Saturday, 29 August 2009

Miikka Kiprusoff Days

The hockey withdrawal was eased just a little by the Red vs. White Hockey Canada scrimmage. Then again, it was sent into overdrive by the tease this game provided. It was like providing a delicious morsel of sugar to a diabetic - we were left wanting more. Thankfully, there are only Miikka Kiprusoff Days until the puck finally drops on another 82 games of beautiful action.

If you've been paying attention at all, you already know that I love this man. He is just plain epic. He's like my Peyton Manning of hockey. If I were ever given the opportunity to meet him, I don't think I would be able to utter two words. My mouth would just hang open in awe...

Miikka was born in Turko, Finland on October 26, 1976 and was drafted in the 5th round, 116th OA by the San Jose Sharks in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

After spending three seasons as a back-up with the Sharks, Miikka was traded in 2003 to the Calgary Flames and ended the regular season with an NHL record GAA of 1.69.

Miikka won both the Vezina and Jennings Trophies in 2006. That same year, he also broke the Flames franchise record for most wins in a season with 42.

On October 30, 2007, he signed a six-year extension with Calgary worth $35 million.

In the 2008–09 season, Miikka once again set a new record for most wins by a Calgary Flames goaltender, recording his 43rd win on March 28, 2009.

Absolutely. Brilliant.

We know I love a good, dirty hockey fight.

Miikka Kiprusoff in a hockey fight is what my dreams are made of.

My favorite goaltender (sorry, MAF) holds the following records:

*NHL record for lowest goals against average, single-season - 1.69 GAA in 2003–04

*Flames franchise record for most shutouts in a single-season - 10 in 2005–06

*Flames franchise record for most wins in a single-season - 45 in 2008–09

*Flames franchise record for most games played in a single-season - 76 in 2007–08 and 2008–09

*Flames franchise record for most shutouts, all-time - 32

Dear Calgary Flames,
Please get Miikka a decent back-up. How do you expect him to take you on a deep playoff run if the poor man only gets a break six times a year?! Think about that one, ok?

On the way home from Toronto, we spotted a car with a Calgary Flames bumper sticker. My first thought was, "MIIKKA!" The driver needed to know my love for Miikka, stat!

Thanks to my trusty co-pilot, Ali, a sign was made, put up the window, and my love for the Finnish Wonder was spread across Ontario. We even got a little fist-pump from the driver in recognition and all was right with the world.

Thursday, 27 August 2009


Cher Montréal,
Je t’aime fort. Pour toujours.
l’amour fou,

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Adam Burish Days

I apologize if today's post takes a long time to load. I love this man, so there's lots of picture and video spam for your viewing pleasure...

I have been waiting for today since we started this little project with 99 days until the start of the 2009-10 season. I write today's post with a huge smile on my face as I bring to you my favorite Chicago Blackhawk and second favorite resident of Wisconsin. With 37 days left until my favorite season, I present to you, Adam Burish Days!

Adam 'I'm a Pretty Man' Burish was born on January 6, 1983 in Madison, Wisconsin.

He was drafted in the 9th round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, 282nd OA by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Prior to his NHL career, Adam played four years at the University of Wisconsin. He served as captain for the 2005-06 national champion team, and assisted on both goals in Wisconsin's 2-1 victory over Boston College in the title game.

Go ahead and swoon. I do.

Adam made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks on October 14, 2006 at St. Louis and scored his his first NHL goal January 22,2008 at San Jose.

He netted his first Stanley Cup playoff goal and the Western Conference Quarterfinals series-clincher on April 27, 2009 against Calgary.

During the 2007-08 campaign, Adam became the first Blackhawks player since Bob Probert in 1998-99 to rack up more than 200 penalty minutes in a single season.

Someone needs to explain to me how this is possible.

Dear Puck Bunnies, Stay away.

I prefer the Red Sox, but I'll allow it...

Not much can be said about this. Oh. My.

It's still tough for me to watch this...Thankfully, he was ok.

"I don't know how my head is still connected. It was centimeters, millimeters from slicing my neck."

You know by now that I cannot resist hockey players with children...

Wow, this is epic. Two of my very favorite NHLers in one picture...

I have some how managed to develop a thing for men in red sweaters. Before too long, I'm going to need an intervention...

Thursday, 20 August 2009

A week in the life (more photos from the eastern-conference-escapade)


My god-mummy's garden. Lovelovelove.
Got invited to see her in Halifax next summer. I am so there.

M.'s wedding. Lovely.

Summer in Toronto is REAL summer, non of this 20C weather, it was a good 37C... after the thunderstorm... without the humidex. Stick. Sweat. Ewwwww. LOVE!

Poetry about a hockey player. Not the game, about Terry Sawchuck.
Only in Canada.

Seriously. This is just wrong. Help Needed.

There has been so much going on. I don't even know how to process it all... when I do write about all this, it's going to be kind of intense. If I write about it at all. I'm not sure I can, honestly, write about it yet.

But it's all been good :) Promise. I love and miss you all.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Brooks Orpik Days

Today's man of the hour needs no introduction. In my humble opinion, he is one of the scariest men in hockey and I am darn glad he plays for the Pens. I have been face-to-face with him and I'm pretty sure he burned a hole in my soul with those laser eyes of his.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Brooks Orpik Days!

Brooks was born on September 26, 1980 in San Fransisco, California and was the first round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins, 18th OA, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

He played three seasons for Boston College and won the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship in 2001.

Brooks made his NHL debut and played in six games during the 2002–03 season.

He signed a six-year contract last summer with the Pens worth $22.5 million.

Brooks is named after Herb Brooks, the former Penguins head coach, and the coaching legend that led the United States to Olympic gold in 1980.

In 2008, Mr. Orpik found a permanent place in the hearts of Pens fans with....

The Shift

A little eye-candy for your Wednesday...

Sometimes Brooks isn't always a scary man.
In fact, he also has a softer, cuddly, kind of side.

Flip Cup with Stanley

44 days away from the start of the season, Brooks is fighting for his chance to represent the USA in Vancouver

USA Promises to Bring a More Physical Brand of Hockey

Just stop it! Hockey players and children are just too much.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Tyler Kennedy Days

The hockey withdrawal has been really bad lately. I think going to the Hockey Hall of Fame threw it into overdrive. Then, the motivational seminar I went to was at Mellon Arena - it was torture. At one point, "The Hey Song" came blarring from the heavens and I couldn't help but smile. I closed my eyes and pretended that the Pens had just scored. Am I happy that we are only 48 days from the start of the season? Fer sher.

I know I already posted this on Kris Letang Days,
but I can't get enough of it...

TK was born on July 15, 1986 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He was drafted by the Pens in the 4th round, 99th OA in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Tyler played two seasons with Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL and began playing for the Baby Pens at the start of the 2006-07 season. He played his first game in the NHL on October 27, 2007, versus the Montreal Canadiens and scored his first NHL goal on November 3, 2007 against the New York Islanders.

TK + fer sher = winwinwin

Awww, baby TK!

Mr. Kennedy....Kennedy!

Tyler's day with Lord Stanley

Dear Tyler, I love your accent.

Snakes in the Cup!

Ronald McDonald dressed up at TK for Halloween...

Oh, how I love a dirty hockey fight!

And, I leave you with this:

Oh, Tyler...

Special thanks to Erika for helping me with Tyler Kennedy Days!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

In lieu of a few thousand words

My trip so far... in pictures. Somewhat random pictures that, hilariously enough, sum up the most important parts of this adventure so far.

(okay, sue me, it was 2 a.m. Friday morning, but I hadn't slept so it still felt like Thursday)
There has been a LOT of Tim Hortons...

I am not sure why, but I love this photo so damn much.

SaturdayThis pretty much sums up our entire friendship in one snapshot: Ky is crying and I'm laughing at her for it. (p.s. I love you, Kylie)

SundayAli and I felt the need to race back and forth between our subway car and the station walls. Mostly because we can. I think people thought we were about 15. We had the maturity of seventh graders.

Speaking of people with the maturity of seventh graders...
Deets: Woah, Patrick Kane got arrested!
Mer, Ky, Ali & Ez: (in unison) WHAT???

My dream car. This is the first real R8 I've ever seen.
It's a good thing it wasn't black, or I might have jacked it.

Paul's house.
He has a mortgage.
I laughed at him for three blocks.
(But his house it totally adorable!)


Y'all know how I love random murals... Toronto knows how to do random murals.

Paul knows someone with a boat. We jumped off the side and went swimming. It was mother-effing freezing. Then we watched some huge factory-fire and the sunset and I wanted to die of joy for about half an hour. There is nothing like being on the water. Nothing. Ever. What is it with me and bodies of water (be they liquid or frozen solid), they are my weakness...

A. being all adorable and shit.

That's things so far. A lot of really fabulous friends. Great conversations. Amazing food. Things are kind of insanely lovely. I'm not sure how I got so lucky, but I'll take it.

Breakfast tomorrow with D. and then lunch with E. and C. and then who knows what else... The next few days will be kind of insane, but I'll try to post some choice pictures and maybe tell y'all about the best parts at the end of the weekend.

I've been thinking more than writing the past few days. I've had a ton on my mind with all these friends of mine doing big, huge, grown-uppy things like getting married and buying houses and stuff, and I've been talking to so many people (I was invited to Israel all-expenses-paid today... NOT GOING, sorry, but thanks for the offer, sir) and I haven't had much time to just stop and let it all process.

At some point I have to stop and think though. And I will. At some point. But not tonight. And not tomorrow. There are too many people to see. There is just too much to do!

Valtteri Filppula Days

I have a guilty pleasure and his name is Valtteri Filppula. As if it weren't enough for me to love Mike Green, I have a penchant for another man in red. There are 51 days until the beautiful game returns. You know what that means....Happy Valtteri Filppula Days!

Special thanks to Deets for being super clutch and helping me with today's post. I woke up to all of this beauty in my inbox this morning. What a great way to start the day! Try as she might, she will not make me love the Detroit Red Wings. However, I could probably be comfortable with tolerating them, and even perhaps cheering for them when I visit the Joe (if they aren't playing one of my Western Conference loves).

Val was born on March 20, 1984 in Vantaa, Finland and is the younger brother of Ilari Filppula.

He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round, 95th OA, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and began his hockey career with Jokerit in 2005.

On December 15, 2005, Val made his NHL debut with the Red Wings, becoming the first Finnish player ever to play for Detroit. He scored his first NHL goal on October 28, 2006 against former Red Wing, Manny Legacé in a game against the St. Louis Blues. He scored his first playoff career goal in Game 1 against the Calgary Flames on April 12, 2007 in his first post-season game.

This hurts my heart, but it is a beautiful goal...

Val is one of only four Red Wings to have scored two penalty shots in the same season (Gordie Howe and Steve Yzerman are two of the other three).

On July 30, 2008, Val signed a five-year, $15-million contract with the Red Wings, avoiding salary arbitration

He was Captain of Team Finland at the World U18 Championships in 2002.

He was named a tournament all-start at the World Junior Championships in 2004.

Val ranks as one of the top Finnish players in the NHL.

Unsurprisingly, he has been invited to the Finnish Olympic Camp.

So, he's both a pimp and a vampire?!
Weird things happen in Detroit, fer sher.