GDB 55.0: HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA

Jason Gregor
February 11 2012 08:07AM

Hockey Day in Canada has become an NHL tradition, although I'm not sure if has become an NHL fan's tradition yet. Will you be playing the great game of hockey today? Maybe you'll be in the stands watching your son, daughter, nephew or niece or maybe you'll strap on the blades and play shinny with your buddies. I love the idea of Hockey Day in Canada, I'm just not sure if it is more about watching NHLers than actually playing it yourself?

Thrity of us will be playing shinny outdoors at Saikers Acres, the home pf the World's (2nd) Longest game (record was recently broken by a group, indoors though) and I'm sure the fellas will be remembering the days when we were decent and could go up and down the ice more than once without needing gasping for air.

For me, skating on the outdoor rink or the pond was always the best hockey. There was no ref, no "official" rules and you could play for hours. It would be great if the Sens and Oilers mirrored the Hawks/Oilers game from last week, and played some pond hockey today, but I doubt we'll see that.

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Chronicles

Lowetide
February 11 2012 08:05AM

Over several decades, I've known many special "hockey days" in Canada. Some of those memories are wonderful, others bittersweet and some of them forgotten by those old enough and unknown to the next generations.

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LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT

Lowetide
February 10 2012 05:10PM

Sometimes when people sit down to create music, everything clicks. Sometimes it does not. Oiler fans are on the home stretch of another viewing of Groundhog Day. Who should they blame? The management? The coach? The players?

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ALES HEMSKY: GET WHAT YOU CAN

Robin Brownlee
February 10 2012 03:17PM

Is there any debate that if Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini moves Ales Hemsky by the NHL's Feb. 27 trade deadline he'll be giving him away for pennies on the dollar? Of course there isn't. The only thing worse would be getting nothing for him.

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WERE THE INJURIES CONNECTED?

Jason Gregor
February 10 2012 12:14PM

Many are wondering if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins's shoulder injuries are connected? Unless you are the doctor or trainer working on Nugent-Hopkins, then you are likely only speculating. Our natural instinct is to assume they are related, and they might be, but there is also a good chance they weren't.

The are actually three joints of the shoulder, and that is why it is possible that the injuries aren't directly connected. I'm far from a doctor or even a trainer, but the joints are the glenohumeral, acromioclavicular and sternoclavicular. I can barely spell them, so I won't try and explain what they are, so I linked to them if you want to know more.

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