The Guelph Minor Hockey Association’s Junior Storm (in Guelph, Ontario) are trying to raise $25,000 for a trip to a tournament next spring. (That’s $1000 per family, which as a parent would give you a small heart attack.) The team convinced a recycling company to donate scrap metal to their cause—but people keep stealing from the scrap metal bin. :( Even though there are signs up and everything! Unfortunately, the police say they have better things to do than watch the bin all the time. Tyler Boothe, whose child plays for the Junior Storm, tried staking out the bin one night, but he didn’t catch anyone. Let’s all hope some generous millionaire will solve the problem by donating to the cause.
ESPN documentary series 30 for 30 will cover the story of how conman John Spano fraudulently bought the New York Islanders in 1996. The film will be directed by Islanders fan (and actor) Kevin Connolly and will be released sometime next year.
Paulina Gretzky, who is apparently an “aspiring singer”—did anyone else know that?—gave an interview to Paul Cantor at Complex. It just… I want to cry. Feminism, where have you gone?
The Vancouver Canucks’ Manny Malhotra has plans to march in the Vancouver 2012 pride parade on Sunday under the banner of You Can Play. He will march with Patrick Burke and members of a gay hockey club, the Vancouver Cutting Edges.
Nail Yakopov (Edmonton Oilers), Mikhail Grigorenko (Buffalo Sabres), and Andrei Vasilevski (Tampa Bay Lightning) will play with the Russian national junior team in the 2012 Canada-Russian Challenge later this month.
The Dallas Stars announced recently that their games would start at 7:00 pm CST, a half-hour earlier than in previous seasons. Their president, Jim Lites, was pretty excited about the idea. But then he found out that broadcast rights holders, building officials, and fans had a problem with it. So they’re moving it back to 7:30. :/
The NHL and NHLPA are meeting this week. They’re discussing revenue-sharing right now. No decisions have been made yet, obviously.
Greg Jamison was supposed to sign the lease for the Phoenix Coyotes’ arena from the City of Glendale by July 31; however, he still doesn’t have enough money to purchase the team. Glendale is giving him an additional 31 days.
Hiring & Firing
- The Washington Capitals have sent their first-round Draft pick, 17-year-old forward Filip Forsberg, to the Leksands of HockeyAllsvenskan (the second highest league in Sweden).
- Kyle Cumiskey of the Anaheim Ducks was awarded a one-year deal by an arbitrator today, but Cumiskey has already signed with the Swedish Elite League’s Modo for this year. Cumiskey is challenging the Ducks’ ability to take him to arbitration.
- Head coach Peter Laviolette will remain with the Philadelphia Flyers for an additional two years.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins signed University of Nebraska-Omaha freshman Jayson Megna, a forward, for two years.
- The Detroit Red Wings signed right winger Martin Frk, their second-round Draft pick (49th overall), to a three-year, entry-level contract.
- Right winger Patrick Kaleta (whom ProHockeyTalk calls “a serial headbutter”) has re-upped with the Buffalo Sabres for three years.
- Fifteen People/Things that Look Like Daniel Sedin.
- What If the Rangers Were at the Summer Olympics?
- A Hockey Fan’s Guide to the Summer Olympics.
Speaking of the Olympics, they are still occurring and are still a popular Twitter topic among hockey players.
- Stu Bickel on Pierre McGuire
- Matt Kassian on his event of choice
- Logan Couture on men’s gymnastics
- Nick Bonino on watching Russian gymnasts cry
- Ryan Stanton and Jeremy Morin on Destinee Hooker
Hockey players watch other sports, too, of course. For example, Ryan Jones displayed his warped priorities at a Twins game. (It looks like he achieved his objective.) Brian McGrattan made an apropos reference to basketball. And Justin Tootoo participated in… something that looks sort of athletic…?
Still, being a hockey player isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes your dog hits you in the head. Sometimes you arrive at McDonald’s too late for breakfast. Sometimes you try to make a sarcastic joke but end up just looking stupid instead. And sometimes you wake up to realize that it’s already August. WTF? If you’re in the small category of people who are as gorgeous as Gabriel Landeskog, you may be consternated about why people are always staring at you. (It’s like he’s the ingenue in a mid-century musical, I swear.) Or you might just be suffering from the same shitty drama that haunts all of us.
But every now and then some random thing makes up for it.
Before I go, here’s something that will haunt your dreams tonight.