Our morning hockey notes begin today with video from last night's surprise "Smashmob" event, in which the Nashville Predators organized a full pro-style game night presentation for a pair of PeeWee teams at A-Game Sportsplex, the Cyclones & Blizzards.
Was it a publicity stunt? Of course it was, but I don't know what else the Preds' employees are supposed to do these days. The bottom line is that they're still hard at work trying to build a long-term hockey community here in Middle Tennessee, and last night's event was a creative way to push that effort forward amid difficult times. I'll admit that I was a bit cynical when I heard about the whole thing, but seeing it come together, and how pumped up those kids were to play in front of a full crowd? Well, you just can't beat that...
Penalty Box Radio has video of the night as well.
Nashville Predators News
Predators create NHL experience at local youth hockey game | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair worked the game last night and caught up with Barry Trotz afterwards.
Smashville 24/7 - Conversation with Scott Hannan
It's all about the Kelowna Krew.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Who should be in the 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame class? - The Globe and Mail
After the three obvious choices, I'll go with... Pat Burns.
30 Thoughts: Holding the line on contracts | Hockey | CBC Sports
Kudos to Elliotte Friedman for keeping his 30 Thoughts going during this nuttiness.
The NHL labor cliff, the U.S. fiscal cliff, brinksmanship, gamesmanship, stalemate - ESPN
As if ESPN could care any less about hockey: "...in the whole, long history of disasters and capitalism, has there ever been a bigger disaster than the National Hockey League or its mortician, Gary Bettman? The decommissioner has managed in just 20 years to make the league invisible. An afterthought. "
Down Goes Brown: Things overheard at last night's Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony
DGB always sums up these events better than the rest.
CHLPA tweets bid for control over Stanley Cup in lockout year - Buzzing The Net
Yeah, I don't think this is going to make anyone take the CHLPA any more seriously.
Here's a debate which can keep fans going for hours...
Ugh, this one is ugly. Best wishes to Martinez on his recovery.
Well, ain't this wacky.
Roenick’s new book takes a poke at Marleau — "He’s got his own agenda," the ex-captain responds | Working the Corners
It's Roenick vs. Marleau, Round 2.