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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Listening to the game, posting the news for Thursday

So, I did not get to go to the game, but thankfully I can listen to it on AM830.  I can also follow it on Yahoo Sports.  One nice thing  is that the goal song has not changed.  According to the Brent Severyn the glass hass been changed.  Well, here is the news for the day.

A nice article on Bobby Ryan via the LA Times

The date Sept. 18, 2006, doesn't register in the annals of the Ducks but Bobby Ryan vividly remembers that night.
"We got slaughtered," Ryan recalled Wednesday. "It was a bad showing by everybody on the ice."
The Ducks' 7-1 exhibition loss to the Kings is long forgotten by most. But it was a low light in training camp for Ryan, the prized prospect who spent most of the night being knocked off his feet.
Underwhelming to say the least for the guy chosen immediately after Sidney Crosby in the 2005 draft. Ryan hopes for atonement in tonight's exhibition opener against the Kings at the Honda Center.
"I felt like I played it very casual and didn't do the things I needed to do," Ryan said. "I got away from what they're looking for in trying to make that big play all the time."
Things are changing for the 20-year-old power forward.
Ryan finished his fourth and final season of junior hockey at Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League, where he again put up big numbers -- 43 goals and 59 assists in 63 games.
His next stop likely will be at the Ducks' American Hockey League affiliate in Portland, Maine, unless he wins one of the Ducks' roster spots up for grabs, what with Teemu Selanne still thinking retirement and Dustin Penner now in Edmonton.
"You know that there's a pretty good number of guys that are set on this roster," Ryan said. "But there's a couple of spots and I want to be one of the guys they look to fill that void."

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Individual tickets are going to go on sale Saturday

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that individual game tickets for the 2007-08 regular season (40 home games) will go on sale Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone with Ticketmaster at (714) 703-2545.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Honda Center box office.   

A random number wristband system will be in place for fans who wish to purchase in person at the Honda Center box office.  Wristbands will be distributed between 7-9:30 a.m., with a random number chosen as the starting point at 9:45 a.m.  Fans arriving after 9:30 a.m. will file into line after those who received wristbands.  There is a six-ticket limit per game for all regular season home games.

Ticket prices for all home games start at $18.50 and are subject to an arena facility fee, beginning at $1.50.  The Ducks will also be offering a special “Pepsi Family Four Pack” starting at $66, which includes four tickets, four Wienerschnitzel hot dogs and four Pepsis (available for select Wednesday home games).  All Ducks home games are played at Honda Center, with the exception of their Sept. 30 contest vs. Los Angeles to be played in London, England as part of the NHL Premiere.  The club will open the 2007-08 regular season schedule at Honda Center on Wednesday, Oct. 10 vs. Boston at 7:05 p.m.  All fans in attendance will receive a mini Stanley Cup championship banner as part of opening night festivities. 

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Preview of Tonight's Game via the Ducks web site - Link

7:05 p.m. at Honda Center
TV: None     Radio: AM 830   

The defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks open their 2007-08 preseason against an old rival, the Los Angeles Kings, tonight at Honda Center. It's the first of many meetings between the two teams, as they play again Saturday at Staples Center, then open the season against each other in London for the NHL Premiere with two games on Sept. 29 and 30.
While the Ducks had a record-breaking season that culminated in their first Stanley Cup title, the Kings struggled with a 27-41-14 record. They finished fourth in the Pacific Division and 14th in the Western Conference.

Michael Cammalleri led the Kings in assist (46) and points (80), while Alexander Frolov was the top goal-scorer with 35. Both of those players are back, as is last year's standout rookie Anze Kopitar, who had 20 goals last year. The Kings made several moves in the offseason to give them scoring help, acquiring Michal Handzus (played in Chicago last season) , Ladislav Nagy (Phoenix and Dallas) and Kyle Calder (Philadelphia and Detroit).
On the blueline, the Kings brought in Brad Stuart (Calgary) and Tom Preissing (Ottawa) to join 37-year-old Rob Blake 31-year-old Lubomir Visnovsky. Jack Johnson , the 20-year-old who made his debut late last season, is a prized prospect on the defensive end as well.

The OC Register has a look at the new uniforms.

Just one season after the logo redesign that distanced the franchise from its Disney heritage, the Ducks skate into the Honda Center for tonight's preseason opener in even newer uniforms.

No, this isn't the typical Toronto Maple Leafs-style money grab in which a team does a makeover every few years to shake more cash out of its loyal fans.

The Ducks' new threads are part of an unprecedented North American pro league-wide wardrobe change, with every NHL team this season wearing the new Rbk EDGE Uniform System.

You'll have to do more than look from the stands to notice the change because the appearance — the bold black and the county's orange accent the webbed-foot "D" and golden "ucks" unveiled with Whitesnake concert frivolity last season — remains the same.

You'll have to feel this uniform. Touch it, pet it, spend $200 on it, wear it in a sauna, sweat in it and play Twister in it to notice the difference in its more tailored cut and its four fabrics tested in Massachusetts Institute of Technology wind tunnels and Central Michigan University laboratory heat chambers.

"It's definitely lighter, no question about it," said Ducks center Andy McDonald, who, with Teemu Selanne, wore Rbk EDGE uniforms for last season's All-Star Game. "It allowed me to breathe easier, that's for sure."

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A look at the London games via

London won't be a sellout

How do you make an NHL preseason game matter even less than it does in the first place? Set one up in a market that has little to no knowledge or interest in the sport whatsoever.

On top of that, charge ticket prices that would make Sir Richard Branson flinch.

Well, maybe not Branson, but you'd think twice about rushing out to get in line.

The NHL debuts in London at the O2 Arena on Sept. 29 and 30 with two games between the L.A. Kings and the Anaheim Ducks

Starting at £99 (general admission) and going up to £330 for lower tier seating, that's a whopping $200 to $600 US.

Those prices are pretty hefty for a single game, and show that the whole thing is an even more elaborate cash grab than the recent Super Series.

I know from a future brother in law from the U.K. that salaries are higher in Britain than over here, but take this for comparison: general admission to the 2008 British GP is £165 or $330 US.

I'm not sure what that includes, but it would at least let you into the race area and give you a paddock pass where you can pick up some autographs with the drivers and buy some merchandise.

I don't know who came up with the ticket prices, but I think that if you're trying to help the NHL break in with a new audience, you could at least scale back the prices to the match the same standard in North America.

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