Tuesday, September 29, 2009

NHL to run Pick 15 Super Saturday Twitter Promotion

With the NHL season starting Thursday, hockey fans are starting to follow their team(s) and the media through Twitter. Well, it looks like Twitter will be talked about more in the NHL when Super Saturday arrives a couple days later.

Early this morning on NHL.com, the league announced that they will run a contest where followers of the NHL Twitter page can pick the 15 games in what the league is calling their #NHLPick15 contest. Here is the schedule of games for October 3:

Chicago vs. Florida (Game to be played in Helsinki, Finland)
Detroit vs. St. Louis (Game to be played in Stockholm, Sweden)
Vancouver @ Colorado
Carolina @ Boston
Montreal @ Buffalo
Philadelphia @ New Jersey
Pittsburgh @ New York Islanders
Ottawa @ New York Rangers
Toronto @Washington
Tampa Bay @ Atlanta
Minnesota @ Columbus
Nashville @ Dallas
Calgary @ Edmonton
San Jose @ Anaheim
Phoenix @ Los Angeles

There will be a tiebreaker involved in this, just in case it is needed. This tiebreaker consists of the combined penalty minutes for the 15 games.

Since tweets are only 140 characters (or less), here is an example entry on how to pick winners:


For all of you last minute folks, the deadline for entries is Friday October 2nd at 11:59 P.M.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Some News and Notes for your Monday Morning

Good Morning from the TD Garden. Here's some news and notes for your Monday Morning entertainment.

With the season now a few days away, rosters are starting to shape themselves up. Alex Linsky has an update on the Bruins roster with Zach Hamill and Brad Marchand being sent to the Providence Bruins this morning.

Our good friend Buddy Oakes has some updates on Preds On The Glass, including his radio show preview and an poll regarding the Preds Goal song.

Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com has a Washington Capitals preview. Find out what's in store for Alex Ovechkin and company, who open up the season Thursday against the Boston Bruins.

And for now in case your wondering how many hours, minutes and seconds are left till the opening puck drop of the 2009-10 hockey season, here is your Official Countdown.

More Later...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

@Gary_Bettman Joins Twitter

After the "Brian Burke" parody twitter account gained steam earlier this year it seems like more and more hockey personalities have jumped to the ever popular social networking site. Well add another one to that list.

Just recently Gary_Bettman has decided to jump on the twitter bandwagon to share his tweets with the hockey world.

Let's compare "Brian Burke" and Gary_Bettman tweets for a minute

Let's start with "Brian Burke" first:

Ran into Eklund last night. He kept grilling me about trades and rumors. Finally I just paid him for the pizza and slammed the door.

We all know what happened after Sean Leahy posted the article over at the Puck Daddy Blog at Yahoo. Of course, the "anonymous" blogger over at Hockey Buzz by the name of Eklund decided to bash Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski. The article is linked in the lead, but I'll add this from Hockey Buzz Hogwash and yes if your wondering I miss that site (just a note I will not under any circumstances have a direct link to any of Eklund's rumors at Hockeybuzz).

Here's a tweet from Gary_Bettman, who joined this morning actually.

OK Just read "The One Page Business Plan". The NHL is going to rock this year!

Any bets on which front office personality is going to use twitter next? Discuss in the comments section below.

Friday, September 18, 2009

State of the Bruins

BOSTON – The annual “State of the Bruins” town hall meeting for Boston Bruins season ticket holders was held last night at the TD Garden, with about 2,700-plus season ticket holders in attendance. And while the regular season doesn’t start for 13 days when the Black and Gold face the Washington Capitals, fans still showed a lot of enthusiasm for this club, just like they started to last season.

Andy Brickley, Bruins color commentator for NESN, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event, while the panel included players Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Derek Morris, head coach Claude Julien, general manager Peter Chiarelli, Vice President and former Bruin Cam Neely, and of course owner Jeremy Jacobs and principal owner and Jeremy’s son Charlie.

Fans got a chance to have their own question and answer period, and some of the questions were quite fascinating to say the least. Here are a few noteworthy questions from the event.

One young fan asked: “If you were to play for any other team, who would it be?” (Directed to all the players)

Here were the answers:

“No other team,” said Lucic, which got a standing ovation from the crowd.

“I think I got the same answer there,” Bergeron responded.

But perhaps the best answer came from the newcomer. “I’ve played for all the others,” Morris jokingly said, referencing to his stints at Calgary, Colorado, Phoenix and New York Rangers in his previous 11 seasons.

Another fan asked Lucic about how he was going to top this hit against the Toronto Maple Leafs:

The Popular Bruin Replied: “I guess I’ll have to break two glasses to top that.” Again, Lucic got a big ovation with that response.

While the players were enjoying themselves with the q & a, there were also a few questions directed towards the management. Chiarelli, in particular, was asked about the Phil Kessel saga and some of the other roster decisions he made during the offseason.

The biggest question still remains, and Chiarelli was asked, “How are you going to replace those 36 goals (recorded by Kessel) from last year?”

“There are players who can pick up the slack,” noted Chiarelli. Let’s not forget Marco Sturm is coming back from injury too and Blake Wheeler, David Krejci (more on his presence later), Chuck Kobasew and Ryder are contributors to the goal-scoring department.

Regarding the negotiations with Kessel, Chiarelli said, “It’s unfortunate that we haven’t been able to sign him. We can’t lose sight of the balance you have on this current team. Phil is a good person and a good player. We’ll see how it resolves itself.”

This was also the night of the unveiling of the Bruins Winter Classic jerseys. Krejci was there to display the jersey—not before snow fell from the top of the Garden however—which is currently in the presale stages.

The jersey itself was introuduced and designed by Neely, where the original colors of brown and gold will return, and the spoked B is a combination of the logos from their five Stanley Cup victories in 1929, 1939, 1941, 1970 and 1972.

Photos by Steve Babino


Post-Event Talk

With one of the greatest hockey play-by-play announcers of all time passing away earlier this week in Fred Cusick, many of the Bruins staff released a statement regarding the late Cusick. Here’s what Neely had to say about the late great Bruins play-by-play broadcasters last night.

“He was a great guy,” Neely said. “I know I didn’t get to listen to him call all the games while I was here, but when I was injured and the team was on the road, he was one of those people who was able to call a great hockey game. He was a great guy outside of the organization too and he’ll be missed.”

With the trade talks surrounding Kessel—with Nashville and Toronto rumored recently to be Kessel’s potential landing spots—some might think this saga will come to a close sometime soon. But this was the answer from Chiarelli when asked about Kessel last night.

“Is there anything imminent? Yes possibly,” said Chiarelli who then went on to say, “Possibly not.”