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95th NHL Season Set To Begin!
NHL Website ^ | October 6, 2011 | NHL staff

Posted on 10/06/2011 5:10:58 AM PDT by airborne

NHL opens its 95th season tomorrow night with spotlight on Winnipeg return, B's Cup defense

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Rules revisions, rink modifications reflect League's focus on player safety

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NEW YORK/TORONTO - The first Stanley Cup banner raising in Boston in 39 years, the first National Hockey League regular-season game in Winnipeg in 15 years and the first NHL regular-season game ever played in Germany will be among the highlights when the NHL launches its 2011-12 season with a four-day celebration beginning Thursday night.

The 1,230-game, 185-day regular season gets off to a rousing start with a coast-to-coast North American triple-header that includes the Boston Bruins beginning their 2011 Stanley Cup championship defense against Philadelphia. The other games feature an "Original Six" showdown between Montreal and Toronto and a meeting between Pittsburgh and Vancouver.

The spotlight shifts across the Atlantic Ocean Friday and Saturday, when the Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers play four games in three European capitals -- including the historic Sabres-Kings game Saturday in Berlin. The final team opener of the season will mark the return of the NHL to Winnipeg when the Jets host the Canadiens Sunday.

Amid the pageantry, the NHL's continued focus on player safety will be reflected by changes to the rules and the playing environment. Expansions and revisions have been made to the rules governing boarding and checks to the head, while the changes to the environment include the elimination of seamless glass and the introduction of curved glass at the ends of players' benches.

What follows is a synopsis of the major changes, highlights and important facts media and fans should know going into the 2011-12 NHL season:

(Excerpt) Read more at nhl.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: hockey; nhl
Click the link to see a schedule of all of the opening night games for all of the teams, and for other interesting tidbits.
1 posted on 10/06/2011 5:11:00 AM PDT by airborne
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To: airborne; Hat-Trick; SZonian; retrokitten; hollywood; Alberta's Child; Betis70; ColoCdn; k2afe; ...
Hockey Ping!

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(let me know if you want on or off the ping list)

2 posted on 10/06/2011 5:11:50 AM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: airborne

Go Bruins!! Do it again!


3 posted on 10/06/2011 5:16:45 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: airborne

woo hoo drop the puck!


4 posted on 10/06/2011 5:17:26 AM PDT by jilliane
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To: airborne

Bruins repeat!!


5 posted on 10/06/2011 5:19:01 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: airborne

add me to the hockey ping list please.


6 posted on 10/06/2011 5:19:07 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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To: airborne

Please add me to the list. I love watching hockey. Must be all that pent up anger and fury. LOL!!


7 posted on 10/06/2011 5:21:18 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: airborne

1st NHL game played in Dec. 1917 (1917-1918 season)
No 2004-2005 season

2011-2012 is the 95th season???


8 posted on 10/06/2011 5:25:06 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: airborne

I like Vancouver - the city, not the team so much.

I’d prefer to see the city remain unburnt and unpillaged, so the Canucks can miss the playoffs, AFAIAC.

(I’m not bitter about last season’s playoff meltdown - not bitter at all!) ;^)


9 posted on 10/06/2011 5:25:06 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism - "Who-whom?")
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To: airborne

Can’t wait to see that banner raised in Beantown tonight. Go Bruins!


10 posted on 10/06/2011 5:27:19 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: airborne
Go Wings!

Mike

11 posted on 10/06/2011 5:34:28 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: Roccus
2011-2012 is the 95th season???

I honestly didn't give it any thought - just "cut & pasted" the headline.

But you do have a point. Perhaps, even though they didn't play, they count '04-'05.

When we talk about the lockout, we refer to the "2004-2005 season", don't we?

12 posted on 10/06/2011 5:37:05 AM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: outpostinmass2

Consider yourself added!

Welcome FRiend!


13 posted on 10/06/2011 5:38:53 AM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: momtothree
Nothing like watching a guy take 20 stitches to the face and coming right back for his next shift!

Real men play hockey!

Welcome to the party, mom!

14 posted on 10/06/2011 5:42:19 AM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: airborne
Yeah, Baby!!!!

GO HABS GO!

15 posted on 10/06/2011 5:42:41 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: airborne

LETS GO RED WINGS!!!


16 posted on 10/06/2011 5:46:33 AM PDT by TheGunny
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To: airborne
When we talk about the lockout, we refer to the "2004-2005 season", don't we?

What you mean "WE"? (lol)

Became a fan of Ranger hockey on the radio in 1953. Went to my first game in 1956, the day Connie Mack passed away. Attended many games in the 60's and 70's, even had season tickets through the late 70's. With the coming of cable TV in Manhattan, followed it through the 80's. The strike near the end of the 91-92 season ended my love affair with the NY Rangers and the NHL. When the Rangers won the Cup in 94, I didn't even bother to watch the third period.....I just didn't care anymore.

17 posted on 10/06/2011 5:46:33 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: airborne

Not sure why but I love watching them in the penalty box. When I see the gloves drop... I say, “Here we go!” Yes, real men play hockey! I’ve seen a few games live and it still amazes me how fast they go! It also amazes me that such big guys can be so “graceful” on skates/ice. (perhaps graceful isn’t the best term but they make skating look easy)


18 posted on 10/06/2011 5:49:54 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: airborne

A couple of guys I work with are ex-HS football jocks, big-time NFL heads. I tell them football is for guys who can’t skate.


19 posted on 10/06/2011 5:55:13 AM PDT by wny
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To: momtothree
Not sure why but I love watching them in the penalty box.

You would have LOVED the old Madison Square Garden. The penalty "box" consisted of a single door in the boards and two short benches, one on each side of an aisle, in the second row of seats. Fans were seated immediately next to and behind those benches. If player rancor was especially evident, a square badger (Rent-A-Cop) would sit on the steps of the aisle between them.

20 posted on 10/06/2011 5:57:37 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: momtothree
Also, the term “graceful” would certainly fit the likes of Eddie (Clear the Track, Here Comes Shack) Shack. He was often called the “One Man Ice Capade” when he appeared in NY.
21 posted on 10/06/2011 6:01:11 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: Roccus

I know I must be a strange gal... other women adore “figure skating”. (I hate figure skating personally). For graceful moves on ice, no one beats hockey players. A 6’6” man can skate forwards, suddenly skate backwards and turn on a dime. To me, that is grace on ice.


22 posted on 10/06/2011 6:04:23 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: NYer

PING!!


23 posted on 10/06/2011 6:06:03 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: Roccus

>>The strike near the end of the 91-92 season ended my love affair with the NY Rangers and the NHL.

That’s too bad. I stopped watching for a long while after the NHL moved my team to Carolina. I’m a bit younger, started watching WHA in the early 70s when I was a kid and kept up with the Whalers till they left in 1997. Then hockey was dead to me for ~6 years, but I started watching again in California (of all places) and started playing in adult leagues.


24 posted on 10/06/2011 6:07:20 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: airborne

Can you please add me? Thought I was on but doesn’t appear that I am. Thanks


25 posted on 10/06/2011 6:07:34 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: momtothree

Clear The Track For Eddie Shack

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqvNfez5zBA

He was also called “The Entertainer”


26 posted on 10/06/2011 6:09:56 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: momtothree

You might get a kick out of this TV show:

http://www.cbc.ca/battle/

Watching NHL enforcers figure-skate is impressive...seriously!


27 posted on 10/06/2011 6:10:25 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism - "Who-whom?")
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To: airborne
95th NHL Season Set To Begin
Remind me again when the NHL opener doesn't require a Red Cross blood drive.
A beautiful sport totally ruined by moronic violence.
28 posted on 10/06/2011 6:15:49 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

Say what?

Broad Street Bullies?

Maurice Richard and the multiple riots (caused by cheap shots both on him and by him) in the 60s....


29 posted on 10/06/2011 6:17:25 AM PDT by MikefromOhio
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To: airborne

30 posted on 10/06/2011 6:17:43 AM PDT by CurlyBill (1-20-13 can't get here fast enough!)
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To: Betis70
With a couple of friends, I used to wait at the players' door on 49th St. to get autographs after every game. One night I asked a fellow I didn't recognize for his autograph. He looked at his companion (can't remember who) and said, “Do you believe this? I'm nobody.” He signed, though.... it was Jean Rattelle up for the first time. Some of the players began to recognize us. I would travel home on the subway with Johnny Wilson and his wife. Johnny took me into the Ranger dressing room near the end of the 61-62 season. I got whiplash from my head spinning to see all my heroes. He gave me a stick....the ultimate prize at the time.
31 posted on 10/06/2011 6:19:56 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: airborne

Go Stars!


32 posted on 10/06/2011 6:20:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Roccus
Became a fan of Ranger hockey on the radio in 1953. ...

My experience is roughly parallel. I'm pretty sure my father took me to my first Ranger game in '53 or so. (I was seven years old.) We would go to four or five games a year. I even had a couple of my birthday parties at the Garden. Once I was old enough to go into the city (from LI) by myself (11 or 12 years old) I started going to games with my friends too. Sometimes we would use our G.O. cards to get fifty cent admission to the upstairs side arena (where you could only see from the first row - behind that you only could see about two thirds of the ice).

I figured out when tickets would go on sale, and would go into NYC when sales would open up so I could virtually select my seats: usually Side Promenade, Section S, Row A, Seats 1 & 2, right up against the glass next to the visitors bench. Sometimes Bill Cullen beat me to those seats! And they were really next to the visitor's bench. There was no separation at all. I loved the old Garden. I can still see everything about it in my mind's eye.

When I was in college, and almost commuting between Troy, NY, and NYC, the "new" Garden opened. My father got season tickets, first in 305 in the green, and then 101 in the orange, to entice me to come back to NYC even more often. (By then my parents had moved to Manhattan.) I continued to attend about 30 games a year from Troy, and then from Hartford where I landed my first job out of college.

But then things went south. I don't know if it was Vic Hadfield laughing in the penalty box as the Rangers were losing the Stanley Cup Finals or Brad Park tripping over the blue line on a regular basis, but I started to realize that I was watching other people work, and paying to do it too. Brad Park never came to watch me write computer programs. I cared more about the games than the players did. It was just stupid.

So I stopped going.

I still love hockey. I think it's a great game, and it's great to watch when the players play with the enthusiasm of eight year-olds. College games are like that. Maybe the last two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are like that too, Vic Hadfield notwithstanding. And for some reason the outdoor New Year's game is too. I see this year the Rangers will be playing the Flyers down in Philly on January 2nd. Maybe I'll go.

ML/NJ

33 posted on 10/06/2011 6:46:59 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: momtothree
they make skating look easy

It is easy once you get the hang of it. I remember thinking at times, that if G-d had it to do over again, he might just give us skates and an ice-like surface to get around on.

ML/NJ

34 posted on 10/06/2011 6:51:15 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

“It’s easy once you get the hang of it”

Then you have talent. I can barely walk in high heels anymore. I skated as a kid (not gracefully mind you). I am afraid that gift was just not given to me. BUT, I do appreciate and enjoy watching others with that gift.


35 posted on 10/06/2011 7:01:14 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: ml/nj
Sometimes we would use our G.O. cards to get fifty cent admission to the upstairs side arena (where you could only see from the first row - behind that you only could see about two thirds of the ice).

For Sunday night games, we arrived at the Garden at 3PM for the 50 cents tickets. One guy would wait by the doors on 49th ST. and the other would be by the ticket window. Tickets went on sale 1/2 hour before they opened the doors. Once they opened we would race up the escalators and either grab front row, second row (you could sit on the railing between rows and see the whole ice) or shoot up to the corners. We took turns doing this as there was usually 5 or 6 of us at the games. Got in MANY fights saving those seats for the late comers. LOL

Remember playing foot hockey on the stair well landings with crushed beer cans for pucks? How about the black guy who used to come around with the "scoring pool" or the fellow with the gold jacket and trombone?

One of our crew had a relative that used to get good seats occassionally in the same box as the organ. Gladys Gooding gave me "one up side the head" with her cane when she caught me lighting up a cigarette. LOL!!!

36 posted on 10/06/2011 7:03:49 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: ml/nj

Another fond memory, this from the new Garden.
Our seats were in 421, next to last row in the blue, behind the Flag. Monteal is in town and Canada had JUST made “Oh, Canada” its national anthem. One of our guys (we had a whole row) had Xeroxed up enough copies of the lyrics to pass out to the whole section. The Garden only had a recording of the music...no words. Well once the music started we started singing. The Monteal players were craning their necks trying to see who it was singing the song. Whole Garden gave us a standing O.


37 posted on 10/06/2011 7:16:37 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: airborne

38 posted on 10/06/2011 7:20:57 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: airborne; Lakeshark

Go Sabres: “Hockey Heaven” on the Lake.

And for Lakeshark: Go Wings


39 posted on 10/06/2011 7:22:21 AM PDT by Clyde5445
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To: airborne

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!!!!!!!!

Go Pens TORCH Vancouver......oh already done, well beat them anyway.

Also Go Blue Jackets will be there opening night!


40 posted on 10/06/2011 10:33:08 AM PDT by Varda
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To: airborne
PENS vs Canuckleheads 10pm est tonight.


41 posted on 10/06/2011 10:37:14 AM PDT by Varda
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To: xsmommy

I will gladly add you to the ping list.

Welcome aboard!


42 posted on 10/06/2011 10:57:47 AM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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43 posted on 10/06/2011 10:59:17 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Roccus; airborne
Thank you for the ping and link to new regs and stats.

My love affair with hockey began in 1979 when a friend gave me tickets to an Islander Ranger home game. The Islanders were full of young and exuberant players. Eddie Wesfhal was the team captain; Denis and Jean Potvin, Bryan Trottier were already on the team. The ticket stub entitled the bearer to a free bowl of chili at Wendy's. When the Isles were up 2 goals over the Rangers, the pa system announced that if the Isles scored again, Wendy's would give double chili to the ticket bearer. The Isles scored and the crowd cheered "Double Chili!" The rivalry heated up even more as the game progressed. After the Isles scored 2 more goals, another pa announcement was made - one more goal and Wendy's would recognize the stub for triple chili!

I was hooked! The next year, we purchased season tickets and I was at the game in 1980, when the Islanders won their first Stanley Cup.

Hockey is still my favorite sport! It heats me up on cold winter nights ;-)

44 posted on 10/06/2011 12:59:24 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Cool story! (about chili)


45 posted on 10/06/2011 1:45:25 PM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: NYer

Thought you would enjoy the thread.....and I promise not to tell anyone that your hockey idol was one of the “three blind mice.” ;)


46 posted on 10/06/2011 2:19:02 PM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: airborne

I predict the Thrashers will go undefeated.


47 posted on 10/07/2011 9:41:27 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (So how did Charlie Weiss get to be on Dancing With The Stars?)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

LOL!


48 posted on 10/08/2011 8:24:44 AM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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