What does it mean to be Canadian when you’re living abroad?
Sports take on a special importance in the North
For hockey fans around the world, the wait is over: Sidney Crosby will suit up tonight for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby suffered a concussion in the middle of last season – a particularly severe concussion which affected his vestibular system, the part of the brain that affects movement and stability, thus creating an extended layoff. Now the endless speculating will begin: will he be as good a player as he was? At the time of his injury Crosby was playing the best hockey of his career, and still finished 18th in league scoring despite missing 41 of 82 games. The Penguins play the New York Islanders tonight, and here in Newfoundland the game will be broadcast on CBC at 8.
“I’d just jumped into bed and was told I had to be at the airport by 5:30 or 6:00, so it makes for a long night,” said Jason Jaffray to the Globe and Mail on Sunday after the Jets practised. Jaffray was fresh off of a hat trick for the St. John’s IceCaps on Saturday night, and has been called up to help the struggling NHL parent team. “But life could be worse, for sure.” The Globe says that the Winnipeg Jets are turning to their farm team here in Newfoundland in an effort to find some kind of spark to end a prolonged losing skid… and even suggest maybe bringing up the whole team. The Jets have a 5-9-3 record while the IceCaps are 10-2-3. Source: The Globe and Mail
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In the main event of the Kraft Hockeyville celebrations, the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1 in a game that wowed the 6,000+ fans with good goals, great goaltending, and some of the rough stuff. Newfoundland native and Ottawa Senators hopeful Colin Greening even starting mixing it up physically with Jets players as the final horn ended the game. “Hockey here is huge,” said Greening. “I know sometimes you forget about Newfoundland because we’re so far East and we have our own time zone, but hockey’s big here. Everyone’s born on skates.” Source: CBC
“By winning a competition that received a record 297 entries (Conception Bay South received more than 995,000 votes to claim to grand prize), CBS received a check for $100,000 from Kraft that will go toward upgrading its local rink. But that’s just the beginning.” This comes from NHL.com where details of the Hockeyville celebrations have been outlined. The free-to-attend attractions and events will include the Stanley Cup (with or without the new Ryder ding?), NHL Alumni autograph signing sessions, a community barbeque, a fireworks show and appearances by Ron MacLean, and Don Cherry. The main event will take place at Mile One Stadium, where the Winnipeg Jets face the Ottawa Senators in an exhibition match. Ottawa’s Colin Greening and Winnipeg’s Jason King — both Newfoundland natives — are expected to play. Source: NHL.com
We already have the logo, and a general idea on the uniform’s look based on that of its parent Winnipeg team, but later this morning we will know for sure what our very own AHL hockey team will suit up in. Team executives are set to unveil the home and away playing jerseys during a photo shoot this morning 11 a.m. on Battery Road, overlooking the harbour. It is not yet known if team President Danny Williams will be flying in an iceberg into the harbour for the shoot. Source: CBC
The American Hockey League has released its regular season schedule for the 2011-2012 season, which means that the newest AHL team in town now knows when its home games will be. Click here to see the season schedule. Meanwhile, noteworthy of the season schedule is that the AHL is instituting a revised playoff format, dividing the league into two conferences of three divisions each. Eight teams from each conference will qualify for the postseason. The team also has its first platinum corporate sponsor. Molson Coors Canada, which also supported the St. John’s Maple Leafs, is on board for the upcoming season. In addition to Molson, CEO Danny Williams announced a number of silver and bronze partners. Capital Motors, Eastern Audio, Fortis, and Roebothan-McKay-Marshall are in the silver category, while Calco Homes, m5 Advertising and Marco are in the bronze category. Meanwhile, gamers will be happy to know that the IceCaps…
With Manitoba set to get its NHL franchise back, how close is Newfoundland to getting its AHL franchise?
Two Newfoundlanders are lighting the lamps at an unprecedented rate in the NHL playoffs, fighting for the right to represent Newfoundland in the Stanley Cup Final. With Ryane Clowe’s San Jose Sharks now out of contention and a dream all-Newfoundland final no longer possible, it’s up to either Teddy Purcell of the Tampa Bay Lightning or Michael Ryder of the Boston Bruins to bring the cup back to the rock – and both players are making a statement. Teddy Purcell has 5 goals and 1 assist in 6 games, while Michael Ryder has 3 goals and 3 assists. The seventh and deciding game in the semi-final series takes place tomorrow night.
Newfoundland may have the horses to etch another name on Lord Stanley this spring…
Herder games may not include a pathetic Black Eyed Peas concert, but the hype isn’t any less around these parts.