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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 the best ones and provide a new photo.
Everything changed in an instant for Miikka Kiprusoff. He was stuck, his teammates had left the ice and the Zamboni driver was listening to his AC/DC CD blindfolded.
With the training staff home for the day, Kipper had to find alternative methods to ice his groin.
-- Matt Davis, Irvine, Calif.
"OK, which one of you wise guys starched my jock?"
-- Ron Synan, Orlando, Fla.
"I wonder if anyone will ever noticed that I stole this goalie stick from Jose Theodore's locker last time we played them."
-- Erik Bower, Columbus, Ohio
"Hmm, OK, I think I'm set now & hopefully no one decides to shoot it high because I'd be in trouble."
-- Jeff Matusik, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
"I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner -- they'll never get a puck past this plywood behind me!"
-- Gregg R. Burrage, Washington D.C.
Robert Esche looking for Martin St. Louis.
Finally, someone who believes what I believe. I've been crying doom since the day the Avs traded Chris Drury and told everyone I know that they wouldn't win another Cup without him. Thank you for confirming me, oh sage one.
Laguna Beach, Calif.
I'm sure that most every diehard Red Wings fan breathed a sigh of relief the day the detestable Colorado Avalanche traded away Chris Drury. They had two players who devoured my beloved Red Wings, Adam Deadmarsh and Drury, and they got rid of them both. The Avs deserve to be cursed.
Jim (Doc) Fahlstedt
Red Wings fan since 1946
I don't mean to in any way subvert your column but I was wondering if it would be appropriate for me to try to reach one of your readers -- Dominic Simard, the guy who mows the grass over Georges Vezina's grave -- via your column? If so, I suppose the message would simply be: Would reader Dominic Simard of Chicoutimi, P.Q. please contact writer Jack Falla at: Jfallaomni@yahoo.com (Jack wants to do an interview with you).
In the name of merchandising and spreading the word for hockey, if there's a team named "Mulletmen," I will buy a jersey.
Foreign Language Dork checking in again, trying to keep you ahead of the language curve. It's the Sharks' goalie's first name. Most everyone gets reasonably close to getting "Nabokov" (na-BOH-kav), but most of them mess up "Evgeni," which is largely because the transliteration is too scholarly. That first letter represents the Russian letter E, which is actually pronounced "ye." So, his first name is better spelled "Yevgeni" (yev-GAY-knee) in English. And should always be pronounced with the "ye" at the beginning. So just FYI. Oh, and if you wanna be Russo-cool, you can call him by the diminutive of Yevgeni, which is Zhenya (ZHAYN-yah). And his birthplace, Kamenogorsk is "kah-meen-o-GORSK." (In what's today KAHZ-ahk-stahn.) Just babbling at length about Russian for some reason.
Keep your stick on the ice,
I recently came home from a men's league game only to find my wife in bed ... watching hockey. It was one of my most glorious moments, only to be ruined by a phone call from a friend saying that his wife no longer wants him to play hockey with us, as he needs to spend more time with her. Do you have any advice as to how we can help him fill out his jock strap once again?
Dear Mr. Buccigross,
I just wanted to write you and ask if anyone else has noticed this. Both captains in the East finals wear 25, and in the West, both wear 12. I know this isn't monumentally earth shattering, but I figured this would be one of those dumb facts those sideline reporters would throw into a game, and they have yet to do so.
While watching the conference finals with some friends, we got to wondering whether this was the first time that none of the final four goalies is a Canadian. Some cursory research showed that, not only is this the first time for that, we could only find one time that neither of the two Cup finals goalies was a Canadian -- Dominik Hasek and Arturs Irbe in 2002. And while Canadians have always made up the largest percentage of players in the league, we still find this an interesting, maybe even amazing, bit of information. Then again, maybe it's a good thing that the international nature of the netminders isn't that big of a deal.
Just started reading your column (I'm working my way through the archives) and I can't tell you how enjoyable I find it. My wife and I just had a baby and despite the fact that we're both hockey players, we didn't realize you provided a baby naming service. As such, we went with Emily Stevenson (wife's maiden name) McWhirter, which I've shortened to Emmy. She cried when the Leafs lost to Philly and we're hoping she'll be wearing a Team Canada jersey one day. In any case, we will be trying for a second child soon and wondered if you could provide us with a name for a boy and a girl?
Be well and keep your stick on the ice,
John Buccigross is the host of NHL 2Night, which airs on ESPN2. His e-mail address -- for questions, comments or cross-checks -- is email@example.com.