Monthly Archives: September 2011

Flames: How good can Rene Bourque be?

I am a big fan of the younger players and enjoy catching on to new stars and watching them play from age 18 to retirement.  I’ve always enjoyed that part of being a sports fan.  I also enjoy following players … Continue reading

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Kudos to Brendan Shanahan as NHL disciplinarian

Former NHL player and current senior VP of the NHL, Brendan Shanahan, is getting a lot of credit for his recent rulings and explanations.  Shanahan publishes a video where he stands in front of a VERY large TV where everyone … Continue reading

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Flames: Did the Dion Phaneuf trade cost Darryl Sutter his job?

I was not a Darryl Sutter fan.  I found him arrogant, reckless and overspending in his management style.  Basically, his approach is I can do whatever I want and I don’t really care what you or anyone else thinks.  Irrespective … Continue reading

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Prediction: Jarome Iginla with retire a Calgary Flame

Here in Calgary, it is clear who is not only the leader of the team but also the face of the franchise: Jarome Iginla. Iginla is entering his 15th full season as a member of the Flames and 8th as … Continue reading

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Oilers: Gilbert Brule turns to a shrink to help turn his career around.

According to an interview Edmonton Oilers forward Gilbert Brule did with The Edmonton Journal recently, he has turned to Vancouver-based sports psychologist Dr. Saul Miller for help with his psyche and thus his game.  Dr. Miller is fairly well known … Continue reading

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Is the role of NHL captain still relevant?

Ryan Callahan was today named captain of the NY Rangers replacing the retired Chris Drury.  Callahan is in his 5th NHL season but it seems to me needs his profile around the league raised.  I mean is Ryan Callahan really … Continue reading

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The Sidney Crosby Head Shot Rule

Here in Calgary, we get daily doses of Flames news regarding players, coaches and management.  Recently, I heard Flames CEO Ken King weigh-in on the whole Sidney Crosby injury and the larger idea that is popular now: eliminating headshots in … Continue reading

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Thoughts are with KHL Team, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

I have some NHL related thoughts today but still upset and thinking about the plane crash in Russia yesterday. Many of these players have young kids and some of the players wives were expecting.  To lose your husband, father, brother, son … Continue reading

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Plane crash in Russia kills 43 including coaches and players of KHL Team

My heart aches for family and friends of those lost in today’s plane crash in Russia.  In a summer that’s seen the NHL already lose players Wade Belak, Rick Rypien and Derek Boogard this tragedy really brings the hockey community … Continue reading

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My love affair with hockey goes back to the late 70’s early 80’s

My first memories of watching hockey go back to the late 70’s when the Broadstreet Bullies played the NY Islanders.  I have vague memories of Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach. My family moved to Edmonton in 1978 from St. John’s, … Continue reading

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