We're a little under a month before the Bruins fly across the Atlantic to take on their greatest threat to a Stanley Cup -- the Belfast Giants Select.
Paul Thompson, GB National Team and Coventry Blaze coach, had some nice things to say about the Bs.
"Make no mistake about this, the Bruins are bringing the real deal to Belfast in October." --Paul Thompson
It's called Bruins.
While we assume the Bruins aren't going to field an AHL squad against the Giants Select, the Giants are busy going through the EIHL rosters to pick their All-Star team. The just filled four more roster spots, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
Coventry Blaze forward Luke Fulghum and defenceman Jonathan Weaver will join forces with Giants captain Colin Shields and defenceman Jon Gleed to take on the Bruins in October as part of the Giants Elite League select squad, a team made up of the best players from around the UK. -- Belfast Telegraph, Sept. 9
Colin Shields (5'11, 175lbs) '09-10 stats
Jon Gleed (6'2", 212lb) '09-10 stats *
* Gleed played for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the AHL
Apparently Blaze fans don't care about stats because the Blaze website has no player stats beyond age, weight and hometown. Don't want to give too much info to the enemy, of course.
Jonathan Weaver is 5'11, 193lbs and Luke Fulghum is 6'0, 195lbs, if you care.
"These four players are an indication that we are not just trying to have an All-Star team. We are looking for a complete team that can push the Bruins for 60 minutes." --Thompson, BelfastGiants.com
Thompson means business. Keep checking www.belfastgiants.com for more roster updates. There'll be a lot more coming out.
The Belfast Giants have several players on the squad that have ties to Boston. No word yet if any of them will make the Giants Elite team to face their hometown squad.
The Garden Crew started the magic yesterday by painting in the spoked-B on what will become center ice.
Beautiful. At five weeks old, these guys were already coloring inside the lines while the rest of us were still drooling on ourselves.
Yesterday also marked Day II of "Captain's Practice." No big changes to who showed up from Tuesday (i.e., Savard is still at home... or someplace). Recchi hit the ice with the kids after skating by himself on Tues. Matt Kalman got some video of Lucic talking about Savard's "hurt feelings."
Apparently Ice Girl auditions were a couple of weeks back, meaning super tans and midrifs were running wild in the Garden. No idea where we were when this madness was going down. Maybe next year we'll get picked to be special guest referees judges. We can wish. Six new girls have joined the squad to be drooled over, hit on, and have crappy beer spilled on them by college frat boys during the upcoming season. And they'll do it all with a smile on their face. BostonBruins.com put together a short video highlighting the event.
We're a little disappointed no one went in with a "We Want Cusick" flier strapped them. We're not angry; just disappointed.
We are amused that the Ice Girl Wanna-bes had to go through a t-shirt throwing exercise, complete a trick-throwing competition and having to toss a t-shirt to a make-believe crowd while being covered like they're in the NBA.
This defense is still tighter than the Washington Capitals' D
Bet they felt like idiots, especially with that camera on them.
We've been to enough games to know that no fan jumps around in an Ice Girl's face like this. They'll wave their arms like they're flagging a cab, send their kids to the front lines, and wrestle in the stands over a loose t-shirt, but doing jumping jacks in an Ice Girl's face just doesn't happen... they might spill their beer. Pretty sure security would take them out fast, too.
And if you're really looking to hang with the Ice Girls, the Boston Bruins have opened up a part-time position to be the Bruins second mroe popular mascot -- Blades. Apparently you need to be a good dancer to be Blades... because, y'know, Blade does all that dancing at games and events. *rolls eyes*
Doesn't matter. No one can top the Bear dancing anyways.
Today is like Christmas. Just had our first fantasy hockey draft of the season and the Bruins held practice.
In our eyes this mornng's "Captain's Practice" officially starts the 2010-2011 NHL season. About time. We were getting bored with all the "Are the Red Sox still in it or done?" banter on the Interwebs lately.
We're celebrating the start of the new NHL season only way we know how. With Kool and the Gang.
We stumbled across this site called Paper.Li this morning. You can basically turn hastags and your Twitter lists into an "online newspaper" format that updates every 24 hours. it shows tweets, stories, videos, photos, etc. It looks pretty interesting. We're not sure exactly what to do with it yet, but we created two for you to gander.
The first, being Justin's (me) "Bruins and Other NHL" list. You'll find a great mix of main stream media and Boston Bruins bloggers on here, plus some of our favorite general NHL writers.
The second being a generic #Bruins hashtag one. Lot of the same content shows up. We figure this one might get dicier when college sports fans start ranting about UCLA.
Bookmark those and give them a try. Let us know what you think of them. Looks like a nice way to read what everyone's posting on Twitter without having to sift through the random babble that can clutter Twitter. *shrugs*
As for the "Captain's Practice," it was closed to the general public. Something about rennovations and throngs of fans and pinkhats flooding the arena to catcha glimpse of Boychuck, Seguin, Lucic and whoever else the ladies are swooning over these days.
Look how intense Chara looks. He's gonna choke a bitch.
We weren't at the event, but some people were. Here are their stories for you to read.
“They hurt me a little bit just because I went to Boston and I helped to build that team back up. I’ve really tried to work hard with the young guys and being a core player. I was really focused on staying there for the rest of my career. To hear all this stuff this summer bothered me inside more than anything else.” --Marc Savard
You knew this was coming... again
Seems like no one out there really cares about this news -- least on the media size. Hell, Boston.com hasn't done diddly on the topic. And of those who have, everyone's just copying half of Murph's story on their blogs and calling it a day. Seriously. We looked at like 10 different blogs and sites and it's a CTRL-C/CTRL-V fest out there.
After the jump, we look at why and what Twitter-land has to say about the Savard non-trade.
Mike Cammalleri has declared war on the Bruins. Cam Neely wins an award for being awesome. Carey Price re-signs with the Habs, virtually guaranteeing Montreal Playoff success. That was sarcasm by the way.
Mike Cammalleri decided to try to re-ignite the flames of the Bruins-Canadiens war by viciously whacking poor Tyler Seguin in the face!
Screw the Habs. Seriously.
"All accidental,” Seguin told the Toronto Sun. "It just got under my visor."
Tyler's just acting tough. You'll get yours Cammalleri!
After the jump, Purrgeron gets revenge, Neely still winning awards, Johnny Boychuk is ready to destroy soulsand Carey Price is a total douche........
Emotion does weird things to fans. It blinds you and makes you ignore the greater good.
Fans attach themselves to certain players, sometimes players who weren’t even with the team that long. Every does it. Like the Days of Y’Orr man crush on Shawn Thornton. Sometimes a fan base’s love, or strong like, for certain players causes some very irrational thinking.
Sometimes there’s just something about a player that you love, even if they kind of suck. Your love for that player blinds you to the fact that they really just are not a good fit for the team anymore.
Take for instance Aaron Ward’s recent retirement and Bill Guerin parting ways with the Penguins.
A large contingent of Bruins fans immediately ran to their computers, saying the Bruins should bring back former Bruins Ward and Guerin.
The Days of Y’Orr staff had one simple question. Why?
It's so damn close to hockey training camp/pre-season we can smell it, yet still too far away for it to matter. Kinda like 3:00 during the work day.
And fantasy hockey leagues popping up just makes our hockey excitement worse. We're like a pack of dogs that can smell the goose poop a mile away. Excitement is uncontrollable. One of our writers, Pizz, decided to go with the fantasy hockey team Orr-gy.
We'll be sure to slap him for you all. In fact, it might look a lot like this:
We're not above ripping on each other. This was deserved.
Not gonna lie, there's really no reason for this post this morning. It's Saturday morning... at the end of August. Nothing's going on hockey wise.
And no. We don't really care about Kovyjoke. Yes, he's good. But someone's going to crack his knee open by December and then where will the Devil's be?
One man doesn't make a team. Just ask Oviechicken.
It's ok... he'll drown when it rains.
And yes, we purposely use the old Capitals logo. For some reason Cap fans despise their team's heritage. If NBC or ESPN fucked up and put an old Bruins logo on screen we'd be stoked that they realize there's more to the sportsworld than Lebron or Favre's dick.
For the record, extracting that logo in Photoshop is kinda a pain in the ass at 9:30 in the morning.
If you haven't yet, be sure to check out Patrice Purrgeron's investigative piece on the Bruins Guide to Tyler Seguin Part 1 and Part 2. Who needs media creds when you got Purrgeron on your staff?
Earlier this week, we brought you Part 1 of a three part series of "How To" guides the Bruins are giving Tyler Seguin in anticipation of his first NHL season.
Field reporter Patrice Purrgeron was able to obtain the documents and we bring him to you now live for part two!
The Bruins seem to be doing a great job with these guides and I'm surprised they never thought of this before. The second guide I obtained contains lessons from a few of Seguins teammates, all of them offering helpful tips and advice for the youngster.
After the jump, I bring Part 2 of Seguin's How to Guides: Learning from your Teammates
When we woke up yesterday morning, we were greeted by this fine tweet from Mr. Sean Leahy, associate editor for Puck Daddy.
And we reacted appropriately:
Thus ends the long hibernation from updating rosters for five different leagues, trying to work trades with impossible owners and laughing at people who want you to trade Malkin for Ryder (it's happened), and now begins the fun and tedious process of choosing the perfect fantasy hockey team name.
Everyone has their own strategy for coming up with their team name. Some go with extinct and obsure NHL teams, others an homage to their favorite players. This year, the Days of Y'Orr staff has taken two approaches:
Jon is going with his team name from last year -- Rancourt Fistpumps. A beautiful dedication to the man with the golden pipes.
We're still pissed he didn't do the national anthem at the Winter Classic.
While I decided to change up my team name from last year -- HelmetHead (an homage to the great band, Great Big Sea) -- to a Sci-Fi reference.
Yea, I made a Star Trek reference. Suck it.
They said jocks and Trekkies couldn't co-exist in the same world... we've proved them wrong.
Another Days of Y'Orr staff member, Pizz, went with Honey Nut Chelios last year, to the much dismay of the rest of the league.
On the heels, of course, of Leahy's news came a slew of great fantasy hockey names via Twitter #fantasyhockeynames. You can find the whole list via that link, but we decided to go a step further and pick our favorites and see what these team name mascots or logos would look like.
After the jump, Photoshop fun and enough hockey puns to make you sick.
As training camp nears, fan and media anticipation for Tyler Seguin heightens everyday. The Days of Y'Orr staff came across a rumor that the Bruins were preparing a series of "How To" guides for the young forward in an effort to help him adjust to playing hockey in the NHL, especially media-heavy Boston.
We sent field reporter Patrice Purr-geron to investigate the rumors. As always, the man came through.The Bruins are in fact preparing a guide for Seguin. Mr. Purr-geron managed to obtain a copy and now we will share it with you.
Today, Days of Y'Orr presents you Part 1 of a three part series.
"Complete Bruins Guide To: Dealing with Fans and the Media!"
We now bring you to Patrice Purrgeron.
He needs a new suit.
....especially when playing for a team that hasn't won a championship since 1972. Sometimes pressure can weigh a player down. The Bruins apparently wanted to get ahead of that and wrote a series of handy guides to help acclimate Seguin to the harsh conditions playing for a Boston sports team brings. Except for the Boston Lobsters. No one cares about tennis.
Why is a giant red dong allowed near children?!
After the jump, I'll show you the guide the Bruins gave to Seguin to help him deal with crazy media and rabid fans.