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Congratulations Capitals

Congrats on your first Stanley Cup win in 44 years. You deserve it!

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NHL – Vegas Style

I have not been paying attention to the inaugural season of the new expansion NHL team in Las Vegas, the Golden Knights. You can imagine my surprise when my sports fan son gave me a taste of how hockey has changed when he showed me how hockey has been transformed for the Las Vegas audience.

It’s totally over the top as only Vegas can do. Think Cirque du Soleil meets Medieval Times Dinner Show on ice.

The game did not disappoint either. 4-6 is one of the higher scoring games I’ve heard of. The first goal was just seconds into the first period and it didn’t let up with the lead rocking back and forth all through the game.

A box of popcorn flies up into the air in front of the press box from the stands. Battle towels are twirling, fans are chanting, the drummers in the plastic castle in the nosebleeds are drumming, and if you could take the blood pressure of T-Mobile, doctors would be alarmed…I wouldn’t be surprised if the streets of Vegas are on fire when we all leave this building.

The Stanley Cup Final Display Is for Vegas Locals and Game 1 Gave Them Ultimate Show

The NBA is going to have to step it up. NFL? No one’s going to care.

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Catch a puck and score

Jared Spurgeon plays hockey for the Minnesota Wild but is looking forward to baseball season.

h/t to SBNation

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Mikael Granlund’s Amazing Hockey Goal

Just in case you missed it. 19 year-old Mikael Granlund scored an amazing goal in last night’s hockey game putting Finland over Russia and into the Final.

All eyes on Mikael and Finland in Sunday’s match against Sweden. Go Suomi!

UPDATE: Finland wins! Helsinki celebrates!

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Stanley Cup’s Colorful History

UPDATE: After their epic win last night, here’s how the Cup spent last night in Vegas with the Washington Capitals.

After last night’s loss to Anaheim, the San Jose Sharks are out of the running.  Might as well post some highlights from the checkered past of the world’s most famous trophy.

  • In 1905, the Ottawa Silver Seven tried to drop-kick it over the Rideau Canal on the Ottawa River. (They failed.)
  • In 1906, it went missing after a photography session. It turned out the photographer’s mother had adopted it as a planter for geraniums.
  • In 1924, the Montreal Canadiens left it by the side of the road while changing a tire.
  • In 1940, managers burned the mortgage of Madison Square Garden in the cup, which the Rangers won that year. (This occasioned a “curse” that kept the Rangers from the cup for 54 years.)
  • In 1980, New York Islander Clark Gillies fed his dog from it.
  • In 1991, Pittsburgh Penguin Mario Lemieux tried to float it in his swimming pool. It sank. (Colorado Avalanche goalkeeper Patrick Roy later did the same thing.)
  • In 1994, Ranger Ed Olczyk filled it with oats to feed Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin.
  • In 1996, Avalanche defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre had his daughter baptized in it.

via Futility Closet.