Monthly Archives: May 2009

Russian Prospect Coming to D.C.

With the news swirling around Sergei Fedorov and Viktor Kozlov regarding their possible moves to the KHL, it’s good news for Capitals fans to see a young prospect moving the other way. Continue reading

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One of Hockey’s Most Impassioned Calls

If you followed the Hershey Bears on line last night you know that Bears’ play-by-play voice John Walton was alone on the air for upwards of four periods of action, in addition to his pre- and post-game labor. With most broadcasts of most sports, there are almost always at least two voices in the booth, and for good reason — it’s not easy doing play-by-play, color, analysis, and frankly simply talking for upwards of four hours all by yourself without appreciable rest to be found among it all. Which makes Walton’s work at a game’s greatest moments all the more impressive. Continue reading

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The Garden of Eden Is Missing Something…

Wiley Miller, creator of the comic strip “Non Sequitur”, is clearly a kindred soul. Continue reading

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Giroux Gets Game Winner, Hat Trick as Bears Take Game 1: Bears 5 / Moose 4 in OT

Giroux Gets Game Winner, Hat Trick as Bears Take Game 1: Bears 5 / Moose 4 in OT Continue reading

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It’s Finals Weekend — Pass Me a Cold One

This is a special Saturday in almost-June: I’ll have John Walton’s call of game 1 of the Calder Cup finals piped in on my laptop while the Wings and Pens renew their finals matchup of a year ago on my TV. I can’t offer a Calder finals preview for a number of reasons, foremost among them: I haven’t seen the Manitoba Moose play hockey this year. I do know they have Cory Schneider in net, and he was judged to be the best goalie of the season this year in the ‘A.’ So the matchup between Schneider and Michal Neuvirth is a potential classic. I also know that the Moose play in a big arena (like 15,000 seats), and that the Winnipeg community apparently is treating this Calder Cup as a quasi dress rehearsal for hosting an NHL team one day. Maybe soon. But it’s a best-vs.best finals in the ‘A,’ with both the Bears and Moose winning 50 games during the regular season and both no. 1 seeds advancing to the finals. Continue reading

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Out in the Heartland, a Rivalry Reborn

The matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks was the Original Six rematch so many fans and perhaps even the NHL wanted, while it was not a close series, it will restart a rivalry. Continue reading

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A Clean Sheet of Ice

The time seems right to make plain my belief system as it relates to the integrity of our game; which is to say, how it is that I’ve come to believe that hockey, in its totality, with perhaps but a few lone wolf exceptions, competes with its athletes’ integrity intact, steroid-free. Continue reading

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