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« 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.
« on: February 08, 2014, 01:35:54 PM »
The Women's hockey began with wins today by Canada and USA.
Team Canada defeated Team Switzerland 5-0, outshooting the Swiss 69-19. Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling, who plays in the Canadian Women's Hockey League with the Brampton Thunder and is a teammate of Team Canada members Gilliam Apps & Jayna Hefford, had more than her fair share of work cutout for her and was easily one of the game's standouts.
Poulin, Labonte, Watchon, Wickenheiser and Larocque were the Canadian scorers.
Shannon Szabados had the shutout.
Canada's next game is versus Finland Tuesday.
Elsewhere, Team USA beat Team Finland 3-1, on goals by Stack, Knight and Carpenter. While the Finns kept pressing despite being down 1-0 at one point, Finnish goalkeeper Raty shut out the US shooters for all of 27 minutes before the Americans scored on an "ugly" goal, a.k.a. funny bounce and all. In fact, two of the US goals were scored that way, at the expense of some Finnish mistakes.
Oh well, a win is a win no matter how it's done.
Team USA's next game is Tuesday against Switzerland.
« on: February 07, 2014, 02:49:11 PM »
"Пусть начнутся игры"
....that's Russian for....
"Let the Games begin!!!"
,.. amid continuing terror threats, ongoing state censonship of media (Russian journalists / reporters are threatened & harassed from time to time), social media censorship ( Canada's four-man bobsleigh member Jason Kripps " Team Kripps" found his website blocked. No apparent reason given), and lastly, jailing of members of the gay / lesbian community in Russian society, in which Russian President Putin defends the move in saying that " It is necessary to protect our youth".
Even former leader Mikhail Gorbachev has decried Putin's governance of certain democratic principles. While Russia has come a long way from those Glasnost & Perestroika days, there's still a ways to go before one can call Russian society truly democratic. Harkening back to the dark days of tbe Soviet empire, there's no comparison now. Still...
Anyways, speaking of the Sochi Games, they are by far the most expensive yet, and the venues quite modern. A stretch of highway, ss an example, cost $200M (Cdn) per kilometre. The construction of these Games has been fraught with corruption and fraud. Nothing surprising for most familiar with Olympic Games building.
The displaced people, whose homes were demolished to make room for further construction, were housed in a neatly-built subdivision. Many seem satisfied with their new dwellings.
Not all Russisns are happy with these Olympics, with many claiming the rising costs have added to just about everything including the price of public transportation, as many believe much of the cost overruns couid have been better spent roads & infrastructure maintensnce.
The opening ceremonies were lavish with plenty of Russian culture and classical music which is good. Vladislav Tretiak, legendary goaltender, along with legendary skater Irina Rodrina, lit the Olympic cauldron. The ceremonies were colourful, awash in plenty of fireworks, dancing, adornment of costumes, structures, symbols, etc.
For more on the Opening Ceremonies, click here:http://olympics.cbc.ca/news/article/sochi-opening-ceremony-set-begin.html
« on: January 30, 2014, 01:35:49 PM »
From ESPN RumorCentral (MLB);So far this offseason, the Toronto Blue Jays have done little by way of improving a pitching staff that finished 12th in the American League last season with a 4.26 ERA. However, if some of the free agent options out there start to get nervous and lower the asking price, there's a chance the Blue Jays might be interested.
General manager Alex Anthopoulos told the Canadian Press earlier this week that "from a free-agent standpoint, we have been given a price and we just don't necessarily see the value right now." However, that hasn't stopped the organization from doing their due diligence, just in case.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Toronto "might finally be preparing to pounce." Henotes that the Jays "have done extensive background work on right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, digging into his medical records, and also remain interested in righty Ervin Santana and other free agents."
Toronto is in a better position than most teams are to make a bid on those free agents who come with the albatross of a qualifying offer attached as the Blue Jays top two draft picks are both protected. If they sign either Jimenez or Santana, they would only lose the No. 49 overall pick.
If they didn't want to lose a pick at all, they could decide to make an offer to Bronson Arroyo, however, as ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reports, the pitcher says that a dozen teams have made contact with his agent but he has yet to come close to a deal with any of them. "I don't even have an offer to turn down," Arroyo said. "So I might still be sitting here on March 1. I have no idea."
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:23:43 AM »
At the 2014 Australian Open, CanadIan Women's tennis player Eugenie Bouchard, who hails from La Belle Province (Montreal), defeated top-ranked Ana Ivanovic, thus becoming the first Canadian to reach a Semi-final in a major open in 30 years.
This isn't the first time that Bouohard beat Ivanovic. Ivanovic lost to Bouchard also at last year's Wimbledon Championship
in the second round.
Carling Bassett was the last Canadian to reaoh a Grand Slam
Semi-Final at the U.S. Open in 1984.
For more on the story, go to:http://www.sportsnet.ca/tennis/bouchard-makes-history-into-semis-at-aussie-open/
« on: January 12, 2014, 09:09:59 PM »
« on: December 31, 2013, 09:50:51 AM »
....TMLFANS.... and wishing everyone all the best for 2014!
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:30:05 AM »
.... tmlfans!..... Season's Greetings to all!!
« on: November 13, 2013, 02:35:48 AM »