nhl top prospects

Idk if anyone had made this headcanon yet, but I present to you: NHL prospect Chris “Chowder” Chow.

Listen, NCAA hockey is no joke. So many of the best NHL players went NCAA first. You get to develop your game and go to school at the same time. And if Chowder is really as good as it seems, playing D1, you best bet he was on the radar for the NHL scouts.

He actually grew up a Boston Bruins fan, because both his parents are both from the Boston area originally. But right out of high school, before he came to Samwell, Chowder was drafted into the NHL. To the San Jose Sharks.

It explains his love on a whole new level. He’s more than just a hockey fan from California. He’s the chosen one of an NHL organization. Their top goalie prospect. The future of their team.

Just. NHL prospect Chowder.

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Prompt prompt prompt! Hockey!au in which Damen accidentally injures Auguste during a Stanley Cup final and takes him out of the game for good (concussion or neck injury or otherwise) and Laurent is the small, speedy player who snipes goals and has the foulest mouth on the ice, and who is determined to avenge his big brother and lead his team to victory (and Damen's heart). <3

Damen’s been watching tape for almost an hour now, and he’s not sure if he’s more depressed on behalf of his own D-men or just flat-out entranced. Of all the rookies to be picked up, and by all the teams. This season is going to be…interesting.

The figure skating background is obvious, but it enhances de Vere rather than holding him back. He’s nimble and flexible, he takes shots from angles that look physically impossible, and he’s one of the fastest skaters Damen’s ever seen. Damen pauses the tape; de Vere is a blur, gliding on one blade through a gap in the defence that nobody else would even consider to be a gap.

“I think I’m in love,” Damen says to the television.

“That would be inconvenient,” says a voice from behind him.

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Baseball Smut and Hockey Butts: Sports Stories that cater to women

It’s tough being a lady sports fan. This is not a secret. Better writers than I have talked about the frustration of seeing women athletes get a fraction of the attention their male counterparts do, of being ridiculed and constantly interrogated by guy fans for our interest in the sport (because obviously we’re not real fans, we’re just in it to impress our boyfriends and to ogle sexy athlete men, which you know, is obviously why I, a huge lesbian am writing this blog), and of gritting our teeth whenever a highly paid athlete’s involvement in a sexual assault or domestic violence case is brushed over.

             But one of the things that often gets over looked is that, as a women sports fan, I do not have a lot of options when it comes to sports media to consume. Or at least, not a lot of options that take into account what is appealing to women. Now sure you have your Bend it like Beckham’s and League of their Own’s, and just because their focus isn’t women doesn’t mean that I can’t still get worked up watching Miracle, or laugh at Major League (although while this movie is fucking hilarious it is also super disgusting in how it treats women.)But a lot of times sports media falls into the trap of a) trivializing the women who do show up and/or b) focusing purely on the development of its male characters as athletes rather than as characters.

              So then what does sports media that caters to women look like? Well I don’t think it’s as simple as “it has women in it.” I mean, obviously sports media that has women in it is catered to women, because that’s the only reason sports media about women gets made. But what about sports media that focuses on men, but still takes into account its female audience? Well friends, for that let us turn to Emma’s two favorite sports: hockey and baseball.

             There are a lot of good baseball movies. As America’s past time baseball enjoys perhaps the greatest collection of movies to its name of any sport. Bull Durham is the best. Maybe not like, objectively. But it’s the best. It is pure unadulterated 80’s nacho cheese complete with Kevin Costner back when he was kind of dreamy, and Susan Sarandon being sexy as fuck. There’s a scene where Susan Sarandon sexually ties a guy to a bed and makes him read homoerotic Walt Whitman poetry. There’s a scene where a bunch of ball players walk out to the pitchers’ mound in the middle of a game and start talking about what to get their teammate for a wedding present. There is a scene where one of the pitchers is shown pitching in lace garters, covered in sweat. IT’S THE BEST.

             No but actually, Bull Durham, is the perfect example of how a sports movie that focuses on men can still appeal to women. First let’s start out with how women are portrayed in the movie. There are really only two women, Annie and Millie, both of whom GET FUCKING LAID. Like, a lot. Annie, Susan Sarandon’s character, is actually arguably the main character of the movie. Deeply passionate about baseball, Annie is something of a groupie for the minor league Durham Bulls, and every season chooses one of the players to be her lover which the team regards as something of a good luck charm. The movie hinges on her choice between seasoned veteran Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) and new pitching prospect “Nuke” (Tim Robbins.) Millie, a sort of younger Annie, doesn’t necessarily sleep with just one man over the course of the season, but with whomever she likes, whenever she likes. The best part of this is, at no point in the movie are the women framed negatively for having sex. Not by the narrative, not by the other characters. Well, ok there’s one time when one of the players implies Millie’s a whore, but Crash immediately shuts him down. Also, despite sleeping with the same population group, Millie and Annie are kind of BFF’s. One of my favorite parts of the movie is when, in the first scene, Nuke and Millie are shown fucking in the shower before a game, and then two scenes later Annie asks Millie whether or not Nuke is worth sleeping with (Millie’s response is also great. “He fucks like he pitches: all over the place.”)  While Annie is the love interest of the two main characters, her development and, perhaps in some ways more ground breaking, her baseball smarts, are also really played up over the course of the movie. Annie’s desires evolve. Her insecurities and passions are brought to the center. She’s a well-rounded character, and her knowledge and passion for baseball are put on the same level as the men’s. She gives Crash batting tips, helps Nuke get his pitching under control, and also seems to be the only person in the country who notices Crash is about to break a minor league homerun record.

             Then of course there’s how the men themselves are portrayed. Bull Durham has a lot of that ensemble comedy charm to it. But unlike a lot of sports movies it doesn’t have…a goal. Because the focus is on a low level minor league team there’s not a championship to win or a hardship to overcome. The Durham Bulls are a shitty team, and there’s not really any getting around that. What that means is that the actual relationships between Crash, Nuke, and Annie, are put front and center and how they develop takes up the bigger chunk of the movie. It’s not just about men doing the thing and being men and winning the day. It’s about three people and their relationship to the sport and how that changes them. Also, this is a really female gazey-movie. Like seriously, topless sweaty pitchers in lace garters female-gazey. It’s not afraid to let the women be the ones to get their cheesecake.

             Speaking of which let’s talk aboutCheck Please!, the webcomic that launched a thousand hockey fans. CP! has a lot more liberty than most sports media in the story it tells, in part because it’s an independently published webcomic. Off the bat, it differs from most sports media by having a protagonist, Eric Bittle or “Bitty”, who is not only openly gay and a really great pie baker, but is also probably not dreaming of being a professional hockey player one day. Bitty instead is a small, former figure skater, who plays hockey on a team at a small liberal arts school, and whose relationships with his much more conventionally masculine teammates make up the primary setting for his personal growth. The second main character of the comic, Jack Zimmerman, is a former top NHL prospect who came to Samwell (Bitty’s school) in an attempt to restart his career after an overdose on anxiety medication and period of rehab.

             On the surface CP! seems to be a typical sports ensemble comedy, from the hockey haus parties to the eccentric personalities of its core group. But, similar to Bull Durham, there’s no goal (heh) in CP! The boys make playoff runs, Jack strives to reclaim his place as hockey prince, but these seem to take place in the background of the relationships between the players. There’s almost none of the hyper-masculinity characteristic of most sports stories. There’s a tender bromance between the defensemen. Bitty’s sexuality is talked about and supported. There’s an entire comic devoted to players on the team appreciating each other’s glorious hockey asses. Jack’s struggles with anxiety and self-esteem are given extensive treatment. One of the main character’s splits his time between exchanging profanities with his teammates on ice and discussing gender theory. Also similar to Bull Durham is the treatment given to its female characters. Though CP! only has two recurring female characters (Lardo and Georgia) and neither feature as prominently in the story as Annie does in Bull Durham, both are shown to have hockey knowledge on par with the men (Lardo is the team’s manager and Georgia is an assistant GM for an NHL organization.) Lardo especially is interesting as she is characterized as having equally close relationships with the team as they do with each other, and even fits into their bro culture while maintaining an identity outside of it.

             So what about the aforementioned characteristics make these stories more appealing to women specifically? Obviously having your characters not treat women solely as jokes or romantic props helps (not to mention giving your female characters the same level of sports knowledge as your male characters.) The titular baseball smut and hockey butts don’t hurt either (even from a lesbian perspective, it’s refreshing to not be the objectified gender every now and then.) But the thing about most sports stories is that the main character usually operates as a male self-insert fantasy, much in the same way that superhero narratives can work. There is a (usually white straight) dude who people don’t believe can do the thing, and then he does the thing, and then maybe there are feelings about doing the thing, but the focus is still that the guy who you can identify with did the thing. Now obviously sports stories can cater to women by putting a woman in this role instead. But Bull Durham and CP! do it by simply not putting their male characters on some sort of pedestal. In Bull Durham Crash kind of…settles on his dreams. He’s smart, but he’s not talented enough to make it to the big leagues and he knows it. That means that the story has to focus a lot more on his relationship with Annie and his relationship with baseball. Similarly, since we know the team isn’t winning a championship any time soon, they’re situated in the narrative such that we are able to see them in a much less glorified way. This makes the story a lot more compelling for someone who might not have been able to identify with the macho glorified narrative to begin with. The same principle goes with CP! We’re not invested in Bitty and Jack as athletes were invested in them as characters. Even though Jack’s goal is athletic in nature, the focus is still primarily on his recovery and his relationship with Bitty and his other teammates. We see the Samwell hockey team not as a unit trying to win a trophy against impossible odds, but as a group of loveable characters who form a support network for each other. Yeah obviously they all love hockey and they want to win. But those are more the circumstances that throw them together rather than the force that drives them.

I think what it comes down to is both of these stories don’t assume that a macho heterosexual guy is the only one looking to get something out of their stories. Instead they consider more fully what it means to be a sports story outside of a goal, how to convey a compelling narrative with a love of a game as the vehicle rather than objective. In turn, those of us that are frequently told that we have no business being fans are invited in rather than excluded. There are no prerequisites on our part for liking the characters, and their likability is established rather than being taken for granted. Now, all that being said, who has some recommendations?