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  • Lester Patrick winner Bill Daly: Number of NHL U.S. cities 'should continue to grow'

    Nicholas J. Cotsonika at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago

    Exactly 10 years after the lockout of 2004-05 began, the news broke that NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly would receive the Lester Patrick Trophy for “outstanding service to hockey in the United States.”

    In a way, that’s appropriate.

    Daly helped lead the NHL in labor negotiations with the NHL Players’ Association in 2004-05, when the league sacrificed an entire season to secure the salary cap, and again in 2012-13, when the league lost almost half of another season to tighten the system.

    We know the negative. Here is the positive spin: The NHL created an economic system that helped non-traditional markets in the United States – and may lead to teams in places like Seattle and Las Vegas in the near future. (The Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg in 2011. The Phoenix Coyotes almost moved, but they stayed in Glendale, Ariz., and are now called the Arizona Coyotes – thanks largely to Daly’s efforts and the latest CBA.)

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  • Every hockey bench-clearing brawl should have British announcers (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago

    There have been more than a few line brawls featured here on Puck Daddy, of varying degrees of violence and intensity. Something that’s become clear over the years is that the announcer’s performance can turn a mundane clip into something classic. 

    (Case in point: THAT’S WHAT YOU GET FOR RUNNING KEN CARROLL!!!!”)

    Via reader Anthony Russell, here’s a recent bench clearance brawl between English Premiere Ice Hockey League 2nd Tier teams theBasingstoke Bison and Peterborough Phantoms that features a delightful chap from the U.K. narrating the highlights; and after hearing it, his voice is all we ever want to hear talking about a line brawl.

    “[The goalie] wants more than words, creating a nice little mel-aye …” BRILLIANT!

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