In praise of NHL.com

21 12 2008

I’ve been meaning to post and sing the praises of NHL.com for a while, but haven’t had the time until now.  One of the best things is that radio feeds of all games are still free, and now they’ve been couple with live stats and scoreboard (think of a MLB radio/gamecenter like hybrid).   I’m sure hardcore fans already knew this, but you casual fans should give it a go the next time you’re looking for some sport related noise in the background.  I only wish MLB would do the same.

One of the other things I use often is the free game highlights that are available shortly after the end of the game.  So when you can’t watch hockey because you’re picking up your son then playing with the family then making dinner then playing more then putting the young one through tubs and to bed, you can still see how your favorite team did in a matter of minutes.

Sure it’s hard to tell if, say, Dan Boyle is really doing as well this year as he appeared to do in the highlights of tonights Ranger’s game, but I do know that Douglas Murray can lay a hit on someone after watching him drop Wade Redden in the third period.  Ouch (try about the 3:20 mark).

For those of you a bit more extreme and excited about the Winter Classic at Wrigley this year (the big outdoor game they play on New Year’s Day, you can watch a live stream as they build the ice over the next few days.  I’m not sure I’ll be checking that one out, but if you’re interested in how they make the ice for an event like this, it’s there.

Little things like this always impress me and remind me how much the NHL seems to reach out to it’s fans (especially since the labor disputes), even as the sport gets overlooked.  With the economic downturn, I can see some hard times ahead for the sport since it doesn’t have the national draw that the NFL or baseball has.  Hopefully it can make it through relatively unscathed.

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22 12 2008
Chuck

I still love listening to hockey on the radio. Even though I get the NHL channel on cable … there is something about the sound of an arena with th puck rattling around the rink.

Hockey is cool. Long live cool.

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