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Old 12-18-2010, 09:49 PM   #181
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Correction: Much like football (soccer) was invented in England, hockey is now no more a Canadian sport than soccer is an English sport. Canadians still make up the bulk of the athletes, but the game now truly has a distinct international flavour.

In certain markets where "winter is a rumoured concept", the game has taken hold and grown roots. Not every Sun Belt franchise is a failure. For example, the Anaheim Ducks drafted the first ever California-developed prospect in the first round this year, and that never would have happened had those franchises not been there. I suspect as the years roll on, we'll be seeing more and more players from these areas being drafted, thus leading to (possibly) increased popularity.

the mighty ducks of anaheim were popularised by disney
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:24 AM   #182
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the mighty ducks of anaheim were popularised by disney
Oh, definitely. I agree. Their popularity has absolutely nothing to do with winning a Stanley Cup championship and the team becoming involved in the community, or an increase in the number of ice rinks in the region and California as a whole.
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:23 AM   #183
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Oh, definitely. I agree. Their popularity has absolutely nothing to do with winning a Stanley Cup championship and the team becoming involved in the community, or an increase in the number of ice rinks in the region and California as a whole.
when they first started, they were a mediocre hockey team. yet people were wearing mighty ducks t-shirts on the other side of the world

supporting a mediocre hockey team - a team that only had paul kariya and teemu selanne

edit as i recall: selanne barely made the ice, he was perpetually injured
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the mighty ducks of anaheim were popularised by disney
Way OT--

I supplied the paint for 2 of the Mighty Ducks movies.
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:30 PM   #185
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I've said this a handful of times over the past decade... but they should be a playoff team. Really friggin impressive as of late.

The Panthers opened 2 games ago against Caroline with 3 goals in 8 minutes, chasing Cam Ward from the net (although that game ended in disaster losing 4-3 in the 3rd period).

They got the message from Carolina, opening against Buffalo 3-0 chasing Ryan Miller in the 1st period, winning 6-2.

Tonight against Philadelphia, they've opened 4-0 through half the game, chasing Bobrovsky.

In the past 3 games, the Panthers have scored the first 10 goals and chased all three goalies. They outshoot their oponents, win more faceoffs, control the puck poesession, draw the penalties, etc. and when you watch them play, they really are impressive to watch for a team filled with plenty of no-name players (or rather, no-name for casual fans, see Santorelli, Weaver, Dadonov, Matthias, Bernier, Thomas, Garrison, etc.). The biggest difference between this team and the teams of the past - Tomas Vokoun is not carrying the Florida Panthers. Everybody is contributing equally. I'm telling you, if they continue to play this way, their luck is soon to change.
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Old 12-21-2010, 03:10 PM   #186
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1. FFS!
2. Waffles? Really?
3. I love how Ron Wilson has now figgured out how to get Komisarek, Beauchemin and Lebda on the ice at the same time... cus they were playing sooo-ooo well on their own...

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Old 01-01-2011, 12:22 PM   #187
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I guess this is the only approppriate place to put this comment, so here goes:

GO EFFING CANADA GO!!!- No ruskie party tonight!

PS- Note to US hockey fans and sports media....theres a hell of a good tourney going on in your country- the odd acknowledgement if that fact would be welcomed!
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Okay so I wrote a nice rant here and... well Interference decided not to work for a 2 minute span in which I hit post. And I couldn't recover the post.

Anyways...

Tin-hat time: NHLOA defeats Panthers 3-2 - Litter Box Cats

Please, watch both videos there.

I'm sure some of you have seen Colton Orr bulldozing Scott Clemmensen, getting a game winning goal, and having the refs simply look the other way when Florida asks for a play review. Several days later, the league apologizes to Florida and admits that the goal should've been reviewed, overturned, and the Panthers should've been on a powerplay for goaltender interference.

So yeah, today, my first game of the season (I live in Orlando)... McCabe shoots... and scores! Oh wait... did he? I mean... the puck pinched in between the pad and the post... but the referee opts to blow his whistle instead. What does goalie Pavelec do? He is visibly seen on camera fishing the puck out of the net. McCabe (goal scorer and Florida Panther captain) is behind the net with the ref. He is literally pointing at the puck which is inside the net... and says "that's a goal, you need to review that".

The refs? They turn their head again. No review on the goal. The Panthers? They lose by 1 goal.

I'm almost certain that the NHL is trying to cover this play up to protect the image of the refs. All video angles on the play end just after the whistle, they do not show the goal-line camera, and they have so far not released any video of Billy Lindsay's commentary just following the mess-up. Furthermore, they went so far as to put the play as 'top 10' for the night on saves.

Sickens me.
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The day after, I feel bad
"This desperation, dislocation
Separation, condemnation
Revelation, in temptation
Isolation, desolation" All apply (except maybe the in temptation part).

A complete and udder meltdown in the third...tough to explain to my kids how and why they lost.

PS- ur welcome Buffalo for having 85% of all tickets sold go to Canadians- made your event a success.
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The day after, I feel bad
"This desperation, dislocation
Separation, condemnation
Revelation, in temptation
Isolation, desolation" All apply (except maybe the in temptation part).

A complete and udder meltdown in the third...tough to explain to my kids how and why they lost.

PS- ur welcome Buffalo for having 85% of all tickets sold go to Canadians- made your event a success.
It's weird (or maybe not). In Minnesota, we get better coverage of high school and college hockey than we do of the NHL or other hockey events.

Perhaps our media is still recovering from losing the North Stars.
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The day after, I feel bad
"This desperation, dislocation
Separation, condemnation
Revelation, in temptation
Isolation, desolation" All apply (except maybe the in temptation part).

A complete and udder meltdown in the third...tough to explain to my kids how and why they lost.

PS- ur welcome Buffalo for having 85% of all tickets sold go to Canadians- made your event a success.

It is definitely sad for sure. Hockey is our game, and we proved that by buying so many tickets to not only watch our team play, but to watch all the teams play. I was saddened but not shocked that there was no coverage of this event in the US even though their team was in the Bronze medal game. It is this type of event that gets others interested in the sport.
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Oh surprise surprise, definitive angles were released today on NHL Network showing the puck inside the net before the whistle blew.

The reaction? This morning NHL VP of Hockey Operations in the 'War Room' apologizes for not reviewing what should've been a goal, although cites that the referees should've asked for a review.
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I guess this is the only approppriate place to put this comment, so here goes:

GO EFFING CANADA GO!!!- No ruskie party tonight!

PS- Note to US hockey fans and sports media....theres a hell of a good tourney going on in your country- the odd acknowledgement if that fact would be welcomed!

Well, it turns out there was a Ruskie party that night. They partied so hard that Delta booted the team off of their flight. Now, that's a party!
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