Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
The way he handled that trophy!
(What a MAN!)!!
I'm being totally serious about this even though it just may be a tad bit overboard, but come on, how many of us weren't watching intently with the question swirling as to whether or not he would touch it since he didn't last year and they fell just short of hoisting the Cup?!!
When I saw him just reach for it and latch his mits firmly on that Prince of Wales trophy, I swear it was one of the sexiest things I've seen him do and I lost my breath for a minute -- that is until I screamed, "what a man!" No, I did - REALLY (and my husband ignored it as he always does when it comes to my hormonal rants about Sid!)!
If you didn't catch it (or want to watch it AGAIN, like me!), I made sure to post it to illustrate this week's reason!!!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
IMPORTANT HOCKEY STUFF: While playing junior hockey for the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, he teamed with future NHL star Dion Phaneuf as the team's top defensive pairing. On June 23, 2002, he was drafted 229th overall in the 7th round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut on December 7, 2006 [Pearl Harbor day] at home against STL. He played in 4 NHL games during the 06/07 NHL season. While playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, Meech was named an (AHL) All Star after posting 6 goals, and 23 assists (29 points) in 67 games. In 2008, Meech was named "Detroit Red Wings Rookie of the Year" by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association for his play in the 07/08 season. Based on the system the Red Wings employ, Meech has sometimes been used as a left winger. His versatility to play both forward and defenseman has led to extra playing time (that is one skill that always impresses me even if the player isn't the best at either; there's something special about being able to do it at the NHL level). Scored his first career NHL goal with the Detroit Red Wings on December 4, 2008 against Curtis Sanford, VAN.
REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF: Ok, I have an addition for my list of known weaknesses. (Oh yea, the blonds are still "on top"), so I'm pulling editorial rank and adding "Fruit Loops aka. Fruit Rings" to the list and you can all feel free to laugh. You may ask what prompted this little "baring of the soul." Well, none other than this - we've all been taught that breakfast is the single most important meal of the day and that notion wasn't lost on Derek. Spending the morning at the home of Pat and Lee Meagher, Derek and his family enjoyed a breakfast of Fruit Rings out of the Stanley Cup, washed down with gulps of champagne. "Yuck," laughed Derek. "That's a lethal combination!" [Link Here] It's a really good article about his day with the Stanley Cup. You know those blonds I mentioned before [yes I have a one track mind], he's one of them, with pretty blue eyes, 5'11 and 197lbs. Swoonlicious, interesting tidbits I found are: once met Chad Kroeger, lead singer of the Nickelback [COOL], favorite foods are lasagna and meat balls. Favorite movie is Good Fellas [Not bad]. Favorite TV show is Entourage. All in all, pretty good for a guy who plays for the
Thursday, May 21, 2009
His LOVE of the Game!
The Pens webpage had an interesting article posted yesterday about the "Crosby Effect" ('Crosby Effect' Sets Agenda for Pens' Success) talking to a few of his teammates -- here's what his linemate, Billy Guerin, had to say:
Sure, Guerin likes being on the receiving end of Crosby's pin-point passes and he loves the open ice he enjoys as opposition players make futile attempts at double- and triple-team coverage of Crosby.
But it is also just Crosby's love of the game. The zest with which he attacks practice and all the other stuff which players must do when they are not actually playing games was the tipping point for Guerin.
"It's his attitude toward the game," Guerin said. "He's competitive. He's got a lot of drive."
How much drive? Consider that Guerin admitted Wednesday that he is practicing harder than he has in years.
"I have to, just to keep up," he said, breaking into a smile. "I'm not kidding either. That's the God's honest truth. He goes so hard in practice, he pushes me and he pushes Chris (Kunitz, the other wing on Pittsburgh's top line). I think it makes us better."
Watch Cabbie's interview Philippe Boucher and Jordan Staal after Game 1 against Carolina to see what I'm talking about (THANKS, Lauren, for "introducing" me to Cabbie -- LOVE his interviews especially with the Pens!):
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
amazing chemistry with Mike Modano who describes him as having "great hands, great touch, and a great sense around the net." [OK - that statement just makes my toes curl coming from Mo!]
We was a big part of our (or my I guess) Stars grand success in the prospects tournament (along with Brunnstrom )
IMPORTANT HOCKEY STUFF: Ass kicking rookie, not much more needs be said!!! At the time I started writing this, he was 1st among all Rookies in the league in goals scored (I think he ended up finishing 2nd overall. His final goal total for the season was 24 G 13 A for 37 P). Including 2 goals in the 10-2 ass whippin the Stars laid on the NYR (yes, I know fat lot of good it did them, but it was fun at the time). He was really rolling for team Canada in the worlds here recently before taking a stick to the face and getting stitches in his eyelid. (ouch... um... "kiss and make better, sweetheart?") [aren't you thoughtful, Kena?!]
Stars Captain, Brenden Morrow, describes him as "a badass, western Canadian kid" (via radio interview [laugh quieter Stephanie, the ladies are trying to read... OF COURSE I was listening personally]). [how did you know I was laughing - wait, it has to do with YOU and your Morrow, thats how!]
REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF: Adorable!!!!! Despite the "zombie like" photo of him that was taken at the "young stars" game this past Jan, (2009) in Montreal, he's MUCH better looking on TV and there are much better photos available. Kinda shy but also cocky at the same time [sucks in deep breath to avoid estrogen overload] [DOING THE SAME!] Which is a combination no red-blooded hockey-loving female can possibly hope to resist. He always seems so quiet, sweet, and unassuming then he drops the hammer. S.E.X.Y!!! Of the Dark brown hair, and really neat gray eyes. (The eyes are "To die for" according to HftL reader Kristen H. and I can't agree more.) He is quite the stud at 6'3 and 205lbs. James "the Real Deal" Neal as a moniker is just so TOTALLY cute, it even transforms me into a giggling fuzzy little ball of puckbunny. [LOVE that description!]
Derick Brassard vs. James Neal (Neal drops him with one punch, and he begs off (baby) to go get stitches, in the cut over his eye.) Watch the fight, even if you have to make a special effort of it. It is SO worth it!!!! BADASS western Canadian kid, INDEED!!!!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The 50 Most Beautiful Canadians were named by Hello Canada Magazine.
Crosby is joined by fellow hockey player Sheldon Souray (according to VERSUS' Christine Simpson) and Shania Twain tops the list.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find the pictures of Sid and Sheldon from the magazine (because they were HOT - they showed them on VERSUS during the game)!! Although you can look back on our previous WC Hottie post for Sheldon to see some pretty sexy pics of hims!!
If anyone has this mag and can scan the pics, WE'D ALL APPRECIATE IF YOU COULD SEND IT!!!
We all know too well that [Jordan] Staal vs. [Eric] Staal has been the big storyline of this series, so in keeping with the 'theme' of the "Staal brothers Eastern Conference Final," here's an interesting spin on it.
ESPN the Magazine was focusing on mom, Linda Staal, for their Mother's Day edition of PAGE 2 "For Love or the Game" feature. The magazine put all four of the brothers to the test to see who knows mom best and which one is her favorite!!
This is just too cute - ENJOY, ladies!!
BIG THANKS to Kena for scanning your brother's mag!!!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Gonchar is a really important part of the Penguins team and brings a certain veteran presence both on and off the ice. He's not flashy, but he does get the job done and its a job that's quite important as he's the "last line of defense" before the puck enters the point of "no return" where they have to go back and skate after it in their own zone during a power play. It's an art that he seems to have mastered since he makes it look effortless when he's on the ice and it makes a noticeable difference when he's not!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
FULL NAME: William Robert Guerin
NICKNAME: Billy Bob
BIRTHPLACE: Worchester, Massachusetts
COLLEGE: Boston College (2 years)
POSITION: Forward (Right Wing)
DRAFTED: 5th overall by the NJ Devils in 1989
TRADED: to Edmonton on January 4, 1998; Boston on November 15, 2000; San Jose on February 27, 2007; Pittsburgh on March 4, 2009
SIGNED: as a free agent by Dallas on July 3, 2002; St. Louis on July 3, 2006; NY Islander on July 5, 2007
HOTTIE [CAREER] HIGHLIGHTS:
won the Stanley Cup in 1995 with the NJ Devils; won the gold medal playing in the World Cup of Hockey; named to NHL Second All-Star Team in 2002; represented the US in the 2002 Winter Olympics (won silver medal) - represented the US in a total of three Olympics; played in NHL All-Star Game in 2001 (also named MVP), 2003, 2004, 2007; served as the NY Islanders Captain since 2007
Season Highlights (2008-2009)
- recorded his 800th career point on March 5th with the Penguins (making him the 14th US-born player to do so)
- led the Islanders with 16 goals and 181 shots
- scored his 400th NHL goal on December 26th vs. Toronto becoming the eighth American-born player and 79th NHL player to reach 400 career goals
He's had at least one fight in each season (and / or post-season) <-- CLICK to see fight card -- since his rookie year 1991-1992; his most recent fight was against Ryan Malone on February 7, 2009 defending a teammate (CLICK HERE TO WATCH)!!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
He Does His Talking ON THE ICE
What's so special about [Crosby]? I don't see anything special there. Yes, he does skate well, has a good head, good pass. But there's nothing else ...
I think that if you take any player, even if he is "dead wood," and start promoting him, you'll get a star. Especially if he scores 100 points. No one is going to care about anyone else. No one is going to care whether he possesses great skill ...
And to take this a step further, here are a few of my husband's and my ideas for what Crosby could have rightfully said to Semin when they shook hands -- keeping the above in mind (but we know he's just too good of a sport which is why some of them are pretty funny):
"Hi, I'm Sidney Crosby - and you are?"
"Will you be using a three-wood or 'dead wood' in the fairway tomorrow?"
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
- center (defensive forward)
- shoots right
- drafted 2nd by the Senators in the 1998 draft (44th overall)
- 1998 - 1999: nominated as OHL’s most gentlemanly player from Sudbury
- played for Canada at the 2005 World Championships
- he signed a 5 year / $21 million contract prior to the 2007-2008 season
- ranked seventh in the NHL in hits with 234 in the 2007-2008 season
A large forward at 6' 1" and 213 pounds. He's a pretty aggressive player that actually delivers hits which is uncommon among forwards. His nickname is "Fish."
"He's really happy with her. They're a perfect match."
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Craig Adams and his wife, Anne, are the proud parents of a new baby girl named Francesca Alice (7 pounds, 8 ounces) who was born yesterday. This is the second child for them; their first born is son Rhys who is 20-months old.
IMPORTANT HOCKEY STUFF: 2008/09 Top scoring rookie. After winning national championships with his minor hockey team, the Los Angeles Junior Kings, he initially committed to playing for the U.S. National U-18 Program. Despite telling Ontario Hockey League (OHL) teams he would not play major junior, Ryan was selected by the Owen Sound Attack 7th overall in the 2003 OHL Selection Draft. He was convinced to play for the team and immediately began his major junior career with a 39-point rookie campaign in 03–04. After improving to 89 points the following season, Ryan was drafted second overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the '05 Draft behind Sidney Crosby (PIT). He ended his OHL career in 06–07. When he joined the the Portland Pirates of the AHL for the final 8 games of the season. Then he started the 07–08 season with the Ducks, scoring his first NHL goal in his debut against the Los Angeles Kings. He was, however, sent back to the AHL (Portland) after 4 games. He was recalled on March 7, '08, when Corey [DON'T get me started on, him, he goes in the same pot w/ Hossa] Perry's leg injury sidelined him for the remainder of the regular season. In 08–09, Ryan once again made the reg. roster, but was sent down to the Ducks' new AHL affiliate, the Iowa Chops [thank you salary cap]. He was called up during the season and recorded a natural hat trick [yes, I had to look it up too], on January 8, 2009, against the Los Angeles Kings. He became the first rookie in Ducks history to record a hat trick, and it was the fastest hat trick by any player in the 15-year history of the franchise. On March 22, 2009, he broke the franchise rookie point record, tallying 2 assists for 46th point of the year in a win against the Phoenix Coyotes. This year, he was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy, along with Steve Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets and Kris Versteeg from the Chicago Blackhawks. [Pretty good for a kid with a past, huh??]