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« on: November 11, 2014, 03:11:08 AM »
In honour of the late Corporal Nathan Cirillo, let us yearn for peace, let us hope for goodwill, and let us be thankful for who we are and what we are...as a nation, as a country, as a people.
To those brave men and women in the past and present, who have been and oontinue to be of service... God bless you.
To all those of us who have lost a loved one through other circumstances, including I, having lost my own dear brother... time may ease the pain, but the memory never forgets.
For all the dearly departed souls... Rest In Peace.
« on: November 09, 2014, 10:06:52 AM »
In an interview with Strombo Saturday night, Grerzky admitted that he did indeed cionsider the Leafs presidency at one point:Gretzky admitted he’d spoken with Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke last spring about becoming president of the hockey team.
"I can finally admit that we chatted," said Gretzky. "It just wasn’t the right thing for them and for me. Tim Leiweke is a wonderful man and the organization is a good organization. And listen, I grew up a huge Toronto Maple Leafs fan. At one point I almost signed here in 1996, but you know, sometimes things just happen for a reason and it just didn’t work out."
"Brendan Shanahan is a wonderful man and he’s a good person and I think he’s going to do a wonderful job," said Gretzky.
Check it out here:http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/gretzky-admits-to-considering-leafs-presidency/
« on: November 08, 2014, 09:51:38 AM »
So, there has been talk in NHL circles about placing advertising (corporate/sponsor) logos on NHL jerseys. There's certain to be varying degrees of opinions from hockey fans.
As we've seen, in Europe and elsewhere, soccer jerseys are adorned with at least one corporate advertising (across the chest). Of course, soccer jerseys and hockey (NHL) jerseys are not alike. Soccer jerseys' team or country crests are much smaller than an NHL-sized hockey jersey team crest, and also not as highly adorned with graphics a la NHL style.
International hockey jerseys (both team & country) are usually adorned with a number of different advertising placements, particularly those one finds in international tournaments such as the Spengler Cup, where the players are practically skating advertisements. Jerseys here take on a garishness that's not easy on the eyes, so to speak.
It's doubtful anyone would want their Maple Leaf jersey altered, say, by removing the design on the epaulets and having them replaced by a McDonald's logo, as an example. Perhaps one would accept if the advertising were to be 'unobtrusive', at the bottom back of the sweater. Of course, that would defeat the very purpose of placing the advertisement in the first place since it's meant to be seen not hidden.
Surely NHL teams will garner some form of revenue selling space for advertising on their respective jerseys. The team honchos will definitely like that but to the fans it merely becomes a nuisance, to say the least. There is already enough advertising everywhere.
What do you think? Cast your vote and post an opinion or two.
« on: November 04, 2014, 03:57:32 PM »
Here are the games for Round 6:Saturday Nov.8th
Deadline 7PM ET
NYRangers @ Toronto - 7PM
Minnesota @ Montreal - 7PM
Winnipeg @ Ottawa - 7PM
Nashville @ St.Louis - 8PM
NYIslanders @ Arizona - 8PM
Vancouver @ Los Angeles - 10PM
Good luck to all!
« on: October 13, 2014, 07:35:25 AM »
"Happy Thanksgiving Day!" tmlfans!!
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:24:14 PM »
Here it is everyone, the new season of the Tmlfans Pick'em Challenge!
So, come on in and sharpen your prediction powers! The more participants there will be, the more this will get.
I have chosen to post the games for Wednesday & Thursday (Oct. 8th & 9th respectively), continuuing the 'tradition' of opening night. (However, most games are usually posted for weekend games (Saturday/Sunday).
Let the begin! Good luck to all!
All times Eastern. Deadline is 7PM puckdrop Wednesday.Wed. October 8th
Montreal @ Toronto - 7PM
Philadelphia @ Bosron - 7PM
San Jose @ Los Angeles -10PMThurs. October 9th
Anaheim @ Pittsburgh - 7PM
NYRangers @ St.Louis - 8PM
Ottawa @ Nashville - 8PM
« on: August 13, 2014, 06:47:17 AM »
Hollywood legend -- actress, star, author, ex-Mrs.Bogart, sultry, tumultuous, charismatic, you name it -- that was Lauren Becall.
She starred in numerous movies and of course, she and Bogart --Humphrey Bogart, screen legend himself-- were a couple (and remained friends forever.
An incredible career nonetheless.
« on: July 01, 2014, 07:09:25 AM »
To our majestic land... ....HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CANADA!!
....and Happy July 1st, all!!
« on: June 24, 2014, 12:33:10 PM »
Here is the near-complete (more to come later)Rogers broadcast schedule for the upcoming 2014-2015 NHL season. Here are some highlights:
- 350 national regular season games spread across nine networks -- Sportsnet (East/West/Pacific/Ontario), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360, CBC, City, and FX Canada.
- ScotiaBank Wednesday Night Hockey
will include 35 games, nine Canadian team matchups, eight doubleheaders, as well as six Original Six matchups.
- (CBC) Hockey Night in Canada
will be showcasing four (or more) games in it's traditional spot which is Saturday nights. Altogether, a total of 150 games will be shown throughout the season.
- Sunday Night Hockey
-- newest feature that will show 25 games year-round that will include a Canadian-based team in each game shown. Each game shown will be broadcast from a community/hometown from across the country, and will include local stories, player profiles, etc.
There will also be five Original Six matchups.Other
-- 2014 Winter Classic, February 14th all-Canadian-based teams tripleheader, Stanley Cup playoffs/Final, NHL All-Star Game, NHL Entry Draft & Draft Lottery, NHL Awards, etc., etc.
For more details, click here:http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/rogers-unveils-2014-15-nhl-broadcast-schedule/
« on: June 03, 2014, 11:29:19 AM »
Los Angeles Kings vs New York Rangers
If one were to ask someone to choose a winner, there is certain to be a slight hesitation. How can one decide when one has two of the best teams in these playoffs going against each other in this year's Stanley Cup Final?
Well, for starters, the Los Angeles Kings have already made the NHL history books, as being the only team to have won 21 games (all three rounds and in come-from-behind fashion too).
The Kings disposed of the Sharks, the Ducks, and then the defending Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, with their usual array of scoring depth, sound goaltending (Jonathan Quick rose to the fore even after some shaky perfoemamces), plus the team's incredible resiliency. No matter what the situation, even down 3 games to 1 (as was the case against San Jose in the first round), L.A. kept persevering and eventually prevailed.
Of course, some might say, when a team has enough deep depth and talent in all areas, as the Kings had, they can overcome anything. Point well taken.
The Broadway Blueshirts as the New York Rangers are often referred to, had their own story to write, er, play, too. They handily disposed of the Flyers, the Penguins (yes, those Penguins), and then battled the Montreal Canadiens to six games, winning it all with aplomb -- a series-winning OT goal by Domenic Moore -- ending Les Glorieux's glorious playoff run.
The goal by Moore demonstrated the role of the Rangers' depth with the offensive contributions from it's "lesser lights" -- guys like Pouliot and Moore -- who aren't exactly scoring powerhouses. Of course, at one point, many of New York's star players, Nash, St.Louis, Zucarello, Kreider, Hamelin, etc., weren't setting the league on fire. The Rangers powerplay was at one point a dismal 0 for 34 extending into these playoffs, until the offence finally got going and it was no looking back since.
Then there's the case of "King" Henrik Lundqvist, who backstopped the Blueshirts admirably. Lundqvist is hardly one to have a bad game especially in these playoffs, perhaps slightly more consistent in that category than the Kings Quick, but then even when King Henrik did (as demonstrated in Game 5 against the Canadiens), he comes bouncing right back a la Conn Smythe Trophy style.
Between these two teams, it's too close to call. They both have assets -- depth both ways, top-notch netminders, excellent systems, great coaching, etc.,etc. Some might say that the Kings survived the tougher opponents and that they have the capacity to win the Cup better than the Rangers. Others may say that the Rangers took better care of their opponents while the Kings made it harder on themselves by having to always comeback.
Either way, no matter how one looks at it, this Stanley Cup Final has all the makings to be a classic.
« on: April 20, 2014, 04:00:20 AM »
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:23:24 AM »
Let this three serve as the place for NHL stories... be it anything having to do with hockey stories befitting of history, players, tales, past, present, & even future, etc.
Below are links to two of them:
Up until the '80's, (and throughout it's history), there were no players from Eastern Europe playing in the NHL. Of course. this was during the "Cold War" era, way before Glasnost and Perestroika ever came into being. So, just what did the Vancouver Canucks and Canada have to do with it? In essence, they began the first trickle of any Eastern European player to cross the shores of the capitalist West. The players? Ivan Hlinka & Jiri Bubla of the then Czechoslovakia, who would eventually be followed by the likes of Soviets Igor Larionov, Vladimir Krutov, and Sergei Makharov.
A fascinating journey of cultoral exchanges, foreign surroundings, language barrier and a place in hockey (& perhaps sports history).Trip by two Canucks lifted curtain to Russia
The next one showcases the human element and hockey players, in this case, T,J, Oshie of the St, Louis Blues, whose birth of his baby daughter was fraught with both joy and sadness, similar to what most parents go throngh with a child born with a defect. Luckily, for a grateful Oshie & his wife, his infant daughter Lyla Grace survived all the surgeries required to reattach her internal organs (intestines & bowels) jnside her tiny body where they belonged. Being the daughter at a hockey player, she certainly was strong!T.J. Oshie of St. Louis Blues thankful for infant daughter's ...
« on: April 03, 2014, 12:17:34 AM »
Deadline is 7:00pm Saturday. All times Eastern.
Saturday April 5th
Winnipeg at Toronto 7pm
Detroit at Montrēal 7pm
Dallas at Tampa Bay 7pm
Ottawa at NYRangers 7pm
Los Angeles at Vancouver 10pm
Nashville at San Jose 10:30pm
« on: March 13, 2014, 03:16:08 AM »
A building in East Harlem in Manhattan that was more than 90 years old exploded, bringing down and damaging others in the area. The explosion was linked to a gas leak, as residents had previously smelled something that had been coming from outside the building.
The gas company, ConEdison was on it's way to the area, but it was too late, as the explosion shook the surroundings, Many thought another 9/11 had occurred because of the force of the blast.
Approximately, at last count, over 60 people injured, and several unaccounted for or missing.
Simply terrifying. The perils of gas leaks and it's aftermath.
In the words of New York's newly-elected mayor, Bill de Blasio...."This is a tragedy of the worst kind," de Blasio said. "There was no indication in time to save people."
« on: February 23, 2014, 04:14:16 PM »
"....see you in PyeongChang in 2018"....
....and with those words ended a spectacular, if not extraordinary Winter Olympic Games, all having taken place in this beautiful mountainous coastal resort town against the backdrop of the Black Sea.
Amid the breathtaking venues and the fortress-like security that encapsulated the entire Olympic Park, these Games were a success not only for the host country Russia, in terms of most medals won, but for the.sheer vision of Russian President Vladimir Putin's of bringing the Olympic dream to his country.
Even though these were the most expensive Winter Games (at a cost of $51B and counting), no one could dispute what these Sochi Games brought to the athletes & their respective countries which they represented. There were many moments of sheer jubilation, sheer disappointments, emotionally-charged moments, epic comebacks, in all thrills, chills, and spills.
Who can forget Canada's Alexandre Bilodeau after having won gold in the Men's Skiing Moguls, hugging his overjoyous developmentally-handicapped brother for what seemed like an eternity. How about 18 year old American Mikaela Shiffrin who by winning the Women's Slalom in the Alpine Skiing event, became the youngest Olympian to win gold. Or, Russian skier Maria Kommissarova who crashed during the Women's Snowboard SkiCross run, suffering a spinal injury but having underwent successful surgery thereafter. What of the Canadian Women's "epic comeback" in the words of many, in Women's Ice Hockey, who, trailing 2-0 with just under two minutes before the final buzzer would sound, tied it all up then scored in overtime to defeat Team USA and capture their fourth consecutive Olympic gold (an Olympics record). Oh those Dutch! They nearly captured all of the medals in the Long-Track Speedskating in both the Men & Women's events leaving very little for everyone else. And the Norwegian women & men who were simply dominant in most of the Cross-Country Skiing events, particularly the three Norwegian ladies who swept the podium in their event! Whew!
On and on the stories go. There were some poignant moments, such as honouring the late Nodar Kumatashvili, who died tragically in the Vancouver Winter Games of 2010, during a pre-Olympic luge training run. Another was the remembrance of the late great Canadian halfpipe skiing pioneer Sarah Burke, whose ashes were spread near the halfpipe area, some in the mountain region. A fitting final gesture to an otherwise fine athlete.
The closing ceremonies were just as enlightening as the opening were, complete with Viking ship sailing in middair, a grand piano on a piano-shaped stage surrounded by a handful of baby grands all twirling and being played in unison, 'winged' human 'doves' taking off from the stage flying away, etc.,etc. One has to truly appreciate the choreography and all the special effects that went into these ceremonies, as colourful and inspiring as they were.
For our wonderful nation, Canada, our Olympians did us proud! Canada officially finished third in the medal standings (by virtue of having had more golds and silvers than the fourth-place US). (However, in total medals, we placed fourth). Canada's 25 medals did not exceed the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games total, but to place in the top 3 or 4, we held our own against the very best!
Russia's Olympic Winter Games record of 13 golds, fell short of the record set by Canada of 14 golds at Vancouver 2010. For the host country, the results were more than satisfying.
So now, onward the Olympic Winter Games will go...to PyeongChang, South Korea...where the 23rd Winter Olympiad will be...in 2018.