There is an alleged campaign to turn the Juice loose at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. Why should you help? Here are 36 reasons why...
Hey everyone, I was asked to pass along this message/advertise this opportunity by a friend so here goes. Calling all college-aged Caniacs! The Hurricanes need YOUR help!!!! They are shooting a College Night promo TOMORROW at either 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 12:00-6:00 p.m. There will be free food and a "secret" player appearance. If you're interested in participating either leave your contact information here or email Kate Shefte at email@example.com (not me!) for more information. This is a great chance to be part of Hurricanes' history!
After much anticipation, I am pleased to announce that the Canes Country Urban Dictionary is complete and ready for your enjoyment! As a quick recap, this idea was brought to me by maxcreek who...
Maxcreek gets all of the credit (or blame) for this one. The Flyers' version of CC has created an Urban Dictionary (click on the title to check it out). Max suggested, and I agree, that it's time we put together our own CC dictionary. So I'm asking everyone to throw some suggestions out there as to what needs to be included. Things like Camgasmic, recaptionation and shenaniganizing are givens, but what other words/phrases should be in there? It doesn't necessarily have to be CC-specific, we've cracked enough jokes on here about players that we'll have plenty of material. :) Leave your suggestions in the comments and when we have a fair amount, I'll put them together as a fan post. Have at it Caniacs!
There may or may not have been talk of an alleged fan campaign to use our write-in votes and get the Juice to the ASG this year. Again, ALLEGED. Well if you want to stay up to date with this "campaign" join this supposed facebook group. They may be posting links, updates and "oh so sexy" content all summer long and up through the ASG voting. You know, if we were going to do something special during ASG voting. ;)
Like all great ideas, this one was born by accident during a live game thread. Can men have "pretty" eyes? Well if the following guys are any indication, men most certainly can have pretty eyes. ...
Thank you to everyone that voted in our "Best of the Best" poll! After tallying up the votes (or just reading the totals), I am pleased to announce that our winner is....
Puck Tracks with Brandon Sutter (you can probably imagine that this pretty much made my day). ENJOY!
Jen and I had to dig a little deeper for this week's featured player, but I think everyone will agree it was so worth it. Please let me introduce you to Andrew Ferrence of the Boston Bruins who will be coming to town on Tuesday. He just happens to be a St. Patricks' Day baby (insert lewd "luck of the Irish" joke here) and will turn 31 the day after he (hopefully) gets his butt kicked by the 'Canes. Ferrence has only put up 7 points from the blueline this season, but he has missed quite a few games with nagging injuries (including Tripp's favorite ailment). As you can tell Andrew has quite a few tattoos (13 to be exact), but he is more than just a pretty (half naked) face. He is very active in environmental issues and was instrumental is setting up the NHL's carbon-neutral program. This program allows over 500 players to purchase carbon credits to help offset the negative environmental impact of professional sports. He also spoke about environmental issues at Canada's New Democratic Party's federal convention this past summer. So enjoy this unique combination of brains and brawn ladies!
I figured most of y'all had seen this at the Hurricanes' site, but thought there may be a few of us that don't venture over there every day (especially during the Olympic break). An amazing read and an amazing guy. Also check out the link to the first part of the story if you haven't already done so.
The New Jersey Devils are in town this week and with them they bring David Clarkson to entertain the ladies (especially Jen). Ok so "bringing with them" may be a bit of an exaggeration since he's been injured since the end of December, but you get the idea. This 25 year old winger is probably known more for his right hook (397 PIM in 195 career GP) than his scoring touch (73 points in 195 GP), but his teammates don't seem to have any complaints. Or maybe they do, but are too afraid to air them? He won the Memorial Cup in 2003 with the Kitchener Rangers (also the OHL team of his younger brother, Doug). After breaking into the league in 2007 (against none other than the boys wearing the sightless eye), the Toronto native participated in the "Young Stars Game" putting up 3 points in the process. Not bad for an undrafted guy eh? So enjoy the pictures ladies and maybe be a little grateful none of our guys will have to deal with Clarkson on Thursday.
Please allow me to introduce you to Darren Helm (left-no idea who the other young man is) of the Detroit Red Wings (somewhere Patrick Eaves weeps a little). This 5'11" 195 pound center is a relatively new addition to the Red Wings' lineup (he only played 16 regular season games last season). But after an outstanding playoffs (5 points including the series clinching OT goal versus Chicago in the Western Conference Final) he made a case to stay with the big boys this season and is saying "thank you" to the tune of 14 points in 37 games. Not bad for a 5th round draft pick. Helm brings a physical element to the game that opponents dread (he led the league in postseason hits with 118) so our boys better keep their head on a swivel come Thursday evening.
This week's featured player comes to us from Nashville, TN (well that's where he lives now anyway). Say hello to 6' 5" Jason Arnott is the captain of his squad, 2 time All-Star, Stanley Cup winner and is coming off of one of his best seasons in the NHL (this season isn't going badly for him either-12 goals & 14 assists ties him for second on the team). Now for some personal stuff (I found the Predators' media guide online). He enjoys hunting, fishing, and boating in his spare time. He also really enjoys CSI, vacationing in Hawaii and eating lobster. The person he'd most like to meet is Bruce Willis (don't question it). Oh and he has a dog named Rocky. :D
This week's oogle-worthy player comes to us from Trumball, CT (which coincidentally is only about a 20 minute drive from my aunt's home). Chris Drury is an all American guy (he even won the Little League World Series at the age of 13) that attended Boston University and has been lucky enough to find stardom at the NHL level. In fact he's only the second American born captain in Rangers' history. Another fun little fact to throw out at cocktail parties-he's the only player in the history of the NHL to win both the Hobey Baker Memorial Award and the Calder Memorial Trophy. His season has not gone well as he's seen his role reduced to a 4th liner (sound familiar ladies?) and only put up 14 points in 33 games, but Rangers' faithful have hope that he will return to his 60+ point form. But if hockey doesn't pan out, perhaps he has a second career as model waiting in the wings?
Another week, another featured player. This week we're spotlighting King Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. This All-Star goalie is tapped to be the man between the pipes for Sweden in Vancouver and has quickly become one of the elite netminders in the NHL. Plus it's hard to argue that someone with these stats: 2004 Best Dressed Man in Sweden; People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in 2006; Page Six Magazine's Top 25 Best Dressed in 2008 doesn't deserve to be our player of the week! So enjoy King Henrik's combination of old-school Hollywood good looks and his modern-day NHL level talent ladies!
This week may have been the toughest week I've encountered so far in our appreciation of the best of the best in the NHL. But thanks to some serious searching on google images (and a little help from Jen), I am pleased to introduce you to Gregory Campbell of the Florida Panthers. This 6' 200 pound center scored a career high 32 points last season in only his third full year in the league. But perhaps what is most important to keep in mind about Campbell is his lineage because on Father's Day he sends a card to Colin Campbell, the current NHL Director of Hockey Operations and the one spinning that big roulette wheel of justice. Of course, that didn't stop our very own Timmo Gleasonen from taking him on and winning rather easily if I do say so myself.
In our continued exploration of best of the best here at CC, I'd like to introduce everyone to Mike Fisher. The 29 year old alternate captain put up 32 points last season, but has already notched 23 points this season. He's going to be a hard person to contain Saturday as he always does well against the boys wearing the sightless eye (17 career points in 25 games played). But never fear, he's not just a pretty goal scoring machine. He's also a Selke trophy nominee and will add physicality to his game when needed. And as if there weren't already enough reasons to hate Carrie Underwood, we can add "she dates Mike Fisher" to the list.
A really nice article on the Secret Weapon. It's hard to believe that he's getting ready to play his 500th game with the Canes. A little trip down memory lane with stops at some of his best moments.
Oooo la la. This week we are graced with the fantastic Frenchman Maxim Lapierre of the Montreal Canadiens. While his pro career hasn't been very long or all that spectacular, he's earned himself a permanent 3rd or 4th line slot with the big squad for the past two years. He's racked up more penalty minutes than points so far in his young career which should probably give us all a clue as to how he approaches the game. Apparently his interests include construction...well if you believe the photo anyway. Any French speakers out there that want to translate the caption?
This week's featured player will be making an appearance in Raleigh on Wednesday when the LA Kings come to town. So ladies, say hello to Jarret Stoll. This 27 year old Saskatchewan born center has never matched his point production from 05-06 when he went 22-46-68 with the Oilers. Since then he's been hovering around 40 points a year which while impressive isn't nearly as remarkable as that magical campaign. He's currently centering the second line on a rather surprisingly good Kings squad that features former Hurricane Justin Williams (who was a close second in the selection process for this illustrious honor). Now while all this information is interesting, we all likely know him more for his much publicized romance with supermodel Rachel Hunter. Sadly the uber attractive couple called it quits just months before their star-studded wedding was supposed to take place. And despite rumors that it was Stoll doing the dumping, I feel I need to offer this word of advice to Jarret-stay away from anyone Sean Avery has dated.
Another week, another featured player. This time the lucky guy is Jeff Carter of the Philadelphia Flyers. This 24 year old center is probably just as well known for his off ice extracurricular activities (I chose not to use those photos) as he is for his point total (which hit a career high last season with 84 total). While he hasn't gotten off to such a hot start this season, chances are he'll be one of the league leaders for years to come.
Pretty slim pickings this week-Minnesota and Colorado are not attractive teams. So without further ado, may I present this week's player of the week-Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders. I know what you may be thinking-who is he? I haven't heard of him before. Well that's probably because he hasn't played a game since January of '09. This one time All Star is as fragile as they come and underwent hip and knee (both left and right) surgery last season. I think it's probably safe to assume that his return can't come fast enough for fans (especially those that are female) and the man signing his gigantic paychecks ($67.5 million over 15 years? Suddenly Cam's extension is looking better and better!)
Per HM's request, and probably much to the dismay of the male contributors, we have officially started our "Player of the Week" (a less inflammatory title than "hottie of the week" although you are more than welcome to think of it that way) feature. As the name suggests, each week we will spotlight a player from the Canes' upcoming opponents that has...league-wide appeal. This week, players from Tampa Bay, Philly and Boston were considered. After much thoughtful deliberation, "research", and some outside input, the Lightning's Victor Hedman proved to be head and shoulders above the rest. This 18 year old Swedish d-man is being touted as the next Chris Pronger (no word on how his elbows factor into that comparison) and Lightning management hopes that he will cure their playoff woes (read drought). It will be interesting to see if he lives up to the hype and if he'll outshine other top picks from his draft class. He'll make his NHL debut this Saturday against Atlanta.
A great guy both on and off the ice. "The one thing I really am sad about is that I didn’t retire a Hurricane," Hedican said Tuesday from his home in California. "I really wanted to. I wish it was possible to sign a one-day contract. I’d pay (general manager) Jimmy (Rutherford) to let me sign for a dollar and put the jersey on again." I really wish there was a way to get that to happen for him.
An NHL.com article about Murphy's remarkable play at the tournament. Some nice quotes from JR and Tommy B.
Alright ladies (and the guys brave enough to venture over here), Here is the first ever edition of the Girlfriend's Guide to Hockey. In order to pass the time until the season starts (and possibly some slow spots in the season), we'll discuss some of the best of the NHL (ok there may be a little more drooling than discussing, but at least it's contained). Today/tonight's topic-the best goaltenders of the NHL. I've included a photo courtesy of LTD's site to start things, but feel free to add your own photos/comments about any of your favorite goalies!
NHL.com is spotlighting each team through the month of August and the Canes' "date" is coming up-August 6th. I thought other people would be interested in anything else to hold them over until training camp!
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