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Hawks Telecast A Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

Comcast SportsNet analyst Ed Olczyk repeatedly called the game “a three-hour commercial.” From the top, with the crowd cheering during the singing of the national anthem, the Hawks could showcase the scene inside the United Center.

The vibe was completely different from a CSN telecast of a Hawks road game. A home game telecast carries a much higher energy level, especially one against their biggest rival.

The CSN crew definitely was pumped up. Play-by-play man Dan Kelly kept setting up Olczyk. The former Hawk was in top form, not only with his analysis but in capturing the significance of the evening.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, media

The Fans Ask The Questions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

It goes back to the year Wayne Gretzky went into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He suggested they add an event where the players could connect with the fans.

Thus the ‘Fan Forum’ was born. And, to me, it’s become the best part of the entire induction weekend.

It’s not a media event. Only one or two members of the media attend and there’s no special seating or access for them. But to me it beats the beejeebers out of the Legends game which follows over at Air Canada Centre, where the new Hall of Famers are presented with their blazers and play a couple of periods of oldtimers hockey.

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Richards Has Signs Of Leadership

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from PhillyBurbs,

Of course it’s way too early to start drawing comparisons and it wouldn’t be fair.

But this is how it started nearly 40 years ago when a gap-toothed kid from a small town in Canada got a bunch of grizzled vets to follow his lead.

Namely, play each game as if it were going to be his last.

Only time will tell if Mike Richards someday is mentioned in the same sentence with Flyers legend Bobby Clarke.

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  Tags: mike+richards, philadelphia+flyers

Keep Your Head Up Sean

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

Citing Avery’s pre-game tomfoolery Saturday night as yet another example of why the instigator rule should be scuttled, Belak warns that the New York Rangers agitator is going to pay the price for his antics.

“He’s pissing guys off,” Belak said yesterday. “He’ll bring harm to himself and not too many guys around the league are going to be sad to see it.

“If he keeps this up, someone is going to kill him. One day he’s going to say something the wrong way and he’ll be clubbed.

“And I’m not saying it will be by me, either.”

read on

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, sean+avery, toronto+maple+leafs, wade+belak

I Did Not Know That

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

10 things you may not know about the Hockey Hall of Fame:

-  Forty-five percent of the material collected by the Hockey Hall of Fame is on display; the other 55 percent is rotated from storage to public display.

- The Hockey Hall of Fame tops all sports Halls in annual attendance, over 300,000 every year.

read on

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Alfredsson Now A Complete Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

In an interesting self-observation a couple of minutes later, as we talked about Alfredsson playing the best hockey of his career at a time when many other players begin to wane, Alfredsson said he used to be his own worst critic, but had eased up. The philosophy he had come to adopt for himself was the message he gave his teammates Saturday.

“I might look back at a game and I might have played well, but I misread that play or I did that wrong,” said Alfredsson. “Where I’ve gotten better is I used to take that too hard, then try and make it up and try to do too much. I’m smarter now about how I play the game and that allows me to be more effective.”

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, ottawa+senators

Who Should Be In The Hall

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Well, for starters it’s time for a woman. Past time, really, and hopefully they’ll get this ball rolling next year. Pick one of Shirley Cameron, Geraldine Heaney, Cammi Granato, Angela James, France St. Louis - whoever.

Well, Igor Larionov should be a slam dunk. In fact, he should have been inducted this year. Only Mark Messier, really, had greater credentials, and the way in which the Hall of Fame selection process is still shrouded in complete and impenetrable secrecy makes it difficult to understand how the great Russian wasn’t selected.

Next, in my mind, should be former Edmonton sniper Glenn Anderson, one of the best big-game scorers in NHL history.

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  Tags: hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame

Watching The HHOF Induction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Instead of televising the induction ceremony, Versus will be all over the critical and compelling match in Florida between the Hurricanes and the Panthers. Well, it’ll be there.

Instead of televising the ceremonies on a delayed basis following the Showdown in Sunrise, Versus will run something called, “WEC Wrekcage.”

Gary Bettman and the Board of Governors must be so proud.

It isn’t, however, only Versus that’s conspiring against both hockey and good sense here. By scheduling five games on a night that should remain dark, the NHL essentially guaranteed that the mundane playing of early-season matches would in large part overshadow a marquee event like the Hall of Fame inductions.

read on and I am surprised Larry didn’t mention the Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be televised on the NHL Network from 7:30-9:30pm tonight.

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  Tags: hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame, media

He’s a Tough Guy

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,

This is a guy who begged to play one game after having his nose turned sideways last season. So Veilleux was taken aback Sunday when asked whether he expected to be out awhile with a broken left cheekbone.

“I mean, I’m not dead,” said Veilleux, whose face looks like he went 12 rounds with Derek Boogaard. “It’s just a broken cheekbone. I’ll be fine.”

Veilleux was nailed by a deflected shot during Saturday’s practice. Officially, the Wild can’t provide a timetable for Veilleux until the swelling subsides.

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*Or as the boys from Monty Python would say: “It’s only a flesh wound!”

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  Tags: injuries, minnesota+wild, stephane+veilleux

New Postion For Lindros With The NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Executive Board today announced the appointment of Eric Lindros to the newly created Ombudsman position and the promotion of Associate Counsel Ian Penny to the role of General Counsel.

As Ombudsman, a new position created under the recently ratified NHLPA Constitution, Lindros will serve as a non-voting member of the Executive Board and will supervise and coordinate the activities of the Divisional Player Representative program.Lindros will also receive and resolve any complaints by members and/or staff of the Association.He will report directly to the Executive Board.

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  Tags: eric+lindros, nhlpa, ombudsman

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