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Updated: 2014-10-05T17:22:51.724+10:00




From a Boston Herald Article

It appears Patrice Bergeron’s chance of playing again this season dwindled almost to nil, and some teammates privately question whether the center will be ready at the start of next season.

Besides the part of my brain that goes... oihfdaoish Bergy. (Being the card carrying Biggest Bergeron geek anywhere outside of Boston) what I want to know is.

How does this journalist know the private thoughts of the Boston Bruins players to report such questions? If he does, why does he not share more thoughts? Like Phil Kessel's favourite method of getting his shaggy hair cat (hedge clippers)? Can Zdeno Chara touch his toes? And what does Wacey Rabbitt actually think of his name? (My bets on him being kinda pissed off at his parents for it).

But if in fact he doesn't know their private thoughs, as I suspect he doesn't because they are in fact private and he is in fact probably not a mind reader (if he was he would have known such thoughts and doubts were private because they were not in fact intended to be aired in public) then why does he report it as such when it is clearly NOT TRUE.

*stays true to the bergy love*

how about i smack you in the face and see if you like it, eh?


Originally posted earlier this week in HLOG

As the former Bruins now General hockey girl around hlog, and the southern hemisphere’s and one of hockey’s biggest Bergeron fans I feel it is my job, duty, neigh OBLIGATION to give my thoughts and all that on the Bergeron hit.

Waking up on a Sunday morning to your best friend texting you to say Bergeron’s been hit from behind and had been taken from the game unconscious is one of the worst things. It sucks in so many ways that are completely… Shit. Can I say that here, Jordi? Maybe not. I’ll keep my language in check.

First things first.

I do not believe Randy Jones to be a dirty player.

I do not believe the HIT to be exceptionally dirty in the style of Jesse Boulrice and Steve Downie, those other two fine examples of what Philly (who I LIKED until they traded JONI (who I liked for a reason I have never understood) is currently producing.

I do believe it was a dirty hit, I do believe it should be punished even if only to educate players about making a the RIGHT decision in the second they have to pull out of such hits. Andy Ference ( a foutain of wisdom it seems in this situation) raised a good point on the Bergeron hit after the game.

In the position he was in Bergeron was not a direct scoring threat instead attempting to clear the puck. Instead with his back turned to Randy Jones as he moved to snow plow stop and clear the puck back up the boards, he was vulnerable. Every coach expects their players to follow through on their checks, it’s part of their job and something everyone understands. BUT there comes a time in a game, in some circumstances when a player knows the person they are tracking, intending to check is vulnerable and to follow through on their check could result in a serious injury to the opposition.

While this understanding and the follow through come in split seconds, hockey players are decision makers, and the game they play relies on this quick thinking all the time. Players need to remember, as most do though, that following through is not worth it in these situations where such a high risk of injury exists and the seriousness of the injury that may eventuate, is such. (OH wow. That Really does sound law studenty.)

I’m just thankful however after everything, that it only (and it is so rare when we can say something is ONLY) a concussion and a broken nose. Seeing the video, hearing what had happened, that he’d been unconscious for 15 minutes, that they’d had to cut his jersey and gear off, tape his hands and legs together to stop them flopping was truly terrifying not just for me as a Bergeron fan, but I believe for anyone who loves the game of hockey and good young talent.

And Bergeron is good young talent. There are only two players Younger than Bergeron with more points. Their names.

Crosby. Ovechkin. The kid is good.

And I pray, He will continue to be good.

I could continue to type here and explain why I’m a Bergeron fan, (the factual reasons or the true pathetic reason involving a funny limited English interview at youngstars), how much he gives to the community (his parents were in town to see the game and go to a dinner Tuesday night where he was being honoured as the Childrens Hospital of Boston’s Champion (an award given to the Boston area athlete who has given the most back to the community and it’s children).

All in All. He’s a class act for a guy who’s just gone 22.

Get Better Soon Bergy.

The Brisbane Bluetongues


If one ignores the lack of naturally frozen surfaces in our country, Ice Hockey seems to be an incredibly Australian sport. Not only is it fast and highly skilled, but the players routinely flatten each other into the ice, the boards and often each other.

Well They’re a unique bunch to say the least. Through out the season I’ve had the chance to get to know the team, on and off the ice. From the too cool Tyrone Garner, who lists his biggest secret as being a black hockey player and finds Kangaroos extremely exciting, to the extremely talkative Josh Sands, the only player to have his name on a seat in the penalty box, the team covers both ends of the spectrum. The team’s youngest member, Alex Hall, a scrawny blonde kid who looks like he’d be more at home in the water rather than on the ice, plays on the Australian Youth Team as does his Brisbane teammate and the team’s back-up goalie, Brenton Cooney.

The team hail from all over as well, many coming here for a season or two from Canada, while others having come to Australia, never left, ending up Australian citizens as well as members of the Bluetongues. Occasional goalie Milan Novysedlak hails from Slovakia and now a permanent citizen is helping grow hockey within the area, training local players into the Bluetongues of the future.

Mike Gough (reportedly the long lost brother of Team Captain Mark Rummakinen) was born here in Australia, but grew up in Canada, where he learnt the game, playing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he shared a line with Jon Kress, another Canadian member of the team.

The pride of the Bluetongues this season however, is Matt Amado, a graduate of Notre Dame College in Indiana. The league leading scorer, 23 year old Amado who hails from Langley in British Columbia, was third in team scorer last season with the Chicago Hounds of the UHL. It hasn’t taken Amado long though to settle in here in Australia, providing a one two punch with Martin Pacquet that many teams are finding hard to combat.

Within Australian players, the team features Mark Rummakinen, a Canberra based player who after being sent to Brisbane for work, joined the team here and now flies up for every set of game (the teams home games always played in sets of two due to the distance travelling team’s must cover). He also reports for duty on a regular basis as a member of the Australian Ice Roo’s (now coached by ex-NHL’er Steve McKenna another Canadian who arrived and never left).

There’s so much more that could be said about this motely crew such as their love of simpsons marathons on the road, Mark Smith’s wicked sense of humor, Johnny Bale and the Las Vegas cap that he matches with everything, Mike Gough’s stomach, and the imported boys love of cheap goon.

But I’ll leave that for another day.

For now, that is the Brisbane Bluetongues, Brisbane’s AIHL team, and the number one team in my heart.

Crossed from HLOG


Originally posted over at HLOG I figured I'd cross post it here just so I don't have to think of another way to analyse the Bruins trade.

So there's movements in BeanTown.

Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau (both UFA at seasons end) have been traded to Calgary for Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew.

Kobasew is a young, speedy winger that is improving each year. Last year he had alot of individual effort garbage goals, and this year he brings alot of energy, hitting, and is willing to go to the tough areas to score goals. Flames fans are nervous he will bite us in the behind like Savard and St. Louis have in the future.

As for Ference, as i said, hes very underated. He's extremely strong for his size, and is very intense. He is prone to the occasional hiccup in his own zone (although those have been very rare the past year), and can run the pp and distribute the puck at the point well. He also knows how to get the puck to the net, and is one of the best community guys on the team and the most down to earth guy on the team.

From HFBoards, the analogy of a Flames fan (one who actually took the time to be coherent amongst all the bruins fan's exclamatory posts and calling for Chiarelli or Chiapets head).

For the Flames, Stuart and Primeau are effectively rentals and while a myriad of Bruins fans are screaming blue murder (the belief we could have got MORE for Stuart) I think it's a reasonably fair trade. No team is going to part with a blue chip top quality defenseman for a guy like Stuart, because even though he is probably out number 2 Dman, there is no guarantee for the team that Stuart will in fact stay with them any longer than the end of the season. While Primeau has been valuable on the team's energy line Kobasew does bring a 20 goal season and the possibility to grow into a high quality winger.

The thing is are they going to be used positively? Lewis from what I've heard so far (and i say this with respect because I"M not an NHL coach) is having issues using players in their right roles.

I'm majorly psyched though about Andy Ference coming to the team. As the Flames poster said, he's a huge team player, and I think he'll be great in the Bruins dressing room. His playoff performances have been huge, and he's definitely a come on guys follow me person. We need that.

Any way. Later people.

Oh and today's prediction record.
Bruins won. I said Islanders - 0 to me (And i'm so happy for it to be ZERO)
Buffalo Won. I said buffalo - 1 to me!
Penguins won. I said penguins 2 to me! GO JORDAN STAAL!
Ottawa won. I said Ottawa. 3 to me!
Philly won. I said St Louis. 3 to me. (More than happy for this as well)
Rangers won. I said rangers. 4 to me. (Ovy did score though)
LA won. I said Nashville. 4 to me. (YAY FOR NASHVILLE LOOSING)
Florida won. I said Phoenix. 4 to me. (Eh I just like Boynton)
Minnesota won. I said Carolina. 4 to me.
Vancouver. are going to win (unless Kovy gets a rocket up his....)
So out of 11 games I get 4 right.

Eh. I think i'll stick to the east Conference from now on. I know those teams.

Update, 11:10pm EST: They just spoke with Peter Maher on the phone and he was able to tell us how the team was waiting on the bus to go to the airport. He thought something must be happening and Rich Preston took Andrew Ference off the bus to tell him of the trade.

From double d(ion) All i can think of reading that is. I wonder how many watched through the windows as they broke the news to him.

Costa Nostro!


Today, for random fun I'm going to see how many games I can correctly guess the outcome.

Now I'm not going goals here, I can't do that. Ha.. I'm just going Win Loss

Islanders V Boston - Okay so both teams are slightly sucktastic ATM. BUT I love LOVE the Bruins. But I'm a realist. I say Islanders.
Calgary v Buffalo - Buffalo
Pittsburgh V Toronto - I want to say Toronto because I <3 them but. Penguins. They downed Nashville last week it gives me faith.
Ottawa V Montreal. Ottawa. And Pat Eaves you better be scoring me a goal.
St Louis V Philadelphia. Oh Man it's like the battle of the bottom. I'm saying St Louis. They're on a roll at the moment.
Rangers v Washington - Rangers slaughtered the Bolts.. Yesterday?? Yes SO they're pretty fired up. I'm going to say Rangers unless Ovechkin suddenly turns back up.
Phoenix Florida - Either way really. I'll say Phoenix.
Los Angeles Nashville - Nashville. Hands down (I don't mind being wrong though)
Carolina Minnesota - Pretty even match up if you look in the standings but Carolina has been inconsistent as of late (Hey they lost to the bruins, then slaughtered them) I'm going to say Carolina
Atlanta Vancouver - Gooooooooo THRASH. After the pounding of the Avs they'll be pretty happy and un a roll ish so I'm hoping they can keep winning.

And I'm pretty happy Dallas beat Anahiem. It's making up for the sharks sucking if the Ducks lose. Jussi Jokinen. That kid is money.

THe bruins are already down a goal. I give up *throws hands up*

Ohh Jeff Tambellini. Didn't know he was in the Nhl now. I remember him 2004 WJC team.




Embrace your freakishly TALL captain.

There's probably someone taller than him!

Like SHAQ?

Got Playoffs?


I'm loving the got playoffs image. It just cracks me up and it's so good to see the Thrash positive about getting there and making it. Positivity breads success.Because I'm a sheep and all the other wonderful ladies at HLOG have done it. Here's the hockey MEME.Team: .. OH man. Let’s take half of Boston Half of the sharks the thrash the leafs and stick them in….. CANADA… and we can be… the.. ROCKY RAIDERS (ehe club name. )Uniform number: 89. The year of my birth. And because 8 + 9 = 17 and mmmm KOVY!Position: Goalie - I’m small, agile, flexibile, slightly demented, lighting fast, and can throw myself around with a complete lack of regard for physical safety.Nickname: Sasquatch. The Short YETI.Dream linemates: Hmm. Well as I don’t get LINE mates. Up front I’d have Dany Heatley, Ilya Kovalchuk.. And oh to hell with it BERGY! On D, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFFFFFF and…. Joni PitkanenRounding out the PP: Jordy Staal, just so I can laugh at the hair and lost, doe eyed expressions, Brad Boyes to have intelligent conversation with (the guy is seriously SMART, then again the kid of two teachers) and love the dimples. Matty Stajan, of the blue blue eyes, even worse hair, and geeked out ghetto moments. Hal Gill would be in the somewhere, thumping some people.Job: Stop the puck. Umm.. Beyond that. Yell at the team when they’re not doing the right thing or screening me. Check them before they go places to make sure they’re dressed in accordance to the team’s good taste guidelines (set out by me!). Advise on haircuts, clothing purchases, and any beauty areas that they need help in!Signature move: The hair toss.Strengths: Great hair. Fast Reflexes. Good fashion sense. Rubber flexibility. Bubbly personality.Weaknesses: Gets angry with stupid people easily. Gets distratcted by shiny things easily. Easily CrushableInjury Problems: Head and Joint problems like any goalie. Rib problems from being sat on.Equipment: Hot PINK and Silver pads, Or black and silver, depending on my hair colour. Black helmet with a tiara and ribbons painted onto it. (the Actual future design on my REAL helmet).Nemesis: The people that sell my boys bad CLOTHES. Players girlfriends that want to buy them HIDEOUS CLOTHING and encourage them to wear it. The opposing goalie because I would CHASE THEM down. Puckbunnys (NOT fan girls Yay for Fangirls)Scandal involvement: Lewd internet photos. YepBeing a flirt. DefinatleyPublic fighting in people’s defense? Oh yeah.Misuse of the Stanley Cup for lewd photos? Bring it on! Cat fights with Bunnys? Oh yeahWho I'd face in the Stanley Cup Finals: OH Dear. We’d take on… Lots of people because yes we are amazing and would be there lots. We’d make some last minute losses until we finally pull through after a few years and HAVE our victory parade.What I'd do with the Stanley Cup after our victory: Tasfully nekkid photos with the cup. (OH YOU KNOW YOU DREAM OF IT)Would the media love me or hate me: The media would love me. I’d give smart witty comments, or atleast talk without using the same old hockey analogies over and over again (Brad Boyes is really interesting like this to listen too. You can tell the smarts). The media department would love me because I’d be more than willing to pose for pictures, and do anything they wanted. Attention whore much?And for anyone who knows cricket. GRAH YOU PAUL COLLINGWOOD[...]

mama look at me!


The Feburary 2nd blog, Rubber Biscuit.

#26 is the one I told you about from down under. (I lived there for six months a long time ago, and this guy even writes with an Australian accent.)

Is there anyway, those of us who don't get NESN (not because we don't want it!) because we're in Australia Can get to see Rubber Biscuit? (More than just the occasional NESN Tidbit). People keep telling me about the show ( it's almost a form of torture) and all the stuff on it and yet I can't see it!..
Sasky, the Aussie Bruins Fan.
P.S. Love ya work.

Good on ya Sasky. Check for tidbits of the Biscuit on-line. Then "NESN Shows" pull-down, click Rubber Biscuit.

*preeen* I'm just wondering though however, how someone can assume that SASKY? is a guys name. I wouldn't I mean it doesn't sound masculine, but it makes me wonder if the Author of the page (Rubber Biscuit's Rob Simpson) merely assumes that all contributors are male.

I want to add more to this which I might just do but Currently It's time to visit the doctor for the 3 weeks our of hospital with possible appendicitis but we don't really know WHAT check up!



The showed the Toronto Maple Leafs playing the Rangers today and I was oh so very happy. I love the leafs, Matt Stajan being the first hockey player (in his rookie season) I <3'd. Then it became Stevie Y but Matty always had a special place in my affections.

During the game though, I found my "it's called bruins" (which seemingly is now a synonym for sucktastic and frustrating. Holla to the pittsburgh fans, who have been so strong during .. them. Does this mean we're going to get a Fleury, Malkin, Crosby or Staal?) shirt that Heather got given for free at a bruins game, and sent to me, and I shrunk it. I wear the shirt to sleep in occasionally but I really wanted to wear it out more as I <3 it and want to show my bruins pride to the world (even though).

So that's the shirt now! All cute and fitted!

Back to the leafs game.

High points for me.

- Hal Gill Actually looks like a tree. They showed him standing next to Andy raycroft and i swear they were both as wide. Huge shoulders! It's like a skating tree.
- Andy Ray on fire is awesome. The left? pad save on.. I think Shanahan Was just nuts. The positioning, the reflexes was so good.
-Henrik Lundqvist is also a pleasure to watch when he's on fire.
- Watching Hal Gill take on Jagr, I could see the almost brute strength he was using to keep him off the puck, but none of it seemed blatantly Dirty. I don't think he has a reputation as that either, just one big guy!
- Lex Steen Jeff O'Neill and Matt Stajan, while they didn't score, impressed me on the power play.
-Nick Antropov needs NOT to skate with his head down.

Man sleep time.

a change of residence


Also in another note AS in three weeks I move to a place so so close to a hockey rink I have decided to change my name. I am now Five for Writing a Name I've used on previous hockey writing ventures!

And this is for the lovely Kriste at Double D(ion), home of the STARE.


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The Bruins are trying to be the Flyers. The FLYERS wish they were the bruins.


I.. I don’t know if I even have words to describe TODAY”S game on top of last nights. It seems to be from bad to worse and to Look forward to it Thursday’s game is against Buffalo AGAIN.

I’m kinda glad I listened to the Thrashers game instead, My man Kovy represented and is now hot on the heels of most of the league. 6 goals in 4 games. Yep someone isn’t annoyed about not making all star.

Maybe it’s a good thing though. Good thing for him to kick back into gear and get the goals.

Today I won’t be listening to any games, I’m forfeiting game day (well morning) to hang out with my Grandma and her sewing group and get in some much needed bonding time before I leave home.


So i don't go that easy


Woah. It's been over a month since I updated and that's because life has been pushing the side of crazy.

To start it all off i got inspired and bleached my hair. bad idea. Blonde is not my colour and cacky blonde even less so.

I spent 10 days away at a hippie/music festival at Woodford in SE QLD, which was awesome.

Soon after that I had a 3 day stint in the hospital, and as pretty much incapacitated for 9 days before and after that.

About this time i got fed up with my hair and ended up with Bright Pink hair as you can see in my new profile picture

I spent 4 days away at the BIG DAY OUT (greatest single day music festival in Australia Killers, Muse, My Chemical Romance, Jet, Eskimo Joe, Lily Allen and more..) and looking into housing.

I got accepted into University so come February 19th not only will i be 30 minutes from the nearest ice hockey rink (and Australian Hockey League team) but I will be studying a double degree in Arts/Law at the University of Queensland, one of the top 3 uni's in australia!

Hee what more could you want? A pink haired, hockey loving, opinionated laywer/arts girl who will speak french and sew her own clothes. Well atleast that's what I will be when I finish the degree. Ooh and I joined cheerleading *facepalm*

I've done a lot of sewing as well, packing up my life, and sorting out family crisis. All in a days work!

But to hockey.

Tonight as the first bruins game I've seen on TV... since... I haven't SEEN a bruins game since the season opener V Montreal last season. And they lost that too. But in OT(I THINK? on a mikey ryder goal)

Tonights was so far from it. Tonights game looked like a bunch of PEEWEE hockey kids frantically chasing around an opponent as they gradually got outskilled into submission. IT hurt me to watch, and it made my dad ask my why i was a fan of them (BECAUSE ONE DAY THEY WILL BE GREAT).

It's so frustrating not be able to see games and make comments on here they could improve.

Today's game there was some horrid defensive plays. I adore Milan Jurcina but tonight, I wanted to take a skate to him, just in the hope it would beat some sense into him.

One person who I did appreciate though in tonights game was Marc Savard. Being the first time I've seen Saavy play, I really did get an appreciation about what every one has been talking about, the amount of effort and determination he seems to put into each game. As an annoyed and disappointed bruins fan it was truley great to say.

Anything else on the matter I think i'll leave to my next post as currently I am too tired (verging on midnight) to make much sense.

Later! - Sasky

Bruins Jersey Love!

trouble in bruinsland


(image) Bruins rookie Phil Kessel, the fifth pick in this year's NHL draft, is being treated for a medical issue unrelated to hockey and will miss Boston's game at Montreal on Tuesday night.

The media have been asked not to contact the family and respect not only theirs but Phil's privacy. Espn had reported though that it is NOT of a nefarious nature eg, it does not involve drugs or alcohol but will require either a long or short term absence which will reported towards the end of the week as more information becomes available.

Rumours are plenty and wide spread but I'm not going to detail any of those here.

Pierre McGuire was on the team 990 in Montreal a while ago. He claims to know what is wrong with Phil. Here are some of his quotes...or close to what he said: ''Phil has to battle through it. It's serious.'' ''It's cureable but he'll have to battle through it and I think he has the chance to do so.'' He also said that what is being speculated on boards like these is not necessarily accurate and added ''if only people knew what he had...''

anyone wanting more news check out or HFBoards.

Beside's all of this I just ask anyone to spare a thought for the boy, he is after all only 19 and in his first season of the NHL, and while he may bug the hell out of me, I still wish the boy the best of luck.

Sasky, who will be back with better news later.

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I've been AWOL for the best part of a year because of the whole graduation, year 12 deal. Now though I'm graduated and i've got a lot of time so
t.ada. Hockey time!

Boston V Toronto

Fourth of their 8 meetings this year and I'm totally psyched. I love these match ups. There's a lot of guys on both teams who
have things to prove to the other. Hal Gill, is completely loved (Or so the media portrays it) in Toronto, a change from the whipping boy
status he had in Boston. Andrew Raycroft is out doing pretty damn good, already racking up more wins so far this season than he did for the whole of last season, the season that caused Boston to ship him on out. Finally Brad Boyes probably has a few things to prove as well, as not only was he drafted by Toronto (ending up in Boston Via a few season in San Jose after the Leafs shipped him out with Alyn Mccauley for Owen Nolan) but he was born and raised in Mississuaga. As well he's trying to keep himself on the first line as not only has he struggled for goals this season, notching his fourth? the first in nearly 9 games on Saturday night, he was also momentarily demoted to the skating with the third line.
Oh and Alex Steen. It's about time you started scoring. Please?

Atlanta V Rangers

Battle of the Big Stars tonight on Broadway. The top 3 scorers in the NHL are on these two teams with Brendan Shanahan coming up against Hossa and Kovalchuk. Throw in Michael Nylander, currently ranking 4th in points and you've got a lot of players jostling for position and a game that will either have a lot of fire and scoring or one that could be mildly uninteresting depending how much Atlanta want the win, considering their play of late. The question is.. who gets the start? Lehtonen or Hedberg?.

There's a few other games that I'll keep my eyes on, the sharkies and the sens games but right now? It's sleeptime over here as it's pushing on 2 am and as much as I'd love finish listening to NHL Live, sleep beckons. Somehow my brother's still up, and he has school soon.

Oh and.

Someone, anyone, LIGHT a Fire under Mark Bell's ass because they traded their highest scoring D Man to Ottawa for someone who hasn't produced. I've read a lot about his dependancy on his linemates to help him produce and with Cheech out and JT struggling, it's really coming to light. But yes. Fire. Underneath. Mark Bell. anyone?

In the oh so amusing words of my friend.

Lyndelle (Melbourne, Australia): Hey Mark Bell - You are amazingly good-looking. Do you think you are used as example no. 1 when people are trying to prove that you can't have looks AND talent?

Angry sharks fan much? *amused*

Cioa now.

I belive in hockey


What do you believe in?

I posed this question to my journal friends list yesterday, the emphasis for the most of them on hockey, as it is the initial thread for many of our friendships.

My thoughts.

I believe in fresh ice.

Now I’ve never skated on fresh ice, I've actually only been on an ice rink twice in my life and that was at public skate session so not only was the ice not fresh but the skates sucked. I'm assuming though it's like skating on our empty inline rink (a basketball court with boards) the feeling of gliding, almost effortlessly across the surface, the rhythmic noise of blade (or wheel) and surface echoing your heart beat. I believe in the peace you get from that.

I beleaf.

Well. I beleaf'ed. I was a Leafs fan. My first jersey I ever bought was a Leafs one but in reality I'm more a player person and while my support for Matt Stajan (and now Alex Steen and John Mitchell - Marlies) continues, the Leafs this season left me feeling a bit well meh. It's like the Bruins, who while they failed, at least did so in rather spectacular fashion, with their huge trades, team shake up and the love that is the Triple B's (Bergeron, Boyes and Boynton)

I believe in brilliant hockey players, no matter HOW old or young they are.

Give me Patrice Bergeron, Give me Dion Phanuef, Give me Henrik (So I can't spell it) Give me Yzerman, Shannahan, Pronger (I'm still working on forgiving him for the Edmonton / San Jose Series). Give me brilliant hockey and I don't care who you are, where you're from, and what you do as long as it's thrilling (and legally fair).

I believe in hard shots from the point

I'd love to say I believe in these and I do but it's a conditional belief. I love them when I'm not in goal. I love watching them, or when you're on the team shooting. The line up, the back swing the thundering shot and hopefully the shimmer of the net as it hits the twine.

I believe in hockey.

I believe in hockey as an equaliser, a unifier, and a divide. I believe in hockey as a cause, a passion, a game, and an opportunity. I believe in its speed, its intensity.

I believe in its lifelong friendships, the trips in cars stacked with gear, the madness and the exhilerating freedom it can give.

I believe in hockey as catharsis, a release, as sanity.

But most of all I believe in hockey, because I believe it to be, like all sports, the greatest unifying force, the world has.

Sport is my universal language.

Love Life Stop Aids.



Hockey Fights Aids.

One Naked German Hockey Player at a time.

Great Cause. Great ad.

I also find it incredibly amusing that the second thing I think after MMMMMMM... is I wonder what team they're on quickly followed by what skates are those and nice product placement Bauer!

The middle guy also looks vaguley like Nik Lidstrom, which is both mildly amusing and incredibly terrifying.

Oh Geeze. It's midnight. There goes my hockey update worth anything.

Tomorrow. I promise!

Oh and Lordi > You

Winterhawks. Wow.


If you missed the Portland Winterhawks broadcast last night, you seriously missed out on some amazing hockey. To listen to at least.

The passion and the energy of that team, in the later half of the game was insane, especially how it was projected by the announcers.

The scariest part though, was listening to Kyle Bailey go down, and the vivid descriptions of what was going on at Ice level. It was enough to have me, all the way over here in Australia, pretty much crying because NO ONE, no one wants to see someone go down hurt, in a way that could be potentially career threatening as they first suggested.

Two years back my girls team competed at the State Titles and because we were the only girls team being the only 10 girls in the state who actually played they pitted us against the over 35 men's masters team, who for a bunch of old guys killed us. The worst part though was when one of the girls, after being hammered went down and did all the ligaments in her ankle. At that stage we thought it was broken and to watch a friend lie on the rink, shivering in the middle of winter covered in blankets and nearly in shock, while the ambulance arrived was truly scary.

I hung around, listening and listening, while packing my bag, and cleaning my room for today's trip to the beach for a week, praying and hoping that they'd buck the trend and win this. Support for, support against but when you're 3 goals down to come back, it is difficult.

(I know, We've done it)

They get to the last 5 minutes of the game.

and my feed drops out.

Cue screaming and squealing and jumping up and down.

Mum walks in and gets up me and I'm all annoyed because YES IT MATTERS MOTHER, Sasky and hockey are currently having a bonding experience.

Feed comes back. Feed drops out. Jess, A silvertips fan who is listening in updates me through Aim of what's going on and about 1 minute into OT the feed finally comes back permanently.

By now I'm being seriously scowled at by the mother as we're meant to be going somewhere but I’m not leaving till this is over.
Best Quote Though.
"This is what hockey's about. This is how it should be all the time. But it's not. Because the players would die."
And I walk in sit down and Screaming and yelling comes from the speakers and I'm like ..... YES YES YEEYSYS *cue spastic run to match the current stadium feel*
And then I run to work where turns out. I'm not on.
Ahh Hockey is love.

I'm also psyched up because when I get back from the holiday I'm heading to Mackay for the North Queensland Games and for the first time they've taken the MEN out of the SENIOR MEN"S competition so I'm eligible to play! I finally get to play competition with the guys I play every week. No more sexist divisions and man Can't wait!

Playing against Team Australia (Mark, Shaun and Amy's Line, all who play for Australia) every week has helped though. And now. I go.

On holiday. Ciao!

[Worst update ever. I'm to hyper and not enough time to do a proper]

Procrastination and Bad Spelling


Yes I'm procrastinating study while I write this but it's not like you never did it when you were in school? You didn't? Freak.

- One of my club mates got knocked unconscious last night during a game after he feel over his own feet. My brother, thinking he was just kidding, poked him in the head. He was out cold. Very not kidding.

- Atlanta have slid into 8th spot in the East, one point ahead of Montreal who have a game in hand with i think 12? games to go. I'm cheering for Atlanta to make it because while I don't mind the Habs, I'd really love to see the Thrasher's make the playoffs for the first time. To do this though Ilya Kovalchuk really needs to come out with all gun's blazing around about now, if they want to stand a chance. Same applies for Kozlov and Savard. In a side note if Lehtonen though keeps going the way he is then by the time the playoffs come around he could be red hot.

- Props to the entire NHL and TPS for their pink stick promotion. I know I'd be know where in hockey, never have started, never have got the chances i have, played as much as i have, have the gear i have all of that if it wasn't for my mother the wonderful women she is. She's always at both my brother and my games and rarely objects to hauling us all over the country for games and tournaments. THANK YOU MUM! Thank you to all hockey mums!

- Pink sticks are the bomb. See the Mission Pink M1's

- Brad Boyes got his first Career Hat trick. Please note this Mr Bergeron. Your turn is soon. PBerg reached 100 points for his career this week as well and Hal Gill got his first goal for the season (which i didn't realise until a friend told me and made me laugh way to hard).

- Ex Bruin Jumbo Joe reached 100 points for the season and was last spotted soaking up the sun in San Jose and laughing his ass off at Mike O'Connell. I would be too.

I'd have more to say but i need to go find some ice for my goalie knees.





Thought i'd also share this. I'm the goalie hitting the guy in the head. It was the game to get into the gold medal game. We won in Overtime.

In other news.. blah blah blah blah blah.


Well it’s been over two months since I last updated here. A lot’s happened since then, including starting my senior year of high school, as well as celebrating Christmas, going to art camp, playing zilch hockey because it’s been 40 + celcius and failing my learners licence 3 times. Pretty busy hey?In hockey news however just as much as happened!The Boston Bruins have decided not to suck as badly as previously in the season, though are still highly deserving of a rather hard thumping with a stick. The trading of team captain Joe Thornton definatley provided a wake up call and players such as Patrice Bergeron (scored or assisted on 6 of the last 8 GWG) and Brad Boyes combined with the new addition of Marco Sturm are tearing it up as the teams new top line.On a slightly lighter Bruins note, as a joke my best friend presented me for Christmas and late birthday a custom Boston Bruins Jersey! I was thrilled as custom jerseys are so hard to get over here and turns out he actually had it ordered from Canada.So in the sake of what I think is one hella funny inside joke. The Mrs Bergeron Jersey.Something else that is bothering me is the recent penalty of illegal stick on Ilya Kovalchuk. After Bob Hartley, his coach, was quoted refering to Kovalchuk’s stick as a way of cheating you can’t help but question the dynamics on the team. Does he always play with such a stick and simply not get called? Or did he bring it out for the game in an attempt to win it? If so. WHY?Is it not unfair, however, to the European players who have been raised playing with such styles of curve and so on, that the moment they make the NHL, or atleast move to North America to play they are forced to adapt to a style they’ve never used.I do not profess to understand the difference’s curves make on a stick, myself having played goalkeeper for all of my years playing hockey, so I would have to talk to a team mate but I do understand the need for regulation. Allowing one goalie extra width on a paddle compared to another would simply be wrong.Such situations lead us to consider the fact that shouldn’t a universal set of rules be instated across all professional leagues that allow more fairness when it comes to equipment.I wonder what the rules for the Olympics are?Our inline season started back yesterday and I missed the first game (just a muck around) because of the inter-house swim carnival (in which I came last in every race and so did our house! Go Wheatley Wockstars). On the plus side my new girdle did arrive and now not only am I going to stop getting bruises on my thighs and arse from lack of padding but I’m going to look even butcher than I already seem to in full gear.The Olympics start in just a few days and already I’m excited. Most likely (if they show any ice hockey) these’ll be the only LIVE games I’ll see all year. I do thank those friends of mine who have taped games and sent them to me all the way over here. If you think a day’s delay is unbearable, often I get them weeks, months after the actual game. I saw the Bruins opener in mid November (thanks Heather from biggest concern however is whether or not Joni Pitkanen will be playing for Finland when the tournament begins. After missing two months because of surgery for a sports hernia, Pitkanen has reportedly being having trouble getting back into his stride, still suffering tightness in the groin when skating.I first saw Pitkanen play in the Youngstars tournament in 2004 and followed [...]

Frustration is not fun.


If the Boston Bruins lose tonight I might take them out the back and beat them all with a very big stick.Chances are though if I got close enough to any of them to beat them with a stick I’d start hyperventilating and forget the whole plan.But seriously?! Let’s talk about hockey teams.A team playing at their skill level. The Ottawa Senators. Good interesting fast exciting hockey to listen to. (don’t ask me what they’re like to watch). There’s scoring. Which means yelling and happy and cheering that keeps me interested! And dany heatley! Dork parade on tsn! The top line. Not the Dazzle. Not the Cash Line. The Dork line. Heatley’s Gap. Spezza’s.. head. Alfreddson’s hair. It’s like the side show at the circus! Don’t you love them!A team playing above their skill level. The Carolina Hurricanes are kicking some serious ass. Except for that whole being eaten alive by Ilya Kovalchuk (not to be outdone by best friend El Dorkus!) and the rest of the thrashers 9 - 0 the Canes have had their best start since…. God knows (well Camille knows). And they also get points for having the cutest wall papers! Also Congratulations to #6 Bret Hedican and wife, Kristi, on the birth of their second daughter, Emma, born Wednesday night! And they also have the best team motto. Here to play. Here to Stay. If that’s not a big screw you to all those who believe southern states shouldn’t have hockey, then I don’t know what is.And finally, a team that plays below their skill level, and is currently about 10 feet under and pilling on the dirt is my Boston Bruins. Frustration might be too lose a term to describe them at the moment, more like complete confusion about how they’re managing to go downhill so fast? Time to adjust is over.Joe Thornton needs to be a captain. NOW. It might be time for Patrice Bergeron to be Patrice Bergeron (as Jaci put it). For Hal Gil to hit some people. For Nick Boynton to do the same thing, or if not atleast to do something wickedly defensive to inspire the team. To give Hannu Toivonen the chance he deserves and Raycroft the chance to get his head back to where it needs to be.In more positive bruins related note the Manchester (something paper. All praise Google Alerts) reports that Jonathan Girard is back from Quebec and skating the P!Bruins. I’m hoping and praying he does come back.Last weekend was my club’s (Rocky Raider’s For Life. It’s like Rebels for Life but without as many tattoos or Dion Phaneuf) presentation day. We sit around on plastic chairs on a basketball court (or even on the barrier seats) and get awards and eat pizza. Topped out with the best save percentages 65 for seniors and 74 for intermediates for the whole season. Considering I also faced 1400 plus shots for (sorry moment there to be yelled at my mum for not putting a dish away) the season I’m happy. They’ve all been playing longer and I kicked the other goalie’s asses!Also in a last note Congratulations to the Saint Louis Blues! As someone else put it (in words I can not beat) the redwing’s need STD tests because god knows what the Blues have after having opened their legs so much this season. It’s called Five Hole.Good night!Music I’m loving - The new Liz Phair single “Everything to Me“, The Trew’s “Not Ready to Go” and “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked.Oh and in a last note. Sean Avery. SHUT THE FUCK UP BITCH! Serious. Grade A example of someone who’s being hit a few to many times.[...]

My NHL has The Youth Brigade as it's Poster Boys


At 18 most of us are faced with responsibility. Leaving home for the first time, going to college or university, getting full time employment.

If your Sidney Crosby however your job’s a lot easier.

Play hockey a couple of thousand kilometers for home (however getting played a couple of hundred thousand for this), for a team that can’t buy a win and save the NHL while your at it.

Also if it’s possible break the scoring records of the greatest hockey player in the games extensive history.

No pressure man. No pressure.

Sidney Crosby’s arrival in Pittsburgh coincided with the NHL’s attempt at a fan base rebirth after the conclusion of the lockout, the most effective killing of a major league sport ever seen.

What’s better to head this campaign than a good looking 18 year old with mad skills?

Sidney Crosby is a marketing man’s wet dream. Kid’s love him because of his youth . Women love him for his good looks (maybe that s just me). Grandmother’s love him for his charm and mild manners. But of all of this, everyone young and old, male and female, love his amazing skill and passion for the game.

When the NHL has players like Sidney Crosby, Patrice Bergeron, Eric Staal, Zach Parise, Dion Phaneuf and Antoine Vermette all young and up and coming and rather yes good looking players why are they reverting to these MY NHL ads which while yes looking sexy aren’t about hockey.

Market. At teenagers. Teenagers are by far the easiest influenced group in today’s society and having now more disposable money than ever before we’ve got money to burn on tickets and team related stuff (unless your me and live no where near anything hockey related).

Teenagers love violence, love speed, love skill and love flash and hockey’s got that all. We love people that are famous or successful that we can associate with. The youth brigade have this. Teenager’s are going to want to go to games and watch them, bring there parents take there friends and the expansion grows.

Hopefully, after one game they’ll be hooked, and the millions of little eteeny boppers will spread the sport. Teens grow up, get married, have kids. Kids love hockey and soooooooooo it evolves!

And now I’m rambling so I’m going to finish up.

Roster Pics of the Day!

Ray Emery - Oh yeah. What you looking at?

That’s not fair. How can anyone have a hot roster pic?

The first.


So last night in that hour and a half gap between crawling into bed and getting to sleep, I kept thinking about hockey (as you do if your me and there's a million hockey pics behind your bed.)

He might not be the next Wayne Gretzky or the next Mario (if i could spell his last name confidently). But There is one thing he and everyone can promise you.

He will be the very first and only Sidney Crosby.

Endnote - Why this sudden Crosby spammage... because i'm reading a hell of a lot on him from friends journals. And he's 18. I'm only 16 and half. Associate. Hell of a player. Cute too!