22 May 2009

Hockey, Hockey, Hockey!

Yes there's been more hockey talk than politics stuff lately - it's playoff time!

Even without my Habs, the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year have been tremendous to watch. The games are almost always close, last night's 7-4 Pittsburgh win notwithstanding, and the crowds are incredibly into the action, making for a great atmosphere. The best players in the game are stepping it up and really demonstrating why they are the best players in the game. You really cannot ask for a whole lot more, except to wish that every series manages to go the full 7 games. I have doubts of that happening, as even though the games are close, the great teams (Detroit and Pittsburgh) are finding ways to win.

Speaking of great hockey, I have to give the reminder for everybody to check out the Memorial Cup this weekend. The semi-finals go tonight, with the OHL Champion Windsor Spitfires taking on the QMJHL Champion Drumondville Voltigeurs, with the winning team advancing to Sunday afternoon’s final against the WHL Champion Kelowna Rockets. These are the stars of tomorrow in action, and they are giving some real glimpses of what the future of the NHL will look like. In last night's third period, I swear Taylor Hall (the projected 1st overall pick in 2010) was on the ice almost the entire 20 minutes. I'm glad I've already got this little gem:

Of course I'm cheering mightily for my Rockets, and I hope that Jamie Benn continues his excellence in this tournament - a Kelowna win on Sunday all but guarantees he'll be the tournament MVP. They'll also need Mikael Backlund to step up his game, as he's been very quiet since the Rockets knocked off the Hitmen in the WHL Championship.

In all, it's going to be a great weekend of hockey!

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