Ladies and gentlemen, its time for my weekly segment in which I give my thumbs up or the thumbs down to events and happenings throughout the NHL, hockey matters locally, or even just the city I live in.
Before I go into that, I’d like to divulge a little about myself so many of you can understand me better. I have played hockey since I was 6 years old and vividly remember growing up believing I would grace the same ice as many of the professionals you see today. Well that dream came crashing down quickly once I stopped growing and didn’t develop muscles. Not bitter about the matter but you get the picture. I now coach a younger generation so that they develop the love I had and still have, for a great sport. Also, I light it up consistently in local beer leagues. Now, I’m getting a little carried away.
NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND: On side, even though it was a long stretch pass from the far blue line. I love the idea of the draft and how they took the Conference element out of the picture. There are a lot of elite players that despite team affiliations still remain friends no matter how fierce the play is. I enjoyed the draft but wish the players would have went a little more loose (perhaps some social lubricant can fix that for next year). Overall though, the idea was fresh and new. I look forward to next year when the younger talent is even better and Sidney Crosby’s all world talents are on display as well.
PINE CLIFF PARK SKATING POND:A mile off side. It’s only been below freezing for the past week and a half yet the skating pond is still closed. How am I supposed to be a mini Guy Lafleur if I can’t even step out on the pond. Bad form on Frederick County for their choice to keep the pond closed this entire time. I’ll be more than happy to shovel and clear the ice surface for them, it’s not a big deal. Just get on side Frederick County, just get on side.
More to follow next week. Once again, this is only the start so I assure you all, it only gets bigger and better. Well, at least bank on the bigger part. Hopefully, both.