Weird Hockey Fight

This “fight” is brought to you courtesy of the LNAH, which is the the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey League.  I think we can all agree that the best thing about this fight is LL Cool J’s “Momma Said Knock You Out” being played at the arena.  The second best thing is the guy with the air horn.  I’d like for SSK and OWHG to provide some thoughts on this bout.

Random Thursday

*I hate surprise storms.  I think we can stop with the wind and the snow and the cold.

*I might go to “Gangster Squad” next.  Or “Parker.”  I always enjoy movies with Jason Statham.  But at the same time, J-Lo is in it so I have a real dilemma on my hands.

*I might be alone on this, but I’m tiring of the Ray Lewis act.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Big Jeff in Alvarado.  Without his expertise, trains would be crashing into each other at the Alvarado Exchange on a daily basis.

*I don’t care who wins the Super Bowl.  I’d like for it to be close and have lots of funny commercials.

*Very entertaining game last night between the Wild and the Blackhawks.

Penn State Hockey

One of the driving forces behind a Big 10 Hockey Conference was the attractive television contract afforded by the Big 10 Television Network.  And the final piece to that puzzle was the announcement that Penn State was adding a hockey program.

Today it was announced that Penn State is being fined $60 million among other sanctions directed squarely at the football program.  The football program at Penn State is the “cash crop.”  So, I think a legitimate question is, “What does this mean for the fledgling hockey program for the Nittany Lions?”

College hockey is a very expensive venture.  I’m not so sure that trying to get a hockey program off the ground at this point is such a good idea.

I will be interested in hearing what Minnesota and Wisconsin will say about this development.  It’s not unreasonable to think that some dominoes might start falling.

Eades to Become Coach/GM in Sioux Falls

Cary Eades

I just received confirmation that longtime UND assistant coach and player Cary Eades has accepted the positions of Head Coach and General Manager of the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League.  An official announcement will be made at a 3:45 press conference today in Sioux Falls.  Eades reached agreement with the new ownership group this morning in Sioux Falls.

Congrats to Cary!


Random Thursday

*This NFL Draft gem from Summer Sidekick:  Vikings will trade Adrian Peterson and draft Trent Richardson from Alabama.

*I’ve had pretty bad luck lately with movies, but I’m putting a lot of faith in “5 Year Engagement.”  I have a good feeling.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Debbie in Florida.

*A recent tragic event in Stephen and the town’s reaction to it remind me of why it was a special place to grow up.

*Last night after the latest Twins loss, Alexi Casilla said this, “We’ve got a good team.”  I wish I lived in Alexi’s world.

*The Stanley Cup Playoffs are shaping up quite nicely.  Tonight the New Jersey Devils will take down the Florida Panthers in Game 7 of their first round match-up.  I really don’t have a strong feeling about the Senators and Rangers.

*Good news from my garage:  Both my grill and my lawnmower survived the winter and are working quite nicely.

*Happy Birthday wishes to Kevin in D.C..  I hope your liver and stomach survived our recent visit.

Random Thursday

*I want to say hi to Jeff J. and all the good people down in Louisville, Kentucky getting ready to watch the Colorado State Rams take on Murray State.

*I’ve never been to the Final Five in St. Paul.  I have to do that some year.  Everyone that goes says it’s a great time.  And I love me some St. Paul.

*You heard it here first:  Phil Jackson will be the coach of the New York Knicks next year.

*Is there a reason why the Vikings are not attempting to sign any real free agents this year?  Is it possible they feel good about the team they have?

*I also find it strange that Tubby Smith has not produced at Minnesota yet no one really seems to care.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Chay in Houston.

The Rest of the Story

Last Friday I wrote about 11 year old Nick Smith of Owatonna making a shot from 89 feet at celebrity hockey game at Shattuck St. Mary’s in Faribault.  For his efforts he won $50,000.

There is one small problem.

It wasn’t Nick that made the shot.  It was his twin brother Nate.  When Nick’s name was drawn, he was nowhere to be found, so Nate stepped in.

The decision whether to award the $50,000 to Nate Smith now lies in the hands of the insurance company that was used for the contest.  I’d hate to have to make that call.

11 Year Old Wins $50,000

Last night in Faribault, Minnesota, home of Shattuck St. Mary’s school, a celebrity hockey game was held.  The game featured a good number of current National Hockey League players including Zach Parise, a Shattuck alum.  But Parise and the rest of the stars were upstaged by 11 year old Nick Smith of Owattona.  Smith paid $10 for a chance to have his name randomly drawn and to take a shot from 89 feet away.  His target was three and half inches wide and the prize was $50,000.  Keeping in mind that the puck itself is three inches wide, Nick calmly slid a wrist shot down the ice and through the small opening.

For $50,000.

Nick is heading into the 6th grade at Owatonna and plays pee wee hockey there.  And is well on his way to a nice career.

New Conference, New Refs?

A press conference is being held today in Colorado today to announce the new hockey conference of which the University of North Dakota will be a member.  That is exciting.

What’s also exciting is that with a new conference will come new refs.  I’m not sure where these officials will come from, but I assume it’s possible a couple of the WCHA refs will be asked to work in the new conference.  Regardless, it seems obvious that the officiating in the new conference will undoubtedly be better.  Even if they do bring a couple of guys over from the WCHA.

A couple of days ago I asked Summer Sidekick about the quality of refereeing in the WCHA.  As a former Sioux player he has quite a bit of knowledge on the topic.  In fact, he spent so much time in the penalty box during his college career that he had his mail forwarded there.  SSK figures that there are maybe two officials that are decent in the WCHA but that the majority aren’t very good.

So, by default, the officiating in the new conference has to better.  Doesn’t it?

Random Thursday

*I think the Geico Caveman commercials have run their course.  They should be “retired.”

*If a hockey player is 6 feet, 9 inches tall, how tall is he on skates?

*Speaking of commercials, the cell phone commercial where the woman is SCREAMING at the top of her lungs because she sees a scary spider on a phone screen?  You know the one?  That is one very aggressive television commercial.  It also happens to be the phone I have.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Pam in Fargo.

*I have a weird feeling that Joe Mauer is going to come back with a vengeance.

*Lebron James is taking his talents to the NHL.  He heard they only play three periods.

*I’m here all week.

*Bonus shout out to all the fathers out there.  Happy Father’s Day!