Just so some of you out there don't think its all about penalty boxes and concussions with hockey and I. I would like to point out what occurred last night in Vancouver. The great Trevor Linden became the 2nd Vancouver Canuck in the franchise's history (Stan Smyl 91') to have his jersey retired and raised to the rafters. It is a well deserved honor, as Linden was a solid hockey player and did that franchise proud in his years of service for them.
Who can forget that mythical 1994 Stanley Cup run? Linden was captain of that entertaining, 7th seed Canucks squad and along with Gino Odjuck (wink, wink) and Pavel Bure (next in line for a jersey retirement) took Mark Messier's New York Ranger team of destiny to the brink in a dramatic 7 game saga.
Linden tallied 867 points in 1382 games, played a gritty, but honest style and certainly is one of my favorite players from that era. Congrats Trevor!
Now, speaking of some gritty hockey.
There were some serious tones of playoff hockey last night between the Calgary Flames and the Minnesota Wild. There was selfish net minding, shutdown penalty killing and emotion rattling body checks. The overtime element even came into play and luckily Pearl Harbor Bertuzzi lit the lamp and ended it before we were subjected to a wretched shoot-out. Flames came out on top 3-2.
We also had a nice tussle between Andre Roy and Derek "The Boogey Man" Boogaard. Now at 6'4, 221 Andre Roy has been called Andre "The Giant", which is valid in most cases, but when exchanging with the 6'7, 258 Boogaard he looks more like Andre 3000 from Outkast. All drum roll jokes aside, Roy should be commended for inviting the most feared fighter in the league to dance and might I add he danced pretty well until.....well you'll see.
I would also like to point out that whoever was doing his finest "Orgasmic" Gary Thorne impression in the play by play booth was wrong in calling Boogaard the current heavyweight champ. The title still belongs to Montreal's Georges Laraque until Boogaard (0-4 against Laraque) can somehow find a way to beat Big Georges. Even then, he must make up for being handled by #1 contender Donald Brashear a few seasons back. In any case, Boogaard will be around for a while and has all the tools to claim that much cherished title.
Boogaard vs Roy
The Boogey Man