Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Time to drop the puck!

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us At long last, hockey is back! The NHL hockey season begins tonight. Aside from college football, hockey is the only sport I really care about, so I'm pretty excited. Go Wings!

Hockey fans might appreciate the following link I'm gonna provide. It's for a site called NHL Uniforms.com and it provides pics of every uniform ever worn in the NHL, going all the way back to 1917. The Detroit franchise made it's debut in 1926 and was known as the Cougars before changing over to the Red Wings in 1932. They had a couple of cool uniforms that I've decided to post here.

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Living so close to the Canadian border my whole life, I've been blessed to have CBC available, which means being able to watch Hockey Night in Canada and a much better overall coverage of the playoffs than any American network. The following mp3 is quite a nostalgic piece of music for hockey fans north of the border and even a few south of it.

MP3: Hockey Night in Canada theme song

9 Comments:

Blogger Fawkes said...

Critter,
Wonderful to have hockey back! Great link to the old sweaters. Wish I could get CBC down here in the desert.

Oh...and...Wings suck.

Go Avs!

MB

2:40 AM  
Blogger freeman said...

I'm was quite pleased to see Peter Forsberg sign on with the Flyers. I've always liked him, and he looks much better wearing orange than he did wearing purple.

Wouldn't you agree, Matthew? ;)

3:51 AM  
Blogger Fawkes said...

Touche'.
The loss of Forsberg will haunt them mightily, methinks. It will be interesting to see if previously free spending teams like the Wings and Avs can maintain their edge under the new economics of the league. Then again, money ain't everything. Just ask the Rangers!

MB

11:59 AM  
Blogger Lazlo said...

Go Wings, I dig your new banner. peace, Laz

11:41 PM  
Blogger Vache Folle said...

Have fun with the hockey. I just don't get it, being a southron and a non-skater. My exposure to hockey consisted of my law school housemate's participation in the National Novice Hockey League, a league comprised of players who could not yet skate backwards. The play would basically stop at one end of the rink while the players turned themselves around. I went to every game and was vastly amused, but I learned nothing about hockey.

What would be the best way to become passing familiar with the game?

10:35 AM  
Blogger Fawkes said...

Vache,
The best way to learn hockey is to watch the game live, preferably with someone who is knowledgeable. Living in New York,(Why would anyone live in a place named "Stormville"?!) you should have a minor league team within driving distance. The rules are basic and easy to learn, as is the strategy. It only seems confusing because it moves so fast. You'll pick up on the rhythms and nuances. What at first appears to be random skating and senseless violence will reveal itself to be a beautiful game. I have introduced several people to the game through live attendance. They were all converted to rabid fans after their first game.

MB

12:22 PM  
Blogger freeman said...

Matthew's advice is the best way to go. Hockey is one game where the difference between watching it live and watching it on the boob tube is rather large. Many people experience a greater appreciation for the game after going to a game for the first time. And I guess it would help to have someone who understands the game to talk to in order to understand things like icing or offsides calls.

ESPN used to have 2 or 3 telecasts a year that they call "NHL Rules", where they'd broadcast a game plus place an emphasis on teaching various aspects of the game to viewers who don't understand the game. Unfortunately, ESPN no longer shows NHL games. I have no idea if OLN will do anything like that.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Isis said...

Thanks for posting the clip, Freeman. I have missed that!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

Vache,
The best hockey you can watch is playoff hockey -- the intensity is turned up to the max.

Another good primer can be found by renting one of Don Cherry's Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Hockey videos -- he's up to 14 or 15 in the series now and still going strong!

4:24 PM  

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