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Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Hockey Show - Episode 128

The Hockey Show, Canada's only campus-produced hockey radio show, is back tonight with a pile of stuff to go over as this past week has been busy! We had CIS playoff action, a pile of NHL trades, a potential new logo dug up by a colleague, some injuries to discuss, and a couple of announcements regarding upcoming guests! In other words, we're going to move fast tonight, but the phones will be open for your calls!

The image to the left? Apparently, that's the one of two logos that is being trademarked by Barclays Center as per NetsDaily.com's twitter feed. HBIC contributor John from Capitol Islander District posted all the details on his site, but it's interesting to note the similarities between the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and this logo. Also, it should be noted there is no mention of "Islanders" despite the Islanders moving into Barclays Center next season. The one thing that really caught my attention is how the "B" looks very similar to the Bruins' "B". I'm not sure how far this will get or what the final intentions of these new logos are, but we'll chat a little about this tonight!

On top of that, we're going to talk about last weekend's playoff games between the Bisons women's team and the Regina Cougars and their upcoming weekend series against the UBC Thunderbirds and what they need to do to win. We'll talk about the newest Jet, Jiri Tlusty, and the trades made by Minnesota for Sean Bergenheim, Pittsburgh for Daniel Winnik, and Los Angeles for Andrej Sekera. We'll also toss in our opinions about the injuries to Tyler Seguin and Patrick Kane and how they affect their respective teams. And we have announcements about the next two shows as we're excited to welcome some incredible guests!

The phones will open tonight so give us a call at 204-269-8636 (UMFM) to be a part of the action! The show, as always, will be live on 101.5 UMFM on your radio dial in the Winnipeg region or you can listen live between 5:30pm and 6:30pm CT on your web-enabled device at the UMFM webpage! You can tweet me anytime you like by hitting me up at @TeebzHBIC on Twitter. You can also post some stuff to Facebook if you use the "Like" feature, and I always have crazy stuff posted there that doesn't make it to the blog or show. We have lots to go through tonight, so give us a call to have your take added to the mix!

PODCAST: FEBRUARY 26, 2015: Episode 128

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

TBC: Face-Off

Teebz's Book Club hasn't had an entry for a while, but I am happy to report that I have a number of books to read in the coming weeks which, in turn, means more Book Club entries. It's not often that I get a chance to review an out-of-print book, but today's entry was out of production for a period of time before being brought back for younger readers. Teebz's Book Club is proud to feature Face-Off, written by Stacy Drumtra-Juba and published electronically by Smashwords. The story revolves around two fraternal twin brothers, TJ and Brad McKendrick, who find that life sometimes throws a few curveballs, and they have to find a way to deal with these unexpected turns in their lives.

From the Smashwords site, "Stacy Juba has written about reality TV contestants targeted by a killer, an obit writer investigating a cold case, teen psychics who control minds, twin high school hockey stars battling on the ice, and teddy bears learning to raise the U.S. flag: she pursues whatever story ideas won't leave her alone. Stacy's titles include the adult mystery novels Sink or Swim and Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, the children's picture books The Flag Keeper and the Teddy Bear Town Children's E-Book Bundle (Three Complete Picture Books), and the young adult novels Face-Off and Dark Before Dawn. She is also the editor of the essay anthology 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back. She is a former journalist with more than a dozen writing awards to her credit."

We find the McKendrick boys in a bit of personal struggle as the twins don't really have a relationship with one another. They're both talented hockey players, but they go to different schools and don't show much brotherly love towards one another. Adding to this layer of interpersonal problems are problems between their parents as Thomas and Barbara McKendrick aren't seeing eye-to-eye either due to a number of factors. In short, we find this family in distress before we even get deep into the book.

While Brad and TJ have their own circle of friends, they're also role models to their younger siblings, Chris and Jory. Chris and Jory are becoming solid hockey players as well with the elder Chris looking to captain his team this year in the same way that Brad and TJ are potentially in line to captain their respective teams.

That is, until Mr. and Mrs. McKendrick deliver some devastating news to TJ. Because work has been slower for Mr. McKendrick's architectural business, they have to pull TJ out of Hayden Preparatory Academy private school and enroll him into Bayview High School. Brad's high school. TJ's dream of captaining his team to a state championship suddenly came to a screeching halt.

As you may have guessed, Brad isn't thrilled at this news either, and this causes the rift between the two twins to open further as they both aim to make the Bayview High hockey team. Brad tries to keep TJ from invading his circle of friends, and, to make matters worse, Brad finds out that TJ has befriended Sherry, a young lady that Brad has a crush on!

As you can see, Miss Drumtra-Juba has many layers of personal interactions happening in Face-Off at the same time. The hockey portion of the book plays a valuable role in helping TJ and Brad find their ways as brothers and teammates, but it's written with very little hockey jargon, making it easy for younger readers to to tackle the hockey portions without needing a lot of hockey knowledge. Secondly, Miss Drumtra-Juba has also removed some of the outdated references in Face-Off to make her story a better read for younger readers. No obscure retired hockey player references here!

There are a lot of relationships that need some work in Face-Off. Do Brad and TJ ever find a way to co-exist as brothers and teammates? Do they remain as role models for Chris and Jory despite their fractured relationship? Do Mr. and Mrs. McKendrick work things out? If they don't, how does it affect their four kids and their well-beings? Does Bayview High School have a successful hockey season in spite of Brad's and TJ's relationship with one another? All of these questions have an answer, but you'll have to read Face-Off to find out!

If you are lucky enough to find a physical copy of Face-Off, it's not a very long read at just 117 pages. This makes it a perfect length for adolescent readers and younger readers. There are a pile of moral lessons in Face-Off to help teach readers about the ups and downs of relationships with family and friends, and these are reinforced throughout the book by both the McKendrick family and by TJ's and Brad's coach.

As an older reader than the targeted audience, I would have liked to have read the unedited version with the references to older hockey players and music from the 1990s. However, that's nothing to complain about whatsoever, so I am happy to say that I enjoyed reading Face-Off, and Face-Off certainly deserves the Teebz's Book Club Seal of Approval!

I'm not sure if you'll find Face-Off at your local bookstore, but the link leads to the Smashwords site where it retials for a mere $2.99 USD for an e-copy. I highly recommend you pick up the e-copy for your young reader!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Best. Fan. Ever.

I don't know who this young lady is, but I'd like to know. She was at the MTS Centre for the game between the Jets and Stars tonight after spending the day getting chemotherapy for cancer. This young lady may very well be the best fan in Winnipeg as it appears nothing would stop her from seeing the game. I am very impressed with her dedication, and I want to do something awesome for her.

As you may be aware, I host a radio show. We'd like this young fan to join us on the show where we can shower her with Manitoba Bisons merchandise and talk to her about her love of the Jets. I want her to share her story. I want to see her face light up when she talks about her heroes. I want to make her the star of The Hockey Show because she was a shining star tonight. I'd like her to meet some of the ladies from the Bisons women's team as well, and maybe we'll try to work a special guest or two in for her to meet.

This young lady is officially the best fan in Winnipeg, hands down.

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Monday, 23 February 2015

I'm A Fan

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you're fully aware of who the team to the left is. That's Örebro wearing their Pride Night uniforms as they participated in the day's events celebrating the rights of LGBT individuals. They walked in the Pride parade earlier in the afternoon, and they recognized the importance of equal rights throughout the game. In other words, Örebro is a great community-based team!

Julius Hudachek, affectionately known as the "HudaShow" for his post-game celebrations, went one step further after Örebro defeated Frolunda by a 4-2 score. Normally, Hudachek takes to the ice on his own and celebrates with the fans, but he decided to bring a few more teammates on the ice after this game.
Hudachek and the guys danced to The Village People's YMCA in a show of solidarity for LGBT rights, and I have to admit that they do a pretty good job. The various hats they wore made it fairly easy to see what they were up to once they stood across the blue line.

I want to give Örebro full credit for being deeply involved in their community and helping to fight for equal rights for the LGBT community. If there is one team who deserves a mark of certification from the You Can Play project, Örebro would certainly meet the requirements.

Well done, Örebro! Yet another reason why I'm a fan of this team!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Dramatic Rubber Match

These ladies are legitimately trying to give heart attacks to their fans. The Manitoba Bisons and Regina Cougars met in Game Three of the best-of-three Canada West Quarterfinal series tonight, and this one had all the makings of a "game for the ages". After Manitoba took Game One on Friday night by a 4-1 score and Regina responded with an incredible come-from-behind 4-3 double-overtime victory last night, tonight's game continues to deliver on the theatrics in the most heart attack-inducing way!

Manitoba jumped out to a 2-0 on Alanna Sharman's first-period goal and Maggie Litchfield-Medd's second-period goal. Again, the Bisons were a mere twenty minutes from advancing, but these Regina Cougars seem to enjoy the challenge of rallying from behind.

Emma Waldenberger, who stands 6'0" off skates, used her imposing frame to corral a puck and fire it past Rachel Dyck on the power-play at 5:58 of the third period to make it 2-1. If you have that "here we go again" feeling, well, here we go again.

Bailey Braden, with Toni Ross on the bench and six attackers on the ice, fired a shot that somehow found its way through a maze of players including goaltender Rachel Dyck with 1.3 seconds remaining in the game. Yes, you read that right - Regina tied the game 2-2 with one second left. And once more, we were off to overtime between these two teams.

However, the results would not be duplicated. At 3:56 of the first overtime period, the Manitoba Bisons would break into teir happy dances as Courtlyn Oswald drove the net hard after Lauren Keen's initial chance, and she would bury the opportunity for what is likely the biggest goal of her hockey career thus far! Manitoba wins the game 3-2 in overtime and takes the series 2-1!
"Oh gosh... I've scored a few goals with the Bisons, but I don't think any goal is going to compare to that," Oswald told reporters after the game. "There's no better feeling."

Indeed! With her goal, Oswald and the Bisons now advance to next weekend's three-game series against the UBC Thunderbirds in British Columbia. Manitoba dropped two games in Vancouver on February 6 and 7 by scores of 4-3 and 5-2, respectively, but defeated UBC 2-1 in overtime and 3-1 here in Winnipeg earlier this season. Manitoba will have to be at their best this weekend if they hope to defeat the Thunderbirds, but they've proven that it can be done.

Congratulations to the University of Manitoba Bisons women's hockey team on their quarterfinal victory over the Regina Cougars!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!