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fred
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posted July 09, 2009 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
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DENVER - Stoic Joe Sakic finally cracked, allowing for a rare show of emotion.

Delivering a speech that had kept him up most of the night fretting, the longtime Colorado Avalanche captain broke down, his voice betraying him as he stared into a room packed with family, friends and teammates -- even the governor of the state.

Sakic officially hung up his skates Thursday, ending his standout 20-year career. Try as he might, he simply couldn't get through his prepared speech without choking up.

"So many great memories," Sakic said, fighting back tears.

The pride of Burnaby, B.C., Sakic had hoped to play one more season, possibly culminating his career by suiting up for Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

His body simply wouldn't allow it.

Sakic missed most of the 2008-09 season with an aching back that required surgery to repair a herniated disk. He tried to make his way back onto the ice before the end of the season, but couldn't.

That's when he suspected his career was finished.

"I didn't think I could be the player I wanted to be," said the 40-year-old Sakic, who has been the face of the franchise since the team moved to Denver in 1995. "I always said to myself that the minute I thought I'd slipped, and not be the player I wanted to be, it was time for me to go."

Sakic announced his retirement in the same room of a Denver hotel where John Elway did. Only fitting, since both were icons in the Mile High City.

"We can't put into words what he meant to this franchise and to our hockey fans," Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix said.

Sakic's No. 19 sweater will also be retired, getting raised to the Pepsi Centre rafters during a ceremony at the season opener, which is not yet scheduled.

It will be just the third in the 14-year history of the Avalanche, joining Patrick Roy (33) and Ray Bourque (77). The organization also retired four when they were the Quebec Nordiques.

"He's such a great leader. He made the team top-notch," Paul Stastny said.

Sakic once played alongside Paul Stastny's father, Peter, the two on the same power-play unit in Quebec.

"He was a complete player and one of the greatest in history," Peter Stastny said in a statement.

Sakic certainly had an impressive resume.

He wore the captain's "C" for 16 straight seasons and guided the team to Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001, won league MVP honours in 2001, was a 13-time all-star and led Canada to an Olympic gold medal in 2002.

Sakic also won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship in 2001, showing his true character by handing the Stanley Cup over to Bourque after winning the title and letting the longtime defenseman hoist the trophy.

It was a moment that friend and longtime teammate Adam Foote mentioned in his speech Thursday.

"A humble superstar that you are, you stood back, you let a gray-bearded, 22-year seasoned veteran, who was waiting patiently like a young boy on Christmas morning, hoist his first Stanley Cup," Foote said.

"That class act of yours might go down in history as one of the NHL's most memorable moments that united the entire hockey world."

Foote will remember Sakic as much for his class as his clutch play on the ice.

So will Lacroix, who choked up repeatedly when giving his speech. Sakic waited to announce his retirement until Lacroix was healed following complications from a knee replacement surgery.

"My family and I are privileged to know you. We're better people because of that," Lacroix said. "You make everyone around you so much better."

Known for his lethal wrist shot and precision passing, Sakic leaves the game among the NHL's career scoring leaders. He's eighth in points (1,641), 11th in assists (1,016) and 14th in goals (625).

He was never an intimidating presence -- he's only five-foot-11 and 195 pounds -- but made up for it with determination and intelligence.

There are only four players in league history that have scored more points with one franchise than Sakic: Gordie Howe (1,809) and Steve Yzerman (1,755) with Detroit, Mario Lemieux with Pittsburgh (1,723) and Wayne Gretzky with Edmonton (1,669).

Sakic was originally taken by Quebec with the 15th pick in the 1987 draft. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 6, 1988, picking up his first assist against the then Hartford Whalers. Two nights later against New Jersey, he scored his first goal.

That would be a familiar occurrence for the quiet superstar.

"I'm sad to see him leave the game," former teammate Peter Forsberg said in a statement. "I'm glad I got the chance to play alongside him for many years ... He's a very classy person and a great team leader."

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posted August 25, 2009 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
NHL Files Bid to Purchase Phoenix Coyotes

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PHOENIX -- The NHL has filed a bid in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes and keep the team in Arizona.

Deputy NHL commissioner Bill Daly said in a news release that the league took the action "to maximize the likelihood that the club ultimately will be sold to an acceptable purchaser who is committed to operating the franchise in Glendale."

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The news release did not say how much the league was offering to buy the team, which is scheduled to be sold at auction on Sept. 10.

Mr. Daly said that if the bid is successful, the league intends to sell the team to a third party outside of the bankruptcy process.

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posted September 24, 2009 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message
Gretzky resigns from Coyotes coaching job
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Wayne Gretzky has stepped down as head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, he announced Thursday.

"This was a difficult decision that I've thought long and hard about," Gretzky said in a statement. "We all hoped there would be a resolution earlier this month to the Coyotes ownership situation, but the decision is taking longer than expected. Since both remaining bidders have made it clear that I don't fit into their future plans, I approached General Manger Don Maloney and suggested he begin looking for someone to replace me as coach. Don has worked hard and explored many options. I think he has made an excellent choice, and so now it's time for me to step aside."

The team's ownership situation continues to be unresolved.

Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie said Wednesday that he won't move the team to Canada this season even if he wins the U.S. Bankruptcy Court fight and is given the green light to buy the team.

Balsillie's attorneys said in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Phoenix on Wednesday that they have ditched plans to move the team to Hamilton, Ont., this season, should Judge Redfield T. Baum rule in Balsillie's favor.

The rest of Gretzky's statement reads:

"The Coyotes scouting staff has put together a great group of young and talented players who are going to improve tremendously over the next few years," continued Gretzky. "I'm proud of the team we've assembled, the organization with which I've been associated and the thousands of dedicated fans who have never wavered in their support of this young team. I'm confident that the best is yet to come for hockey in Phoenix.

"I want to thank every staff member of the Phoenix Coyotes, past and present. It was a real pleasure to work with each and every one of you. I've always said that Phoenix is a great sports city and deserves nothing but the best. I still believe that. As a young boy, I learned to play hockey in Southern Ontario, and I know what great fans they have there. It's my hope they too will have an NHL franchise in the not too distant future.

"I often said it was the greatest honor and privilege I could imagine to be able to play in the National Hockey League. I feel the same way about being an NHL coach. I've loved the four years I spent coaching the Coyotes. Not a day went by when I took it for granted, and I will miss the competition of the NHL dearly. It was an honor to hold the position, and I will always consider myself especially fortunate to have had this opportunity."

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posted October 01, 2009 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CyrusWeinstein   Click Here to Email CyrusWeinstein     Edit/Delete Message
Tonight is the night! Go Rangers!
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=500595&navid=DL|NHL|home

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posted October 01, 2009 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CyrusWeinstein   Click Here to Email CyrusWeinstein     Edit/Delete Message
Not the Rangers play tonight - but tonight is the opening night of the NHL season. Go Rangers on Saturday!

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posted January 17, 2010 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
Are you kidding me? Look at this goal! Victoria Salmon Kings!
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posted March 04, 2010 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message

Kings acquire Halpern, Modin in separate trades

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LOS ANGELES (AP)—The Los Angeles Kings have acquired veteran center Jeff Halpern(notes) and forward Fredrik Modin(notes) to help their push toward their first playoff spot since 2002.

Halpern was acquired Wednesday from the Tampa Bay Lightning in a trade for center Teddy Purcell(notes) and a third-round pick in the upcoming draft.

The Kings got Modin from Columbus for a conditional seventh-round pick.

Halpern spent his first six NHL seasons with the Washington Capitals, becoming captain before stops in Dallas and Tampa Bay. He has 17 points in 55 games with the Lightning.

Purcell had six points in 41 games as a seldom-used forward in Los Angeles.

Modin has just six points with the Blue Jackets after starting the season with an injury, but the veteran Swede has valuable playoff experience, winning a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004.

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posted May 08, 2010 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidChang   Click Here to Email DavidChang     Edit/Delete Message
Sharks can clinch the series tonight!

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posted May 20, 2010 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message

NHL bouncing back from lockout doldrums

By RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer 6 hours, 45 minutes ago
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NEW YORK (AP)—Wayne Gretzky loved many things about the Canada-United States gold medal hockey game in Vancouver—including the message it sent to every fan who has wondered, “Are they playing for the money or are they playing for the sport?”

“When you see the Olympic Games,” he said, “and how hard they play, and how much they care, and how happy they are when they win, and how devastated they are when they lose, and they’re not getting paid any money for it—people really take a grasp of that and say, ‘You know what? I love the fact these guys play the game because they love it.”’

The good vibes have rolled on for hockey through the Stanley Cup playoffs. The first two rounds averaged 886,000 viewers per game in the U.S., up 19 percent from last year and the most since 1997—in other words, since before the lockout.

“We had a lot of momentum going into the Olympics,” NHL chief operating officer John Collins said, “and a lot coming out of the Olympics.”

The league’s comeback from that lost season in 2004-05 was slowed by some bad luck. The next two Stanley Cup finals were Carolina-Edmonton and Anaheim-Ottawa, teams that weren’t exactly going to draw in the casual fan.

But as fortunes have shifted so have TV ratings. The league is coming off two straight Red Wings-Penguins showdowns and that dramatic Olympic tournament capped by the thrilling final between the two North American teams. The second round of this year’s playoffs was full of large-market, tradition-rich, star-laden franchises—and it doesn’t hurt that 10 of the 12 series so far this postseason have gone at least six games.

“We’ve had some fantastic luck with series going seven games and some unbelievable story lines,” said Jamie Davis, president of NHL cable partner Versus.

The first two rounds on Versus averaged the most viewers for cable coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs since Nielsen started keeping track in 1994. With Versus in its fifth year of its NHL deal, more fans now know where to find the network, Davis said.

The NHL proudly notes that on May 7, when the Bruins and Celtics both had playoff games and the Red Sox were facing the Yankees, it was the hockey game that drew the most viewers in the Boston area. Game 4 of the Bruins-Flyers series attracted 328,000 viewers on Versus, the baseball game on local network NESN had 223,000, and Cavaliers-Celtics Game 3 averaged 142,000 on ESPN.

Hockey’s strong comeback still leaves it behind other sports in the national ratings—the NBA playoffs are averaging almost 3.9 million viewers per game through the first two rounds. But it’s clear the league has moved far beyond the doldrums of the lockout.

“Everyone was saying hockey was dead,” Davis said.

Sponsorship revenue is up even in a tough economy, and the NHL finds itself in a much stronger bargaining position going into its next TV contracts.

The apparent boost from the Olympics on NHL ratings may not have much impact when the league decides whether to allow its players to compete in Sochi in 2014 — in fact, it may prove one of commissioner Gary Bettman’s concerns. He has questioned whether the NHL will benefit as much from a Winter Games in a distant time zone as from one in North America.

But for now, hockey is still riding the momentum of Vancouver.

“To a man, each and every person that I talked to after the Olympic Games, everyone remembered that game and remembered watching that game and how great a game it was,” Gretzky told The Associated Press at the Gillette-EA Sports Champions of Gaming event in New York last month. “Obviously the U.S. people were disappointed they lost, but they were really thrilled by the fact it was such a great game.

“It was nothing but a positive for our sport, and that’s what we need.”

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posted June 10, 2010 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RobinRafe   Click Here to Email RobinRafe     Edit/Delete Message
Last night’s series-clinching Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers posted a 5.8/10 overnight rating, the best overnight for any Stanley Cup Final game in 36 years. The Blackhawks defeated the Flyers in overtime to give Chicago its first Stanley Cup since 1961, ending the NHL’s longest championship drought. Last night’s game was up 41% from last year’s Game 6 between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fox was the only other alternative for fresh programming on broadcast TV last night. (OK, I stand corrected. ABC aired a new Happy Town at 10 PM, which once again was the lowest-rated program of the night by a wide margin, drawing a 0.8 rating/2 share in adults 18-49.)

The two-hour broadcast of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance averaged a 3.0/9 in the 18-49 demo, up +7% from last week’s Wednesday show. Beyond that, it was all repeats on the other nets, with no show able to crack a 2 rating in 18-49.

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