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Old 12-03-2009, 01:29 PM   #331
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Isles' Witt hit by car this morning; will still play tonight

Matt Burt, TSN.ca

12/8/2009 1:29:06 PM

Go ahead, make his day.

New York Islanders defenceman Brendan Witt was hit by a car in Philadelphia on Tuesday, according to Newsday. But Witt reportedly picked himself up off the road and, after a few profanities, assured everyone he was all right before continuing on his way, prompting one witness to say, "it was like seeing Clint Eastwood, but in hockey."

Witt was crossing Arch Street to get a cup of coffee when a gold Yukon truck made an illegal turn and hit the 34-year-old. Newsday says Witt tried to jump on the hood of the vehicle before being thrown to the ground as he was struck.

"I'm okay," Witt told the crowd as he dusted himself off, according to Newsday. "I've got to go play some hockey. I'm a hockey player. I'm okay. No big deal."

The onlooker was impressed.

"Boy that guy is tough," he said.

The 6'2, 219-pound blueliner downplayed the incident.

"I just got lucky," said Witt, who oddly enough had declined an offer for a drive to Wachovia Center from the team's medical staff just prior to the accident. "Fortunately nothing bad happened. I'm just a little sore."

The Humboldt, Saskatchewan native chose not to call police or get medical care, and was at the Isles' morning skate just a few hours later. He will play tonight against the Flyers.

Witt has two goals, one assist and 35 penalty minutes in 26 games for the Isles this season, and has no plans to star in any action films in the immediate future.
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lol @ the Yukon. Goddamn Philly fans.
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:04 PM   #334
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lol @ the Yukon. Goddamn Philly fans.
I will throw balls of ice at you, so help me God.
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I will throw balls of ice at you, so help me God.
Your Flyers are one of the two NHL teams actually worse than my Islanders, so...I have no idea what that has to do with ice balls, I just thought I'd mention it. Cause it's kinda funny. Cause it's true. Pronger. Douche. You should like hockey so my insults would sting a little bit. Bastard.
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This isn't really hockey related per se, but I though it was cute and amusing, and some of you might get a laugh out of it.

As some of you may know, I live in the city where Wayne Gretzky was born and raised, and his dad Walter is as big a "celebrity" as he is. Maybe celebrity isn't quite the right word, he's very, very normal, still lives in the same house they had when Wayne was a kid, but they're beloved by everyone, nonetheless.

I was just at the mall doing some last minute shopping, looking for something for my mom, who has everything, and is in the process of downsizing anyway, so the last thing she needs is more shit. In the middle of the mall, there was this table set up with stuffed bears on it. I got a little closer, and saw Walter sitting at the table, and there was a sign explaining that it was a charity thing selling "Walter's Bears" to raise money for our local hospital. My mom loves the family, so I was all "score! That's what I'll get her!"

So, I go up to buy one, and he jumps up and takes the bear and asks who it's for. I gave him my mom's name, and so he signed and dated the ear tag, then he asked my name, and he wrote that in the line that said "from." Then he grabbed a note pad, and I could see he'd presigned a bunch of pages, so he wrote my name on one, then asked my mom's name again, and signed one for her. I thanked him, and was ready to leave, and he said "do you have any kids?" Yup, I told him, a daughter, and then I gave her name. "Sons?" "No, just a daughter." "A husband?" "Nope, no husband, but I'm looking, do you know of anyone?" (I'm really not, but what else are you going to joke around about to an old man?) He raised his eyebrows, and kind of sidled up beside me in a funny way, and we laughed. So then he was all "okay, who else?" I told him it was really nice that he'd signed what he did already, and I didn't want to trouble him for any more, but he said "no, that's what I'm here for! Nieces? Nephews?" My nieces and nephews are all adults, close to my age, but he kept insisting, so I just kept giving him names of family members. When he got to around 10 slips of paper he'd signed, I was thinking "okay, soon I'm just going to have to start pulling names out of my ass." LOL He finally stopped though, and I thanked him profusely, told him how thrilled my mom will be with the Walter bear, wished him a Merry Christmas, and went on my way.

What an awesome guy, I'm still smiling.
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Team Canada has been announced. Here's the list:


Forwards
Patrice Bergeron, L'Ancienne-Lorette, Que. (Boston Bruins)
Sidney Crosby, Cole Harbour, N.S. (Pittsburgh Penguins) Alternate captain
Ryan Getzlaf, Regina, Sask. (Anaheim Ducks)
Dany Heatley, Calgary, Alta. (San Jose Sharks)
Jarome Iginla, St. Albert, Alta. (Calgary Flames) Alternate captain
Patrick Marleau, Aneroid Sask. (San Jose Sharks)
Brenden Morrow, Carlyle, Sask. (Dallas Stars)
Rick Nash, Brampton, Ont. (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Mike Richards, Kenora, Ont. (Philadelphia Flyers)
Corey Perry, Peterborough, Ont. (Anaheim Ducks)
Eric Staal, Thunder Bay, Ont. (Carolina Hurricanes)
Joe Thornton, St. Thomas, Ont. (San Jose Sharks)
Jonathan Toews, Winnipeg, Man. (Chicago Blackhawks)

Defence

Dan Boyle, Ottawa, Ont. (San Jose Sharks)
Drew Doughty, Ottawa, Ont. (LA Kings)
Duncan Keith, Penticton, B.C. (Chicago Blackhawks)
Scott Niedermayer, Cranbrook, B.C. (Anaheim Ducks) - Captain
Chris Pronger, Dryden, Ont. (Philadelphia Flyers) - Alternate captain
Brent Seabrook, Tsawwassen, B.C. (Chicago Blackhawks)
Shea Weber, Sicamous, B.C. (Nashville Predators)

Goalies

Roberto Luongo, Montreal, Que. (Vancouver Canucks)
Martin Brodeur, Montreal, Que. (New Jersey Devils)
Marc-Andre Fleury, Sorel, Que. (Pittsburgh Penguins)




There are some surprises for me, notably Bergeron, Doughty, and Staal who has had a horrible year to date (save for 5 points the other night).
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This isn't really hockey related per se, but I though it was cute and amusing, and some of you might get a laugh out of it.

As some of you may know, I live in the city where Wayne Gretzky was born and raised, and his dad Walter is as big a "celebrity" as he is. Maybe celebrity isn't quite the right word, he's very, very normal, still lives in the same house they had when Wayne was a kid, but they're beloved by everyone, nonetheless.

I was just at the mall doing some last minute shopping, looking for something for my mom, who has everything, and is in the process of downsizing anyway, so the last thing she needs is more shit. In the middle of the mall, there was this table set up with stuffed bears on it. I got a little closer, and saw Walter sitting at the table, and there was a sign explaining that it was a charity thing selling "Walter's Bears" to raise money for our local hospital. My mom loves the family, so I was all "score! That's what I'll get her!"

So, I go up to buy one, and he jumps up and takes the bear and asks who it's for. I gave him my mom's name, and so he signed and dated the ear tag, then he asked my name, and he wrote that in the line that said "from." Then he grabbed a note pad, and I could see he'd presigned a bunch of pages, so he wrote my name on one, then asked my mom's name again, and signed one for her. I thanked him, and was ready to leave, and he said "do you have any kids?" Yup, I told him, a daughter, and then I gave her name. "Sons?" "No, just a daughter." "A husband?" "Nope, no husband, but I'm looking, do you know of anyone?" (I'm really not, but what else are you going to joke around about to an old man?) He raised his eyebrows, and kind of sidled up beside me in a funny way, and we laughed. So then he was all "okay, who else?" I told him it was really nice that he'd signed what he did already, and I didn't want to trouble him for any more, but he said "no, that's what I'm here for! Nieces? Nephews?" My nieces and nephews are all adults, close to my age, but he kept insisting, so I just kept giving him names of family members. When he got to around 10 slips of paper he'd signed, I was thinking "okay, soon I'm just going to have to start pulling names out of my ass." LOL He finally stopped though, and I thanked him profusely, told him how thrilled my mom will be with the Walter bear, wished him a Merry Christmas, and went on my way.

What an awesome guy, I'm still smiling.

That's an awesome story VP! Is he still married?
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Team Canada is stacked! Damn. I don't know all that much about the layouts of the international hockey teams. Tell me, BoMac, who are the front runners for the Gold? It looks like Canada's got a very strong team.

I'm especially happy for Toews, Keith, and Seabrook, of course.
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Tell me, BoMac, who are the front runners for the Gold? It looks like Canada's got a very strong team.
Right now, the overwhelming favourite is Canada, followed by Russia - in my opinion. When you have a team that consists of Nabokov in goal, and Ovechkin, Datsyk, Malkin, Semin, and Kovalchuk up front, they're going to be extremely dangerous. Their big problem is on defence, with one bona-fide star, Andrei Markov (of the Montreal Canadiens).

Sweden, Finland, and the Czech Republic will also provide tough competition, and may also make it as far as the Gold Medal game.

The USA will announce their team tomorrow during the Winter Classic. We'll see what they come up with, but they will have Ryan Miller in goal, possibly the most consistently hot goaltender this year. In a short, two-week tournament, sometimes all you need is a hot goaltender to carry you.

International (i.e. outside North America) ice surfaces are bigger, so the fact that the tournament is being held in Vancouver will give a distinct advantage to the Canadians and Americans (who played in the Gold Medal game in Salt Lake in 2002).

One thing is for sure, that will be one amazing tournament, and I suggest you watch as many games as possible to see the most beautiful hockey you'll ever witness.
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Thanks. Yeah, I'd probably put my money on Canada at this point. And I will be watching as much as possible. All of the U.S. games, at the very least. I'm a bit of an Olympics junkie anyway.

And I had no idea that the surfaces outside of North America are bigger.

Do you know if they've released what the USA (or any of the other countries) jerseys will be for the games? I've always loved the look of the Olympic hockey jerseys.
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Nice avatar change. I think there was a survey done a few years ago where people voted the Blackhawks jersey the best in the NHL.

As far as Olympic jerseys go, Canada's jersey was unveiled a few months ago to much fanfare (a live conference broadcast on TV and Internet) and has been on sale since. Not sure about the USA jersey, although I imagine it is out already. We'll find out tomorrow in Boston, I guess.

By the way, Patrick Kane is a lock for Team USA.
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