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It’s the Freeway Face-Off

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Press Release from the Los Angeles Kings,

Southern California hockey fans have spoken and selected a name for the local NHL rivalry.  Following a seven-week online contest, “Freeway Face-Off” has become the name by which all future competitions between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings will be called.  “Freeway Face-Off” received over 4,800 votes, besting three other finalists:  “Freezeway Series”, “Ice-5 Series” and “Crosstown Showdown.”

Also, I’m told the Kings/Ducks game tonight is an unusual broadcast being done—at least in part—with no announcers commenting during the action, and some unique camera angles.

Is anyone watching this? Any thoughts?

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, freeway+face-off, los+angeles+kings

The River Never Done Let Me Down

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Despondent, I swung down around Civic Center Drive, taking the waterfront route, and, through the columns that support Cobo Hall’s soft underbelly of service entrances and anonymous back doors that I could have and should have taken advantage of, I caught the top of the stack of a thousand-footer, slowly steaming upbound, just having cleared the Ambassador Bridge.  I spun the car around, parked behind anonymous Chevy Corsica, and bolted for the Riverwalk, bidding a Sunday morning, “Hello” to the officers taking an end-to-end patrol, and watched the Century—it seems almost wrong to not note that it was once Oglebay Norton’s Columbia Star—gracefully, almost soundlessly churn its way toward Duluth for one more load of coal. 

As I looked up toward Belle Isle, and down toward the flames slipping from the gas flares at the refineries and steel mills of Zug and the Rouge, I thought to myself, “At least the River, she never lets me down,” and headed back to the car.

 

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  Tags: hockey+equipment, onegoal, trade+show

Put An End To This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Pre-game incidents are few and far between now, but it only takes one to get out of hand. So if the league really wants to eliminate that, there’s an easy three-step plan it can institute.

One, make sure two of the four on-ice officials patrol the centre red line during warm-up, like they do at some levels of junior hockey. It might require a negotiation with the NHL Officials’ Association but it’s hard to believe it would be a big problem.

Two, for any player who crosses the centre red line during warm-up, as identified by the on-ice officials, that player receives a 10-minute misconduct to start the game.

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Dallas Stars Have New Interim GMs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars Chairman of the Board and Owner Thomas O. Hicks announced this afternoon that Brett Hull and Les Jackson have been named Interim Co-General Managers to run the Stars’ Hockey Operations for the remainder of the season. Earlier today Hicks announced that he relieved Doug Armstrong from his duties as General Manager of the hockey club.

*Doug Armstrong was let go earlier today

 

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  Tags: brett+hull, dallas+stars, les+jackson

Scoring Down for Second Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre Lebrun at the CP (via NHL.com),

Scoring is down for the second straight season in the NHL and there’s no easy solution to fix the downward trend.

The league was averaging 5.5 total goals per game through Monday night (not counting shootout tiebreakers), down from 5.9 through the same number of games last season and markedly down from 6.2 at the same point in the first season coming out of the lockout when a number of rule changes opened up the game.

That’s 100 fewer goals from last season through 251 total games and 175 fewer goals from 2005-06 at the same point.  Is the league alarmed?

“Not yet,” commissioner Gary Bettman told The Canadian Press.

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Avery Statement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the New York Rangers,

On Tuesday afternoon, the Rangers organization released the following statement to the press on behalf of forward Sean Avery.

Avery made the following remarks regarding recent media reports:

“I am extremely upset and hurt that false and damaging comments were attributed to me regarding Jason Blake. I made no such comments. I have lost two grandfathers to cancer and have been a consistent contributor to multiple cancer related charities, first and foremost, Hockey Fights Cancer. I am unable to comment further, as the matter is now being addressed by legal counsel.”

Update 5:48pm ET: From TSN,

Avery and Darcy Tucker began jawing at each other near centre-ice during the warm-up to Saturday’s game at Air Canada Centre. Blake was also involved before Avery and Tucker exchanged shoves as both teams gathered around. In the first period, Avery and Tucker hooked up in a fight and continued a heated conversation in the penalty box.

As a result of the incident, the Rangers were fined $25,000 and the Maple Leafs $10,000 while Avery was fined the maximum $2,500 and Darcy Tucker $1,000.  The Maple Leafs made no formal complaint about the incident to the league.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, sean+avery

Boynton Suspended

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The National Hockey League announced today disciplinary action resulting from NHL game #251 between the Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks, November 12.

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Nick Boynton has been suspended automatically for one game, while head coach Wayne Gretzky has been fined $10,000. Boynton was assessed an instigator penalty at 15:50 of the third period.

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  Tags: nick+boynton, phoenix+coyotes, suspensions

Kukla in The Fischler Report

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

An interview with Paul is one of the feature stories in this week’s edition of The Fischler Report.  The newsletter isn’t normally made available without a subscription, but they were kind enough to allow us to provide this edition for all KK readers.

The entire newsletter is available to download/view here (PDF).  Paul’s interview is on page 5 titled “Paul Kukla Speaks Out”.

If you have an interest in subscribing to The Fischler Report, you can email to: FischlerReport(at)aol.com.  Any questions or comments feel free to contact David Kolb at the same email address.

Update: the link above was fixed, for those having problems. Sorry about that.

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All-World All-Star Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Wayne Gretzky with Peter Forsberg and Valeri Kharlamov up front, Viacheslav Fetisov and Alexandre Ragulin on defence and Vladislav Tretiak in goal.

Perhaps.

Others will suggest variations, and the International Ice Hockey Federation has enlisted 56 hockey experts from around the world to get it right.

An all-time global all-star team will be announced during an IIHF gala in Quebec City when the world championship tournament is held in Canada for the first time next spring. Games also will be played in Halifax.

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Top 10 US Born Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Amber at ESPN,

Within the last week, Jeremy Roenick became the third American-born player to join the exclusive 500-goal club. Earlier this month, Mike Modano surpassed Phil Housley as the most prolific American-born scorer. So it’s a good time for 10 Degrees to weigh in with the 10 best American-born hockey players.

Chris Chelios 5th, Mike Eruzione 8th… read on...

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