Thursday, November 30, 2006

The thought disgusts me

Here it is Hardee's Chili Cheese Thickburger back by popular demand. Yes it seems Americans can't get enough of these suckers. A mere 960 calories, 60 grams of fat and 1570 milligrams of sodium. A heart attack in a bun.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

We are entering the Penalty Free Sweepstakes

Well it finally happened. The laws of probability had to work in our favour eventually. The Storm went an entire game PENALTY FREE! So each player will receive a memento from Hockey Development Centre for Ontario and we are entering KEWL Penalty Free Sweepstake. Tie Domi eat your heart out.

Now about the game. Despite badly outshooting Vaughan, the Storm squeaked out a sloppy 2-1 win tonight. The win moves the Storm to within 3 points of Vaughan with 4 games in hand. Scoring tonight was Jasmine with a slapshot from the point that the goalie never saw. It was a rough night for Jasmine who spent most of the night on her rear end as a result of a faulty skate edge. Winning goal was scored by Heather. Sheri chipped in with two assists.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Tucker hit on Chara last night

Pound for pound one of the toughest guys in hockey.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Not entering a spelling bee real soon

Famous quotes from Coach Bruce - UPDATED

1. Always carry two hankies, one for show and one to blow.
2. Hey Alice, don't have a brain fart out there!
3. Even a blind squirrel sometimes finds a nut.
4. Were you having a blonde moment out there?
5. Have you met my cleaning lady Dorothea?
6. That's a hockey puck on your stick not a hand grenade.
7. That shot wouldn't have broken glass.
8. Do that again and I will shove my stick where the sunn don't shine.
9. This team couldn't pass wind.
10. There were so many of you in front of our net that we could have taken a team picture.
11. Holy sh*t house mouse.
12. Safe under the tag!
13. When you coughed up that puck I almost needed a change of underwear.
14. I know its almost Christmas but do you have to be giving away the puck?
15. Hey Buffy, stay awake out there!
16. They do that in Leaside not here.
17. Was that your imitation of a Zamboni out there?
18. That puck hit her in a bad spot...right on the stick.
19. Your turns are so large you have to skate through Hamilton to get back to your end of the ice.
20. That a boy, girl!
21. If you moved any slower we might paint you orange and throw you out on the highway.
22. I bet you could hit a one-legged pirate in the leg.
23. You dance with who ya brung.
24. None of the dickey doo stuff.
25. Remember we're wearing white today.

Storm goes deep with short bench

A short bench did not stop the Storm from running up the score on Leaside today. Rebecca B. lead the Storm with 2 goals in the 6-0 victory. Single goals went to Sheri (with 2 assists). Lesley (also with 2 assists), Jasmine, and Jackie. Very encouraging was the fact that the Storm took only 1 penalty to 6 for the Wildcats. On the powerplay the Storm worked the puck well and produced 2 goals with a man advantage. Shutout went to Nicki who now has a 3 game shutout steak going. The strong team game exhibited in last week's tournament has carried over to league play. With 6 games over a two and a half week span, lets hope that the momentum continues.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Zamboni drivers iced after food run

The good news is, they are most unlikely to be prosecuted for speeding. Two employees of the Boise, Idaho city ice skating rink have been fired for making a midnight fast-food run in a pair of Zambonis.

An anonymous tipster reported seeing the two big ice-resurfacing machines chug through a Burger King drive-through and return to the rink about 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 10. The squat, rubber-tired vehicles, which have a top speed of about 5 mph, drove 1½ miles in all.

The Zamboni operators, both temporary city employees, had to negotiate at least one intersection with a traffic light on their late-night creep from Idaho Ice World. The bad news is that the employees could still face charges for driving an unlicensed vehicle in a public street.

Canada's MVPs

Justin Morneau joins Joe Thornton and Steve Nash as Canadian born MVPs in the same year. We don't just produce good hockey players anymore. However my vote for Canadian athlete of the year is none of the above. How about Cindy Klassen.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Storm Player Directs a Hit

Tonight was the directorial debut for our own Rebecca R. in a production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible at Cardinal Carter. The play is one of my favourites and I was certainly not disappointed. I was impressed by every aspect of the productions from the actors to the sets and costumes. It's obvious the talent in our dressing room goes well beyond the arena. And I'm sure Rebecca appreciates the support from her team mates. Congratulations again Rebecca!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I'm confused

Does it come in BBQ or cheese flavour?

Just what I've been looking for the "Great Taste of Potato Chips" in my frozen fish fillets. Instead of finding new flavors for potato chips, the are making food taste like potato chips.

Congratulations Jaromir Jagr on scoring his 600th goal

Monday, November 20, 2006

Sunday, November 19, 2006

What a gorgeous time it was!

The final game of the Gloucester tournament against Clarington was certainly worth waiting for. Both teams displayed great intensity, skill and speed. The fact that the Storm was on the short end of a 3-2 game certainly did not take away from what was a wonderful weekend. When Madeleine was unavailable for the championship game, S.K. stepped up to play forward and scored her first goal in a rep game. And in a championship game yet. The other Storm goal was scored by Rebecca T. The unsung heroes in this tournament were the members of purple line - Lesley, Rebecca T. and Rebecca B. who checked tenaciously and created scoring chances on almost every shift. And others also discovered that were capable of playing at a level that we had not seen before. Most important, it was great fun. Many thanks to the people behind the scene to make the weekend a success. In particular our Manager Sandy.

Top 10 things to do on a Saturday afternoon in Ottawa when there is no hockey

10. Sit in on a lecture by Janice on the merits of throat guards, mouth guards and jills
9. Hit every dollar store in town
8. Accompany Coach Ron on one of his scouting trips of the opposition
7. Celebrate another birthday with Coach Bruce
6. Homework, homework, homework
5. Have Jasmine teach you the dickie doo move
4. Take S.K. to a buffet and watch her eat
3. Help Sandy write emails to Storm Executive members
2. Help Coach Willie locate the Ray Friel arena
1. Keep the streak alive!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Storm rolls into the finals

The Storm tonight defeated host team Gloucester 3-0 to finish in first place on a tie breaker (calculations worked out by Coach Willie but yet to be verified by PricewaterhouseCoopers). It was a decisive victory in which the Storm dominated from start to finish. The team played with excellent intensity and displayed great checking, playmaking and shooting. Scorers were Madeleine, Jasmine and the lovely Ms. Rebecca R. and another shutout for Nicki. Sure looks like our stay in Ottawa is to be extended.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Bring your penalty killers to Ottawa

Well eight more penalties for the Storm tonight that bring the total to fourteen for the day. Our opponents did not fair any better with a total of sixteen in our first two games. The crackdown on obstruction has made penalty killing critical and tonight Madeleine was up to the challenge. In the final minutes of the game she did a tremendous job tying up the opposition while we were down two players. The final score against Russell was 1-1 and both teams scored their goal while playing 5 on 3. Heather scored again with her third goal of the day. Does that count as a hat trick?

Funny thing happened on the way to Orleans

So here we are in Ottawa having survived the trip to the rink. Coaches Willie and Bruce made the 15 minute trip into a 60 minute adventure. We saw Cornwall, Carlsbad Springs, two cows, four pigs and a farmer's daughter before we finally found Ray Friels arena. But the trip was worth it as we took Rockland 3-0 to start the tournament out with a big win. The refs were a little whistle happy calling 16 minors before calling the game 3 minutes early because of curfew. Scoring for the Storm was Heather with two and Jasmine with one. Shutout went to Nicki. Off to Nickels for dinner and then Russell.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Candy cane bagels

I just don't see these catching on for either Christmas or Hannukah.

Ottawa opponents

Here are the most up-to-date records of the teams registered in the Gloucester-Cumberland tournament this weekend.

Clarington 5-2-1, GF-22, GA-15, North Metro Tier 3
Clarence-Rockland (C) 5-0-0, GF-16, GA-2, Ottawa District Tier 4
Gloucester (C) 1-2-1, GF-2, GA-7, Ottawa District Tier 4
Russell 2-3-0, GF-8, GA-7, Ottawa District Tier 3
Varennes 5-2-1, GF-21, GA-7, Quebec Inter-Regionale

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

NHL Power Ranking - Week 7

Power Ranking for the Leafs
(hold off those parade plans though)

ESPN - 6th (+4)
CBC - 7th (+7)
CBS - 8th (+1)
Sports Illustrated - 8th (+2)
TSN - 8th (+4)
USA Today - 8th (+8)

New Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees

Harley Hotchkiss - Builder

Herb Brooks - Builder

Patrick Roy - Player

Dick Duff - Player

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Boy that was close

A breakaway by Jackie in the dying seconds of the game produced a goal but just a second too late. As the clock was running out, Jackie's shot beat the Mississauga goalie on her stick side just under the crossbar. But the buzzer sounded before the puck crossed the goal line and the goal was waived off by the referee. Still a 1-1 tie provided 3 out of a possible 4 points for the weekend and suddenly team chemistry took a 180 degree turn. The Storm dominated the latter part of the game and came close to winning the game several times in the 3rd period. Paige moved up to wing and had a very strong game offensively. Alisha was very steady in net and kept the team in the game until the offensive shifted into gear. Rebecca B. once again scored a clutch goal. As well tonight marked the return of Mari and Coach Bruce. Great to have the whole team together. Can't wait to get to Ottawa!

Storm breaks out, Clearview snowed under

A revamped line up and attitude created a long awaited offensive break out and a 7-2 win over Clearview on Saturday. Jackie, a dynamo on the ice, lead all scorers with 2 goals and an assist and could have easily added to that total. Others scores were Jasmine, Heather, Madeleine, Sheri, and Rebecca B. The Storm dominated throughout the game even when short-handed. We were all so proud of Mari so skillfully served her one-game suspension. A certificate will be presented to her at a future game.

Shouldn't be too hard

Bad hair day?

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

NHL Power Ranking - Week 6

Power Ranking for the Leafs

CBS - 9th (+6) (updated 11/07/06)
ESPN - 10th (+7) (updated 11/007/06)
Sports Illustrated - 10th (+5) (updated 11/07/06)
Fox - 11th (+4) (updated 11/07/06)
Mirtle (Globe) - 12th (+6) (updated 11/06/06)
TSN - 12th (+5) (updated 11/06/06)
CBC - 14th (+4) (updated 11/03/06)
USA Today - 16th (+6) (updated 11/07/06)

Johnny Bower is 82 today

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Monday, November 06, 2006

Winless streak continues

Our second game of the season was against Vaughan but also followed a 17 day layoff. Unfortunately the rust was quite visible. Despite outshooting the opponents 30-19 and having a significant territorial advantage we were on the wrong end of a 3-2 score. Sloppy passing and weak defensive coverage provided Vaughan with the opportunity to come back after a 1st period that the Storm dominated but could only score one goal. In fact our second goal was scored with less than a minute left in the game, with Vaughan serving 2 penalties and with our goalie pulled. With a 6 to 3 manpower advantage, we scored only our second powerplay goal of the season. Scorers for the Storm were Madeleine and Stephanie. The honour of the first game misconduct of the season goes to....MARI!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Hotel and Ottawa Arenas

For driving directions from Chimo Hotel to arenas insert the following address
Chimo Hotel - Ottawa
1199 Joseph Cyr Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1J 7T4

Ray Friel Recreational Complex

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Map of
1585 Tenth Line Road

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Directions to
1585 Tenth Line Road

Orleans Recreational Complex

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Map of
1490 Youville Drive

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Directions to
1490 Youville Drive

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Wednesday, November 01, 2006