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The Chicago Blackhawks will take the ice tonight for the chance to win their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. For NHL fans whose memories stretch back to the 1970s and 1980s, such a feat might not seem all that impressive. The NHL was once extremely friendly to dynasties: The Montreal Canadiens won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1976 to 1979, the New York Islanders did so from 1980 to 1983 and then the Edmonton Oilers won five Stanley Cups in seven seasons from 1984 through 1990.But this isn’t the same league: No team has won back-to-back Stanley Cups since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. And cases like the Blackhawks’ — where teams win championships separated by a couple of seasons, as they did in 2010 and 2013, or as the Los Angeles Kings did in 2012 and 2014 — are fairly rare, too.In the series of charts below, I’ve tracked the share of NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB champions who were repeat winners, along with the share who had won at least one title in any of the three previous seasons.1For instance, the 2014 champion would qualify by having won the championship in 2011, 2012 or 2013. These trends can also ebb and flow over time. After the Boston Celtics won 11 championships in 13 seasons from 1957 through 1969, the NBA then went 19 seasons without a repeat champion until the Los Angeles Lakers did it in 1987 and 1988. Since this data can be a bit noisy, I’ve stretched it over a fairly long time frame, showing trailing 20-year windows for each sport.Over its past 20 seasons, the NHL has the lowest share of repeat winners among the major sports leagues — the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 were the only one — along with the lowest share of teams to repeat within a three-season window (four out of the past 20 Stanley Cup champions did so). By contrast, before about 1990, it was probably the easiest sport for repeat winners. From 1971 to 1990, for instance, 45 percent of Stanley Cup winners had also won the championship in the previous season, and 75 percent had won a Stanley Cup within the previous three years.The reasons for this are obvious enough: The NHL has expanded rapidly, from six teams in 1966-67 to 30 teams today. It implemented a hard and unforgiving salary cap in 2004-05. And it’s a fairly random sport: Compared with something like basketball, the best team won’t necessarily prevail, even over a seven-game series.Still, the differences are striking. Given the difficulties of keeping a team together in the modern NHL, winning three championships within six years, as the Blackhawks will do if they can finish off Tampa Bay, would perhaps be no less impressive a feat than what the Islanders did by winning four in a row, for example. And they’ll have done it with largely the same group of talent. Nine of the Blackhawks’ top 10 players by point shares this season, including Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, were also members of the franchise in 20102Although goalie Corey Crawford spent most of the 2009-10 season in the minor leagues and played just one regular-season game for the Blackhawks; the only exception is left wing Brandon Saad, who had not yet been drafted. UPDATE (June 16, 11:13 a.m.): The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on Monday night, confirming their status as a modern dynasty.
More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Related Items:chief justice margaret ramsay hale, governor peter beckingham, michael misick, sipt trial Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Dec 2015 – Some have labeled it a ‘witch hunt’ and today is expected to be an interesting one at the Myrtle Rigby Health Complex turned sophisticated court room when ten defendants including the former and first Premier of the country, Michael Eugene Misick appear to face charges of corruption while in office. The cases are arguably the most popular in Turks and Caicos history and certainly are the most expensive. While Governor Peter Beckingham this year in a statement explained that the UK believes it best to give a cost breakdown on the Special Investigation which is led by Prosecutor, Helen Garlick once the trials are over… it was during the Appropriations Committee meeting recently, that Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay Hale explained how the money would be spent when it came to the judiciary. The CJ agreed that the trial will have cost the country between eight and nine million dollars from 2015 to 2017. The trials open today at 10am after the original date, Monday December 7, was devoted to training of attorneys on the new technology set up at the court for swifter access to the mounds of evidence. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials Recommended for you
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Kolkata: A CESC officer from South Division congratulated Raj Kumar Paswan on his new electrical connection. Paswan is the 3.2 millionth customer in CESC’s licenced area.CESC officer Aparna Roy Chowdhury, congratulated the Paswan family comprising the 45-year old Paswan, his wife and three children on the 3rd floor of 41, KN Sen Road, Kasba on Monday evening and handed over the company’s official documents and an important CESC booklet on electrical safety to Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsthe family.Expressing the company’s delight at welcoming it’s 3.2 millionth customer, Avijit Ghosh, Vice-President ( Distribution) recalled that way back in April 1899, CESC had introduced power to the then Calcutta and only a very small group of citizens had the benefit of electricity.Thereafter, across the century CESC steadily expanded its consumer base, keeping pace with the growth of the city.Ghosh added that during the year ending March 31, 2018, CESC welcomed 1,03,000 new consumers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOut of the present, 32 lakh CESC connections, around 27 lakh are Domestic, 4 lakh Commercial and others.There was a time when getting a new power connection in the city was full of delays. Things have now changed totally and it is possible to get a new connection almost across the country.In the case of Paswan, who stays in a 550 Sq. Feet flat on the 3rd floor, power connection could be provided by CESC immediately after the bill payment.The new connection booklet, presented to Paswan by CESC contains a detailed list of relevant information regarding the various services offered by CESC and details of different channels through which a consumer can now get in touch with CESC.The CESC safety booklet throws light on electrical safety and how to avoid electrical hazards.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 TORONTO — Hotel industry veteran Linda Kent has been named the Vice President for Zoom and Go’s Client Services and Strategic Partnerships.As one of the travel industry’s foremost electronic distribution executives, Kent comes to Zoom and Go directly from Travel Leaders Group where, over the past two years, she served as Senior Director, Hotel Solutions and Agency Relations.Since 1992, Kent has served in a variety of positions, including Senior Vice President of Business Development for Pegasus Solutions; Senior Vice President of Electronic Distribution for Wyndham Hotel Group; Vice President of Electronic Distribution for Starwood Hotels and Resorts; and Product Manager for Sabre Hotels.“I take enormous pride in my proven history of cumulatively capturing billions of dollars in gross revenues through effective electronic distribution that successfully blends supplier relations with innovative product development for the hospitality industry,” Kent noted. “By identifying and capitalizing on opportunities that boost sales and operational excellence, I look forward to lending my expertise to Zoom And Go’s extraordinarily strong future.”Zoom And Go’s map-based hotel booking platform, currently used by some of the industry’s largest travel agencies and agency organizations, integrates seamlessly with existing GDS and legacy systems. Zoom And Go enables agents at all competency levels to see increases in productivity, preferred bookings and profitability.For travel agencies and travel agency organizations interested in learning more how Zoom And Go’s industry-leading solutions can help increase hotel bookings, email [email protected] Posted by Tags: People [People] Zoom and Go adds hotel industry veteran to executive team Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>