We missed last week’s D and C for reasons we cannot disclose.
Suffice it to say Mike (aka Dump) won’t be performing in The Sound of Music at Rainbow Stage next summer, even though his agent assured the writer/singer/dancer prior to the audition he was a shoe-in for the role of Capt. Vonn Trapp.
And Jay (aka Chase) remains very much the same man in the mirror that stared back just a week before. They can put a man on the moon but, darnit, how hard can it be to come up with hair plugs that resemble the locks of Liam Hemsworth?
Anyway, we’re back with a purpose: to entertain and educate our faithful D & C readership, and we think we’ve got a solid library of material to do just that.
So here’s the final version of our interactive hockey column for 2019. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season, and a truly wonderful new year.
The Washington Capitals get a pile of attention on social media for some of their antics during the pre-game skate, but with this odd bit of choreography from forwards T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson recently, we have no words.
The dance police would arrest them both for the capital offence.
Still on the topic of warming up and staying loose in unorthodox style, a couple of Western Conference clubs pulled out all the stops this past week.
First up was the Calgary Flames, who took a hands-on approach to things as they injected a little fun into their on-ice workout.
The highlight was players yelling to "pass the ball to the Italian" – a.k.a. Andrew Mangiapane. That’s a line right out of one of our favourite movies, Kicking And Screaming.
Not to be outdone were the Colorado Avalanche, who went all Nadal versus Federer during an optional skate.
However, we’ve saved the best for last, which requires us to go outside our usual hockey boundaries and bring in an NBA reference, if only because we found this absolutely bizarre and hilarious at the same time.
Vince McMahon on line one!
Before the puck is dropped, it’s tradition to stand for the singing of the national anthem.
Our favourite rendition of the week came from Vancouver’s Marie Hui, who found a way to quiet her son’s tears as she belted out O Canada the other day before a Canucks game.
My friend came with me to the @Canucks game last night, also to help hold Ronin while I sang the anthem, and R is hysterically crying, and as soon as he hears me sing my 1st note, he stops. You gotta watch and listen to this. #Canucks50 pic.twitter.com/J3ahj7eS6r— Marie Hui (@mariehui) December 11, 2019
We’ll assume most folks reading this watched the incredible goal by Andrei Svechnikov during the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. The Russian-born forward, who doesn’t even turn 20 for another three months, wowed the crowd at Bell MTS Place with another of his lacrosse-style tallies, this time lifting the puck up and behind goalie Connor Hellebuyck.
IT IS OFFICIALLY THE SVECHNIKOV pic.twitter.com/ioUnAsYmsF— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) December 18, 2019
This kid was the first to successfully pull off the move in NHL history – and now he’s done it again. And the second-period, unassisted goal against Winnipeg was a mirror image of one he scored against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 29 in front of the home fans in Raleigh.
���� OH MY GOODNESS, ANDREI SVECHNIKOV!!!! ���� pic.twitter.com/yzAnFeV4W4— NHL (@NHL) October 30, 2019
His goal in Winnipeg was a stinger for the hosts, who gave up four straight goals to Carolina in the middle frame and snapped a five-game winning streak at home, but fans in attendance will surely have a story to tell about witnessing ‘The Svechnikov’ – even if they were really in the beer line during the magic show.
The Jets weren’t the only ones having problems at their home rink the other night.
With the team below him struggling on the ice, Mike was having some difficultly up above in the press box as he tried to hammer out the game story.
We say hammer after getting a look at the damage he did to his keyboard.
Broke the "E" key on my laptop in half somehow, just as the #NHLJets game is about to start, and I can now relate to what it feels like for a player to snap his stick as he steps into a one-timer. pic.twitter.com/32LZZDLBmf— Mike McIntyre (@mikemcintyrewpg) December 18, 2019
We’ve got to tap our sticks to the Twitterverse, who responded in time with some truly funny takes.
Can't wait to rad your post-gam articl on th Winnipg Jts vrsus Carolina Hurricans gam.— Declan Schroeder (@dreamfactory47) December 18, 2019
Headline for you, ‘Wheeler peeved, leads Jets and engages Niederreiter in eyelevel of referee.’— Jason Dikkenberg (@Dikkja) December 18, 2019
Cheat sheet for @mikemcintyrewpg tonight:— Scott Billeck (@ScottBilleck) December 18, 2019
There was a touching post-game scene on Tuesday night inside the Jets dressing room, where members of the family of RCMP Const. Allan Poapst met the team.
The 49-year-old father of three teen girls was killed last Friday in a collision with a pickup truck that jumped the median at the Perimeter Highway just east of Route 90. He was a few days short of marking 13 years as an RCMP officer.
Thousands are expected to attend his funeral, which is being held on Friday at Bell MTS Place.
Philadelphia forward Oskar Lindblom was recently diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer and will be away from the Flyers indefinitely.
But there’s groundswell of support to get the talented Swede involved the NHL’s all-star weekend.
A visit by Lindblom Tuesday certainly raised his spirits of him and his teammates.
Oskar Lindblom (left) and Robert Hagg chat in the locker room Tuesday. Seeing Lindblom lifted the team’s spirits, AV said. Lindblom will have cancer surgery at Penn. Photo: Zack Hill. pic.twitter.com/MsE79hGEJG— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) December 17, 2019
Yes, hockey is hard, but math, apparently, is even harder.
At least it appears to be for Boston’s Brett Ritchie, who had a bit of a puzzling post-game take after his team was mired in their first mini-slump of the season.
Bruins’ Brett Ritchie: "It’s an 82-game season. We weren’t going to go 80-3 or whatever it was."— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) December 11, 2019
Hmmm, something doesn’t seem to add up here, which teammate Torey Krug was quick to point out.
Stay in skool kids! https://t.co/tbefNGTxcD— Torey Krug (@ToreyKrug) December 11, 2019
It’s tough to see on the video but people in the rink swear it happened.
After Montreal’s overtime victory on Ottawa the other night, Sens’ cantankerous forward Brady Tkachuk tried to get rid of the game puck – a piece of history for Canadiens goalie Cayden Primeau who was celebrating his first NHL victory.
You can catch a glimpse of goalie Carey Price leaving the mob to skate across and retrieve the puck from Tkachuk.
In this video you see Carey Price congratulating Cayden Primeau for his 1st NHL Victory then heads toward Brady Tkachuk to retrieve the puck he conveniently snatched up. Talk about being an annoying player. #HeadGames pic.twitter.com/QWuKb6PIx2— JeSuisCH��BleuBlancRouge (@HabsHappy) December 12, 2019
Turns out the two have been on the same team before, representing Canada. Tkachuk vowed he wouldn’t have taken it if he knew what a memento it was for his friend.
"Honestly, I didn't even realize it was his first win puck," he told a reporter. "Honestly, I didn't even think of it. When I saw him, I was like 'Oh, OK.' I didn't even realize. I was just going to give the puck to a kid in the stands."
A likely story…
It’s a fairly common practice for reporters whenever a player or coach comes to the podium – you put your phone down in front of them to pick up the audio.
Every now and then, something goes wrong. Like the other day in Tampa Bay, when one journalist had a poorly-timed call come through.
Jon Cooper didn’t miss a beat, as the Lightning bench boss decided to have a little fun with it.
We’re not here to condone fighting, but we do give a big thumbs up to this gesture from Los Angeles tough guy Kurtis MacDermid and Anaheim’s Nicolas Deslauriers, who engaged in a spirited scrap the other day and continued chatting in the penalty box.
First they saluted each other for the effort, and then they literally saluted a member of the military who was being honoured as the Hero of the Game at Honda Center.
They say timing is everything, and this was quite something to see.
Adam Bighill was a huge part of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defence and a key contributor to their Grey Cup victory.
And while he may be a heck of an athlete, it doesn’t seem a dual career as an NHL player is in the cards.
Bighill hit the ice last week with a local hockey team, bringing along a little souvenir to show off as well.
Good thing for the kids out there Bighill didn’t decide to start throwing a few checks.
Look up the definition of sublime and I suspect you might just see this video, which we could watch on a loop all day long while dreaming of lacing up our own skates and hitting the ice.
This was apparently shot at Lake Minnewanka just outside of Banff. Anyone up for a road trip?!
GLORIOUS ��— NHL (@NHL) December 14, 2019
(�� IG/kadenwall) pic.twitter.com/p1Oa0oAlPU
A top New York prospect who turned his back on the Islanders in early October suddenly had a change of heart this week and is back with the organization.
Former first-round pick Josh Ho-Sang reported to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, more than two months after he failed to make the Islanders out of training camp, requested a trade and has been training on his own.
He confirmed his return to hockey with a rather entertaining Instagram post on Monday night, with a video captioned ‘Time to play hockey.’ And Eminem fans should be familiar with it. It’s from the rapper’s song Without Me.
Ho-Sang, 23, from the Toronto area has seven goals and 17 assists in 53 career NHL games.
Sure, this nugget is a few weeks old, but sensational goals like this one only get better with age.
San Jose Sharks prospect Zach Gallant demonstrates it’s possible to get plenty of work done even if you’re sitting on your rear end.
Zach Gallant with one of the best goals you’ll ever see. pic.twitter.com/50gS0p3Rlx— Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) December 8, 2019
Gallant, who shines for the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League was trying to wiggle away from a defender when he toppled over but still managed to deke out Erie Otters goalie Daniel Murphy for a short-handed effort and eventual game-winner.
Love the play call, too. "On his wallet…" Pure gold.
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