Letter to the Boys at UAAShareThis
We’re gonna do something different, something fun today.
I was asked by my bud Donald Dunlop of UAA Fanblog (check it out if you like college hockey, great blog) to write something that I would say to the players on my alma mater before their NHL Network televised game versus Wisconsin this weekend, given that the last time UAA beat Wisco, apparently I scored the game winner (2006).
So I did.
The boys are hot lately, nearly sweeping CC and St. Cloud over consecutive weekends, so this is a big weekend for them in the standings.
If you don’t like when I curse, today’s not your lucky day. I wrote it like they’d be the only players to read it, sooooo, yeah. Take that for what it’s worth.
Also, it wouldn’t hurt for you to be aware that that’s how I actually talk when I talk to my guy friends, so quit being so naive.
To the current UAA Seawolves:
Not the entire state or anything, just their oh-so-prestigious hockey program. (Sorry for the hostility, but they really were condescending about our little hockey program up there in Alaska during my playing days.)
I’m guessing they still think you and your program are a joke. And that’s a pretty easy guess to make.
They think you’re an easy weekend on the schedule where they can lean on the talent of their highly touted recruits and walk through another four point weekend against the ‘Wolves.
Well fuck those entitled pricks.
We managed to take them down my rookie year in the playoffs, in the Kohl Center, when it counted. They slept on us because we weren’t as good as them talent-wise, and they’re likely doing the same with your crew. No offense, but they’re probably right about the talent thing - admitting that isn’t a bad thing, it brings about awareness. You’re gonna have to outwork and outsmart them.
And, you should probably out-hate them too, which shouldn’t be too hard since, as I mentioned, they probably don’t give a fuck about you.
The truth is, the talent gap between the country’s elite programs and rising ones like UAA isn’t that big. After my class left UAA, we battled against the top players from college in the professional ranks, and I learned something – the guys who’re the best players at your level are still the best players at the next one. But the rest of those guys were just eating off the top dogs, getting inflated stats, swollen heads and bad attitudes.
As in, the Phil Kessel’s and Joe Pavelski’s from college are still Phil Kessel/Joe Pavelski good in the NHL, but most of their cronies that were feeding off them? They just weren’t anything special. And MAN did they all think they were. So take them down a fucking peg or two.
They’ve got their fancy rink and their program has a great history, but those kids weren’t a part of any of it. That current roster of theirs has combined for no more national championships than yours.
It’s healthy to respect another team’s talent-level, but in no way do you have to respect those entitled kid’s acting like they’ve accomplished fuck all.
College hockey is ridiculously fun – you have five days between games to commit to whatever you want, and that won’t happen at any other level than this one. So when it’s actually a rare game day, pour it on, fuckers.
Anyway, your game is on the NHL Network this weekend, and I’ll be watching.
Score me some goddamn goals.