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Kreider for Calder?

From Justin Bourne at the Backhand Shelf Blog:

Chris Kreider made his debut for the New York Rangers in playoffs last season, and quickly became the first person in NHL history who’s first two career goals were playoff game winners. He played in 18 contests, and finished with five goals (first person to ever score five times before seeing a regular season game), and two assists for seven points.

He’s also going to win the Calder Trophy next season. Here’s five reasons why:

The Draft

This year’s draft saw defensemen selected with eight of the first 10 picks. While defensemen are certainly capable of winning the Calder Trophy, the position just isn’t as sexy or noticeable as that of being a goal-scorer. And, not to mention, it takes longer for defenseman to reach their potential in the NHL, as the best in the world are mostly stronger, more physical men. Since 1990, the Calder has been won by a defenseman only three times (Bryan Berard, Barret Jackman and Tyler Myers).

The other two top ten picks were Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk, who went to Edmonton (1st) and Montreal (3rd).

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An E-mail Interview with The Score’s Rob Pizzo

Last week, we were lucky enough to conduct an e-mail interview with Backhand Shelf blogger Cam Charron. This week, it was my pleasure to do an e-mail interview with the Score’s Rob Pizzo.

Rob was kind enough to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he got involved with The Score on both the web and television sides of the outlet and much more.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
RP: I honestly don’t even remember being introduced to the sport because I’ve been around it my entire life. I come from an Italian family so naturally my dad had me in soccer cleats right after birth, but he is also a big hockey fan. I also have two younger brothers so even when we were not on the ice, we were playing street hockey, mini sticks, breakaway contests…everything. It really is the best sport in the world in my opinion and nothing frustrates me more than trying to convince someone how great it is.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player? Why?
RP: As far as players went, I had 2 favourites: Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yzerman. I loved everything they did and tried to copy them as much as I could (yes I went through a “tuck my right side of my jersey” in phase). When I was young, I wasn’t the only one who liked The Great One, so there were a lot of Oiler and King fans. I didn’t want to be like everyone else so I thought “I’ll like the Red Wings because of Yzerman”. Paulina is starting to make me question my loyalty though.

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An E-mail Interview with Hockey Blogger Cam Charron

While we obviously all love Kukla’s Korner, there are a lot of other great hockey blogs out there.

One such blog is the Score’s Backhand Shelf, which is run by the great Justin Bourne. I was lucky enough to conduct an e-mail interview with one of the site’s terrific bloggers, Cam Charron.

Cam was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he became a hockey blogger, a little bit about some of the sites he is blogging for and more.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
CC: Basically, I’m just like any other kid who was growing up in Canada. It was on TV all the time, I played road hockey with my brother and collected cards as a kid. I don’t recall ever making a conscious choice to watch this sport, it was always available for me and I took to it quickly.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player? Why?
CC: I loved Pavel Bure and the Vancouver Canucks. I’m not sure which begat the other, but I stuck with the Canucks even after the Bure trade for a while.

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Checking In On the NHL Season with Justin Bourne

The well-known hockey blogger Justin Bourne was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the NHL season just past the half-way mark as well as let us know what he is up to these days.

PH: So, most teams in the National Hockey League are past the half way point of the NHL season. What are some of your general thoughts?
JB: My general thoughts are that playoffs are going to be spectacular. I feel like the top half of both divisions sport some insanely good teams, and I can’t wait until we get down to the nitty gritty and separate the best from the best.

Also, I’m worried about injuries. We’re seeing so many, and like I said, I want to see the best play the best, so I hope we don’t run into a situation where one team is depleted at the wrong time.

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Justin Bourne Gives his Thoughts on the Western Conference Finals

As I am sure many of you knowledgeable hockey blog fans are aware, Justin Bourne, who we have interviewed here on Kukla’s Korner, runs the great http://www.jtbourne.com and his now contributing his musings on Puck Daddy.

Justin was kind enough to take time out of his busy blog schedule to give us his thoughts on the Western Conference Finals:

PH: So, the top two teams in the Western Conference will are battling it out to see who goes to the Cup final. Was this pretty much expected?
JT: No, before the playoffs I don’t think it would’ve been safe to say that the Sharks would find the will to get past a top team in a seven game series. Roster-wise it would have been easy to say, but most people are aware of their post-season crumblings, so them getting by Detroit was a heckuva feat.  I’m glad they did - the West final is intensely interesting right now.

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Taboo

From Justin Bourne of USA Today:

The lack of a homosexual presence in hockey must mean one of two things: either homosexual men don’t play the game or they don’t feel comfortable admitting it — in which case I, and my brethren, were offending some teammates with our close-mindedness, and furthering what must have been unsettled feelings of fear and general exclusion.

For us as a culture, that means another two things. That either we need scientists doing research on professional hockey players ASAP, because apparently there’s a link between our sport and sexuality. Or, much more realistically, we need to alter the culture of hockey, because homosexuals are being forced to play entire careers masquerading as people they’re not.

As many times as I used these slurs, I heard it back tenfold. As well as I fit in behind the doors of a dressing room, I had pursuits that made me seem different. I kept a journal while I played. I’m into piano music and reading. In the hockey world, that’s your basic formula for eliciting more comments about sexual orientation than acting in “Rent.” It’s always the first shot fired.

Hockey culture is something I’ve known and loved, but I’m not oblivious to the disconnect between how players and coaches act behind that dressing room door and how society expects them to act in public. Since we have to change something about how we act and what we say when we leave the team room, we’re probably acting improperly in the first place. And during my playing days, I was aware that was the case.

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“Bourne” to blog

Good afternoon folks. I’m back from my weekend in MA/NH and while I would definitely like to acknowledge that the New York Rangers picked up their fourth victory of the season last night, I would like to go in a different direction today.

When you’ve been a hockey player almost all of your life, it’s hard to imagine doing anything else. However, one such player, a young one at that, had his jaw wired shot after taking a slap shot to his face, realized that there was other ways to be involved with the game other than playing. For this particular playing, that avenue was writing.

With that in mind, I’d like to introduce readers of Kukla’s Korner to Justin Bourne, son of former NHLer Bob and engaged to HOFer Clark Gilles’ daughter. Justin was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to share his thoughts on how he got into the game, how he started writing/blogging and his thoughts on the current season. Enjoy after the scroll below.

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A Day In the Life of a Hockey Player

As some of you are probably aware of, Justin Bourne, a hockey player in the New York Islanders’ system has done some serious blogging this season.

Currently, on MaxHockey.com, he is penning a series: “A Day in the Life of a Player.” Feel free to check out the links below:

- Part 1

- Part 2

- Part 3

- Part 4

Interesting, right?

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