Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween to All!

Today is one of the best holidays around, in my opinion. Forget all the blood and gore…give me the carved pumpkins, pumpkin-based food and beautiful fall colors. :)

We can’t forget the costumes, either. Some are just a hoot! For the hockey fans among us…

A Zamboni rider at the Bruins game today was dressed up as an “accountant?”. He was wearing a black suit and tie, greased back hair and black-rimmed glasses. He was waving to the audience as he drove by. “That guy’s never gonna get a date,” was the announcer’s response. Only a hockey fan could appreciate seeing a Zamboni driver in suit and tie.

Another fan came to a game as Don Cherry, aka “Grapes”. He was at ScotiaBank place during HNIC. It was hilarious! The camera flashes over to him as he’s descending the stairs while waving at the audience. Him and his brightly, color-coordinated outfit. lol

Then there was Jonathan Toews dressed up as part of the “Dumb and Dumber” duo. He was in orange, complete with hat. “Apparently his concussion has come into play,” was the announcer comment. lol

We can’t forget all the fans dressed as Superman, Batman or some other super hero. Too cool.

This is one reason it’s so much fun watching hockey on Halloween. :)

Even if you don’t watch fun-filled hockey, have a great holiday!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What A Game! Canucks V Wings

Yesterday was the first chance in a while when I could watch a hockey game in its entirety. It was played at BC Center in Vancouver, British Columbia and broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit and Center Ice. The home team, Vancouver Canucks, was playing the visiting team – the Detroit Red Wings.

When the Canucks scored within the first 30 seconds of the game, I thought..”Oh oh”. Then, when they scored another goal within the next three minutes...my reaction was “What the blazes is going on here?!”

Then, the Wings scored. And, as soon as that would happen, the Canucks scored. It was a great game. :)

The only negative was when Ryan Johnson slammed into the boards and was taken off by stretcher to the hospital. Last I heard, he was conscious and talking. Initial reports claimed he did not suffer serious injury. The look of the play was definitely otherwise. The term “slammed” is an understatement. It was awful to see. He was going so fast into those boards, it was painful to watch him make impact.

The final score was 5-4, with the Red Wings winning. Finally, I may add. ;) As much as I may say that the first half of the season doesn't matter, it is kind of difficult seeing the Wings in such a low position on the totem pole. :( As of today (October 28, 2009), they are in 11th position. What's up with that?!

Monday, October 26, 2009

What's With NHL Live?

What's with NHL Live broadcasting on DirectV? There is a small screen broadcasting the in-studio feed. Then, sideboards are flashing nonstop with current games and scores. The bottom bar (footer) is also flashing.

Whatever is printed on the in-studio broadcast is unreadable...it's so small.

It's not the least bit appealing. What's going on?

And....Versus is continuously mentioned on the verbage. DirectTV and Versus are no longer.

What's up?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hockey for Dummies

NHL Live! (broadcast on the NHL Network and XM/Sirius Radio) is usually an informative show, but the other day an idea was presented that sounded great. Billy Jaffe, former NHL player and current New York Islanders commentator, mentioned a way to get others interested in the sport of hockey.

First, the team would sell a “beginner's package” consisting of three games in three different sections of the arena. The first game would have the fan seated in the middle section of seats. That way, they could get a feel for the game while feeling part of the action.

The second game would be in the lower seat section. Sitting here would allow the fan to really get into the game while hearing the players and “smelling the blood”.

The third game would have the fan sitting in the upper section, or..”nose bleed seats”. This would give the fan an overall view of the game while allowing them to see how everything ties together.

The beginning fan would be accompanied on each of these three games by an experienced hockey fan, or an expert in the sport.

Doesn't that sound like a great way to get someone introduced to the sport of ice hockey? I think so.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

NHL News Update 10/19/09

Brett Hull

Luc Robitaille

John Davidson

Are being inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame.

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Mark Messier has accepted the position of Special Assistant to the President with the New York Rangers.
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Chris Pronger is the first defenseman in 37 years to win the Hart Trophy.

Source: NHL Network, NHL Live!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chicago Blackhawks Make History

The Chicago Blackhawks have made NHL history.

In yesterday's game against the Calgary Flames, they faced a five-goal deficit within the first ten minutes of play. As the game progressed, the Hawks scored six goals, with the deciding goal being in overtime.

That is the first time any NHL team has scored six goals to come from behind and win a game.

Kudos!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Brendan Shanahan News

Brendan Shanahan, former New Jersey Devil, has been put on waivers by the franchise as of October 11, 2009. He is now a free agent per NHL Network.

Curious as to what will happen next.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

NHL Opening Day belongs in North America..

The opening day of the Detroit Red Wings season began in Sweden. The Wings have five players from Sweden. I think it is great that the NHL is increasing their international exposure. Really, I do. However....

Call me old fashioned, but I believe that opening day needs to be in North America. Preseason games could be in international countries, no problem. That would still give the NHL great exposure. And, it would give NHL teams and fans some novelty.

I am curious as to the intricacies of the financial arrangement is. Do the international hosts pitch in towards the NHL player salaries? If so, I could see how an international game on opening day would be warranted. That doesn't mean I agree with it, though. Call it opening day for international hockey, not the NHL's opening day.
Do international hosts split the game revenues with the NHL? If so, how...what percentage?

Anyone have any insight? If so, kindly share. I'll research further since I love doing research and this gives me an outlet. :)

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

NHL Retirements, Signings and Updates 10/01/09

Mats Sundin announced his retirement from the NHL after 18 seasons of playing. His NHL career includes 1,346 games and 1,349 points.

He has played with Quebec Nordiques, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks.

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Theo Fleury announced his retirement after playing in the NHL for 15 seasons. His career accomplishments include 1,084 games and 1,088 points.

His career included playing with Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Other NHL News includes:
* Cam Ward signed 6 year contract with Carolina Hurricanes valued at $38.7 million.
* Ryan Hollweg has signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes.
* Ryan Bayda signed a one-year contract with the defending Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins.

* Manny Legace has been released by the Atlanta Thrashers from try outs.
* Randy Jones has been put on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers.
* Adam Hall and Ryan Craig have been put on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
* Rob Schremp, formerly of Edmonton Oilers, has been signed by the New York Islanders.
* Dan Hinote and Matthew Dandenault are released from try outs by the San Jose Sharks.

Info provided by the NHL Network and NHL Live!

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Brendan Shanahan no longer a New Jersey Devil

Seasoned NHL veteran, Brendan Shanahan, has parted ways with the New Jersey Devils. According to the NHL Network and NHL Live!, Shanahan decided to not play with the team any longer since he would not be playing in the top three lines for the upcoming season.

I admire Shanahan for not just playing for the money but realizing that if he couldn't play at his best, he wouldn't play. Kudos to him.

I have been a fan of Shanahan since his Detroit Red Wings days. He was part of the Stanley Cup championship teams in the late 1990's. :)

As of today, 10/01/09, Shanahan is still under contract with the NJ Devils, but is a free agent. It'll be interesting to see what transpires.

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