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I Feel Much Quicker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Knock at the door today, delivery for Mr. Kukla.  Open the box and a beautiful pair of shoes courtesy of Reebok.

Who knew they made a Winter Classic Shoe, and the perfect size too?

Thanks Reebok!

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Preparing For The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Paul Boyer, equipment manager for the Detroit Red Wings, tells us how the team prepared for the Winter Classic last year.

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Simple Question & Answer For Team Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,

Here’s the thing that always perplexes me about the men’s Olympic hockey selection process, revealed earlier today:

The attention, the questions and whatever second-guessing may occur always focuses on the bottom end of the roster.

Question: How will Canada win a gold medal, if it wins, when the 2010 Games come to Vancouver?

Answer: The same way as it did in Salt Lake City; provided their stars come through when it matters.

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The Winter Classic Becomes A Profit Maker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Richard Sandomir and Ken Belson of the NY Times,

The N.H.L.’s Winter Classic, which began with snow-globe quaintness on New Year’s Day in 2008 in the home stadium of the Buffalo Bills, has turned into a profit center for a league that strives to be different.

The third Classic, between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday afternoon, is expected to generate $8 million in ticket sales at Fenway Park and $3 million in ad revenue at NBC, triple the total of two years ago.

Thanks largely to the midseason game, the league says that its sponsorship sales are growing at a 66 percent annual pace and its merchandise revenue, led by the throwback jerseys inspired by the first classic, is soaring.

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Goals Created Analysis Of Red Wings Offensive Dropoff

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday I wrote about the Detroit Red wing offence.  Specifically, I wrote about how they have had the biggest dropoff in scoring in the NHL from last year to this one.  I attribute the dropoff to three interrelated factors: injury, player losses due to the salary cap and a natural aging decline of the team.  The comments show a lot of interest and in some cases denial of these factors, so I thought a quantitative study would help.

I looked at the goals created by individual Red Wing players so far this season and compared them to totals from last year (but pro-rated over the portion of the season that has been played so far).

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Team Canada Olympic Roster

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I will post the official roster (in this post) when it becomes available shortly after 12:00pm ET so in the meantime, feel free to leave comments you may have regarding Team Canada.

added 12:41pm, See the full roster below…

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Olympic Team Rosters

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The IIHF has the Olympic Team Rosters, all in place which makes it a good reference point.

All teams have been announced except Team Canada (today at noon ET. on NHL Network) and Team USA (this Friday).

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  Tags: winter+olympics

Drunk Drivers Not Welcomed In Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CTVOlympics,

Americans wanting to get into Canada to attend Olympic events may be told to turn around and go home if they’ve been convicted - or even charged - with drunk driving.

In Canada, drunk driving is considered a criminal offence, though in the United States, it’s often considered a only a misdemeanour.

Drunk driving doesn’t bar Canadians from the U.S., but it can bar Americans from getting into Canada and with thousands of Americans expected to come to Vancouver and Whistler for the Games, lawyers on both sides of the border say the potential is there for many to get an expensive shock.

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  Tags: winter+olympics

Another List- Top Hockey Storylines

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TSN style…

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Wally’s Happy.  Happy’s Not.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Don’t really care about the circumstances that led to Sammy telling the Swedes to Faux off.  Not concerned that Ville Leino isn’t playing in Vancouver either, unless it means the next time the Wings play the Canucks. In that case, I dig it.  But I like that Valtteri Filppula’s earned himself a spot with the Fin(n)s.  And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping to see our Oompa Loompa play some Olympic hockey.

He won’t be.  The Czechs left him off.

Think that would have happened if he was sitting at ten or twelve goals with the Wings right now?  Me either. 

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