Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/13/12 at 03:03 PM ET
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
As the red numbers hit 9:00 on the digital wall clock that counts down to the opening face-off against the Blackhawks on March 6, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, trailed by his assistants, enters the dressing room. He issues reminders (“Don’t get [caught] stickhandling and making ‘hope-for’ plays”) and ticks off the Chicago starters, each of whom is greeted with derisive hoots (“Sucks!” “Loser!”). Now the coach yields to defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, whom he has entrusted this night with the duty of introducing the players who will start for St. Louis.
“In goal, our guy Jaro.” Jaroslav Halak….
“Right wing, Chief Running Water, T.J. Oshie.” Oshie is one quarter Ojibwe.
“At center the best dog rescuer in Houston, David Backes.” The St. Louis captain flew to Texas during the January All-Star break to rescue three strays, which he brought back to a nearby animal shelter.
“And by special request, the only guy I know ballsy enough to call out a Norris Trophy winner, and he’s been popping his collar ever since, Ian Cole.” (Cheers. Laughter.) Cole, a defenseman who’s playing for the second time since Jan. 16, chirped Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom via Twitter a year ago.
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