Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Battle of the Blades

There's a reality show known as "Battle of the Blades". It is similar to Dancing With The Stars, only it's broadcast only on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company). And..here's the fun part. It's all done on ice.

Former hockey players (I think they're all NHL caliber) will be ice dancing, or figure skating. This'll be fun to watch!!

There's a blog post done by Kelly Chase of the St. Louis Blues. He's one of the participants.

Here's the link:



Seeing that I live in the U.S., I hope I can watch it on the Internet. :)

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Kovy Contract Rejected

Ilya Kovalchuk entered into a 17-year contract with the New Jersey Devils a couple of days ago. I posted a couple Tweets about how I didn't agree with long-term contracts. Those long-term contracts are absurd, in my opinion. It all started with Ovechkin entering into a 12-year contract with the Washington Capitols, as far as I recall. That's just too long. Far too many ..what's the word?..uncertainties exist. I believe contracts need to be limited to a maximum of four years.

Anyways, a couple of hours ago on 7/21/10, the NHL rejected Kovalchuk's contract due to "circumvention of the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement).

Here is the link to the Bill Daly's, NHL Commissioner, statement regarding this event:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=534725&navid=DL|NHL|home


(Couldn't get the link to properly work within this post...)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Heart Be Still..Mike Modano in Detroit?

Mike Modano is a free agent. Dallas is not going to re-sign him. There has been talk about how cool it would be for him to play for the Detroit Red Wings. He's from Westland, MI (or Livonia, as some websites say). There is a hockey rink named after him there. Etc...
When I first heard of the talk...how exciting?!! Then, today I open up my Facebook page and BOOM!! An article posted on the Detroit Red Wings site about Mike Babcock believing Modano will sign. HEART BE STILL!!

Here's a link to the article:
http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=534537

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

MTL V PHI 1976 Stanley Cup Final

Just got done watching Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers. It's part of the “35 Years of Stanley Cup...” on the NHL Network.

Among many post-game interviews held in the MTL locker room, the Conn Smythe was award to R. Leach. Leach played for PHI. That was fun to see.

Scotty Bowman coached MTL. It was his second Stanley Cup championship in three years. In fact, after the series ended, the announcers stated...”It's been three years since Montreal won the Stanley Cup. It's overdue.” Good one...:)

While watching the game, there was Ken Dryden standing in his now famous pose. It was too cool to watch. It was fun watching all the “legends of the game” playing.

It was really nice seeing only one microphone being used during the post-game interview. There was only one interviewer, also. How nice is that? The interviews were friendly, relaxed and very pleasant to watch and listen to. It was like watching a personal conversation between a player and the media person. All players greeted the interviewer by his name, also. Nice. It was easy to get a sense about the player's personality. It was nothing like the current forced, intrusive interviews done by the media. Nothing.

Kudos to the NHL Network for putting this programming together. Too cool...

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Bob Probert Dies...

Bob Probert dies at age 45. He'll always be a Detroit Red Wing in my memory. He was always fun to watch. Here's the article from the Windsor Sun:

http://www.windsorstar.com/Probert+collapses+boat+Report/3238135/story.html

Friday, July 2, 2010

Another Hockey Withdrawal-NHL Live!

First there is the withdrawal that occurs when the Stanley Cup celebration ends. Then, there's the withdrawal that occurs when NHL Live! goes on hiatus until September. That happened today, July 2 of 2010.

The show has been great the past few weeks since the original hosts, Don LaGreca and EJ Hradek, were were both participating. Their hockey knowledge is phenomenal and totally impressive. How they remember things that happened years ago is amazing to me.

The show provides a great insight into the personalities of players, coaches and others involved in hockey. It's fun to see NHL pros during games after hearing or seeing them on NHL Live! It gives a different perspective. Everyone has the common thread of loving the sport of hockey. It's just too cool to witness that passion. Even though I may complain at times about Eddie O talking too much during his color announcing of games, on NHL Live! ...he's fantastic. He provides tons of insight and information. And..he's entertaining.

NHL Live! is where I learned about Jerry Bruckenheimer being a huge hockey fan. I thought it was cool to learn that. :) (He's from Detroit.) What was even cooler, though is how he discussed the fact there was “too much talking during the television broadcasts”. WOOHOO!! He won a coveted NHL Live! Award earlier today for being the best celebrity on the show during the year. (I can't remember the award title). Which reminds me...

NHL Live! Is where us listeners were introduced to the off-ice Ken Hitchcock, an experienced coach. Wow.. He's a wealth of knowledge and totally fun to listen to. He liked to tease Don LaGreca about his wardrobe. That was always entertaining.

NHL Live! Is where I learned that the salary cap is based upon the year's revenues. I didn't know that before. I find that interesting for some reason.

There was an Awards Show during the last half hour of the show today. Such fun and purely entertaining. A regular contributor to the show is a caller named Jimmy. He gave an acceptance speech when he won the “Best Caller Award”. lol Golda Meier and Vanna White were up for the Best Female Host, but Deb Placey won. Earlier in the season Darryl Tregor was being interviewed on the show. He mentioned how he watches the show while wearing his robe. He hasn't lived that comment down since. Today he won an award for his 80's mustache and robe. Ever since that interview, every time I see him...I think of his robe comment and laugh to myself. That happened because of NHL Live!

Another Award recipient was Eddie Olyczyk. The prize was a certificate for one-half donut and an empty Starbucks coffee cup. Davis Payne won the Best Named Coach Award. Payne mentioned how he's always been a pain in the “you know what” and his wife is Nurse Payne. She always got ribbed for her bedside manner. “It runs in the family”.

Every show with Don & EJ provided hockey knowledge, insight and entertainment. Sometimes I laughed so hard, I cried. Hockey and humor...what a nice mixture.

I'm going to miss NHL Live! Ho Hummmm....