News and announcements regarding The Ice Block.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
You will soon see a new name here: Kyle Simourd, The Ice Block’s first non-me writer. He’s got perfect timing as TIB restarts after a holiday break.
Kyle grew up in Ottawa. He played minor hockey in the region for 12 years and ended his “playing career” at the high school level, although he still straps on the skates occasionally. Kyle currently attends Brock University in St. Catharines where he is in his third year of Honours Business Administration Studies. In his spare time, outside of being an avid hockey and general sports fan, he is an unbounded traveller.
Update 315am: Kyle’s first post. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go crack a bottle of something.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Woah. Been a while. A crazy work schedule has done me in. I’ve also been working on a redesign for hockeyfights.com.
After an 0-3 start the Islanders are 3-0-2. The doom and gloom articles have been put on pause for a moment, which is nice since very few actually cited the hockey team as a reason as to why the team would/should be bad. Charles Wang doesn’t put skates on? Who knew?
A pickup in play hasn’t resulted in a big pickup in attendance on the Island. From slightly more than casually observation I’d say perception offline seems to be the same as it is online: the team is doomed. It’ll definitely take more than a five-game run to change that.
The picture above is on the front of the Thrashers’ website. I’m not sure if it needs a new caption or none at all.
More website talk:
david: i like the “i’m too cool” pic of havlat
van: i had no idea he was that cool
david: we do now
david: that’s a lady killer right there
van: i think my own panties flew off me
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Doing a giveaway on hockeyfights.com and I thought I’d repost the notice here in case anyone is interested:
To go along with the Brandon Sugden Q & A we’re going to give away a couple of bobble heads of Sugar in his “six guns” pose. Even better, they’re signed (yes, by Sugar… wiseass).
So how to enter? Easy - go to this thread and make a post. It can be anything, “I’m in” works just fine. Two posts gets you dq’d. It can be your first post lurkers. I’ll ship it anywhere, why the hell not, so any region can enter except for Canada (just kidding).
Let me spell out the rules some more:
* You can only enter once. Duplicate entries will lead to the poster being disqualified.
* Entrant must be 13 years old or older.
* Forum leaders cannot enter.
* You can only win one prize.
* Prize: A Brandon Sugden bobble head. Two prizes will be awarded to two winners.
* Winners will be chosen at random on October 24, 2006. I will post the winners’ username in the forums and on the front of the website [hockeyfights.com].
* Winners will be contacted by email. You must have a legitimate email address in order to win.
* Prize cannot be exchanged for cash or any other item you’ve ever seen in your entire life. If you don’t want the bobble head, don’t enter.
* You have to be a member to post. If you’re not a member already, sign up here.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
I finally have my feedreader going. It’s accessible at the top. There’s no base link yet (will add a little later on, explaining each section), but the submenu is active.
Think of it as a live blogroll. Instead of links on the side of my blog, I’ve got links on those pages as well as the latest blurbs of posts.
I’ve limited it to the last 50 posts/articles in each section. Outside of the minors & college section, that generally means it goes back no more than 24 hours. It’s not publicly archived.
This is using RSS/Atom to grab the posts. Even if you have a full feed, I’m truncating everything. This is to push people towards your site and content. I’ve sent out messages to many that I was going to have this and one or two asked if I could display their full content with a direct comments link, so I am working in a way to do that. Blogs are checked every 30 minutes.
If you don’t want your blog here - no problem, I’ll remove it immediately. Just shoot me a note.
Some kinks to still work out:
- Making sure times are right. Unfortunately everyone doesn’t use proper date/time on their feeds, and I’m trying to adjust best I can for that.
- The names on the blogroll are what you provide on your feed. There’s little problem with this, but Jes only has an image link, so I’m trying to work on an override. Just thought I’d let you all know why he’s “h”.
- Better truncating, so I don’t cut off mid-word.
- Some are now having no titles for their blog posts. What’s up with that Mirtle? In those cases I’ll try and just use the first few words of the post. Until then, the “new window” button still shows properly, so it’s still linked. I’ll also add a “more” link after each blub to the post.
Besides blogs, you’ll notice the three other sections:
Local News - NHL local newspapers that have feeds for their hockey section.
Minors and College News - Minor league city newspapers, college city newspapers along with tv stations that all have hockey feeds. I suppose I’ll separate minors and college when there are enough sources for each.
National News - Your major national news sources here. There’s some repitition in there, but it makes missing something hard. There’s also video feeds from Fox Sports and ESPN. I’ll try and highlight those a little more, perhaps include the screenshots the feeds usually have.
Again, if you don’t want your feed here, please contact me.
If your feed isn’t here and you’d like it included just contact me about that too. The minimum requirement for a blog: three months of continuous posting. If you’d like to send me feeds I missed for the other sections, that’s cool too.
This will be added to hockeyfights.com soon too, sending a little more traffic everyone’s way.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
I’m currently tweaking the layout of the site. Please ignore anything that may be out of whack for a minute - but if it’s more than a few minutes, feel free to shoot me a note.
Just to note: tweaking will last into the week.
Friday, February 10, 2006
Instead of updating one post over and over, I’ve created an “Operation Slapshot” category, and will be filing all related posts in there. Just trying to keep the place neat, and also make it easier for everyone to know when something new has been posted.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
I’ll be on Hockey Tonight with Jeff Marek on 640 Toronto today at 7:35pm eastern.
As long as the web stream is working properly I’ll post the clip shortly after I’m on. It’s been a little iffy lately.
I generally don’t post the announcements about my radio appearances here on The Ice Block, but I figured I’d might as well start, at least for those stations with web streams.
We generally talk fights, it’ll probably a mash of recent things and some things we haven’t gotten to lately as I was just on the show last Thursday. We’re doing another segment so soon because I’m getting my tonsils out tomorrow and won’t be talking too much afterwards (in fact, I think I’ll probably be pretty out of it). So that means no updates here or my other sites for at least a day or so.
I’m sure we’ll talk some about the McGrattan-Boogaard fight from last night. If you haven’t caught it yet, you still can. McGrattan’s style is starting to be his weakness. He’s a great fighter, and his fights are just toe-to-toe slugfests, but when you’re all offense you’re going to get caught sometimes, and that’s what’s starting to happen with Gratts.
Despite what Mirtle thinks, Boogaard is not heavyweight champ of the league. Definitely a future consideration, but he is losing to the top vets. That’s nothing to be ashamed of by any means. He’s taking on Georges Laraque, Donald Brashear and a Chris Simon who just started fighting again this season. Mirtle’s right, you can’t win a title by not fighting, but you can’t lose it easily either, and there are guys out there who are fighting and winning. Remember something else: rookies come into the league looking to make a name for themselves. They will always be more active than veterans.
My knock on Laraque is the same as others, inactivity. However, if he breaks the double digit barrier without a significant loss, he’ll at least “share” the title, one that’s been shared by guys like Laraque, Brashear and Cairns the past few seasons. Like Laraque, Brashear isn’t dropping his gloves much, not really a surprise on a Ken Hitchcock team, but outside of the Boogey fight, Brash hasn’t been too impressive yet. He had a quickie with Mike Komisarek and a nice bout with Eric Godard. Brash landed more in the Godard fight, but took a couple of heavy shots and walked away looking beaten. Depending on what matters more to you is how you called the fight. Cairns has been mostly silent down in Florida. He’s only played in half the games for the Cats, and like Brashear he’s on a team with a coach who’s not known for teams that fight. Cairns’ ice time has been limited, and he’s a defenseman and generally isn’t expected to fight as much in the first place. Still, he has only three bouts this season. All good names, all good fights, but he’s not dishing out the hurt like he did pre-lockout.
Godard is having a monster year. Bigtime names, good fights and good performances in all of them. He’s been earning more icetime with his overall play, although coaching changes and the addition of John Erskine on Long Island could disrupt that.
Overlooked right now: Todd Fedoruk. He’s not on a high profile team and doesn’t get much ink. More than capable as a fighter, Fedoruk is having a good season overall. He’s being given a chance to play and he’s getting better and better as a player.
There are a good amount of contenders this season, but no crown to give out yet. There’s still a lot of season to go. Drop ‘em if you got ‘em.
Update: Here’s the clip of tonight’s segment (mp3 1.32mb). It’s a bit shorter than normal. Mostly McGrattan-Boogaard talk and then we mentioned the Worrell-Jacobson fight from a couple of weeks back. One thing to add to that I didn’t get to mention on-air: Jacobson was in camp with Worrell in Hartford (Lee was then in Charlotte at the beginning of the year). Jacobson said Worrell was pretty gone in terms of conditioning. No doubt he went into that fight thinking he might be able to make a name for himself and underestimated Worrell. He’s generally not a cocky kid from what I hear, but he probably didn’t have the same perspective as everyone else after this year’s camp.
One other thing to note: the web stream was ok, it had one “burp” for a few seconds towards the beginning of the segment, any other pause was so short you probably won’t notice it.
Monday, December 19, 2005
What: A no limit Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament.
Where: Full Tilt
When: Monday, Dec 19, 2005
9:15 PM EST
How much: $20+2
Prizes: Depends on how many enter
Bonus: Bounty on me, 6-month premium membership/extension for whoever knocks me out.*
How to join: If you’re not a member of Full Tilt, please click on the link, download the program and sign up. Once you’re a member just start the program, log in and go to the “Tournaments” tab. Then, in the lower-right hand corner you’ll see a “private” button. You can find our tournament by date and time. You need a password to register. You have to email me for the password.
If you have any questions about this specific tournament, or any feedback on Full Tilt, please email me. If you need help getting set up with Full Tilt, please email their support team.
We do plan on having more of these, and your feedback helps us determine when and where.
* Bonus prize not given if I win the tournament, which I plan on doing rookie. Bonus prize not given if I cannot make the event. Reasons vary, but include: I have to work late, I fall ill, I am injured and can’t click a mouse, I get shot, I get poisoned, a piano falls on my head, a rhinoceros stabs me, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up and/or I’m simply passed out somewhere.
Friday, September 16, 2005
As I’m building The Ice Block, I’m looking for a link to your blog.
Please, drop a link to your blog here for me. If you don’t have a blog, but a general hockey fan site, feel free to go here. Any other link, feel free to add. All are subject to approval. All hockey links will eventually be syndicated here (and obviously will also be shown on hockeyfights.com, as that’s where you’re adding them). I’ll also be providing rss feeds for links soon.
Oh, and for all those curious, the Newslinks section is on pause because I’m going to have a more automated system very, very soon (and categorized).
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Obviously, due to the announcement that the NHL lockout will be ending, there are many, many news reports regarding the settlement, local teams and team/player/fan reactions. The Newslinks area is quite active and I just thought I’d give an extra pointer to it today.