23 January 2010
Why don't the Avs hold a skills competition event? Many NHL teams, including all of the other teams in in the Northwest division (Canucks, Oilers, Flames, Wild) hold these skills competitions, which are carbon copies of the SuperSkills event the NHL puts on the night prior to the All-Star game ever year. Tickets tend to be $10 - $15 range and proceeds are donated to charity. Usually, clubs hold these events in their buildings. Given the recent attendance woes, the Avs might not be able to get away with an event at the Can, but why not put on an intimate event at DU or AFA (similar to the Burgundy / White game)?
Very important questions could be answered like: How many times could Cumiskey lap Stoa in the Fastest Skater competition? And ... could any Avs Dman crack 80MPH in the hardest shot?
A related funny tweet from Avs blogger Grant at Hockeyism.
@voteforgrant - "Oilers Skills Competition" seems like an oxymoron this year. Will we see "hit the broad side of a barn" and "catch a beach ball" events?
Blue Jackets Song-gate
This one is not Avs related - but I thought it was interesting enough to share. Here is the low-down from the CBJ blog, Light the Lamp:
After Marian Hossa scored, just seconds after the Blue Jackets scored a goal – it went from 2-1 to 3-1 in a hurry - the Blackhawks' goal-celebration song -- the one that is played after Blackhawk goal in the United Center -- blared throughout the building. Besides demoralizing the Columbus Blue Jacket (CBJ) faithful, it also whipped the Blackhawk's fans in attendance, and there were plenty, into a frenzy.
After writing a letter to voice his displeasure (as he should!), here is the lame, not nearly apologetic enough response the Jackets organization gave:
Thank you for taking time to share your concern. The particular song to which you are referring is a random selection in a computer program utilized by our Game Entertainment staff. Following the Blackhawks' goal, the music operator chose the next song in the rotation and, unfortunately, it happened to be a song identified as the opponent's goal song. Please be assured this was nothing more than an unfortunate coincidence and completely unintentional. The Blue Jackets organization takes great pride in providing a very engaging and entertaining game experience for all fans and we regret that this incident impacted your enjoyment of that particular game.
Columbus Blue Jackets Organization
"Dear Fan?" Wow, that says "I care" as about as much as "Dear Valued Customer."
There is some debate whether the song was played intentionally or not (and if I had to put money on it, I'd say it probably wasn't), but there is no excuse for playing an opponent’s goal song after an opponent’s goal - its simply unacceptable (especially against an in-division opponent!)
Nice work, Columbus -- looking forward to hearing "Rock 'N' Roll Part II" after Adam Foote scores a goal in Ohio next year.
Bob McKenzie says Kovalchuk will be traded and that the Flames and Hawks are the most likely to get him.
Mark my words: The team the "wins" the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes will NOT win the Stanley Cup.
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