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John Loomis is the manager of game presentation for the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center, and it’s his job to “entertain the fans between the whistles.”  From Travis Brillowski of the Minnesota Wild (via NHL.com):

From pregame videos to between-periods entertainment, to anything that happens outside of the action on the ice, it falls on Loomis and his staff to keep things coordinated and organized, and most importantly, keep the building loud. Considering the Wild have sold out every game during their first seven seasons—and season No. 8 is tracking to be another full-season sell-out—he and his crew must be doing something right.

Here is what an average game day is like for Loomis, leading up to the drop of the puck at 7 p.m.

read on for ‘a day in the life’ of entertaining a hockey crowd

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  Tags: arenas, hockey+fans

Hockey Talk Via The Maven

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

• It’s still very much hush-hush but one of the hockey world’s foremost agents is locked in a very nasty dispute with a prominent former client. If the story – no names at the Café Discreet – headlines will be big! …

• How much pressure is being imposed on Dale Tallon? Every aspect of Blackhawks development – TV, marketing, ticket sales, etc. – has grown under the Rocky Wirtz-John McDonough leadership, except on the ice….

many more NHL bits…

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A Day With Draper

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Find out what it is like to be a professional hockey player in this new series Day In The Life, premiering tonight on the NHL Network at 10:00 pm.

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  Tags: kris+draper

Early Impact

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Rarely in the history of the NHL have 18-year-old players made the kind of impact they are right now.

“First of all, I think it’s due to the draft class this year. As early as three years ago our guys were targeting that draft, that if you were picking in the top 10, you were going to get a guy that could probably step in and play in the NHL,” Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky told ESPN.com on Wednesday.

“They’ve proven beyond a doubt … they’re all fitting in nicely and they’re all playing a part on their teams.”

continued

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They Believe

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from Graeme Hamilton of the National Post,

Back in the days of Maurice Richard, there were tales of ailing Montreal Canadiens fans who claimed they had been cured by touching his jersey. Today, the young goalie expected to lead the team to playoff glory has been nicknamed Jesus Price. That Montrealers are mad about hockey is no secret, but students at the Université de Montréal will soon be learning that the fervour is religious.

continued

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Introducing Hockey Europe

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The international hockey world is getting further fractured.  The summer has been the story of the fight between the NHL (North American hockey) and the KHL (Russian Hockey).  The IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) has tried to play as a mediator to the conflict with limited success.  The remaining European hockey playing countries of Finland, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are combining forces with a united organization called Hockey Europe.  They hope it can be a third major hockey organization that holds significant political power.

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The Good & Bad ‘Finn’ish

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from Loose Change of the Hockey News,

Not only is Toskala especially pathetic in this little endeavour, but other Finnish goaltenders are equally as kauhea, as the Finns call it (pronunciation note: the R and the B are silent).

Columbus’s Fredrik Norrena has the eighth-worst winning percentage (minimum 10 shootouts) of all-time, while Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff holds the current record for longest shootout losing streak at eight….

Conversely though, Finnish shooters have the highest success rate of any nationality in the NHL at an almost astounding 42.7 percent.

more

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Craig Ready For The Job

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from NHL Media via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Dan Craig isn’t pumped up just yet, but as the man in charge of every inch of ice in the NHL, he already has more than just a few things on his plate to temper any brewing enthusiasm for the upcoming Winter Classic.

Come Thanksgiving, Craig expects to be overcome by anticipation.

“I want to see it,” Craig, the League’s Facilities Operations Manager, told NHL.com. “I want to feel it. I want to see the players enjoy it and for all of us to put on a good show for TV and the people that are in the stadium.”

continued

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  Tags: winter+classic

Blues Can Build On Loss To Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Red Wings would have turned their 3-0 lead into a 6-0 lead against a lesser team. They have the speed, skill and persistence to turn bad bounces into goals.

So the Blues can take something positive from the loss. They can take the last 20 minutes of that game and build on it.

“That’s the best team in the league,” Legace said, “and we dominated the third period.”

more

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How To Increase Scoring

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

There are a couple of changes to penalty-killing that will help power plays and, of course, increase scoring (unless, of course, you’re the Ducks, who are clipping along at a woeful four percent after seven games): First, the league could mandate the full two minutes be served. Prior to the 1955-56 season players served full penalties, but the rule was changed because the league felt the ultra-skilled Canadiens had an unfair advantage scoring so often with the man advantage.

more suggestions…

Sorry Edward, no more changes, keep the game as it is.

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