August 22, 2011
Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Alex Ovechkin(notes) is endorsing Canadian candy bar Mr. Big this season, and a new ad campaign/social media contest has Ovechkin asking fans to "live large" with him. Hey, if it involves chocolate nunchucks, count us in. Check out the YouTube channel for the new campaign.
• The Winnipeg Jets are once again denying that their jersey design has been leaked. "Not even close," said Jets director of communications Scott Brown, "the actual jerseys are far more offensive to those who feel we're glorifying the military with our logo. The real ones are camouflage and have M-16s for arms." (May or may not be an actual quote.) [QMI]
• About those Jets jerseys: They aren't going to be a part of EA Sports NHL 12, as least initially: "It is now confirmed that NHL 12 will be shipping without all of the Winnipeg Jets logos and correct uniforms and such. NHL 12 buyers will be getting all of the Winnipeg Jets update, but not till the first roster update, which could be as soon as the day the game is released or it might be closer to the first day of the season, which has been more the norm." [Fudzilla, via St. Louis Game Time]
• The St. Louis Blues ownership bid deadline day has arrived. From David Rogers of Frozen Notes: "With at least one potential buyer not buying into Checketts' date, common sense indicates other investors and buyers may be using a similar strategy. However, once a seller and a figure can be reached, the actual process could move along at a decent clip." [Frozen Notes]
• Steven Ovadia asks if the Philadelphia Flyers are getting nervous about Jaromir Jagr(notes) by inviting Michael Nylander(notes) to camp: "The Nylander invitation could be nothing. It could be an NHL team carrying out due diligence on a player who could prove to be a great bargain. But it could also be a sign the Flyers are suddenly nervous about having Jagr on their roster." [Puck Update]
• Interesting story on the collision between hockey and religion, as Canes Country looks at the role of chaplains in the NHL and minor leagues. Turns out they do more than just give last rites for when your team is eliminated. [Canes Country]
• The Steve Miller Band will play "Lightning Launch" on Oct. 4 to honor the start of the new Tampa Bay Lightning season. Dwayne Roloson(notes) frowns, kicks dirt, complains about "the rock and roll" and wishes it had been the Glenn Miller Orchestra instead. [Tampa Tribune]
• The Pittsburgh Penguins continue a preseason tradition, and their awesome community outreach, by giving away 18,000 tickets to kids ages 5-21 for the team's second annual "Free Game For Kids" on Sept. 24. [Penguins]
• "Given that the Shawinigan Cataractes are MasterCard Memorial Cup hosts and that it's nearly unheard of for a NHL first-round pick to end up playing an overage season, their trade for former world junior forward Louis Leblanc(notes) certainly will raise a few eyebrows." [Buzzing The Net]