When it Comes to Hockey – What’s the Best News?
The Season Or a Really Cool Bird?
Yes…opening night is when the crowd is jazzed; the ice is practically glittering and the excitement can be felt by the players as they rush out into the arena. Now it was in Chicago that the Kings rushed out in order to prove their ‘top place on the food chain’ as the owners of the Stanley Cup; but, alas…the Chicago Blackhawks pretty much took that joyous moment away from them
Patrick Kane is on the Blackhawks side, and since the start of this season has shown himself to want nothing more than to make sure the Kings do not get their hands on that trophy for a second time in a row. Kane has the claim to fame of being a Number One Pick back in the 2007 draft, but his speed, his focus, his defense – almost everything about Kane’s game has improved by leaps and bounds.
Tied for second in the NHL, it was Chicago that had the claim to fame of being undefeated before going up against the Kings. Now, yes, this is a fast start, BUT if the Ravens in football proved anything to anyone it was the fact that the ones you believe absolutely have it in the bag no matter what (and, yes, I’m talking everyone from Manning to Brady to Kap at the end of it all), really don’t. And very odd things can occur that make your dream fall flat.
It is hard to doubt that Kane will fall apart, however, considering that thirteen out of fourteen Blackhawks games thus far have been improved with him scoring at least one goal. And with a line that involves Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland – the Blackhawks certainly seem to be doing a heck of a fine job. (As of this writing, things may change; however, the Blackhawks are definitely a team to be acknowledged and to be wary of.)
It’s also a great deal of fun to hear crowds gasping in an arena. In fact, it alleviates the pain of football being over and done with. One of the cool things about various hockey players is the fact that they played in Europe for a short while which has allowed them to be in peak condition for the season of the National Hockey League to begin.
In Europe, Kane spent his time playing for Biel in Switzerland’s top division during the lockout. And his off-season went extremely well allowing him to get his determination and alertness right where it should be for what looks like an interesting NHL season to come.
Is there other news in hockey? Well, some. A rookie by the name of Brendan Gallagher got to experience his first (I think it’s his first) genuine professional hockey concussion with Montreal. Apparently he is being referred to by his teammates as extremely feisty, so he should be back in no time at all. And, with the new NHL rule regarding the fact that a player who suffers a concussion no longer has to remain inactive for seven days, he may even be back sooner than anyone thinks.
Montreal also saw forward Max Pacioretty out because of a skate cut he received that needed stitches, but he should reappear soon as well. And don’t even get started on the flu; these poor players are facing it left and right with the ones getting better and reappearing at practice being replaced by new players who have just come down with it. (Kleenex and some kind of alcoholic rub in the locker room, anyone?)
Of course, let’s be reasonable. This is the sport of all sports that was made to legally hit, slam, break teeth, bust ribs (okay, only some of these are legal), but it’s definitely the sport where any and all anger management issues should be released. But when it’s all said and done, the best news in the world of hockey came from that mighty condor that took over a rink in Las Vegas and made sure to be the toughest player ever created.
The Bakersfield Condors mascot decided to take the words of the National Anthem to heart and broke free. The crowd absolutely had a ball (not the trainer, of course, because he ended up with broken ribs), as they cheered and laughed at the giant bird that ‘rocked it’ across the slippery ice. No concussion, no skate cut in its wattle – this is one player who said ‘poo-poo’ to the flu. And – in retrospect – would also have handed the Kings a loss because he was just too big and strong to be kept in a cage.
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Now THAT’S a hockey player!
Until Next Time, Everybody,