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Rafalski and Miller Welcome Vets Home

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from KWTX:

Men and women in uniform returning from the Persian Gulf for rest and recovery got a special All-Star welcome Tuesday.
A pair of NHL All-Stars greeted the 120 service members arriving at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller and New Jersey Devils defenseman Brian Rafalski shook hands with arriving troops.

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pic via Reuters

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How Will The Teams Finish

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside of ESPN puts it on the line, predicting the finish in both the West and East.

He puts Nashville and Buffalo at the top!

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Marketing Not Working Well

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ScrippsNews,

Based on the number of arenas with empty seats and falling TV ratings, “obviously, their marketing is not working very well,” said sports marketing expert Brad Robins, who likes the league’s new Internet content ventures, but says it is still not doing enough to expose the game to new audiences.
Take the All-Star Game, which has been moved back to midweek from its previous Sunday slot. The league thus avoids clashing with NFL playoffs and other sports that crowd the U.S. calendar. But more important, NHL owners no longer lose their regular Saturday night games, by far the most profitable on the schedule.

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Habs To Host 09 ASG

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The all-star game is returning to Montreal.
The Canadiens will host the big contest during the 2008-09 season, which coincides with the club’s 100th anniversary.
The announcement was made by the NHL today in Dallas, home to the all-star game Wednesday.

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Super Skills

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Breakdown (pdf file) of players participating in the different skills competition.

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No Schedule Change

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The NHL will stay the course and will not change the regular schedule for at least one more year.
That was the decision made the the league’s board of governors on Tuesday in an effort to deal with its much-debated scheduling concerns.

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Different Directions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

Two players enjoying stellar seasons have different approaches to a few days away from the grind of the NHL.
On the morning of his first day at an All-Star celebration, Jason Blake found himself singing “Happy Birthday” to a 5-year-old patient in the bone marrow transplant unit at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

continued... Shanny prefers to stay in his room and catch a movie…

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The New Tint

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Notice the blue tint in AO’s visor!
Pic via the AP

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NHL Salute To A Generation of Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Suit up boys!!!

(L-R) Larry Murphy, Luc Robitaille, Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Adam Oates, Raymond Bourque, Al MacInnis, Phil Housley and Mark Messier. (click pic to enlarge)

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How Much Is That Sweater In The Window

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

As the parent of a 15-year-old hockey player who loves everything new that finds its way into the stores, my first question for Matthew O’Toole, president and CEO of Reebok-CCM, involved the price point of these new NHL uniforms, launched Monday as part of the All-Star Game celebrations.
O’Toole hedged a little in his response, suggesting that the price wouldn’t be a whole lot different from what a replica jersey costs now – despite the time and effort his firm put into researching and developing the new sweater, pants and sock system.
“At this point, we haven’t spent a lot of time on retail pricing,” answered O’Toole. “We’re really focused on getting the performance right for these guys (NHL players) now. At some point soon, we’ll talk about the marketing plan.” When I pressed him for something more definitive, he suggested: “It won’t be as much different as you would perceive from the top-end stuff.”

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