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Jim Boone’s Blog: An open letter to Gary Bettman

Jim Boone’s Blog: An open letter to Gary Bettman

by Jim Boone - November 23, 2009 9:25 AM EST

The co-founder of the NHL Fans' Association believes it is time Gary Bettman steps down and the NHL gets a new top dog.
Gary Bettman Commissioner National Hockey League 1185 Avenue of the Americas New York, N.Y.  10036 Hi Gary, Congratulations on serving 16 years as the leader of the National Hockey League.


Jim Boone's Blog: Fans want new commish; better TV

Jim Boone's Blog: Fans want new commish; better TV

by Jim Boone - October 10, 2009 10:08 AM EDT

The co-founder of the NHL Fans' Association explains why it's time for some serious changes to the game off the ice.
It’s time to start over. It’s time to rebuild. It’s time to be patient for five years while this mess is fixed. No, I am not talking about a bottom-feeding team embroiled in an ownership mess.


Jim Boone's Blog: An open letter to Paul Kelly

Jim Boone's Blog: An open letter to Paul Kelly

by Jim Boone - September 15, 2009 11:15 AM EDT

The co-founder of the NHL Fans' Association looks back at the former union head's days at the top and what his firing means for the game.
September 2009 Paul Kelly Former Executive Director NHL Players’ Association No Fixed Address Dear Paul, I was filled with a sense of optimism on Oct.


Jim Boone’s Blog: NHL must focus more on growth and fans

Jim Boone’s Blog: NHL must focus more on growth and fans

by Jim Boone - January 22, 2009 11:42 AM EST

The president of the NHL Fans' Association grades the league's management and lays out a plan for the future.
Clearly, there are two types of NHL fans. There are those who would like to see improvements made to the game in order to foster growth in both arena attendance and television viewing audiences.


Jim Boone's Blog: Comparing U.S. and Canadian fan opinions

Jim Boone's Blog: Comparing U.S. and Canadian fan opinions

by Jim Boone - November 27, 2008 10:49 AM EST

The co-founder of the NHL Fans' Association discusses results of a poll done on his organization's website.
The NHL Fans’ Association and The Hockey News have a few things in common. Both organizations cherish their hockey-mad members (or readers) and both organizations attract hockey fans from both sides of the 49th parallel.


Jim Boone's Blog: Steve Yzerman, a Hall of Famer for the fans

Jim Boone's Blog: Steve Yzerman, a Hall of Famer for the fans

by Jim Boone - September 9, 2008 10:13 AM EDT

Even as a rookie, Yzerman has always treated fans with respect; another reason he's an all-time great.
In my hockey dreamland, there is a hall of fame for players who have been selected by the most important stakeholders in NHL hockey – the fans.


Jim Boone’s Blog: Give fans a voice

Jim Boone’s Blog: Give fans a voice

by Jim Boone - May 29, 2008 11:55 AM EDT

The co-founder of the NHL Fans' Association explains why the league should listen to its paying customers.
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association deserve match penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct because they refuse to include fan representation on their committees.


Jim Boone's Blog: NHL’s Game plan to break the American TV trap

Jim Boone's Blog: NHL’s Game plan to break the American TV trap

by Jim Boone - April 1, 2008 3:09 PM EDT

How can the NHL attract more eyeballs in the United States? The NHL Fans' Association president has an idea.
Fantasy playoff pools, especially in Canada, will soon be in full swing. But here’s a hockey fantasy for both sides of the Canada-U.S. border: It’s moments before the championship-clinching Game 7.


Jim Boone Blog: Introducing the NHL Fans' Association

Jim Boone Blog: Introducing the NHL Fans' Association

by Jim Boone - March 12, 2008 1:31 PM EDT

The NHLFA's co-founder tells the story of the reasons the association was formed and how it got started.
The Hockey News called and asked if I would join their big league blog team.  I insisted a no-trade clause be included in my deal, but GM Sam McCaig told me he didn’t negotiate no-trade clauses.


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