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Posts Tagged ‘Helene Elliott’

For LAT Hockey Writer, It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

Here’s a familiar-sounding scenario: the Los Angeles Lakers are quickly eliminated from the NBA playoffs; the Kings keep going through to the Stanley Cup finals; reporters board bandwagons full of new fans to cover the ride.

It’s a summary line LA Times sportswriter Helene Elliott is living this spring just like she did back in 1993. At that time, after three years of covering the Angels and a season on the Lakers beat, she was tasked with chronicling Gretzy’s exploits once the purple and gold were bounced in the first round by the Phoenix Suns. As the Brooklyn native recently told Montreal Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan, things have changed dramatically since she first began covering hockey for Newsday:

“When I started, there were not the kind of equal-access rules that there are now,” she said. “There were times you would have to wait outside the locker room and a PR person would have to bring somebody out for me to interview… Just different scenarios. I’m glad those days are long gone…”

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West Coast Bias Stick Checks Canadian Hockey Fans

With the Vancouver Canucks poised to return the Stanley Cup to the birthplace of the sport for the first time since 1993, the ice cold presumption would be that every single Canadian hockey fan is thrilled to bacon bits. But that presumption would be wrong.

LA Times hockey beat writer Helene Elliott runs down the reasons why not all Canadians are on the Canucks vs. Bruins bandwagon ahead of tonight’s Game 1. For anyone in LA who has had to suffer through a conversation with east coasters denigrating our fair city, many of the reasons quoted in the article seem strangely familiar:

Jealousy is a likely factor. Vancouver’s mountain and sea vistas make it one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and it has milder winters than the rest of Canada. Its success in hosting the Winter Olympics has given it new prominence internationally, too. Is it fair for Vancouver to have all that and the Stanley Cup too?

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Former Northwestern Classmates Duke It Out Over Kings, Sharks

Once upon a time, San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy was sports editor at Northwestern University’s student newspaper when LA Times sportswriter Helene Elliott was a contributing freshman. Today, they find themselves on opposite sides of the Sharks-Kings NHL playoff series.

Yesterday, Purdy told his readers they should expect a lack of playoff intensity from the crowd at Staples Center tonight during game three. He wrote that while San Jose’s “HP Pavilion can be a Metallica concert when the puck drops, Staples is more of a Kenny G experience.” Today, Elliott responded with a blog piece titled “Kings Fans Will Make Noise Over San Jose Writer’s Column:”

Kings coach Terry Murray doesn’t think there will be Kenny G-like serenity in the arena Tuesday night. “I’m expecting it to be very revved up, very loud, noisy…”

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