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ASG Voting is Tightening in the Eastern Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

New York (December 16, 2008) – Sidney Crosby has won a Hart Trophy and an Art Ross Trophy. He has won a Winter Classic with a shootout goal and captained his team to a Stanley Cup Final. Now, he is threatening to break Jaromir Jagr’s all-time record for the most votes received in one year of NHL All-Star fan balloting.

        As of 7 a.m. today, Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Evgeni Malkin were running 1-2 among Eastern Conference forwards in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports that will select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game Jan. 25 in Montreal. With a little more than two weeks remaining until voting ends Jan. 2, Crosby had received a League-high 793,995 votes – with Malkin in hot pursuit with 715,663.

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg

Team USA World Junior Championships

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The World Junior Hockey Championships run from December 26th to January 5th in Ottawa, Ontario.  Team USA’s roster has been announced

Here it is:  (listed as player, current team, current league, NHL affiliation)

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No Time For Anything But Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My NHL.com submission for this week…

There are gifts to buy, errands to run and I should get outside just for the sake of getting outside, but ... I will do it tomorrow.

I have fallen into the hockey trap and I can’t get out of it. I eat, breathe and think hockey 24/7.  Morning noon and night, it is just hockey, hockey and more hockey.

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Team Canada World Junior Championships

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The World Junior Hockey Championships run from December 26th to January 5th in Ottawa, Ontario.  Team Canada’s roster has been announced

Here it is:  (listed as player, current team, current league, NHL affiliation)

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Chicago Recalls James Wisniewski

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled defenseman James Wisniewski (6-0, 207) from the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs and have activated him from Injured Reserve.

Wisniewski, 24, who was on a long-term injury exception conditioning loan, appeared in two games with Rockford, which includes recording professional career highs with three goals and four points in the squad’s 7-2 win over the Chicago Wolves last Saturday.

The Canton, Michigan, native has not appeared in any games with the Blackhawks this season while recovering from a knee injury sustained during the offseason.  Last season, he led Blackhawks defensemen and ranked second overall on the squad with a career-high 103 penalty minutes, while registering career bests with seven goals, 19 assists and 26 points in 68 matchups

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  Tags: james+wisniewski

Bertuzzi & Moore Meet to Try & Settle Lawsuit

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC:

One-time Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore and former Vancouver Canucks winger Todd Bertuzzi met in Toronto on Monday with a mediator in an effort to prevent a lawsuit from heading to court.

It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two since the infamous sucker punch during a March 8, 2004, game in Vancouver that ended Moore’s career.

Moore, 29, and his family filed a lawsuit seeking $38 million for loss of income and damages.

Bertuzzi, who now plays for the Calgary Flames, and Moore attended the meeting with their lawyers, as well as former Vancouver coach (now Hockey Night In Canada analyst) Marc Crawford and his representatives.

Moore’s lawsuit names Bertuzzi, the Canucks and former team owners Orca Bay, as defendants.

continued… but no details of the meeting have been released

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  Tags: marc+crawford, orca+bay, steve+moore, todd+bertuzzzi

Big Media Changes In Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit News,

The Detroit Media Partnership that oversees The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press today announced an innovative plan designed to preserve both papers by curtailing home delivery and increasing online offerings.

The plan, which is unique in the newspaper industry among major markets, calls for smaller, redesigned editions most days, but ensures the News will continue to be printed six days a week and the Free Press seven days….

The “e-edition” allows subscribers free access online to print newspapers—including ads—from their computers. Viewers can print pages, search for content, change print size and utilize other features. The partnership consulted IDEO, a global design company, about how best to transform the papers for the digital age.

“Consumers, businesses and the world around us are changing with blinding speed fueled by the Internet and exciting new digital media,” Hunke said.

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According to the Detroit Free Press, the digital edition will cost $12.50 per month.  I am not sure if readers will still have free access to either freep.com or detnews.com.

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What Could Have Been For Ron Wilson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at The Spin,

Although he’s been getting solid reviews for his coaching work this season with the severely undertalented Maple Leafs, Wilson has to be feeling the extraordinary success of the San Jose Sharks.

On one hand, many of the players that have powered the Sharks to the best record ever in the NHL history after 30 games were not only coached by Wilson and his assistants, Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler, but taught their first NHL lessons by that crew.

Wilson still has ties to that organization, still talks to Sharks players, still discusses hockey matters from time-to-time with GM Doug Wilson. On the other hand, of course, the way in which rookie coach Todd MacLellan has guided the Sharks to such a powerhouse, 52-point showing so far is, to some degree, an indictment of that which Wilson couldn’t do.

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  Tags: ron+wilson

Jersey Rights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netter,

As anyone who has read EN for any length of time will tell you, hockey jerseys are something we are extremely passionate about. From our endless resistance to Reebok’s reign of terror to just general faux pas by the general public, we take the business of wearing a jersey very seriously. Perhaps too seriously.

So with that in mind, we’ve decided to let you in on our little system of values when it comes to hockey jerseys. We call violations of this system “jersey fouls.” A few of you have asked what exactly a jersey foul is while many of you have asked for clarifications to this system. Hopefully today’s post will answer all these questions.

With no further ado, here is the Jersey Foul Bill of Rights:

1.) Getting Personal

Easily the most common of jersey fouls, a personalized jersey is a blight on humanity. No one cares who you are.

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All About The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Suzanne Hoholik of the Columbus Dispatch,

A lot of work goes into making and maintaining that sheet of frozen water. A team of technicians uses equal amounts of sweat and science to make the surface perfect for the Blue Jackets and their professional-hockey opponents.

The arena temperature is kept between 58 and 60 degrees, depending on how warm it is outside, the humidity and the dew point.

All these things and more are monitored before, during and after games to keep the ice cold, hard and fast. When needed, adjustments are made.

“It’s a science, but it’s nowhere near an exact science,” said Scott Lofton, director of operations for the arena.

On good ice, players skate with less effort, and pucks glide across the surface. On bad ice, you get bouncing pucks and tired skaters.

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