Inside Providence: 2013 AHL All-Star Game slotted for Rhode Island

Surely putting out the call to “Dunph,” “Drugs,” “Mousey,” Bunny Cote and other hockey-crazed New Englanders of all ages, the American Hockey League selected Providence, Rhode Island, as the host for the 2013 All-Star Classic on Wednesday. “The American Hockey League is excited to be returning to one of its founding cities for the 2013 All-Star Classic,” said AHL president and CEO David Andrews. “Providence has been part of the fabric of our league since our first season in 1936, and the Providence Bruins organization has been a cornerstone for the last two decades. We’re looking forward to showcasing our …

Pair of Flyers make presence known in Ottawa

Despite coming out on the losing end of a 12-9 victory by Team Chara, Team Alfredsson teammates and Flyers linemates Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux made their mark on the 59th NHL All-Star Game on Sunday in Ottawa. Both videos courtesy of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. First, witness Hartnell’s slick passing prowess, setting up fellow Ginger Henrik Sedin in the first period:   And there was also a goal from one of the NHL’s co-leaders in overall points:   Hartnell, a last-minute injury replacement, introduced himself to North America with typical humility and humor. “It was really awesome. It was …

Remembering the last Philly All-Star Game

The National Hockey League selected Philadelphia to host the All-Star Game in 1976 and 1992. In the first year, the club was in the throes of its glory, on the way to a third straight Stanley Cup Finals appearance and fresh off the vanquishing of the hated Soviets. It also didn’t hurt that it was the American Bicentennial, and as such, Major League Baseball selected Philly for its Mid-Summer Classic and the NCAA chose the Quaker City to host the Final Four. But by the latter, the Flyers were a shadow of their former selves, in the midst of a …

Point/Counterpoint: Does the NHL do enough (or too much) to bring in new fans?

The NHL does enough to bring in new fans…by Eden N. In the NHL marketing world, there is, well, what looks like, not much. I mean, how many of us fans are constantly having to explain why we love hockey? No one has to explain their love of football in this country. So, is the NHL doing enough to pull in new fans? There is more hockey on television today than ever before. I don’t really have to look up a statistic for that because, hello Versus and Center Ice and playoffs on network channels. HBO’s 24/7 has done extremely …

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