NHL Weekly Round-up – Week ending 14/12/2008

On December 17, 2008 by

It seems that Sean Avery just can’t stay out of the hockey headlines. His publicly aired

NHL Weekly Round-up – Week ending 07/12/2008

On December 8, 2008 by

This week’s NHL news was dominated not by events on the ice but by one player’s comments off the ice. The Dallas Stars hard man, Sean Avery, has been suspended for 6 games following some on-camera remarks about the Calgary Flames defenceman, Dion Phaneuf, and his relationship with Avery’s ex-girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert.

In a bizarre address to reporters in the locker room following the Stars’ morning practice, Avery said

Wrigley Field to swap baseballs for hockey pucks as host of the 2009 NHL Winter Classic

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The Major League Baseball season is long over but Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is gearing up to play host to another famous Chicago team steeped in sporting history. No, not the White Sox, but the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks.

On January 1st 2009, Wrigley Field will be the venue for the second annual NHL Winter Classic, where the hometown, Blackhawks, will face the 2008 Stanley Cup winning Detroit Red Wings. Last year’s inaugural event took place on an NFL football field, Ralph Wilson Stadium, the home of the Buffalo Bills, where the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Buffalo Sabres.

This will not be the first time that the Cubs have shared their beloved stadium with other sports teams. The NFL’s Chicago Bears played at Wrigley Field for 50 seasons until 1970 and the now defunct Chicago Sting soccer team was based in the ball park during the 1980s. This, however, will be the first occasion that it has hosted an ice hockey game. The ‘Windy City’ will make use of its cold winter climate to sustain a temporary outdoor rink in the outfield behind second base, with construction commencing on December 14th.

Baseball purists may disapprove of this transformation of the hallowed baseball field but, if last year’s Winter Classic is anything to go by, the outdoor event will make for a beautiful sporting spectacle.

The event’s detractors (especially any Cubs fans) may also like to consider the following fact. With the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox both overcoming their respective World Series curses in recent years, the Cubs’ one hundred year championship drought is now the longest of any North American professional sports team.

The historic Wrigley Field has not played host to baseball’s ‘Fall Classic’ since 1945 and, for now, Cubs fans will have to make do with hosting the 2009 NHL Winter Classic!

Britain’s Ice Hockey dreams crushed by defeat in Poland

On November 17, 2008 by

This week brought disappointing news for British fans of ice hockey. Great Britain’s dreams of reaching the Winter Olympics were crushed after defeat at the hands of both Poland and Japan in their pre-qualifying group for the event scheduled for 2010.

The team managed to show its potential by thrashing Romania 11-1 in the final game but disappointment and frustration are the feelings which will be taken away from Poland when the British team heads home.

This was acknowledged by the Great Britain coach, Paul Thompson. Thompson believes that it was ‘good to finish’ the tournament with a convincing win regardless of the quality of the opposition and was happy with the attitude of his team, with the players showing their skills despite feeling angry about the prospect of staying at home in 2010. Ultimately though, there is a frustrating feeling throughout the Great Britain ice hockey camp of

Tampa Bay Lightning part company with Melrose

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Barry Melrose has been fired by the Tampa Bay Lightning after only five months in charge of the NHL club. Melrose had joined the club after working as a commentator for the popular American television channel, ESPN, for thirteen years.

The coach did, however, have previous experience in the world of ice hockey, having coached Los Angeles for three years in the early 1990s. Furthermore, his time at Los Angeles had brought some success: in 1992, he had managed to lead the team to the finals of the Stanley Cup although they were eventually unlucky to lose to Montreal.

The announcement of Melrose’s departure from Tampa Bay Lightning has come after a poor run of form in the NHL. With sixteen games already played this season, the officials at the Lightning decided to take swift action and bring an end to Melrose’s reign at the club.

The Lightning have suffered three straight defeats and are now in fourth position in the Southeast Division. Furthermore, they have scored the least goals in the entire NHL.

The general manager of the club, Brian Lawton, has revealed that the decision to fire Melrose was

Red Wings take Game 6

On June 5, 2008 by

The Red Wings have done it. After falling in triple OT in game five to extend the series, they made no mistake on Wednesday night taking game six by the odd goal in five. They got their hands on the Stanley Cup, which I’m told is mightily heavy and have brought back the glory days to Detroit.

Source : ESPN

Sykora upends Wings in third overtime to extend Cup finals

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With 35 seconds left in the game – the Red Wings were ready to celebrate winning the Stanley Cup. With 34 seconds left of regular time, the game was going to OT. The Penguins came back from the brink and took game five in triple OT.

Source : ESPN

Red Wings best Pistons in Motor City ratings

On May 30, 2008 by

Detroit people love the Red Wings more than the Pistons – and that is a fact (well if you take TV ratings as gospel anyway).

It is big for the NHL to beat out the NBA anywhere.

Source : ESPN

Ratings rise for Stanley Cup finals opener

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Since the strike the NHL has had to battle with NASCAR to be the fourth most popular sport in the US.

TV figures are up which is good for the sport but much more needs to be done if the sport is going to reach its former glories.

Source : ESPN

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