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Gridlock Beats Ferrari Every Time

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

An auto writer at the Detroit Free Press dares to dream in discussing a 20,000-mile PR tour staged by Ferrari to promote its new flagship, the "599":

[T]he pristine but road-weary 599s made it to Detroit as part of the company's 20,000-mile public relations tour, which the Prancing Horse dubbed the Panamerican 20,000. An 84-day marathon designed to abuse two extreme super cars with slow speeds, horrendous road conditions and journalists in the drivers' seats. The tour, which began in Brazil, will end Friday when the pair of 599s and their entourage of support vehicles arrive in New York City. The group left Cauley Ferrari in West Bloomfield Monday for Toronto. Had the 599s a chance to travel at their top speed, the 599s could make the trip from the Red Wings' Joe Louis Arena to the Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre in roughly 68 minutes.
On the 401? Only if it can bend time and space while it sits in gridlock in the middle of Mississauga. I see a video game in the offing, though..."GTA GTA (Greater Toronto Area): the mighty 401! It only seems like forever..."

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Official YouTube/NHL Release

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAN BRUNO, Calif. and NEW YORK– (Nov. 15, 2006) – YouTube, Inc., a consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience, and the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced they have formed a strategic content and advertising partnership in which the NHL will provide daily short-form video content to YouTube for the 2006-2007 season beginning this month. The partnership marks the first time that a professional U.S. sports league has entered into a content agreement with YouTube. The agreement will enable users to access video highlights of NHL regular season games, which will be available within 24 hours of the original broadcast, in addition to other on and off ice footage. “The partnership will enable the NHL to expose YouTube’s vast audience to all of the excitement and drama of the new NHL,” said Doug Perlman, NHL Executive Vice President, Media. “What a great way to showcase the talent of our athletes.” “By delivering a wide array of daily programming to YouTube, the NHL will be able to connect with its existing fan base and reach a vast new audience that is passionate about hockey,” said Kevin Donahue, vice president of content for YouTube. “Today’s agreement demonstrates how major sports leagues are realizing the powerful benefits YouTube offers in terms of growing their audience and creating a new channel for generating revenue.” Through its partnership with YouTube, the NHL will be able to take advantage of YouTube’s “Claim Your Content” program, which features an advanced content identification architecture and reporting system allowing the league to identify and protect its copyrighted content. The league will have the option to remove the content from YouTube or allow it to remain and share the revenue from the advertising placed adjacent to the content. NHL will provide the YouTube community and hockey fans in general, a wide range of free, short-form entertaining clips. The NHL also will have its own Brand Channel on YouTube that will allow fans to easily access content in one centralized place. Additionally, the NHL will have Branded Watch Pages, which allows YouTube content partners to brand the pages on which their videos play.

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To Be Like Harley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Man, I’d love to be Harley Hotchkiss. Aside from that whole chick-magnet thing and having unlimited access to Flames’ tickets, the man is entering The Promised Land of the Hockey World. He is going from simply being an influential member of the puck fraternity to a made man with a really cool jacket. Harley is being inducting into the Hockey Hall of Fame and he’s bringing three friends with him.
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NHL Made The Right Call On Smyth Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robin Brownlee of the Edmonton Sun,

Scream like hell if you must, but those are the factors NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell took into account yesterday in deciding not to suspend John-Michael Liles of the Colorado Avalanche for sticking his knee out on Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers Monday. It goes without saying fans waiting to hear what supplemental discipline Campbell would issue after Liles felled Smyth with 29 seconds to play in the Oilers 2-1 win won’t be the least bit satisfied there is none whatsoever – no matter what his reasoning. Fair enough. That said, Campbell made the right call.
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Canada Losing The Grip On Its Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ross McKeon of the San Francisco Chronicle,

As much as they hate to hear it north of the border, Canada is losing its grip on what it calls "Its Game." A look at what is happening in today's NHL shows the European invasion is taking hold. Every year, more players from overseas find their way onto the 30 team rosters, and now they are making an impact like never before.
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YouTube/NHL Announcement Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the LA Times (reg. req.),

The NHL will upload game highlights directly onto YouTube's website as part of a broader agreement that is designed to help the league police — and profit from — hockey-related video that appears online. The agreement that will be announced today also promises the NHL a share of revenue generated by online advertising that appears on web pages with hockey-related video. "The NHL agreement is our first with the major sports leagues, but we also have some other exciting conversations going on with other leagues," said Kevin Donahue, vice president of content for YouTube. "The NHL clearly understands the value of the community factor on YouTube. This is designed to help … connect with their fans."

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Here Comes The Litigation

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From USA Today: first "sports terrorism," now "tortorous contract interference"...

A court hearing is scheduled Wednesday in New York City to determine whether a preliminary injunction will be granted preventing Evgeni Malkin to continue playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins. "We don't believe these plaintiffs can establish a case for a preliminary injunction -- either on the facts or the law," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says. "We're hopeful the court agrees." Malkin's former team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, and Locomotive-Yaroslavl, another Russian hockey team, are suing the NHL, the Penguins, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers because Malkin, Alexei Mikhnov (Oilers) and Andrei Taratukhin (Flames) were allowed to sign NHL contracts even though they allegedly had binding contracts with Russian teams. "The basis of the suit is that the National Hockey League and its member clubs tortuously interfered with the contracts of these players with the Russian clubs," says New York-based attorney Alexander Berkovich, who represents the Russian teams. "We also claim there is a conspiracy in violation of antitrust law between the NHL and its clubs."
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What Happened To The Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

How bad are they? On a scale from Poor Start to Full-Scale Chernobyl, the Flyers would have the Geiger counter ticking mighty loud and mighty fast. But that's only part of the story. Like the scene of a nuclear accident, the Flyers have a chance to be contaminated for years to come. There's no easy explanation for how this happened. The consensus going into the season was that the Flyers would be about where they were over the last few years - a fourth or fifth seed that, if healthy, could make a run in the playoffs. There didn't seem to be too many people predicting the Flyers would be the worst team in the NHL.
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Latendresse Changed Style After DiMaio Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Guillaume Latendresse said he watched replays of his hit on Lightning wing Rob DiMaio "many times." The Canadiens left wing said seeing DiMaio's head bounce off the glass during a preseason game in Montreal and watching his body crumble to the ice with a concussion was unnerving. He said he fretted about it for weeks and pulled back from his usual physical style.
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Keep It Simple

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

As expected, the Sharks heard plenty about dedication to details at practice Tuesday after their most listless performance of the season Monday in a loss to Los Angeles. Coach Ron Wilson is just hoping the words had greater impact coming from right wing Mike Grier. Near the end of the workout, Grier stood in front of his teammates and shared experiences of how good teams become great teams, such as Buffalo where he helped the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference finals last season. Grier said: "For the most part, we just haven't played simple hockey. We're at our best when we simplify the game. Sometimes when we play teams we think we should beat, we look for plays that aren't there and try to do things that aren't going to work. We have to play a smarter brand of hockey and not turn pucks over.''
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