Please Support Hockey Blogs in Busted Coverage Contest

We are great supporters of every hockey blog out there.  We believe that if you have something to say, and you love hockey, well then we love you.  So we ask that you support three of our great friends in puck-bloggery in Busted Coverage’s 2008 Sports Blogger of the Year Awards.  We hope both blogs can win, and with your help, get it running away (How KK is a #14 seed is beyond me.  Anti-hockey bias!) 

Midwest Region, Scroll to 14-3 Matchup: VOTE for Kukla’s Korner!

South Region, Scroll to 14-3 Matchup: VOTE for Puck Daddy!

Midwest Region, Scroll to 9-8 Matchup: VOTE for From the Rink!

The Happy Recap: Today with Even More Gratuitous Self-Linkage

A few times a day, we check out our Blog’s statistics page.  It tells us how many people are checking us out, and in certain cases, how they are finding us, by showing websites that link to Puck the Media.  We found an interesting one today.

It turns out, we are permanently linked on the Wikipedia page for “Ice Hockey Broadcasting”.  We’re delighted by this, of course, because we love seeing our little blog mentioned anywhere.  If you or someone you know put this here, please E-Mail us so we can thank you.

In other “places you wouldn’t expect to see us” news, we guest daddied at Barry Melrose Rocks this afternoon.  We hope you’ll check that out.

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Your Official Puck the Media NHL Tournament of Announcers Round Two Matchups

Well that was an exciting round one.  Not really, but we tried.  Anyway, we hope all the fanbases will get involved these next couple weeks with Round Two.  Here are the matchups:

Foster Hewitt Bracket 

#4 Pat Foley 
vs.
#1 Mike Emrick

#3 Joe Beninati
vs.
#2 Ralph Strangis

Danny Gallivan Bracket

#8 Paul Steigerwald
vs.
#2 Dave Strader

#5 Howie Rose
vs.
#3 Rick Jeanneret

Dan Kelly Bracket

#8 Jack Edwards
vs.
#2 Bob Cole

#6 Jeff Rimer
vs.
#4 Randy Hahn

Dick Irvin Bracket

#5 Ken Daniels 
vs.
#1 Bob Miller

#3 Joe Bowen
vs.
#2 John Forslund

We hope to get the fanbases more involved with their PBP men this round of things, so we hope you’ll join us, starting tomorrow. 

Great Moments from The NHL On FOX: Fight Night (Er, Day) at the United Center

NHL Rivalries are great.  Probably better than any other sports, because NHL players are allowed to spontaneously beat the living pulp out of each other.  Well, today we bring you a series of fights from a game in Chicago.  It took place on April 7, 1996, in the first season of the FOXtrax Glow Puck.  Enjoy these three rounds of momentus fighting.

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NHL to Be Inspired by These Crazy “You Tubes” for Skills Competition

TSN’s Darren Dreger had a breaking story last night concerning the format of this year’s NHL All-Star Skills Competition, because that’s probably what a Sundin-chasing Canadian hockey insider does in the current Sundin lull.  Here are some of the details of that report:

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Okay, Well, This is Just Embarrassing

Washington Post Capitals beat writer Tarik El-Bashir is one of the better combos of beat reporter/blogger around the league.  His Capitals Insider is a must-read for anyone with even a morbid curiosity about Ovie and the gang.  

Today, he reported this, more press box related news, that landed on my radar.  I had to post it as soon as I saw it:

*Ovechkin’s goal capped a weird day on Long Island. First, a blizzard materialized out of nowhere (it’s still snowing, I’m told). Then Capitals did not have a net for the first few minutes of warm-ups because of some sort of a mix up. And then there were no replays in the press box – because Nassau Coliseum doesn’t get Versus. Go figure.

Some things just make us sigh.  This makes us beyond sigh.

Anyway, that brings us to some recommended listening.  Check out our buddies Dave Pagnotta and Greg Wyshynski talk about ESPN’s possible return to the NHL on yesterday’s “TFP Today” which, regardless of who’s hosting – be it Francis Anzalone, Pagnotta or Dennis Bernstein – has proved an entertaining listen day in and day out.  Enjoy.

NHL Finds Title Sponsor For Winter Classic. No, it isn’t Exciting

Perhaps you remember this, from our post yesterday:

NHL officials are mum on additional marketing activation for the game. League execs are still hoping to sell a title sponsorship package. Pepsi’s Amp Energy was title sponsor of last year’s game. Sources said Chicago-based Sears was close to titling Winter Classic II, but recently decided against it.

Well, it appears they’ve found their title sponsor, thanks to an NBC leak, via their weekly future sports TV listings:

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC: Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks (live) 
Commentators: Bob Costas, Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire, Mike Milbury, Darren Pang 
Site: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL 
* Available in High Definition 

So there you go.  Bridgestone was also the title sponsor for NHL Premiere this season.