Saturday, December 31, 2011
Yahoo vividly tells the story from that fateful day, as well as the changes to specific people on that bus as well, which included Joe Sakic, who will be a Hall of Famer as soon as this October, Sheldon Kennedy and then coach Graham James, both of whom are prominent names in the sex abuse scandal that implicates James in a series of sexual abuse against some of his former players that included Kennedy and Theoren Fleury. A sad irony in the crash is that almost 25 years later, a plane crash in Russia would claim the lives of the entire Yaroslavl Lokomotiv team. May the souls lost in both incidents rest in peace and their families find solace in knowing that those lost in the tragedies live on with the legacies left behind.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
So, what will 2012 be like? Who knows? Life is unpredictable, and that's the way I like it.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Yahoo, Carbonneau mentioned that it would be in Cunneyworth's best interest to learn French. The quote:
But there’s no doubt in my mind that the coach of the Montreal Canadiens has to speak both languages, at least to some extent.
But there’s no doubt in my mind that the coach of the Montreal Canadiens has to speak both languages, at least to some extent.
Carbonneau should know a thing or two about Montreal media, as he has dealt with it as a player and more recently, as a coach. However, it should be noted that Cunneyworth is the interim head coach, but even that seems to have caused the media to go into a frenzy.
Where do I stand? I say let Cunneyworth coach and see where it goes from there. He has stated that he is willing to learn French, but one way that he can ease some of this pressure is to win, something Montreal hasn't done lately. Cunneyworth's every move will be scrutinized, and for every failure, those who clamor for a French-speaking coach will only grow louder. If I'm the General Manager of any other team that could be looking for a new coach in the near future, I'd keep an eye on this situation just to see if he can handle the pressures of Montreal.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
As homage to Schuldiner, here is one of his most recognized works:
Monday, December 12, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
A: Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver
B: Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg
C: Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Toronto
D: Carolina, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington
What does this mean? Well, the two teams that will be most affected in travel will be Florida and Tampa Bay, as they will have the most miles to travel against division rivals. Dallas' travel is reduced in the sense that under the new alignment, their closest rivals are Nashville and St. Louis, as opposed to Phoenix in the current alignment. Many of the West Coast teams are grouped together, which will dramatically help the Canadian teams in travel. Much of the Eastern Conference alignment is such that the mid-Atlantic teams are grouped together and the current Northeast Division is now simply adding the two Florida teams. Dramatic change? Yes. Does it make the most sense? I would also say yes to this question.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Having said all of that, today's spotlight is on the team from the town of Kennewick, WA known as the Tri-City Americans. Kennewick is a town in the southern part of Washington, and is located approximately 20 miles from the Washington/Oregon border. (Wikipedia alert: most of what follows is taken from this site, so if anyone with better knowledge about the Tri-City Americans is reading this, step forward) The history of the Americans dates back to 1988, but the team itself has a history that goes even further. In 1966, they began play in the WHL as the Calgary Buffaloes for a season before changing their name to the Centennials. From 1977 until 1982, the team played under the Billings Bighorns name. A season as the Nanaimo Islanders followed before the team moved to New Westminster to become the Bruins. In 1988, the team became what is currently known as the Tri-City Americans.
Players who came through Kennewick on their way to the NHL include Stu Barnes, Olaf Kolzig, Carey Price, and Sheldon Souray.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Before the Winterhawks came into existence in 1976, there was the Portland Buckaroos. Actually, the Buckaroos were two different teams in two different eras. The first incarnation played in the Pacific Coast Hockey League and North West Hockey Leagues from 1928 until 1941. That team played in the Portland Ice Arena, where the Rosebuds had previously played in the 1910's and again in 1925-26 as the reincarnated version, the latter of which would eventually form the basis of the Chicago Blackhawks team (as the Black Hawks from inception until 1986) as founded by Frederic McLaughlin. As for the Buckaroos, the second incarnation of the team would be formed in 1960, under the old Western Hockey League (the minor league version, not the junior league that the Winterhawks are a part of now). That team would win three championships from 1960 until the league folded in 1974. The Buckaroos would move to the Western International Hockey League the following year, and would be a part of the ill-fated Pacific Northwest Hockey League the year after that.
In 1976, the old Edmonton Oil Kings franchise (a new team bearing the same name has since started play in 2007) relocated to Portland, becoming the Winter Hawks (the name until 2009, when the space in between "retired") and to date, this franchise has won two championships in its existence, and counts Cam Neely, Marian Hossa, Paul Gaustad, and more recently, four first round picks in the last two years (Ryan Johansen and Nino Niederreiter in 2010 and Sven Baertschi and Joe Morrow in 2011) as players who have come through the Rose City.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Wild roster page (though how long it will stay up there remains to be seen).
Thursday, November 24, 2011
- Mike Smith should give thanks to the Phoenix Coyotes and their defensive system.
- Tampa Bay is thankful for structure, a General Manager that knows a thing or two about team building, and a coach that can effectively employ a frustrating alignment.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins for getting their best player in Sidney Crosby back in time for the holidays.
- Fashion in the NHL is thankful for the New York Rangers.
- Comedians (or wannabes) for the New York Islanders and their "alternate" jerseys.
- The city of Edmonton for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Now, anything is possible.
And this blogger is thankful for friends, family, a wonderful playoff run following the Canucks, and good music. Happy Thanksgiving, and go stuff yourself.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Now, when are the Rangers going to unveil their Winter Classic duds? It's a little more than a month away, and the longer they wait, the more money that will be lost from sales.
What makes Nugent-Hopkins special? Well, for one thing, guys like Smyth, Taylor Hall, and Jordan Eberle will have their numbers increased because RNH (I'm getting tired of typing out the last name, so I'll shorten it to what you see for the rest of this article) has the ability to get the puck to the guys that can score, as the 5-assist game against the Blackhawks on Saturday proves. More impressive than that is that RNH looks like a more complete player than Hall, who was the first overall pick in the previous NHL Entry Draft. Yes, RNH will hit a wall at some point this season, and yes, he can stand to fill out a 6'1" frame (he's 175 lbs. at the moment), but RNH has helped to reignite the passion of Oilers fans everywhere. The best news of all? He's got guys like Smyth and Shawn Horcoff to guide him along, as both know what it means to be representing the Oilers.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
NHL.com, there is visual proof of the back of the jerseys, and I have to say that I'm happy that they didn't go for the Philadelphia Flyers style of name plate. Would I go out and buy the Islanders' third jersey? No, but I would not put it on the same level of ridicule as the Atlanta Thrashers' third jerseys or any of the Dallas Stars jerseys they have right now.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Following the Rangers' first victory of the season, Henrik Lundqvist was seen sporting a black fedora for post-game interviews. Asked about the hat, Lundqvist said: "(Brad Richards) gave it to me. Someone bought it in Europe, and it's going to be our winning hat this year! We call it the Broadway Hat! Someone has to wear it after each win, and today was my turn. I am going to try and wear this hat every game. That's going to be my goal!" Check out all the different Rangers who have earned the hat to date this season.
For a team that is based out of New York, this hat is about as appropriate as it gets. They're not the first team to introduce apparel to be worn after every victory (the gold jacket from the Bruins last playoff season and the hard hat that the Calgary Flames passed around during their Stanley Cup Final run in 2004), but fashion forward suits the Rangers perfectly. Now, when will we see Sean Avery sport this hat?
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Mark Howe never won the Norris Trophy, a product of playing in the same era as Ray Bourque and Paul Coffey, among others, and reached the Stanley Cup Finals three times, falling short in all three. As a current scout for the Red Wings, he has four Stanley Cup rings to his name, a credit to his mental acumen in his playing days. It took a while for Mark Howe to get to the Hall of Fame, but there is no chance that he would have traded the Howe name for anything in the world.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Costello only played two seasons in the NHL, but his legacy was best exemplified in his hometown of Timmins, ON, where his funeral had to be moved to McIntyre Arena to accommodate the large gathering of people. And here's something you may not know: the Flying Fathers were indirectly responsible for Wayne Gretzky meeting his future wife Janet, as the proposed idea was a part of Gretzky's trek through Hollywood long before his trade to Los Angeles in 1988.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The movie itself was ahead of its time when it comes to special effects, and the social commentary within the movie isn't too strong, yet will make you think twice about technology, and television in particular. This movie isn't for everyone, but it is definitely one of those movies that once you get it, you get it.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
As for today's topic, it's all about the 'stache, as this month is Movember, or the month formerly known as November. What is Movember? I'll let the link speak for itself: Movember.
Now, if you would like to support this cause, whether you are a male who can grow a mustache (or not) or female who likes mustaches, just head to the Movember website for more information, including how you can contribute.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
- The Toronto Maple Leafs do not have have a single player on the first or second team that played in the 1990's or beyond. The latest any Leaf mentioned played was Bjorne Salmig, who last played in 1989.
- Despite a dreadful last 20 years or so, one New York Islander managed to crack the second team in Kenny Jonsson, who played from 1995 until 2004.
- Not surprisingly, the New Jersey Devils teams are dominated by teams from the Stanley Cup years, with Kirk Muller being the only one who played before those years that made the team.
- Scott Walker makes an all-time team? Only the Nashville Predators, folks.
This issue, like many of the Hockey News magazines, was designed to inspire debate, from the major issues of the day to the more comical things, such as hockey songs. I am approaching ten years since I bought my first Hockey News Yearbook, and I am happy to say that I am still buying, and will continue to do so.
Monday, October 31, 2011
If you are a Toronto Maple Leafs fan (and this feels odd, since as I am writing this piece, I am wearing an Ottawa Senators jersey as a result of last night's Battle of Ontario tilt), then save the date of February 11, 2012. Why? On that date, the Maple Leafs will raise a banner to honor the player you see in the picture. Yes, Mats Sundin has been either really loved or really hated in his time as a Maple Leaf. Even before he suited up for the Leafs, the opinion has always been divided, largely because he was acquired in a trade in 1994 with the Quebec Nordiques that saw Leafs' fan favorite Wendel Clark go the other way. This trade obviously didn't sit well with some Leafs fans. In 1997, he was named the captain of the team, and would hold that distinction until 2008. It was in the last year as a Maple Leaf that Sundin's detractors really let themselves heard, for Sundin refused to waive his no-trade clause that would have allowed him to be sent to a team that had a chance to win a Stanley Cup. It is this act that many of his detractors point to as a reason to dislike him immensely.
Sundin's time as a Maple Leaf didn't end with a Stanley Cup, or even a Finals appearance for that matter, but when you think of the Maple Leafs and their run of good fortune in the early 2000's, for better or for worse, Sundin was the face of that team. Even when the team wasn't (and still isn't to this point) very good after the lockout, Sundin remained, going down with the ship until after the 2007-08 season, when he became a free agent and eventually signed with Vancouver in the middle of the 2008-09 season. Despite the criticism (fair or unfair), Sundin did everything possible to represent the Maple Leafs in the best light, and now, he will be honored along with the likes of Syl Apps, Doug Gilmour, and yes, Wendel Clark.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
And this mask got me to think about this gem of a Looney Tunes cartoon:
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
On an interesting side note, parts of this movie was made in the Lawrence, KS area, so anyone in the Kansas City/Lawrence area, this would be a decent pick up for the local enthusiast in your life.