My Tribute to Steve Yzerman

Steve Yzerman is undeniably, and always will be, one of the most beloved Detroit Red Wings players ever. To so many of us, he is the greatest player of all time. Yes, even better than Gretzky. Some people will never understand why or how we can make that comparison, but they didn’t have the opportunity to see him play game after game, injury after injury. Gretzky on the other hand was featured every night on ESPN highlights. So, I know I will not do him justice in this article, but I feel the need to try and explain why so many of us feel that he was the best player to ever play the game and why he will always have a special place in our heart, no matter where he is. (I also mean no disrespect to Wayne Gretzky in this. He is after all “The Great One.”)

How He Became A Wing:

At the 1983 draft, the Red Wings were going to pursue Pat Lafontaine instead of Stevie Y. They had the fourth overall pick in the draft and the New York Islanders had the third. The Isles took Lafontaine and so Jim Devellano, who was our general manager at the time, decided to take a chance on the 18 year old from Cranbook, B.C.

Leadership:

On October 7th, 1986 at the age of 21, Stevie Y was named the Captain of the Detroit Red Wings. On that day, he became the youngest Captain in franchise history. Next season, he led the wings to their first division title in 23 years. Throughout his career, he proved why he was the right person to don the “C.”  His teammates always considered his leadership cool, calm, and collected. He always seemed to be uncomfortable when people recognized and praised his leadership abilities and talent. Stevie chose to lead by example instead of giving hour long locker room speeches. In my opinion, that is part of the reason he was such a fantastic leader. Stevie holds the NHL record (20 years) as the longest serving captain of a team in the league.

Style of play:

Scotty Bowman became the Red Wings coach in 1993. He wanted Stevie to play more of a defensive style of game. At first Stevie resisted, but then he “tried it out” and became a better defender and eventually evolved into one of, if not, the best two way player ever in the game. Some say that Datsyuk wouldn’t be the player he is today if it wasn’t for watching and learning from Stevie Y’s style of play.

Perseverance:

This is the most memorable part of Stevie Y for myself. Throughout the 2001-02 season, he was having many health problems, specifically with his knees. When it came around to playoff time, he could barely skate, but he did.  I remember Brendan Shanahan saying that Stevie would come up to him during the playoffs and explain what he could and couldn’t do. “But then, you realized when you watched him, there wasn’t a lot that he couldn’t do,” Shanny said. And there really wasn’t. He had so much drive and determination that nothing could really stop him. The next season, he was forced to miss over 60 games after undergoing a knee realignment surgery.

Off Ice:

Stevie was always a leader and role model in the community. He supported many charities and was influential in the Christmas trip to the Detroit Children’s Hospital. There are so many articles about Stevie’s charity works. More than half of them make me want to cry, and some of them in fact do. I’ve listed one of the articles that was most touching.

Braxton

Stevie also would always take time for fans after practice/training camp/whatever the occasion. I have never personally been to the Red Wings training camps, but I know many people that have and their stories are always the same. Stevie would come outside and start his way at one end of the line and work his way to the other until every fan had their autograph and picture.

Leaving Detroit:

This is a quote from the Ilitch family reguarding Stevie’s departure from the Red Wings’ organization to the Lightning’s organization. “This is not easy. We’re having a difficult time, frankly, because Stevie’s been with us from the start and we consider him part of our family. We drafted him as a young and shy 18-year-old – just a year after we bought the team – and he has been part of it all: the ups and downs, highs and lows, the Cups, the celebrations, really everything Red Wings over the last 27 years. We watched him grow and develop over the years into a Hall of Fame player, a wonderful husband and father and now, a very capable executive. We appreciate all Stevie has done for us, our organization and this community, and we wish him all the best. Stevie Y will always be a Red Wing and he’ll always be in our hearts.”* It was hard on any true Red Wings fan, but I think we all agree that Stevie deserved that opportunity. And he proved that. The previous season the Lightning finished 25th in the league and had not made a playoff appearance since 2007. Then Stevie takes control, makes a few adjustments including acquiring veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson, and they finish eighth in the league and make it to the Eastern Conference finals.  He was up for the General Manager of the Year award for his spectacular “rookie season”, but lost to Mike Gillis of the Vancouver Canucks.

Awards:

  • 1989- Lester B. Pearson Award
  • 1998- Conn Smythe Trophy
  • 2000- Frank J. Selke Trophy
  • 2002- Men’s Ice Hockey Olympic Gold Medal
  • 2003- Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
  • 2006- Lester Patrick Trophy
  • 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008 Stanley Cup Champion
  • Also received four different medals through the Canada Cup and World Championships.

*Notable Honors/Statistics:

  • 10 All-star games
  • Sixth in NHL history in points, eighth in goals and seventh in assists
  • First in Red Wings history in assists; second in points and goals; third in games played; second all-time in seasons and games played with only one NHL franchise
  • Number (19) retired with Detroit Red Wings – 2007
  • Number (19) retired with Canadian Men’s National Team – 2005 (Was unretired by Stevie himself and gave to Joe Thornton.)
  • Longest-serving captain for a team in league history (1,303 games)
  • Was Ranked #6 in The Hockey News The Top 60 Since 1967 – The Best Players of the Post Expansion Era
  • Has been inducted into Four Hall’s of Fame (Ottawa Sports HOF 2008, Michigan Sports HOF 2008, Canada’s Sports HOF 2008, Hockey HOF 2009)

Memorable Moments Through Pictures:

Closing Thoughts:

We now say that Nicklas Lidstrom is the “perfect human” but if you look back on Stevie’s career, he truly was. He was a model captain, player and friend. I remember reading in Bob Probert’s book Tough Guy, that when Probie was playing with the wings and going through all his “troubles”, he would always look forward to talking with Stevie. He knew that Stevie would never look down on or degrade him, like so many did. That was just the kind of guy Stevie was and always will be.

Ohh and when Holland retires, he will be back. (Just saying.)

*Stats/Honors via Stevie’s Wikipedia, Quote via Detroit Red Wings

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Restricted/Unrestricted Free Agents 2011 Off Season

Anaheim Ducks: UFA- (F) Teemu Selanne, Jarkko Ruutu, Todd Marchant, Brad Winchester (D) Andres Lilja (G) Ray Emery RFA- (F) Dan Sexton, Kyle Chipchura

Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg: UFA- (F) Radek Dvorak, Eric Boulton (D) Freddy Meyer RFA- (F) Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Ben Maxwell, Rob Schremp, Anthony Stewart (D)- Zach Bogosian, Brett Festerling

Boston Bruins: UFA- (F) Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder (D) Tomas Kaberle, Shane Hnidy RFA- (F) Brad Marchand

Buffalo Sabres: UFA- (F) Tim Connolly, Mike Grier, Rob Niedermayer, Matt Ellis, Mark Parish, Mark Mancari, Cody McCormick (D) Steve Montador (G) Patrick LaLime RFA- (F) Drew Stafford, Nathan Gerbe (D) Andres Sekera, Chris Butler, Mike Weber, Marc-Andre Gragnani (G) Jhonas Enroth

Calgary Flames: UFA- (F) Alex Tanguay, Curtis Glencross, Fredrick Modin, Brendan Morrison (D) Steve Staios, Anton Babchuk, Adam Pardy, Brent Carson (G) Henrik Karlsson RFA- (D) Brendan Mikkelson

Carolina Hurricanes: UFA- (F) Cory Stillman, Erik Cole, Chad Larose, Jussi Jokinen, Pat Dwyer (D) Joni Pitkanen, Jay Harrison RFA- (F) Brandon Sutter, Jiri Tlusty, Troy Bodie (D) Derek Joslin

Chicago Blackhawks: UFA- (F) Tomas Kopecky, Fernando Pisani, Ryan Johnson (D)- Jordan Hendry (G) Marty Turco RFA- (F) Michael Frolik, Troy Brouwer, Viktor Stalberg, Jake Dowell (D) Chris Campoli (G) Corey Crawford

Colorado Avalanche: UFA- (F) Milan Hejduk, Tomas Fleischmann, David Koci (D) Adam Foote (G) Peter Budja RFA- (F) T.J. Garliadi, David Jones, Kevin Porter, Philipee Dupuis (D) Matt Hunwick, Ryan O’Bryne, Kyle Cumisky, Ryan Wilson (G) Bryan Elliot

Columbus Blue Jackets: UFA- (F) Chris Clark, Scottie Upshall, Ethan Moreau, Andrew Murray (D) Jan Hedja, Craig Rivet, Grant Clitsome (G) Mathieu Garon RFA- (F) Jakub Voracek (D) Anton Stralman, Marc Methot, Sami LePisto

Dallas Stars: UFA- (F) Brad Richards, Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Sutherby, Brandon Segal, Jason Williams (D) Karlis Skrastins, Brad Lukowich, Jeff Woywitka

Detroit Red Wings: UFA- (F) Mike Modano, Kris Draper, Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller (D) Nicklas Lidstrom, Ruslan Salei, Jonathon Ericsson (G) Chris Osgood

Edmonton Oilers: UFA- (F) Ryan Jones, Steve MacIntyre (D) Jim Vandermeer, Jason Strudwick RFA- (F) Andrew Cogliano, Jean Francois Jacques, Liam Reddox (D) Ladislav Smid, Taylor Chorney, Theo Peckham

Florida Panthers: UFA- (F) Sergei Samsonov, Marty Reasoner, Darcy Hordichuk, Ryan Carter (D) Alexander Sulzer, Joe Callahan (G) Tomas Vokoun RFA- (F) Steve Bernier, Nicklas Bergfors, Shawn Matthias, Michael Repik, Bryon Bitz, Mike Santorelli, Jack Skille (D) Keaton Ellerby

Los Angeles Kings: UFA- (F) Michal Handzus, Alexei Ponikarovsky (D) Peter Harrold RFA- (F) Brad Richardson, Oscar Moller, Wayne Simmonds, Trevor Lewis (D) Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez

Minnesota Wild: UFA- (F) Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Brunette, Antti Miettinen, John Madden (D) Drew Bagnell (G) Josh Harding, Jose Theodore RFA- (F) Colton Gillies, Maxim Noreau

Montreal Canadiens: UFA- (F) Jeff Halpern, Mathieu Darche (D) Andrei Markov, Roman Hamrlik, James Wisniewski, Brent Sopel, Hal Gill, Paul Mara (G) Alex Auld RFA- (F) Andrei Kostitsyn, Benoit Pouliot, Max Pacioretty, Ryan White, David Desharnais, Tom Pyatt (D) Josh Gorges, Yannick Weber

Nashville Predators: UFA- (F) Steve Sullivan, Joel Ward, Marcel Goc (D) Shane O’Brien RFA- (F) Nick Spaling, Matt Halischuk, Cal O’Reilly, Sergei Kostitsyn (D) Shea Weber

New Jersey Devils: UFA- (F) Adam Mair (D) Andy Greene, Jay Leach (G) Johan Hedberg RFA- (F) Zach Parise, Vladimir Zharkov (D) Matt Corrente, Anssi Salmela, Matthew Taormina, Mark Fraser

New York Islanders: UFA- (F) Doug Weight, Zenon Konopka, Trevor Gillies, Michael Haley (D) Radek Martinek, Dylan Reese RFA- (F) Joshua Bailey, Kyle Okposo, Jesse Joensuu, Michael Grabner, Blake Comeau (D) Ty Wishart, Bruno Gervais, Jack Hillen

New York Rangers: UFA- (F) Alexander Frolov, Vaclav Prospal, Ruslan Fedotenko (D) Bryan McCabe, Steve Eminger RFA- (F) Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Brian Boyle (D) Matt Gilroy, Mike Sauer (G) Chad Johnson

Ottawa Senators: UFA- (F) Marek Svatos, Ryan Shannon, Francis Lessard (G) Pascal Leclaire, Curtis McElhinney

Philadelphia Flyers: UFA- (F) Nikolai Zherdev, Ville Leino (D) Sean O’Donnell, Nick Boynton (G) Brian Boucher RFA- (F) Daniel Carcillo, Andres Nodl, Darroll Powe

Phoenix Coyotes: UFA- (F) Radim Vrbata, Vernon Fiddler, Eric Belanger, Andrew Ebbett, Ryan Hollweg (D) Ed Jovanovski (G) Ilya Bryzgalov, Jason Labarbera RFA- (F) Kyle Turris, Mikkel Boedker, Brett MacLean, Lauri Korpikoski (D) Keith Yandle

Pittsburgh Penguins: UFA- (F) Alexei Kovalev, Pascal Dupuis, Maxime Talbot, Michael Rupp, Eric Godard, Arron Asham, Craig Adams, Chris Conner, Mike Comrie, Nick Johnson RFA- (F) Tyler Kennedy, Dustin Jeffrey

San Jose Sharks: UFA- (F) Ben Eager, Scott Nichol, Kyle Wellwood, Jamal Mayers (D) Ian White, Niclas Wallin, Kent Huskins RFA- (F) Devin Setoguchi, Benn Ferriero, Andrew Desjardins

St. Louis Blues: UFA- (F) Cam Janssen, Chris Porter (G) Ty Conklin RFA- (F) T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund, B.J. Crombeen, Vladimir Sobotka, Matt D’Agostini, Ryan Reeves (D) Roman Polak, Nikita Nikitin

Tampa Bay Lightning: UFA- (F) Simon Gagne, Sean Bergenheim, Adam Hall (D) Eric Brewer, Randy Jones, Marc Andre Bergeron (G) Dwayne Roloson, Mike Smith RFA- (F) Steven Stamkos, Ted Purcell (D) Mike Lundin, Matt Smaby

Toronto Maple Leafs: UFA- (F) Fredrik Sjostrom, Tim Brent, Darryl Boyce, Joey Crabb, Jay Rosehill (G) J.S. Giguere RFA- (F) Tyler Bozak, Clarke MacArthur (D) Luke Schenn, Carl Gunnarsson, Matt Lashoff (G) James Reimer

Vancouver Canucks: UFA- (F) Chris Higgins, Raffi Torres, Tanner Glass, Jeff Tambellini (D) Kevin Bieksa, Sami Salo, Christian Ehrhoff, Andrew Alberts RFA- (F) Maxim Lapierre, Jannik Hansen (D) Lee Sweatt

Washington Capitals: UFA- (F) Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, Brooks Laich, Matt Bradley, Boyd Gordon (D) Scott Hannan, Sean Collins RFA- (D) Karl Alzner (G) Semyon Varlamov

Don Cherry, Come On Down. You’re the Next Contestant on the Jersey Shore…

I think this is a fabulous idea. He’s ill tempered, has an accent and could probably give them some fashion tips. Plus, there is no way in hell that he could ever be as annoying as Sammi and Ronnie are.

Look. He’s Totally DTF too.

Grapes has every outfit ever needed to go to an award show…

Todd Bertuzzi Vs. Matt Cooke

While I realize that me writing this may not change any opinions, I just have to put it out there. I love Todd Bertuzzi. I despise Matt Cooke. But, let’s give a fair comparison.

Bertuzzi:

This is the original hit and it also shows what Bertuzzi was retaliating for. I understand that it was a sucker punch and he in no way ever should of done it.

And here is Bertuzzi’s apolgy…

Cooke:

(You might want to mute your computer. Some of these are the Pittsburgh feed.)

And now for the one that really pisses me off more than anything…

And of course Matt Cooke would apologize for that like Bertuzzi did, right? Nope. He sounds like such a coward during this. “Ohh their guy hit me the shift before like that and I got up.” With that statement, I think it proves that he knew what the hell he was doing. He was going for retaliation. (And the hit that Cooke received that game was not dirty.)

And Don Cherry has some excellent points. I am not a Crosby fan at all, but in this case, I give him a little credit. He’s clearly ashamed of his teammate as Grapes points out.

And just to make me smile…

You can say whatever you want about Matt Cooke, but frankly I don’t care if he donates to charity, is a good dad (which judging by the 24-7 series, he isn’t) or any other lame excuse Pens fans come up with. Those things have nothing to do with his playing career. He continues to do douchebag thing after douchebag thing. If he comes back next season and doesn’t do any of these things anymore, I will stop with all the hate that I give him. I will still hate him, but I won’t do it publicly. But, I think I’ve proved my point. Bertuzzi had a one time incident and had/has remorse. He continues to regret what he did and he still pays for it every time he goes to Colorado and most of Canada. I have seen no remorse out of Matt Cooke except a piss poor interview where he said “I need to change my ways.”

(Also, my apologizes if any of Cooke’s dirty hits were not included. There are just so many of them. And, in case any of you were wondering why I didn’t put in the Bertuzzi “armpit hit” from the 2010-2011 season, that is because when the coach of the receiving team a.k.a. Joel Quennville, says that he is “okay without a suspension on Bertuzzi”, I in no way can consider it a dirty hit.)

As always, feel free to talk crap to me via email (redwingsandov8@yahoo.com), twitter (@tigerbloodtuzzi) or tumblr (tigerbloodtuzzi.tumblr.com)

Randomness About Puck Sluts, Pink Hat Fans, and Hockey

I am a female. I have loved hockey since I was a kid. I think female fans are great for the sport of hockey. That being said, there two types of female fans that I cannot stand. Puck Bunnies and “Pink Hat Fans.” If you don’t know what those are, let me put it in simple terms. A puck bunny is a so-called fan who just wants to bang hockey players because they are rich/hot/famous/insert adjective here. (Some of them know hockey, but most are just there to look at the guys.)  A pink hat fan usually wants to do that same thing but they are known more for “jumping on the bandwagon” after a championship. (Not all pink hat fans are puck sluts, but I find that a lot are. Men can also be pink hat fans.) Just to clarify before everyone gets pissy, I do not have a problem with pink hat fans that are eager to learn the game and become long time fans. But before you run your mouth with all the knowledge that you don’t know, learn about the sport. (You’ll understand what I’m talking about shortly.)

I am writing this for a couple reasons. I want to show some of the female fans that they are not alone with their opinions of these “fans.” Simply put, they are the ones who give female sports fans a bad reputation and cause stereotypes.  To the guys that read this, I hope you might think twice now before judging a female fan and belittling her. (I know not all of you do this, but I come across more men every day who think that a woman does not know as much about hockey as them.)  The main reason I am writing this though, is that I came across this audio:

Toucher and Rich Have Fun With a Pink Hat Fan

If you don’t want to listen to that, let me give you the basics. (I highly recommend their version even though it is ten minutes because it is hilarious and some of the stuff this girl says, you would not believe. Plus they have pretty epic sound effects.)  After the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup, they held their parade/rally in downtown Boston. Toucher and Rich are co-hosts of The Sports Hub Radio Show in Boston. (In my eyes, they are pretty awesome.) Anyways, they send their street reporter (a.k.a. bitch boy) Adolfo to the parade and he goes out and finds a female “fan” to interview. They basically make a fool of this girl, who by the way gave consent for it to be on the air, because she has no hockey knowledge whatsoever but claims that she has been a fan “for a long time.” Apparently her favorite player is Brad Marchand and so Adolfo wanted to ask her some questions about him. So since she’s been a fan for so long, she should have no problem answering a few basic questions, right? NOPE. They ask her what position he plays, to name ANY former Bruins player, name ANY position besides goalie, what icing is, etc. She doesn’t get any right. The best part was that she was asked to name the Bruins head coach. She said that she wasn’t sure but she knew that he was really good looking…

Now, I’m not trying to judge her taste in men (she sounds like she’s 18 by the way), but the only way she could of been more wrong was if we were talking about Bruce Bordeau. (I’m not knocking on these coaches. I love them but really?) She then guessed that his name was Ralph. The only point that I give this girl is that she did properly pronounce Marshmont’s name.

So before I go any further, let me say this. I find many hockey players very attractive.  I don’t have a problem with female fans who find an athlete attractive and express that opinion. Men do it all the time with female athletes and we all do it to celebrities, so I really don’t care. But, I actually love the game. I have more hockey facts floating around in my brain then anything else. When you give the typical Puck Bunny or Pink-Hat fan image off, it affects all of the women and the perception of us. If this was anything else, it wouldn’t bother me what a man thought of me. But, it turns into a lot of them thinking that “She’s just here to bang the guys. She can’t have any hockey knowledge.” And that just pisses me off when I can school 95% of the guys around me as far as hockey knowledge goes. I don’t feel that it should get to the point where I actually have to sit down for 2 hours and try to prove to a guy that I actually know what the hell I’m talking about before he will even consider my opinions on the game. But, because of these bunnies and pink hat fans, we do have to do that frequently.

Also, there have been many instances where these bunnies have affected the performance of athletes and their reputations. The most recent being Patrick Kane. Now, I know Kaner’s reputation isn’t all that fabulous to begin with, but he should be allowed to have a private life. Instead what he got was a dumb puck slut who goes home with him, takes a couple pictures of him passed out, as well as plane ticket stubs, to prove it’s him that she banged. Then she proceeds to put them on twitter and cause what I like to call KanerGate2011. If I ever met that girl, I would seriously punch her in her face. Ohhh and I saw her picture. She’s not attractive.

Normally, I wouldn’t post a personal picture of her, but she was pretty quick to delete her twitter when she saw how it unfolded so, her ugly face is staying up here. Think before you do stupid stuff. (Ohh and I don’t give Kaner any crap for going home with a ten and waking up with a 2. We’ve all done it.  It happens and I’m sure he was hammered.)

My last point is probably the one that pisses me off the most. So many of these bunnies forget that a lot of these athletes have families who they actually care about.  While I realize that a man is going to cheat if he wants to, I still put more blame on these women. It’s probably because they disgust me more than the men because they actually go out “hunting” for them. Also, they like to “brag” about their experiences with these athletes on public sites. To me it sounds like a lot of them have some “my daddy didn’t love me enough” issues that they need to work out, instead of trying to break up a family.

You may be asking yourself, “am I a puck bunny or pink hat fan?” The answer is more than likely yes if you are seriously contemplating that question. But, here are some ways to decipher  if you are on the edge about this. If you answer yes, to any of these questions, get the hell away from my sport.

  • You were the girl in the Toucher and Rich interview.
  • You own a shirt that is suggestive that you are in fact a puck bunny.
  • You have slept with more than one professional hockey player and you are not married or in a serious relationship with them. (Elisha Cuthbert, you are safe.)
  • You absolutely could not go a game without commentating on how attractive a player is and “what you would do to them.”
  • You submitted that post about Gregory Campbell to a certain tumblr that will go unmentioned.
  • You bring a sign to a game that says “Marry Me Ovi” or anything along those lines.
  • You don’t know what people mean when they talk about “Pierre’s orgasms.”
Also, if you are pictured in any of these, you’re a puck bunny:
(This is just ridiculous and her friend is guilty by association.)

(I love the Bruins, but these fans make us look bad. To me though, it’s not a surprise to see who’s sherseys they are wearing. This doesn’t mean that if Looch or Seguin is one of your favorite players, that you are a puck bunny, but I highly doubt a woman wearing a Recchi or Chara shersey would have this wrote on their back and then lifted it up for everyone to see.)

(Do I really need to explain this?)

(I highly doubt they were showing that sign to Pierre.)

And just once more for kicks…

And you expect people to take female fans seriously ladies. Of course not. Instead they mock us because of people like you…

Now, I would just like to throw a couple random hockey facts/pointers out there for the women have read this and thought “Hey, that sounds an awfully lot like me  and I don’t want to be that fan anymore.” (Yeah right.) These are just some of the facts that are floating around in my head that will usually prove to a man that you are not one of the fore-mentioned fans, if you feel inclined to do so.

FACTS AND RANDOM THINGS TO THROW INTO A CONVERSATION:

1.  The first European captain to win a cup was not Nicklas Lidstrom. He was the first captain to raise it, but Charlie Gardiner was actually the first one to win it. Versus and NBC get this wrong constantly so it should shut someone up pretty fast. He was also the only NHL captain to win the the cup as a goalie.

2. Wayne Gretzky has won the NHL scoring title ten times.

3.Dave “Tiger” Williams holds the record for the most penalty minutes in a career. He has almost 4,000.

4. A Gordie Howe hat trick is a goal, an assist and a fight.  That’s a must know.

5. Willie O’Ree was the first African American to play in the NHL. His first game in the NHL was as a Boston Bruin.

6.The first team to win the Stanley Cup was the Montreal AAA’s.

7. Scotty Bowman has won more games than any other coach in NHL history.

8. Ten players did not have to wait the three year minimum to be inducted into the hall of fame.

9.Brian Leetch, Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Evgeni Malkin and Tim Thomas are the only non Canadian players to ever win the Conn Smythe trophy.

10. The largest arena in the NHL is the Bell Centre in Montreal.

POINTERS:

1. Always know how to properly spell and pronounce hockey players names, especially on the teams that you support. (More than half the NHL announcers/analysts from around the league should be reading this as well and taking note.) Examples:

  • Lucic. It’s not Loochick. It’s Loo-cheech. If you can’t remember that, just call him Looch.
  • Lidstrom. There is no “n” in his name. He has been in the league for 19 years and coming back for a 20th, yet people still say/write Lindstrom. (You don’t have to write it out with the dots above the o.)
  • Chara. Damnit Pierre… It’s not Chair-a. It’s Char-a. (When all else fails ladies, go against anything Pierre McGuire says.)
  • Russians. Ovechkin, Fedorov, Konstantinov, Datsyuk, Semin, Kovalchuk, Fetisov, Nabokov to name a few. No one expects you to be able to pronounce them the Russian way, but as least know how to say them in the American/Canadian way.
  • It’s Shawn Thornton. Not Shawn Thorton or Thronton. (Same goes for Joe.)
  • Buffalo Sabres, not Sabers
  • There is a difference between Ryan Kesler and Phil Kessel. Trust me. They are not related and they don’t even play on the same team.
  • It’s the Staal brothers. (Eric, Marc, Jordan and Jared.) Not to be confused with Gunner Stahl.
  • Darius Kasparaitis
  • Gretzky. Not Gretsky. (Very big no no.)
  • Johan Franzen and Cody Franson. Big difference.
  • Now, I’m not saying that you have to know that the way to tell the difference between the Sedin twins is that little mole on Daniel’s left butt cheek, but at least know these basics and the members of your team(s).

2. Know every team in the NHL by logo and name. Also, it helps to know at least three players from every team. It’s actually pretty easy if you watch a game every once in a while. (You don’t necessarily need to know the divisions, but at least know which teams are in which conference. The players listed are the ones that you will probably benefit from knowing the most.)

Western Conference (Formerly known as the Clarence Campbell Conference):

Central

  • Detroit Red Wings- Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg
  • Chicago Blackhawks- Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp
  • Columbus Blue Jackets- Rick Nash, Antoine Vermette, Grant Clitsome
  • St. Louis Blues- Jaroslav Halak, Barret Jackman, Alexander Steen
  • Nashville Predators- Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne, Jordin Tootoo
  • (One of these teams will more than likely be moving to the Eastern Conference in the 2012 season.)
Pacific

  • Dallas Stars- Brenden Morrow, Stephane Robidas, Jamie Langenbrunner
  • Anaheim Ducks (They are not the Mighty Ducks anymore.)- Jonas Hiller, Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry
  • San Jose Sharks- Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Dany Heatley (Know that name in general.)
  • Phoenix Coyotes- Shane Doan, Keith Yandle, Ed Jovanovski
  • Los Angeles Kings- Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Penner
Northwest
  • Vancouver Canucks- Sedin Twins (Daniel and Henrik), Ryan Kesler, Roberto Luongo
  • Calgary Flames- Jarome Iginla, Miikka Kiprusoff, Jay Bouwmeester
  • Colorado Avalanche- Matt Duchene, Milan Hejduk, Kyle Quincey
  • Minnesota Wild- Mikko Koivu, John Madden, Martin Havlat
  • Edmonton Oilers- Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Nikolai Khabibulin
Eastern Conference (Formerly known as the Prince of Wales Conference):

Southeast

  • Tampa Bay Lightning- Steven Stamkos, Marty St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier
  • Washington Capitals- Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Mike Green
  • Florida Panthers- Tomas Vokoun, Sergei Samsonov, Marty Reasoner
  • Carolina Hurricanes- Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner, Cam Ward
  • Atlanta Thrashers (This will change by the 2012 season due to relocation to Winnipeg.)- Dustin Byfuglien (Call him Buff), Radek Dvorak, Andrew Ladd
Northeast
  • Boston Bruins- Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron
  • Buffalo Sabres- Ryan Miller, Cody McCormick, Rob Niedermayer
  • Montreal Canadiens- Carey Price, Brian Gionta, Hal Gill
  • Toronto Maple Leafs- Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul
  • Ottawa Senators- Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, Sergei Gonchar
Atlantic

  • New York Islanders- Michael Grabner, Bruno Gervais, Trevor Gillies
  • New York Rangers- Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal, Marian Gaborik
  • Philadelphia Flyers- Danny Briere, Chris Pronger, Claude Giroux
  • Pittsburgh Penguins- Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Matt Cooke
  • New Jersey Devils- Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur

3. Know the original six teams and at least three former players.

  • Detroit Red Wings: Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuk
  • Boston Bruins: Bobby Orr, Eddie Shore, Terry O’Reilly
  • Toronto Maple Leafs: Turk Broda, Johnny Bower, Wendel Clark
  • New York Rangers: Brian Leetch, Rod Gilbert, Mike Richter
  • Chicago Blackhawks: Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito
  • Montreal Canadiens a.k.a the Habs: Jean Beliveau, Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Howie Morenz

4. Have an opinion on these subjects:

  • Sidney Crosby
  • Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin
  • Matt Cooke
  • Bobby Orr vs. Nicklas Lidstrom

5. Never say anything bad about a player who has passed on, especially if it was recent or at a young age. Some notable players include Bob Probert, Derek Boogaard, Luc Bourdon, Dan Synder, etc. This is common knowledge but you’d really be surprised by the ignorant people in the world.

6. Know what franchises have been relocated. I don’t mean from back in the early 1900’s, but the ones as of more recent.

  • Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix Coyotes
  • Atlanta Flames to Calgary Flames
  • Minnesota North Stars to Dallas Stars
  • Colorado Rockies to New Jersey Devils
  • Quebec Nordiques to Colorado Avalanche
  • Hartford Whalers to Carolina Hurricanes
  • Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg (No-Namers as of right now)
7. Know the nicknames of players on your team. You may have no idea who the hell they are talking about unless you do. If I said “Milkcrate” or even “Rex” to the girl that was interviewed, I highly doubt that she would have any idea what the hell I was talking about. 

8. Know Warren Zevon’s Hockey Song. The person yelling “hit somebody” is David Letterman. Knowing Good Ol’ Hockey Game is a bonus as well. (There are a couple different versions but this is the basic one.)

9. Keep up with Don Cherry’s attire. Always a talking point that most people can agree on. If you don’t know what I am referring to, I made a little Grapes collection.

10. When all else fails, talk about why you hate Gary Bettman. But, have reasons why. If you just say, “I hate Gary Bettman” and then when asked why you answer “I don’t know”, you’re going to sound like an idiot. Here’s a couple pointers.

  • His apparent hate for Canadian hockey clubs, as well as the original six.
  • He never gives a straight answer to a question.
  • He doesn’t know anything about hockey.
  • He is a lawyer and the only sports background was being a vice president of the NBA. Hockey and basketball are two very different sports and obviously he believes that since basketball isn’t very Canadian, hockey shouldn’t be either.
  • He continues to favor Sidney Crosby and the Penguins organization. (Sorry to piss of the Penguins fans on this, but it’s true.) I know that marketing “our stars” is very important but for every three Crosby commercials/promos, I see one Ovechkin. Even after Crosby’s concussion, he was still featured more than anyone. Bettman doesn’t understand that some fans wanting to learn the game may actually want to see players featured who go out there and lay their bodies on the line. (Matt Hendricks, Gregory Campbell, Jared Boll, etc. a.k.a. Blue Collar Players)
  • The new tv deal with NBC. You may or may not agree with this, but know your position on it.
  • The NHL lockouts. During his time, there have been two. One in 1994-95 and another in 2004-05. Both are very controversial and if you research the 2004-05 one, you will see why many people believe that Bettman favors the Penguins even more.
  • He apparently hates the fans of certain cities. While Detroit is no longer allowed to throw octopi onto the ice, which is a tradition that dates back to the 1950’s, Lightning fans are allowed to throw paddles on the ice and hit players in the head. I have a huge respect for the Lightning organization, but an octopi has never hit a player in 60 years. If you are going to fine/jail people that throw stuff on the ice, fine. But do it around the league.
  • Do your own research. You will find things you don’t like about him. Trust me on that.

If you want to bitch or compliment me, I welcome it. You can email me at redwingsandov8@yahoo.com, tweet me @tigerbloodtuzzi, or do the tumblr thing at tigerbloodtuzzi.tumblr.com.

For the Love of all that is Hockey

Compiled are some of Don Cherry’s most classic suits and attire. Enjoy.

Is it just me or is Ron MacLean always staring at him? I wonder what he’s thinking…

Now for some notable head wear:

(The Santa hat doesn’t bother me. It’s that it’s worn with a purple and black plaid suit that bothers me.)

Supporting the Troops…

More with Ron…

Fabric shopping…

And to wrap it all up, everyday wear for Grapes…

Favorite Pictures and Words that come to mind when I think of every Bruin…

Forwards:

Lucic

BAMF, Enforcer, Bromances, Teammate

Bergeron

Perfection, Saintly, Genius, Versatile

Marchand

Short, Chirp Chirp Bitches, Bad Ass

Thornton

BAMF, The Good Thornton (a.k.a. Not Joe), Warrior, Kaner’s Gonna Get It, Spirit Animal

Campbell

Gritty, Hard-Working, Tough, Favorite

Horton

Clutch, Bromance, Hot Ass Wife

Paille

Derpy, Grinder, Quick

Peverly

Raptor Jesus, Quick, Underrated

Seguin

Young One, Impressive, Slutty Sister

Savard

Matt Cooke is the biggest douchebag/piece of shit in the world.

Ryder

Unsung hero, Inconsistent, Newly Confident

Recchi

The doctor is in, Mission 28 Send Off, 43.

Krejci

Quiet, Sneaky, Skilled, Sexy. As. Fuck. (Not my words)

Kelly

Snarky, Quick, Skinny, Underrated, Unsung Hero, Under-Appreciated

Defense:

Chara

Tall, 911, 300 lb Beast, El Capitano, Tall

Boychuk

Fabulous, Cowboy, Eyes, Incredible Hulk, Solid Body (Check)

Ference

Class (Seriously), Tattoos, I love you.

Hnidy

Sheriff, Winnipeg

Seidenberg

Badass German, Brute Strength, Old Soul, Dapper, Selfless

McQuaid

Prayer Circle, Quiet, Mullet, Scrapper, Tough, Good at What He Does

Kaberle

Load. Of. Shit. (Not my words either)

Bartkowski

Mouth Guard, Hilarious, Bahahahahahahahaha, Acceptable Pittsburghian

Kampfer

Fall, Precious, Little Kid, #BestHashTagUserInTheUniverse, #BadSpeller, #HeFollowsDisneyParksAndThatMakesMeLoveHimEvenMore

Goalies:

Thomas

Cheeseburger, Unorthodox, Michigan Boy, Flannel, Tuna Steak, Pick Up Truck

Rask

Future, Totally European, Hair, Sweaters, Tall, Cardigans

Coach:

Jolly, Droopy-Eyed, Sterotypical Canadian, Shoulders as Wide as a Mac-Truck, STUBBORN