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NHL & NHLPA Raise Over $600K For Hockey Fighst Cancer

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

NEW YORK / TORONTO (November 21, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) together raised more than $600,000 in support of Hockey Fights Cancer during October’s Awareness Month. 

More than half-a-million fans attended Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Nights that were hosted by each NHL club, helping to raise funds for local charities. Broadcasters also participated in the awareness nights through extensive coverage of the initiative. More than 8 million viewers tuned-in and watched these telecasts through national and local coverage and on the NHL’s digital platform, GameCenter Live.

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Black & Branded: SJ’s New Hi-Tech Jerseys

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the San Jose Sharks:
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The branding of the “BlackArmor” sweater is a unique marketing partnership between the Sharks and Seagate, marking the 12th season that the organizations have been partners. Seagate also serves as the presenting sponsor of the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Month” and the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Year” Awards.

The branding of the alternate sweater coincides with Seagate’s promotion of its BlackArmor™ product, the world’s first safe portable hard drive. The BlackArmor portable hard drive from Seagate is a storage solution that provides government-grade AES encryption…

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Icethetics promises to have more feedback on the new black jerseys later today, as well.

P.S. In other Sharks news, PJ at Sharks Page put together a highlight reel video the other day from the Sharks first 20 games of the season.

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Duck Eric

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Here’s a first for me, in the new give-and-take world of cyberspace sports writing. Ted Leonsis, the Washington Capitals’ owner and AOL mover and shaker, took a shot at me in his blog, Ted’s Take.  Leonsis took exception to my views on the ballot-box stuffing controversy in Montreal, in which Canadiens supporters have their six candidates miles ahead of the pack in the voting for the 2009 All-Star Game.

What fun! Usually, it’s the other way around – writers critically analyzing the work of owners, general managers and players, mostly done in a vacuum. Turnabout is absolutely fair play - I wish more of them did it. A real dialogue could be a useful tool in ridding the industry of the lame blah-blah-blah that passes for analysis these days, fuelled largely by professional athletes who are coached to say nothing of consequence, for fear of alienating opponents or tarnishing their brilliantly polished images.

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Still Scoring

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Some of your favorite ex-NHL players still putting the puck in the net in the KHL.

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It’s A Parity League

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marc Crawford of CBC at Blogs and Colums,

Six weeks into the NHL regular season and we are beginning to see a familiar trend. Everybody is OK! Not great, mind you, but definitely OK.

Yes sir, parity has arrived and is living well in the fastest league on earth. There have been some early season disappointments, like Dallas and Ottawa, but most hockey insiders believe that those two teams will right their ships.

In the Western Conference, as of Nov. 18, there is no club that is less than two games under .500. In the East, just two teams are three games under .500, and if you look at the league as a whole, there are only six clubs that are less than a game under .500.

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Taking A Look At The Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks have prepared an in-depth, scientific study of the NHL schedule and how it affects many of the western teams—not the least of which is themselves—with a view to getting policy changes made at the league level when the schedule is drawn up.

“We’ve had this on-going, detailed scientific study of the schedule prepared by [manager of scouting and player information] Jonathan Wall which we feel is salient, topical and not in any way prejudicial and we presented it to the commissioner,” said Gillis in undertaking an effort to level the playing field to some degree at least for the clubs furthest away from the mainstay of the league’s cities.

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Key Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Here’s a look at some of the key numbers from the first few weeks of the season:

37.9 — Shots per game by the Sharks, the most in the NHL. The Sharks have allowed just 26.0 shots against per game, second to the Los Angeles Kings; San Jose’s differential of 11.9 per game is by far the best in the League.

45 — Games that have gone to a shootout this season. Home teams have won 23; road teams have taken 22. The key to winning seems to be scoring first; just five of the 45 winning teams have rallied after allowing the first goal of the shootout. The Rangers are tops with four wins; Chicago has played the most shootouts (6) and lost the most (4).

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All Rob Blake

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from SanJoseSharks.com,

How would you respond to the critics who say you’re past your prime or may question your decline in point production over the past few seasons?

It’s no secret that as you get older you tend to change your game a little. I still think there are things I can offer. When you get older, you need to find a team where a role is going to fit you. You can come in here and see this is a real good team. You can come and fit in right away and not have to do too much. Every night you just try to do something to help them win. My biggest thing is to fit in on a team capable of winning.

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Do The Flyers Need Shanahan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Knuble, perhaps selfishly, thinks the Flyers are fine without Shanahan.

Through 17 games, Knuble is tied for third on the team with seven goals and leads the club with three power-play goals.

“I totally respect what Brendan can bring to a team and to a (locker) room,” Knuble said. “But I think we grew as a group last year. Would one guy be able to come in and change a lot of things? I don’t know. We don’t have one of those yeller-screamer personalities, but we have guys who step up and say the right things.”

At 36, Knuble is three years younger than Shanahan and believes he can be a productive player for the Flyers beyond this season. Knuble makes $2.8 million this season, a fair price for a player on pace for 34 goals.

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All Signs Point To A Trade…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Byfuglien and defenseman Brent Sopel were scratched for the game against the Stars. Both have been mentioned in recent trade speculation. Quenneville said Sopel, often injured this season, was a healthy scratch and was in the Hawks’ locker room after the game.

Most prominent of the trade rumors have Byfuglien going to the Capitals in a deal that would bring Nylander back to the Hawks. A straight-up deal was nixed by the Hawks this week, apparently because they couldn’t stay under the salary cap if they acquired Nylander. Adding Sopel to the deal would allow them to do that…

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