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Go! Go! Black and gold!
Old-time hockey, bar the door
Clear the track it's all-out war
Light the lamp, throw a hit
Black and gold never quit!

If you didn’t guess from that quote, I’m a Boston Bruins fan. Being a Bruins fan is always problematic, since we don’t ever get very far. So the only Black and Gold that never quits are the fans.

We all have our coping mechanisms. I have two: the Bruins twitter feed and my ‘boys’, my ‘hockey honeys’ and my ‘I will cheer for you no matter what colors you have on’. I always have a team to cheer for.

Hockey Honeys: These three men graced my cube wall when I had a cube wall.

The last time the Flyers played for the Stanly Cup (not this year) I fell in love with two men.

Tim Taylor: Tim played for the Red Wings when I first saw him. He lay a big hit on Eric Lindros and I was in love. When I moved to Boston he did as well. He was the Third line Center a checking center and the sort of guy who makes the guys around him better. His trade to the Rangers prompted my first Hockey Jersey. Yeah I own a Rangers Jersey – I even put it on from time to time. Then he went to Tampa and won another Cup. He retired from Tampa and from what I understand has moved back to Ontario.

Still love him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Taylor_(ice_hockey)

Garth Snow: Garth was a good goalie, not the best, but when I noticed him he was ‘backing up’ the ageing Hextall. Having grown up in the Philly metro area Hextall was the only goalie I was really familiar with. Snow was not Hextall – he didn’t punch players or slash – he wasn’t generally an ass. I will admit, having heard a lot of interviews with him, that he has a very biting wit. I get the feeling he could insult you without you even knowing it. He was my first goalie love.

I don’t know about him as a GM – I mean he signed a goalie to a 15 year contract, who does that? But he did clear a lot of room under the salary cap and his degrees are in Business Administration. And yeah I said degrees – he has a masters degree.


Brian Rolston: My Utility Forward. I’ve seen him play Left, Right and Center, heck I think I’ve seen him play Defense from time to time. He started as a Devil but I met him as a Bruin. The man has an astounding Slapshot, he’s made goalies duck. With the Wild he was the go to guy for penalty kills. He has won a Cup and a Silver Medal at the Olympics as well as a Hockley World Cup. He plays with the Devils and that breaks my heart a little, but he started there so I guess that is OK. I wanted him to go to Tampa so I could have an excuse to still love Tampa.


My Boys - I feel more Maternal about these guys

Nick Boynton: D. I’m listing him first because he just won the Cup. The first time I noticed him was when I read an article about a rookie player being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. My Grandmother was a diabetic so I took to following him. I’ve noticed he is pretty ‘stay at home’ but he did have a real scoring opportunity in game 6 against Philly (He didn’t score but he tried). I think Nick is a real ‘grunt’ he just goes out and does his job. Yeah I misted up a little when he lifted the Cup.


Joe Thornton: Center. Joe was as Rookie with Boston in 1997. Everyone had high hopes for him and he lived up to them. He was catching a lot of flack in his last couple years in Boston. I’m glad he’s with the Sharks – I think it’s a better fit for him. He has won Olympic gold and the world cup of hockey (team Canada) he is now a naturalized US citizen.


Hal Gill: D. Also started with the Bruins in 1997. He was partnered up with Ray Bourque and learned a lot from his mentor. It wasn’t always an easy growth but he got there. After playing with the Bruins (his home town team) for many years he went to the Leafs, then the penguins where he won the Cup (and yes I cried like a baby even if I hate the penguins) and now he is with Montreal. I’m sure he gets ragged about it when he goes home – no boy from mass should play for the Habs, but I think he did well this year with them and he seems really happy there. He made a stunning save in a game against Philly this year. He scores from time to time.


Tim Thomas: G He was starting with the Bruins when I moved back the Delaware, but at that point we had the Hockey package on our tv and watched pretty much every game. I took a shine to him, I don’t know if it is because he is a red head or if it was because he seemed very pleased to be in Boston. He has a weird playing history. He’s played all over and put in a lot of time in Finland. Talks of trading him for another goalie (or just about anything) have been flying around for the past few months, but I doubt it for a few reasons: 1) he has a no trade contract (but he has said that if the team needs him to go he will be open to discussions) 2) he was playing injured for most of this year (he had hip surgery the day after the Bruins were eliminated this year) 3) he seems to be Rask’s er—woobie. The two guys seem to have sort of a father son relationship. Thomas has a bit of an acerbic personality, that said I’ve seen him use it in defense of the young netminder more than once, I’ve also seen him comfort his young teammate after a difficult loss. He’s won any number of awards including the William Jennings (for fewest goals) and the Vezina (for best goaltender) He played in the 2010 Olympics, backing up Ryan Miller . In the off season he runs camps for young goalies (and we SO need these – the goalie talent in this country is light on the ground)


My new boys

Tuuka Rask: AKA the Finnish Phenom. new goalie for the Bruins. He’s been with the P. Bruins for two years and I think in that time he played two NHL games. That the nice thing about having your Major and top minor league teams so close. Depending on the time of day it takes about an hour, maybe an hour and a half to get from Providence to Boston. Probably 20 min by train (but then your car is in Providence and that kinda sucks). He was made backup for Thomas this year and after the Olympic break took over Top duties. I heard a lot of gossip saying that the B’s wouldn’t play in front of Thomas anymore, and a whole bunch of other things. No one touched on Thomas being injured because he was dressed every game. I wasn’t quick to jump on his band wagon – I see some serious issues with his play, most of them skill based. His talent is there. But he needs some work on moving right to left, his glove hand is slow and he doesn’t have the stamina yet. When he gets weary he drops down to fast and doesn’t get up fast enough.

I think the next year will be hard for him as he tackles his skill issues – I think that is what is really happening when people refer to a ‘sophomore slump’. It will be hard for him to overcome his dependence on a heavy Butterfly style and become more of a ‘Mixed’ style goalie. If he can do that I think he could be one of the best one day. If not he may ‘flame out’.

On a side note he needs to gain about 50 pounds. He is 23 and that is like being a 17 year old in any other position. He’s also been dubbed “sexy” although they can’t be looking at the same guy I am.

All that said he was the only goalie this year with a goals against average of less than 2 and a save percentage of more than .930. So part of me says ‘stuff it’ to the other teams.

On a team note the Bruins have a history with this kind of player, the way it works it they get a fresh young player and love on him. Keep him a few years and then, just as he is hitting his stride, get rid of him for either a new fresh young thing or a man at the end of their playing life.


Michal Leighton: G – this is with some reservations. This guy is a bit of a journeyman. He’s never really fit anywhere and his whole career seems to be that he was picked up from wavers. He is 29 prime time for a goalie and I think he’s pretty much secured himself a spot wherever he wants to go next year. He way out played the rest of the Flyers for most games, unfortunately his being in net let his D’s get lazy from time to time. He is very skilled, but I don’t know about his innate talent. His weaknesses are almost exactly opposite of Rask’s. Leighton doesn’t hug the posts, has a terrible time with his 5 hole and seems to have some problems keeping his stick on the ice.

Why the reservations? That stuff is all mental. I’ve never seen a goalie get pulled that was so mad he just stormed into the dressing room without at least stopping by the bench. He gets angry. And when he gets angry he gets knocked off his game. He’s also picked up a bad habit of slashing, I saw him do it at least three times in his last two games, but he hasn’t been called on it. Yet. Well other players have pointed it out to him. I don’t know if he will stay in Philly or not. I think he should, the city needs a guy they can rally around and if he keeps up with his bad habits he could be loved like Hextall was.

Antti Niemi: G AKA the Finnish Fortress. I had a complete emotional response to this guy, he looks a lot like a Moomentroll http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moomin when dressed in his white uniform. That series made me want to learn Finnish. My husband watches a lot of Hawks games because Chicago is his second fav team so I had a lot of time to wonder if Niemi ever looked at himself and thought that.

He’s a Finn he netminds like a Finn, and he interviews like a Finn “I did well because the team played well in front of me” he does grandstand a little from time to time, mostly with his net hand. He most have awesome ears because he’s really good with screened shots. He’s worked as a Zamboni driver and he came to Chicago as an undrafted free agent. I think he has a lot of drive.

He is the first Finnish Netminder to win the Stanly Cup


I will cheer for you no matter what team you play for:

Ray Bourque: D

I can’t say enough about this man. He holds the record for the most goals, assists and points by a defenseman. He was with the Bruins for 20 some years and was their longest running captain. When he was traded to the Avalanche there was sorrow in Boston but at the same time we all understood, he deserved a shot at the Cup. In his final game he won it and Joe Sakic handed Ray the cup first I know I cried big wet tears. I didn’t get to go to the parade when he took the cup to Boston because my boss wouldn’t let me.

He co –owns a restaurant in Boston and his sons play for the Capitals and the Rangers (although they may be in the minors). He is still active in Boston charities.

I couldn’t possibly list all of the awards he has won but I will say he is one of only 6 who have had their numbers retired by more than one team, and he played the most games before winning the Stanly Cup.

Jeremy Roenick: I came to notice him while he was in Chicago. He reaches out to fans in a way that most players don’t. I don’t know if it’s him being from Boston where Hockey is important or if it is something about him. I love him. His mouth gets him in trouble a lot – but that may be a Boston thing as well.

I’m glad he cried when the Black Hawks won the cup and I am mad about the Philly sports casters for making fun of him.


Ryan Miller: G a total hybrid style goalie. He is from a huge NHL family. I don’t know exactly what draws me to Miller I love his style and I love the way he is off the ice. I think I will always remember him saying “well this isn’t what I expected” during game one of the Stanly Cup Play offs.




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Jun. 13th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Garth Snow! yeah, i remember watching him when he was a back-up for Hextall too.

and i think Philly sports announcers make fun of anyone who's not on a philadephia team? dunno...
Jun. 13th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
God I love Garth.

Well I love all of them (and I SO hope the B's keep both Rask and Thomas because they have such a cool relationship)

I think the issue with JR was that he did play here for a few years and that he was so emotinal about the Hawks. But he played forthe Hawks a lot longer. And I'm pritty sure he left here with bad blood.

I think that some players hearts stay in one city. Bourque will always be part of Boston. I think JR may always be part of Chi.
Jun. 13th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
yeah, i agree about JR. wasn't he on Pheonix, too, for a little bit? that might have been where he was before Philly....
Jun. 13th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
yeah I think it was Chi, pheonix, Philly, San Jose.

He may have been with the Coyotes twice.

He rooked the Flyers out of pay for the lockout - he was implicated in that gambiling ring that Wane Gretzcki was involved in.

But I've never heard him say anything negitive about Philly (unlike Snow) and I think it took a lot for the other commentators to drag out of him that he was pulling for Chi.

I would have been dispointed if he hadn't reacted the way he did. I would expect Ray Bourque to react the same way if the Bruins beat the Aves for the Cup.
Jun. 13th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
ahh, gotcha.
Jun. 13th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
I think Bosotnians have an in bread shitheadedness I think we all struggle with it. And yeah I include myself in that.
Jun. 13th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
awww, it's ok... i forgive you.
Jun. 13th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
I am considered 'sweet' by Boston standered. not that I'm not sweet - but all that big mouth stuff is inside as sort of a running monolouge
Jun. 14th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
hehe... i gotcha.
Jun. 14th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
yeah my inner bitch

I noticed some typos... LOL Neimi has a 'net hand' instead of a 'glove hand'
Jun. 14th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
well, i have an inner cynic, so.....

i make typoes all the time, it's all right. :)
Jun. 15th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
when I gave it to tom I said that there are soem typos
Jun. 15th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Jun. 15th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
not that I think he will read it... I mean it's 5 pages long.
Jun. 15th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
Jun. 16th, 2010 11:10 am (UTC)
I think he had only ever read one thing I have written.
Jun. 16th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
B doesn't read what i write, so....
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Jun. 14th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
The Huricanes - the closest team to you -- sell out all the time. It's not as violent as people say it is. And they guys are actulay pritty sweet (compared to the other sports)

I've never really gotten into Football or baseball they both take so freaking long.
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Jun. 14th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
seems like every football game I've watched took 4 hours. A telivised hockey game runs 2.5 hours. Well longer now that they don't end in ties. It used to be that you plaied 60 min and then you were done - what ever the score was it was. Now they have 2 OTs and a Shootout. I wish they would bring back the tie.

if you have the chanel 'VS' in the fall we could watch a game together we could YIM during it and I could show you the ropes. It's a pritty fast game.
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Jun. 14th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
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