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Ducks In Front Of A Live Studio Audience

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

This team reaches out to its closest fans and its farthest strangers alike. Here were all these visiting farmers, in town to discuss things like – and we’re just guessing – the merits of manure, now bumping into a bunch of Olympians and their medals.

“This is the easiest part of the job,” Teemu Selanne said, wearing his Finland jersey and bronze medal. “On the ice, that’s a lot harder. I don’t even look at this as being a job. We’re making people happy. It’s good to make people happy.”

So the Ducks, during a stretch when they’re playing 8 of 9 games at home, went on the road Thursday.

They traveled to the Hilton near the Anaheim Convention Center, set up their in-house television show – “The Element” – and taped a 30-minute Olympic special at noon.

Everyone was welcomed, including the bellmen, the people sitting around having lunch and the folks looking back over their shoulders while riding up the escalator.

The whole thing was staged in front of a lighted, fully stocked bar in the lobby. This was the Ducks hosting a happy half-hour.


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The Value Of Crosby’s Gold Medal Goal Stick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

It’s not the Hope Diamond, but the Crosby Reebok could still fetch a handsome reward for the person who has the stick used to score the golden goal for Canada in men’s hockey at the Winter Olympics last Sunday.

The stick Crosby flung in the air is missing, presumably snaffled by someone with access to the ice or dressing rooms at Hockey Canada Place in Vancouver.

While Hockey Canada searches diligently for the historic artifact, private collectors are salivating at the prospect the stick may somehow come into the market. Brian Logie is an historian of sticks who maintains one of the top private stick collections in his London, Ont., home.


Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sidney+crosby, team+canada

Gretzky Or Chelios, Who Would You Take?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I never heard of SodaHead before, but just taking a quick look, it appears they ask the question and want their readers to respond, sort of like this…

The NHL has seen great moments since it’s inception in 1917. For decades great players have walked on and off the ice, and each have delivered astonishing performances. But there can only be one player that stands out amongst the rest. Wayne Gretsky (or Wayne Gretzkey in the voting poll) comes to mind, who led the L.A. Kings to the Stanley Cup in the 80’s. He also brought the Oilers the Stanley Cup.

Chris Chelios also would be a strong contender. Chelios is a four-time Olympian and holds just as many Stanley Cups. He also made 11 NHL All-Star appearances and still plays strong at the age of 48-years-old. But who do you think deserves the title of the greatest?

if you wish to answer, you can here and the other two candidates are Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr.

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Who Is The League Executive?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don’t you think this story would have had more legs to it if Bruce Garrioch would have named the ‘league executive’?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

League executives weren’t impressed Wednesday when the Phoenix Coyotes — still being run by the NHL and reportedly losing $5 million (all terms US) per month — were allowed to add salary at the trade deadline.

A league executive told QMI Agency following the 3 p.m. deadline that he “added it up” and the Coyotes added more than $2.5 million to their payroll this season by acquiring the likes of Boston blueliner Derek Morris and Colorado’s Wojtek Wolski.

“You know where that money comes from?” one furious league executive asked. “It comes out of the owners’ pockets and they aren’t going to be happy with this because they’re already not happy with having to foot the bill for Phoenix in the first place.”


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Welcome To The World Lucy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Great news for Alanah of Canucks and Beyond and her husband.

Their little girl Lucy (Baby Looooooo) was born today and all are healthy.

Now I need to pick out the appropriate gift.

Filed in: KK Website Business, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Blame Canada Detroit Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from LZ Granderson of ESPN,

Who would have thought that after 18 consecutive postseason appearances—including back-to-back stops in the Finals the past two seasons—the Detroit Red Wings would begin March fighting for their playoff lives?

But that’s exactly where they are and, well, it’s a bit unnerving for the good folks of Hockeytown.

“Injuries,” 22-year-old fan Andrew Nendrzychi said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries this year. More than I can ever remember.”

Indeed, with seven players placed on injured reserve before Christmas—including star forward Henrik Zetterberg—the team started 2010 having already surpassed the 187 man games missed because of injuries it suffered all of last year.

But I gotta tell ya, while I don’t question whether injuries have contributed to Detroit’s current predicament, I can’t ignore the nagging little voice in the back of my head that keeps repeating two words: Blame Canada.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Listen To Mike Babcock And Ryan Miller

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 4, 2010) – Mike Babcock, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings and Team Canada, and Ryan Miller goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres and Team USA, are today’s guests on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET.

Mike Babcock’s international coaching career has been golden. On Sunday, as head coach of Canada’s Men’s Olympic hockey team, Babcock completed hockey’s grand slam by adding yet another accomplishment to his already impressive resume. With Canada’s 3-2 overtime victory against Team USA in Vancouver, Babcock became the only coach in hockey history to guide teams to supremacy in four of the most prestigious tournaments in the game: the World Junior Championship, the World Championship, the Olympic Games and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+babcock, ryan+miller, team+canada, team+usa

Hawks fans Alert!

Blog: KK Members Blog By TKON

This is basically a copy n paste from the website I blog on but I just really wanted to share it with fellow Hawk fans as I feel it is something we should address.

The Chicago Black Hawks thwarted the much ridiculed Edmonton Oilers by a score of 5-2 last night in front of yet another massive crowd at the United Center. The Oilers have been an injury plagued team all season and last night had an extra thin roster via a couple trades earlier in the day.

It really was not much of a match against the Hawks last night. Rookie goaltender Devyn Dubnyk played extremely well keeping the club from the province of tar sands in the game. Hossa, Kane, Toews, Kopecky, Keith and Seabrook were all honored prior to the drop of the puck for their achievements at the Olympic games.


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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, hawks, huet, niemi, playoffs, stanley+cup

What’s It Like To Be Bob McKenzie?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Filed in: NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bob+mckenzie, tsn

Time For Hockey Purists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No more trade talk, no more made-up rumors, no more what ifs.

Now it is time for us to enjoy the game as teams fighting for a playoff spot literally have their season on the line every game they play.

Our full attention can now turn to the game on the ice and as a hockey purist, there is no better time of the season than right now.

Personally, I can dedicate 100% of my time to the game on the ice, the battle for the puck, the streaking forward firing a high hard puck to the top of the net.  The goalie sprawling across the crease to stop a puck we all thought was going in the net.

Time to enjoy the game on the ice folks, this is hockey, our game.

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