Next time there’s a lockout because Bettman et al. have decided to throw another tantrum, I hope the NHLPA just sort of goes “well alrighty” and sets out to prove that the NHL needs the players more than the players need the NHL
What I mean is that they hire a few camera people and do things like:
Trying to play Sports That Are Not Hockey on ice. Personally I think Auston Matthews would be very entertaining at ice baseball
Buying a literal punch bowl and calling it the “Steve Cup” or something
Short reality-TV episodes following the lives of Tyler Seguin’s dogs
Players launching a public health campaign about the importance of dental care
A Hockey with the Stars type show where they try to make hockey teams with celebrities who do not know how to skate
Going to the Olympics
Lots of PK Subban style charity stuff. In fact, just lots of PK Subban. He doesn’t need hockey to have fans
Helping out with other union disputes. Just. News articles about fast-food worker strikes in Pittsburgh and there’s Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury holding up signs
Zdeno Chara could get a job retrieving things off high shelves or something
So with the NHL not going to the 2018 Olympics, here’s what we, as fans, have to look forward to:
1. Top draft picks might look into the NCAA through the 2017-18 season, at least through the Games.
2. Players currently in the KHL, who may have been contemplating a jump to the NHL, might now put those plans on hold.
3. Fringe players on expiring NHL contracts could make the move over to another league, like the Swiss League.
4. The 2020 lockout might as well be written into the rule book, because I can’t see it not happening.
But, you know, some of the owners are happy. So we really shouldn’t complain.
We stood in silence for Briere; a split second decision and a tragic loss. #21.
We stood in resistance against bankruptcy; we almost lost it all.
We stood strong for Lemieux; we were the backbone.
We battled for Lemieux; cancer came knocking.
We cheered for Lemieux; fight won and captain returned.
We cried for Lemieux; a retirement no one saw coming.
We cheered for Lemieux when he returned; our leader back on ice.
We held our breath for Crosby; the next one.
We sheltered Evgeni Malkin; a piece of the core yet to be built.
We stood behind Fleury; and stood when he could not.
We hoisted The Cup with Crosby; our core now built and decided.
We stood behind Crosby; concussions, injuries, and lockouts.
We stood behind Crosby; the golden goal.
We lost our voices for Evgeni; who kept our team strong.
We stood behind Olli; offering a shoulder to lean on.
We cried for Super Duper, a powerful presence and piece of our family; ‘Pascal Dupuis would never again play hockey.’
We offered a family and love for Phil; 'Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup Champion.
We made a comeback with Sullivan; and hoisted the cup again.
We stood behind Flower, protective and faithful.
We stand behind the team, the players, and other fans. We share the losses, heartbreak, injuries, and disappointments.
But more importantly, we share the wins, the happiness, players returns, and triumphs.
We are the fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins and we are proud.
While you’re sitting back and enjoying the NHL season, we scouted the internet to find you some of the coolest hockey facts you probably never knew! Below is ten of the best!
1. Kris Draper was traded for just $1 in 1993 to Detroit Red Wings. Thus, he began his reputation as the “One Dollar Man” and went on to win four Stanley Cups for Detroit.
2. Even if Wayne Gretzky had never scored a single goal, he would still have more points than any other past or present hockey player. He had more career assists than any other player has total points.
3. The Slovakian women’s hockey team qualified for the 2010 Olympics by beating Bulgaria 82-0. They later lost to team Canada in Vancouver 18-0.
4. Doctors in British Columbia are banned from talking about hockey during surgery.
5. NHL does not own the Stanley Cup and any hockey team could potentially challenge for the trophy in the event of a season-long lockout.
6. There are two dozen engraving errors on the Stanley Cup including misspelling Boston as “Bqstqn”, the Toronto Maple Leafs as “Maple Leaes,” and the New York Islanders as “Ilanders.” Only one of the errors is not a spelling error. When the Oilers won the cup in 83-84, owner Peter Pocklington had his dad’s name snuck onto the team roster. The NHL caught the error later and had Basil Pocklington’s name crossed out with X’s.
7. The original Stanley Cup was only seven inches high.
8. Prior to the 1927-28 season, forward passes were not allowed in hockey.
9. When the New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup in 2003, goaltender, Martin Brodeur took the Cup to a movie theater and ate popcorn out of it.
10. NHL overtime was eliminated during WWII, because there were restrictions on train travel, so they couldn’t risk going long and missing the one and only train that night. It was only reinstated in 1983-84.
Word Count: 2184 Author’s Note: Scared Jim is super sexy to me Prompt: Hey! Thanks for the lists etc! How’s about a Kirk x reader fic where the reader is angry at the captain, and blames him for her being attacked by an alien on an away mission? Thaaaankya muchly xoxoxoxoxo (@annalisehartmann)
You were working on some routine maintenance under the console in the torpedo bay when your comm chirped. You ignored it. You wanted to get this job done, and needed both hands. Scotty would understand. More to the point, he would also approve. Not being zapped by electrical currents due to distraction was one of his pet reminders. Your comm chirped again. And then again. Finally, rolling your eyes, you pushed yourself out from under the console to answer the call.
“Kirk to Y/L/N, please report to the transporter room for an away mission.” The captain’s voice sounded irritated.
“I’m in the middle of maintenance in the torpedo bay, and have a power lockout on bays 1 through 4. My estimated completion is in one hour. Is there anyone else from Engineering that can go?” You replied.
“Lieutenant Y/L/N, report to the transporter room. That is an order,” the captain replied. His tone was definitely irritated. You sighed and rolled your eyes.
“I’ll be there shortly, sir,” you snapped back.
“Stat, Lieutenant. That’s an order. Kirk out.”
You sighed and climbed back under the console to interrupt the diagnostics, and reset the system. Once you were sure the torpedo bays were functional again, and the console wouldn’t zap any unwitting idiot that happened by it, you made your way to the transporter room. Captain Kirk was there, red-faced, and fuming. He stomped over to you, and you could practically see the steam coming from his ears.
“Did I, or did I not, order you to get down here stat, Lieutenant?” His voice was a low growl. You cocked an eyebrow, and bit back the first comment that came to mind.
“With all due respect, sir, I was in the midst of a power lock-down console maintenance program on torpedoes one through four. Which meant if I’d just jumped and ran, the torpedoes would have been down for maintenance for the duration of the mission. I had to reset the console before I could attend you.” You managed to get it out without losing your temper, but not without rolling your eyes slightly. Kirk took you by the arm and pulled you away where no one would hear your conversation.
“Are you still mad at me about the ass comment?” He asked. “Y/N, I’m sorry, but your ass does drive me wild.”
So clearly all you people who think that Gary Bettman is a horrible person who is heartless are wrong because he’s actually a nice guy. I’ve met him, and I know from when I met him he’s a nice guy. Then this week he’s invited a player who is very ill to a meeting to be his special guest, then this story of him giving up his first class seat. Now all you haters are going to say the meeting one is him getting paid, it’s really not. Bettman actually does go out of his way to do things for players, that is not required of him to. One time he waited with a player, who was waiting for his teammates to show up to the hospital. Then he was at a children’s hospital with his management, because they are the ones to set it up, and when his manager said it was time to go, Gary told them that he was going to stay, and get a cab later because he wanted to spend more time with the players. At the convention he’ll jump off stage after panels, and sign stuff. Or after his group signings he’ll by the table where players, who didn’t win that signing, are just waiting, and sign some of those players things. He’s not actually that bad of a person. Yeah, he has made some mistakes, but he’s learned from those things, and he’s publicly said that he has. He’s apologized. You guys should really learn who he really is before hating on him. Gary’s not some big shot NHL commissioner; who doesn’t care about people because he does. He’s a classy guy, who has made a few mistake. Everyone you know, even yourself, have made mistakes. Maybe they aren’t the same mistakes, but they are still mistakes you wish you didn’t make, but you didn’t anyway. Because of that lockout his life is forever messed up. One day he will have to explain to his kids/grandkids why he wasn’t in the “Hat Trick” movie. That’s going to be hard enough on him. So cut him some slack. I don’t think you would want someone to poking at mistakes you have made everyday online because I’ve had that done to me before, and it fucking sucks. I’m proud to have Gary as my NHL commissioner, and I’m going to tell my kids about how proud I was to have him as commissioner. I’m going to tell them about what happened, and how those things just proved NHL has the best players in hockey because we didn’t just dump him. We allowed him to show us he didn’t fuck up the league, and that he was sorry. For that we stood with him, and watch him become most valuable commissioner. We watched him make six new American teams. You don’t have to talk to your kids about him… You don’t have to talk about him period. Understand that he’s a reason for some people still being here because I know for a fact that he’s a reason for one person. But understand that he will forever have to live with his past, and what that lockout had done to his life. I hope you can maybe see that he’s not that bad of a person after all. That he does care about people.
Alas! “Purpose” is finished! This painting has a lot of meaning to me and the title pretty much explains it all. You may be blind to your purpose but your heart will do it’s best to guide you in the right direction. Do what makes your soul happy!
Well there’s your daily dose of cheesiness.
My shop is still down due to the Canada Post lockout BUT she is up for sale via my Society6 shop: https://society6.com/jelopi All my art is Copyrighted.
This is Aleksander Ovechkin. Aka Alex Ovechkin. Aka Ovi. Aka My Dad. Aka The Russian Machine. He is from Russia and is 31. His number is 8 for everything. Gr8. The Great 8. He is Captain for the Washington Capitals and most recently the Russian national team.
He is a Gr8 leader but everyone thinks he’s really selfish but he’s not. His brother died when he was young and on Ovi’s gloves he has his brother’s name on them because he got ovi into hockey. He has a lot of heart and cares for his team a lot. He does some weird crazy shit that could be on jackass and he’s just generally known for being weird but he like plowed his neighbors’ driveways during the Snowpocaplypse Spring 2k16 and gives the cars he gets in giveaways to families in need.
He recently got married to a Russian model who is prettier than I could ever hope to be. He supposedly has a huge rivalry with Crosby but they actually really respect each other and don’t hate each other at all like the media portrays. His team bromance/boyfriend is Nicklas Backstrom and during the lockout a few years back, got Nicky to come to Russia and co captain Ovi’s team with him when Nicky is from Sweden