Tag Archives: hockey

My Stanley Cup Picks

I usually post this at the start of the playoffs but forgot to do so this year. But I did honestly make these picks before the playoff began – I’ve got a patron who I often chat about hockey with.  He asked who I was picking so this is what I told him… Bold is […]

The Strange Saga of #JohnScott and the 2016 NHL #AllStarGame

People can stomp their feet and claim “it’s embarrassing to the league and the All-Star Game” all they want. But, the game features a Velveeta cheese fountain, celebrity coaches no one has heard of, and most importantly it’s an exhibition game. [Scott] has become the saviour of the All-Star Game, and legions of people have become […]

2015 End of Year Memes: Two Tropical Trips, Election Wins & Loses, Campy Camper Camping

1. What did you do this year that you’d never done before? One of many secret shames in that I never learned how to downhill ski when I was growing up.  The first year we did a class trip to Mission Ridge in the Qu’Appelle Valley, I was injured and couldn’t go.  Then the next […]

Bryan Trottier: A Letter To My Younger Self

This is a great article by one of my favourite NHL players of all-time on one of my two favourite teams – from the anecdotes about not just playing pond hockey in rural Saskatchewan but his dad clearing a beaver dam to make it happen to the leadership lessons of “Badger” Bob Johnson with his relentless […]

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – A Most Canadian Library Sign (July 9, 2008)

When I worked for a regional library system, many of our libraries were located in unusual locations – many co-located with a town office, a school that had been closed, a fire hall, a laundry mat. And of course we had one that was in a hockey rink – whose main doors became the entrance […]

Fan-Made Stanley Cup Closing Montage

CBC used to do great montages during every game of the Stanley Cup Finals as well as after the series was over.  Apparently they let the montage guy” go when they struck a deal to partner with Sportsnet but luckily a fan has taken up the challenge… (Also disappointed they didn’t do the “State Your […]

#Flames Final Injury Report

All teams have players playing through injury in the Stanley Cup Finals but it’s also fascinating/frightening to hear the exact nature of the injuries once a team is eliminated.  This year’s Flames were no exception.

Flames Lose To Ducks And Are Out of #StanleyCup Playoffs To End Cinderella Season

As the NHL season came to a close, I kept telling myself that if they could just make the playoffs, that was more than anyone expected of the Flames this season.  And they did that. Then I just wanted to beat their arch-rival Canucks in the first round.  And they did that. Then I just […]

Music Monday – “My boy’s gonna play in the big league/My boy’s gonna turn some heads/My boy’s gonna play in the big league/My boy’s gonna knock ’em dead.”

Important Blog announcement: Hockey themed posts shall continue as long as the Flames are in the playoffs. One of the greatest hockey songs of all-time…  (Hmm, maybe that could be my theme for Music Mondays until the Flames win the Cup in June?) 😉 Based on a true story… “Big League” – Tom Cochrane

Yeah Baby! #Flames Eliminate The Canucks to Move To Round Two of #StanleyCup Playoffs

In 2004, I attended the Alberta Book Awards on the same evening as game six of the Canucks-Flames first round playoff series. As one of the event organizers, I kept providing updates on the score to the MC who relayed them to the partisan crowd (oh, those not-that-long-ago days before everyone had a smartphone in […]