Friday, October 18, 2002

Hockeytown Blog: Here's a blog for Red Wing'ed fans.

Thursday, October 17, 2002

Sports Marketing Alert: Over at Andrew Sullivan's site, I just came across this little passage that made me shake my head:

The Washington Capitals hockey team no less are currently flogging a new piece of merchandise. They should come up with a better idea than a sniper fitted cap.

Here's the link to the cap in question. What Sullivan fails to note, however, is that a "sniper fitted cap" is available from every team in the NHL, not just the Capitals. Of course, he also ignores the fact that marketing and selling such a cap requires a long lead time, hence the decision to sell the cap was probably made many months ago, and certainly not in the midst of the current crisis.

Don't believe me? Take a gander at the results of a Google search on "sniper-fitted cap."

Now, as to why a cap would be marketed as "sniper-fitted," I'm just not sure. Perhaps the cap is similar in some way to the caps military snipers use. Then again, the term "sniper" is used in ice hockey to describe a player who's highly skilled at putting the puck in the net.

Of all the things in the world to get upset about, I don't think this should be on the list.
The Horton family legacy is one of lost love due to excess, drugs, and alcohol exacerbated by Tim's sudden and shocking early death. Hopefully this news will bring some redemption.
The legendary Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman's ring will flash only from his grandson's hand, now that police have determined what the Horton family has been insisting all along — that it was stolen from them.

"It's absolutely great we got it back in the family. It's an heirloom," said Horton's youngest daughter, Tracy Simone.

"Of all dad's stuff that's disappeared, this was the worst, because it was special to both dad and mom. They both wore it."

The diamond ring was presented to Horton in 1967, after his fourth and the Maple Leafs' last victory lap hefting the venerable cup above their heads.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Mighty Mouse Marian Morava returns to the Czech Hockey League after putting a fellow competitor in a wheelchair.

He is only 1.78 meters (5 feet 8 inches) tall. He weighs about 87 kilograms (191 pounds). He has blue eyes and, at 26 years old, a rather boyish look.

At first sight, hockey player Marian Morava looks innocent and harmless. But many in the hockey world have labeled him a demon.

The "circumstance" that Morava was referring to occurred during a February 2001 second-league playoff game between Jihlava and Trebic. Trebic forward Tomas Zelenka and Morava, Jihlava's defenseman, were chasing the puck toward the board. Zelenka reached the puck first, but Morava rammed into Zelenka, causing him to smash his head against the glass.

Zelenka suffered a broken back. Despite surgery, he remains paralyzed from the chest down and is confined to a wheelchair. Given his physical playing style, Morava may seem to be an ideal candidate for the NHL. However, the league has never drafted him. Morava said that "playing in the NHL is a dream of any hockey player, [and] I'm slowly losing my hopes."

"Although my chances of making it to the NHL one day are fading, miracles sometimes happen in sports," he said. Yet the biggest miracle that Morava wishes for is outside the hockey rink -- that one day, Tomas Zelenka will walk again.