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The Stanley Cup Final Takes Over The Windy City

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from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It may not have the pizzazz of the Super Bowl’s now famous media day—we didn’t see the Cartoon Network working the room at the United Center on Thursday—but the NHL’s annual pre-Stanley Cup finals event has definitely evolved into a big day on the playoff calendar.

There is a bit of a carnival feel with the broadcasters and roving bands of journalists moving from table to table, and the players sporting their cool new hoodies. And there is never a shortage of anecdotes and stories to be told as the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers gear up for Game 1 on Saturday night.


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KK- Light Night From Me Until Later In the Evening

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I am taking a little down time tonight, knowing I won’t be able to enjoy the full Memorial Day Weekend due to the Stanley Cup Final.

I should be back by 9:00pm tonight with any necessary posts.

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Twice The Outdoor Fun

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from TSN,

While outdoor hockey may well be the last thing on fans minds at the moment, the NHL will formally announce the locations of dual Winter Classic games next season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field on New Years day, while the Montreal Canadiens will travel to Calgary sometime in February to face the Flames at McMahon Stadium.


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Season-Ticket Prices Going Up In Detroit

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from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

For the first time in eight seasons, the Red Wings are raising season-ticket prices.

Senior vice president of business affairs Steve Violetta said Thursday that season-ticket prices will go up an average of 11 percent next season.

“For eight years we held back and we absorbed the cost,” Violetta said. “Our cost didn’t go down during those eight years but we didn’t raise our prices.”


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What Does It Feel Like Winning This Cup?

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The Blackhawks Secret Weapon

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from PRNewswire-USNewswire,

The Chicago Blackhawk team physicians began diagnosing and treating vitamin D deficiency in all Blackhawk players about 18 months ago. Apparently, most players are on 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day. To confirm this assertion, simply ask the Blackhawk organization.

After many losing seasons, last year the Blackhawks came out of nowhere to get to the Western conference finals. This year the Blackhawks are playing even better.

According to my sources, improved athletic performance is only one of the benefits for the Blackhawk players. The other is a reduction in the number and severity of lower respiratory tract infections and a reduction in the number and severity of repetitive use injuries.

continue for more on vitamin D…

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Business Growth Continues For The NHL

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NEW YORK (May 27, 2010) – With U.S. television viewership at its highest level in eight years, with attendance soaring beyond 103% of capacity, with digital platforms showing explosive growth and with merchandise sales up significantly, the National Hockey League enters the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks (No. 3 U.S. media market) and the Philadelphia Flyers (No. 4 market) riding a wave of positive momentum in all areas of the business. Consider these highlights:


• NBC’s 1.89 million average viewer figure is the most for national broadcast TV in the U.S. through three rounds since 2002 (2.31 million on ABC) and up five percent over last year

• VERSUS’ 0.9 household rating is their highest three round NHL playoff rating ever and up 29 percent over last year

• NBC/VERSUS combined three-round average Men 25-54 viewer figure (432,000) is the most since 2000 (471,000 on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

• The NHL Playoffs on CBC are averaging 1.95 million viewers, a 70 percent increase over last year (1.5 million)

• The NHL Playoffs on RDS are averaging 765,000 viewers, up 106 percent over last year (372,000 viewers)

• The NHL Playoffs on TSN averaged 1.1 million viewers, gaining 70 percent over last year (645,000 viewers)

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Wings Sign Brendan Smith To Entry Level Contract

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DETROIT—The Red Wings announced today that the club has signed defenseman Brendan Smith to a three-year entry level contract.

Smith, 21, was Detroit’s first round draft pick (27th overall) in the 2007 NHL draftt. The Mimico, Ontario, native spent the past three seasons playing for the University of Wisconsin in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association under the watch of head coach Mike Eaves, father of Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves.

“Brendan improved tremendously in each of his three seasons at Wisconsin,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. “He was a dominant player at the collegiate level, in particular at his position, and we feel he is ready to take the next step in his career at the professional level. We look forward to having him at training camp in Traverse City in September.”

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Glendale Puts Their Money In Escrow

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from Cecilia Chan of the Arizona Republic,

Money earmarked for city services such as water and sewer now sit in an escrow account to cover the $25 million pledge that Glendale made to the National Hockey League to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in town next season.

The NHL demanded Glendale show its proof of funds by last Thursday or risk the team leaving Jobing.com Arena immediately. The NHL owns the team, which it purchased for $140 million out of U.S. Bankruptcy Court last fall.

“The NHL had a buyer on the table willing to pay $170 million for the team,” city spokeswoman Julie Frisoni said.

The buyer wanted to relocate the Coyotes to Canada next season, she said.Although Glendale planned to set up a special taxing district or some other funding mechanism to meet the $25 million obligation, the NHL’s deadline made that impossible, city officials said.


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The Hockey Experts Talk SCF

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from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

Don Cherry and Mike Milbury took part in an NHL media call today. Which meant Don Cherry and Mike Milbury were speaking extemporaneously. Which meant good things happened.

Like Cherry praising the Stanley Cup Finals matchup of the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers as being better for the NHL than “if Nashville had won, and some other team like that, like Columbus. They’d have probably committed suicide ... but this is a dream for the National Hockey League. They’re jumping for joy with Chicago.”

And like Cherry then saying, “I better keep quiet here cause I’ll get in trouble, but sometimes I wonder watching some of those penalties in the last game—and I’m only kiddin’ when I say this—but if I was San Jose I’d be sure scratchin’ my head.”


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