect healing defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo to be in the lineup for the Maple Leafs’ final two exhibition games against the Detroit Red Wings.  Barring a last minute change of heart, the Leafs will keep Colaiacovo on the shelf in order to allow his surgically repaired knee to strengthen.

The decision casts even more doubt concerning Colaiacovo’s availability for the season opener against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

continued…

And from Sportsnet.ca news alerts: “Carlo Colaiacovo had an MRI on his knee. The results were negative.”

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  Tags: injuries

September 28, 1972

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today represents the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit series. From the CP,

Henderson will mark the anniversary giving motivational speeches at a leadership conference at an inn north of Toronto.
Canadians who watched the live Summit Series broadcasts will never forget the drama that unfolded.

more…

And Joe Pelletier has put together some selected works, if you’d like to blast back to the past:

Updated 12:41pm ET:

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: hockey+history

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