Despite the total disregard for my well-being, I’m the epitome of health. So, this isn’t meant to be a morbid post, but one that celebrates all the wonderful moments one may crave from the sport they love. I seem to always miss the big ones. I moved to Tampa just months after they won the Stanley Cup. The Carolina Hurricanes raised the Cup just a year before I rolled into town. I’m from Cleveland, I’m used to disappointment, but here are some hockey moments I hope to have before the Big guy calls me home.
The Minor, Yet Amusing
I want to see the tucking of the jerseys rule banished. Poor Semin.
I want to watch an OSU hockey game in Columbus…preferably against Michigan and with former Buckeye, Zac Dalpe.
I want to make Jeff Skinner laugh which doesn’t seem that difficult.
I want to go to a Winter Classic game in Detroit with my brother.
I want to be a season ticket holder again without going bankrupt.
For a Cleveland NHL team to win the Stanley Cup (I just gave myself goosebumps.). Hey, it may be more possible than the Browns winning a championship.
Joe Sova with the Charlotte Checkers (Photo: KP Kelly)
Mr. Joe Sova is a defensemen currently playing with the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL. The 24 year old had a three-year career at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and totaled 58 points (13 goals, 45 assists). Sova was named UAF’s top rookie in 2008-09. Prior to the CCHA, he played three seasons in the United States Hockey League. Sova led the Omaha Lancer defenseman with 7 goals and ranked second amongst defenseman with a plus-23 rating through 59 games. His 2006-07 season was spent with Sioux City, he tallied 23 points (4g, 19a) and a plus-16 rating over 58 games. He earned seven points (2g-5a) in 40 games for Waterloo in 2005-06.
The 6’2” Illinois native made his pro debut with AHL Albany after signing an entry-level contract with New Jersey on March 19, 2011. In January of 2012, he was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes in the deal that brought Alexei Ponikarovsky to the New Jersey Devils. Sova performed in 20 games with the Charlotte Checkers.
Ok, you are all caught up on your Sova stats. Another little known fact, Mr. Sova is an OET fan and was kind enough to do an interview with us… Read more
You’re no better than a plastic player attached to a pole without ambidextrous feet in hockey.
I have yet to meet a skater that’s denied the early struggles of getting one foot up to par with the other stronger foot. Whether it was feeling as smooth on that outside edge or stopping as quick, one foot stubbornly resisted to conform. Without downplaying the skill required of other sports, having ambidextrous feet is one of the many reasons I respect the game of hockey.
Players shoot with their strong arm in basketball. You never see a righty take a free throw shot his left hand for giggles. An NFL quarterback throws passes with his strong arm. I doubt you’ll hear Tom Brady tell his receivers, “Hey guys, watch this, I’m going to attempt a 30 yard pass with my left arm.” Although there are switch-hitters in baseball, they still throw with their dominate arm. Speaking of baseball, check out this video on the rare ambidextrous pitcher, Pat Venditte:
Very few sports require players be ambidextrous and hockey is definitely one of those sports. It’s pretty funny if you think about, could you imagine players only stopping, turning, transitioning, etc… to their right? It would be like a blooper reel with pucks whizzing past them with blindsided hits. It reminds me of a foosball table with those little plastic players that can only move in limited directions. Read more
Side Note: Funny, no matter how much you plan, you can’t always predict controversy like the Thomas blow-up on Twitter and Facebook. Whether you hate him or love him for his views, we continue to support his hockey camps with our Fear the Bear shirts because it is for the kids. In the words of Forrest Gump, “That’s all I got to say about that.”
OET water bottles will be available in October.
Our second effort is slight, but exciting. We supported the Charlotte Junior Checkers with the purchase of a dasher ad and supplying water bottles for the kids in partnership with the Extreme Ice Center. We know this is just of first of many efforts to encourage youth in the sport.
Help us support the team with a purchase of our charity tees. Our new line will launch in October with more designs, sizes, and accessories. Oh, and of course we will have a new charity line to support various charities.
What apparel you like to see? What hockey charity would you like to support? Let us know in the comment section.
It was an emotional week in the Twitter world. Sorrowful posts poured out regarding the Colorado shooting. As you may know, the hockey world lost one of their own in Jessica Ghawi. She was aspiring sport writer and countless tweets were posted in her honor. You may read about Jessica’s tragic death from her brother here and from her peers here.
Paul Chapman (Audio & Lighting for the Carolina Hurricanes) posts a photo of the flags at half-staff for the Colorado shootings outside the PNC Arena…
Peace, Love, Puck ladies tee available at www.outeredgethreads.com
The pending NHL CBA is the pink elephant in the locker room. The NHL collective bargaining agreement is a contract between the NHL team owners and the NHL Players Association (NHLPA), created through labor-management negotiations of collective bargaining. We all recall the disappointing 2004-05 season and hope not one day of the regular season will be postponed due to these labor agreements. Here are some interesting numbers associated with sports labor agreements…
0 – The number of games the NHL can afford to lose after a record revenue season in my opinion
1 – The amount times the NHL lost an entire season to labor disputes Read more
I’m sure Biebs was totally using the TSN app at the Jets game.
Mobile applications have become as popular as the latest hit album or blockbuster movie. Basically, you are missing out if you haven’t played Words with Friends or used StumbleUpon. In addition, keeping up with the latest news has never been easier whether it be your favorite team’s statistics or the local weather report.
Where does the hockey world rank in the apps world? Here are five of my favorite ones currently on the market and five I would like created…like yesterday. I linked most of these to the iTunes store, but they are also available on Androids.
Some cry over spilled milk (or beer). Some tear up at those depressing American Humane Society commercials (or just writing about it, tissues please). You know what really gets me? I tear up at the loss of flowing locks. Those precious wings that stick out in just the right places of a hockey helmet and often sheared at the end of a season. Damn tragedy.
Ladies, I don’t mean to ignore your flow here, as I adore seeing those ponytails down the back of jerseys. Although, I don’t like mine when my skating coach threatens to tie my locks to my pants to keep my head up. The threat alone is quite effective.
This design was inspired by two events. First, Carolina Hurricanes’ Justin Faulk’s end of season haircut tweet on Twitter. The man has a gorgeous head of hair. Head & Shoulders will soon forget their commercials with Tuomo Ruutu and Henrik Lundqvist if they get their hands on Mr. Faulk. As a Canes’ fan I was quite disappointed in the below tweet, but at least he followed it up with a solid promise. Read more
If you haven’t explored the new social media craze, Pinterest, allow me to educate you. Me…Yoda, you…Jedi soon you will be.
The site is used for everything from business promotions to mom’s discovering new recipes. Users may create multiple boards to effectively group pins. You may repin or like posts from others. Pins (a.k.a. images) are uploaded from websites or directly from the user.
DigitalMarketer.com said the growth of Pinterest has boggled the minds of Internet users and experts alike, as it reached 10 million unique visitors per month faster than any other web company.
So come on, join the fun. What’s one more social media app on your phone? To help get you started, here are the hockey boards you should follow immediately:
Producer Bobby Farrelly, wearing a Budweiser beer helmet, goaltends for the Bruckheimer's Bad Boys team before the NHL All-Star Celebrity Challenge against Kelley's Heroes at the Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Let me start by saying I know many hockey fans are sincerely dedicated to their beloved Molson, so save your chirps. Molson Coors Brewing Co. is the official beer of the National Hockey League and I am not happy about it. Watching the lame (sorry Coors) commercials during the Rangers versus Devils game today got me thinking (dangerous, I know). Hockey is a passionate, physical sport that boasts some of the most competitive athletes in the world. So how is a light beer with some of the lowest alcohol percentage on the market well representing this game?
Yes, I am a beer snob. I rather sip cough syrup than drink light beer. I dig microbrews and prefer my beer to be as thick and dark as my morning cup of joe. To each their own, but here are other beers I feel would better represent the terrific game of hockey: Read more