major junior hockey

A Guide to Major Junior Hockey Names
  • QMJHL: French names (Maxime, Alexandre, Cédric, Pierre-Luc, Benoit-Olivier, Philippe)
  • OHL: Common white boy names (Ryan, Dylan, Michael, Nathan, Mitchell, Matt)
  • WHL: Uncommon white boy names + 50 different spellings for Brayden (Skylar, Braylon, Cross, Krz, Kale, Jaeger, Bode)

thecamocrusader  asked:

What do all of the abbreviations mean? (Ex: AHL, CWHL...)

The different Acronyms stand for the league names. here’s a quick run down!

International Leagues

IIHF - International Ice Hockey Federation

Pro Leagues

NHL - National Hockey League

NWHL - National Women’s Hockey League

CWHL - Canadian Women’s Hockey League

KHL - Kontinental Hockey League

Semi-Pro Leagues

AHL - American Hockey League

ECHL - East Coast Hockey League

SPHL - Southern Professional Hockey League

Junior Leagues

CHL - Canadian Hockey League (includes OHL, WHL, and QMJHL)

OHL - Ontario Hockey League

WHL - Western Hockey League

QMJHL - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

USHL - United States Hockey League

someone: kent
me: Kent V. “Parse” Parson (born July 4, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey player who serves as captain for the Las Vegas Aces of the National Hockey League (NHL). Parson was drafted first overall by the Aces out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leauge (QMJHL) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. In his career, Parson has won the Memorial Cup (2008), the Calder Memorial Cup(2009), and the Stanley Cup with his current team the Las Vegas Aces (2012). He has-

classy-mantis-shrimp-deactivate  asked:

talk to me about Holts/Jack like it is gonna save your life


So like, let’s start with their backstories, and the sort of common ground they have to build on there.  

They’re the oldest 2 guys on the SMH team since they both played Major Junior hockey (or a form of junior hockey) and started college super late.  I’m not sure what made Holster choose to go to college when he was 21, if he wasn’t drafted out of juniors, or if he just didn’t want to go and play in the AHL right away.  Maybe he also thought that college hockey was the right detour to playing in the NHL.  Or maybe he decided finally that he didn’t want to pursue major hockey.  Either way, I feel like that’d be a really meaningful connection for them.  Obviously the rest of the team also played hockey their whole lives but I think Holster and Jack’s experiences would be really distinct.

Now let’s talk about where they’re opposites:

  • Holster has 4″ on Jack.  Jack being shorter partner does things to me.  Imagine him having to lean up to kiss Holster. 
  • They both have the biggest fucking hearts but they show it in absolutely different, but complimentary ways, Holster is loud and brash and over the top, and Jack tends to the little things.  They’d work so well together, and for each other.
  • Jack’s history documentaries, and Holster’s love of 30 Rock.  I’m not saying they’d rock Netflix and Chill, but.. oh hold up wait, that’s exactly what I’m saying.  They may not always like watching the same things on Netflix but actually that works in their favor ;)
  • Holster is loud, and he can be pushy, but in the comics you never ever see Holster pushing Jack to be anything other than who he is.. I feel like they’d be the perfect Introvert/Extrovert relationship. Holster would understand when Jack needed alone time, and he’d go out with friends and enjoy himself, and would never make Jack feel bad or inadequate for needing space to recharge.

Assorted important headcanons:

  • I absolutely 100% believe that Holster made up the myth of the “Zimmermann puck bunnies” to cover for Jack when he didn’t want to come to parties, or when he’d get overwhelmed and skulk off to his room to be alone.  Like, normally Holster can be kind of pushy but when he followed Jack up to his room the first time and Jack just said he wanted to be alone, Holster didn’t press the issue, he took it as his responsibility to make sure Jack got his alone time.
  • I don’t think Holster knows anything about Kent, but I think if he did Kent would need to watch his back.  (and I say that as someone who loves Kent, but who also knows Holster takes overprotective to a whole new level)
  • They’re both ultra competitive (remember when they played Settlers of Catan and got board games banned from the Haus?)
  • But just imagine how the winner could make things up to the other when they do compete in something.
  • Jack knocking Holster’s backwards snapback off his head bc he’s a little shit and Holster is already too damn tall.
  • Imagine the two of them trying to cuddle in a twin sized bed.
  • Imagine Jack stealing a pair of Holster’s sweats, and them hanging low on his hips, and covering his feet when he walks down to the kitchen because they’re so damn long on him.

jdndjsnsn check please fans always make the argument “just because you liked hockey longer [not getting into it because of a comic] doesn’t make it more legit”. like if you read cp and then you get into hockey fine! go ahead and get educated on the sport; i think growing the game is great but acting like you know everything and not bothering the research about actual hockey whether it be the nhl, junior leagues or the NCAA, and starting conversation acting like you know everything is wrong??  basing all your information on an unrealistic comic is stupid. people just don’t go into the NCAA without play hockey before. that’s not how this shit works! also going from the Q to the NCAA is so not a thing. you can’t play major junior and then college hockey. you have to pick. kent should have played for the O if he’s from New York. NHL and NCAA rules are different so even if the NHL talk is limited it’s be inaccurate. if you’re going to go into hockey thinking it’s all fluffy and shit, you have a big storm coming.  just settle for a bit and educate yourself.

It means Victory: Nikita Kucherov lives up to the name, goes beyond the mark

Nikita is not Russian for Nicholas, it does mean Victory/Victorious

Killorn and Johnson were not wearing shirts, but they were listening to censored Drake

I was supposed to do this after Christmas, but he let me do it before. This was tuesday. 

the quote came in a fax machine, I don’t know who said it, but I’d like to kick his ass. 

“Though he has skill, he lacks dedication. He is willing to wait for a shot, he is lazy, careless, and a novelty. A player trying to play like Ovechkin but failing horribly. Riding the coattails of former players and faltering on his own. A second round pick would be a stretch.” –European Hockey League scout #124 post U18 Tournament (Released to writer from a confidential source n/m not released)

           Nikita Kucherov is a lot of things: he is a play maker, he is a sharpshooter, he is reserved and concerned about his English. He is not the talkative player that his centreman is, nor is he the quiet leader that his fellow winger is. Kucherov is put perhaps best in the words of fellow forward Vladislav Namestnikov; “Kuch is Russian”. Nikita Kucherov is not by any stretch of the imagination anything less than a Hall of Famer in the making. Night in and night out, Kucherov is moving up in the +/- standings, though some analysts will tell you +/- and Corsi have fallen out of relevance in the last few years. The thing Kucherov is perhaps most obviously is a beloved player, his name is just as seen as Stamkos’s, Johnson’s, and Palat’s. Kucherov is not “Lazy”.

           “I used to not talk. To me if I couldn’t say how [what] I wanted to say, I don’t [didn’t] say it.” That is one of the first things he tells me. His voice is softer than I expected to hear, he speaks quietly, as if I will chastise him for improper grammar. He looks at me with blue eyes that are only enhanced by the blue of the Tampa Bay Lightning long sleeve shirt he wears, the logo pulled a little and stretched with love. In his hands he holds a nearly empty water bottle, over his right shoulder sits a translator a few seats away, listening just in case. There are a few times I ask him something that doesn’t translate into Russian, that makes his eyebrows knit together as I try to find another word for the one I was going to use. The humour I use sometimes doesn’t hit the mark, but he smiles anyway when I do, maybe not truly understanding the joke but understanding that I mean to ease the tension.

           He is nervous. That is what I get when I first start talking to him, he’s nervous that there is a language gap between us. When he introduces himself, his voice and his hands shake a little, he looks around the conference room like it might be a jail cell. I realize that this is not where Nikita Kucherov likes to be, this is not his element. Having come back from a Pacific Division road trip that resulted 2-1 (taking 4/6 possible points) against the Ducks, Sharks, and Kings, he’s done his job. He’s been where he is most comfortable, in the presence of his teammates and on the world’s stage playing in the NHL. He’s not used to this, this  room with its painted walls. Overhead the fluorescent bulbs hum and the sun shines in over Garrison Channel. He looks like a trapped deer. He rubs his hands on his shorts, the fabric making a noise reminiscent of a faulty zipper as his calloused hands catch synthetic fibres. He rolls his shoulders and watches me. He never stops watching me as I set up my recorder, my back up battery, my notes and my pens. The battery catches his attention: “What’s that?” “This [I gesture to the battery]?” “Yes. What does it do? Why do you bring it here?” “It’s a backup battery for my recorder.” I show him the light and the beep that signifies the device being fully charged. He finds it interesting, it makes him smile as he looks at it light up on different levels as he talks, then I, showing frequency.

           “Johnny is more patient than Pally. Pally was learning English too, so when I say something he didn’t get, I say [it] to Johnny and he say to Pally. That’s how it was.” While playing Slavic telephone seems like a fun idea for all, I asked Johnson about Kucherov’s English “He is very shy about it. They both are, when we first started playing together it was kind of hard, he didn’t want to say more than ‘yes’ or ‘no’, sometimes I’d do something he didn’t like and he’d be mad. He’d just glare at me from across the ice, or in the room. I was scared he’d walk up behind me, or I’d have a horse head or something in my bed. That didn’t last. (offside) Stop laughing, Killer, I’m being serious!” As I walked back to the conference room and away from the sound of crashing weight plates and laughter  only broken up by “Horse head”, I thought how concerning it must be to not be able to tell someone what you really want to say. This has been an issue in the NHL for as long as players have been coming from Russia and Eastern Europe.

           “Do you wish that the NHL taught players and journalists Russian?” I somewhat shock Kucherov as he’s slipping his phone back into his pocket. “How you mean? Like school? I know some, but I don’t speak it at home”. ‘Home’ to Kucherov is Russia, more specifically the city of Maykop. When he was playing in the KHL, he played in Moscow, in 2011 he was drafted in the second round by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was then sent to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The young Kucherov went from speaking primarily Russian, to a region of Canada where the top language is, French. He was sent to the QMJHL to transition to the style of North American hockey he’d play in the AHL and eventually the NHL.

           Russian hockey is played on a bigger scale. In North America, a regulation rink is 200ft long by 85ft wide. An International Rink, like those used in the KHL is 200ft long by 100ft wide. I’ll save you the math, and tell you that is a 15ft difference across. When you watch any NHL game, your announcer will tell you that one of the keys to the game is a “North-South game”, up and down the ice to reduce opposition scoring. It’s one of the main reasons your forwards play such short shifts. If you’ve ever watched Pavel Datsyuk or Evgeni Malkin, or ‘The Great Eight’ Alex Ovechkin, you’ll notice they like to move laterally. It’s something that you have to know how to do, you cannot teach the Russian style of play. Regardless of how many years Kucherov would spend in the Q, you cannot stop playing like you were taught to.

           At this point Kucherov is still looking at me like I just said “You and I are getting married, we’re going to go to Mars and start the human race on a planet outside of our own” So I rephrase my original question. “Yes, I kind of do. I have people who can help me [he gestures to the translator who has been watching a Brady press conference on his phone], I have Vladdy, we talk to each other, but some don’t. It’s hard, the languages are different.” If you look at the numbers of players in the League, you’ll notice that there are more and more European players coming in year after year. Mostly they come from Russia, from Sweden, the Czech Republic (It is not Czech-Slovakia, it hasn’t been for decades, stop saying it), a select few from Finland, Switzerland, and smattering from Norway. The names on the back of jerseys are becoming less ‘Crosby’, ‘Smith’, ‘Orr’, ‘Shanahan’, ‘Boyle’ and ‘Callahan’, and more ‘Panarin’, ‘Kuznetsov’, and ‘Tikhonov’. Gone are the days of ‘John’, ‘Bobby’, ‘Steve’, and ‘Jack’, and here are the days of ‘Viktor’, ‘Artemi’, ‘Pavel’, ‘Nikita’, and ‘Alexander’. If we’re being serious, it’s ‘Aleksander’, but that’s fine.

           We’re becoming better at saying names that would’ve stricken fear into the hearts of our Grandparents years ago, but we’re not treating the players any better. The players still have to rely on someone who might know the language they speak, and given the spread of European players in the NHL, you don’t have to look hard to find a ‘Henrik’ or a ‘Pavel’. Still, I am sitting here across from a man who can’t say what he fully wants to say; someone representative of the rest of the NHL in the last 20 years with the new class of players coming over from Russia. He thinks a little more on the subject “Maybe if we taught you some phrases you should know to make it a little bit easier for me.” If it really only took a few phrases to learn to make it easier for your favourite player to talk to reporters, wouldn’t you want them to do it?

           I turn to the impressive season Kucherov is having. I tell him how fantastic it is to net your seventh and eighth goal of the season on the same night, and his ears turn red. He looks down at the shiny table and I can see a smile spread across his face. I decide to make matters worse and talk about the ASTOUNDING turn around he made between the 2013-2014 season and the 2014-2015 season. In the 2013-2014 season, Kucherov netted 9 goals and 9 assists in 52 games for 18 points. In the 2014-2015 season that culminated with an Eastern Conference Championship and a run at the fabled Stanley Cup, Kucherov more than TRIPLED his numbers scoring 29 goals, 36 assists for 65 points in 82 games. With his numbers being mentioned, he looks towards the ceiling, smile now visible on his face,  eyes a little misty over his breakout season, and says just loud enough to be heard, “it was a good season.”

           ‘A good season’ is how the future looks for Kucherov, sitting right behind Steven Stamkos with 17 points spread across 10 goals and 7 assists in 29 games. If this is anything indicative of what the season with Kucherov in your canon looks like, then I think that despite a disturbingly slow start, the Tampa Bay Lightning are going to be okay. Kucherov follows me out of the conference room, I shake his hand once more, his shake a little less, and as he passes the weight room, Killorn and Johnson still inside, I can hear him ribbing his teammates for not lifting the heavier weights. Maybe Kucherov is lazy, but it’s not on the ice.

Master Post: My Lockscreens

It seems like the quantity of my edits and your requests is big enough for being high time to make this post: how to find YOUR LOCKSCREEN

1) First of all, I’d like to remind that the easiest way for you to explore my edits is to use “Search” option that is available from your PC: all you need is to click my avatar staying on your dashboard, then use a loupe and just input necessary players name.

2) Another option available from your PC is dealing with the url: just change this [your_players/teams_name] to the necessary players / teams name, paste it to your browser adress line and that’s it: 

http:// tagged/ [your_players/teams_name]
Example: Seguin

3) If you’re far from your PC or you use a phone or a tablet, you may use this actual master list, where I give the links to specific teams. You can easily find it via a special tag: #master list 7172

4) My blog has been recently upgraded, so now it’s much easier for you to find necessary edits: just use a navigation box that is available from the full version of my blog.


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Tampa Bay Lightning
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American Hockey League

Western Hockey League

Ontario Hockey League

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

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anonymous asked:

thanks to you im now slightly loving Jamie. What are some things i should watch/know to know more about him that you recommend??

Oh my gosh this is such a loaded question. 

First you should know that he had to fight to get where he is now. I’m not saying others didn’t, but like. Jamie Benn was 5’6” at the age of 16 and not sure if he even wanted to keep playing hockey. He was drafted 129th overall because he stayed in Victoria to play hockey in junior and none of the scouts really bother making it out that way, apparently. He was also still pretty scrawny even though he’d actually apparently had a flipping massive growth spurt over the two years in between. He played baseball in the summer up until he was drafted, so didn’t spend the off season conditioning like other players did. 

Anyway, so he was drafted 129th overall. Those dudes don’t normally go straight to the NHL, or even straight to the AHL like some players do. He ended up spending two years playing major junior hockey with the Kelowna Rockets. I don’t follow junior hockey, but his numbers look pretty good to me? He had .65 gpg his first year and .82 his second, numbers he’d kill for this season, tbh. And that’s just goals, not points. He was more than a point a game both seasons. 

He made the roster in ‘09 and hasn’t looked back since. He spent, like, a month in the AHL after the Dallas Stars missed the playoff, playing with the Texas Stars in their playoff games. (They didn’t win that year, but they got all the way to the Calder Cup Finals where they lost to Hershey.) 

Characteristics: that dude’s a beast. No but really. There’s also this one

While the Stars weren’t amazing until they brought in missing piece Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn had pretty quietly been blitzing his way through defensemen all over the NHL. He was invited to the 2012 All Star Game, something he almost had to miss due to an appendectomy. He won the Accurate Shot competition in 10.204 seconds. (Faster, by the way, than Patrick Kane did it this year.) 

You can look through youtube for a million highlight reels, but the ones I’ve linked are some of my faves. 

He got named captain in September 2013 (Stars’ previous captain Brenden Morrow had been traded the previous spring). It’s been an interesting growing experience because while, according to legend, he isn’t actually that shy in real life, he is PAINFULLY awkward in front of the camera, and a captain is expected to be in front of the camera a lot. He’s clearly had a lot PR training because he sounds like a parrot in front of the camera sometimes, but he doesn’t really have the panache to make it sound natural coming out of his mouth. (For that kind of panache, see Shawn Horcoff or Jason Spezza. Hopefully it’s something that will come with time for Jamie, but it might not. No big, he can keep being the strong silent type.) 

When it came time in 2013 for them to invite players to Team Canada’s camp, Jamie Benn was conspicuously left off the invite list. Stars fans were pissed, understandably, because they (I wasn’t a fan yet) knew what they had and what Team Canada was missing out on. Tyler was traded here that summer, and that’s why the infamous “let’s prove ‘em wrong” text was sent. ANYWAY, fast forward to January 2014 and Merrin crying at her desk when they finally (FINALLY FINALLY) got around to announcing the roster (seriously if you were watching that live you know what I mean, it took FOREVER for them to actually get to reading names) and Jamie Benn was listed. I bought a Team Canada jersey as soon as they announced his number and I REGRET NOTHING. He was also pretty influential in Canada actually winning that gold medal, netting two game winning goals at the games, including the single goal in the America/Canada semifinals game. (STILL REGRETTING NOTHING.) 

He had the best season of his career last year, which is usual for brand new captains, because they’ve got something to prove, and also because he was matched up with Tyler Seguin on the top line. (Who, coincidentally, also had the best season of his career.) His points production has dropped of somewhat this year, but that’s also very normal for captains, and not something that I’m remotely worried about. He’s still producing at about the same level that he’d been prior to last year, and Seguin’s only picking up. (Well he was. Goddamnit, Kulikov.)

Speaking of his bff Tyler Seguin, they’ve made some amazing videos together: 

Valentine’s Day prank

That ESPN interview where they interviewed each other

Dude Perfect video

He’s got a tight group of friends from home (he calls out one of them in his ice bucket challenge video). Like, he went home over the all star break instead of going somewhere warm and sunny. Maybe because he gets enough of that in Dallas, maybe because he missed his mom, who even knows. He also really loves his brother, and has a matching tattoo with him

In summary, he’s a fucking amazing hockey player who loves his team, loves his family, and loves his friends back home. He shows up to play every game and is generally a beast. I adore him. 

For additional viewing pleasure, I compiled this list of videos the last time I was asked something like this. 

anonymous asked:

"your opinion on KENT PARSON."

I have talked a little about this before and obviously anyone who has read any of my fics with Kent in them will have a better idea but like I’m a fan of the guy, even more so I’m a fan of the Kent and Jack lighting up Major Junior Hockey together narrative. 

Like we tend to forget they where just kids, like they where literally both 17 for the draft and they where being hailed as the next comings, and that type of pressure is insane, watching your best friend, your boyfriend crack under that pressure is insane, I honestly don’t know how kent held himself together I don’t. I don’t know how he didn’t go through every day hating himself for getting to have this, for getting to have the NHL when jack didn’t. And maybe he did, that is beauty of the pre-canon is that we dont know. We know where they end up, but we can only extrapolate on what came in between.

To put it simply my opinion on Kent Parson is that he was just a kid, just a kid with the weight of the world on his shoulders, just a kid in love who had to watch his best friend disappear, who had to take on their dream alone, he was just a kid.