Welcome to the first Round Up!
Madison Square Gardens Gets A Billion Dollar Makeover
The newly renovated MSG will be unveiled tonight after a three year, $1 billion makeover. The GardenVision scoreboard is new and improved–twice as large as the previous; Chase Square, the main entrance, has doubled in size, and includes two 600 ft video screens in the ceiling. The renovation also allowed for more space for concessions, concourses, restrooms and suites. I think the coolest part of the reno is the Chase Bridges–overhanging seating areas. Watch the reno here.
HBO’s “24/7” Will Follow the Red Wings and Maple Leafs Journey to the NHL Winter Classic
If you’re like me and you can’t wait for the Jan 1, 2014–the day of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic–you’re in luck, because HBO will be chronicling both teams participating, the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The third season of the show will premiere on Dec. 14th, (every Saturday) leading up to the Red Wings/Maple Leafs match up at the Big House (located on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan). Canadian viewers will also get to watch as well–Sportnet will show the series starting on Dec. 15th (every Sunday after that).
Red Wings Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is now a dad
Congrats are in order for Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and his fiance Evelina Hedman, who welcomed daughter Liv on Monday. Baby Liv came at 11 am on Oct. 21, and is seven pounds, four ounces and measures 20 inches.
Ericsson and Hedman named their daughter to honor Ericsson’s former Grand Rapids teammate Stefan Liv, who died in the September 7, 2011 KHL team plane crash in Russia.
During Red Wings-Coyotes game on Saturday, Ericsson sustained a partial dislocation of the left shoulder and will be out for two weeks.
San Jose Sharks’ Brent Burns is getting a buzz cut and shaving his beard for a good cause
Most hockey fans know Burns as the NHLer with the long(ish) hair and mountain man beard. He walked by me once before a Kings/Sharks game and let me tell you, it looks pretty awesome in person. On Nov. 1st, Burns will get a buzz cut and shave his beard–“Burnzie’s Buzzcut for Charity.” Sharks Foundation will be accepting donations up until Oct. 31st. If you donate $50 or more, you will get a before/after photo and the top three donors get to watch the haircut/shave in person. Proceeds will support two charities: Defending the Blue Line and the Katie Moore Foundation. More info at www.sharksfoundation.org
Coyotes Goalie Mike Smith Becomes 11th Goalie to Score Goal
With :00.1 seconds remaing in the Coyotes/Red Wings game this past Saturday, Smith became the 11th NHL goalie to ever score a goal. The Coyotes won the game 5-2. Interestingly, Smith scored a goal his rookie year in the ECHL with Lexington in the 2002-03 season.
Chicago Blackhawks will premiere “17 Seconds,” a film on their 2013 Stanley Cup Championship
The film, “17 Seconds,” not only shows Game Six–when the Blackhawks earned the Stanley Cup win, but goes into the Boston locker room where the team celebrated the win, as well as the airplane ride home. “17 Seconds” will premiere on Oct.30th at 7 pm at the Navy Pier IMAX Theatre in Chicago.
The film will be included in the Blackhawks Stanley Cup book, “One Goal II.” You can order pre-ordered the book and DVD set today on chicagoblackhawks.com