Loose pucks is a roundup of things in our game.
Here’s what’s on tap:
- In April, Hockey Dawg introduced Stick-Tap Tuesday.
- May: Hockey Professional Development Month.
- NHL Playoffs sees its first Game 7.
- Power Play: Philadelphia Flyers, Wayne Simmonds on Willie O’Ree.
- Penalty Kill: Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand defends his style of play.
Stick-Tap Tuesday. Looking back, I love that we introduced Stick-Tap Tuesday. There are so many wonderful people in our sport, doing wonderful things! I like that we have a place, and a time dedicated to recognizing them! The Humboldt tragedy is a perfect example. The GoFundMe page closed after raising $15 million for the families. That is awesome!!
Professional Development. I’m looking forward to what we have in store for May. We have decided to consider May Hockey Professional Development Month. I think it’s perfect! Tryouts are over. The NHL playoffs are on. Summer is just around the corner. What better time to set-up players, parents, and coaches for success! We have some great stuff on-tap for May, for everyone.
NHL Playoffs. The NHL Playoffs are getting good! The Bruins and Maple Leafs are heading to the first game 7 of this year’s playoffs. I can’t wait. Two Original 6 teams, battling in a do-or-die, winner take all Game 7! Make some popcorn. This is gonna be great!
Wayne Simmonds. In the Players’ Tribune, Wayne Simmonds makes his pitch for Willie O’Ree’s Hall of Fame induction. His story, entitled The Astronaut, tells the tale of what O’Ree meant to him. O’Ree gave a young, black hockey player (Simmonds) a role model. He gave Simmonds strength to battle through the slurs and side-eye looks. Simmonds further celebrates the NHL’s gentleman ambassador, who deserves to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He should be inducted into the Builder’s Section, as early as THIS YEAR! Really, it is long overdue. Mr. O’Ree is now 82-years-old. He should be enshrined while he can still enjoy the honor, which he so richly deserves.
Brad Marchand. In the Players’ Tribune, Brad Marchand penned Built for Boston, where he claims we wouldn’t know his name if he played differently. We whole-heartedly disagree. Marchand is too talented to play as he does. If he stayed on the right side of that magic line, we would still know his name. But it would be for all the right reasons. You can be a pest, and score goals, without playing like a thug. Mr. Marchand, you will be more valuable to the Boston Bruins on the ice, rather than in the penalty box or suspended. You might find some extra cash in your wallet, if you weren’t dolling out fines.
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About this feature:
Loose Pucks is a quick roundup of stories that made an impression on one of us. The link will take you to the original story. Power Play is a spotlight on something good in our game. Penalty Kill is something that needs to change for the better. Loose Pucks is a recurring feature here, on Hockey Dawg. We hope you enjoy it.
Editorial Note: While we usually publish Loose Pucks near the end of the week (typically Friday). We are getting a jump on things, in hopes (however fruitless they may be) to take a couple days off. Please enjoy, and have a nice weekend! We’ll be back at it next week. Thanks for stopping by!