April 09 2014 03:35PM
Photo by Shahid Bhinder
The hockey world is in spasm at the moment. It is moving in many directions at once, with those invested in any given direction actively claiming theirs should be called ‘forward.’ It can feel at times as though movements are connected - that the future of violence in hockey, for instance, rests within the larger presumed paradigm shift from positional, body-focused hockey to possession-based, puck-focused hockey. More often than not, however, those connections are more personal than real, hanging together by the nature of having electrified meat to do our thinking.
In fact, insofar as a paradigm shift is underway at all (we’ll unpack that later), it’s neither clear which analytics will change how the game is played, nor what will happen to the honoured method of personal accounts to evaluate players. More prominently, we can’t know what hockey will look like for our children or grandchildren. It’s not the coordinated movement of a dance troupe of Excel users. It’s a spasm.
In these moments, it’s important to study the process of change: how we get from here to there.
April 09 2014 11:20AM
My tenth season as the in-game announcer for the Winnipeg
Jets (and Manitoba Moose) under the True North banner; tonights game will be my last. Tonight marks the end of a journey that I
began shortly after I moved the city of Winnipeg. I was doing the ring announcing for ESPN’s
Friday Night Fights, Lalonde vs. Hill at (then) Canwest Park. I was approached by Kyle Balharry to audition
for the vacant PA announcers job for the upcoming Manitoba Moose hockey
season. After losing out to Jay Richardson,
the current PA announcer, I had asked if they were holding auditions for their
in-game announcer. I was informed that
there was no in-game announcer due to budget restraints, and that they use
their current ‘Moosekateers’ to do the contesting. I offered my services for free, as I had done so for the
Lloydminster Blazers of the AJHL and the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL in years
April 07 2014 08:13AM
On this week's episode, the guys run through Kane's busy week, pick our biggest disappointments and surprises of the season, and begin our donation campaign to buyout Pav. All that, plus a few awesome questions from our listeners!
April 02 2014 10:39PM
Chart via Extraskater.com
Coming off of one of the most epic collapses in Jets 2.0 history, the Jets faced a Phoenix team that had the opportunity to mathematically knock them out of playoff position. Yet somehow, with the odds stacked against them, the Jets pulled through and left the desert with a shootout win.
April 01 2014 12:28AM
Wow wow wow. That was…wow. Did you know that hockey games have 60 minutes of regulation play?