What the 2020 Winter Classic meant to the NHL, Dallas and the southern hockey fan

first_imgSome fans bristled when the league announced an outdoor hockey game in the South, but southern hockey fans are used to it.Winter Classic: 10 things to know about this year’s gameI grew up in the South — and I am proud of that. I also grew up a huge hockey fan when many of my friends were not. When I went to college, I got many awry looks any time professors and classmates asked what I wanted to do for a living and I responded, “I would like to work in hockey media.”This isn’t their fault. They’re not used to that. It just doesn’t happen. Lakes and ponds in Louisiana don’t freeze over, either, so while it’s true that hockey is different in the South, it is still very much alive.OFFICIAL: Hockey is alive in the South.Puck drop is in about an hour and a half. 🏒 pic.twitter.com/dddSf8g2Cw— Jace Mallory (@MalloryJace) January 1, 2020″Are you sure you want to do hockey?” was the first question one professor asked me following my graduation ceremony. “Yes,” was my answer, plain and simple. Why? Because there is an overlooked pool of passionate hockey fans in the South and I’ve never met a person who watched a live game and was not invested.So I made it a personal goal of mine to try and bring some of that northern flair for the winter sport to the depths of down south. Daunting a task as it may be, hockey media was the outlet I chose to work in, and the NHL surely recognizes the same untapped potential, which drove them to chose Dallas as the host for the 2020 Winter Classic.Even some players don’t have the same expectations for southern teams as they do for northern ones. Stars alternate captain Tyler Seguin, who was traded to Dallas by Boston in 2013, admits he didn’t know what to expect.”I expected cowboy hats and horses running around and everything, the typical stuff,” Seguin said on Tuesday. “But the people we have here, the fan base we have here, I think the NHL saw a bit of it at the NHL draft (in 2018) and liked what they saw and now we’re here for this game and it’s going to be a good day.”MORE: 10 things to do in Dallas during the Winter ClassicTyler Seguin on coming to Dallas and not knowing what to expect.The Stars and Predators both making their first outdoor NHL game debut at the #WinterClassic. @sportingnewsca pic.twitter.com/BFNAINWTfH— Jace Mallory (@MalloryJace) January 1, 2020But Seguin wasn’t the only player hesitant about hockey in Dallas. Recently inducted Hall of Famer Sergei Zubov has outwardly admitted that he didn’t want to be traded to Dallas when the Penguins dealt him in 1996. But once here, a Stanley Cup and many great years of hard-fought hockey later, he was forever enshrined in Toronto.There is a stigma that true hockey fan bases do not — or barely — exist in the South, but that stigma is fading.NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stated that more Predators fans were in attendance at the Cotton Bowl than could fit in their hometown Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, which has a capacity of 20,000. So not only are there legitimate fan bases for these southern teams, but dedicated ones as well.”First of all, how awesome is that?” Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said about the number of fans expected at Cotton Bowl Stadium. “To have that many fans and have it sell out the way it did down here in Texas … it says a lot, I think, about the growth of the sport, in general, to be in Texas against a team in Nashville and close to 90,000 people that want to watch a hockey game outdoors is awesome so we’re really excited about that.”MORE: History of Cotton Bowl Stadium, NHL Winter Classic gamesPeter Laviolette discussing the expected crowd at the Cotton Bowl for the #WinterClassic. Over 20,000 fans are expected from Nashville alone. @sportingnewsca pic.twitter.com/LsaS6gTko1— Jace Mallory (@MalloryJace) January 1, 2020″It’s awesome to see how the fans have responded to it with all of the ticket sales and jersey sales,” Stars forward Joe Pavelski said of the Winter Classic being in Dallas. “It’s been a tremendous fan base since I got here and it’s going to carry over, I think, into [the Winter Classic] game.”When Dallas hosted the 2018 NHL draft, it gave the city and all of its hockey fans their first opportunity to showcase how real their passion for the fastest game on ice truly is in Texas. Then, holding true to “everything’s bigger in Texas,” they went all out with Winter Classic festivities that included but were not limited to Texas State Fair rides, pig races, fried treats and hockey-themed games just outside Cotton Bowl Stadium for fans of all ages. DALLAS — Ponds don’t typically freeze over in Dallas, but on Wednesday at the Cotton Bowl, one man-made pond did.The NHL brought the league’s most prestigious regular-season competition to the Lone Star State, making it the southernmost regular-season outdoor hockey game in NHL history — and it did not disappoint. Officially 85,630 fans were in attendance to see the Dallas Stars defeat the Nashville Predators in dramatic fashion on New Year’s Day, making it the second-most attended NHL game in history (behind the 2014 Winter Classic). Ultimately, the event was a major hit and successfully kicked off the new decade in impressive fashion.Still, the challenge exists. Even after the ice melts and the grass is uncovered, the media leaves and the fans retire to their homes, hopefully, an impression has been made — one of resiliency and one of passion.For southern hockey fans, this was more than a game. This was a statement that we are here, we are loud and we are proud. Whether hailing from Dallas, Nashville or any of the other southern cities that the NHL calls home for one of its 31 franchises, remember not to overlook our passion.last_img read more

Germany wins Davis Cup tie against Australia

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jokic hits go-ahead triple, Nuggets take down Warriors But following the Germans’ win in the doubles on Saturday to give them a 2-1 lead, all the pressure was on Kyrgios, who had to win to keep the tie alive.The mercurial Australian opened brilliantly, holding his serve to love much to the delight of the boisterous home crowd.But that was almost as good as it got for the Australian team, as Kyrgios lost two of his next three service games to surrender the opening set in just 23 minutes.Kyrgios appeared troubled by an elbow problem in the first set and it became more noticeable in the second, the Australian often shaking his right arm between points.He served better in the second set, firing down eight aces, but at 4-3 he had a medical timeout for treatment on his arm.The Australian continued to serve well and had two set points on Zverev’s serve at 6-5, but the German saved both then played a superb tiebreak to take a stranglehold on the rubber.Once Zverev broke to go ahead 3-1 the result was never really in doubt and at 2-5, Kyrgios was broken again to give Germany the tie. Kyrgios said he felt a problem with his elbow after Friday’s match.“It obviously affected me a lot,” a downcast Kyrgios said.“My serve is my biggest strength — I mean I thought he played great today — but my serve was not really there and that affects the rest of my game. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “(To win) against a very strong Australian team makes us very confident for the next round, for the upcoming years,” German captain Michael Kohlmann said.“We showed we have a lot of good players, a lot of strong players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We showed that we are able to go further than this.”Zverev served beautifully throughout, only facing two break points in the match, both at the end of the second set and both of which he saved. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed FILE – Germany’s Tim Puetz, right, plays a shot past Australia’s Matt Ebden, left, in the doubles match between Germany and Australia at the Davis Cup World Group first round in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Feb.3, 2018. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)German number one Alexander Zverev beat Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to give his country a 3-1 win over Australia in their Davis Cup World Group tie in Brisbane on Sunday.Zverev produced some superb tennis to down Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in one hour, 48 minutes and put Germany into a quarter-final against either Spain or Great Britain.ADVERTISEMENT He also returned well, getting many of Kyrgios’s thunderbolts back in play and then winning the battle from the back of the court.“It’s awesome, it’s an amazing feeling and without my teammates it wouldn’t have been possible,” Zverev said.“Obviously we’re happy but hopefully this is just the beginning for us.”Kyrgios went into the match full of expectation after an impressive win over Jan-Lennard Struff in Friday’s opening singles.Zverev, on the other hand, had looked out of touch on Friday and was pushed for almost four hours before seeing off 18-year-old Alex de Minaur in five sets.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It’s tough to go out there and not be able to put in your best performance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Parts Person sought by Donegal Tractors

first_imgJob Vacancy:  Donegal Tractors are currently recruiting for an experienced Parts Person to join their team. Responsibilities include purchasing, sales, and stock control of parts for modern top class machinery brands.Some experience necessary and must have computer skills. On the job training can be provided.Working hours are 9am to 6pm Monday – Friday, may require Saturday mornings during peak season.Salary negotiable and bonus payable on performanceTo apply please forward a CV to Donegal Tractors, Unit 2A, John Crossan Business Park, Bonagee, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland or Email: [email protected] Job Vacancy: Parts Person sought by Donegal Tractors was last modified: February 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal jobsjobsTractors Donegal & Farm machinerylast_img read more