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Branding The Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Club 1909 (www.club1909.com) was launched last week, a multi-faceted fan membership program that intends to align Montreal’s brand around the world along the likes of the other big franchise hitters in the world of sports. 

Sitting in his Bell Centre office last week during an interview with ESPN.com, Kevin Gilmore, the team’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer, explained the genesis for Club 1909 and why a team with automatic sellouts and sky-high TV ratings felt the need to branch out even more. 

"Sometimes, you have to look at your business and kind of turn it sideways to see what it is now," Gilmore said. "The challenge from a marketing standpoint was to say, 'Guys, let’s look at what we do, who we are and what we represent.' We spent a while on it, we talked to some outside people and to people inside here. 

"Basically the conclusion was that for the lack of a better word, we’re a legacy team, we’re synonymous with the sport. Same way the Yankees and Red Sox are with baseball, the Cowboys and Packers with football. I’m sure the Leafs would argue the Leafs and Canadiens with hockey and that’s a fair comment. We said, 'If that’s what we are, we need to start acting a little more like that.'" 

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Video- How Many Games Should Gianluca Curcuruto Get For This Hit On Travis Konecny?

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Red Wings to hold Hockey Fights Cancer night on Thursday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings' community relations department:

Red Wings recognize Thursday as Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Van Andel Institute - Purple Community
Fans encouraged to wear purple as dashers go lavender Thursday night; fans in attendance receive purple rally towel & My Purple IsSM sign

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host Hockey Fights Cancer Night, presented by Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community on Thursday, Oct. 23, when the Wings host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket).

All 30 NHL teams will host a Hockey Fights Cancer Night, however the Red Wings are one of only seven teams that will celebrate their Hockey Fights Cancer Night game with all-lavender dasherboards, which is the color that represents awareness for all forms of cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear purple to Thursday’s game to support cancer awareness.

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (Oct. 20, 2014) – Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen and Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 19.

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Practice post: Datsyuk hopes to return Tuesday vs. Montreal; Howard good to go

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 12x at 2:33 PM: The Red Wings will be very busy this week, heading to Montreal tomorrow, hosting Pittsburgh on Thursday and then heading to Philadelphia for a Saturday night tilt, as 97.1 the Ticket's Ken Kal notes...

Good Morning. Three of next 4 Red Wings games are on the road. Tomorrow vs Montreal. Hear the game at 7:10 @971theticketxyt

The Wings' "road trip" is a little oddly-timed: the team will technically be "on the road" tomorrow and then from Friday until Thursday, October 30th, but the Wings have a 3-day break after their game against the Flyers, so the team will return to Metro Detroit before heading back on the road to play the Capitals in Washington, DC on October 28th; the month ends with a home game against the Kings on October 30th.

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The Surprising Calgary Flames

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from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Before the season, if you were to handicap the Connor McDavid sweepstakes, the Flames would have been right near the top of the favorites on that list along with the Buffalo Sabres. Well, somebody seems to have forgotten to alert the Flames that you need to lose a bunch of games to enhance your chances of picking No. 1 overall and getting McDavid. Calgary continues to play hard for coach Bob Hartley, who has more than earned a new contract. With T.J. Brodie's deal all but done, that should be the next item on GM Brad Treliving's to-do list. Calgary is now 4-3 on the season despite playing just one home game.

more on the Flames plus the Burnside, LeBrun and Strang with their weekend thoughts...

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Red Wings return Petr Mrazek to Grand Rapids

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Jimmy Howard's slight groin injury must have healed:

RED WINGS RETURN MRAZEK TO GRIFFINS
… 22-Year-Old Goaltender Has Appeared in 11 Career NHL Games for Detroit …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned goaltender Petr Mrazek to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

A native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Mrazek owns a 2.00 goals-against average and a 0.907 save percentage along with a 1-1 record in two appearances with the Griffins this season. The third-year pro has played in 76 career games for Grand Rapids, owning a 46-26-3 record, a 2.23 goals-against average, a 0.919 save percentage and four shutouts since debuting for Grand Rapids in 2012-13. Mrazek has also appeared in 34 postseason games with the Griffins, helping the team capture the Calder Cup in 2013 after posting a 15-9 record, a 2.31 goals-against average and four shutouts while playing every minute of Grand Rapids’ first championship run. In 2013-14, Mrazek was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team after finishing second in the league in goals-against average (2.10) and third in save percentage (0.924), along with a 22-9-1 record.

 

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Jeremy Roenick On The Concussion Issues He Has Had

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Taube of Business Insider.

Five years into his retirement, the nine-time NHL All-Star says that the brain damage inflicted by his hard-hitting career makes it so he can no longer remember many parts of his past — games he played in, trips he went on, and friends he spent time with.

"My wife will ask me 'Hey, remember we did this? Remember we did that?' And I totally don't remember any of it," Roenick says. "My short-term memory is good, but there's a lot of times I'm asked questions that I couldn't remember for the life of me."

Now an analyst with NBC Sports, Roenick says the concussions also hinder his speech. Sometimes on television he will have trouble finding the right word, even if it's one he knows and uses frequently.

He's worried that his brain will continue to deteriorate as he gets older, and he fears that he could one day suffer from dementia. 

"It's extremely frustrating, and I get mad because public speaking is part of my job," he says. "There are a lot of things that I know, but I can’t go in my brain and retrieve the word that I’m looking for and throw it out of my mouth."

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Keeping An Eye On Jonathan Drouin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It's going to be fascinating to watch Drouin play for the Lightning, simply because he has elite level vision and puck skills that set him apart from, well, just about everybody. He won't like to hear it, but he's also a 19-year-old kid who's a lot better with the puck than without it and the challenge for any underage junior, and his team, is to find a way to embrace (offensive) assets while minimizing (defensive) deficiencies.

The fact the Lightning are a very good NHL team, with the look of a contender in the Eastern Conference, will require even more finesse in their handling of Drouin. Who comes out of the lineup for Drouin? Does he have to play in the top six? Or can he brought along more slowly on the third or fourth line? One suspects it will more likely be the latter.

Steven Stamkos is on fire and playing well with Ryan Callahan and Ondrej Palat on the top line. Valtteri Filpulla is between Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson on the second line.

The third and fourth lines are more or less interchangeable, depending upon circumstances: Brian Boyle between Brenden Morrow and Brett Connolly; and, rookie Vladislav Namestnikov between Nikita Kucherov and J.T. Brown.

The Lightning have to find a spot for Drouin somewhere, sometime.

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NHL Suspends Slava Voynov Pending Formal Investigation Of Domestic Violence

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (October 20, 2014) – Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been suspended indefinitely from all club activities pending a formal investigation by the National Hockey League of an arrest this morning on charges of domestic violence.

The suspension was imposed under Section 18-A.5 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which provides that, during the pendency of a criminal investigation, “The League may suspend the Player pending the League’s formal review and disposition of the matter where the failure to suspend the Player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the League.”

Voynov, who will continue to be paid during the pendency of the investigation, was arrested for California Penal Code section 273.5, Domestic Violence.

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