Friday, February 29, 2008
The NY Times has an article titled Russia Is Luring Back N.H.L. Stars by Michael Schwirtz.
I must have missed something, I thought. Some star must have chosen Russia over playing in the NHL (my NHL is sans periods).
I was setup with quotes like this one:
“Less and less players are going to the N.H.L. and more and more are coming back here,” Yashin said in an interview in English after the game. “From my perspective, there is a competition between Russian clubs and the N.H.L. for the best product on the ice.”
Ok, I must have missed a few players.
I was waiting for names. Just… want… one.
Former N.H.L. stars like Darius Kasparaitis and lesser-known N.H.L. veterans like Oleg Tverdovsky and Oleg Petrov have also settled in the league.
Names! But just like Yashin, these names weren’t of willing jumpers, but those disinterested in playing in the North American minor league system.
In the end, I never saw the name I was looking for. It was part “no NHL team wants me”-bitterness and part “the Russian League will soon pay players”-hype.
I’m not sure what to make of a Russian or European NHL competitor. It could be great (round the clock hockey!), but it could be messy (what league? what city? who’s really tops?). If nothing else, we all get to brush up on our geography.
The Times article set me up for something it didn’t deliver: an NHL star lured back to the Motherland. It could happen in the future, but it certainly hasn’t yet.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
We’re rocking the coverage over at hockeyfights.com.
I’m currently watching three streams: TSN via NHL.com, Sportsnet and The Score.
It’s hard listening to three at once, but you can always hear one thing clearly: Darren Pang laughing.
Edit: I’ve said this for years, I don’t understand why every trade deadline is a Tuesday, which typically has heavy schedule. There are 8 games tonight, meaning 16 of 30 teams have games, and will possibly be missing players tonight. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Update 310pm: So, uh, who do you think got the better of the Hossa trade?
Monday, February 25, 2008
I walked by the NHL Store only a couple of hours after it was announced Peter Forsberg signed with the Avalanche for the remainder of the season. Right there, facing the window, was the Avalanche jersey, turned around, with FORSBERG across the back.
No time wasted, good for them.
Friday, January 18, 2008
I’m going to have to make the site wider just for this. (NHL widescreen version)
Nash had a great goal earlier in the year, with an in-between the legs shot.
Goal of the year has to be between last night’s Nash goal and the Jonathan Toews goal (after the jump).
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Forget about all the complaints you’ve ever heard about European hockey. I think we all need to give it a chance.
Found this via With Leather.
Can anyone tell me what level league this is from?
Admission: half the reason I posted this was to see what Alanah‘s reaction would be
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Are Wayne Gretzky and the WWE in cahoots?
It’s a question that needs to be asked after seeing “The Great One” wearing a Wrestlemania shirt in a recent article on Sweden news site Expressen. A picture of Gretzky in the shirt is included in the article.
What’s so significant about that?
Well the WWE hasn’t released any information concerning the event, which according to the shirt, takes place in 2010 so one at least has to wonder how he got his hands on it.
The shirt also reads “Destruction in the Desert”. Could that mean Wrestlemania will be in Arizona in two years?
Hat tip to Rajah for the find.
Update 1/8 2:20 PM: Rajah has more news involving Gretzky and WWE. Apparently the shirt Gretzky was wearing wasn’t made by WWE and is simply a shirt made by a group campaigning to bring Wrestlemania to the Phoenix area in 2010:
The Wrestlemania 2010 hockey jersey that Wayne Gretzky was wearing was not officially made by WWE, but rather it is just another piece of the ongoing campaign to get WM 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. If the show is held in the city, it will likely be at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, which will be hosting the Super Bowl this year. Gretzky is obviously pulling for the event to come to Phoenix, since it is the home of his team the Phoenix Coyotes.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Something to randomly update as the game goes on…
- This is a great idea. It’s getting coverage, the fans love it, it’s fun to watch on tv. The media bashing it must forget hockey is entertainment.
- The puck is slow, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Shots are happening, and plays are still happening.
- The snow looks great. If the crowd’s ok with it, I’m ok with it.
- This game on New Year’s day is going turn into a great tradition, at least for 5-10 more years.
- The vintage jerseys look better than the current ones.
- For those that don’t know: Buffalo always does both the Canadian and American national anthems. I think all teams should, from Anaheim to Washington.
- Ronan Tynan singing God Bless America instead of the national anthem was a nice touch. Nicer song, amazing singer. Yankees fans are familiar with him.
- Visors are not a good idea with the snow out there. For those concerned with eye protection, the NHL should allow cages for this game. Normally a player needs medical clearance to wear one.
- NBC’s coverage is very good so far. The little stories and filler info has been on-point or fun.
- As there are no fans directly behind the glass, there are no nets at the ends of the rink.
- By the second period the snow has all but stopped and the game has noticeably sped up.
- Great crowd reaction when the Sabres scored.
- I hope NBC puts some of non-game segments online. Bob Costas’ story about Bill Goldthorpe, the inspiration for Slap Shot’s Ogie Oglethorpe, was a good one.
- Who doesn’t love the clip of Milbury beating a fan with his own shoe?
- The third period saw more snow, and play slowed down again.
- The ice effected the shootout, but it wasn’t too bad, just a little slower and fewer attempted moves, but still enjoyable, at least to me (and I’m not the hugest shootout fan to begin with). It ended as only NBC could have hoped: on a shot by Sidney Crosby.
- The game was long. I don’t think it was 4.5 hour Yankees-Sox painfully long, but very long for a hockey game. The pace was ok, but I looked at the clock from time to time.
- The ratings will play a big factor in whether or not we see another one next season.
Some Classic-related links:
Sabres, Penguins arrive early, party hard outside before Winter Classic
Laraque prefers to keep his gloves on in the cold
NBC has NHL’s Winter Classic in tough TV time slot
NHL players excited to go outdoors in Buffalo’s chill
League considering ‘semi-regular’ Winter Classic
New rules for outdoor game
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Read/WriteWeb, a web tech blog I read regularly, points to a sister blog, last100, which has a list of where to watch the “big four”: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL online. I realize few refer to the leagues like that anymore, but hey, I still like it.
The list is a quick way of finding out how to catch a game online, whether it’s live or highlights from the night before.
One thing I’ll definitely add to it is that you can watch live games via Yahoo. There are blackout rules, but there’s generally one live game, available for free, every night.
Monday, December 03, 2007
CNN has video of a Zamboni catching fire. There’s little audio, no report, and no links to a report.
A quick search led me to find the rink was in Aston, PA: Zamboni fire forces Aston ice rink evacuation.
A zamboni caught fire while resurfacing the ice after a high school game at a suburban Philadelphia rink.
The Ice Works filled with smoke about 11:30 p.m. Friday and the facility was evacuated. No injuries were reported. The zamboni was badly damaged.
Maybe this’ll end teams from using the “Fire on Ice” marketing cliche we’ve heard too many times? Ok, just wishful thinking. On a serious note, it’s a good thing no one was hurt, and the facility still has operational rinks.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
The Youtube vid above is from KK, who had the video up quickly.