Tag Archives: NHL

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.

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Newsworthy – 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductions

14 Nov

1992-93 O-Pee-Chee - Ed Belfour

1994-95 Parkhurst Vintage - Doug Gilmour

1990-91 Pro Set - Mark Howe

1992-93 Upper Deck - Joe Nieuwendyk

Congratulations to Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe, and Joe Nieuwendyk on their induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame tonight.  Rumour has it Belfour was even wearing a tie, which he didn’t do at the Hall of Fame Game in Toronto on Saturday, a move that I respect the hell out of.

Now, quick, one-line memories of each of these four guys:

Mark Howe – Once wore his entire name on the back of his jersey when he played with these two guys, and also wore Cooperalls in the National Hockey League.

Ed Belfour – was “washed up” when he came to Toronto in Curtis Joseph’s shadow and then just absolutely ran the show – and some would say the city – for the Leafs for two years.

Joe Niewendyk – Game Seven, Patrick Lalime.  That is all.

Doug Gilmour – I simply cannot say it as well as this YouTube video which I have forced upon you at least once in a previous post, will surely again sometime.  Enjoy.

Congrats especially to 93.

Newsworthy – Winnipeg Returns to the NHL

4 Jun

Winnipeg Jets Logo - 1974-1990

I am aware that this story is old news by the time I finally write a post about it.  But if you’re coming here for news, you’re fucked.  Bring yourself up to speed at The Globe and Mail.  They broke the story in the first place, and they’ve covered it well.  It’s too bad Atlanta lost their team, but if you aren’t at least a little bit happy for Winnipeg, with all the shit they take all the time, then you don’t have a soul.

This team needs to be called the Winnipeg Jets.  I would accept Manitoba Jets as an alternative, but they need to be called the Jets.  Moose is a bush league name, and anything else would just be ridiculous.  I’m going to show you some reasons why they need to be called the Jets, the only way I know how – through hockey cards.

1989-90 O-Pee-Chee - Randy Carlyle

They need to be called the Jets because Randy Carlyle has looked the same since 1989.

1992-93 Score - Phil Housley

Because Phil Housley was way cooler before he started wearing number 96, even though he wanted out of Canada.

1992-93 Pro Set - Ed Olczyk

Because Ed Olczyk was American, and he still gave a fuck about Winnipeg and the Jets.

1990-91 Score - Stephane Beauregard

Because they also had home jerseys, like the one Stephane Beauregard is wearing here, but you’d never know from looking at hockey cards.  Winnipeg is too cold for photographers in the winter.

1990-91 O-Pee-Chee - Doug Smail

Because Doug Smail’s mustache and jersey tuck gave him sick style.

1990-91 Pro Set - Dale Hawerchuk

Because Dale Hawerchuk’s last Winnipeg card was one of the best.

1993-94 Upper Deck - Thomas Steen

Because Thomas Steen is a fucking Winnipeg City Councillor now.

1992-93 Upper Deck - Teemu Selanne - Young Gun

1992-93 Upper Deck - Keith Tkachuk - Star Rookie

And, because there was once the makings of a pretty good team in Jets jerseys.

I rest my case.  Save us all the hassle.  Call them the Jets.

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