Canucks and Beyond
Like nearly everyone else lately, I’ve had the urge to window shop around the internet for hockey-related gift ideas one might stumble across.
I started out by thinking about what we, as fans, could give our favorite teams this year. But nothing they need is all that easy to find (*or Vancouver would have picked up a couple of scoring forwards by now); and besides, they can afford their own presents. (I did manage to find a nice personal gift for Kirk Maltby however, which I’ll share later.)
Meanwhile, I wandered through some major retailers to find some unique hockey items for fans.* (Of course “unique” generally just means odd.)
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have published a charity cookbook, “Goal Scorers & Gourmets,” to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. In time for the holidays, the cookbook features favorite recipes from the players and team personnel as assembled by the team’s wives and girlfriends. The book also includes fun food facts for each player, cooking terms and a variety of culinary information.
Cookbooks are available at all Penguins home games through the month of December and by mail order via the Penguins website at http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com.
A good cause, and I love hockey cookbooks. I’ve also copied Sidney Crosby’s Meatball recipe below.
And if you still feel like more hockey food entertainment, František Kaberle’s Chicken Paprika made by my friend Greg last year, still ranks as one of my all-time favorite moments where hockey blogging, booze and food all came together into one delightful heart-attack-on-a-plate.
I’ve cooked it myself twice now. That’s one scary-looking chicken dish, let me tell you.
Top 10 Reasons Why Hockey is Better
Than Other Major League Sports
10. No one notices when you have a labor stoppage.
People say that it’s particularly bad for the NHL, of all sports, when they go off the air for an extended period of time. Well, that’s rubbish. The only people that even know about NHL labor stoppages are hockey fans themselves. But if NFL goes on strike? People are liable to get genuinely freaked out about that.
The NHL is much better at keeping such things under wraps…
Apparently winning the Stanley Cup isn’t enough for Ducks fans—they figure the team owes them a free truck, too.
The Anaheim Ducks ask:
What kinds of funny, crazy or downright outrageous things would you be willing to do to win a Honda Ridgeline? We want to find out! Submit a video 30 seconds or less showing us what you’re willing to do to win a brand new 2008 Honda Ridgeline.
5 videos have been posted so far (and be sure to check out video #5—no one ever went wrong with a George Parros wig…).
Meanwhile, shooting Ducks fans can be fun, too. See the video below:
It’s recorded by Joe Bowen, the voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs, to help fans of our rival down the 401 calm themselves as they gear for their ninth win of the season – whenever that comes.
Such a great find, I had to hijack it…
*originally found at chillcasting.com
As I wrote back in July:
Darcy Tucker does have career aspirations. And although there’s no confirmation that hockey is among them, he and Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada have undertaken a new venture this summer: acting.
With the opening of the NHL—Powered by Reebok store in New York just over a week ago, I’ve been envious of locals who’ve had a chance to check it out in person. And I’ve been particularly intrigued by the “ice wall” for some reason.
So I whined to a friend who lives in NYC, asking him to visit the place and send me some decent photos of the thing. Yesterday he finally did, trekking down to Sixth Avenue and West 47th Street.
So now I’ve got my photo—but it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for…
Allow me to present this scientifically-based, docu-dramatic metaphor, which fully illustrates the personality attributes of a select sample of NHL goalies:
LSD Spider (starring Jose Theodore)
Caffeine Spider, (starring Dominik Hasek)
Marijuana Spider, (starring Ilya Bryzgalov)
Alcohol Spider, (starring Ed Belfour)
Crack Spider, (starring Roberto Luongo)
From an advertisement that hit Craigslist in Vancouver today, an opportunity to see a free Canucks game—and flirt with committing a cardinal sin. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
So, c’mon, ladies, help a guy out. There’s just a few “requirements” if you want this date to work out…
I know there are always lots of people looking for tickets, so I figured I would post on CL, and see if there was anyone else that would like a FREE ticket to go to the game with ME…..meet a complete stranger, and spend a harmless evening watching the Nucks. I am sure the conversation will be somewhat more interesting, entertaining, or at the very least, better to look at than one of my clients or beer drinking friends.
So here is the criteria and what I propose…….I am looking for an attractive, fit, married or single, classy, BUSTY female to join me as my guest for an upcoming Canucks game. No game in particular…whatever fits both of our schedules. Ideally you would wear something classy, but with a little edge to the outfit…
The Phoenix Coyotes have some new commercials out starring ‘Pierre’. You can find all three at the Coyotes website, but here’s one with Keith Ballard and Pierre sharing a “telepathic” connection:
Love the accent! The other two ads feature Wayne Gretzky and Darren Pang.
About Canucks and Beyond
Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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