Category Archives: Ice Hockey

Flyers Captain Gets Cheeky With Police Officer

Claude Giroux Is Hella Gay

Maybe Claude Giroux should try a career in baseball, since those guys love patting each other on the ass.

Philadelphia Flyers superstar Claude Giroux reportedly spent Tuesday night in an Ottawa jail after partying a little too hard.

The Ottawa Sun reports that Giroux was arrested Tuesday night after an incident with a police officer. A source told the paper that Giroux was detained after “repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer.”

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Giroux allegedly has a girlfriend, but he also fits the Jerry Seinfeld criteria for a gay man: he is single, thin, and neat.

For Ed

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I’m sure you may recall my best friend, Ed, has not been feeling so well. He is a filthy Rangers fan, and they happen to be playing my LA Kings for Lord Stanley’s Cup. He has also been recently diagnosed with diverticulitis, and been trying to avoid surgery (and THE bag) at all costs. Unfortunately that is not an option any longer…

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Today’s Moment Of Stupid

Impatient Rangers Fan

After lacrosse, hockey is my favorite sport. So it shocks and appalls me to see someone so ignorant of the sport sitting in the stands, wasting a ticket which could be used by me. This fan was sitting in Madison Square Garden – a fantastic place to watch a game, by the way – and was caught doing something that should have warranted a puck to the face.

A New York Rangers fan was clearly bored during the team’s matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, prompting him to look up how many periods there are in a hockey game on his smart phone.

The Hurricanes failed to score after the first period, as the Rangers won handily, 4-1. No wonder this guy was getting impatient. At least he didn’t try to find out how many quarters are in a basketball or football game. (H/T – Mrs. Earp)

Okay, I get it’s New York, and plenty of celebrities/business types go to the game simply to be seen. That said, if you don’t know how many periods are in a hockey game, you are as dumb as you are stupid.

Looking for a Good Time?

Jitters

Hey all:

There is a special event this Saturday. USA vs. Russia. Men’s Ice Hockey, baby! My most favorite tavern in history, Jitters Sports Bar, in West Chester, PA will be opening up at 7:30 AM for this once-every-four-years event.

If you live in the West Chester area, I highly recommend stopping by. The bar will be filled with die-hard hockey fans and die-hard “locals.” It should be awesome. Feel free to come out and join the festivities. And thank you to Jitters for opening up this damn early. The Doc will be in the house that day, as will the surgeon.

Rangers Win! Theeeeeee Rangers Win!

Yankee Stadium Series Rink

Like last night’s Kings/Ducks game at Dodger Stadium, the NHL has two games scheduled for Yankee Stadium this week. The first, pitting the New York Rangers against the New Jersey Devils, is set for today at 12:30pm. The second, pitting the Rangers against the New York Islanders, is set for Wednesday night at 7:30pm. Guess which match-up is selling out?

In its four-plus years of existence, the New Yankee Stadium has hosted over 400 baseball games, 11 concerts, 6 college football game, 4 soccer matches, one boxing match and at least one college graduation service. On Sunday, Yankee Stadium will host it’s first-ever hockey game, and it will be a first ever for any version of Yankee Stadium.

For a venue that’s been around since 1923, it’s hard to come up with a new first, which may be part of the reason why there’s such a discrepancy in price between the game Sunday and the next outdoor game, on Wednesday. The average price for Rangers tickets for the first game on Sunday is $253, with the cheapest ticket going for $60. The second game next Wednesday, which features the Rangers versus the Islanders, is about 40% lower. Additionally, the Islanders game has over 10,000 tickets still for sale, which means that prices are likely to drop significantly between now and then.

An added bonus for today’s game? The Devils are rocking the throwback green! Love them! Why all the hockey talk today? Because today is Wayne Gretzky’s birthday, that’s why.

UPDATE: WTF, Devils? You give up six unanswered goals???

Classic!

James Van Riemsdyk Winter Classic

Say what you want about the NHL; they know how to put on a show.

The images of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Wednesday were as intoxicating as the conditions were frigid. The temperature was 13 degrees Fahrenheit at the start of the game. The wind chill sent it below zero as the game progressed. More than 100,000 teeth-chattering fans jammed into the 96 rows of bleacher seats at Michigan Stadium took it all in; their senses no doubt overwhelmed.

Roughly half of the fans crossed the border happy as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout to win what, at the end of the day, was a regular-season game between Atlantic Division rivals which each entered the afternoon with 45 points through 41 games.

Tyler Bozak scored the shootout winner with a low, stick-side shot in the bottom half of the third round after Tomas Tatar failed to score in the top half.

Since I was working, I missed the second period, but caught the rest. It was one of the most entertaining hockey games I have seen in a long, long time.

A Devil Of A Time

Devils Versus Lightning

A few months ago, I bought tickets to the New Jersey Devils/Tampa Bay Lightning game for my two oldest boys. My middle son Erik is a huge Steven Stamkos fan and wanted to see him play live. (Kyle saw the Bruins two years ago so he could see Tim Thomas.) Sadly, Stamkos broke his leg a few weeks ago, and wouldn’t be playing, but since both kids are Devils fans, they didn’t mind. Personally, I wanted to go to see Jaromir Jagr – one of my all-time favorite players – lace them up for the red and black.

Little did I know Snowmageddon II: The Blizzarding would hit the PA/NJ corridor last night.

The drive was not fun. We left the house at 4pm for the 7pm game. We arrived at the Prudential Center in scenic Newark, NJ at a little after 6pm. In between, we saw a slew of wrecked and abandoned cars on the NJ Turnpike, as we averaged a top speed of 40mph. To their credit, the NJ Turnpike was in MUCH better condition than the PA Turnpike. Either way, thanks to my expert white-knuckle driving, we made it to the rink, safe and sound…

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Wain Gretsky, The Grate Won

Wayne Gretzky Statue

Wayne Gretzky is arguably the greatest and most popular hockey player of all time. So why would people of his hometown vandalize his statue… and misspell his name?

In October, two statues of Wayne Gretzky were unveiled in his hometown of Brantford, Ontario. One statue shows a young Great One and his parents, Walter and Phyllis. The other is one of an older Gretzky hoisting the Stanley Cup. Days after the unveiling, both statues were vandalized. Now there’s more controversy.

A keen-eyed youngster was looking at the Cup statue during a recent visit when he noticed something was a little off about the engravings on the trophy Gretzky won four times as a member of the Edmonton Oilers. For starters, as you see above, Gretzky’s named is misspelled “Gretzsky” and he’s listed as a member of the 1998-99 Detroit Red Wings. Then there’s the engraving that has the Edmonton Oilers as 2003 champions and features the names of Oprah Winfrey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rocky Balboa and Oscar Wilde.

That’s ridiculous. Everyone knows Emerson was a defenseman for the Boston Bruins from 1834-1836!

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King Joffrey Will See You Now

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Longtime commenter, redhead paramedic, and my good friend Jenn is recovering from appendicitis. Trust me when I tell you, recovery is no fun. So I figured she could use some cheering up… and hopefully Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul will fit the bill.

(Oh, there’s a better – for the ladies – pic here. It’s NSFW.)

Get well soon, Jenn. We need our Canadian girl back.