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Can You Drink Champagne Out Of A Chocolate Stanley Cup?

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March 10, 2010, Toronto, ON – Today, Hershey Canada Inc. and the National Hockey League (NHL), unwrapped the details of their new agreement - an exclusive three year partnership in Canada. In celebration of this new partnership, Hershey Canada and the NHL® unveiled the one-of-a-kind Hershey’s Chocolate Stanley Cup®, a milk chocolate replica of the Stanley Cup®.

“Hershey Canada and all our Canadian employees are so excited to be teaming up with the NHL here in Canada,” says Matt Lindsay, Vice President and General Manager of Hershey Canada.  “We’re looking forward to working with the NHL to bring great promotions and experiences to our Canadian hockey fans through this new partnership. The introduction of the Hershey’s Chocolate Stanley Cup® is only the beginning, there is so much more to come.”

“Hershey, like other leading consumer brands, is strategically investing in the NHL because we have a relevant and robust fan demographic, and large scale traditional and digital activation platforms on which to showcase its leadership brand portfolio,” said Laurel Walzak, NHL Director of Integrated Sales. “This partnership brings together two things Canadians love – hockey and Hershey’s chocolate and candy.”

The new multi-year partnership will begin with a consumer promotion to support the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. The promotion, which will be in stores August 2010 through February 2011, will feature prizing including a trip to the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, to attend a team practice and to skate on the official NHL ice.


Watch the folks make a chocolate Stanley Cup below…

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Goalie Issues Heading Towards The Playoffs

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from Mike Broply of Sportsnet,

If the NHL playoffs were to start today, how many of the 16 qualified teams would be 100 percent happy with goaltending?

There are a precious few teams that will enter the playoffs completely comfortable with the situation. In the Eastern Conference, you could make the case only the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres are completely at ease with the men entrusted to keep the puck out of the net….

In the Western Conference, the Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche should be comfortable with its stoppers. You could probably lump the Los Angeles Kings in that category thanks to the wonderful year Jonathan Quick is enjoying, even though he has only played in one NHL playoff game.

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The Yzerman Resume

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from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,

If I was handing Yzerman the keys to my franchise, I’d be much more encouraged by the fact he’s apprenticed as vice-president, hockey operations for a Detroit management team that has long set the standard for how successful clubs are run.

Being an NHL GM has become a more complex, intricate vocation as the salary-capped years float on by. Certainly many of the responsibilities can be delegated to people with acumen in a given field, but there’s still far more information to synthesize in the decision-making process than ever before.

Mark Messier will soon set about putting together Canada’s entry at the 2010 World Championship. If he can follow Yzerman’s victorious lead, does that fully endorse his ability to put winning pieces in place in the NHL? It sure doesn’t hurt. More than anything, it would thrust him into a positive spotlight and get his name in the heads and on the lips of people who make big decisions at the NHL ownership level.

But that same group of people can’t get blinded by the bling. Cutting down a tree with a chainsaw is a far different exercise than hacking through oak with an axe.

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Media Brought Attention To The Head Shots Issue

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

My sense of this is that neither the general managers, certainly not the NHL and most certainly not vice-president Colin Campbell, the guy who suspends players, wanted anything to do with this.

  Some NHL players are beginning to speak out now, but for months they’ve parroted the league’s line: We don’t want to take the physicality out of the game (Ottawa’s Jason Spezza this week). Or, you have to be aware of who’s on the ice. Or, well, it was a tough hit, but it was a good hockey play, too.

  No, what was needed to bring a degree of sanity to the NHL’s thought process was the media, or at least some in the media. Stu Hackel, who blogs for The New York Times, has been writing about head hits for a long time. Damien Cox of The Toronto Star has as well. TSN’s Bob McKenzie has done some good work on it.

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Chelios Back In The NHL

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Chris Chelios is back in the NHL. An NHL source told SportingNews.com on Wednesday morning that the 48-year-old defenseman will be called up by the Atlanta Thrashers from their AHL affiliate.

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The Lateral, Back Pressure Or Blindside Hit

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from TSN,

After three days of meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, the National Hockey League’s general managers have put forward a recommendation for a rule change to address hits to the head in league games.

The following language was agreed to unanimously by the group:

“A lateral, back pressure or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and or the principal point of contact is not permitted.

A violation of the above will result in a minor or major penalty and shall be reviewed for possible supplemental discipline.”

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Morning Line

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With a twist.  Who said this?

“I’ve been under-appreciated my whole career, but that’s helped me to keep my head small.  But I made it to an All Star game and I’ve had some good years.”

Answer is...

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Brodeur Struggling

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When one thinks about Martin Brodeur`s play recently, probably their first thought is of Brodeur losing the job as Team Canada`s number one goalie in the Olympics to Roberto Luongo.  Aside from that Olympic result, Brodeur has not looked very good in his NHL play either.  Since February 1st, Brodeur has a .873 saves percentage and a 3.21 GAA.  He has three wins and six losses (with one not in regulation) in that period.  Those are not the numbers of a number one goalie.  Those are the numbers of a struggling goalie.

These struggles have affected his New Jersey Devils team.  In the time period since February 1st, the team is 3-6-1 for seven points.  They had one loss in a game that Brodeur did not take part in.  The only team to earn fewer points in that time period is the New York Islanders (who have had six points),

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De Niro Plays Lombardi - Who Would Play Bowman?

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from ESPN,

Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro is attached to play legendary coach Vince Lombardi in the theatrical motion picture “Lombardi” being developed by ESPN Films, Andell Entertainment and the NFL.

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Now my question, if a movie were to be made about Scotty Bowman, which actor would you like to see portray him?

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Are The Wings A Tired Team?

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

For the first time in two decades, it’s looking increasingly possible that the Stanley Cup playoffs will be held without the Wings.

Squandering a 2-1 third period lead, Detroit fell 4-2 to the Flames Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena, and as a result, tumbled to ninth overall in the National Hockey League’s Western Conference, one notch below the final playoff spot.

In a game in which the Wings knew a win would solidify their hold on a post-season position, they once again liquefied their assets at the most critical time.

After watching his team pull the chute, Wings coach Mike Babcock pulled no punches.

“We didn’t respond with a good enough effort,” Babcock said.

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