I found this picture of Lou Lamoriello welcoming Adam Larsson to the Devils on Puck Daddy (Yahoo Sports Hockey Blog).
My question to you is, do you see a certain resemblance here?
It's certainly looking to me like getting tossed down a giant shaft in the Death Star didn't quite finish the Emperor off. Now he's quite content to dominate the world of hockey with a different masked Jedi at his side.
I'll save the I told you so for when he blasts Gary Bettman with Force Lightning.
The Jets Will Feature a New Look in 2011
Jason McMaster, a former Ice Wolves trainer has a rare opportunity this off season.
He's getting the Winnipeg Jets ready for their first season in The Peg after arriving from Atlanta. McMaster is the new Head Equipment Manager for the reborn Manitoban franchise, after spending last season with the LA Kings as an assistant.
McMaster's journey from the Junior-A ranks shows us the importance leaving good working relationships as you change jobs. Before his stint in California, Jason was the equipment manager with the AHL's Manitoba Moose, the team True North Sports and Entertainment owned in Winnipeg as a precursor to the NHL's return. When the deal was finalized with the then Atlanta Thrashers heading North, McMaster got the call from TNSE to come back as the head manager.
The new team couldn't be better for McMaster who moved to Winnipeg around four years ago. As Jason puts it, "To be with any team is exciting, but to be with a place I consider home and a brand new team is an experience not too many people get."
As for the next couple of months, McMaster says there is a lot of ordering to be done and cosmetic changes to make in the dressing room the Jets will call home. Logos need to be replaced, colours need to be changed and all this in time for the players to begin training camp. On the subject of what the team is going to look like when it dons the jerseys for the first time, McMaster knows what colours they will wear, but is still in the dark on the logo.
McMaster offers some advice for trainers wanting to work their way towards the NHL rinks. "Whatever team you're with, that's the most important team to you, and work hard. It's all about work ethic and trying to get better. Talk with other equipment guys around different leagues and just asking advice on how you fix this or do that or what would you do, and whenever you do get that chance to move up, you just... learn. Keep learning."
Good advice from a guy that now holds one of only 30 positions available in the World.
You can listen to my full interview with Jason McMaster on the here.
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You thought you were free from Rebecca Black references didn't you? Wrong. Starting with the NBA Draft. This is the first time I've actually watched a bulk of the Draft, and I've got to say, the NHL's just seems to be more entertaining.
Could it be because of my higher affinity for hockey? Quite likely, but there are a few things the NHL does better than the NBA.
1. Most of the players expected to go in the first round of the NHL draft are there. Heck a bunch of the guys expected to go in the second round are there. While this results in a very disappointed player being at the draft sometimes, it's better than having 15 or 16 of the first rounders available (which is what they do in the NBA.)
2. In the NHL, trades are announced and the team that acquires the pick makes the announcement/selection. In the NBA, not so. The team that is trading the pick makes the selection as the trade is for the 'rights' to the player. That makes for a situation where the player is up there wearing the ball cap for a team he'll never play for.
3. In the NHL, the team makes the announcement with the GM/President up there. The player gets his ball cap and jersey, shakes hands with the team personnel merriment all around. In the NBA, they get a ball cap and go shake hands with the Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner depending on where they get selected.
Naturally the AGM had to fall on the same night as Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. I imagine it will be a very quick AGM or someone will have it on in the background and it will be a very long AGM.
I've heard there may be a couple of Ice Wolves items to be announced soon, so hopefully I can track down Coach Beatty to have a quick chat and see if anything has solidified.
Remember, season ticket holders are members of Northern Lights Hockey Development Inc so come out to the Wolves Den @ 7:00 tonight to get your update on the team and vote on the issues that come up.
For tonight's Stanley Cup Final; I picked the B's to win in Seven at the beginning of the series, and I'm standing by that. However, I feel, like the trend has been in this series, first goal wins. If Boston gets on the board early, Canuck fans will likely get restless and Luongo will start to feel some animosity directed at his crease. On the other side, if Vancouver nets the first one, they could be off and running.
Impact Players tonight, aside from the goalies:
Bruins: David Krejci, Rich Peverley and Dennis Seidenberg
Canucks: The Sedins, Ryan Kesler, whoever ends up playing with Daniel and Henrik after the lineup shuffles.
No matter how it goes down, it should be a very entertaining game, much like the rest of the series.
A new poll is up, what area do the Ice Wolves need to address this off season?
Enjoy Game 7!
Thanks to North Stars Play-by-Play man, Dan O'Connor for posting this Kijiji page on Twitter because it's all class.
This guy wants to go to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals really, really bad, and here are the offerings he is prepared to make for a ticket to the game:
So not too much happened with the Ice Wolves in the week or two leading up to my escapades in Alberta, then it's like everyone said, "Hey, Daniel's on vacation, let's go nuts!"
It started as my girlfriend and I were parking before heading on to Commonwealth Stadium and the U2 Concert. As I was getting out of the car, my phone started ringing, it was Ice Wolves President, Terry Helary telling me the Wolves had inked Head Coach Bob Beatty to a new 5-year deal.