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Who you gonna call? Paul Kukla!

Tuesday, 10.06.2009 / 12:42 PM / Columns

By Paul Kukla - NHL.com Correspondent

Last year I gave out my phone number to hockey fans and asked them to call me to talk hockey -- and boy did they.
So with much anticipation and after a good night's rest, I am ready to talk to you again today.
Do you want to talk hockey? Have any questions or concerns about our game? You may want to go old-school on me and talk about the Original Six.
Maybe you just have a quick question that you have been trying to get an answer. So call me, I am waiting for you.
Call me until 5:00pm ET today 313-254-4856 to get the hockey talk started.
Who will I hear from, I have no idea, but I did receive calls from all over the world last year. Not anyone famous called, but if you do know Scarlett Johansson, please pass her my number.
Now a few guidelines when you call: Please keep the call short, no more than two or three minutes please which will allow others to get their call in.
If your call goes to voicemail, you have two options -- either leave a name and number and I will try to return your call or even better, call back in a few minutes.
If your call does get through, you may hear a little recorded blurb stating your call is being recorded. Yes I am recording all calls and will put up a sampling of the calls here, but not until Wednesday.
What kind of calls do I expect? I have no idea and that is what makes this fun. The topic of course is anything hockey related, but basically you are free to ask or even comment on anything hockey.
Someone from Alaska may call and ask about ice conditions in an NHL rink or someone in Prague may ask me what NHL arena should he visit for his first live, NHL game.
Last year I hoped someone affiliated with an NHL team or the League itself would call me, but that did not happen. Will someone take the challenge and call this year? I guess in the next few hours I will find out, but I sure would like to be pleasantly surprised and receive a call from someone closely attached to our game. I then may ask the questions and they could give me some answers.
So once again, feel like talking hockey, call me at 313-254-4856 until 5:00pm ET today and I will listen to you, answer your questions and if Scarlett calls, well, I don't know what I would do.
If you don't feel like calling, you can always email me at pk@kuklaskorner.com or follow me on Twitter.
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