The K.H.L.

KHL Logo

Official KHL Logo

Hey all! Here is the big post I was telling you about! This entire post will be dedicated to the KHL or the Kontinental Hockey League, which is the primary league in Eurasia. Some consider it a step down from the NHL but a step up from the AHL. There are currently 26 teams that play in the league, and out of those 20 of them are from Russia.

An interesting fact is that they are considered the 2nd best league in the world although the KHL was only founded in 2008. Personally I think that speaks volumes of their dedication and commitment to the sport.

I would like to start things off with a map mash-up similar to the one I did earlier in the year however this one will be outlining the KHL instead of the NHL.

Click Here For The Map Mash-Up

As you can see it is pretty spread out in some areas and then really close together in other, which is somewhat similar to the NHL and is due to population bases in the locations that teams are home to.

While I was thinking about the different areas that they play in I realized how interesting it would be to see the difference in attendance record between both leagues. So here is a chart detailing the total attendance in the past year for both.

Attendance chart

Clearly this is a little bit of a blowout, which might be due to the fact that it is a young league although I personally think that hockey is not really a dominate sport, like soccer, in some of the countries, excluding Russia.

However, I don’t think the KHL should be looked over by any means. I think it is interesting to note the skill level that the players have. (I think you know where this is going) So I put together a chart outlining both leagues top scorers.

Player Performance Chart

As you can see the NHL players still hold more points but I think it is important to remember that the KHL players are not that far behind and they should not be looked over when it comes to skill.

I know at this point you might be breathing a sigh of relief because that is my last chart that I am going to show you all. However, that is not the last of this post by any means. Since the KHL is such a young league I thought it would be fascinating to see a timeline of the league itself detailing its creation and major events.

Click Here To See The Timeline

I thought this was really interesting and it was sad to hear about the tragedy that befell the one team that lost all but one of their players in a plane crash. It is never fun to see something like that happen no matter who your favorite team is. I remember when it happened and the overwhelming support that a lot of NHL teams had for the team and the families of those who were lost.

And lastly I figured since I did not know much about the KHL I went out on a limb and wondered if other people knew as little as I did about it. So I decided to interview two people asking them questions about it. They may sound a little familiar because I interviewed them before earlier in the year, because I figured it would be pointless to ask random people who do not know anything about hockey in general about a Eurasian hockey league.

I thought it was really interesting that people who claim to know a large amount about hockey knew so little about basic knowledge dealing with the KHL. I also thought it was pretty funny that the one interviewee thought the K meant Kazakhstan, it was really random. I think this shows the large disconnect between Americans and the rest of the world.

Well folks, that about sums up this extremely long post about the KHL. I hope you enjoyed reading it just as much as I enjoyed making it.

Thank you all so much.

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Survey Follow Up

Hey guys! This week I thought it would be fun to make a couple charts and stuff based on the survey that you all filled out. There was some really interesting bits of information that I found. age/gender/ever attend a game

As you can see, out of my followers, those that have attended a game the most were males in their early 20’s. To be quite honest that is not really a statistic that surprised me. But I was interested to see that women from 26-28 have attended more than men.

Here is another chart that I thought was interesting and personally did not expect at all. This chart highlights the favorite positions my followers.favorite position

The part that really surprised me was that the overwhelming favoritism that women had for defense-men. Another really interesting fact that I saw when I was looking through the final results is that I asked this question and then I asked for them to tell me who their favorite player is. Now, what was interesting is that most of the peoples favorite players were not in the position they chose for their favorite.

Lastly I thought it would be interesting to see what your favorite teams are so I made a map mash-up of what where your favorite teams are located and how many of each were answered. If you can’t tell right away there is one team that has commanding lead.

Map of favorite teams

Obviously the team I was speaking of is the Pittsburgh Penguins with 18 tallies. So clearly I am big at the three rivers. But fear not! That will not sway my postings at all.

Also I know this is a little preemptive but I can’t hold it in anymore. I am putting together a really big post about something super secret! So look forward to that in the coming weeks.

Interview: Evan Schall

Dek Hockey

Evan Playing Dek Hockey

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Evan Schall and I am currently a junior double majoring in business management and sport, arts, and entertainment management at Point Park University. I’m currently the treasurer of Point Park’s United Student Government. I also work at the Fairmont as a banquet server. In the summer, I referee youth and adult dek and inline hockey.

How long have you been a hockey fan and who got you into it?

Well I’ve liked hockey as long as I remember. I began playing ice hockey when I was seven years old but quit a year later. I then started playing again when I was 13 years old. As far as my love for the Penguins and the NHL, I actually didn’t start watching them until about 2002 when I went to my first ever NHL game. After that I fell in love with the Penguins, and the rest is history.

What is it like to be working for the Pittsburgh Penguins?

To be honest it’s a dream come true. It’s one of those things where when you grow up they’re someone you want to work/play for so naturally it’s a great feeling to even have the opportunity. The people I have met have been great to me and it’s great to get my foot in the door. Hopefully this internship will lead to opportunities in the future.

What do you do for the organization currently?

I am currently the media relations intern for the team. If there were games being played I would be working on the media only floor game nights where I would do pretty much anything the media needed. I also would deliver game notes to the coaches in between period and also record post game interviews in the locker room. Because there is no hockey right now my duties include doing small projects for the coaches and we also were just put in charge of the media floor for the “3 Rivers Classic” which is the college hockey showcase at Consol Energy Center at the end of the month.

What has been the most exciting part of working there?

It’s hard to explain, but I really just enjoy coming in to work and contributing. Just knowing that the work I do directly benefits the Penguins organization and the coaches really makes me feel satisfied. Even though the NHL is locked out I am truly trying to make the most of my opportunity there.

How do you feel about the lockout? Do you think they will play at all this season?

I feel that it is an extremely unfortunate situation. Both sides and the cities are losing so much money over the labor dispute, and I’m not even including the fact that I can’t do my regular intern duties while they’re not playing! As far as whether I think they will play or not, that remains to be seen. I unfortunately do not have any “inside info” because I work there, but if I were to guess I feel like there is not going to be a season.

Do you play hockey yourself?

I played ice hockey when I was six, and when I was 13 I started playing inline hockey and dek (street) hockey. My greatest hockey accomplishment was probably playing in multiple national dek hockey tournaments. I have played teams from Canada and a bunch of different states where the skill level was really good.

What is something you would tell someone who is just getting into hockey?

I could give the “don’t give up on yourself” speech but instead I’m going to say no matter how good you are or what you can afford, there is always somewhere to play organized hockey for fun. For me, ice hockey was too expensive for me to play in high school because my parents didn’t have the money. So instead, I played inline hockey and dek hockey. Both of these are great alternatives to ice hockey that are fun for all skill levels. 

It’s Lockout Time

Hey all! This week I put together a little on camera interview for you. In the video I discuss the current lockout going on between the players and the NHL. I also get some feedback from fellow hockey enthusiasts on what they think is wrong with the lockout.

If you are unaware what is going on right now then you might be living under a rock. (or a puck) Although if you really are unaware allow me to inform you. The players of the NHL are currently locked out of all things dealing with the NHL. This is happening because of the collective bargaining agreement,(CBA) which expired before the season was set to start. Unfortunately this is all coming down to money, which seems to happen a lot lately.

Because the CBA expired before the NHL and the players could reach a new agreement they are unable to play or practice. If they would even communicate with the owners or the staff they would be fined a ridiculous sum of money. This is mainly because Gary Bettman has a very strict set of rules enforced and is not afraid to punish those who break his rules.

Currently they are still trying to agree on a CBA that is equal to all parties although personally to me it seems as thought the players want more than what is equal, but that is just me.

Thank you all for watching and reading.

Map of the World! (or just Hockey Stadiums)

Hey All!

Penguins Stadium

Photo by “daveynin” on Flickr

This week I thought it would be interesting to put together a little interactive map that will show all of you where all of the hockey stadiums or arenas are located and which team/division they belong too, I also put one together outlining which conference they belong to.

I think an interesting thing to note how spread out some of the divisions are. My two main examples are the Winnipeg Jets who are in the southeast division even though they are located in central Canada. (Which isn’t very southern, or eastern for that mater) My other example is the Dallas Stars who are currently in the Pacific division even though the only major body of water that Texas touches is the Gulf of Mexico. Furthermore, Dallas is on the northeastern part of the state.

In the second map you will be able to see which stadiums belong to either the Eastern or Western Conference.

To me what stands out the most is how far right some of the western conference goes. It reaches all the way to Ohio which is clearly not categorized as west. However it is understandable because of how many teams there are on the east coast which is due to the higher frequency of large cities compared to the west which is more spread out excluding certain areas.

I think all of this is really fascinating, probably because I am a hockey nerd, but I hope all you do as well! I think it is important to know about hockey than just the teams and some of the rules.

Also, here is a little fun fact about my life! Because I am sure you were all wondering. I was once at a hockey game and I decided to strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to me. Turns out he was actually on a tour of all the hockey stadiums in the US, which I thought was really interesting and I envied him a lot because it seems like a truly amazing thing to do.

That is all for this week. I hope you enjoyed the maps and my story! Until next time, I will see you around.

Progress Report?

Bloody Hockey Player

Looks like this guy can take a hit.

Hey guys,

I just wanted to check in and see what you think about my blog so far and if there is anything you would like to see from me in the near future. I am very open to feedback and constructive criticism, so let me hear it. I know I said I would be doing more stuff with the KHL and the AHL so I am going to try and bring that stuff up for you soon. Thank you all so much for being so awesome on this blog.

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Profile: Gary Bettman

Gary Bettman Snow

Gary Bettman on a snowy day.

Gary Bettman was born June 2nd 1952 in Queens, New York. He was a graduate of Cornell University which was located in Ithaca, New York. While at Cornell he became a brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, from there he attended the New York University School of Law.

Something that is I feel is slightly over looked is that the NHL was not the only thing Bettman has done for a career. After working at a law firm for some time he began working for the National Basketball Association, he started out just in the marketing and legal departments and eventually he managed to reach as high as third in command. From there he then started working for the NHL.

Gary Bettmen Headshot

Photograph by Christopher Wahl

Currently he is the commissioner of the National Hockey League and is well known in the Hockey community. The main, but not sole, reason for this is because he was the center of three separate labor stoppages. Obviously this has made him very unpopular to the majority of fans.

However that is not to say that he has done nothing for the league. Due to him the league has seen a rapid revenue growth, jumping from 400 million to an astounding 3 billion.

Speaking of the labor stoppages, there is one going on currently between the players and the league itself. The labor talks have primarily just been going around in circles, and recently Bettman was on record saying that if a deal is not met by November 2nd then there is a strong possibility that the season will not consist of the normal 82 games. Obviously this has not been received well by the hockey community especially with the fans.

Gary Bettman

Photo Taken by Laura Astorian