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The Blackhawks Secret Weapon

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from PRNewswire-USNewswire,

The Chicago Blackhawk team physicians began diagnosing and treating vitamin D deficiency in all Blackhawk players about 18 months ago. Apparently, most players are on 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day. To confirm this assertion, simply ask the Blackhawk organization.

After many losing seasons, last year the Blackhawks came out of nowhere to get to the Western conference finals. This year the Blackhawks are playing even better.

According to my sources, improved athletic performance is only one of the benefits for the Blackhawk players. The other is a reduction in the number and severity of lower respiratory tract infections and a reduction in the number and severity of repetitive use injuries.

continue for more on vitamin D…

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Business Growth Continues For The NHL

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NEW YORK (May 27, 2010) – With U.S. television viewership at its highest level in eight years, with attendance soaring beyond 103% of capacity, with digital platforms showing explosive growth and with merchandise sales up significantly, the National Hockey League enters the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks (No. 3 U.S. media market) and the Philadelphia Flyers (No. 4 market) riding a wave of positive momentum in all areas of the business. Consider these highlights:


• NBC’s 1.89 million average viewer figure is the most for national broadcast TV in the U.S. through three rounds since 2002 (2.31 million on ABC) and up five percent over last year

• VERSUS’ 0.9 household rating is their highest three round NHL playoff rating ever and up 29 percent over last year

• NBC/VERSUS combined three-round average Men 25-54 viewer figure (432,000) is the most since 2000 (471,000 on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

• The NHL Playoffs on CBC are averaging 1.95 million viewers, a 70 percent increase over last year (1.5 million)

• The NHL Playoffs on RDS are averaging 765,000 viewers, up 106 percent over last year (372,000 viewers)

• The NHL Playoffs on TSN averaged 1.1 million viewers, gaining 70 percent over last year (645,000 viewers)

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Wings Sign Brendan Smith To Entry Level Contract

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

DETROIT—The Red Wings announced today that the club has signed defenseman Brendan Smith to a three-year entry level contract.

Smith, 21, was Detroit’s first round draft pick (27th overall) in the 2007 NHL draftt. The Mimico, Ontario, native spent the past three seasons playing for the University of Wisconsin in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association under the watch of head coach Mike Eaves, father of Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves.

“Brendan improved tremendously in each of his three seasons at Wisconsin,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. “He was a dominant player at the collegiate level, in particular at his position, and we feel he is ready to take the next step in his career at the professional level. We look forward to having him at training camp in Traverse City in September.”

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Glendale Puts Their Money In Escrow

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from Cecilia Chan of the Arizona Republic,

Money earmarked for city services such as water and sewer now sit in an escrow account to cover the $25 million pledge that Glendale made to the National Hockey League to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in town next season.

The NHL demanded Glendale show its proof of funds by last Thursday or risk the team leaving Jobing.com Arena immediately. The NHL owns the team, which it purchased for $140 million out of U.S. Bankruptcy Court last fall.

“The NHL had a buyer on the table willing to pay $170 million for the team,” city spokeswoman Julie Frisoni said.

The buyer wanted to relocate the Coyotes to Canada next season, she said.Although Glendale planned to set up a special taxing district or some other funding mechanism to meet the $25 million obligation, the NHL’s deadline made that impossible, city officials said.


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The Hockey Experts Talk SCF

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from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

Don Cherry and Mike Milbury took part in an NHL media call today. Which meant Don Cherry and Mike Milbury were speaking extemporaneously. Which meant good things happened.

Like Cherry praising the Stanley Cup Finals matchup of the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers as being better for the NHL than “if Nashville had won, and some other team like that, like Columbus. They’d have probably committed suicide ... but this is a dream for the National Hockey League. They’re jumping for joy with Chicago.”

And like Cherry then saying, “I better keep quiet here cause I’ll get in trouble, but sometimes I wonder watching some of those penalties in the last game—and I’m only kiddin’ when I say this—but if I was San Jose I’d be sure scratchin’ my head.”


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NHL Network At The SCF

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via the NHL Network at NHL.com,

Tune in to the NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada starting at 2 p.m. ET Thursday for full coverage of Stanley Cup Final Media Day from Chicago. Broadcasters Brian Duff, Kevin Weekes, Joe Micheletti and Dave Strader will bring you live press conferences and interviews from United Center as we countdown to Game 1 between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday.

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Report- Rob Blake Thinking Retirement

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from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Sharks captain Rob Blake is leaning toward retirement at age 40, according to a source familiar with the situation, but he is holding off on any announcement just yet.

“You need time to unwind after the season and different things,” Blake said Wednesday as players cleaned out their lockers for the season. “My kids are in school until June, and I want to meet with Doug (Wilson) and meet with Todd (McLellan) and talk things over and go from there.”

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Blake earned $4 million this season, his second with the Sharks, and averaged 23:20 ice time in the postseason, second highest of any skater on the team.


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Ted Nolan Speaks His Mind

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from Canada Newswire,

In an exclusive with PuckLife Magazine, NHL pariah and lightning rod Ted Nolan comes clean on racism, sleeping with player’s wives and his controversial last days in Buffalo.

“Whenever this comes up, it’s always they said this or that. You know, never has anyone stood by what is said. Things like I was sleeping with player’s wives, getting drunk at practice, I mean, I think that is a directly racist comment. If someone could just stand by it, fine, it would be my word against theirs, but we can’t even do that”.

Nolan goes on to discuss why he hasn’t received another NHL head coaching offer since he left the New York Islanders in 2007-08.


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Junior Dynasty?

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

Today, the Windsor Spitfires reign atop major junior hockey for the second year in succession, and many without even a glimmer of historical significance are ready to anoint them the greatest junior hockey dynasty of all time.

That, it says here, is not the case, though the argument is far from over.

This is a debate that will be years in the settling and in reality, may never be settled, taking into account all of the variables that must be considered.

Comparing sporting eras is never an exact science. In junior hockey, it is especially daunting.

Some of the best junior teams of all time were assembled during the sponsorship years, when NHL teams had working agreements with junior clubs and supplied them with prospects from across the country.


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  Tags: windsor+spitfires

Filmmaker Stephen Rollins Interested In Buying The Thrashers

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Stephen Rollins loves the game of hockey, especially Thrashers hockey.  Seems like a fit to me.

Read the AP story at NHL.com.

added 11:02am, via Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

I spoke to Atlanta Spirit co-owner Bruce Levenson. He told me that Rollins is not one of the three groups that are currently doing due diligence about a possible investment in the Thrashers and/or Hawks.

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