Posts Tagged: 'hockey'

Jan. 18th, 2021

Willie O'Ree

Willie O'Ree

Willie O'Ree

Canadian Ice Hockey player, who played for the Boston Bruins as a winger. Made his debut on January 18, 1958, 63 years ago today.

Was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 2018. Inducted in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in the Builder category, May, 2020. Inducted in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.

Feb 18, 2021, before the Bruins game with the New Jersey Devils, his #22 jersey will be officially retired.

He was also the first black ice hockey player.

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Born in Oct 1935, in New Brunswick, Canada, he started his hockey career with the Quebec Aces, a minor league 'farm team'. He took an errant puck to his right eye, effectively blinding him.

Midway through his second season with the Aces, he was called up to the Boston Bruins, replacing an injured player. If they had known about his right eye, he never would have played professional hockey.

Somehow, he managed to keep it a secret and went on to play 2 games that season, returning in 1961 to play another 43 games, scoring 4 goals, and 10 assists, all in the 1961 season, a record for his entire career.

He noted that racist remarks were worse in host US cities than Canada, saying fans would yell, 'go back South!', 'How come you're not picking cotton?' and worse.

Back in the minor leagues, he played in the Western Hockey League, and scored 2 scoring titles between 1961 and 1974, scoring more than 30 goals, 4 or more times, with a goal high of 38 in the 1964-65 and 1968-69 seasons.

He played 50 games with the American Hockey League New Haven Nighthawks,in 1972-73, but played most of his career with the WHL's Los Angeles Blades and San Diego Gulls.

The San Diego Gulls retired his jersey to the rafters of Pechanga Arena.

He continued to play in the ice hockey minor leagues until the age of 43.

After O'Ree, there were no other Black ice hockey players signed to the NHL until Canadian Mike Marson in 1974.

Since 1998, he has been the NHL Diversity Ambassador.

Sep. 7th, 2011

The future belongs to the brave...

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I understand now.

I understand why there is such a huge, rabid fanbase for the Assassin's Creed series by Ubisoft.

I started playing Assassin's Creed II last night. 5.5 hours later, I had a migraine but didn't want to stop playing.

Ezio is vastly different from Altair. He's so naive that it's simply precious. I find myself laughing at certain parts- such as when he and Annetta go to her sister's House and he says, 'I think we're in the wrong house'. To which Annetta replies, 'Oh no, this is the right house.'

For all his philandering ways at the tender age of 17, he apparently has never been in a Brothel before. I laughed. Precious, I tell you.

The graphics are definitely improved, manuverability is vastly different- in a good way! There's so much more detail to this edition of the series that I could sit and watch it all day and still not catch everything.

I'm thinking, if Assassin's Creed II is THIS good, how much better is Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and how much better will Assassin's Creed: Revelations be?

I will find out.

And also- did you know that if you need to change your password on the PlayStation Network, that it can take THREE TO FIVE DAYS to get a password reset email? Yeah, that's utter bullshit. First they don't tell us until a month after the fact that their system was hacked and now they make it damn difficult to change a potentially compromised password. Good thing we don't have any credit cards attached to my account.

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The hockey world is reeling today.

I don't believe there has been a tragedy the size of what has happened since the Marshall University FootBall Team's plane crashed, effectively wiping out nearly the entire Team, and Coaching staff in one blow.

But today, the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) lost almost an entire hockey team.

There were well known hockey players on that plane. There were potential hockey greats on that plane. There were past and potential Detroit Red Wings players and coach on that plane.

The youngest was 18. None were really that old anyway. All are gone now. Everyone from the main roster, plus 4 of their youth hockey team. All that potential, snuffed out in the blink of an eye.

It's not even really Hockey season yet and already it's breaking my heart.

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That's how many inches of rain they're saying we got from what was once Tropical Storm Lee.

It's also the reason we still do not have a back door. But the back of the house was fully repaired before all this rain, so that's something at least. The siding guy needs to come replace the siding out back and do the flashing around the front and back doors, then we'll get new screen doors on both.

The kitchen is torn apart, somewhat. I need to empty the liqueor cabinet tomorrow, so we can move it, as the dry wall there will need replacing, replastering and repainting.

Have I mentioned I'm tired of home renovations now? Yeah.

Got the Sept Daring Cooks Challenge on the stove, so I'm finally back into getting THAt done a bit early at least. The Sept Daring Bakers Challenge will have to wait until the kitchen is back together again, unfortunately.

The Alzheimer's Walk is Sat. It looks like it's going to be a perfect day for it. I picked up our Tshirts yesterday. Caena is allowed to walk with us and will be doing so. I hope to get photos.

You can still donate now until Sat, if you are so inclined.

And now, I'm off to play my game.}:P