The hockey world has lost another member this sad summer - Wade Belak. This one hit hard as he was a Maple Leaf and I actually had an encounter with Belak in downtown Toronto. He wasn't a Leaf at the time after being traded to Florida, and we let him know he was greatly missed in Toronto (the Leafs were pretty soft at the time and Don Cherry agrees). Wade said that he missed Toronto and shook our hands with his big mitts before taking off from the stool he was sitting on - which we immediately sat on to say we've sat on the same stool as Wade Belak. A fan favourite on the ice for his role as an enforcer, Belak could also bring the fans to their feet with his rare goals.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Wax Stain Wednesday is a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some amazing experiences to share with us. WARNING: these posts may make you want to buy a Beckett and get those dusty hockey cards out from under your bed that you hide from your girlfriend like a secret porn collection.
Alex Delvecchio is the original team player. During his career in the NHL he played in 24 different seasons amassing a total of 1549 games. What is most impressive about this feat is he did it all with just one team, the Detroit Red Wings. Like Pentti Lund from last week, this week’s TTM grew up in what is now the Thunder Bay area and in my opinion (with all due respect to the Staal's, Lund and the many other TB players) he is the best to ever come from Thunder Bay.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
It is well known that Gary Roberts is a machine. After two neck surgeries in the mid nineties to repair nerve damage due to bulging discs, he retired at the age of 30. His retirement was short lived however, as Roberts would return like X-Men's Wolverine and play another 11 NHL seasons. To get back into the game he loved, Roberts changed his lifestyle so that he could still compete at a top level.
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Summer hockey leagues are always a good time - there's just something about showing up to games in shorts and flip flops with a Vinny Lecavalier tan. The summer months make talking shop with the boys in the parking lot after games more enjoyable and you don't have to worry about getting stuck behind salt trucks and snowplows on the way home from the rink. Really the only concern is dealing with a humidex that is as high as Vesa Toskala's goals against average.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011
Taking it easy today before the beer league hockey finals tonight. I started to search around to see how much some of my old hockey cards are selling for on eBay. I came across this beauty of a card that just makes you say WTF. I can remember all the hype about Raghib "The Rocket" Ismail, but was too young and not much of a CFL fan back then.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Wax Stain Wednesday is a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some amazing experiences to share with us. WARNING: these posts may make you want to buy a Beckett and get those dusty hockey cards out from under your bed that you hide from your girlfriend like a secret porn collection.After what was pretty much a month long stop, the TTM train certainly is back up and running as I have posts in consecutive weeks! This time however, I didn’t even need to pay for it. Pentti Lund is this week’s subject and for those of you who don’t know him, he was the NHL’s Rookie of the Year in 1949. Certainly not a name many are familiar with I am sure, and I think the only reason I may have heard of him is because he was “from” my hometown of Thunder Bay. Sure it wasn’t called Thunder Bay back then (technically Port Arthur which changed to TB in 1971), but I still consider him to be a hometown player.
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Sunday, August 21, 2011
That's a young Brian Gionta (although about the same size) throwing a hit with proud commentary from behind the camera. The video is from the Montreal Canadiens HabsTV which has been showing clips of Habs players as kids in a segment called Road to the NHL. A very cool idea on the Canadiens' part for those slow days in August. This is one of our favourites: Michael Cammalleri scoring a game-tying goal during a championship game as a kid.
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Friday, August 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Wax Stain Wednesday is a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some amazing experiences to share with us. WARNING: these posts may make you want to buy a Beckett and get those dusty hockey cards out from under your bed that you hide from your girlfriend like a secret porn collection.So this has been a pretty bad summer for my autograph requests. I am not sure if summers are always this way, but it has been pretty crappy. Since my Patrick Roy arrived, I have received back three envelopes. The first one was from Ilya Kovalchuk, except he never saw it. I had mailed it c/o the New Jersey Devils and my cards were mailed back to me unsigned and it turns out this happens no matter which Devils player you mail to. So, if you want their autographs, you need to mail them at their home!
Posted by Dirty Dangle at 12:13 AM
Monday, August 15, 2011
With the news of Nikolai Khabibulin serving his time in a
cell tent officially over and The Bulin Wall heading home for house arrest, we got a special email from a source inside the prison where Khabby was camped out. Apparently Khabibulin spent a great deal of time writing letters in his tent and our source was able to sneak a few aside during inspection to send our way. In the letters, you find Khabibulin catching up with teammates, as well as sending a message to the opposition.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011
It's almost the middle of August and there are still some solid UFA's leftovers out there waiting to be signed. While some leftovers hide in the back of your fridge for weeks, some leftovers can be put to good use with the right fixings. Here is our starting line-up of the NHLer's that are taking up beer space in your fridge.
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Sunday, August 7, 2011
Mike Legg is famously known for his lacrosse-style goal during the 1996 NCAA Tournament quarterfinals against Minnesota...and that's about it. The goal he scored as a University of Michigan Wolverine garnered international attention and Legg's fame spread earning him appearances at the ESPYs and "Goal of the Year" by Inside Hockey. Most hockey fans can replay the goal in their head as they've been shown it so many times on highlight reels - it truly was something most hockey fans had never seen before.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
We were in Nassau County yesterday, and even though we don't live there, or have US citizenship for that matter, they let us vote. We took a quick picture of the ballot and were surprised that it included a few extra voting options. We know now people voted NO to paying for the arena, or did they really vote NO to having Yashin back? Nonetheless, the Isles
are were a great franchise and we hope relocation can be avoided for the sake of the Isles faithful.
Posted by Dirty Dangle at 12:04 AM
Monday, August 1, 2011
The 2nd oldest franchise in the NHL will be turning the big 100 in 2017, and the Maple Leafs would like to celebrate like the Montreal Canadiens did. To commemorate the occasion the Leafs have made made a wish list and would like to host the NHL Entry Draft, NHL All-Star Game, and an outdoor game. Montreal hosted the Draft and All-Star Game for their Centennial season, and Toronto would like to do the same, but why stop there? We've added a few wishes to the list that Brian Burke and Co. should plan for as well:
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