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One Duck Now Very Close To Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

O’Donnell is the local boy, who made good but now finds himself on the visiting side, with his team ahead 2-0 and in a position to put a stranglehold on the series with a victory tonight. His parents Emmett and Mary-Lou still live in the same house where he grew up, about a mile from the arena. Years ago, His dad worked as a security guard in the Corel Centre because he was a hockey fan and wanted to watch the games. O’Donnell was going home for a few hours after Friday’s practice to visit his parents before rejoining the Ducks for a team dinner later that night.
In short, his roots in the community still run deep — and he will even acknowledged that, for personal as opposed to competitive reasons, he wanted to see the Senators in the final.

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Jet Lagged

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from Brad Holland at NHL Connect Stanley Cup 2007 Headquarters,

The flight out of the airport in Ontario, California (how strange is that?) left at 8am. That means, for the media, staff and even the official crew working the Final, a 4:30-5am wake-up call, a 5:30 bus ride, and about an hour’s wait through check-in, security, and boarding.
All for a 6 hour, cross-country flight.
For the staff of nhl.com, we amused ourselves by taking video, reading, watching the in-flight movie Wild Hogs, and randomly hitting tunes on our iPods. And eating. Eating basically every step of the way.

instead of pointing direclty to the story, I am pointing to the page, scroll down to find continue his blog…

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Stan Surfs

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from The Maven,

Instead of waiting for Thursday’s edition of The Times to obtain my playoff story – the tiny one that it was – all I had to do was go to the internet on Wednesday night and get more material than possibly the Times, News or Post ever would give me.
For starters, our own MSG had posted a lengthy game story minutes after the game had ended. Then there was the NHL offering detailed transcripts of the post-game press conferences involving both coaches and significant players for both teams.
In a half hour, using the internet, I obtained one hundred times more game and post-game info than the local papers had offered. That’s why Bettman is right when he says:
“The newspaper industry is in a very challenging period. Sports editors in particular are looking to cut expenses every way they can.”

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Alanis Morissette Sings Anthems At Game 4

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NEW YORK (June 1, 2007) – Grammy award-winning recording artist and Ottawa native Alanis Morissette will perform the U.S. and Canadian national anthems at Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in Ottawa, Monday, June 4. NBC will telecast the game live in the U.S. starting at 8:00 p.m. ET, and CBC and RDS will provide coverage throughout Canada.
Morissette’s contribution to the soundtracks for Dogma, City of Angels and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe have earned her two Golden Globes nominations. She has also made acting appearances in Dogma, Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm, among others. Morissette is currently in the studio working on a new album.

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New A2Y Feature: The Smyth Watch

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve been inundated (sorry, Bubba…“flooded”) with emails asking me to keep everyone up to speed on the likelihood of a Smyth deal in Detroit.

Well, inundated might be too strong.  Actually, no one’s really asked about it.

But it’s my agenda and I plan on pushing it.  So here we go.

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Looking To Watch The Wings Practice?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, the organ-I-zation doesn’t think you’re important enough to do so during the regular season in Detroit.  So they, you know, kinda lock the doors to the Joe.

But hey, TC in September isn’t exactly a bad place to be.

TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets for the Detroit Red Wings training camp will go on sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centre ICE.

This will be the 10th year for the Wings in Traverse City. Players will report on Sept. 13 for physicals and a golf outing. On-ice activities begin Sept. 14 and run through Sept. 18.

No word on whether you can order those tickets online or what.  No word either on whether a certain insane netminder will be there to greet you should you decide to go.

 

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NHL Getting The Message Out

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

With the world increasingly turning to electronic methods to access news, entertainment and sports information, the National Hockey League has launched a full-out assault on the Internet.
“Our responsibility to our fan base is to make sure we are where they want, how they want, when they want,” says Keith Ritter, President of NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises.
“In the United States, hockey does not get as much coverage as it should. We are making sure we can speak directly to our fans.”
In addition to the league’s electronic efforts, broadcasters have been frantically working to offer more hockey games online as well as in high-definition as the home theatre HD boom continues.

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Best Line Of The Day

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from Jim Kelley at Sporstnet describing the Sens chances of a comeback-

Besides, it’s not like they’re calling on Alexei Yashin to give them a win-one-for-Ottawa speech. This time their fate is truly in their own hands.

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Relax Ottawa

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

I think it’s safe to assume two things about the city of Ottawa: (1) it’s populated largely by lemmings and (2) Chicken Little has a prominent position in city council.
Have you ever heard so much negative talk and such a defeatist attitude coming from this town? Well, actually you have – many times to be exact – I mean it is Ottawa. The Senators have historically tripped more than Keith Richards and fallen more than a one-legged table.

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The Cup Always Draws A Crowd

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

At a recent media “event” in Anaheim, the Cup’s presence in the Marriott hotel’s ballroom acted like a magnet, pulling hockey writers, photographers and television analysts - often a disaffected, cynical lot after a long season - over to it, to look at, to admire, and, yes, even to touch.
“I was like every Canadian kid,” says Michael Bolt. “I wanted to be a hockey player. More than life itself, I wanted to be a hockey player.
“But maybe I didn’t listen to my coaches enough or I didn’t have enough talent,” he adds. “I played high school hockey and junior B, but the dream probably died a lot sooner than I thought.”

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