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Shave to Save Hank

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Schuerlein at IslesBlogger.com,

There comes a time when you sometimes need to step back from the fun stuff and take a serious look at life. This is one of those times - please read on.

My buddy’s brother-in-law Hank was recently diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. Hank has already been through one round of chemo and after being back at work part-time for a few months, his last day of work was Tuesday. He’ll be out of commission again for 3-4 months while he undergoes a stem cell transplant.

read on for more of Hank’s story and what Michael is doing to help.

Donations for the Shave to Save campaign—note: Hank’s wife will be shaving her head if she can raise $10,000 to help others suffering from this disease—can be made here.

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NHL Promoting The Stanley Cup Playoffs With “The Love Guru” Trailer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The marketing alliance includes co-branded and co-produced spots featuring Myers and content from the film to air during NHL game broadcasts on NBC, VERSUS, CBC and TSN, online and in NHL arenas, exclusive NHL.com content and retail activations, all designed to promote the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the June 20, 2008 nationwide theatrical release of the comedy.

The 30-second TV spot, produced in cooperation with the movie studio by NHL Productions, mixes NHL game action with scenes and dialogue from the film. The spot will be seen in various NHL game broadcasts and in-arena. NHL.com will feature unique content, including “The Love Guru” advice column, cast player faux biographies, blogs and behind-the-scenes video clips and photo galleries. In addition to airing “The Love Guru” trailers and NHL-produced spots in-arena, NHL clubs will support the partnership during Stanley Cup Playoff games, offering its fans various co-branded giveaways, including passes to screenings of the film and promotional items.

Watch the trailer…

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Anti-Digger: No Brunnstrom and No Legwand

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1146:  MacLeod now reporting Legwand is a game-time decision.

I’ve read the same reports as you, that the next Swede was headed to Vancouver.  I’d avoided commenting on it until I saw a definitive source.  Well, we got one that matters.  Bruce MacLeod says the Wings are out of the running.

Holland said that the team’s chief European scout, Hakan Andersson, told him that Brunnstrom’s side said that they’ve pared Detroit from their list of potential NHL teams.

MacLeod also points out that David Legwand wasn’t on the ice for Bubba’s morning skate, so it’s all but certain he won’t be in there this evening.

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Senators Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Fan590 in Toronto reporting Bryan Murray stated this morning that Jason Spezza will play tonight and a small chance Daniel Alfredsson may play too.

added 11:31am, from TSN,

The Ottawa Senators received a boost prior to Game 3 of their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins as Jason Spezza will be in the lineup tonight as the series shifts to the Nation’s capital.

The Senators leading scorer in the regular season did not practice with the team on Sunday but took the morning skate Monday and declared himself ready to go.

Ottawa may also be getting a bit of a surprise boost as general manager and head coach Bryan Murray isn’t ruling out a return of Daniel Alfredsson to the lineup.

“I’m not shutting the door on it,” Murray told reporters.


Update 12:20pm ET— From Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun:

Jason Spezza is ready to roll, but the biggest surprise is captain Daniel Alfredsson will likely return tonight as well.

Senators GM/coach Bryan Murray hinted today that Alfredsson could be in the lineup tonight for Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins after confirming that the injured forward had also skated on Sunday.

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NHL On The Way Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),

For the first time since the 2004-05 lockout, the NHL pushed the metrics of attendance and TV ratings in the same direction — up.

The league set its second post-lockout attendance record, drawing 21.2 million fans to its rinks. Average attendance rose 1.8 percent to 17,268 fans a game, and the all-important metric of paid attendance increased 2 percent and reached an average of just more than 16,000 fans.

The success at the gates was matched on national television. Versus saw its ratings increase from a 0.2 to a 0.3 average cable rating while average total viewership was up 28 percent from 212,366 in 2006-07 to 272,417 in 2007-08. NBC’s ratings rose from a 0.9 to a 1.0 household rating and viewership rose 11 percent to 1.5 million over nine telecasts.

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Pay Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

The seller was looking to dump a pair of tickets in the red section and wanted to sell the personal-seat licences for $20,000 apiece, (Rob) Tanguay said. There was one hitch: Tanguay said the MLSE employee wanted him to bring $5,000 in cash – at the seller’s request – to cement the deal.

“After I bought the tickets, I looked up the seller’s name on Canada411.com and contacted him, asking whether he’d received the cash,” Tanguay said. “He hadn’t. I knew right then I’d been scammed. I called (the MLSE employee) back and asked why he had wanted the $5,000 and he told me that the seller was lying and he had given him the cash. I didn’t believe him but I didn’t do anything about it at the time.”


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Can We Get A Little Respect

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from dcist,

NBC commentator Mike Milbury was asked to make believe he was the team’s coach and gave his analysis of what the team needed to do to win: “so, I’m in the Washington cra-capaitals dre—ahh. I said Crapitals. That’s what it is today. Washington Capitals dressing room…”

Milbury halfway apologized for using the same dumb insult for the Caps that immature fans of teams in cities like Boston and New York have been using for decades. It’s understandable. He’s worked most of his career for teams in those towns, and at least Milbury doesn’t call the play by play. At least he’s only on screen between periods. At least the play by play comes from experienced professionals, led by respected veteran announcer Mike Emerick.

Wait, did we say respected?


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Which Senators Team Will Show Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

You never know how a team is going to respond when adversity hits but what we do know is that if the Senators play as soft and ineffectively as they did in Game 1, get out the brooms. Pittsburgh looks like a team that isn’t going to be denied but the question is whether the Senators are going to make them earn it or just hand Geno and Sid a free pass to the second round.

many more NHL bits…

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Beating Bubba: Keys To Game 3

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Paul McCann’s a radio guy for Bubba.  Where can you hear him? Not sure. But he’s on the radio somewhere.  And somewhere Bubba’s listening. 

We know the idiot sisters (Crisp and Weber) do the actual game broadcast, so maybe McCann’s an intermission fella.  Not sure.  Why do we care?  Because he’s apparently leading a “Pred Nation Pep Rally” outside the SoGay tonite.

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The Cartoon Character

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kevin Smith is perhaps best known for his movies Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Mallrats, Dogma, and Clerks. He also played “Warlock” in last summer’s action hit, Live Free or Die Hard.

An avid hockey fan, Kevin references hockey in all his films. Born and raised in New Jersey, Kevin will be analyzing his home-state Devils throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Did Sean Avery remind anyone else of the animated Harlem Globetrotters when they met up with the Scooby Doo gang? Y’know – like pulling fire extinguishers out of their pants and doing stuff on the court in the cartoon that made their non-animated counterparts in real life look like the Chicago Bulls, circa Michael Jordan. The dude flat-out turned his back on the game and started flapping his wings at Marty like he was a club-kid on Ecstasy hearing “It’s the End of the World as We Know it” for the first time.

more at his NHL.com blog…

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