Three games, three fights. The number was good, but the action isn’t going to make any best of videos. No complaints though, in the “New NHL” we give a lot of As for effort around here. Well, one complaint: Ole-Kristian Tollefsen-Tom Kostopoulos. It’s like I woke up in a nightmare of a spelling bee. Of course we know that’s not true, because if those names were in a spelling bee ESPN would have an extra hockey reference, and that’s not happening any time soon. Either way, thank you copy & paste.
Michael Rand of Star Tribune did a Q & A with Derek Boogaard:
In a sports world becoming increasingly new-school, Derek Boogaard has a very old-school job. He is, to put it simply, the Wild’s enforcer. Though he has showcased other skills in the NHL, Boogaard’s main role is to keep opponents in line—and drop the gloves if they don’t. Google his name, and the first site that comes up is hockeyfights.com. Boogaard’s role is one that polarizes fans: Some think fighting is barbaric, while others think it is a necessary—and entertaining—part of the game. One thing there is no debating: The 6-7, 250-pound Boogaard is very good at what he does. Just ask Todd Fedoruk (feel free to check youtube.com for a look at their Oct. 27 fight, if you have the stomach for it). Off the ice, however, Boogaard tries to portray a different image and backs it up with a quick wit. He was kind enough to chat recently with the Star Tribune.
Boogaard speaks openly, as always, and it’s a good read. With the site reference, it’s a useful and self-pimping link all in one for me. I like those. Thanks to Kukla who caught that one before I did.
The NHL has release its best hits of December video via their channel on Youtube.
After a strong ending to 2006, the first couple of days of the new year have been light. Only one fight so far, a decent scrap between Kevin Bieksa and Andrew Ference. The clip is the newest Youtube preview on the videos page.
Some small site updates: game schedules now have StubHub links when available. Ticket availability changes and if there are no tickets for that game, it’ll redirect to the general team page. As of now, all NHL games, plus home games for the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL), Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) and Rocky Mountain Rage (CHL) have links. So if you’re going to use a ticket service like StubHub, I hope the convenience of schedule integration will make you stop here first.
Also, official team site links have been added to all team pages.
Happy New Year!
Sober up, or quickly start again before it hurts.
This year is ending on a rough note, nine fights in total last night.
* The San Jose-Phoenix game was not televised, so there are no clips from that game, at least for now.
* I had both the Washington-NY Rangers and Montreal-Tampa Bay game in HD, and clipped both in widescreen aspect.
* Rupp-Eager, from Dec 02, was missed previously and has been added to the videos page.
* Ondrus-Ruutu from the 29th was also added, completing that night, so there’s a good amount of new videos today.
I made a combined highlight reel from the Caps-Rangers game that included all the fights for the Youtube preview, but it’s been an hour and a half and Youtube is still processing it. I’ll update once it’s available.
If I had to guess, I’d say it’s about a 5-game suspension turning into an 8-gamer due to this being the second time he’ll be suspended this season.
It’s late, so it’s just the facts tonight. Just in case there are no posts tomorrow, Happy New Year to everyone.
Update 640am: Brash isn’t just busy on the ice. He keeps the newsroom honest after the jump. Thanks to Eric at Off Wing Opinion for the link.
Update 600pm: Brash only got a game, but Orr received a fiver. You can see Orr’s high crosscheck on Ovechkin in the Orr-Morrisonn clip. One might wonder exactly what Ward said to Brashear to get him to throw that punch, and one might wonder exactly what Ward said that Brash’s punch only earned him a game. Brashear kept silent last night with the media and after just getting a one game seat I’d expect that silence to continue.
To those who inquired about the Youtube video: it wasn’t done processing early-afternoon so I re-uploaded it, left it be, and it’s still processing. I’ll just leave it be and hopefully it’ll finish soon.
Update 950pm: Youtube finally finished processing the Caps-Rangers vid. It’s the current preview on the videos page and added after the jump. New Year’s a comin’. Go party.
Colton Orr and Brian McGrattan had fans on their feet again last night. For the third time in the NHL these two met up and had a great fight. It’s the newest Youtube preview on the videos page and also after the jump.
Update 535pm: Alberts-Sharp added to the vids page.
Update Dec 31 535am: Ondrus-Ruutu added to the vids page.
Now, the Thornton-Tjarnqvist “fight” was really just one punch (Tjarnqvist didn’t get a major), but it’s still not the grouping of names you’d expect to see. The other scrap wasn’t a highlight reel bout, but good for Williams and Afinogenov for just letting it fly.
After the jump is the first episode of Mr. Odgers’ Neighborhood from the Thrashers. Jeff Odgers, currently a radio broadcaster for the team, sits down and has a chat with current bird Eric Boulton. Thanks to The Web Guy and the Blueland Blog.
Donald Brashear is like a rookie trying to make a name for himself right now with three fights in each of the Caps’ last three games, and a total of five in the month of December. Tonight he practiced starting his lawn mower on a willing, but overmatched Aaron Downey. That fight is the newest Youtube preview on the videos page.
Boogaard said he thinks he can’t find a willing combatant because his horrifying uppercut that rearranged the face of Anaheim’s Todd Fedoruk on Oct. 27 has become folklore.
“That just means they’re scared,” Boogaard said. “They don’t want to get hurt.”
Plus, the prototypical NHL fighter is a dying breed.
“We’re not playing a lot of physical teams right now,” Boogaard said. “They don’t feel they need a guy, so I’ll just go out and do whatever I want. I’ll just run them over.”
Thanks to Kukla’s Korner for the link.
The Christmas break is over and there was some good action last night, enough to temporarily add an extra Youtube preview to the videos page. Brash-Peters and Thornton-Bell are the two bouts in the spotlight, although the action in the StL-Nsh game was pretty good too.
Things to note:
* Florida-Carolina wasn’t televised, so there won’t be a clip of the Montador-Adams scrap for a while.
* Sutherby-Tucker was added to the videos page. I still have to add Brashear-Belak, hope to have that up by tonight.
Randomly: all the active team pages have logos now.
Update 950am: Fixed a typo in some of the video links, thanks to those who emailed me to let me know.
Update 1045pm: Brash-Belak added to the videos page.
Before the games start up tonight, let’s get to a couple played before the break. The videos page has been updated with the Svitov-Park and Willsie-Vasicek bouts. The Willsie-Vasicek fight came out of a scrum started by Dan Cloutier spearing and swinging at Scott Hartnell. No doubt that’ll get some attention, and I made it the newest Youtube preview, also embedding it after the jump. The Caps-Leafs clips should be added soon.
Update Dec 27 250am: Sutherby-Tucker added to the videos page, Brash-Belak should be up by tonight.
Update Dec 27 1045pm: Brash-Belak added to the videos page.