November 12 2011 05:54PM
(Photo: Jasper's Rink)
Wednesday's dreadful game between Tampa Bay and Philadelphia produced much hand-wringing, by both experts and fans alike, about how defensive strategies are ruining the game. Most attention focused on how to limit behaviour; very few talked about how to promote behaviour.
Here's a simple proposal: borrow from rugby and use bonus points.
November 12 2011 03:52PM
Because I teach literacy and basic skills with the Thames Valley District School Board, I was asked to attend Facing Off With Literacy, an evening headlined by guest speaker (and former Cup winner) Jacques Demers. Many of you probably remember that in 2005, Demers revealed to the world that he was functionally illiterate, that he was set to begin rectifying that situation, and also that he wanted to address literacy in a more public way. On Thursday night, he opened up to a room of nearly 450 people at the London Convention Center, and spoke passionately to raise support and finances for literacy programs. Leafs-Habs rivalry notwithstading, I have to say that it's a noble thing he's chosen to do.
November 11 2011 03:00PM
Vintage Igor Larionov hockey card via @NHLHistoryGirl
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November 11 2011 02:09PM
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of Cheers and Jeers.
This week, we say Thank You and nothing more.
November 11 2011 01:25PM
If you ask most Canucks fans the salient question "who was the worst captain in team history?" few hesitate. The answer is clear: #11 Mark Messier, hands down, we can all go home now. The Canucks have had 13 captains in their history and many (most) of them were forgettable (Chris Oddleifson), or were a misguided selection in the first place (Roberto Luongo? Really?). Still, Messier takes the cake. To describe his tenure as Canucks captain as inglorious, pathetic or a trial of faith is probably underselling how hard it was to watch the team from 1997 to 2000.