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Sunday, 19 October 2014

HBIC's Official Mascot

It has been beyond crazy today, and the little critter to the left has been a big part of that. I was in class today, and then I decided to add the furball you see to the household. Ladies and gentlemen, I want to introduce you to Meg, HBIC's official mascot! Meg has kept me on my toes all night as she explores every region of the house while being naturally inquisitive. Needless to say, she's going to fit in quite nicely around here as her and I get accustomed to one another.

In saying that, another mascot was officially decommissioned mere days after it was introduced.

The AHL's Adirondack Flames decided that they needed a mascot, and introduced a fireball - as opposed to a furball like HBIC - named "Scorch". According to his story, Scorch is "the lone surviving flame from the fire that destroyed much of Glens Falls in 1864". He was a smoldering ember in Bride and Gown which sits upon he site of Calvin Robbin's blacksmith shop, one of the few buildings in the Glens Falls business district to survive the fire in 1864. Scorch reportedly overpowered a firefighter, showing his strength, as he associated himself with the AHL franchise.

Anyone else see a problem with "overpowering a firefighter"? Yeah, so did a pile a of other people who called the Flames out for this idea. The Flames, realizing their idea might be in poor taste, released a statement of apology despite the association with the Glens Falls Fire Department.
"Earlier today we unveiled our new mascot Scorch. In an attempt to provide background material for the character who will be the face of our team, particularly with young fans, we crafted a story that Scorch was the remaining ember from the tragic fire that destroyed much of Glens Falls in 1864.

We also crafted a skit that helped to launch the new mascot – with the help of the Glens Falls Fire Department. While it seemed in good taste when it was on the drawing board, it is evident now that it was in poor taste.

On behalf of our entire organization we want to apologize for our thoughtlessness today. We have obviously turned something good, the launch of a mascot which we will use to entertain and encourage young fans, into something that is in poor taste. That was not our intention and again we apologize.

We would like to emphasize that we as an organization take seriously the dangers associated with fire, understand its potentially devastating effects and acknowledge that those in our nation who are called upon to face and fight fires on a daily basis are truly heroes.

We apologize." – Brian Petrovek, President, Adirondack Flames.
Yeah, it's probably not a great idea to have your brand-new mascot take down a firefighter, someone who is an actual hero to many kids and should be recognized as such. Thankfully, Scorch did not appear at the Flames' home opener at the Glens Falls Civic Center last Saturday, and the team is working on a better mascot already in order to appease the masses who want a mascot that isn't going to overpower those who actually save lives.

Scorch may officially be the shortest-lived mascot in sports history. I am proud to say that Meg's legacy here at HBIC will going for much, much longer!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Rock Out Kevin-Style!

Normally, when I attend a live hockey game, there someone who decides that dancing is acceptable entertainment at the game. Usually, it's a cheerleader or some sort of scantily-clad female, but occasionally it's a guy who has had had a little too much to drink. Rarely, it's a guy who actually can dance. In any case, it's rarely a larger fellow who decides that it is he who should him that engages in the celebratory dance. However, I don't live in Columbus, Ohio.

This is against Pittsburgh. Apparently, his name is Kevin.

Kevin has a pile of videos on YouTube uploaded by the Blue Jackets. I'm not sure it's what I want to be known for, but Kevin's got the moves!

Well done, Kevin!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Friday, 17 October 2014

TBC: Tryout Trouble

Thanks to how busy things have been today, this review will probably be posted late. However, I am still pushing hard to make sure that I read as often as I can, so today will feature another great book in Irene Punt's series. I have reviewed a number of her stories already, so let's continue today as Teebz's Book Club is proud to review Tryout Trouble, written by Irene Punt, illustrated by Ramon Perez, and published by Scholastic Canada. Once again, the boys are deep into hockey in this story as they have advanced a grade in school and there are new tryouts for the Glenlake Hawks! Like Miss Punt's other stories, there is a great lesson in this book, and I hope that I've convinced you to get your young hockey-loving readers into these books!

Irene Punt is a former teacher who has transformed her energy in the classroom into an unbridled passion for her subjects on paper. She received a Bachelor of General Studies degree from Simon Fraser University, and took up teaching as a way to give back. She studied children's literature at S.F.U. under David Booth, and developed a passion for writing from Mr. Booth's teachings. Her move to Calgary from Vancouver prompted her to begin writing children's books, and has scribed picture books, novels, TV scripts, and stage scripts. Her other Scholastic hockey books include The Rink Rats, The Funny Faceoff, and Hockey Rules!.

Miss Punt puts us back into Thomas Hiller's life as he and his friends and teammates - Mark, Stuart, and Jordan - are preparing for another school year after a summer of street hockey. The boys know that hockey tryouts aren't far off, and they have spent all summer working on their skills and improving. Mr. Watson, Stuart's neighbour, calls them over for a mid-game slushy drink, and informs them that he's moving to Florida! He also tells the boys that the new family has a hockey-loving son who is moving in, and this gets the boys excited!

The boys meet up at the school's playground on the first day of school, and they're all excited. However, Tom recognizes a red-haired boy from across the playground. It's Harty from the Northland Bulldogs! What was he doing at Tom's school? Well, Harty's family bought Mr. Watson's house! Tom immediately introduces Harty to Mark, Stuart, and Jordan before they head off to class.

As the days roll along, Harty begins to become better friends with Tom's friends. Tom, sensing his popularity amongst his friends diminishing, becomes jealous of Harty's successful friendships. With hockey tryouts starting, Tom was suddenly not as enthusiastic about Harty being his teammate because of what was happening off the ice. What would happen between Tom and Harty? Would they be teammates? What if Harty made the team and Tom didn't? Could they be friends? Would Tom re-establish his old friendships? How would this be resolved? Miss Punt teaches an excellent lesson in this book about how friendships work, and how one should often try to see the other side the coin before doing something rash.

Tryout Trouble is another well-written book by Miss Punt, and the lesson about friendship written into the 81-page story is all too familiar to anyone trying out for a team with friends. Moreover, Miss Punt really isolates the story of the new kid at a new school and all the changes that he has to make in Harty rejoining the story. However, Tom's conflict with Harty is an excellent lesson, and it's one that Miss Punt has woven through the minor stories well. Tryout Trouble is another excellent book in the series, and absolutely deserves the Teebz's Book Club Seal of Approval!

You can find Tryout Trouble at your local library or bookstore. The book is listed for just $5.99 in Canada, meaning that it won't dent your wallet too much in order to get your young reader into this story. Pick up this book for your young hockey star to read!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Hockey Show - Episode 110

The Hockey Show, Canada's only campus-produced hockey radio show, is back tonight with a special guest... maybe? We're still trying to nail down a phone number on where to reach this gentleman, but he's a guy we're thrilled to have on the show. He played in the WHL, the NHL, the AHL, and has returned to the WHL for some work behind the bench. Oh, and he won a couple of Stanley Cups while he played in the NHL. We'll also have friend of the show Jeremie Gauvin in-studio with us as Columbus as the night off for school-related activities.

The man wearing #37 for the Tampa Bay Lightning is defenceman Brad Lukowich, and he'll be on the show for the first-half of the hour! Brad won the Stanley Cup with both Dallas and Tampa Bay, and suited up for the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks, and Vancouver Canucks during his NHL career as well. His hockey stops also included the CHL's Fort Worth Brahmas, the IHL's Michigan K-Wings, and the AHL's Texas Stars! He played 658 regular-season NHL games, amassing 23 goals and 90 assists, and added one goal and five assists in 71 NHL playoff games. As seen in the picture, he was part of the handshake line that saw the Calgary Flames on the wrong side of the ledger in 2004! We'll talk to him about his career in 30-minutes-or-less as he has a class he needs to be at in Lethbridge for 5pm MT or 6pm CT!

We'll also have Jeremie in as we talk about officiating once more. Clearly, there are some new rules and some news stories we'll go over with him, and we'll talk to him about his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs, where they'll finish, what to do about this perceived goaltending controversy, and much more! It'll be a busy night on The Hockey Show, and we'll even work in some chatter about Pledge-O-Rama as well as it kicks off tomorrow night!

The phone lines will be closed with Mr. Lukowich appearing on the show tonight. However, we're on the air at 5:30pm so tune in for all the action! We're on 101.5 UMFM on your radio dial in the Winnipeg region or you can listen live between 5:30pm and 6:30pm CT on your web-enabled device at the UMFM webpage! You can tweet us anytime you like by hitting us up at @TeebzHBIC on Twitter. You can also post some stuff to Facebook if you use the "Like" feature, and I always have crazy stuff posted there that doesn't make it to the blog or show.

PODCAST: OCTOBER 16, 2014: Episode 110

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Many Notes To Pass Along

It's been a while since I did a pile of updates on small stories, so let's work on those today. Obviously, HBIC tries to stay on the major stories happening in hockey, but there are a ton of things that may have been missed as we press forward in the season. We'll take a look at minor leagues, European leagues, and a host of other smaller stories that don't get the marquee lights that the major stories do. Buckle up because this ride is now in motion!

Got What He Deserved

I had made mention of Trevor Gillies' sickening actions on the ice against the AHL's Rochester Americans a few days ago, and the AHL rightfully has come down hard on the winger for his idiocy:
The American Hockey League today announced that Adirondack Flames left wing Trevor Gillies has been suspended for twelve (12) games as a consequence of his actions in a game at Rochester on Oct. 10.
Yeah, I'd hope so. Gillies' absence will be for one month as they announced the suspension on October 13, making him ineligible to return to the ice for Adirondack until November 15 in Cleveland, Ohio against the Lake Erie Monsters. I'd say that one month without any hockey should send a message to Gillies that his actions were downright disgusting. Enjoy your month off, Gillies. Idiot.

She Deserved Better

If you've been listening to The Hockey Show on 101.5 UMFM or online at the UMFM webpage, you know we've been following the story of Mrs. Aulin, Jared Aulin's mom, as she battles cancer. HBIC has been especially involved, retweeting messages of hope and well-wishes at every opportunity I can. Jared even had thoughts of his mom put on his sticks and gloves as he begins his season with Orebro HK once more. Not long after Jared arrived in Sweden for the start of another season, Mrs. Aulin took a turn for the worse, eventually losing the battle with cancer against which she fought so valiantly. The fans in Orebro, who have adopted Jared as one of their own, sent a strong message to Jared and the Aulin family, and it makes it easy to see why Jared loves playing there.

People of Orebro, you are amazing fans, and you deserve some recognition for being incredible.

Jared, may your mom rest in peace eternally. She will never be forgotten.

More Aulin News

Jared Aulin will also be featured prominently in Swedish hockey lore later this year as Jared has won a fan contest in which fans voted to put him on the Swedish version of NHL '15! How cool is that?!? Jared was interviewed by teammate Brian Willsie on the honour, and the interview's pretty funny. Personally, I think it's pretty cool that we've been able to speak to Jared through the radio show, and his efforts with the Orebro HK team are being recognized over in Sweden.

Congratulations, Jared!

Kickstarter Update

Carbon Sports is still looking for some more backers on their AirBlade Kickstarter campaign. As of writing, they have thirteen days to go and need some major investments to reach their goal of $45,000. However, if you order your AirBlade through the Kickstarter campaign, "we plan to honor all orders and begin full manufacturing. However ONLY those who order through kickstarter will receive the amazing prices and the 60-day money back guarantee". If you're interested in getting an AirBlade, this might be the best time to do it. These offers won't be around once the Kickstarter campaign is over!

Great Danes!

Again, as announced on The Hockey Show, friend of the show Brandon Reid took a job coaching in Denmark's Second Division for a team called Vojens IK. Brandon had played last year with CSKA in the KHL, but a number of injuries derailed his season and he jumped at a coaching opportunity. Well, it turns out that he's a natural as Vojen IK currently sits in third-place out of 14 teams! At 5-4-1, Vojens does trail second-place Frederikshavn IK by nine points, but it appears that Brandon has his team battling for every point they can collect!

Well done, Brandon!

Busy Week Ahead

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are going to be a blur for me, so try to be patient as I post if and when I can. There will be something daily, but there won't be a set time. Next week, things should return to normal. If anyone is interested in writing a hockey article, feel free to send me something! HBIC is happy to post your thoughts on the game as well!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!