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Holiday wishes from Kukla to you

Tuesday, 12.22.2009 / 10:53 AM / Columns

By Paul Kukla - NHL.com Correspondent

 
My day (and night job too) consists of pointing out the latest and greatest hockey news available on the web.  I do this for one simple reason; I love the game and want to spread the hockey gospel far and wide.
 
Just imagine what it would be like for us news-starved fans, if there was no news.  No writers means nothing to talk about.  We'd be lost and probably lose interest in our game very quickly.
 
Therefore, I present gifts, wishes and hopes to the people who deliver the news to us:
 
Helene Elliott of the LA Times - A nice, wintery holiday scene with snow everywhere.
 
Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail - More hockey talk, please.  Every day & every hour.
 
Adrian Dater of All Things Avs at the Denver Post- A Twitter account with unlimited characters.  That way, Adrian could do one Twitter per day instead multiple, small ones.
 
Craig Custance of The Sporting News - A beat job covering the Detroit Red Wings.
 
Michael Russo of Russo's Rants at the StarTribune- A deep playoff run for the Wild.  That means more stories from Michael, which to us, the readers, is a very good thing.
 
Bob McKenzie of TSN and Elliotte Friedman of CBC - A 26-hour day, so they would have the time to write more.
 
Ted Leonsis of Ted's Take - A little side meeting at the next Board of Governors Meeting which would give Ted the time to teach other owners how to blog.
 
Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy at Yahoo- A photoshop class.
 
All the writers and contributors at NHL.com - Some rest during the Holiday.  The best is yet to come when it comes to hockey and we need you well-rested and refreshed.
 
Stan Fischler of Game On - He needs to tell us the secret of his longevity.
 
The CP (Canadian Press) writers- More bylines.
 
Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN- Face time on ESPN. 

Now On To Us
 
Yes, us, the fans of the game,  Without us, there is no game. 
 
Without us, there is no them.  Without our loyalty to our team, there is no team.  Without the hockey fan, life would be empty.
 
We live for games, our life revolves around 82 of them and then we want more in April, May and June.
 
We cheer, we suffer, all on a nightly basis and then do it again the next night.
 
We can't live without this game, yet at times we walk away, only to come back over and over again.
 
We trade barbs wit fans of other teams, yet we are all one.  Make no mistake about it, this is our game and we are all in this together.
 
Being a fan of this great game is special.  We know stats like giveaways and takeaways, hits and penalties, goals scored and goals given up.
 
We are a big part of the game and always will be.
 
During this Holiday Season, I can only hope all fans get what they want but unfortunately, only one fan base will actually receive the one thing we wish for, that being the holder of the Stanley Cup.
 
This time of year, miracles can happen and who is to say what team will be raising the Cup in victory in another six months?  Time will tell and right now, almost every NHL team still has a chance to grasp Lord Stanley's Cup.
 
Much peace and love to you and have a safe and peaceful Holiday Season.  Remember to email me at pk@kuklaskorner.com with any questions or comments you may have or visit Kukla's Korner for the latest happenings in hockey.



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I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic