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NHL is a Tough Business

Because I have this secret fetish to add an alanah @nhl.com email address to my resume one day, every couple of weeks I take a trip through the NHL.com job opportunities board.  (Apparently over half of their postings are filled by online applicants so I’ve got a chance, right?)
As a result of this quest I see a lot of jobs I’m not quite qualified for that I want. But then there are the rare occasions I stumble across something I figure I must be qualified for… till I read the fine print:

The NHL Washington Capitals are in need of an experienced mascot to represent the team during all games; as well as any special events. Candidates applying must meet the following criteria:

* Two years experience as a mascot for either major or minor league team.
* College degree preferred

I’ve got that college degree (though why I need it for this position escapes me; must I really be qualified to debate matters like geo-politics, etc, to hang out with hockey fans while dressed as a giant homicidal chicken??) but sadly I come up about 2 years short on experience.

Tough business.

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  Tags: nhl+jobs, washington+capitals

Hockey Lessons

imageFrom People Magazine, a future NHL.com celebrity blogger in the making:

Hilary Duff can put away her Hockey for Dummies book. She’s a full-on fan now, thanks to boyfriend Mike Comrie of the New York Islanders.

“[Hockey] has kind of been a new obsession,” Duff told PEOPLE at Monday night’s premiere of her new film, War, Inc. “When I’m in New York, I’m going to hockey games a lot.”

And People isn’t even kidding about the Hockey for Dummies book—apparently she’s been studying hard.

(I know there’s a Mike Comrie joke in here somewhere, but I refuse to take the bait… I’m trying to act more mature these days…)

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  Tags: hilary+duff, mike+comrie

J.O.E. Daking Roy

Patrick Roy’s baby boy Jonathan has decided to spread his wings beyond the world of badly advised goalie fights and is launching a career into the world of hip hop.  (*thanks to Bethany at HLog for the heads-up.)

So I tracked down this article on the French pages of Canoe—here’s a bit of the Googley-gobbled translation:

Jonathan Roy, helped financially by his father, Patrick Roy, will launch a disc of hip-hop this summer. He already appears as a sexy star in MySpace [...]  Jonathan Roy now wants to make himself known through his music. His artist name? JOE Daking.

His CD hasn’t launched yet, but with the help of Celine Dion (I swear, I’m not making this up) it will be soon. Meanwhile, you want to hear some of it?

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  Tags: jonathan+roy, patrick+roy, qmjhl, quebec+remparts

Silent Bob Speaks

From Kevin Smith’s NHL.com blog, some parting words from a Devils fan on his way to the golf course:

One parting thought – and this is directed at the women-folk who love, support and sleep with a Rangers fan…


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  Tags: blogging, kevin+smith, silent+bob

Hitler Reacts to Canucks Missing Playoffs

I don’t even know how to introduce this video clip properly… but two things should be said off the top:

  • If you’re sensitive about foul language, don’t bother watching
  • If you’re a fan of Markus Naslund (as I am) don’t be too sensitive

Still, this is totally original and pretty damn clever; certainly made me laugh. Watch:


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Soliciting Avs Fan Expertise

In Forbes.com today, an article about “10 Numbers to Un-Retire” and guess who shows up? My favorite target, The Evil Empire. (Apologies in advance—I know that I’m terribly predictable in this way.)

Anyway, while the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater is despairing at the fake groin injury of Peter the Great (Foppa is actually just “tired”, not groin-impaired?  The Glass Swede shatters something, and that’s just too unbelievable to accept? Good grief…) there are more seriously-unserious matters to be debated in the Mile High City.

Such as:

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  Tags: pepsi+center, ray+bourque, retirement

Remembering Lubo

Today is the great Lubomir Vaic’s birthday.  Don’t know Lubo?  Well, that’s sad, but for those who do—and the many of us out there who were once addicted to Vaic Fan’s strange blog—here’s a birthday tribute to Lubo. 

With Vaic Fan’s permission, some classic posts reprinted.

September 27, 2006

It is not very well-known, but back in the day Lubomir Vaic was expected to be an exciting prospect to play alongside Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks.


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  Tags: lubomir+vaic, vaic+fan

Photo Notes From Blogland

#1.  From On Frozen Blog:


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  Tags: brad+richards, marian+hossa, peter+forsberg, photos, sergei+fedorov

The Hives, Existentialist Hockey and a Song


Members of The Hives, plus Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and Alex Edler*

From Pitchfork:

We know damn well that Sweden’s Hives rule the live stage, but what about the ice rink?

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  Tags: alex+edler, daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin, the+hives

Having Fun with the NYT

If you feel like a brief diversion from trade talk…

The nice folks at the New York Times hockey blog Slapshot have been nice (foolish?) enough to let me—and bloggers for 29 other NHL teams—write some words on our favorite teams leading up to the playoffs. The first post is up—and apparently I’ll get to share a bit more Canucks propaganda over the coming weeks as well.  Should be fun.

You can read the NW Division stuff here, then follow the links to see bloggers writing on other divisions.

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  Tags: bloggers, media, new+york+times, nyt, slapshot+blog

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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.

So that's me. Who the hell are you? smile

Email: am@kuklaskorner.com

Alanah's Twitter: [@alanah1]


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