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Coach’s Corner Rewind: February 23, 2013

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“Harlem Shake” fever hits the NHL

Six months ago, a song by South Korean K-Pop sensation Psy spread across the world like a wildfire. That was the phenomenon known as Gangnam Style. This past month, the phenomenon smoldered out, and another phenomenon started to spread like what Gangnam Style did half-a-year ago just last week. This phenomenon is known as the Harlem Shake. The structure of a Harlem Shake video is as follows: The 30-second video begins with one person (in this case, the mascot) dancing alone to the Baauer song “Harlem Shake”. Then when the line “and do the Harlem Shake” drops, all mayhem lets loose as everyone is goofing around for the rest of the video. The first NHL team to do a Harlem Shake video was the Columbus Blue Jackets:

Then, the Dallas Stars performed a “live-action” version of the Harlem Shake:

After the Blue Jackets and Stars released their versions of the viral video, the LA Kings did their own Harlem Shake video:

Yesterday, the Phoenix Coyotes released their version of the Harlem Shake.

The Montreal Canadiens just released their Harlem Shake video last night. Here’s what it looks like…

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Some Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew Photos from the 2012-13 Season (So Far)

Thanks to the folks at SI.com, there’s a photo gallery of the NHL’s ice crews taken during the first third of the NHL season. And even though the Blackhawks have only played five games at the United Center this season, in a shortened season, the Hawks are a nearly quarter of a way through its home schedule, and by the end of tomorrow night’s game against Vancouver, a third of the regular season schedule would already be in the books. Luckily, some of the rinkside photographers took some pics of the Blackhawks Ice Crew in action during those five games, and six made it to the SI.com gallery. On March 5, 8 more pics were added to another gallery on SI.com. These pics were taken during the Hawks’ 7-game homestand where they went 6-0-1.

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Coach’s Corner Rewind: February 16, 2013

Ron MacLean and Don Cherry’s Tour du Canada continues at the City of Champions, Edmonton. This is what happened this week on “Coach’s Corner”, and the big story is what Grapes has to say about Erik Karlsson’s season-ending injury.

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Hockey Day in America 2013 Preview

Hockey Day in America is back.

Emanating this year from the historic Trump Wollman Skating Rink in New York’s Central Park, Hockey Day in America is a day dedicated to the sport of hockey across the United States. This year, 3 games headline Hockey Day in America. This first game on NBC between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres will be called by TSN’s Gord Miller and MSG’s Joe Micheletti. After that, NBC’s no. 1 team of 2011 U.S. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Mike “Doc” Emrick, 2012 U.S. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Eddie Olczyk, and “Inside the Glass” reporter Pierre McGuire will call the second game between the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and the best team in the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks, from the Madhouse on Madison, Chicago’s United Center. Hockey Day in America concludes on the NBC Sports Network from The World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, as NBC’s no. 2 team of Dave Strader and Brian Engblom will call the game between the Washington Capitals the New York Rangers. During NBC’s broadcast, there will be special features about hockey in the United States, which includes the inspirational story of Jack Jablonski and his road to recovery and the history of hockey hair with “NHL Overtime” analyst Jeremy Roenick and “The Crossover” co-host Michelle Beadle.

All the action begins at 12 Noon ET on NBC. Don’t miss it!

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Coach’s Corner Rewind: Hockey Day in Canada 2013 Edition

Since it was Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada yesterday, this edition of Coach’s Corner emanates from the home of the Petes, the venerable Peterborough Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ontario.

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What You May Have Missed: Edmonton Oilers on “Call Me Maybe”

Sometimes during a game, there would be a taped video segment that players would grill their own teammates on something embarrassing that would be seen on the arena’s video board. Well, during the Edmonton Oilers’ 4-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche last Monday, the clip below, courtesy of Oilers TV, was shown at Rexall Place. The question asked to Oiler players was “Who on the team knew all the words to the undisputed song of 2012: Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’?” The responses were quite interesting.

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