The 2007–08 NHL season was the 91st season of operation of the National Hockey League. It began on September 29, 2007, the regular season ended April 6, 2008; the Stanley Cup playoffs ended on June 4, with the Detroit Red Wings taking the championship. The 56th NHL All-Star Game was held in Atlanta, Georgia, as the Atlanta Thrashers hosted the event at Philips Arena on January 27, 2008; the hosting by Atlanta was rescheduled from 2005, when a lockout cancelled the entire 2004–05 season. National Hockey League announced that the regular season salary cap would be going up for the third consecutive season; the 2007–08 salary cap is being increased by US$6.3 million per team to bring the salary cap up to US$50.3 million. The salary floor is at US$34.3 million, 71.5% higher than the salary floor during the 2005–06 season. The season featured; this was the first league-wide uniform innovation in the history of any major North American professional sports league. Seven teams unveiled new designs prior to the season's beginning.
On March 1, 2007, the NHL announced the regular season would open on September 29, 2007, with the first of back-to-back games in London at The O2. They were the first NHL regular season games played in Europe. Both games featured the defending Stanley Cup champion the Los Angeles Kings; the official average attendance per game was 17,625 per game. However, if the two games played at the O2 Arena are counted, the number is 17,309 per game. On September 17, 2007, the NHL announced the first outdoor game in over four years would be played between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the National Football League's Buffalo Bills, on January 1, 2008; the event—known as the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic—was the first time an NHL regular-season game had been played outdoors in the United States, it set an NHL attendance record of 71,217 people. The only previous outdoor NHL game was the 2003 Heritage Classic played between the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers at Commonwealth Stadium on November 22, 2003.
During board of governors meetings held on September 18, 2007, in Chicago, cities including Las Vegas, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Quebec City and Winnipeg were discussed as possible expansion destinations. The NHL discussed the current "unbalanced" schedule and voted on a new schedule format at a board meeting in November, so that all teams will play each other at least once and reduce intradivisional play in the 2008–09 season, in essence returning to the scheduling structure that existed in 2003–04, would have existed in 2004–05; the sale of the Lightning and Predators teams were not completed for board approval. A number of minor rule changes were introduced for the start of the 2007–08 season. Penalty shots can now be awarded when a player with the puck is hauled down from the centre line on in rather than from the opposition's blue-line as had been the case; the interference rule was altered to allow for a major penalty and a game misconduct when an injury results. Another change affected faceoff placement: All faceoffs must be conducted at one of the nine dots painted on the rink.
The New Jersey Devils began playing in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. However, since the arena was not ready by the beginning of the season, they began their season with a nine-game road trip. Inter-conference division play had the Northeast visit the Pacific, the Pacific visit the Atlantic, the Atlantic visit the Northwest, the Northwest visit the Southeast, the Southeast visit the Central and the Central visit the Northeast. Michael Cammalleri of the Los Angeles Kings scored the first goal of the season against the Anaheim Ducks on September 29 in the opening game played in London, England. Richard Zednik of the Florida Panthers was injured after having his external carotid artery in his neck accidentally cut by the skate of teammate Olli Jokinen in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on February 10. Zednik recovered from the injury, but missed the remainder of the season; the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators matched up for the first time since the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals on March 3, 2008, in Anaheim.
The Washington Capitals improved from 14th place in the previous season and last in the Eastern Conference during the first third of the 2007–08 season to finish as the third seed in the 2007–08 playoffs and winners of the Southeast Division. The turnaround was attributed to the hiring of then-American Hockey League coach Bruce Boudreau, whose efforts won him the Jack Adams Award for the 2007–08 season; the San Jose Sharks went the entire month of March without a regulation loss and were the media's favorite to win the Cup going into the playoffs. The Detroit Red Wings won the Presidents' Trophy for finishing the regular season with the most points. Fewer goals were scored in the regular season than in the 2006–07 season, with an average of 5.44 goals scored per game. Goaltenders combined for 161 shutouts. GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points. Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, z – placed first in conference Divisions: PA – Pacific, CE – Central, NW – Northwestbold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, p – Presidents' Trophy winner Where two or more clubs are tied in points at the end of the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order: The
Fan Peipei is a Chinese football player who plays for China League Two side Dalian Chanjoy. In 2005, Fan Peipei started his professional footballer career with Jiangsu Sainty in the China League One. In July 2009, Fan transferred to Chinese Super League side Chengdu Blades, he would make his league debut for Chengdu on 2 August 2009 in a game against Shaanxi Renhe. In January 2013, Fan transferred to China League One side Chongqing Lifan. On 21 February 2017, Fan transferred to League One side Dalian Transcendence. Statistics accurate as of match played 11 October 2019. Jiangsu Sainty China League One: 2008Chongqing Lifan China League One: 2014 Fan Peipei at Soccerway
Blue Thumb Records was an American record label founded in 1968 by Bob Krasnow and former A&M Records executives Tommy LiPuma and Don Graham. Blue Thumb's last record was released in 1978. In 1995, the label was revived and remained active until 2005. Bob Krasnow had been in the record business since the 1950s, working as a promotion man for King Records and working for Buddah/Kama Sutra Records. Blue Thumb was intended by Captain Beefheart to be the name of his backing band. However, Krasnow did not think. Krasnow chose the name for his label. Other acts that appeared on the label include Phil Upchurch, Ben Sidran, Last Poets, Gerry Rafferty, The Credibility Gap, The Crusaders, Hugh Masekela, Sam Lay, Southwind, Robbie Basho, Tom Rapp, Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Jimmy Smith, Dave Mason, The Pointer Sisters, The Hoodoo Rhythm Devils, T. Rex, Ike & Tina Turner, Love, Gábor Szabó, Mark-Almond and National Lampoon. Blue Thumb used independent distribution, but went to Capitol/EMI for distribution in late 1970.
Gulf and Western's Famous Music Group took over distribution in mid-1971 bought the label outright in 1972. Late in 1974, the Famous Music record labels were sold to ABC Records. ABC kept Blue Thumb active for a time for albums by the Pointer Sisters and the Crusaders as well as some reissues. In 1979 ABC sold its labels to MCA Records. In the United Kingdom and Europe, Blue Thumb releases were licensed to Harvest Records from 1969 to 1971, to Island Records thereafter. In 1995, an anthology CD was released, All Day Thumbsucker Revisited: The History of Blue Thumb Records, consisting of recordings from various artists from 1968 to 1974; the label was revived in 1995 for blues and soft rock releases. This remained so after the 1998 merger with parent Universal Music Group and PolyGram and being put under the fold of the Verve Music Group, continuing to be Verve's imprint for non-jazz releases. In early 2005, the Blue Thumb imprint was deactivated and was replaced with Verve Forecast to handle such releases.
UMG's reissue arm Hip-O Records has reissued several Blue Thumb recordings, including such acts as the Crusaders, Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks and the Pointer Sisters. List of record labels Verve Records The Story of Blue Thumb Records Blue Thumb Discography