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Emrick, Olczyk work overtime on video game

Doc Emrick doesn’t get particularly tired calling hockey games, even ones that go into overtime. But NBC’s Stanley Cup Final play-by-play man met his match recently when he and partner Ed Olczyk provided the voices for EA Sports’ “NHL 15’’ video game, which will be released this fall.

“I had not been so mentally tired before,’’ Emrick said of the experience, which took Olczyk and him 150 hours...

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Quick sales for Quick's Cup Final sweaters

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Jake Muzzin

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Until the Kings won their first Stanley Cup in 2012, they were relative afterthoughts on the Los Angeles-area scene, including on the sports merchandise market.

Now? “They’ve established themselves as one of best in the league,’’ said Barry Meisel, president and COO of the MeiGray Group, which has agreements with the NHL and individual teams, including the Kings, to sell authenticated items...

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Dave Maloney recalls a 'more innocent' Cup Final vibe in '79

DAVE MALONEY Captain: Oct. 11, 1978 - Dec.

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Dave Maloney remembers the Stanley Cup Final being a big deal in 1979, when he captained the Rangers in their five-game loss to the Canadiens.

But compared to what he has seen this time around as the Rangers’ radio analyst?

“It’s overwhelmingly different,’’ he said. “The world has changed a thousand-fold since ’79 in a number of ways, especially with the media and the league.

“Perhaps...

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Kings' Bob Miller has even more seniority than Sam Rosen

Sam Rosen has been the Rangers’ TV play-by-play voice for 30 years, making him a newcomer compared to his Kings counterpart, Bob Miller, 75, who has been on the job since 1973.

But they share a common frustration: Because NBC has exclusive rights to the Final, both are limited to postgame studio work rather than play-by-play.

“It’s really tough, because obviously you’re there all year...

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NHL Final tix far more costly than NBA Finals tix

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden,

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Asking prices for the Games 2-6 of the Stanley Cup Final were averaging more than double the corresponding games in the NBA Finals - $2,310 to $1,076 - as of early Friday, according to the secondary ticket site Razorgator.

Still, the average for tickets to Game 2 of the Cup Final in Los Angeles had fallen 38 percent since Monday, to $898.22.

Tickets to the three potential Cup Final games...

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Doc Emrick back on job for Game 2

Sports commentator Doc Emrick waves to fans as

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Doc Emrick, who missed calling Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final following the death of his father-in-law, flew to Los Angeles Thursday night and was at Staples Center for the Rangers' practice Friday.

He will call Game 2 for NBC Saturday, with Kenny Albert, who had filled in for him, returning to his usual Rangers radio role.

Emrick said he watched Game 1 on television and heard replays...

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Sky Rink reunion at Cup Final

Kenny Albert

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This post is way too self-indulgent for our print edition, but that is why God created blogs.So here ya go:

Covering my first, full Stanley Cup Final has offered a trip down memory lane to a time when I still owned hockey equipment, still was willing and able to stay up until 3 in the morning skating to and fro and make it to work the next day and still had enough hair to stick out from the...

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Don La Greca plans to 'embrace the madness' with Game 1 call

Don La Greca has had many opportunities to call Rangers games before, and even has worked NHL playoff games. But Wednesday night is nothing short of a “dream come true.’’

With Doc Emrick missing Game 1 of the Cup Final because of a death in his family, Kenny Albert will fill in for him on NBC, which in turn moves La Greca into Albert’s play-by-play spot on ESPN New York radio.

“I was...

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Kings' PA announcer used to shoot T-shirts at Islanders fans

Dave Joseph grew up in northern Michigan as a Blackhawks fan and now is the Kings’ public address announcer, but in between he had a brief-but-memorable association with another NHL team:

He is a former Islanders T-shirt cannon shooter.

This was during his days working part-time in sales for the Islanders when he was a Hofstra student and a defenseman on the school's club hockey team,...

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Fox hires David Diehl as a game analyst

DAVID DIEHL Tackle

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It is not unusual for star NFL players to transition quickly to the television booth upon retirement.

It is unusual for an offensive lineman with little national recognition to do so.

But Fox was sufficiently impressed with the potential of David Diehl to hand him a gig on its roster of game analysts in his first season after retiring following an 11-year, two-Super Bowl-ring career...

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