On being an Olympic sports fan (three weeks late…)

Editors note – this has nothing to do with the Charlotte Checkers.  And although this is supposed to be a Checkers-focused site, they’ve been gone for what seems like forever, and I’ve barely had time to focus on anything but work in the past month.  But if you want to read weird ramblings about my love of the Olympics weeks after the most recent games ended, read on!

I know it’s been weeks since the 2014 Sochi Olympics ended, but I’m still kind of obsessed by them and in an Olympic hangover.  I planned to write about them throughout the games, but I was too busy watching the events and not getting nearly enough sleep to do any writing.

You see, my very very favorite sport, in ways much more extreme than my love of hockey, is the Sport of the Olympics.  I used a capital S there because to me, the Olympics is the very definition of what a sport should be.  It’s athleticism that rivals no other.  Patriotism.  Pride. Passion. It’s the only time where (for the most part) all differences can be set aside – political, social, and economic  – and the athletes on the field (or ice, or ski slope etc.) are equals.

My master’s degree concentration was in a broad sense, sports communication, but more specifically, the culture of sport. I wrote feminist papers analyzing the language of sport when speaking about women athletes. I wrote a paper about subcultures of sport, and communities of sports fans. I read a lot of great studies and papers on these topics, and continue to be fascinated by them. They have truly impacted the kind of sports fan I am.

So when I watched the most recent Olympics, I saw more than the stories that NBC constructed during their prime time and wins and losses by the American hockey teams.  I saw years of academic study coming to life on my TV.  And everything about the way the Sochi winter games affected me cemented all of the things I feel about being a fan of sports.

I love the community I experienced during the Sochi games. I got angry and ranted on facebook and Twitter with friends about the sexist commentary by Todd Richards during the women’s snowboarding events. I sat in a bar with a bunch of people I didn’t know, and we cheered together for the US men’s  hockey team. I shed a few tears alongside the amazing, strong, fierce women of the American hockey team when they lost in the gold medal game. I shed a few more when I watched the powerful story about the city of Yaroslavl and their loss of the Lokomotiv KHL team to a plane crash a few years ago. But through the tears, and the cheers, and the celebrations, I felt closer to my fellow citizens of this great country, and loved the feeling of pride we shared as we watched our athletes compete.

To me, that is the Olympics. It’s one of the greatest unifying events in our country. And I cried a few times during the closing ceremonies, knowing that the Sochi games were over, but knowing just as every Olympic games I can remember, will be filled with long lasting memories.

In case you were wondering, there are 816 days until the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics.  Rumor has it the Winter games could return to one of a number of sites in the USA in 2026, and my best friend and I are planning a trip already.  It’s never too early to prepare, right?

The Checkers and Knitting – A special Charlotte Knitting Guild Edition

To my regular readers…. you may want to skip this one!  It’s hardly at all related to the Checkers!  The Charlotte Knitting Guild has invited me to speak with them tonight before they attend the game against the Stars, and instead of photocopying notes and killing trees, I’m going to direct them here!  I had fun putting together some interesting facts about hockey, knitting, and the history of my favorite team!

Hockey Lingo 101 – Charlotte Checkers Knitting edition

The Charlotte Checkers – a brief history.  The Checkers first came to Charlotte in 1956, when the Baltimore Clippers arena burned down and the team needed a place to play the last games of the season. The Baltimore team officially relocated to Charlotte the following year, and in 1960, changed their name to the Checkers, in reference to both NASCAR racing Checkers and the fact that “Checking” is an important part of hockey.  The Checkers were the first professional sports team in Charlotte, predating the NBA and NFL by over 30 years.

The hockey leagues have changed over the years, and from 1975-1993 there wasn’t professional hockey in Charlotte.  When hockey returned, the Checkers were a part of the East Coast Hockey League, a AA level league two steps down from the NHL.  In 2010, the current incarnation of the Checkers began, as a member of the American Hockey League.  They are a AAA team, just one step below the pros in the NHL.  They are affiliated with the Hurricanes in Raleigh, and share the same colors, jersey style and serve as a development team for the Hurricanes.   Early Charlotte Checkers jerseys were blue and white stripes, but evolved into solid blue, then in the 1990s, a light blue and orange, and then in the 2010, switched to the black and red of their parent team.

The Hockey Sweater – The NHL was officially created almost 100 years ago, but in Canada particularly, hockey had been popular for much longer.  Most early games were played outdoors, so players needed recognizable uniforms that would keep themselves warm. A team would buy a number of usually patterned/striped sweaters, sew numbers on the back and possibly a logo on the front, and there was the jersey.  In the 1930’s, teams began wearing solid colored jerseys, and as the league expanded, a team’s logo became more important and more intricate to set the different teams apart.

Hockey Socks – Are you a knitter that hates knitting socks because turning the heel is too much of a hassle, or you can’t be bothered with remembering how to do the Kitchener stitch to graft the toe? Well, I have a great project for you, and that’s knitting hockey socks! You see, hockey socks don’t have feet.  Their main purpose is to serve as one more protective layer for the skaters, and to hold their pads in place.  Most skaters wear a Kevlar sock at least up to their knee (this protects them from gruesome slices with other skate blades), a series of pads, and then a pair of hockey socks that go from the ankle all the way up to their thighs, where they are often held up with garters and tape.

Jacques Plante – He was a goaltender who played professionally from 1947-1975, and won the Stanley Cup six times.  As a child, his mother taught him how to knit, and he would knit his own toques to wear in the bitter Canadian cold while playing hockey outside.  He continued to knit his own toques throughout his   playing career.  Despite being one of the best known (or possibly only?) hockey playing knitters, he is most well known for being the first hockey goalie to wear a mask when he played.  With pucks flying over 100mph these days, there is no goalie alive who would dream of standing in front of a net without a helmet and full face mask.  If you want to read more about him, here’s a piece I wrote last month!

 

 Hockey Lingo & Penalties:

The Hockey Team – Under normal circumstances, there are six players for each team on the ice.  One goaltender, who rarely leaves the area directly around the net, two defensemen who, like the goaltender, serve as the skaters who keep pucks out of their team’s goal, and three forwards, who’s major role is offense and goal scoring.  The forwards come in three varieties, a center, right wing and left wing, which is basically descriptive of where they play on the ice, however you’ll notice a lot of movement during an offensive or defensive push!  The two defensemen are known as a “pair” and usually skate together and often backwards (there are three pair each night), and the forwards skate with “line”, most often the same three players together throughout the game.  I like to think of the forwards as the knit stitches, and the defensemen as the purls, because without both key stitches, you have a jumbled mess of bumpy stitches in your knitting. I’m not sure what knitting analogy to make for the goaltender!

Checking – Unlike when you are knitting intarsia or other forms of stranded colorwork, checking in hockey is not a pattern in the fabric.  It’s a common practice, and involves one skater essentially forcing another into the boards (solid and plexi glass walls that surround the ice surface).  This is done to keep a skater from playing the puck, or to get a player to give up his possession of the puck.

Drop the gloves – This is nothing at all like dropping a stitch.  When two players fight, they dramatically throw off their gloves, often toss their helmets and the fisticuffs begin.

Hooking – a penalty where the player uses his stick to intentionally hold another skater or goaltender, much like a crochet hook intentionally hooks the piece of yarn you are working with.  In hockey though, this penalty will send the guilty player to the penalty box for two minutes.

Holding the stick – another penalty where a skater is called for intentionally holding the stick of another player to restrict them from playing the puck.  In hockey, this is bad, and results in the guilty player is sent to the penalty box.  In knitting, holding the sticks is encouraged, otherwise beautiful garments would never be completed!

Penalty Box – much like the knitting discard basket where UFO’s go when they have become problematic and fought you, the Penalty box is a plexi glass enclosed bench, also known as the “sin bin” where players are sent for two minutes or more to reflect on the bad things they’ve been charged with.

Kitchener Rangers – Unfortunately, nothing about the Rangers has to do with knitting or grafting the toe of a sock.  This is an Ontario Hockey League team (or “Major Junior”) near Toronto.  In professional hockey, the most common route to the pros is through a major junior team in Canada, though a number of players still take the NCAA route instead.  The OHL is a semi-pro league made up of 16-20 year old players.

 

Here are a few links about me and by me that you might find entertaining:

 

NCDT’s Nutcracker – The Bad Boy of Ballet Talks Checkers Hockey

Chasing Checkers – So Mr. Nutcrakcer.  You mind if I call you that? You’re kind of a celebrity in Charlotte.  You’re one of the many stars of North Carolina Dance Theatre’s Holiday production, right?

The Nutcracker – Actually, my friends call me Chuck.  And the ballet is named after me, so I’d say I’m one of the stars!

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NCDT’s Nutcracker enjoys an awesome Charlotte Checkers game (Photo – J.Propst)

CC – Hmm… I think I’ll stick with Nutcracker.  I hear you are a hockey fan.  Any team in particular?

The NC – Well, obviously as a Charlottean, I love the Checkers.  They are fierce! They skate fast, and occasionally do spinoramas much like the dancers in my show who can do pirouettes. 

CC – So do you have a favorite player on the team?

The NC – Nicolas Blanchard, obviously.  First of all, he speaks French, which is the language of ballet.  But mostly, I love that he drops the gloves and fights.  I love a good fight!

Go Checkers!

NCDT’s Nutcracker battles the Rat King (Photo – Peter Zay)

CC – You know, I’m a bit surprised with one so ingrained in the world of ballet condones violence and fighting…

The NC – OH, my shining moment in the ballet named after me is a fierce battle between myself and the Rat King.  I hate that stinking rat king and his minions of mice.  My toy soldiers overcome though.  I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, but I win the battle.  Every night!

CC – So, let me guess, when you come to a Checkers game, your favorite snack from the food stand is a bag of peanuts?

The NC – Actually, no.  I’m allergic.  But don’t let that get out… its hard to be a Nutcracker allergic to nuts! I carry an epi pen and try not to ingest them, and do alright.

CC – Wow.  I learned something new.  So, if you don’t eat peanuts at the game, what is your favorite snack?

The NC – Cotton Candy, obviously.  My homeland, you know, is the Land of Sweets.  It’s a lot like Canada, cold and snowy with delicious candy and ballet segments named after some of my favorites… Candy Canes, Marzipan, Tiramisu (which is not a flavor of soup, I get asked that a lot), and of course those tasty little Ginger candies.  I have been trying to get a ballet choreographed after my favorite Canadian candy, Coffee Crisp, but so far my request hasn’t been honored.

CC – So what element of a Checkers game would improve North Carolina Dance Theater’s production of the Nutcracker?

The NC – I really think a cameo by some of the Checkers during my battle with the Rat King would be outstanding.  Maybe some cross checking, a bit of fancy stickhandling.  It would be exciting!

CC – You work with professional dancers? What do you think of the Charlotte Checkmates?

The NC – I love them! They are nice, sparkly and enthusiastic.  I wish there were more pom poms in ballet.  The only thing I wish was that they’d wear tutus when they dance at the games.  It would be awesome!

CC – So, are there Zambonis in ballet?

The NC – Unfortunately, no.  There are however a talented crew of IATSE Stagehands who mop the stage and clean up all of the snow that falls from the magical fly loft during the first act. 

CC – It sounds like I should come and see your show though.  With Rat King battles, falling snow and girls in tutus.

The NC – I think it’s a pretty great event.  It’s not hockey, and you probably won’t see anyone get punched in the face and blood doesn’t bounce off the dance floor like it does ice, but it’s a great way to spend a couple of hours.  Check out the NCDT website for performance dates and tickets!

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Summer Vacation Homework: Flat Checkers

So, unfortunately for Checkers fans, summer vacation started WAY too early, and I still haven’t gotten over it (ask me about the pages of statistics I analyzed in recent weeks, and the essay I want to write about why I DO NOT LIKE the AHL’s new schedule format that eliminated four-in-fives, and only allows for a three-in-three, because I am convinced this change is a huge part of why this year’s Charlotte team faltered… an easier schedule facilitated too much down time, and goofing off, lack of focus, etc., thereby affecting the on-ice performance.  But I digress).

Since it’s vacation time, and I’m about to embark on my first-mini vacay of the summer, I thought having a small prop for vacation photos would be a lot of fun.  In years past, my world traveling hand-knit gnomes were used, but I want something new.

Flat Murph

So… enter the Flat Checkers.  If you know any elementary school-aged kids, you’ve probably heard of Flat Stanley, a series of books that date to the 1960’s about a young boy who is squished flat in his sleep, which enables him to see the world as a flat, paper thin boy who can be mailed, slip under doorways, etc.

I think Flat Stanley is pretty awesome, and what better adaption of him than in the form of a Flat Checker, small and flexible enough to fit in your carry on luggage, in the glove box of your Honda Accord (as the case may be for me!) or in an Envelope mailed to Africa!

I’ve created three print-at-home Flat Checkers, and am more than happy to create more if there are players you really want to see transformed into flat versions, just drop me a line and I am more than happy to oblige!  Just click on the names, and you can save and print them at home.

My personal collection of Flat Checkers will be visiting Banff, and sites all over Alberta, Canada this summer, and I can’t wait to share the photos of them!

 

FlatMurph  FlatMJ  FlatNash

 

Enjoy, and happy travels!  If you tweet pics of your FlatCheckers on your travels this summer, I’ll share them!

 

Charlotte Checkers Paper Plate Awards – Part Two

If you missed the first half, check them out here.

Submit your suggestions for the readers choice awards!  Sean Dolan, Mathieu Roy and Zach Boychuk all need awards!

2 – Rasmus Rissanen – Alliteration Award – Rissanen is a guy who I wasn’t even sure would make the AHL squad out of camp, when the defensive jobs Hurricanes-wide were at a premium, but he did, and alongside his d-partner Justin Krueger, became one of the most effective and important blue liners. Rissanen played his position well, and was a hugely reliable asset to the team.  I can’t wait to see him return in his sophomore season, because great things are going to come from this young man!

11 – Zach Boychuk – READERS CHOICE.  He was an offensive leader, and probably holder of the chirpiest mouth on the team.  There are all kinds of possibilities for this guy.  Submit them in the comments!

14 – Chris Durno- #Beauty Award  – Durno’s a solid vet, and his experience really helped a young Checkers squad. He’s looks a bit like Jack from LOST, and someone whom I don’t think any ladies would mind being stuck on a desert island with. But in all seriousness, considering he was sidelined with a pretty nasty concussion for a significant chunk of the season, Durno was a huge contributor to the team, and was the only regular forward without an awful plus/minus rating.

18 – Justin Soryal – Sweet and Sour Heavy Hitter –  Toughest guy on the ice, softest guy off. Biz with 50% less Nasty.  This is a guy I’d welcome back to the Checkers with open arms.  Best of luck with your recovery, Sorzy!

22 – Jared Staal- The Milkman’s Son Award – On a team full of players who share the gene pool with superstar dads, brothers and cousins, at times Jared makes you wonder if he really is related to the other Stanley Cup winners in his family.

22 – Brody Sutter – Biggest Fangirl – This guy tweets more about the teams he loves (Blue Jays) and hates (Canucks) more than any guy I know. His extreme disdain for the Vancouver Canucks makes me wonder if he has a secret centerfold poster of the Sedin’s under his pillow.

24 – Justin Shugg – WebMD award – This guy had no luck on the injury front. He missed nearly a month for cutting himself with his own skate during December, but when he was on the ice, he always gave it his all.  I can’t wait to see return for his sophomore season next year!

27 – Drayson Bowman – The Cavalry – Much like the horseback riding militia that galloped in at the end of a battle, Bowman did just that for the last couple of weeks of the regular season after becoming a regular in the Hurricanes lineup.  He had four points in his last seven games, and 26 points during his 42-game AHL season.

29 – Michal Jordan – The Stand Up Award – Stand up comedian, or stand up guy?  I tend to believe he’s each of those.  MJ is a fan favorite for his performance on the ice, and the wide array of funny sayings he’s well known for.

31 – Mike Murphy – One For the Record Books or, the NHL’s Most Graceful Loser –  In his first NHL start this year in Winnipeg, Mike Murphy stopped every shot he faced, and ended the game with a 1.00 SV% and 0 GAA, yet he still ended the game as the losing goaltender on the stat sheet due to an empty net goal scored by the Jets.  If that’s not an odd stat for the record books, I don’t know what is.  This season, Murph continued to be a character guy on and off the ice, and one of the most kind, caring and compassionate athletes I’ve had the privilege to know.

34 – Brett Bellemore – The Clark Kent – You know how Clark Kent was just an average looking guy, with a regular job and a regular girl, but then he’d go into a phone booth, switch into his uniform and BAM!  Superman, with super powers, and all-around awesomeness.  That’s kind of like Belle.  He might look like one of the guys, but put him in his Checkers gear, and he transforms into a superhero.

First Annual Paper Plate Awards

When I was in college, our theater department had made-up awards called the Snuffy’s (in honor of Snuffalufagus… instead of the Oscars)  Anyway, it was funny to us.  They were hardly serious, but just were a fun way to recognize the accomplishments and embarrassing moments of our cast and crew members.  At summer camp, I remember having paper plate awards, because nothing is more special than a white paper plate with a sharpie award scribbled on it.

Last weekend in Milwaukee, I was given the great, fantastic idea of having Chasing Checkers paper plate awards, which we could even call “The Chubbys,” but let’s be honest, that sounds bit like a dirty joke.

So, all credit and inspiration goes to Ryan & Co. at the Admirals Roundtable, since this is an annual thing for them, and I’m merely stealing the idea (with permission, of course!).

I’m going to post the “awards” in two separate posts, so look later this week for part two.

There are also going to be a few reader’s choice awards, so please put your nominations/suggestions in the comments.  If you are chosen as the award-giving winner, I’ll make you your very own paper plate award.

Special thanks to regular contributors Hayley and Tess, who both helped brainstorm the awards.  I couldn’t have done it without them!

1 – John Muse – The What If Award – When injuries to half of the Hurricanes goaltenders and prospects happened at the same time, Muse stepped between the pipes and carried the team.  Makes you wonder what would have happened if he had been able to stay in Charlotte… would there be playoff games in the Checkers future?

3 – Justin Krueger – Least Likely To Have His Own Bobblehead. Guys like Kruegs don’t score a lot of goals, or get in a bunch of fights, but night after night, he was on the ice getting it done.  He might not be a superstar, but he was a consistent, reliable defenseman and a huge asset to the Checkers this year.  If there is one player I’m most looking forward to seeing in his sophomore season, it’s this guy.  I see incredibly great things in his future!

5 – Joe Sova- S to the Izzo – Sova was a mid-season addition to the Checkers, and in 20 games he was a -10.  Sova’s a character guy who probably needs more time to get used to the Hurricanes organization.

6 – Bobby Sanguinetti – The Largest Strides Award – For a guy that missed a huge chunk of the 2010-11 season due to major hip injury, he came back and came back with a vengeance this year, accumulating 50 points in 60 games, which made him second on the team in overall points.  Sangs was a fierce competitor and could definitely be the team’s MVP.

7 – Brett Sutter – Your Dad Was One of My Favorite Players Growing Up Award. Honestly, is there a more talented family in the NHL, and the Hurricanes had all three of the second generation in their system this year!

12 – Sean Dolan – READERS’ CHOICE AWARD.  The notes I have about him involve phrases like best signing of the season, responsible, asset, awesome, etc.  So, how would you sum up his season in the form of a paper plate award?  Leave your suggestions in the comments!

15 – Matt Pistilli – Hot Stick – Early on this season, in an article here at Chasing Checkers there was a comment about Pistol’s Hot Stick.  It didn’t make the final edit because, frankly, it sounded a little dirty.  That remained his secret nickname all season, and rightfully so.  He had two game winning goals to his credit.  Two shoot out game winners, and all this from a guy who averaged less than two shots a game.  “Hot stick” forever.

17 – Jerome Samson – I’d Rather be in Raleigh Award – A menace on the ice and probably accounts for almost half of the SOG for the Checkers.  Unfortunately though, after being returned to Charlotte after an extended call up to the NHL, he just didn’t seem to have his head in the game.

19 - Zac Dalpe- Most likely to know where ALL the speed traps are on I-85 – On six different occasions, Dalpe spent time with the Hurricanes and Raleigh.  I hate that drive up I-85, and I only had to do it once this year. This is a guy who was an asset to whichever team he was playing for at the moment, and gave it 100% no matter what.

20 – Riley Nash – I Wanna be Like Mike – This is a guy who it’s hard to say anything negative about.  He’s a fierce competitor, and leader on the ice.  He had 20 points in 58 games, plus played in his first NHL game, and racked up his first point with the Hurricanes.  After he took over the reins from the Mike’s of Mike and Mike’s Mailbag, this seems like a fitting award.

25 – Chris Terry – The Ironman – This is a guy that in his third season with the organization, has missed only two games (due to a suspension I still say he didn’t deserve in early November).  For the second year in a row, CT led the Checkers in points, shootout goals, and was a first-time All-Star representative in Atlantic City.  If all of these reasons aren’t Terryiffic, I don’t know what is!

26 – Nicolas Blanchard – Million Dollar Smile - What he lacks in teeth he more than makes up for in talent. Blanch is one of the heaviest hitters on the team, and responsible for a two punch KO on an opponent. Blanchard was one of the most crucial members of the squad, as much for his work ethic and heart as for his contributions to the score sheet.

28 – Justin Faulk- Hate to see you go, but love to watch you leave. Selfishly, I’d love to keep him with the Checkers forever, but he’s phenomenal at the NHL level and had a great rookie year in Raleigh.

32 – AJ Jenks – Best Change of Scenery – Jenks is a guy who during his time with the Panthers organization, had underachieved a bit, and his reviews from the folks I know in San Antonio weren’t very favorable. But he proved that a change of scenery was all he needed.  He arrived in Charlotte where four of his former teammates from Plymouth were already stars of the team, and quickly found a way to fit in and contribute.  I have a feeling we’re going to see big, big things from this guy next year.

33 – Mathieu Roy – READERS’ CHOICE AWARD.  The guy had 18 points, and was one of only five players to end the season with a  positive +/- rating.  He killed penalties, and was a part of the power play unit.  There are plenty of possibilities for this guy, so submit your ideas in the comments!

35 – Justin Peters – The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Award – He was considered by many in the organization to be the Checkers number one goaltender, but had a losing record and relatively abysmal numbers.  He could at times be a terror on the ice for the other team, stopping every shot he faced, but then, when you least expected it, he would fall flat and allow pucks as soft as beach balls into the net.  When Peters he was on, he was ON, but there were definitely times he was daydreaming about barbecue from The Pit in Raleigh instead of focusing on his role at the AHL level.

36 – Evgenii Dadonov- Flight Risk Award – Person most likely to make you accidentally, and very awkwardly, make you scream “DADDY!” He’s also the most likely to pull an Oscar Osala and play in the KHL next season.


Valentines Day – Chasing Checkers style

Check out Puck Daddy’s post for NHL-themed hearts. I wrote these yesterday, and they aren’t AS funny, but being Checkers-centered makes them awesome in my book! -CC

Despite the fact I was incredibly disappointed on Sunday at the lack of pink autographed pucks being sold for charity, I can’t help but get in the holiday spirit, Checkers style.

My favorite valentine’s candy are definitely conversation hearts.  Probably less because of the flavor, and more because they are funny, and fun to give.  I’ve been known to make personalized ones on more than one occasion (even though sharpie marker makes them inedible), so I figured why not bring everyone some enjoyment out of special Checkers themed conversation hearts?

At the game on Sunday, there was much discussion among a group of my friends about what special heart we’d give different players on the team.  So here you go!

HONEY BADGER – This of course would be for defenseman and all-around awesome guy Michal Jordan.  He’s feisty and determined just like our beloved friend, the honey badger.  Honey badger don’t care!

O CPT MY CPT – Brett Sutter has been an incredible leader on and off the ice, and is certainly deserving of this special heart!

SAVE ME – Mike Murphy.  Number one in the goal crease, and number one in our hearts!

ICH WILL DICH KUSSEN – Excuse my bad German, but this flirty heart goes to none other than Justin Krueger.

RAP STAR – OK, he doesn’t ACTUALLY rap, and nor do I know if he even appreciates the musical form, but Joe Sova is deserving of this one, especially with such an awesome rap written in his honor by Tess and Haley.

TOOTH FAIRY – Poor Zach Boychuk… this guy has had more problems with losing teeth and having his mouth smashed up, he deserves a bit of Valentine’s cheer, eh?

AMUSE ME – John Muse is quite the interesting follow on Twitter, and loves to chirp just about everyone.

BABY FACE – Rasmus Rissanen?  Zac Dalpe? Drayson Bowman?  How do we pick just one?

FLOW – This was a tough one… do you give it to AJ Jenks, or Matt Pistilli?  Both have amazing flow… maybe our box of Conversation hearts will have some duplicates.

FRENCH KISS – Ahh, but to pick just one recepient…. Mathieu Roy?  Nic Blanchard? Jerome Samson? Matt Pistilli? The Checkers are loaded with French-Canadian talent!

ALL STAR – Chris Terry.  In Charlotte.  In the AHL All-Star Classic.  He’s a star everywhere he goes!

DRP THE GLVS – Justin Soryal equally deserves this one, or “TAKE ME 2 THE SIN BIN.”  My guess is plenty of ladies would love to follow him there.

POWER PLAY – I can’t think of a more deserving candidate than Bobby Sanguinetti.  That guy is a beast on the power play!

The Twelve Days of Christmas… Checkers style

Wow…. my written lyrics have NOTHING on the Milwaukee Admirals version of this song… it’s a good thing they play hockey and don’t have to rely on their singing.  HOWEVER, how much would you pay to see the Checkers do something like this??!?!?  

 

In honor of the holiday break for the Checkers, I figured I’d entertain you all with a song my friends and I “wrote” at the game on Tuesday during intermission… to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”…

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A Shaya doing commentary

On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two minutes for hooking,
and a Shaya doing commentary.

On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Three missing front teeth,
Two minutes for hooking,
and a Shaya doing commentary.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four Staal brothers,
Three missing front teeth,
Two minutes for hooking,
and a Shaya doing commentary.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five minutes for fighting,
Four Staal brothers,
Three missing front teeth,
Two minutes for hooking,
and a Shaya doing commentary.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Six D-men defending,
Five minutes for fighting,
Four Staal brothers,
Three missing front teeth,
Two minutes for hooking,
and a Shaya doing commentary.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Seven Sutter uncles,
Six D-men defending,
Five minutes for fighting,
Four Staal brothers,
Three missing front teeth,
Two minutes for hooking,
and a Shaya doing commentary.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight stitches for Justin,
Seven Sutter uncles,
Six D-men defending,
Five minutes for fighting,
Four Staal brothers,
Three missing front teeth,
Two minutes for hooking,
and a Shaya doing commentary.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine Checkmates dancing,
Eight stitches for Justin,
Seven Sutter uncles,
Six D-men defending,
Five minutes for fighting,
Four Staal brothers,
Three missing front teeth,
Two minutes for hooking,
and a Shaya doing commentary.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten minute misconduct,
Nine Checkmates dancing,
Eight stitches for Justin
Seven Sutter uncles
Six D-men defending,
Five minutes for fighting,
Four Staal brothers
Three missing front teeth,
Two minutes for hooking,
and a Shaya doing commentary.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven shootout shooters,
Ten minute misconduct,
Nine Checkmates dancing,
Eight stitches for Justin
Seven Sutter uncles
Six D-men defending,
Five minutes for fighting,
Four Staal brothers
Three missing front teeth,
Two minutes for hooking,
and a Shaya doing commentary.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve forwards scoring,
Eleven shootout shooters,
Ten minute misconduct,
Nine Checkmates dancing,
Eight stitches for Justin
Seven Sutter uncles
Six D-men defending,
Five minutes for fighting,
Four Staal brothers
Three missing front teeth,
Two minutes for hooking,
and a Shaya doing commentary.