Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Many Notes To Pass Along

It's been a while since I did a pile of updates on small stories, so let's work on those today. Obviously, HBIC tries to stay on the major stories happening in hockey, but there are a ton of things that may have been missed as we press forward in the season. We'll take a look at minor leagues, European leagues, and a host of other smaller stories that don't get the marquee lights that the major stories do. Buckle up because this ride is now in motion!

Got What He Deserved

I had made mention of Trevor Gillies' sickening actions on the ice against the AHL's Rochester Americans a few days ago, and the AHL rightfully has come down hard on the winger for his idiocy:
The American Hockey League today announced that Adirondack Flames left wing Trevor Gillies has been suspended for twelve (12) games as a consequence of his actions in a game at Rochester on Oct. 10.
Yeah, I'd hope so. Gillies' absence will be for one month as they announced the suspension on October 13, making him ineligible to return to the ice for Adirondack until November 15 in Cleveland, Ohio against the Lake Erie Monsters. I'd say that one month without any hockey should send a message to Gillies that his actions were downright disgusting. Enjoy your month off, Gillies. Idiot.

She Deserved Better

If you've been listening to The Hockey Show on 101.5 UMFM or online at the UMFM webpage, you know we've been following the story of Mrs. Aulin, Jared Aulin's mom, as she battles cancer. HBIC has been especially involved, retweeting messages of hope and well-wishes at every opportunity I can. Jared even had thoughts of his mom put on his sticks and gloves as he begins his season with Orebro HK once more. Not long after Jared arrived in Sweden for the start of another season, Mrs. Aulin took a turn for the worse, eventually losing the battle with cancer against which she fought so valiantly. The fans in Orebro, who have adopted Jared as one of their own, sent a strong message to Jared and the Aulin family, and it makes it easy to see why Jared loves playing there.

People of Orebro, you are amazing fans, and you deserve some recognition for being incredible.

Jared, may your mom rest in peace eternally. She will never be forgotten.

More Aulin News

Jared Aulin will also be featured prominently in Swedish hockey lore later this year as Jared has won a fan contest in which fans voted to put him on the Swedish version of NHL '15! How cool is that?!? Jared was interviewed by teammate Brian Willsie on the honour, and the interview's pretty funny. Personally, I think it's pretty cool that we've been able to speak to Jared through the radio show, and his efforts with the Orebro HK team are being recognized over in Sweden.

Congratulations, Jared!

Kickstarter Update

Carbon Sports is still looking for some more backers on their AirBlade Kickstarter campaign. As of writing, they have thirteen days to go and need some major investments to reach their goal of $45,000. However, if you order your AirBlade through the Kickstarter campaign, "we plan to honor all orders and begin full manufacturing. However ONLY those who order through kickstarter will receive the amazing prices and the 60-day money back guarantee". If you're interested in getting an AirBlade, this might be the best time to do it. These offers won't be around once the Kickstarter campaign is over!

Great Danes!

Again, as announced on The Hockey Show, friend of the show Brandon Reid took a job coaching in Denmark's Second Division for a team called Vojens IK. Brandon had played last year with CSKA in the KHL, but a number of injuries derailed his season and he jumped at a coaching opportunity. Well, it turns out that he's a natural as Vojen IK currently sits in third-place out of 14 teams! At 5-4-1, Vojens does trail second-place Frederikshavn IK by nine points, but it appears that Brandon has his team battling for every point they can collect!

Well done, Brandon!

Busy Week Ahead

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are going to be a blur for me, so try to be patient as I post if and when I can. There will be something daily, but there won't be a set time. Next week, things should return to normal. If anyone is interested in writing a hockey article, feel free to send me something! HBIC is happy to post your thoughts on the game as well!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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