Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Dan Robson of Sportsnet Magazine,
He didn’t choose the bullets. Just grabbed the first ones he saw—.22 short, as opposed to the .22 longs that sat nearby. He fires them out, one by one. He doesn’t keep track of the shots. His head is lost in repeating thoughts, swirling endlessly: “I can’t go on. Can’t do this anymore.” He can’t escape the constant hum of his anxiety. “Can’t get out of my head. Can’t turn it off.” His tanned face, rugged and square, is red and wet with tears.
The pills don’t help. Haven’t for a while. Just seem to make things worse. And the more he pops, the further he slips into that place where reason dies. The booze just cranks up the hum.
There is no note; no poetry here. No tidy ending for last goodbyes. He didn’t plan to die—not today, anyway. Didn’t wake up feeling that this, finally, would be it. As easy, as quick as the bullets in that gun—click by click, one by one—a trigger tug away from being gone.
He sits down on a stool behind the shed, facing out to where coyotes roam and wild horses run. He rests the gun on the table next to him.
Hockey loved Clint Malarchuk. He was the game’s Cowboy Goalie, its stone-cold keeper.
added 7:22pm, Video story has been added below…
from Teresa Smith at the Ottawa Citizen,
He shoots! But, he doesn’t score.
Canadians — both men and women — go on fewer dates during hockey playoffs, according to a survey released Wednesday by online dating site Match.com.
The survey found women are almost as likely as men to choose a night cheering for the big, brawny men on the ice over a cozy candlelight dinner for two — at least between April and June.
Ten per cent of single women say they date less during hockey season, compared to 14 per cent of Canadian men.
But, depending on the province, some unattached Canadians chose to combine their love of the national game with the possibility of a new relationship.
This is a preview of a story by Christine Simpson of Sportsnet which will appear tomorrow, hopefully it will be made available on the web and if so, I will post it.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Known to millions as the host of Hockey Night in Canada, Scott Oake has been keeping something quiet for more than a year now: the loss of his eldest son Bruce to a fatal spiral of addiction.
Thirteen months ago, Bruce died in Calgary of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 25. After a brief leave to grieve, the CBC sportscaster returned to the broadcast booth to complete the 2011 playoffs and 2011-12 regular season. But the pain remains.
Scott Oake with his wife Anne and youngest son Darcy, an acclaimed illusionist, who is performing a charity magic show at Manitoba Theatre Centre June 14 and 15 in support of addiction.
“That’s the one thing we learned,” Scott says, recounting the tragedy from the living room of his Winnipeg home, accompanied by wife Anne and their youngest son Darcy. “That addiction knows no socioeconomic boundaries. We’re just an average family.”
Bruce Oake was one of more than 36,000 people who died of a drug overdose in North America in 2011.
I’ve been quoted numerous times that I would not be on Twitter unless I had to, and yes I need to be on it in order to follow the latest hockey news. Otherwise, I would have no use for a 140 characters.
Last night, probably a few seconds after Joel Ward scored the racist and vulgar tweets started (the N word is prevalent).
I checked everyone of those Twitter accounts this morning, making sure the person who tweeted was not following me, if they had been, they would have been blocked. Luckily, none of them were.
Some of the accounts have been deleted but the majority are still up and running. I would hope a fellow co-worker or student would take note of what was said by somebody they know, but then again, most of them probably don’t work or go to school. They just exist, a dot on the face of the earth, just taking up space.
Yes, i saw this earlier and decided not to post it, but because I have received numerous requests for it, watch at your own risk.
I consider it extremely graphic (violence) even though most of the video is “cartoonish”.
Watch below the Taiwanese NMA news channel with their interpretation of the NHL playoffs.
Would You Sleep In This Bunk Bed?
Read the story by Luke Fox of Sportsnet, and more pictures too.
from Bob Mackin of Slap Shot,
The hockey legend Wayne Gretzky paced the stage in the vast Vancouver Convention Centre as the featured speaker of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 49th annual convention Tuesday.
Next door is the Olympic caldron that the four-time Stanley Cup winner lighted on the opening night of the 2010 Winter Games.
Now 51 and retired from the N.H.L. for 13 years, Gretzky is at ease before crowds. And Tuesday, he revealed a family secret as his voice quavered and his eyes welled up. His 73-year-old father, Walter, had been diagnosed with the degenerative disorder Parkinson’s disease earlier in the morning.
“That’s something that hits you right in the gut,” Gretzky said.
I was not going to post this but after reading how much this lady was raked over the coals, I had to come to her defense.
Saturday night, the Senators had soprano Measha Brueggergosman sing the Star Spangled Banner and O Canada.
Different? Sure, especially for a hockey game, but I found it a bit refreshing, you know, adding some dignity to our game.
Now I am sure many of you would have rather watched this “Night At The Opera”.
Tonight the CBC had a complete video report on the sentencing of Graham James.
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