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|SHOT OF THE WEEK|
Every week we will present an NHL photo and I'll provide a caption. E-mail me your suggestions (include your name and hometown/state) and next week we will use best ones and provide a new photo.
Columbus coach/GM Doug MacLean (in front of Manny Malhotra and Tyler Wright):
After exhausting all other motivational options, Doug MacLean decides to give Geoff Sanderson his imitation of Opera Man.
"Nikolai who? Nope, haven't seen him."
-- Tom Kirkbride, Akron, Ohio
"Red Army Schmarmy! C'mon guys! Can't Zherdev at least stay to FINISH the game?!"
-- Mike Wittmers, Van Nuys, Calif.
"OK. In my left hand I hold the transfer papers for a 19-year-old Russian stud. A stickhandling wizard. An offensive genius. He'll be half of the best one-two offensive punch the NHL has seen in years. In my right hand I have ... uh ... nothing. But look what I have in my left hand!"
-- Todd Cross, Syracuse Crunch
When they put a video of the Flintstones' "Do The Pterodactyl" on the Jumbotron, coach Maclean couldn't stop himself from joining in.
-- Neal, Arvada, Colo.
"Y - M - C - A."
-- Tim Huntington, Santa Clara, Calif.
"Let me try levitating ... that should get the boys going."
-- Michael Kataja, Hartford, Conn.
"Look, I'm juggling five pucks! Uh-oh, where'd they go?"
-- Lance B. Mead, Traverse City, Mich.
"I once caught a fish this big!!!"
-- M. Driesenga, Allendale, Mich.
"What? You didn't bring me any peanuts?"
-- Dale Weston, Ann Arbor, Mich.
GM Don MacLean stalls while trying to remember the next move of the Macarena.
-- Robyn Hovermale, Bridgeville, Del.
Boston Bruins winger Glen Murray and Ottawa Senators goalie Patrick Lalime:
Suddenly and unexpectedly it hit Glen Murray like a left from Tony Twist: If the NHL wants more goals, use dead goalies.
Does painting my Stiga table hockey guys to sport the Minnesota Wild's third jerseys make me more of a rube or a dork?
Shootouts. The NHL needs them like I need the Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Providence and New Jersey
What's with your hair and the new glasses? I think the "Barton Fink" look is fetching if a bit daring!
So there are three of us over here in China, just west of Shanghai. We're all teaching English, reading your column.
Jeremy in Suzhou
I had to write after reading the email from Michael J. Neri Jr. who wanted to name his baby Cam. My wife and I decided in August '97 (six months before the U.S. women's team won Olympic gold) to name our daughter Cammi, after Cammi Granato. My wife wanted to have her real name be Cameryn, but when the nurse brought in the paperwork, I filled it out as just Cammi. For her first birthday, I bought her a photo of Cammi Granato with her gold medal to hang in her room.
Cammi Clark Balentine's Dad
I was reffing a tier tournament in Los Angeles, and there was this team from Boston, Cushing Prep, that just happened to have a No. 19 Bourque on the team and a guy named Ray, behind the bench as an assistant coach. I had heard how great this team was all through the tournament, but didn't get a chance to see them until I got to line the championship game. It was a great game, his son is a great player, and his time has been well spent since retirement helping coach that team. The only words I heard from Ray during the game were a "good call" on an offside call, and a "thank you, good job" after the game, but his presence that you have often described in your writing in such detail was felt standing in front of him on the bench. It was amazing to have had the opportunity to have that brush with greatness. Cushing won the game 9-2.
Excellent Fletch reference in the Yzerman story last week. Had Fletch been a hockey player do you think he would have had fantasies in a Kings uniform, or an Oilers uniform, and do you think he would have sported the 'fro, or hockey hair/mullet.
P.S. Put it on the Underhill's tab
|Ron Wilson has revived the Sharks as he did U.S. hockey in 1996.|
My friends and I are thinking of starting a new rock/alternative band. I am trying to come up with some hockey related names for the band and was wondering if you and Ken had any suggestions. Also, I was wondering what Ken's favorite team is. My guess would be the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters, for obvious reasons.
Thank you so much for writing articles about the man, the myth, the legend, Steve Yzerman. He is so cool. I have followed his career since I was younger. By the way, the best dream song is "Only in Dreams" by Weezer. Nathan McManus
I'll tell you right now that if it takes these guys a year or two for a new CBA, I'll never go to another game or get the NHL Center Ice package on TV. And I bet I'm not the only one.
New York, New York
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the top 10 songs one should hear at an NHL game.
Sorry to hear that by 2019 Ken the Otter still hasn't gotten any "action" from Britney ... but then again, maybe Christina has been monopolizing him.
I totally agree with your feelings on shootouts in the NHL! I am fortunate enough to have the Blues and the Missouri River Otters (UHL) play here in St. Louis. In the UHL the shootout is a regular occurrence. It's a lot of fun to watch and the fans tend to stick around to see who wins. That's got to be good for owners, right? If you ever get a chance I'm pretty sure Ken could into a game for free! Heck they'd probably give him a hat, too!
I will be having a son in less than a month and my wife and I are at a loss as to what to name him. His middle name will be Kimball, but we are trying to decide between Benjamin, Blake, Carter, Chaz, Cole, Noah, Luc, Matthew, and Rockwell (we could call him Rock or Rocky). You helped out another soon-to-be-dad a few weeks ago, and I was wondering if you could throw me a bone as well. By the way, my wife has already nixed the following names: Nikolai, Ziggy, Ladislav, Valdimir, Lubomir, Pavel and Marian.
|Gretzky: Bigger isn't better.|
I went to do some holiday shopping yesterday and I received exactly 36 cents change, one penny, one dime, and one quarter. The scary thing was they were dated 1995, 2000, and 2003, respectively. Those three years are the Stanley Cup championship years of my favorite team, the New Jersey Devils!
Little Silver, N.J.
I'd like to comment on your ideas about rule changes. In Finland we got rid of the red line a few seasons ago and the game is worse than ever. The trap is just dropping to the blue line, there is absolutely no room to carry the puck in to the offensive zone and breakaways are as common as Tuomo Ruutu goals! So please, hang onto the red line over there.
Just thought I'd let you know that Podes isn't the only one coming over here to play hockey this season. Kent Manderville recently joined Timra here in Sweden to play in our Elitserien.
If Ken Hitchcock's starting goalie was, in fact, a plate of bruschetta, what type of penalty would Atlanta Thrashers backup Byron Dafoe be accessed for eating the Flyers' goaltender during a stoppage in play?
On Dec. 2, I spent the day at the Hockey Hall of Fame and got to see the Maple Leafs take on the Rangers at Air Canada Center. The next day, I drove to Philadelphia for the Flyers-Penguins game. On the way into Philly, I saw a white Dodge Intrepid with a license plate that read "Bucci." Was that you ... or Ken?
Would you be in support of the NHL downsizing to, say, 24 teams? If so, why or why not?
If you've never been, you should check out Baker Rink on the campus of Princeton University. One of the great old-time barns. Quite underrated, like, say, Billy Joel's "Turnstiles" album.
Just finished reading your latest article. I must say the comments made by Stevie Y in regards to the looming CBA are bleak at BEST. I know I am not the only fan who fears this. Can hockey survive a work stoppage of a year or more?
Since being deployed to Kuwait, my friend and I have come up with a new alt-bluegrass band (kind of) -- Squatting Hajee, for all of us who are fine travelers from all over the world who have come to help us win the war. It has really nothing to do with hockey, but I know you like all those off brand bands. I absolutely enjoy every exciting new article. Say hi to Ken.
SSG Chuck Gray
Camp Udairi, Kuwait
Ohio Army National Guard
I am glad that you write your column, because it is one of the only things that I can read on the net from over here in Iraq and keep up with hockey. Thanks. And as far as the shootouts, the IHL did it and it was great fun! Great way to end a game!
Andrew S. Brazee
HHC, 101st CSG