The Sweaters Inside Are FrightfulThe ECHL has a tradition of having some pretty awesome promotional jerseys. There have been a ton of great promotional sweaters sold off for charity, and the ECHL should be proud of the money they raise with these jersey auctions. I'm sure how much it costs the individual teams to run one of these promotions, but I'd love to be a part of a team that has a run of promotional jerseys just so I could score a few of my own. In saying that, though, the Reading Royals are taking their Christmas promotional jersey to a whole new level.
TheScore website, the Reading Royals will face-off against the Elmira Jackals on December 14 in these "ugly Christmas sweater" uniforms. Amongst other things happening that night, the Royals will be giving away to their fans a "Reading Royals 2013 Kelly Cup Champions" holiday ornament and will be holding their annual teddy bear toss for charity. But those sweaters? Magnificent in their hideousness. As TheScore stated on their Facebook posting for these sweaters, "[t]he ECHL's Reading Royals unveiled an ugly Christmas sweater jersey that would make Bill Cosby's heart smile." I'm pretty sure there are a lot of people who are smiling at the sight of these jerseys. Well done, Reading!
MacArthur Has GameI was questioned by a number of people why I would drop Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds for Ottawa's Clarke MacArthur in our TSN Fantasy Pool at work. I've always liked MacArthur's work ethic, and Simmonds, for all the hits, penalty minutes and powerplay goals he scores, delivered poor ice-time minutes and little in the way of actual scoring. To me, it was less of a risk in dropping Simmonds for MacArthur than it was in allowing someone else to grab MacArthur who has been given more of a scoring responsibility in Ottawa.
Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, I feel slightly vindicated. Check out this amazing setup from Clarke MacArthur against the Minnesota Wild tonight.
I'm not saying that carrying Simmonds was a bad idea, but look at the stats. It's pretty easy to see why I made this move.
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Winning Is Everything?The ECHL's Toledo Walleye are unveiling two brand-new jersey designs tomorrow as they prepare for next year's Walleye Winterfest games. There's nothing unusual about a team unveiling a new jersey for an outdoor game in any way, but it appears that the people of Toledo, Ohio could care less about the Facebook announcement.
Who needs opponents when you have fans like these?
Teamwork Of The YearThere's not much needed to be said here as the Penguins show the Capitals how to move the puck before scoring on the powerplay.
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!