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November 14, 2006

November 14, 2006

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

DEPARTMENTS

Big demand for big game

SUPPLY AND DEMAND. The more people want it, the more expensive it will be. For generations, scalpers preyed on this unavoidable truth, but with technology comes a new wave of ticket selling, the ‘premium ticket market.’ And it’s not cheaper than scalpers on the street. Also known as the secondary ticket market, websites such as StubHub.com and TickCo.com, offer tickets at up to 600 per-cent mark-up. Tickets for the Rangers’ home opener against Washington were available online for up to $610, a far cry from the $144.50 charged at the gate, while pre-season games in Toronto and Montreal were on sale for $90 and up. Secondary ticket brokers buy seats (generally from season-ticket holders who don’t want to attend the game), then add their mark-up. The brokers maintain they are not new-age scalpers. “The…

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Perricone dealing with pain of car-crash aftermath

Moose Jaw Warriors goaltender Joey Perricone needs a blocker more than ever. Perricone is trying to suppress thoughts of a car accident which left teammate Garrett Robinson in intensive care with serious head injuries. “You hear of people who have been in incidents like that and they’re kind of scarred for life,” said Perricone, who was in the same vehicle with the Warriors left winger during the Oct. 22 collision. “Seeing your buddy like that is always going to be in the back of my mind, but you’ve just got to push yourself and try to block it out as much as you can. It’s a good reminder of life and how quick it goes.” The ‘jaws of life’ were required to free Perricone, Robinson and winger Carter Smith. Perricone and Smith escaped with…

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Clear sailing despite losses

After losing Game 7 of last year’s Eastern Conference final in overtime to eventual Calder Cup champion Hershey, the Portland Pirates lost several of the key players who got them there. Even with a dozen new players in the lineup, Portland has carried on its success. The Pirates reeled off six straight wins following a season-opening shootout loss, before falling to Worcester Oct. 27. It was the longest stretch without a regulation loss to start the season for a Portland team since the 1994-95 squad set a North American record with 17 straight. “I just keep giving credit to the Anaheim scouting staff and management, because they just keep putting quality players in here,” said coach Kevin Dineen. Seven of last year’s Pirates are now NHL regulars, including five with the parent Ducks: Ryan…

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Atlanta stars turn up heat

Atlanta is just peachy, says Marian Hossa, the best NHL player that everyone has forgotten about, playing for the best NHL team still waiting to be discovered. “Hockey is not the most popular sport here,” Hossa said. “People don’t recognize you; you can move around with more privacy.” Sort of sounds like the new NHL, where space isn’t nearly as hard to come by as notoriety, at least in the United States. There, the state-of-the-art teams are in tiny Buffalo and football-crazed Atlanta, and the players are a lot faster than they are famous. Since their 1999 expansion birth, the Thrashers have been laying low, patiently drafting a team. When the real world paid attention, it was under trying circumstances. After a devastating car tragedy in which cornerstone Dany Heatley caused the death…