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Out of Place – Chris Chelios, Atlanta Thrashers

5 Mar

2010-11 Score - Chris Chelios (Highlight)

This is going to be one of those things that people look back at in ten years and say, “really? Chris Chelios finished his career in Atlanta?”  Yes, friend, he did.  He was 48 years old.  And yes, Atlanta used to have an NHL teamTwice, in fact.  And both times, they lost their franchise to cities in Western Canada – Calgary, then Winnipeg.  Take whatever you like from that.

Now, just to add some perspective to this, Chelios was not the oldest player ever to suit up in an NHL game.  That honour belongs to Gordie Howe, who played in the NHL until he was 52.  Fifty-two.  It might not sound like that big a difference, but consider this: the Detroit Red Wings published a story in January of 2008 when Chelios, then playing for the Wings, became the second oldest NHL player ever, a few weeks before his 46th birthday.  In order to eclipse Howe, the story says, Chelios would have had to play until February, 2014 – another six years from that point.  Chelios was able to eke out a couple more years of pro hockey, including most of 2009-10 in the AHL with the Chicago Wolves, but 52 was still a long way off.  People say Gretzky’s 50 in 39 might be the toughest record to break, but I’ll bet that one gets broken before someone else plays in the NHL at 52.

I’ll bet Atlanta gets another team before then too.

Newsworthy: Sidney Crosby Returns

21 Nov

2010-11 Score - Sidney Crosby

So, Sidney Crosby returned to the NHL tonight.  Of course, this event was overhyped in Canada.  CBC decided to cover the game nationally at the last minute, and every major news and sport news agency was all over it.  For most of the game, of the top ten Twitter Trends in Canada, five or six related to this hockey game in Pittsburgh.  So, basically, the hockey-loving Canadian stereotype was perpetuated in a significant way throughout the evening.

In other news, the New York Islanders were relevant today.  You know, in the way that the Winnipeg Jets used to be relevant because Wayne Gretzky scored on them a lot.  The Islanders will also be relevant for a second time this week on Wednesday for looking just awful on the ice.

Most importantly, through all the talk about concussions, headshots, fighting and protecting superstars, Sidney Crosby scored two goals, including the game winner, and two assists.  He also posted a plus three rating and won 14 of 21 faceoffs, all in under 15 minutes of ice time, leading to a solid night for my fantasy hockey team.  Like I said, this is the most important thing.  Why this is not being reported in “mainstream media,” I will never fully understand.

One thing is certain: the NHL is a better place today than it was yesterday.  Welcome back, 87.

Fantastic Fashions – Why the Thrashers Left

16 Nov

2010-11 Score - Nik Antropov

I learned today why the Atlanta Thrashers really left town and set up shop as the Winnipeg Jets.

It was this awful monstrosity of a uniform.  Really.  What is going on there?  The socks only make it worse…

I’d say the City of Winnipeg owes some designer a thank you.

The New York Islanders, while not quite as bad, will be the next team to leave town due to a uniform.

My $0.02 – 2010-11 Score Hockey

18 Nov

2010-11 Score - Tyler Bozak (Base set)

Now, this blog isn’t about being the first to review new products.  In fact, its focus is almost entirely on old, arguably shitty products.  However, I feel the need to talk about 2010-11 Score Hockey, as I am having more fun with this set than I’ve had collecting a set in years.

Upper Deck doesn’t have a card monopoly with the NHL anymore, as Panini has jumped in, and in doing so revived the Score name which has been out of action in hockey for a while.  I’m not into full reviews, box breakdowns and that kind of stuff, but let’s go through some highlights:

The price: It’s $1 or less a pack.  You get seven cards in a pack.

The feel: I’ve bought other value brands like UD Victory in the past, but with this set I feel like I’m actually getting something.  The base set has a retro look and feel, much like the original 1990-91 Score set, and honestly, if you don’t feel some nostalgia for that set, there’s something wrong with you.

2010-11 Score - Andy Greene (Glossy parallel - but you can't tell in the scan! HA!)

The photography: The photography is pretty good and features some unique shots you don’t see every day.  Also, there is a good selection of teams wearing their alternate and retro jerseys, which is always good to see.

2010-11 Score - Sudden Death - Sidney Crosby

2010-11 Score - Net Cam - Henrik Lundqvist

The inserts: The “inserts” are more like the classic Score subsets of yesteryear, and there are some fun ones.  There are parallels – glossy, French back and 20th Anniversary.  Not a huge fan of excessive parallels, but a couple isn’t bad.

The set size: 550 cards in the base set, and fun as hell to sort by teams.  It’s what the blog is called, it’s what I do.

2010-11 Score - Season Highlight - Jonathan Toews

As for the “big hits,” there are some buyback 90-91 autographs thrown in, but the odds on those are pretty steep.  This set isn’t about relics, it’s not about autographs, and it doesn’t have to be.  It’s about having fun collecting hockey cards, and 2010-11 Score comes through on that one.

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