Isn’t that a chilling picture below? Ugh.
Also chilling – Chris Drury has been listed as “out indefinitely” due to “interment and severe post-consussion syndrome”. As a frequent essay-length commenting friend of mine (Neil) recently pointed out, of all the head shots that deserve some attention, how has the Glencross/blindside/headshot/clippy-elbow-thing passed by without the usual horror?
And last, on head shots - this is my latest take on it, for The Hockey News. When will the players do something about it?
Sometimes, for some reason, your coach just thinks you mesh well with a particular player on your team. Or that you’re the same type of player. Or that you’re style’s don’t fit with other players. Or something. The point is, sometimes you just get stuck with some random dude on your team for like, the whole year.
And you hate the guy.
Not just playing with him. But sitting beside him on the bench. All year. Maybe he’s a guy who likes to draw up plays on his glove between shifts (because we run so many set plays in hockey). Maybe he’s an apologizer. Sorry bout that pass man, it rolled on me. That was my guy, sorry. I thought the d-man had him. And all you can think is ihateyou ihateyou ihateyou ihateyou…
Basically, I was thinking about how I bet I’d really dislike Milan Lucic (no offense to anyone, but in general, I found “major junior” players to be retarded, and thus, less likely to be people I enjoy), which got me thinking about sitting beside some big mook on your line who says cocky stuff like “he’s lucky he saw me at the end or I woulda killed him”. How was I suppposed to respond to those comments? Yep, you’re the toughest.
It’s nice that I don’t have to worry about pissing off too many major junior players by writing that, because not many of them can read….
Sorry. I’m having random bench flashbacks here, and typing them unfiltered through they keyboard feels good.
Dear rec league players:
Isn’t stopping like, the worst thing ever? Seriously. How much of a pain-in-the-ass is it when you know “wow, if I don’t stop and get that puck I’m gonna look suuuper lazy“. Kills your whole momentum. By the time you get up to speed again, you’re tired and have to change.
Stopping wasn’t my forte as a player. Not that I wasn’t good at it, as much as I much preferred the large, ineffective circling swoop until I needed to hit top gear. Coaches call that move the ”getting benched” or something like that.
So with no coach, how great is never stopping? I’m like the olympic logo in rec league. All circles.
I’m really diggin’ it.