Canucks and Beyond
From DeadSpin‘s Barry Petchesky, the continuing exploits of Mr. Kane:
Kane went home to Buffalo after the Blackhawks were eliminated, but returned to Chicago last week because he missed “the life.” That would entail getting a black eye under mysterious circumstances, attending a Bulls game, and bringing home a woman who got a little camera-happy. [...]
You know who understands the value of photographic evidence? This young lady, a senior at Illinois. She met Kane at Underground, the self-proclaimed “sexiest nightclub in Chicago,” and left with him. To prove it to her friends (because who would believe Patrick Kane would drink and party, right?), she took a few photos of a sleeping Kane. And to end any doubt, she fished through his bags and found his boarding pass:
Read on plus photos. Between the photos, and the whole ‘fishing through his bags while he’s sleeping’ thing, that “young lady” is one creepy pick-up.
Deadspin’s final words on the matter: “We won’t use the pejorative “P-B” term, but Patrick Kane is like the Stanley Cup: every girl in Chicago gets a day with him.”
Kerry Fraser has been answering rulebook questions on TSN.ca lately, and I’ve learned some interesting things. But today’s questions (about the rules which govern substitutions after an icing), lead to a strange what-if example from Fraser:
Let’s say it’s a game between Detroit and San Jose and the Red Wings ice the puck. No line change has been allowed to the offending team (Wings) and the faceoff is set to the left of Jimmy Howard. Prior to the drop of the puck, Sharks forward Devin Setoguchi punches defenceman Niklas Kronwall in the face as the two players jostle on the side wall. Setoguchi receives a roughing minor for the punch.
So now what happens? This kind of surprised me. Answer below:
From News 1130:
A new survey says a quarter of managers don’t want to see Canucks shenanigans take away from valuable work time.
An OfficeTeam survey found 25% of managers felt NHL playoff activities should be kept at home, but some places argue team spirit can have a positive effect on the environment.
From the survey:
Workers were asked, “Overall, how often would you say you are distracted from your work by major sporting events?” Their responses:
Every time there is a major event…................... 3%
Sometimes when there is a major event….............. 17%
During a “major” sporting event, where the subject was NHL Playoffs and the respondents were Canadians? Please. What a bunch of liars.
Apropos of nothing, an old press conference prior to the last Olympics, where Sidney Crosby is confronted by the crazy numerical theories of Shaun Majumder from This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
He’s still expected to travel with the Vancouver Canucks to Chicago, but a league source told me this on the phone a few moments ago:
Torres’ expected return for game 3 is being challenged by the Blackhawks, arguing that since he would have missed the game with food poisoning, he may have to sit another game when he is healthy to properly serve the terms of his suspension.
Say what???? He explained further:
When I was a kid, the schools I attended in Canada always displayed a portrait of the Queen somewhere in the building. Usually just outside the Principal’s office, as I recall. There were a variety of different paintings, but usually some official portrait from the 50s (looking forever 20-something years old no matter her real age) and brandishing that big bejeweled stick of hers. An image meant to intimidate as you awaited your punishment, sitting outside the office, I was convinced.
In St. John’s NL, however, they’re done with the Queen and onto a far cooler option: It’s Dan Cleary.
The government is providing every school with a framed limited-edition reproduction of a print of the local hockey hero, who has won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings. [...] Schools from kindergarten to Grade 12 are being asked to display the Cleary print in a prominent place.
Here’s the painting:
Prior to yesterday’s game against the Ducks, John Shorthouse predicted Cory Schneider’s shutout. Did you? Probably not. He’s just smarter than you.
On the other hand, if Sportsnet made a habit of posting video on the front page of their site pointing out all the times they were wrong about stuff, it’d be more impressive. (God knows, I’ve paid the price for plenty of my erroneous predictions over the years.)
[Updates Below—Ducks goalie Dan Ellis offers his assessment of the Canucks]
And what happened, exactly?
General Motors’ historic bankruptcy filing should not affect the company’s significant investment and presence on the Vancouver sports scene, according to Vancouver Canucks and Vancouver 2010 Olympic officials.
GM Canada signed a 20-year, $18.5-million deal with Canucks owners in 1995 to call the team’s stadium General Motors Place through 2015.
—Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun
Vancouver can breathe a sigh of relief then. We still get to keep the relatively cool nickname ‘The Garage,’ and it seems there’s no danger of something terrifying happening along the lines of ‘Gaylord Entertainment Center’, etc, in the near future.
Still, it was a close call. Two big local businesses were bidding fiercely for the right to put their name on the side of the Canucks’ posh arena, and both might have presented some controversy.*
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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