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.


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…


(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.)

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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.


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.


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):


  • 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.)

  • 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
  • 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):


  • 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
  • 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

  • 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.

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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…



BAMF, Enforcer, Bromances, Teammate


Perfection, Saintly, Genius, Versatile


Short, Chirp Chirp Bitches, Bad Ass


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


Gritty, Hard-Working, Tough, Favorite


Clutch, Bromance, Hot Ass Wife


Derpy, Grinder, Quick


Raptor Jesus, Quick, Underrated


Young One, Impressive, Slutty Sister


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


Unsung hero, Inconsistent, Newly Confident


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


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


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



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


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


Class (Seriously), Tattoos, I love you.


Sheriff, Winnipeg


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


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


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


Mouth Guard, Hilarious, Bahahahahahahahaha, Acceptable Pittsburghian


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



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


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


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

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



MSU, Hair, Grinder, Muskegon, Little Engine That Could, Humble, Strong Harry Dunne


Love, Teammate, Watuzzi, Tuzzified, Nice to Children and Animals, Flipping the Bird, Chin Strap, Bubblegum, Tigerblood (In a Good Way), Bad Ass but Softie, Incredible Hulk, Gentle Giant, If Anyone Ever Compares Him to Matt “Le Douche” Cooke in Front of Me I Will Kick Their Ass.


Magician, Danglesyuk, Beyond Epic, Dangle, Selke, If You Ever Leave I Will Kill Someone, Filthy Mittens, Pigeon Toed, Best English EVER, Humor, Euro Twin, Perry’s Boss


Newfie, Grit, Newfie, Determination, Newfie


Swede, Epic, Unreal Beard, Euro Twin, Swede, European Sweaters, Future, Swede, Smoke Detectors


Grind Line, Loyal, Teammate, McCarty, Ozzie, Maltby, Speed, Douche Lemieux, Chuck Norris, Beard, Prankster, Bromances, RED, Family


Hair, Playing With a Dog on JLA’s ice, Whoever Made This Picture is My New Hero


Skilled, Speedy, Classy, Tiffany, Pure Finnish, Punxsutawney Fil, Ilari


Butt, Hahaha Goalies, I Eat Pucks, Swedelish, Bromance with Captain Norris, Drive, Determination, Ref You Suck


Speed, Liz’s Love for You, Great Future, Bulletproof, Future Captain, Attractive, Llyod Christmas


Grey, Ryan, Epic after Babcock sits you, Kids, MSU, Miller Time


Great Career, Pure American, Hully and Mo’s, Dedicated, Kind, Amazing, I Wanna Be Bad


Mule, Curly Fries, Warrior, Clutch, I Hope He Doesn’t Wear the Visor Next Season


Danam, Czech, I’m Being Nice, I’m Pretty Sure Everyone Knows I’m Not A Fan of His At All.


St. Nicklas (Erik Liström)

Don’t Ever Leave Me/Us, Captain Norris, Hat Trick, Oh My Captain My Captain, Beyond Epic, Class, First European to Win the Norris Trophy, First European to Win the Conn Smythe, First European Captain to Win the Stanley Cup, There Will Never Be Another You No Matter What, Loyal, You Make Me Sooooo Proud to Be Swedish, Leader, Champion, Best Replacement Possible for Stevie Y, Even the Word Perfection Does Not Do Him Justice


Hometown Guy, USA, Retirement, WTF Rafi,  Happy You Came Home and Are Retiring as a Wing.


I altered this after I previously made it. R.I.P. Salei. You will be missed.


I Hate Tom Kostopolous, Quiet, Fierce, Beyond Happy That He is a Wing.


Hits, Bad Ass, Dany Heatley (For the Hit on Him), Glasses, Teammate, Eaves, Honestly Though the Only Thing That Really Comes to Mind is Kronwalled


Future, The Beard Has Potential


Dislike, Big, Tall, Why Would He Turn Down a 2 Million Dollar Contract, Maybe The Leafs Will Take Him… They Paid Pretty Well For Lebda



Heart of Gold, Clutch, Pure Love, I Will Never Love a Goalie as Much as I Love Ozzie, Hall of Famer, 400 Club, Words Cannot Describe My Love For Him


Faith, Backbone, Feisty, Epic, Superstitious, Crosby (hahaha), Bright Future, Don’t Touch His Swedes/Teammates



Death Stare, Great Coach (That is all)

Some GIF’s and pictures were made/found by me and others were not. Thank you to all of the people who did make these and if you see one of yours on here and want credit, let me know and I will be happy to give you that! Thank you for all the input from other fans as well.

And as always, Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(P.S. I Love Pav’s Collar)

15 Reasons Why Chris Osgood and Tim Thomas Should Be Friends…

1. Both Have Hearts of Gold.

2. Both Have Michigan Roots. Ozzie has played most of his career in Detroit. Timmy is from Flint.

3. Both Are Goalies and Goalies Have an Unspoken Connection.

4. Both are smaller goalies in a large goalie NHL. Timmy is 5’11”. Ozzie is 5’10”.

5.Both Are Into Bromances.

6.Both of Them Have Been Hugely Underrated in Their Very Respectable Careers.

7.Both Have Been in a Fight.

8.Both of Them Hate The Pittsburgh Penguins (Fine. I don’t know if this is true but Ozzie should after Matt Cooke purposely kicked him with his skate and also after Crosby snubbed Nick Lidstrom in the 2009 handshake line. Timmy should just because of the conference rivalry, as well as Cooke’s hit on Savvy.)

9.Both of Them Have Been Photoshopped a Million Times.

10.Both of Them Have Incredible Smiles.

11. Both of Them Have Played in All Star Games.

12.Both of Them Have Food Named After Them.

13.Both Love Their Teams.

14.Both Like to Dress Casual.

15.Both Are Very Down To Earth People and Two of My All Time Favorite Goalies!

Let’s Make it Happen…

On June 15th, 2011 Tim Thomas won his first Stanley Cup. This is reason enough to modify this post and add a 16th reason that these two would be best buddies.

16. Both are Stanley Cup Champions






Quickly Put: Why I love the Bruins and Red Wings…

The main reason I love both of these teams is the tradition. I love the original 6. There is just something between two original 6 teams when they play. The players know it and the fans do too. It almost has the feel of a playoff game. Why these two teams though?

First, I was born in Michigan so being a wings fan is basically in my blood. The history of the Wings is what makes me love them even more.  Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Steve Yzerman, etc, etc, etc.

No one in my family is really a Bruins fan so that isn’t part of my reasoning. Simply put: I’ve always just liked Boston sports teams. They have such an amazing history, just like Detroit. This past year my love has grown even more for them. A lot of it is just the players. Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and the rest of them. And Timmy Thomas being from Michigan doesn’t hurt either!

The main similarity to me, besides the original 6, is the players. I truly think that the Red Wings and Bruins have the best off and on ice personalities. I hear more stories about these two teams being so great with charities, fans, etc, than any other teams. Same thing with on ice. I see more determination and drive come out of these teams than a lot in the NHL.