Who Is That Again??

19 04 2012

Dear loyal readers of Hockey’s Finest,

After reading a comment from one reader earlier today, I realized that sometimes we writers (me in particular) sometimes don’t explain things fully.  We get a little keyboard/wordpress happy and just start typing out things that make sense to us, but not at all so that you hockey lovers out there understand our shorthand for the boys.  So here it is, my list of current nicknames, but don’t worry,  your favorite may end up on here soon enough!


Captain Sexpanther:  Jonathan Toews

I know no one will argue with me on this, but I mean DAMN.  What other nickname would suffice?  None, that’s what.  All I have to say is every time I think of him, I have a flashback to “10 Things I Hate About You” when Julia Stiles says “I want you.  I need you.  Oh baby, oh baby”….but I’m completely serious when I say that about Toews.

McDreamy:  Patrick Sharp

He’s the Patrick Dempsey of the hockey world.  That flow is ridiculous.  And look at how cute his puppy is!  M loves :) Other possible nicknames?  DILF.  You know you agree.

Lil’ Peek-A-Boo:  Patrick Kane

You know when you pay games with little kids and they always seem to have that mischievous grin on their faces like they just did something wrong?  Ladies and gentlemen, that is Patrick Kane to the T.  He’s always up to no good, but damn does that smirk of his make you weak in the knees.

Nugget:  Martin St. Louis

Look how tiny he is!  I call everyone that is below 5’4″ “nuggets”, since I’m 5’8″ and seem to tower over them.  Even though St. Louis is nowhere near 5’4″ (he’s listed as 5’8″), he looks like a 12 year old boy who got lost on his way home from school in terms of height.  He’s a fun-sized hockey player, but demands the respect of a man the size of Zdeno Chara.  Love this lil’ nugget.

Beauty:  Kris Versteeg

Ah, Monsieur Versteeg.  Je t’aime.  *fangirl* Anyway, there’s more to Versteeg than meets the eye.  He’s one of the characters that everyone wants in the locker room.  If you don’t believe me, look back to a post I did a few weeks ago on him and see some of his personality.  You’ll fall in love.  But watch out, he’s mine :)

The Wonder Twins:  Daniel and Henrik Sedin

During my sister’s freshman year of college (she went to Boston University, whaddup), she lived down the hall from two guys that we liked to call “The Wonder Twins”.  These kids had known each other since elementary school, and were now living together, and still do live together, in college.  They were attached at the hip and the closet (they frequented Ed Hardy……ew).  Same with the Sedins, except for the whole actually being twins thing.  They know what the other is doing at all times, and I’m still baffled that Vancouver somehow landed both of them.  Other possible nicknames:  TweedleDee and TweedleDum.

Santa and Buddy the Elf:  Brandon Dubinsky and Brian Boyle

Ever since NHL 24/7:  Flyers vs. Rangers, I’ve been obsessed with Brian Boyle.  I already had the obsession with Brandon Dubinsky.  When they showed the Rangers’ Christmas party, I fangirled my jersey off.  When Boyle shouted, “SANTA!  I KNOW HIM!” at Dubinsky, I fangirled my face off.  Yeah.  My whole face.

That’s all the nicknames for now, but I’m sure there’ll be a few more in the future.  Do you have any nicknames for your favorite players?  Let us know in the comments!

-M





Oh HELLLL Naw!

24 03 2012

I’m about to get all ghetto up in here.  5 GAMES?!  FIVE?!  I don’t get it.  There needs to be some kind of solid guideline for how many games a player gets suspended for, because that seems excessive.  Keith has never been suspended in his entire seven year career with the NHL.  Seven years, and no suspensions.  Then he gets 5 games?!  I give up.  Ask me if I like the Shanabanner now, because I can already tell you:  NO.  Sedin got up on his own, he wasn’t bleeding, it was more of a shock to the system than anything else.  Okay now I’m getting angry.  I’m going to go watch 2010 Stanley Cup footage to decompress.

Off to the slammer...

I’m not only worried about Keith, but his D-partner Brent Seabrook is going to be bro-less for a little while now.  And they’re like an old married couple!  This gives M the sadz, because Seabs needs his bro.  And the Hawks need him too.  With Captain Sexpanther still sidelined and their top D-man out this close to the playoffs, it makes me nervous.  And I don’t do nervous.

In all seriousness, I do think Keith deserved a suspension.  It was a nasty hit.  But it boils down to the amount of time he was suspended for, and that seems unfair.  Since I know Joel Quenneville and Keith won’t publicly say anything negative about the league’s decision, I will:  THIS SUCKS. Period.

What do you guys think??  Tell us in the comments!

-M





Lethal Weapon

23 03 2012

Well, it’s unfortunately come to this.  Duncan Keith, one half of the dynamic first defensive pairing for the Chicago Blackhawks, got an elbow up on a hit to Daniel Sedin during the Blackhawks 2-1 overtime win Wednesday night.

As much as I love the Blackhawks, and I know how intense the rivalry is with the Canucks, that was an undeniably dirty hit.  However, I think the difference between this hit and other elbows we’ve seen flying this season, I truly believe it depends on the person it comes from.  Duncan Keith is not a dirty player by any stretch of the definition.  He plays the game how it should be played:  straight-up skill.  I do think this hit warrants a suspension though.  Probably 2-3 games, depending on what Sedin’s evaluation says.

I will say one more thing:  this will heat up the rivalry even more, and especially going into the playoffs, these teams could realistically meet again.  And when they do, it’s going to be an all out brawl.

What do you think?  How long should Keith be suspended for?  Let us know in the comments!

-M





Joey the Jr Reporter is BACK!

29 01 2012

For those of you who aren’t aware, the Chicago Blackhawks employ six year old Joey the Jr. Reporter, aka the cutest kid in the world.  Usually he only interviews players on the ‘Hawks, but he was relieved of his duties for the weekend and was allowed to interview other players.  I can’t embed this video, so go ahead and visit the Blackhawks website at the link below and watch the magic happen.

http://video.blackhawks.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=107&id=153076