Hockey Notes - April 28th
- Both the NHL and NHLPA have to negotiate with more urgency, or the possibility of a full 2005-06 season is slim as well. In positive CBA news, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to a more aggressive schedule of negotiations believed to be 6 meetings in the next 3 weeks. In negative CBA news, the NHLPA has filed for union certification in British Columbia and Quebec. It is a move to make the use of replacement NHL players in Canada illegal.
- Team USA won the IIHF Under-18 World Championships with a 5-1 win over Team Canada in the Czech Republic.
U-18 USA coach Ron Rolston told USAhockey.com:
The win is great for our program and for USA Hockey. Anytime you play a Canadian hockey team, you definitely have to bring your best to the table and, fortunately, that was the case for us tonight. I thought our kids battled hard and did a good job in the victory.
The table is now set for the 2005 IIHF Mens World Championships. Sorry world, but it is defeat Canada or bust for Team USA. More: USA Women win 2005 World Championship in Sweden.
- Jes Golbez takes a look at Team Czech.
- The Alaska Aces defeated the Long Beach Icedogs 3-1 Monday in front of the sold out Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. Alaska advances to the National Conference finals for the first time in their franchise history. One more series win will give them a chance to play for the ECHL 2005 Kelly Cup.
- AHL quick hits from theahl.com:
AHL Quick Hits -- April 28, 2005
The spotlight shines on the Atlantic Division tonight, as Manchester hosts Providence and Lowell visits Hartford in a pair of pivotal Game 5's. Follow the action from both of tonight's Calder Cup Playoff games live on the AHL's real-time scoreboard, or listen in to our teams' game cybercasts from your own computer.
CALDER CUP UPDATE:
Manitoba pushed St. John's to the brink of extinction with a 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 last night, taking a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven North Division semifinal Winnipeg native Lee Goren scored the winning goal on a power play 2:35 into OT, the Moose's second PPG in 25 chances in the series The game was played before a capacity crowd of 8,812 at the MTS Centre Clarke Wilm scored twice for the Maple Leafs, his first postseason goals since the 1998 Calder Cup Final.
Cincinnati staved off elimination as Zenon Konopka and Michael Holmqvist scored power-play goals in the final 4:05 of regulation to give the Mighty Ducks a 3-1 win over Milwaukee in Game 5 last night Shane OBrien added a goal and an assist and Joffrey Lupul and Ryan Getzlaf had two assists each For Getzlaf, they were the first two points of his pro career Ilya Bryzgalov got his first start of the series and made 20 saves for Cincinnati.
Philadelphia got two goals and an assist from Jeff Carter and 40 saves from Antero Niittymaki in a 4-1 win over Norfolk last night, giving the Phantoms a 3-1 series lead The 20-year-old Carter, who scored at least 34 goals in each of the last three seasons at Sault Ste. Marie (OHL), leads the Phantoms with three goals in the series Patrick Sharp added a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, his fifth and sixth points of the postseason.
Andy Chiodo made 23 saves for his fourth career playoff shutout as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton evened up their East Division semifinal with a 2-0 win over Binghamton in Game 4 Matt Murley opened the scoring late in the first period, and Colby Armstrong gave the Penguins breathing room with 10:52 left in regulation Ray Emery made 20 saves in defeat.
Jason Holland scored with 48 seconds to go last night, giving Manchester a big 3-2 win at Providence and squaring their Atlantic Division semifinal at two games apiece Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist and Mike Cammalleri and Tom Kostopoulos added two assists each Tomas Kurka and Milan Jurcina scored for the Bruins Mathieu Garon, lifted from Game 3 after allowing five goals in two periods, settled in and made 24 saves on the night for the Monarchs... Game 5 is tonight (7:05 ET) at the Verizon Wireless Arena, where Manchester is 2-7 all-time in the postseason.
Another pivotal Game 5 tonight (7:05 ET) has Lowell visiting Hartford with their series knotted at 2-2 The Lock Monsters second line of Ryan Bayda, Mike Zigomanis and Chad Larose has accounted for six of the teams eight goals in the series Jeff Hamilton has recorded a point in each of the four games for the Wolf Pack (3g, 3a) Hartfords Steve Valiquette and Jason LaBarbera, the AHLs top two goalies in the regular season, have a combined .943 save percentage through four games.
Game 5 - Lowell at Hartford, 7:05
Game 5 - Providence at Manchester, 7:05
Not sure how I started receiving the AHL updates, but they are much appreciated. You can see a photo Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Andy Chiodo making a save for the Pittsburgh Penguins here. More on Chiodo from theahl.com.
- A fan from Moose Factory, Canada sends in an article on Sharkspage favorite Jordin Tootoo, Admirals Tootoo an interesting character - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Jordin had 10 goals, 12 assists and 266 PIMs in 59 games for the AHL Milwaukee Admirals this season. Milwaukee lost their first round Calder Cup playoff series with Cincinnati 3-1. For more on Jordin Tootoo visit his official site teamtootoo.com, and check this post for a few photos of Jonathan Cheechoo practicing with HV71 of the Swedish Elite League.
- Patrick Ehelechner signs with Deutscher Eishockey Liga team Adler Mannheim.
- The SJSU Ice Hockey Awards Banquet is 6PM tonight at the The Drying Shed in San Jose. Congratulations to the team on a successful season. I can not be there tonight, but I will be there next season!
- Video of the French Canadian singer flubbing the US national anthem twice, before coming out a third time with lyrics in hand only to fall flat on the ice. It is painful to watch but apparently she rebounded nicely, singing the song in its entirety on Good Morning America. Someone put her in a room with Bettman and Goodenow and lock the door.
- PRESS RELEASE: Watch Live Hockey Online -- 2005 IIHF World Championship Presented by MediaZone.com and IHWC.net; Complete Schedule of 56 Matches Will Be Offered Online Live and On Demand in Partnership with IHWC.net on MediaZone's Hockey Channel. More details and information about a package from USA hockey are available on SJsharks.com. My original post on Mediazone and hockey webcasts is here.
- Photographers Decry Getty Images's Hockey Memo - PDNonline.
- San Jose lands another sports team, the ABA San Jose Skyrockets. Coach/GM? Someone get Dr. J on the phone.
- Site Notes: Added Davis Indoor to the rinks page. Added the NY Times and LA Times to the NHL news section. Added Mike Chen, the SJ Sky Rockets, and the SJ Grand Prix to the San Jose section.
- Thanks for the donations sent in by fans this month. They are much appreciated.
[Update] I wanted to make sure to post a link to this Morning Buzz column from Victor Chi in the San Jose Mercury News. For some reason this blog is being hit by visitors from the NHL, NHLPA, NBA and MLB today. Maybe the right eyeballs will see this blurb:
ESPN has until June 1 to decide on its $60 million option to carry NHL games next season. But with the network committing so much cash to the NFL, it could pass on hockey or look to get it at a cheaper price.
"We fully grasp we cannot acquire every property out there," ESPN vice president Mark Shapiro told the New York Post. "We are putting our stock in the NFL and we are getting behind that horse. Other horses won't be able to run because of our deal with the NFL. That is the decision we made."
And the NHL?
"We believe that any rebuilding of that property would benefit from having ESPN behind it," Shapiro told the Post. "We would like to do a deal, but that deal needs to be on our terms."
You can find more details about the current NHL television deal with NBC here.
The loss of a $600 million upfront ABC television deal for a revenue split with NBC dwarfs anything from ESPN, but the words from Shapiro are another shot across the bow for the league. If ESPN loses the NHL, it will only increase the exodus of sports fans who used to watch actual sports on the channel and Sportscenter for sports news. But if ESPN earns better ratings for Poker, reality programming, and "Good Morning Bristol", who can blame them?
The owners may be pushing their terms on the players, but it was the opposite for 10+ years under the last CBA. And while ESPN is passing along the NFL cost to viewers, the NHL is passing along NBC/ESPN revenue linkage to players.
[Update2] NFL Deal could squeeze the NHL - NY Post.