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A New V.P. At The NHL

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from the NHL, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today announced the appointment of Karen Durkin as Executive Vice President, Communications and Brand Strategy. Durkin will be responsible for overseeing Public Relations, Media Relations, Corporate Communications, Community Relations, League Diversity efforts, and Player promotional initiatives. In addition, Ms. Durkin will be charged with shaping the League's brand strategy across all NHL business functions to ensure a consistent and relevant message. more image

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Undiscovered Sport

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from the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier,

College hockey remains America’s great undiscovered sport. “I’ve got to be realistic about it,” said Chris Tok, the associate head coach of the Waterloo Black Hawks and a former player at the University of Wisconsin. “It’s still down on the … chart somewhere. Obviously, football and basketball and some other sports carry the weight.” There are no Dick Vitales selling it to the average fan in search of something new and exciting. The Division I national championship. known as the Frozen Four, appears on ESPN. Yet the Worldwide Leader keeps the hype relatively low key. Kobe Bryant’s trips to the mailbox get more attention.
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Stanley Cam

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If you haven't watched the travels of the Stanley Cup (will open wmp video) through Turin, it is well worth your time if you are a true hockey fan. NHL.com has been doing a great job of giving us a look at Turin and I am looking forward to their daily reports. You can find it all here.

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I Knew It

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Doc Emrick and J.D just mentioned the boards are 4 feet high, six inches higher than what we see in the NHL. Hmmm...

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Injuries A Big Concern

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from the Globe and Mail,

There has been some concern that a single career-ending injury to an elite professional could put an end to NHL participation in the Olympics, but so far there has been no such incident. Despite waves of panic in Ottawa -- and an admission by the Senators that they all but ordered Hasek to return -- Hasek's injury is not considered, at the moment, that serious. Yet, even a small injury can have profound effect in such a short tournament where, toward the end, each game essentially boils down to sudden-death play.
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Butt!

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Troubled by a strained abductor muscle (located high up in the rear end), Hasek boarded a flight out of Turin to return to Ottawa to be examined by doctors. Though Ottawa doctors will have to confirm it, sources say Hasek will be out of action 10-14 days as a result of the injury. It could be longer, but you can be guaranteed the Senators will make sure he’s fully healed before he returns to action. “I’m disappointed,” said Hasek, who was trying to win his second gold medal after leading the Czechs to a victory in 1998. “But I’m not 100% and I’m not going to be able to help the team.
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Slovakia Remaining Calm

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from Eurosport,

Richard Zednik has told eurosport.com Slovakia are not getting carried away with their fine Olympic start. An opening game victory over Russia was swiftly followed by a 6-3 defeat of Latvia to leave Slovakia top of Group B ahead of Saturday's crucial clash with the USA. But Zednik insists talk of grabbing a first Olympic gold since the 1993 split of Czechoslovakia is premature.
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Krupp Enjoying The View

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

This was the last place he thought he'd be, wearing a suit and tie and wire-rimmed glasses, and pacing behind a hockey bench. "I really like it. I was surprised how much I like it," said Krupp, who spent parts of 15 seasons in the NHL and scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal for the Colorado Avalanche against the Florida Panthers in 1996. "That's not something I could have predicted. At the end of your career, sometimes, you're tired of hockey. With the injuries I had, I was tired of it for a short period of time."
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Will They Apologize

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Where are all the apologies? Less than two weeks ago, the sports media were falling all over themselves excoriating Wayne Gretzky, Janet Gretzky, Mike Barnett, Rick Tocchet and a dozen unnamed National Hockey League players. Now, lets do the roll call. It is clear Wayne Gretzky did nothing wrong. Janet Gretzky bet on football -- wow, what an unusual activity -- but also did nothing wrong. In New Jersey, where all these alleged crimes were committed, betting, either legally or illegally, is not against the law.
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Habs Owner Talks Hockey

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from the Montreal Gazette,

In a wide-ranging talk this week from his home in Vail, Colo., Canadiens majority owner George Gillett Jr. spoke of the Olympics, the new NHL, changes behind his team's bench, the troubles of goalie Jose Theodore, and the issue of gambling that blankets the game at a time when its popularity has perhaps never been greater. You think this man isn't smiling about 27 consecutive Bell Centre sellouts - with full houses assured for the rest of season, according to a Canadiens spokesperson yesterday? "They didn't ask me (about the Olympic schedule)," Gillett said. But if they had?
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