Thursday, December 16, 2010

First Hat Trick

Just a short note...for the first time in his long NHL career, Nick Lidstrom, Captain of the Detroit Red wings, scored a hat trick. :) Woohoo!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hockey Record Set at "Big Chill" in Michigan

This is fantastic and just goes to show the passion of Michigan sports fans...and the love of hockey there...


The "Big Chill in the Big House" was a big win for the home side.

A world-record hockey crowd of 113,411 packed Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday to watch the Wolverines roll to a 5-0 victory against archrival Michigan State.

The turnout smashed the previous hockey record of 77,803 set at last the International Ice Hockey Federation world championships in Germany this spring. It's the largest crowd in the history of the venerable stadium, which routinely draws more than 100,000 fans for football.

"Any time you looked away from the game and look at the environment and the surroundings, it was definitely surreal," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.

It was the second time the teams have played outdoors -- they drew 74,544 at Michigan State's Spartan Stadium in 2001, setting a record for the largest hockey crowd at the time. This game featured temperatures in the low 40s and an 8 mph wind, producing a wind-chill factor that was just above freezing.

"It was a big risk when they undertook this," added Berenson, who played his college hockey at Michigan and is in his 27th season as coach of the Wolverines. "You never knew if fans would support it, what the weather would be like or what the game would be like. But everything turned out all right and couldn't be better."

Jon Merrill and Carl Hagelin each scored twice for the Wolverines, now 10-5-4. Goaltender Shawn Hunwick stopped all 34 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season.

Merrill, chosen by New Jersey in the second round of the Entry Draft in June, opened the scoring with a power-play goal 12:04 into the game and made it 2-0 when he scored again at 14:54.

Hagelin scored the next two goals, connecting during a power play at 12:12 of the second period and again with the extra man at 8:57 of the third. David Wohlberg completed the scoring at 10:45 of the final period by batting in a rebound.

Among the fans who had the longest trip were friends and family of Hagelin, a native of Sweden.
"I have 20 or 25 family or friends from back home," he said. "It's just amazing to first off get them the win -- and (to) score a couple of goals was fun."

Spartans coach Rick Comley was thrilled with the scene, if not the outcome.

"The whole thing was great. If you can separate losing, you can't as a person involved in hockey experience anything better than what you experienced tonight," he said.

Material from school media was used in this report. and NHL.com

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

ANA V EDM..what a game!!

What a game last night between Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers! It went 10 rounds during the shoot-out. :) I have never seen that before. And, I learned something new last night from the Anaheim commentators. You may know this...

When the shoot-out occurs, the best shooters (goal scorers) shoot first. As the shoot-out progresses, the least skilled show up. What was funny, is that Bobby Ryan of Anaheim was number 5. That's how skilled Anaheim is..

It was a fantastic game to watch. Anaheim finally won with a goal by rookie Cam Ward.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hockey Talk

According to NHL Live! this am, there are talks between Rogers Communication and the Quebec bigwhigs (don't know who they are) about possibly moving the Edmonton Oilers to Quebec. Soon find out. As soon as I hear more, I'll post. Interesting stuff...

Chris Osgood is back on the Wings roster. Room was made for him today when back-up goalie, Joey MacDonald, was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins..posting on Twitter via Red Wings...

Mike Modano having wrist surgery. His wrist area was cut by an opponent's skate (unintentional) last Saturday.

Marian Hossa out two to three weeks with a lower back injury. He collided with a fellow Hawk during practice on Monday.

More upcoming....

Saturday, November 27, 2010

You Think Hockey Refs are Bad?

I know I, like so many other hockey fans, complain about the absurb calls made from hockey officials. After watching a college football game today...I think we need to count our blessings...

During the traditional rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan..Ohio State scored. After scoring, the Ohio player turned to the crowd and put his hands over his head. He formed the letter "O". The letter "O" signified Ohio State.

The refs called a penalty for "obscene gesture directed towards the crowd". How utterly stupid is that?!

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Friday, November 19, 2010

What a Game! and other updates...



Hoping others had a chance to see last night's game between Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flayers. WOW!!!! I turned the game on and before I knew it...bam! Score...5 seconds later the opposing team ...BAM! SCORE! By the end of the first period the score was 5-4. Ending score: 8-7 TPA. NHL on the Fly stated it was the highest-scoring game since 1998. The game was addicting. I stopped doing everything else and just sat in front of the tv, mesmerized by what was going on. Just great....:) Steven Stamkos scored a hat trick. He's on a definite winning streak. What fun! I missed not seeing the ice covered with hats. (The game was in PHI) I would cheer for an opposing team member's hat trick. What's up with that?


More info...Sean Avery seems to be back to his old tricks. Last week, he took a cheap, unnecessary shot at an opponent. (I don't remember who). I don't care how much “Anger Management” someone goes though, if the person is selfish...they're selfish. Avery is a selfish player. It's too bad, also. Once he sticks to playing hockey, he's a good player.


The Lightning have been fun to watch. Having Stevie Y with the team, will – no doubt – be to the team's benefit. The team will turn into a success. There are numerous, skilled players of both veteran and beginning levels who will be gelled into a winning team.


The first half of the season is a time for developing lines and seeing what works best. Games are fun to watch, but the season doesn't really kick into gear until January...in my opinion...


OK....enough for now. Have a good one!

Friday, October 22, 2010

NHL Happenings Update

Different issues to cover:

Rick Rypien, Vancouver Canucks, just received a six game suspension for his altercation with a fan. Plus, the Canucks organization were fined $25,000. Personally, I believe the six games is not enough. There is no excuse for physical contact between a professional athlete and a fan. Professional athletes are held to a higher level.

Martin Brodeur has earned his 112th career shutout. Kudos!

And...I'm still thinking about the on-ice fight between Pavel Datsyuk and Corey Perry the first week of this season. Datsyuk, a 4-time Lady Byng recipient, stood his own and then some. It was fun to see him take down the "bully" Perry. Perry and the Ducks have a reputation for being physical. The announcers stated that the Ducks try to take down foreign players. And..who else but the "gentle" Datsyuk? It's always entertaining, in my opinion, to see someone stand up against the Ducks. And...Datsyuk did just that. The repeat clips never get old. :)

Friday, October 8, 2010

It's Here!

The new NHL season has started! It was great fun watching the preseason games. It's always interesting to watch young players trying to earn a spot in the line up. It's also fun to watch veterans mesh with new teammates.

I find it so pleasurable to watch new players develop into higher caliber players. No matter how successful they were at the junior level, there's still room for improvement. How players gain muscle mass and strength, for some reason, sparks my curiousity. It's inspiring. It's also fun to watch a player swing (for lack of a better word) his stick and miss the puck. That's not something you see everyday once the real season starts. :)

What was most surprising, though, was how veteran player Bill Guerin was not signed to PHI. Interesting...

So, as the new season starts.....GO WINGS!!!!!!!!!!!! There was talk about what number Mike Modano would wear. He was number 9 with the Stars for all those years. 9 is retired by the Wings...it belongs to Gordie Howe. 19 is retired...it belongs to Steve Yzerman. So...Mike Modano's number is ..90. Cool..:)

Once again....GO WINGS!!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Greatest Hockey Legends.com: Those Were The Days: Bobby Hull Commercial

Greatest Hockey Legends.com: Those Were The Days: Bobby Hull Commercial: "Here's Bobby Hull way back in 1971, trying to sell you the car of your dreams. Okay, not so much. He's trying to sell you a Mercury Comet! ..."

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Salary Cap Circumventing...

It was discussed on last year's NHL Live! how long term contracts were allowing teams ways to find salary cap loopholes. Personally, I'm glad this happened....

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2010/09/13/sp-devils-nhl-fine.html

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Some Broad Street Bullies to become US Citizens

One of my friends sent me this link and I thought I'd pass it on.

Here's an interesting article about some new U.S. citizens who happen to be part of the Broad Street Bully legacy...ENJOY!!

I don't know why the link isn't working...so please copy and paste this:

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news?slug=ap-flyers-broadstreetamericans


Friday, August 27, 2010

Joel Quennville & Stanley 082710


Here's a pix I received in my Twitter box. Enjoy! Coach Quennville and Stanley at a White Sox game....

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Marty Turco signs with Chicago Blackhawks

Marty Turco has been a favorite goaltender of mine for awhile. He recently signed a one-year contract to play with the Original Six team. Here's the article about it...

Enjoy! The link does not work (for whatever reason), so here is the address to copy and paste...

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=535332

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Battle of the Blades

There's a reality show known as "Battle of the Blades". It is similar to Dancing With The Stars, only it's broadcast only on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company). And..here's the fun part. It's all done on ice.

Former hockey players (I think they're all NHL caliber) will be ice dancing, or figure skating. This'll be fun to watch!!

There's a blog post done by Kelly Chase of the St. Louis Blues. He's one of the participants.

Here's the link:



Seeing that I live in the U.S., I hope I can watch it on the Internet. :)

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Kovy Contract Rejected

Ilya Kovalchuk entered into a 17-year contract with the New Jersey Devils a couple of days ago. I posted a couple Tweets about how I didn't agree with long-term contracts. Those long-term contracts are absurd, in my opinion. It all started with Ovechkin entering into a 12-year contract with the Washington Capitols, as far as I recall. That's just too long. Far too many ..what's the word?..uncertainties exist. I believe contracts need to be limited to a maximum of four years.

Anyways, a couple of hours ago on 7/21/10, the NHL rejected Kovalchuk's contract due to "circumvention of the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement).

Here is the link to the Bill Daly's, NHL Commissioner, statement regarding this event:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=534725&navid=DL|NHL|home


(Couldn't get the link to properly work within this post...)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Heart Be Still..Mike Modano in Detroit?

Mike Modano is a free agent. Dallas is not going to re-sign him. There has been talk about how cool it would be for him to play for the Detroit Red Wings. He's from Westland, MI (or Livonia, as some websites say). There is a hockey rink named after him there. Etc...
When I first heard of the talk...how exciting?!! Then, today I open up my Facebook page and BOOM!! An article posted on the Detroit Red Wings site about Mike Babcock believing Modano will sign. HEART BE STILL!!

Here's a link to the article:
http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=534537

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

MTL V PHI 1976 Stanley Cup Final

Just got done watching Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers. It's part of the “35 Years of Stanley Cup...” on the NHL Network.

Among many post-game interviews held in the MTL locker room, the Conn Smythe was award to R. Leach. Leach played for PHI. That was fun to see.

Scotty Bowman coached MTL. It was his second Stanley Cup championship in three years. In fact, after the series ended, the announcers stated...”It's been three years since Montreal won the Stanley Cup. It's overdue.” Good one...:)

While watching the game, there was Ken Dryden standing in his now famous pose. It was too cool to watch. It was fun watching all the “legends of the game” playing.

It was really nice seeing only one microphone being used during the post-game interview. There was only one interviewer, also. How nice is that? The interviews were friendly, relaxed and very pleasant to watch and listen to. It was like watching a personal conversation between a player and the media person. All players greeted the interviewer by his name, also. Nice. It was easy to get a sense about the player's personality. It was nothing like the current forced, intrusive interviews done by the media. Nothing.

Kudos to the NHL Network for putting this programming together. Too cool...

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Bob Probert Dies...

Bob Probert dies at age 45. He'll always be a Detroit Red Wing in my memory. He was always fun to watch. Here's the article from the Windsor Sun:

http://www.windsorstar.com/Probert+collapses+boat+Report/3238135/story.html

Friday, July 2, 2010

Another Hockey Withdrawal-NHL Live!

First there is the withdrawal that occurs when the Stanley Cup celebration ends. Then, there's the withdrawal that occurs when NHL Live! goes on hiatus until September. That happened today, July 2 of 2010.

The show has been great the past few weeks since the original hosts, Don LaGreca and EJ Hradek, were were both participating. Their hockey knowledge is phenomenal and totally impressive. How they remember things that happened years ago is amazing to me.

The show provides a great insight into the personalities of players, coaches and others involved in hockey. It's fun to see NHL pros during games after hearing or seeing them on NHL Live! It gives a different perspective. Everyone has the common thread of loving the sport of hockey. It's just too cool to witness that passion. Even though I may complain at times about Eddie O talking too much during his color announcing of games, on NHL Live! ...he's fantastic. He provides tons of insight and information. And..he's entertaining.

NHL Live! is where I learned about Jerry Bruckenheimer being a huge hockey fan. I thought it was cool to learn that. :) (He's from Detroit.) What was even cooler, though is how he discussed the fact there was “too much talking during the television broadcasts”. WOOHOO!! He won a coveted NHL Live! Award earlier today for being the best celebrity on the show during the year. (I can't remember the award title). Which reminds me...

NHL Live! Is where us listeners were introduced to the off-ice Ken Hitchcock, an experienced coach. Wow.. He's a wealth of knowledge and totally fun to listen to. He liked to tease Don LaGreca about his wardrobe. That was always entertaining.

NHL Live! Is where I learned that the salary cap is based upon the year's revenues. I didn't know that before. I find that interesting for some reason.

There was an Awards Show during the last half hour of the show today. Such fun and purely entertaining. A regular contributor to the show is a caller named Jimmy. He gave an acceptance speech when he won the “Best Caller Award”. lol Golda Meier and Vanna White were up for the Best Female Host, but Deb Placey won. Earlier in the season Darryl Tregor was being interviewed on the show. He mentioned how he watches the show while wearing his robe. He hasn't lived that comment down since. Today he won an award for his 80's mustache and robe. Ever since that interview, every time I see him...I think of his robe comment and laugh to myself. That happened because of NHL Live!

Another Award recipient was Eddie Olyczyk. The prize was a certificate for one-half donut and an empty Starbucks coffee cup. Davis Payne won the Best Named Coach Award. Payne mentioned how he's always been a pain in the “you know what” and his wife is Nurse Payne. She always got ribbed for her bedside manner. “It runs in the family”.

Every show with Don & EJ provided hockey knowledge, insight and entertainment. Sometimes I laughed so hard, I cried. Hockey and humor...what a nice mixture.

I'm going to miss NHL Live! Ho Hummmm....

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dustin Byfuglien Traded?!

Wow..Dustin Byfuglien was traded along with two other Chicago Blackhawks to the Atlanta Falcons. It was common knowledge that Chicago had salary cap issues to deal with for the upcoming year. But...trade Dustin Byfuglien? That was not expected at all.


Mike Milbury was just interviewed on NHL Live! and stated he believed that was a huge mistake. I totally agree. When I first heard the news, I thought..”Of all the people”.
During the regular season, he may not have been that impressive. The regular season does not matter much, anyways. The regular season, basically, determines who makes it into the Playoffs. However, once the Playoffs and Final started, “Big Buff” kicked in.
He thrives in that “big arena”. Byfuglien was the major reason for the Hawks keeping Pronger until control for the last two games. He was the backbone of the Hawks getting their act together. Until Byfuglien took Chris Pronger out, the Hawks were kind of floundering. Just the fact that Pronger was able to be taken down, in and of itself, says a lot about Byfuglien's talent and strength. The team rallied together and gained strength when Byfuglien was at his best.

In my opinion, the Hawks will not be the same AT ALL without Dustin Byfuglien around.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Stanley Cup Addiction

Well, since the Hawks won the Stanley Cup and ended their 49-year drought, it's fun watching what's going on. Chicago Sportsnet has daily updates on where the Cup is, or was, for the day. It's addicting. So far it's been to the children's hospital, local bars and eateries, hockey school for the deaf, at elementary schools and on the streets. Versteeg was interviewed on NHL Live! yesterday and regaled the story about how he and Sharp were carrying the Cup while walking on a Chicago street. Suddenly, traffic's congested, crowds swelled and the “Cup guy was probably going nuts”. (The Keeper of the Cup needs to be with Stanley at all times...from what I understand). The players had to get back on the bus. That's what the Stanley Cup does. It's a magnet.

There's something special about Lord Stanley's Cup. Other sports have trophies, but none compare, in my opinion. There are so many great things about it...

Winning the Cup is so rare, you just cannot take it for granted. It's fun watching the playoffs start and wind down as teams get eliminated. All with the goal of winning the Stanley Cup.

It's pure fun watching the winning team hoist the Cup over their heads after winning it. For the first time all season, we can see players, coaches and others simply beaming. The looks of content, ecstasy, thrill and excitement are fantastic to witness. For instance, this is the first time I've seen Joel Quennville (coach of CHI) smile all season. Throughout the season, players and coaches are interviewed and may smile as part of that. It's not the same. Season-long interviews are conducted while the ultimate goal is still being pursued – that of winning the Cup. Smiles are short-lived and sometimes, contrived. Not after winning the coveted Cup, though.

There's something magical about the Cup. Witnessing the Stanley Cup Parade through Chicago last week was just fantastic. Seeing the Cup and the proud, yet temporary, winners holding it never grows old. (I don't care what year it is). Knowing that it took 49 years to accomplish the goal makes it even more special. It's a part of history. Any true hockey fan would appreciate that. Over 2 million people lined Chicago streets to catch a glimpse of the Cup and team. Wow...that's just indescribable.

The Stanley Cup provides inspiration, hope and, many times, sparks memories. Seeing the smiling faces and/or twinkling eyes on those who can touch or glimpse the Cup is something else that never grows old.

The Stanley Cup signifies achievement and team effort. The Cup is not just for the players or management team of the winning franchise, however. It is for an essential element of the team effort, the fan. That is why it is known as the “People's Cup”.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

What A Crazy Ending to a Crazy Season..NHL 2010

This NHL season was one unlike others I've remembered. It started out with more body injuries, head shots, cross-checking, blind shots, incorrect calls, uncounted goals, miscalled goals, etc.... And, it ended with a game-winning goal being scored without anyone but Patrick Kane knowing about it. Bizarre from beginning to end. Fun, but bizarre.

This was the first time in 18 years that we weren't sure whether the Detroit Red Wings would make it into the playoffs. To say that was bizarre is an understatement. It was fun, yet rather nerve-racking to pay attention to how many points the low-seeded teams had and how the Wings were fitting into the equation. What a strange trip it's been. Having become accustomed to the Wings being one of the top-seeded teams for so long was quite a strange reversal.

To have the season start without knowing the plight of the Phoenix Coyotes is another story. The team was bankrupt. No purchase offer was accepted. So, the NHL purchased the franchise. The team went on to become one of the top-seeded teams for the season. Another bizarre story.

To have the low-seeded Philadelphia Flyers gain entrance into the playoffs via a shoot-out is another story. How rare is that? And, their climb to the Stanley Cup Finals makes for another Cinderella story. So much fun to watch and root for.

Playoff hockey is usually fun, but this season was especially true. Seeing the Washington Capitols, seeded #1, being knocked out of contention early was unexpected. Fun to watch, but unexpected. The Pittsburgh Penguins, last year's Stanley Cup Champions, were eliminated before the finals. (I personally liked seeing that happen.)
Tying goals were scored in the last .2 seconds of a game to force OT. Games were won by 3-0 down teams. Etc..etc.

The best part, though, was watching Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Four minutes into OT, Patrick Kane takes a shot. Then...he raises his hands, skates around the net and gloves start hitting the ice. I thought a fight broke out. Then, it looked like a celebration. I didn't see a goal scored. No goal light went on. No ref called a goal. When it dawned on me that the winning goal was scored...wow! What a way to end a season! So apropos.
What started as a crazy regular season ended with the strangest winning goal I never saw.

Kudos to the Chicago Blackhawks for ending their 49-year Cup drought. Lord Stanley's Cup is going back to Chicago. It was way too cool to see Scotty Bowman during the victory celebration and interview. It's his 12th Stanley Cup. Wow....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Go Hawks?!

Tonight's game 6 between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers is tough to decide between. As a die-hard Detroit Red Wings fan, the Chicago Blackhawks are arch enemies. However, it would be great to see them hoist the Cup and end their 49-year draught. Plus, the team is so young. And, they are so strong. Four strong lines to choose from. The depth on their team is phenomenal. All around fun to watch. What an accomplishment it would be to win Lord Stanley's Cup. :) And, Scotty Bowman is with the team now. Wherever Scotty Bowman goes, the Stanley Cup follows shortly. So....

Then there is the Philadelphia Flyers. A pure Cinderella team for the 2009-2010 season. Being such a low-seeded team and scooting into the playoffs via a shootout is so uncommon, it's just pure fun to watch. The depth of their team talent is tremendous, also. Multiple players kicking in when needed. Coming up with game-winning goals at the last moment, it's just too cool. You never know what to expect from the team.

Watching the television broadcasts of the series has been great. Being able to see each arena's opening ceremonies is wonderful. The tradition of hearing and watching Kate Smith sing “God Bless America” is priceless. Hearing the National Anthem sung before Chicago's games is great. But another great thing about CHI...is when the team enters the ice. “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent is playing. Woohoo!! Way too cool, in my opinion. Kudos to NBC and Versus for doing a great job. Now, if only Pierre McGuire....well, we'll let this article end on a positive note.

The hockey during this series has been just great. I, selfishly don't want it to end.

As much as I may hate to say this...”Go Hawks!”

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Why Chris Pronger is Entertaining

Now that Chris Pronger is not in the Western Conference, my opinion of him has changed for the positive. It's a 360-turn around. For years, when he played in the Western conference, he was head-to-head with the Red Wings and other contenders. I despised the dude. He took cheap shots, was forever and a day starting fights and was just a downright spiteful player. He definitely got away with moves other players would have received penalties for. He was mean. Many times I found myself yelling at the tv after watching some of his moves. (I'll deny yelling at my tv, if anyone asks). He was excellent at playing defense, but I still hated him.

That's changed this season. I was thrilled to see him become part of the Philadelphia Flyers. That team has had a reputation for being rough and “dirty” for years. I felt he would fit right in. And, he has.

It's a blast watching him go after players and do his stuff. It's fun watching him get in someone's face and chirp. It's fun watching him maneuver for position in front of the net. He's just all around fun to watch. :)

His antics at press conferences are entertaining, also. So many stupid questions asked, and he gives stupid answers. He plays with the media like they deserve to be played with. The media, in my opinion, has gotten out of hand. They have invaded the sport far too extensively and ask the most redundant, ridiculous questions. And, some questions are asked at the most inopportune times (like when players are sitting on the bench). For instance, at a recent press conference after Game 2, he was asked something about how he guessed. (I'm not certain of the correct wording since I couldn't hear it). He responded, quite defiantly, ...”I don't guess”. He would request media to ask one question at a time. He would ask which question they wanted him to answer since there is such a propensity for the media to ask two questions at a time within one phrasing. He was putting it to them. Kudos to him! It's refreshing to see a player take a stance instead of hearing the usual, run-of-the-mill answers. I'm willing to bet some it has to do with him being a veteran player. New kids on the block probably couldn't get away with it. Plus, who's going to mess with Chris Pronger?

Pronger is a seasoned veteran who, I believe, will be a first-round Hall of Famer. It's fun to finally be able to have the pleasure of watching him play.


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Friday, May 28, 2010

Steve Yzerman moves on...

Steve Yzerman is the new General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. It's great that the team has his guidance, yet it's also sad. A couple of days ago on NHL Live! A caller mentioned how when he heard the news, his eyes teared up. The caller was living in Tampa, but is originally from Detroit. It was nice hearing someone express my same emotions...

When I first heard the news, I had the same reaction. Stevie Y has always been a Detroit Red Wing, his entire professional hockey career. He's so embedded within the region, that he's almost like a friend to everyone. His reaction to Wings' losses and wins, his from-the-heart comments, and his unwavering determination were always so welcoming to see. He has always been such a class act. No temper tantrums, no intentional hurting of others. He expressed himself through his hard work and skill. His leadership took the team from the cellar to a Stanley Cup Championship that ended a 44-year draught. He would remain calm and steadfast while others would lose their temper. He was reliable. And, now....he's gone from the franchise. He's no longer a Detroit Red Wing. :(

My double-edged reaction comes from my living in Tampa at the time their franchise started. It was exciting to see the team started. It was cool watching them win the Stanley Cup. It has not been fun seeing their decline. What a shame. Now, though...
with Steve Yzerman involved with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team can only get better.

A new chapter has begun.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Don & EJ on NHL Live! 05/26/10

Today was a great show on NHL Live! It usually is when EJ Hradek & Don LaGreca are co-hosting the show,which is what happened today on the NHL Network. While recuperating from a arduous prior day, I had the chance to relax and watch the entire show today. Was I glad I did..:)

A couple of weeks ago, a viewer called in and told Don that his shirt was “ugly”. Ever since then, it's been a running joke on the show. Today, LaGreca commented about how self-conscious he is now about his shirts. And, he offered the alternative of taking his shirt off instead of having viewers complain. After receiving “NO!!”, he commented...”How do you know I don't have six-pack abs under here?” “I don't though, I have a keg.” Good one..:)

Another entertaining part of the show happened from Operations, otherwise known as Greg Baldinger. He developed a multiple-choice question for viewers to answer. The topic was which shirt would viewers vote to be the worst that Don's ever worn. There were five choices, with a pix of Don in each. Viewers were asked to tweet, email or text their choices in. Results will be revealed on next Tuesday's show.

It would be great to have Don & EJ back on a permanent basis. Knowing that it won't happen, it's still nice when it does occur.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Being An Original 6 Elitist..

On last week's NHL Live! I heard a term that rung a bell. Someone called themselves an “Original Six Elitist”. It never dawned on me that there was such a thing. After listening to what it was and how people respond, it seems that term applies to me.

Being brought up in a Detroit-area hockey family in the hey day of the Production Line (Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio, Sid Abel) I remember what's it was like when the NHL had its original expansion and subsequent franchise additions. It struck me as being curious. “What do we need more teams for?” was my original thought. I snubbed my nose on these “new teams” since they didn't have the history of the Original 6. (Original 6, in case you don't know, are: Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers).

I remember what it's like to hear radio announcing that is nothing but play-by-play with no other incessant talking. There were no color announcers. It was pure entertainment. Hearing a mumbled, staticy-voice talking at a fast pace with an occasional “SCOOOORE!!” is just priceless. It still brings a smile to my face and a chuckle to my belly. (That is why I get so upset over the nonstop and unnecessary talking during televised hockey games. It's senseless and infuriating. It totally robs the sport of its entertainment and enjoyment value).

I know about what pride there is in a city that has seen Stanley Cup championships dating back to 1936. It's fun seeing memorabilia from that time period. It's fun watching cars ride around with Wings flags. It's fun seeing the Spirit of Detroit statue being draped in a Wings jersey. Just fun.

It's fun watching televised games from the 1950's. Only an Original 6 team and fan base can say that. Even the televised games consisted of play-by-play announcing. That's the way I remember a televised hockey game of an Original 6 team.

It's fun seeing banners dating back to the 1930's at Joe Louis Arena. Only an Original 6 team would have such banners.

I remember how often a city going through trials and tribulations would come together for the simple pleasure of watching and/or rooting for a hockey team and its game. Race didn't matter, income stature didn't matter, the love of hockey mattered. Not only does the team unite the City of Detroit, it unites the entire State of Michigan. Sports can do that, anyways. It's just nice to see it in a city once known as the “Murder capital of the world”.

I remember the 40-year drought when the Wings were awful. When I hear people gripe today about how “spoiled” or “accustomed to winning” the Wings are, I know the person does not understand the history of the franchise. Another Original 6 fan would.

The team logo has stayed the same since inception. That's a biggie. There's a profound pride in that. No concern about what the team will look like year to year. We know the Wings logo and colors will be the same.

Whatever team is playing, I find myself rooting for the one who's an Original 6. If that's elitist, so be it. The only time there is a concern with that is when there are conflicting teams playing. For instance, the recent Eastern Conference Semi-Finals between the Philadelphia Flyers V Boston Bruins, was one such game. Boston is an Original 6, yet Philly is a comeback team. Both are strong pulling points.

I was living in Florida when the Tampa Lightning started their franchise. “Hockey in Florida? in hot weather? How stupid..” was my original thought. My tune changed after going to a few games. There's nothing like a live hockey game. :)

The Original 6 are the foundation of the NHL. It's so much fun to see any of them advance to the Stanley Cup Championship. :)

I'm not a fan of labels, but seeing I may fall into the category of an “Original 6 Elitist”, I'm proud of it.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

2010 Red Wings Have Been Plucked

My beloved Red Wings have been plucked til next season. Our 2010 Stanley Cup quest has come to an end. We've decided to give San Jose a chance to experience NHL playoff victory. Best of luck to the Sharks...

It is cool seeing the Sharks finally advancing in the playoffs. They are a very good team. (I'll deny saying that if I meet a SJ fan in the checkout lane, though).

My prediction: Sharks V Hawks, with Sharks winning in 6.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wings Advance to Semi-Finals!

My beloved Detroit Red Wings kicked some butt last night by beating the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 7 of the series. The final score...6-1. Finally, after all this time, it was the Wings I have been accustomed to watching. It was like watching the waking of a giant. How nice....:)

The Phoenix Coyotes were phenomenal throughout this 2009-2010. Considering they didn't know what was going to happen with the team when the season started....it truly is a "Cinderella story". I was rooting for the Coyotes each time they played (unless they played the Wings). They were so much fun to watch. Dave Tibbett did a fantastic job of coaching the team. Just great...It was sad to see them lose, but great to see the Wings win. :)

Anyways, it's the Red Wings V San Jose Sharks in the semi-finals. Can't wait. The Sharks have been a fun team to watch this entire year. I'm sure the series will be a GREAT ONE!!

GO WINGS!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

2010 Calder Memorial Trophy finalists

Calder is awarded to the Rookie of the Year....


Matt Duchene Colorado Avalanche
Games 81
Goals 24
Assists 31
Points 55
+/- +1


Jimmy Howard Detroit Red Wings
Games 63
GAA 2.26
Save % .924
Shutouts 3


Tyler Myers Buffalo Sabres
Games 82
Goals 11
Assists 37
Points 48
+/- +13 (wow!!)


Info taken from NHL Live! And NHL Network...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

2010 Lady Byng Finalists

The Lady Byng is award to the NHL player who combines a high standard of playing ability with exhibiting a gentlmanly and sportsmanship-type conduct. It was first awarded in 1925. Here are the finalists, as revealed and discussed on NHL Live!....

Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings
Games 80
Goals 27
Assists 43
Points 70
PIM (penalty in minutes) 18

Brad Richards Dallas Stars
Games 80
Goals 24
Assists 67
Points 91
PIM 14

Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
Games 82
Goals 29
Assists 65
Points 94
PIM 12

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2010 Vezina Trophy Finalists

Vezina Trophy is award to best goaltender....

Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils
Games 77
Wins 45
GAA 2.24
Save % .916
Shut outs 9
(set all time shut out record on 12/21/09)


Ilya Bryzgalov Phoenix Coyotes
Games 69
Wins 42
GAA 2.29
Save % .91
Shut outs 8


Ryan Miller Buffalo Sabres
Games 69
Wins 41
GAA 2.22
Save % .929
Shutouts 5

As reported on NHL Live! and the NHL Network...

2010 Frank Selke Award Finalists

Selke Award is for best defensive forward...


Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings
Games: 60
Goals 27
Assists 43
Points 70
=/- +17

Ryan Kessler Vancouver Canucks
Games 82
Goals 25
Assists 50
Points 75
+/- +1

Jordan Staal Pittsburgh Penguins
Games 82
Goals 21
Assists 28
Points 49
+/- +19

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Why Playoff Hockey ROCKS!!

A hockey stick gets caught between a head visor and helmet...

A hockey stick gets caught in the skate of a goaltender...

A hockey stick gets caught in the skate of a defenseman...

Six players strong rush towards the net, in a race which determines the puck's destiny...

A player, with a broken nose, wears a full face mask instead of sitting out...

A player receives a full body check and starts a full-team retaliatory assault...

The action is so fast-paced, the play-by-play announcer praises God for a break in the action. You hear a deep exhale as he breathlessly states this...

These are just a few reasons why hockey fans love playoff hockey and look forward to this time of the year so much.

Playoff hockey is here and ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!

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Friday, April 16, 2010

While watching Vancouver Canucks games, I have seen these green men who, for the life of me, I couldn't figure out. The first time I saw them, I thought I was seeing things. I wasn't taking mind-altering drugs, either. The second time I saw them, I was befuddled. What the blazes were they? What was going on?

Then, while watching NHL Live! (on the NHL Network), EJ Hradek and Don LaGreca answered my questions. They discussed the men and provided me with the insight I needed. So, the mystery of the Green Men was settled on April 16, 2010. Thanks to the return of my favorite NHL broadcast duo...EJ & Don. :) Cool... I even learned about a skateboarding bull dog going by the NHL Store. You can't get that anywhere else. lol

Background: There are these two men who cover themselves in green. They reminded me of a faceless Spiderman, but in bright green. Whenever an opposing team member would go into the penalty box, these two guys would go up to the box's glass and try to cause a distraction. I can't wait to see them again. Lol Now that I know a little more about them...they're very entertaining.

A viewer just wrote in and mentioned that the Green Men originated from “It's Always Funny in Philadelphia”.

Gotta go, Don's reading an email. Lol It's just fantastic to see those two together.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Versus Color Announcers & NHL Playoffs...

It's great that the conflict between Versus, Comcast and DirecTV has been settled. Us DirecTV subscribers can now view Versus programming. It was in time for this 2010 seasons' hockey playoffs. Great timing. However...


Last night's (Wednesday, April 14, 2010) programming started out GREAT. “Doc” Emrick was the play-by-play announcer for the Pittsburgh V Ottawa game. Surprising game result(Penguins lost),but the announcing was simply superb.

Then, the Detroit Red Wings V Phoenix Coyotes game is getting ready to broadcast. It's going to be a great series, no doubt about it. Everything is in place and I settle in. The game starts...and so does the incessant jaw-flapping by the color announcer.

The game was a conversation between the two announcers with the game being a second-hand show. How tiring and so very...very....very...disappointing.

I pray to God this does not go on for the entire series. If the play-by-play announcer was left to do his job, he could provide an entertaining show.

VERSUS COLOR ANNOUNCERS.....Please, stop talking and wrecking our viewing pleasure. We are trying to watch our beloved hockey playoffs, not listen to your incessant verbiage. It is the hockey game that matters, not what you think.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

2010 NHL Playoff Matchings

Here are the matches for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoff Quarter Finals:


Western
San Jose
Colorado

Chicago
Nashville

Phoenix
Detroit

Vancouver
Los Angeles


Eastern
Washington
Montreal

Pittsburgh
Ottawa

Buffalo
Boston

New Jersey
Philadelphia


LET THE PLAYOFFS BEGIN!! Woohoo!!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

NHL Records

Kudos to the Wings...The Detroit Red Wings have accumulated 100 points for the 10th year in a row when they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets today, 4/09. Only time any NHL team has done this.

Kudos to the Hawks...for the first time in the history of their franchise, the Chicago Blackhawks have won 23 road games by defeating the Colorado Avalanche in Denver today. Having accumulated 111 points, the Hawks are tied with SJ Sharks.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Strange Feelings for Wings Fan

This has been the strangest season for me and my beloved Detroit Red Wings. For the first time in 17 years, there was concern about whether or not the team would make it into the playoffs. It was a totally bizarre feeling. :? At the same time, it has been very exciting. Since the 2010 Olympics, the Wings have given us some of the best hockey to watch. Tying goals in the last two seconds of the game, winning goals in the last .2 seconds of OT. Wow...It's been great.

It's just so unusual to look at the top 8 or 9-seeded teams and see Detroit in anything but the top 3. Having to be concerned about which team is up or down a few points is a trip. I found myself wanting to see NSH, CGY, LA and CO lose so that they do not knock my Wings out of contention. (Well, I have liked seeing CO lose since the late 80's..:) Some grudges and rivalries are hard to forget. :)) It has been a very bizarre regular season. Fun, but bizarre.

The players are overcoming injuries at just the right time. :) Let's hope it stays that way.

GO WINGS!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Joe Thornton injured

During yesterday's San Jose Sharks V Vancouver Canucks game, Joe Thornton was assisted off the ice. He flew into the boards and had a hard time getting up and was obviously in pain. No updates were available during the postgame show.

Thornton has not missed a game during his entire stint with the Sharks. He has played 379 consecutive games. He did not miss any games during his playing with the Boston Bruins

Seeing him being assisted off the ice is a big deal. I am curious....

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

2010 NHL Trade Updates & News

Today is the NHL trade and deadline. Here is some news:

Chris Chelios signed with Atlanta Thrashers. :)

Aaron Ward was acquired by Anaheim Ducks, from Caroline Hurricanes.

Nick Boynton was traded to Chicago Blackhawks from Anaheim Ducks.


Other news:
Steve Ott signed a 4-year contract extension with Dallas Stars.
Ray Emery (Philadelphia Flyers) out for season, recuperating from hip surgery.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Something Needs To Be Done..

After being so excited about the prospect of viewing all the top-notch NHL players in various Olympic games, I am currently disillusioned and totally disheartened. To say I am disappointed is an understatement.

I knew the games were being broadcast on NBC. I also knew that entailed Pierre McGuire and Eddie Olcyzk (I don't care if I've spelled his name wrong anymore). I just thought that with as many games that were being played, I wouldn't have to be resigned to listening to them so much.

So....Russia V Czech Republic game comes on. Pierre's between the benches, Eddie O in the booth. Doc Emrick is doing play-by-play. (I love listening to that guy. He does the sport justice. I only wish he would stop asking McGuire questions. That only leaves a wide open area for McGuire's mouth to start flapping away.) Then it started and stayed the entire game. The incessant talking, talking, talking centered upon the color “analysts” and not the game. (Was there a game being played? Gee...was that what was going on on the ice?)

Then..it was time for the Canada V USA game. I'm thrilled (and turns out...delusional) that those two color analysts weren't going to be doing that game. I kind of couldn't figure out why, though. The game was much tauted by the media. Why wouldn't those NBC announcers be doing the game? I switched onto MSNBC and got into place for a great game.

Pierre McGuire wasn't at the game, thank God for that. Eddie O was, though. And we had to hear about goals that were scored two minutes ago being analyzed and chalk- boarded every which way WHILE THE GAME WAS GOING ON!!!! Instead of enjoying the goal and relishing in it...we had to listen to Eddie O talking nonstop about the goalie, the goal, the defensemen, the offense, the time of the goal, the goal area, the goal crease, the goal angle, the stick angle, etc....It totally took the fun and life out of the moment. No longer were we part of the crowd relishing in the moment and being caught up in the game's excitement. No...we couldn't hear ANYTHING but Eddie O flapping his jaws about what he considers “entertainment”. And, he didn't stop once the puck was dropped. No...he had to keep talking and talking and talking. SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I turn on the MUTE, what fun is that??

It's pretty bad when instead of relaxing and enjoying the game for what it is...entertainment...I end up yelling at the television “SHUT UPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” I'm surprised by neighbors didn't call the cops on me.

So...after Team Canada V Team USA game ends..it's time for the Finland V Sweden game. Cool! I'm excited about seeing this game. Once again, top quality players that are entertaining to the max.

Then I find out that Ed Arnold (who is that guy?) and Joe Michelletti are the announcers. Oh no. I've been exposed to these two before. I was not left with a favorable impression. The game starts. Michelletti is WORSE THAN OLCYZK!!!!! I got so tired of pressing the MUTE that I started developing carpal tunnel syndrome. It was absolutely ridiculous. I did not have a chance at all to enjoy that game. Instead of being thrilled by the high-skill level involved of the athletes during the game, I had to resign myself to not even watching the entire game. What a shame.

Since when has televised hockey become a color announcer's dream at the expense of the game? Don't the fans matter? And, don't tell me that listening to these guys is entertainment. It's not. Who told these guys that their job consisted of nonstop narration DURING THE PLAYS? The game itself has turned into nothing but a backdrop to the incessant jaw-flapping that goes on. Leave the play-by-play announcers ALONE TO DO THEIR JOB.

I feel sorry for people who have never been to a live hockey game. Or, for fans who want to become interested in hockey and watch NBC for the exposure. If their only exposure to the game is what is seen via NBC, what a shame. Those announcers do not do the sport justice at all.

If it continues, I can see the sport viewership suffering.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Olympic Hockey

Hoping others had a chance to watch some GREAT men's hockey last night (Thursday, February 18). Both games went into a shoot-out. Both games were hockey at its best.

The first game involved Team Canada. That game was narrated by Eddie O and Doc Emrick. I love Doc Emrick. Eddie O just talks WAY TOO MUCH!!

The second game was between Slovakia and Russia. I don't know the name of the broadcasters.....but they were fantastic. It was an old-timer hockey broadcast. No extra talk. No b.s. Just reporting the game. If only this could carry over to the American market place.

Monday, February 8, 2010

NHL NBC Game

It was great seeing and hearing Mike Milbury tell Pierre McGuire.."don't interrupt me. Put a sock in that hole." Wish more people would speak that way to Pierre.

This happened during the second intermission of the NBC NHL Game of the Week. Washington Capitals V Pittsburgh Penguins.

Great game!!

NHL NBC Game

It was great seeing and hearing Mike Milbury tell Pierre McGuire.."don't interrupt me. Put a sock in that hole." Wish more people would speak that way to Pierre.

This happened during the second intermission of the NBC NHL Game of the Week. Washington Capitals V Pittsburgh Penguins.

Great game!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

NHL Live! concerns

When I first started watching the show, it was great entertainment and hockey information. EJ Hradek and Don LaGreca were the co-hosts. The show was a total joy to watch. Then..EJ left. LaGreca left…

The NHL season started this year (2009-2010 season) with both EJ and Don back. It was great. However…

Now we (viewers) don’t know who the hosts will be. Personally, I don’t get much enjoyment out of listening to Stan Fischler. I understand he’s popular with the New York crowd, however.

Rob Simpson, for some reason, just doesn’t cut it for me. EJ can come up with some good ones, but he’s not on all the time. Deb Placey is knowledgeable, but she interrupts people too often. (She has gotten better, though).

I turn NHL Live! on, but it’s mainly as a background. (It used to be my main focus for the entire NHL Network broadcast). It’s not that entertaining anymore. The screen is just far too difficult for me to read, as I mentioned in a previous post.

When I see someone interesting come on, I’ll watch. I missed someone from Versus on the other day, however. I wonder if they were discussing the fiasco with DirecTV. It better be worked out by the time playoffs come around. I’m already ticked off about the current situation.

It’s a shame….

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

CBJ News

Ken Hitchcock is out as head coach for Columbus Blue Jackets effective today, 01/03/10. Source: NHL Network

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hockey Day in Canada

Today is Hockey Day in Canada. It's broadcast on NHL Network via Hockey Night in Canada (CBC). Just saw an 83-year woman playing hockey. Too cool.. There will be stories throughout the day of inspiration, determination and guts. Main point: Hockey is For Everyone.

Broadcast started with Don Cherry quoting Shakespeare. He was in full regalia. Very appropriate.

Cameras are set up throughout Canada. Sites include:

Starts in Stratford, Ontario (where Chris Pronger took drama lessons, btw...:) )

Victoria, BC....where they are playing street hockey (on pavement with a ball)
Auburn Bay, AB
Estevan, SK
Gimli, MB
Ottawa, ON (which properly has the largest ice rink in world...7.8 kilometers)
St. John's, NL


The NHL Network is broadcasting three Canadian-based NHL games today...a triple header. :)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

An Unusual NHL Happening

Yesterday's game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils contained something that had never happened before at the NHL level. The power level suddenly took a plunge at the Prudential Center, the home of NJ Devils.

It was during the second period, with 9:12 minutes left. Suddenly, the power diminished to a level where the game could not be played effectively. Then, the dimmed lighting stayed that way. The game was delayed. Tampa Bay was winning 3-0.

What was originally thought of as a short delay, turned into one hour and 42 minutes (102 minutes). In fact, the game was postponed.

Only the NHL Hockey Operations and Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner, could make the decision about how to handle the situation.

When the game was officially announced as being “postponed”, Lou Amariello (GM and CEO with NJ) was interviewed. He stated that the circuit breaker broke. When the broker was fixed, it could not communicate with the computer to restore power. The local electric company did all they could, with no luck.

Here's the dilemma....what happens with the “postponed” game? How is a “postponed” game defined by the official NHL rules and regulations? Is it? Will the game be played in its entirety? Will it resume where left off? How will the points be calculated? Will Tampa Bay get credit for their goals if a new game is played?

According to the television broadcast, nothing like this has happened in an NHL game before. It is unprecedented.

I, for one, am curious as to how this situation will be handled by the NHL.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

2010 Team America

According to the NHL Winter Classic broadcast, here are the players making up the U.S. Team. The states listed are where the player was born (pardon the blank ones).

Forwards:
MN David Backes
NY Dustin Brown
NY Ryan Callahan
CT Chris Drury
NY Patrick Kane
MI Ryan Kessler
WI Phil Kessler
NJ Jamie Langenbruner
Ryan Malone
MN Zach Parise
WI Joe Pavelski
NJ Bobby Ryan
MO Paul Stastny

Defenseman:
MI Jack Johnson
NY Mike Komisarek
Eric Johnson
MN Paul Martin
NY Brooks Orpik
MI Brian Rafalski
WI Ryan Suter

Goalies:
MI Ryan Miller
CT Jonathan Quick
MI Tim Thomas

General Manager: Brian Burke