Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"Great Moments" in Bell Centre History

Another day and another post for "Great Moments" in Bell Centre history - Sponsored by Molson.

First a word from our sponsor...

...We now return to our regularly scheduled program.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Rosie's Rebounds: 11/20/09

And we are back after a weekend in Chicago. Actually not quite yet…

…Okay thanks to a performance by Boston (RIP Brad Delp), now we are officially back.

Get ready for another edition of Rosie’s Rebounds.

Brendan Shanahan Calls it a Day

After 21 seasons in the NHL, Brendan Shanahan announced his retirement this past week from the sport.

A native of Mimico, Ontario, Shanahan had two seasons with 50 or more goals while playing with the St. Louis Blues in 1992-93 and 1993-94, and four more seasons with 40 or more goals with the Detroit Red Wings. A former second overall pick in the 1987 NHL Draft of the New Jersey Devils, Shanahan played in 1,524 regular season games, tallying 1,354 points (656 G, 698 A). He was also part of the Red Wings dynasty that won three Stanley Cups, including back-to-back wins in 1997 and 1998, and one more in 2002.

Ironically, Shanahan only had one season with 100+ points. However, his career stands for itself, and he should definitely be a Hall of Famer.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Bruins Theme to date and Great Moments in Bell Centre history

So I've been searching for theme songs of the 2009-10 Boston Bruins season to date. I had until 10:00 p.m. tonight (that I set for myself) to find something. This is what I came up with...

Maybe this will change, but as of right now, the Undertaker's theme stands.

Part two of my blog tonight has something to do with WWF, WWE or whatever its called these days. No it is not Vince McMahon singing "Stand Back" but this has to do with a "Great moment in Bell Centre history."

And to begin the series - still trying to get Molson to sponsor this - let's go back to November 9, 1997. As the Survivor Series took place at the then Molson Centre, the main event featured to fierce rivals, with honor contempt for one another: Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart.

Rosie's Rebounds: 11/13/09

As Chicago kicks off this week’s edition of Rosie’s Rebounds, I will also open up by saying Greetings from the Windy City.

This weekend the Blackhawks will honor the outspoken but yet talented Jeremy Roenick at the United Center, for Jeremy Roenick Heritage night.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Back From Chicago

I have finally made it back from the Windy City and will be posting more blogs in the next few days, including the past edition of Rosie's Rebounds, that is up currently on Inside Hockey.

Keep your stick down and your head up,


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Flames Defeat Team Italy, I mean Habs

Once again, the Montreal Canadiens prove that they can don the ugly uniforms. But how could you possibly top last years uniforms that they wore against the Boston Bruins on Super Bowl Sunday? After all, Jack Edwards said it best when he said this after the final buzzer, "The Final, the Bruins 3, the Inmates 1"

Well, the ones they had on display against the Calgary Flames last night were pretty close.

Now I thought the Habs celebrated their Centennial last year, but I guess they had to extend it, since they didn't want their 100th season to look that bad.

So in celebration of season 100.5, the Habs used these uniforms on display.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Few Links for Your Monday Morning

Good Morning hockey world! Thanks to Chris Wassel and company for having me on The Program last night. You can check out their site here, a great site for hockey.

Tonight is the induction ceremony for the Class of 2009 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitaille headline the list of players, and current Devils GM Lou Lamoriello will be the recipient in the builder category.

TSN has a feature on Lou via The Canadian Press and Ray Ferraro pitches in with his thoughts on the 2009 Class.

The Colorado Avalanche had a tough time killing penalties last night in their 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Inside Hockey's Arianna Ranahosseini recaps the game from the Pepsi Center.

Speaking of penalties, find out why trips to the sin bin are hurting the Ottawa Senators from Ben McCoy of Inside Hockey.

Buddy Oakes of Preds On the Glass has an interesting lineup for his radio show tonight to say the least. Adrian Dater joins the POTG crew tonight at 8 P.M. Eastern.

A columnist for The Denver Post and a contributor to Versus.com (sigh), Dater has been very critical on the squad in Nashville. His "No Holding Back" column on Hockey in the Music City.

And finally, Inside College Hockey has their Power Rankings this week. While I love the site, and Joe Gladiszewski and company do a great job, sometimes these rankings can be a little off. But yet again, polls are never that accurate, and when the PairWise Rankings come out in January, these rankings take a back seat for a bit.

More Later...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Rosie on The Program tomorrow at 8:15 p.m.

Just a reminder that I'll be joining Chris Wassel and company tomorrow night right around 8:15 p.m. on The Program. It's a great show and I'm looking forward to making an appearance.

Here's a link where you can listen to the show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theprogram

And make sure to visit: http://www.thehockeyprogram.net/ for great NHL coverage.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Rosie's Rebounds: 11/6/09

Shootout Controversy in CCHA

Last weekend in game one of the Nebraska-Omaha vs. Bowling Green series, the game was decided by a shootout in Omaha. Little did anyone in attendance know, that the end result would create a lot of controversy.

In overtime, Bowling Green freshman forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas – who netted a goal early in the third period – was called for a penalty with 16 seconds to go in OT. Nebraska-Omaha would not score during that span, thus the game goes into a shootout.

When the CCHA implemented the shootout last season, one of the rules stated that a player who was not on the ice at the end of overtime, would not be eligible to participate in the shootout.

Well, the referees must have forgotten the rule and Samuels-Thomas was able to participate in the shootout. Not only did Samuels-Thomas enter the shootout, but his goal happened to be the game winner, and thus give Bowling Green the victory in the CCHA standings (wins in shootouts don’t factor into the regular standings).

This cost UNO a point in the CCHA standings, but again if Samuels-Thomas doesn’t participate, the end result could have been different. But, we will never know that.

Topping Rock Em’ Sock Em’ Techno?

As you all know, Don Cherry was the opening act of the 2009 Rosie Awards with Rock Em’ Sock Em’ Techno. The next week, WWE owner Vince McMahon tried to steal the spotlight with “Stand Back”, but to no avail.

But quite possibly, this one could have topped both Vincent Kennedy McMahon, and Cherry.

Thanks to Inside Hockey’s own Jake Duhaime who posted this on my Facebook wall, this video from the Boston College Hockey team is now worth noticing – I can’t give you points Jake right now, but this was the least I could do.

Before the Beanpot in 1986, the BC hockey team participated
in the “Beanpot Trot.” And thanks to the modern marvel that is YouTube, we have the video (and of course I have to thank Jake).

Take a look at this yourself…

 …Now compare that to the Super Bowl Shuffle from the Chicago Bears. Somewhat similar isn’t it?

While 1986 - the year yours truly was born - had some interesting moments, the year also saw some laugh out loud material, in both a good way and an embarrassing way.

Rejected 30 for 30 Concepts

While searching twitter on Wednesday, I found this trending topic based on ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentaries that they’ve been running. And thanks to twitterverse, the sarcasm continues.

With series such as King’s Ransom, the documentary on Wayne Gertzky’s trade from Edmonton to LA, and the history of the USFL, users on twitter have been coming up with rejected ideas for the show, with the hashmark #rejected30for30concepts.

Yours truly came up with a few possible rejections - both hockey and non-hockey related. I’ll share a few of those with you.

- A quarterback in the making:The Ryan Leaf saga
- The NHL’s best season: A look into the 2004-05 campaign
- The Jim Balsillie Papers
- History in the Making: The saga of Smurf Turf at Boise State
- What a Rush: Rush Limbaugh’s career on Sunday NFL Countdown
- Centennial Leaders: The Habs 100th season

I can go on and on, but I’d rather give you the best tweet I have seen regarding this topic.

And here it is:

Playoffs? The Jim Mora Story.

Rebounds of the Week

Here are your rebounds of the week for November 6, 2009

Player: Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins – Bergeron didn’t have a bounce back week stat wise, but he finally got his team a goal after being shut out for 192 minutes and six seconds in last night’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Team: Los Angeles Kings – While some hockey pundits expected the Kings to make a run for a playoff spot this season, very few teams expected them to do this well early on. The Kings trail San Jose by two points in the Pacific Division Standings. They are 10-4-2 overall, and are 6-2-2 in their last 10.

Game: Boston University @ Northeastern Tonight – I had to go with this since I will be at Matthews Arena along with my collegue Kevin Edelson for tonight's contest. Northeastern hasn’t played in two weeks when they lost to New Hampshire and UMass-Lowell. Boston University is coming off a split against UMass-Lowell. Should be a great game at the “New Barn”, which is sold out.

Note: Northeastern came out victorious in last night's game 1-0