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What Hockey Needs

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The Detroit Free Press’ Drew Sharp, never one to pay much attention to hockey in the first place, has decided it’s time to weigh in.

The NBA has swallowed the NHL whole when it comes to television exposure and media coverage. There could be a mass riot at an NHL game and few would notice because only the truly faithful are paying attention to the still-struggling league.

And even their patience is thinning.

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Peter Bondra Gets 500th Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

In tonight’s Chicago Blackhawks - Toronto Maple Leafs matchup, Peter Bondra got his 500th career goal.  Bondra is only the 37th player in NHL history to achieve this. He joins Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Michel Goulet as the only Chicago players to score their 500th goal wearing the Blackhawks sweater.

Anticipating this milestone earlier in the week, from the Chicago Tribune:

Perhaps it will be Wednesday, or maybe Friday. It could end up being Saturday or stretch into next week.
Whenever it ends up, Peter Bondra is going to score another goal and reach the magical number of 500 for his career and, perhaps then, it actually will sink in and he will allow himself to savor what it means.
But not until then.
“I don’t want to make this a distraction for the players,” Bondra said last weekend. “I don’t want them to think they have to pass to me or anything like that.”

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added 7:43am 12/23/06, Watch the Bondra goal…

 

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Shots Across The Bow From Minny

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I guess three games against the Wings has at least one Minnesota blogger feeling frisky.

What has happened to the self-proclaimed Hockeytown USA? Every time I tune into a Wings game I see scores of empty seats, many near ice level. Maybe everyone's using the restrooms or something. Or maybe the charm of having a winning hockey team has worn off a bit. Or it could be bad traffic. Or maybe, just maybe, Detroit isn't the hockey hotbed it claims to be.
Every time you tune into a Wing game? Don't you mean every time you read a Detroit paper on game day? image Yeah, that's today's Free Press. Pure coincidence, I'm sure.

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Thorne:  Hasek A Gift Partially Unwrapped

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Via USA Today,

The Wings figured they could play half a year with him and if it didn’t work, there would be an available goaltender on the trade block.

Open this package halfway, because Hasek knew what the deal was. The first half of the season was a “prove us wrong” set. Now that he is No. 1, Detroit has to hope his first half performance will last all season long.

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Five For Fighting

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Linda Cohn of ESPN talks to John Ondrasik of the band "Five For Fighting":

"Fresh out of high school, me and my buddies pulled a cross-country road trip to Toronto: the red-eye to JFK, a hopper to Buffalo and then renting a wreck to Toronto," Ondrasik recalled. "We bought $300 tickets from scalpers and got beer drenched on us at Maple Leaf Gardens. We didn't want to be anywhere else but watching the Gretzky-Gilmour series. Playoff hockey, nothing better. Best experience of my life." Now, this season, the experience for Kings fans hasn't been as pleasant. Los Angeles is continuing to fight to avoid the Pacific Division cellar. What's wrong with these Kings?
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Nichol Gets 9 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nashville Predators forward Scott Nichol has been suspended for nine games, without pay, for a blind-side punch to the head of Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jaroslav Spacek during NHL Game #512 at Nashville, Dec. 21.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Nichol forfeits $25,267.41. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 15:21 of the third period. Nichol was assessed a minor penalty for instigating, a major for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct as the aggressor (Rule 47.2). The suspension was issued following a hearing conducted via conference call by NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
“The punch by Mr. Nichol was deliberate, from behind, and it occurred after the referee’s whistle had stopped play,” Campbell said. “While Mr. Spacek was injured and left the ice, it is expected he will be available to play in Buffalo’s next game.”

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KK- Santa On The Radar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The slowdown continues at KK.
Please have a wonderful Holiday, spend it with family and friends and stay safe.
Posts will be on a limited basis through Christmas, back to normal for a few days, then the stretch run begins early January, 2007.
Remember, keep your head up, and pass those keys on if you are enjoying the season a bit too much!

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NHL Library Grows

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Dec. 22, 2006)—The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that it has completed a deal to purchase Molson’s extensive hockey footage collection, which spans over the last 80 years in the NHL. Some of the footage includes Wayne Gretzky’s 1000th career point, Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s final goal and Bobby Baun’s overtime winner scored on a broken foot. The NHL Hockey Archive is now the largest individual collection of hockey footage in the world.

“This new acquisition will allow us to recreate for our fans some of the most amazing moments in the NHL’s history,” says Patti Fallick, Group Vice President Media, Operations and Planning. “This will be a digital boom of historical content for fans accessing NHL content across our many platforms.”

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Spezza Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a left knee injury against Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

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12 Days Of Rick Jeanneret

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Thanks to the boys at Hockey This Morning on Home Ice XM 204, a special treat (will open .mp3 file) for KK readers.

added 12/24/06 at 10:33pm, We now have a YouTube video tribute using the audio mix made by Hockey This Morning.

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