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Mike Fisher Hit On Patrick Kaleta Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Fisher received 5 for boarding and a game misconduct. Too much?

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  Tags: mike+fisher, patrick+kaleta

Paying To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck,

The Canadian Press is reporting this evening that Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski is complaining about Tennessee’s new “privilege tax” which hits professional hockey and basketball players for $2,500 per game (with an annual limit of $7,500)....

There are 193 days in this NHL regular season, and players are basically paid “by the day”. Let’s use forward Drew Miller as an example. His salary this season is $525,000, working out to a daily rate of $2,720 (per CapGeek).

Tomorrow, let’s first subtract the escrow that all NHL players are paying this year (recently 18%). Then, the state of Tennessee will dock him $2,500 for playing.

It’s pretty easy to see how he comes out having “paid to come to work” tomorrow, and that’s before we’ve even got to federal income and other taxes.


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Polling The Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Who’s the best player in the National Hockey League? The dirtiest? The most overrated? Which team will win the Cup this year?

These questions - normally reserved for rabid debate among hockey pundits and fans of the game - were posed to the players themselves by ESPN the Magazine, which recently conducted an anonymous poll of 50 NHLers….

64% of players said that Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin was the best player in the sport; the Pens’ Sidney Crosby was second but it wasn’t a particularly close race, with the Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native receiving 24% of the vote.

The ubiquitous Red Wings were voted as the best franchise in the league, with 60% of those polled saying Detroit was No. 1.

read on

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Bad Goal Of the Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Owen Nolan on Jimmy Howard.

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H2H Complete For Me

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Were you ever in charge of a bachelor or bachelorette and wanted to make sure the soon to be groom or bride had a good time?

Well, everyone of the 19 were in charge tonight.

All had one goal in mind, to make sure Herm had a great time..

Remember, the vast majority of these people had never met, yet it was like a school reunion when we all looked at the name badges being worn by everyone.

Pretty darn tired right now but I can guarantee Herm had a night he will never forget.

Anyone associated with this undertaking deserves a pat on the back for a job well done and somewhere in the range of $5300 was raised for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

added 11:59pm, Channel 7 in Detroit did a feature on Herm.  Read about it and watch the video on the top right.

Continue Reading »

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LB: The 19 Are Gonna Sing And Dance In Celebration, Herm Is In The Promised Land

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Herm’s day of celebration is here, and Guilherme is touring the promised land.  19 imaginary friends are gathering in Hockeytown.

19 imaginary friends raised $19 million dollars for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  That number may not be exact, I’m not a pharmacist.  Herm2Hockeytown is the reason Al Gore invented the internet.  And it is happening.  Can you dig it?

Herm has never seen a live hockey game.  He has never even met another Red Wings fan.  Until today.

19 have united for one purpose:  Bring Herm2Hockeytown and celebrate being the greatest fans of the greatest organ-I-zation in sports, the Detroit Red Wings.

Herm2Hockeytown has already reached epic proportions.  And the celebration has only just begun.

The Red Wings have rolled out the red carpet to ensure Herm gets the ultimate Red Wings experience.


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Off To H2H Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am jumping in the shower and then a 15 minute drive to Hockeytown Cafe to kick-off the H2H festivities.

Hopefully I have figured out how to upload pictures via Twitter and my Droid, so keep an eye on my Twitter account for any updates.

I will be back late tonight, then on a somewhat normal schedule on Saturday.

Saturday night, about 40 of the closest friends I have never met will be my guests as I welcome the many of the 19 into my home to watch Wings/Predators.

Who knows, maybe I can sit back and have the guests do some blogging!

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I know my life is nearing the end and I accept that.  I probably won’t be here when (the arena) is finished, but I’ll be looking down on it.”

-Pat Burns who attended the announcement of a rink being built with his namee attached to it.  More from the CP at TSN.

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  Tags: pat+burns

Say Good-Bye To The Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

By their body language. In the tone of their voices. Given the time the dressing room door stayed silently shut, like the lid of a coffin.

They’re done.

They know it. They won’t say it. And it ain’t official.

But they know.

Call the coroner. Order the wreath. Donate to a charity of choice.

The unmistakable stench of death is upon them.


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Talking Phoenix Attendance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Chen of From The Rink,

If you’ve caught any of their games on Center Ice since the turn of the new year, the sights and sounds are obvious—there’s life in them there stands. Some games are fuller than others, but it’s a far, far cry from October when it looked like the attendance at a AHL practice rink.

There’s no doubt that the early season attendance figure was mucked up a bit for PR purposes. We all know that attendance in pro sports is never accurate. Things get rounded, tickets are given away, and everything is spun to look better than it really is. If the Coyotes had an attendance figure of 7,000 on a weekday in October, the actual in-house number might have even been half of that.

Now? Not so much.


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