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Something Different

I am not a video editor by any stretch of the imagination, but I had an idea recently and decided to make this video. My first try with iMove on a Mac. I think it came out OK. Leave comments and feedback about what you live for in the NHL Playoffs.

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Sweet Pads V

I have been meaning to update this when I first saw Pascal Leclaire in action this season for the Senators. His leg pads are pretty sweet. They are simple yet tie in very well with the teams colors and motif and a nod to the history of the Senator’s past. He also has a matching blocker. Now only if the pads made the keeper, Ottawa would be set in net and not have to platoon Leclaire with Brian Elliot, Mike Brodeur (no relation to Martin, but not according to Mike who claims they are cousins. Yea right dream on buddy) and Ray Emery…. Oh wait, never mind. Welcome to the Sweet Pads Hall of Fame Pascal.

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Slackin’

Wowza, I have been falling behind here. Real life gets in the way all the time. But I wanted to share with you one of the best sweater moments this year…. the New Jersey Devils broke out the retro sweaters for St. Patrick’s Day (an aside: I hate when people call is St. Paddy’s Day. The man’s name was Patrick and he was not some drunkard named Paddy. So use his real name for the sake of Ireland!) Any who, no one calls this guy “Paddy,” but in true Czech style there is no “c” in Patrik. This may be my favorite photo of the evening. I am afraid Zubrus is going to eat Bryce, but just look at the sweaters, they are beautiful. Finally Marty went all out with a retro mask and red sticks. If you look closely you can see he has #29 on the backplate of his mask, the original number he wore when he broke into the NHL. Check out icethetics.info for some more action shots.

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He Wore THAT Number?!?! Part II

There are certain players in the history of hockey that become associated with one number. But some of those players we associate with a particular number that we think they have worn their whole career, may have in fact not always worn the number we think they did. I did some research into this and found some noteworthy players that have worn numbers that they were not and will not be remembered for. I did not count numbers worn in International games and All Star games due to the fact it would take waaayyy too much time and preseason game are out as well since, you know, they don’t count.

If you have tuned in and missed Part I, go here to read it, or you may not understand the plot.

So here is part 2 in alphabetical order…

Ryan Getzlaf – #15

A very young super star in the making out in Cali. He is known for his number 15. But in his rookie year he wore the reverse, number 51.

J.S. Giguere  – #35

Yet another (Mighty) Duck.  J.S. came into the national spot light in the Cup run of 2003, where he wore #35, which he still wears today. But in his previous 2 stops, Hartford (96-97) and Calgary (98-00) he wore the unusual #47.

Doug Gilmour – #93

The well traveled Doug Gilmour wore #93 in five different stops. In chronological order Maple Leafs, Devils, Blackhawks, Sabres, Canadiens and Leafs again. But he wore three different numbers with his first two teams. His rookie year he wore #18 for the Blues, along with #9. Then in Calgary he wore #39.

Dominik Hasek – #39

When one thinks of the “Dominator”, he associates the player with the #39. He wore that number in Buffalo (old and new, but not the slug), Ottawa and Detriot. But for his rookie season in Chicago he wore #34 and for his second he wore #31.

Ron Hextall – #27

While not a normal number for a keeper, Ron Hextall owned #27 in Philly. He also wore the number in 92-93 while in Quebec. But, in what I would consider the weirdest sight pretaining to a goalie, Hextall switched te two numbers and wore #72 for the Islanders in 93-94.

Bobby Holik – #16

Bobby Holik wore #16 since he arrived in New Jersey in 92-93. He wore #16 in New York and Atlanta. When he came back to New Jersey he took back #16 from Dainius Zubrus. But when he played in Hartford he wore #24.

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Only Two Words…

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NHL All Star Game 2009

While spending a sleepless night watching hockey and surfing the intrawebs, I noticed something different about this year’s NHL All-Stars sweater. No, not that they are a little ridiculous, they have been for awhile, but notice on the left sleeve of the East and the right of the West. There appear to be numbers. At first I thought they would be the spot the players sleeve number would go. But then why are there 3 stars? In doing some research, I have found the answer: those numbers are the years the Canadiens have hosted the All Star game in the past.

The Canadiens have hosted the all star game 12 times, including the one coming up in a few weeks. But there are not 11 stars to indicate the 11 other years. But they have hosted the game in its current format (East v. West, Wales v. Campbell, North America v. World, what have you) 3 times. Before this format, the winners of the previous year’s Stanley Cup Final would take on a team made up of the best players from around the league. They hosted the first All Star game as we think of it in 1969, which happens to be the number in the top star. They also hosted in 1975 and 1993, which are the numbers in the 2nd and 3rd stars respectively. I am not sure how I feel about this added little touch, but I guess I should wait to see it in action first.

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Insomnia Special: Jersey and Logos from The Habs

mtl25While waiting for the Devils, who are playing the Kings in LA, to start their game, a 3:30 AM start in Western Europe for those keeping score, I do what I usually do, surf the ‘net for hockey related tidbits. I came across a cool site about the History of the Canadiens, while looking for a picture of the Montreal Canadiens 1912-13 Centenial replica, which has become my favorite sweater this year. One page in particular caught my attention, the Jersey & Logo History. Even though they are illustrations, it gives you a good look at the Uni history of the Habs. Here are my highlights.

The teams first ever sweater used from 1909-1910 does not scream ‘Canadiens’ but is pretty cool.  So cool in fact the team will wear a replica of the sweater next year to commemorate their first ever game played. Here is a cool portrait style shot of the team wearing the sweater. The 1910-1911 sweater is also not what one would think of when Canadiens comes to mind, but the logo is pretty nice. The sweater will also be worn as part of the Centennial celebration . The 1911-1912 sweater sees the introduction of the Bleu, Blanc, and Rouge with a nifty vertical stripe down the middle to boot. Then my favorite sweater, the 1912-1913 ‘Barber Poll’ version. I dig the logo as well.  The other 1912-1913 sweater, which is a different version after the Ottawa Senators complained about that the ‘Barber Poll’ version,  sees the introduction of the “C” on the sweater and the following season an ‘A‘ is introduced inside the ‘C’. The 1915-1916 sweater was also part of the Centennial replica sweaters wore by the team this season. The ‘CH‘ logo was introduced the following season, and would stay on the sweater until present day. The only exception would be 1924-1925, when the ‘World Champion‘ logo was worn. The sweaters remain pretty much unchanged from that point til present day (1917-1923, 1941-1945, 1946-1974, 1974-2007).

Make sure to peruse the other parts of the site. There are some sweet pictures. I may do more about the site, but it is helping me build a back catalogue of photos to make the blog that much better.

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