Posts Tagged ‘NHL

Kings apology a royal foul-up

- April 13th, 2012

It’s not often I write about sports, unless it’s a meddlesome medical association out to ban adults from making adult choices, or some other such silliness, but I am a hockey fan, so the playoffs have been front of mind.

And, having grown up in Edmonton — I know, I’m one of THOSE — I can’t say I grew up with any affection for the Vancouver Canucks, other than their minimalist rink-and-stick jerseys.

So I had quite a good chuckle when the L.A. Kings social media team cast off this missive after winning Game 1 over the ‘Nucks:

To everyone in Canada outside B.C., you’re welcome!

Obviously, people with the Kings get it. Other than the Leafs, hating the Canucks, especially in Alberta, has become sport. And tapping into that on social media is a fun way to link to fans in this country.

But, sadly, some people are a little too sensitive, and the team wound up apologizing.

Unnecessary, in my books. Trash talk is a part of the game, and if Vancouver’s fans are offended, too bad. I would hope to see more of this kind of thing on social media. Not less. But the apology sets a bad precedent.

My message to any sports fan who is overly sensitive is this: If you don’t like it, fire back with something better, or suck it up.

Can’t handle people trash talking your team? Consider being a lifelong Oilers fan.

Tourism promo a quack

- April 20th, 2011

Alberta has lots to offer visitors.

Outdoor getaways. Mountain vistas. Amazing music festivals. Great sporting events. World-class dining experiences. Giant Easter eggs. And so on.

So it’s only natural that we would want to promote ourselves outside our borders.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has taken aim at an Alberta Tourism promotion, eyeing hockey fans and concert-goers at Anaheim’s Honda Center, home of the NHL’s ducks.

The partnership seems strange on face value. While the Travel Alberta spokesman claims they get good value and see business from visitors that they link to the Honda Center partnership, one has to wonder whether the province sees a return on the $500,000. It is possible, I suppose.

But having known Albertans who have capitalized on a hockey season trip to Disneyland by scoring cheap ducats to some NHL action, I wonder to whom they’re promoting the province. Surely plenty of Canadians. My hockey loving Disney visitors can’t be alone.