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Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 18:25

With all the talk of Frozen Fenway, you were probably wondering how much of the green stuff The Green Monster pumped into the regional economy, weren't you? Well, you were. Even if you didn't realize it. (Or at least that's how it was with us anyhow.) In any case, all jabbering aside, we've got an answer, (more accurately, the Boston Herald does, but who really wants to split hairs there?):

Last month's series of "Frozen Fenway" events at the home of the Boston Red Sox [team stats] pumped nearly $30 million into the regional economy, according to an estimate from the Hub's tourism bureau.

Most of the spending came from the two weekend hockey games (held Jan. 7 and 14) pitting the University of Vermont against UMass and Northeastern vs. Boston College.

"The direct spending from fans ... alone is significant, but we also saw a huge boost from indirect spending on ancillary services and staff needed to help support the visitor demand during this time," said Pat Moscaritolo, CEO of the visitors bureau.

All joking aside, it really was a remarkable event and already we're waiting with bated breath for next year. (However, considering it's still February, maybe it'd be better to breathe normally. At least until July.)

Frozen Fenway pumps estimated $30M into economy - Boston Herald


Friday, December 9, 2011 - 11:23

Last we checked, the better part of our old gear was stashed, crushed, mashed and pancaked into boxes beneath the basement stairs. The pads and mouth guards might very well be the breeding grounds for the next penicillin. The old sticks — the braided Christian, the naked Sherwood, the orange Easton —have all long gone to that big ice box in the sky.

And really, that’s all just a long-winded way of saying that the majority of that old gear has gradually made the shift from “equipment” to “junk,” (and in some cases, “toxic”). But it doesn’t have to be that way. We took a few minutes over the past few days to look for alternate uses for that discarded equipment and found a few you might expect: 

We found some DIY sites for modifying sticks into chairs and curtain rods and picture frames:
































































And there were some different and less expected variations: Dresses from hockey jerseys. “Snowflakes” and canes from sticks









































And then we came across …Well, just look for yourself: 

Apple Island, tiled digital printout and hockey gear on plywood, 96" x 96", 2006. – Liz Pead: Island, tiled digital printout and hockey gear on plywood, 96" x 96", 2006. – Liz Pead:






















This is just about as creative a use for gear as we’ve ever seen — though the word "creative" hardly comes even close to giving it justice. It's the work of Toronto artist Liz Pead, and if you've got a minute or ten to spare, it's definitely something worth your time. Here's a link to her website. And here's an interview she did with World of Threads Festival with a lot more photos of her work. Check it out.

Maple LEAF Tree, recycled hockey sticks and hockey cards on wooden armature, height is 14 feet tall, 2008.Maple LEAF Tree, recycled hockey sticks and hockey cards on wooden armature, height is 14 feet tall, 2008.





















Bayside Field: A View to St. Croix Island, recycled hockey gear and oil paint on plywood, 120" x 60" x 60", 2008.Bayside Field: A View to St. Croix Island, recycled hockey gear and oil paint on plywood, 120" x 60" x 60", 2008.



Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 17:40

We get our fair share of mail here at USA Hockey Magazine — Slaps submissions come in by the truckload (it’s a fairly small truck), books appear on our desks and wait to be read and reviewed, extra issues need to be sent out and distributed, addresses need to be changed. But every now and again, we get letters. We read them all, but there was one we recently picked out of the bin that really struck a chord with us. It’s about as earnest a note as we’ve ever seen. And — having obtained the author’s permission — we’d like to share it with you.


Hockey Expectations by Lily Fine, Age 11:

Truth be told I’ve never played hockey. I used to wish to be on the team. Both my brother and sister played hockey and I’ve been dragged along to all their games. I watch and see all the players score goals. The smiles on their faces seem to make the whole rink glow. For a while, I was sick of hockey. I didn’t like going to all the games because they were boring. Then I told myself that the people skating are having fun. Imagine what it would be like to be them. My imaginations kept me occupied throughout the games.

The puck is coming straight towards you, so is the whole opposing team. You snatch up the puck and skate as fast as you can towards the goal. The goalie stares at you and you stare at the goalie, then you fake right and pick a spot on the left to shoot at. Your stick goes back and you concentrate as hard as you can. Suddenly you feel ready and you whack the puck as hard as you can. The buzzer goes off. Goal!! The crowd goes wild! You can hear the blood pumping in your ears as the whole team comes to congratulate you. What a game!!

My goal is to be the best I can be, to skate as fast as I can. If I shot and scored the winning goal, it would make me the man. But if I miss I will be sad, my teammates will comfort me, tell e it wasn’t too bad. But in my heart, I’ll always know I didn’t get the goal.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 09:09

When we were growing up, gelatin was formed into blue and red stars, wobbled in our shaking hands and stained our palms with its food-color-ly goodness. It never occurred to us to do much else with it. Because it’s (basically) food and — as any mother will instruct you, ours included, prompted or not — food is not to be played with. Unless you are this guy. In which case, we’d encourage it:




And this is why we love you, Internet. (Thanks Puck Daddy for the link).

More Foo-gos Here

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 12:41

There are certain promotions and marketing staples we enjoy more than others. We are always down to "Chuck a Puck" or to participate en masse in the slightly fluffier version of the "Teddy Bear Toss." Making it on the Kiss Cam is a personal goal we’d like to see fulfilled sometime in the relatively near future, though we’d prefer to have time to notice for fear of landing on the big screen with a hockey-loving sibling.

And then there are some that make us a bit concerned:

Scores of people tried this morning, but Ted Allavena, 25, of Northeast Philadelphia, found the lucky puck trapped in a block of ice like the Flyers logo near the Clothespin statue. Hidden inside the puck were two tickets to Wednesday night's home opener. The exercise, which lasted nearly four hours at 15th and Markets Streets, gave "playing the hot hand" a new meaning. No tools, like keys, were allowed - only the warmth of hands to melt enough ice to free any of the 100 pucks.

Now, this actually seems like it could be entertaining; it’s the concept of putting your hand on something for an extended period that makes us nervous — primarily because its potential application to other forms of entertainment or infiltrate other areas of consumer-dom.

Case in point:

The Circus: “Leave you hand in the lion’s mouth for 30 seconds and win a snow-cone!”

Any other possible places where this idea could go wrong?

Fans claw giant ice block for Flyers tix

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 13:25

Interesting hockey memorabilia-related story out of Canada that we totally missed yesterday:

Photo: Getty Sports Images. And this should go without saying, but this is NOT the stick in question.Photo: Getty Sports Images. And this should go without saying, but this is NOT the stick in question.

After spending the past three years documenting “the provenance of the vintage sporting artifact, which he bought from a Cape Breton barber who had it on display for decades in his North Sydney, N.S., shop,” 44-year-old Mark Presley is ready to sell.

The owner of a curved hunk of maple wood, carved from a tree cut down about 170 years ago in Nova Scotia, has revealed plans to sell the object — which may well be the world's oldest hockey stick.
By retracing the stick's ownership through several generations of the Moffatt family, a settler clan that was farming outside of North Sydney by the early 1800s, Presley compiled considerable archival and other evidence that the object was probably used in early, shinny-like games of "hurley" at a popular skating site called Pottle Lake.
The 2006 sale of another, somewhat younger stick from 19th-century Ontario, which reportedly went to a private collector of hockey memorabilia for $1.9 million, suggests the Nova Scotia relic could fetch a significant price.

Question: Does the purchase of the “hand-hewn, maple wood hockey stick — believed to be among the oldest hockey sticks in existence” include the Band-Aids, tweezers and gauze necessary to remove all the splinters the buyer’s sure to get while handling the thing or are those items sold separately?

Side Note: Also, in case anyone’s is in the market for a totally awesome stick that we might or might not have broken into pieces when we were seven after slamming it into the ice and blaming it on our younger brother, we are currently accepting offers.

N.S. man announces plans to sell ancient hockey stick - The Montreal Gazette

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 17:20
- Oleg [Yevenko] is so tall, and new assistant coach Blaise MacDonald so short that MacDonald will be so far away from him that he might as well text message his instructions.
- If you watch a UMass hockey practice, the defensemen wear black jerseys, but don't worry, you really won't need a number or a jersey color to find him. He sticks out.
- "If I stand up," Cahoon said doing so holding a stick straight up. "His stick is like this ( a few head lengths over his head).
- Well, he had to be a basketball player, or he was a new UMass hockey player helping Toot address a practice of a squirt team. Trust me on this one, this guy is big.
- The Cyclops had a great club which was lying near one of the sheep pens; it was of green olive wood, and he had cut it intending to use it for a staff as soon as it should be dry. It was so huge that we could only compare it to the mast of a twenty-oared merchant vessel of large burden, and able to venture out into open sea. (We kid.)

Anyhow. What goes unmentioned is the fact that this new and more-than-slightly-out-of-place addition to the UMass squad is not what you might consider one of those “gentle giants” of lore. We’re fairly certain that any of the guys on the receiving end of those 119 or 197 regular-season penalty minutes he banked while with the USHL Fargo Force (2009-10; 2010-11 respectively) would probably be inclined to agree.

Someone looked out of place at first UMass hockey practice -


Monday, October 3, 2011 - 17:14

We need to file a confession:

There are days when it’s not easy to be a member of the media and the challenges you run up against seem insurmountable. Days when you wake up in the morning, bleary-eyed, look up into the mirror after washing away the sleep from your eyes and realize you’re really much too handsome for your own good. Days when it requires you to hide in bushes and behind coat racks to photograph Jackie Onassis, to spend all hours of the night following the most recent celebrity du jour. And of course there are the days when Brandon Prust makes you first apologize for stepping on the Rangers’ crest. And then he makes you kiss it.

Although the network’s romantic involvement with the crest goes unmentioned in the NY Daily News, we can only hope the kiss is featured prominently in the up-coming release.

HBO '24-7' crew shows up at New York Rangers practice facility; coach John Tortorella could be star - NY Daily News

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 17:09

The gap between sushi and hockey after a longtime coming has finally been bridged. And even though we’re a bit skeptical about the curious inclusion of the ingredient that tops the winning recipe from Cogliano — jalapenos — and wonder if it might be a fun prank to play here around the office, we respect the winner.

Ducks continue to roll ... the sushi - OC Register


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