What an absolutely incredible game this past weekend. It is safe to say that TJ Oshie at least for today has grabbed the torch from Ryan Miller as US Hockey Olympic darling after his shootout performance. I am not a huge fan of the shootout, I think a skills contest is a terrible way to end an amazing game like that, but the Olympic rules allowing for repeat shooters is top notch. The fact that Dan Bylsma kept rolling Oshie out was incredible drama. Hopefully this victory will be the catalyst for an American run at the gold. The US was able to keep their minds right and defeat Slovenia the next day and entered the single elimination portion of the tournament in second place. The Americans will take on the winner of the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Wednesday. Let’s get’em boys!!!
Today Nike and USA Hockey released the jerseys that Team USA will wear for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and all I can say is that they are amazing. They have an old school feel to them that reminds me a lot of a soccer uniform. Two enormous thumbs up from me. Now if they could just find a way to incorporate my favorite uniforms ever.
This is a sad story coming out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Death is obviously never a good thing, but it is especially heart wrenching when it involves a seemingly healthy 16 year-old kid who is chasing his dream of playing hockey for living. This is just another reminder that life is short and we should live in the moment and never take tomorrow for granted.
Some very sad news to pass along — QMJHL prospect Jordan Boyd, 16, collapsed and died today at an Acadie-Bathurst Titan training session.
According to the team’s Facebook page, medical personnel “tried to revive him several times. The young player was transported to hospital where his death was confirmed by a doctor.” The team is now “waiting for the hospital’s autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.”
The Titan also say Boyd underwent a “complete medical evaluation prior to the camp and didn’t seem to have any medical problems that prevented him from participating.”
Here is the original list for the commercials I just posted about. Number 1 is pretty fantastic but I still love Brian Campbell for excessive sweating.
The no words commercial is amazing, but I am so glad that they added the Brian Campbell excessive sweating commercial. Living in Rochester we get all the Sabres games and that was always one of my favorites.
Not a ton of actual news to report, so if you’re looking for an afternoon diversion, Sports Illustrated’s Allan Muir has put together his list of the top 12 greatest hockey commercials of all time.
Of the 12 Muir selected, our favorite is probably the NHL’s “No Words” spot from 2010:
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Though how Canadian Tire’s “Albert” masterpiece got left off the list we may never know:
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Also inexplicably failing to make the cut:
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