Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hockey Day in Canada

Today is Hockey Day in Canada. It's broadcast on NHL Network via Hockey Night in Canada (CBC). Just saw an 83-year woman playing hockey. Too cool.. There will be stories throughout the day of inspiration, determination and guts. Main point: Hockey is For Everyone.

Broadcast started with Don Cherry quoting Shakespeare. He was in full regalia. Very appropriate.

Cameras are set up throughout Canada. Sites include:

Starts in Stratford, Ontario (where Chris Pronger took drama lessons, btw...:) )

Victoria, BC....where they are playing street hockey (on pavement with a ball)
Auburn Bay, AB
Estevan, SK
Gimli, MB
Ottawa, ON (which properly has the largest ice rink in world...7.8 kilometers)
St. John's, NL

The NHL Network is broadcasting three Canadian-based NHL games today...a triple header. :)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

An Unusual NHL Happening

Yesterday's game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils contained something that had never happened before at the NHL level. The power level suddenly took a plunge at the Prudential Center, the home of NJ Devils.

It was during the second period, with 9:12 minutes left. Suddenly, the power diminished to a level where the game could not be played effectively. Then, the dimmed lighting stayed that way. The game was delayed. Tampa Bay was winning 3-0.

What was originally thought of as a short delay, turned into one hour and 42 minutes (102 minutes). In fact, the game was postponed.

Only the NHL Hockey Operations and Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner, could make the decision about how to handle the situation.

When the game was officially announced as being “postponed”, Lou Amariello (GM and CEO with NJ) was interviewed. He stated that the circuit breaker broke. When the broker was fixed, it could not communicate with the computer to restore power. The local electric company did all they could, with no luck.

Here's the dilemma....what happens with the “postponed” game? How is a “postponed” game defined by the official NHL rules and regulations? Is it? Will the game be played in its entirety? Will it resume where left off? How will the points be calculated? Will Tampa Bay get credit for their goals if a new game is played?

According to the television broadcast, nothing like this has happened in an NHL game before. It is unprecedented.

I, for one, am curious as to how this situation will be handled by the NHL.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

2010 Team America

According to the NHL Winter Classic broadcast, here are the players making up the U.S. Team. The states listed are where the player was born (pardon the blank ones).

MN David Backes
NY Dustin Brown
NY Ryan Callahan
CT Chris Drury
NY Patrick Kane
MI Ryan Kessler
WI Phil Kessler
NJ Jamie Langenbruner
Ryan Malone
MN Zach Parise
WI Joe Pavelski
NJ Bobby Ryan
MO Paul Stastny

MI Jack Johnson
NY Mike Komisarek
Eric Johnson
MN Paul Martin
NY Brooks Orpik
MI Brian Rafalski
WI Ryan Suter

MI Ryan Miller
CT Jonathan Quick
MI Tim Thomas

General Manager: Brian Burke