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Lessons in how to improve the game- by the NHL “brain”trust

“The League sat down and brainstormed about what would be the biggest improvement for the game and the uniform was first and foremost.”
Keith Leach, director of NHL Uniforms for Reebok

The league figured the best way to improve the game was with a new jersey? Sad, but probably true.

I’d like to say I’m surprised, but honestly I’m not. This is why hockey has been in perennial decline since the early 90’s.

August 16, 2007 Posted by | Amusement, NHL Business | 1 Comment

Weinrich still playing

Eric Weinrich faced a bit of uncertainty this summer about the future of his hockey career. He knew he would fit into the Portland Pirates’ plans somewhere, and in recent months he continued to train as if he was preparing for another season.Now he has answers: The 40-year-old defenseman will return to the Pirates as a player in the 2007-08 season.
— Kennebec Journal

Sure, it’s easy to mock guys like Weinrich who continue to play long after their skills have dramatically declined. I myself laugh at Roenick all the time for his outrage that he wasn’t on the last American Olympic team and his continued parade of arguments that this is the year he’ll prove to everyone he’s still a star player. His apparent shock that Anaheim doesn’t believe he’s good enough to replace Teemu Selanne and other such delusional comments. (God I love Roenick, few players are so quoteable. We need amusing characters like him… there aren’t many left. Aggravating yes, funny… absolutely)

Back onto topic however, I honestly have a lot of respect for veterans who opt to play in the AHL to finish their careers. Players who realize their not good enough for a regular role in the NHL but keep playing in lesser leagues without the perks they’ve become accustomed to out of sheer love for the game.
Over 1200 career NHL games, and he’s still not ready to retire. I have to respect that.

Not many players left that honestly look like their having fun out there.

One of the reasons I love Wade Belak… aside from his absolutely hilarious comedy skits on TSN. He genuinely loves hockey. He always looks like he’s having the time of his life out there. In interviews he looks thrilled just to be around. He’s always got a huge smile on his face when he’s stepping off the ice.
He’ll join in and assist the media in mocking his skills on ice.

Great guy, great teammate. Say what you will about him, but I like him. Not much of a player, and only a decent fighter. If it wasn’t for the fact that he can play any position outside of goal he wouldn’t stick around even as an enforcer. I sincerely doubt there is anyone on the Leafs roster whose reason for playing hockey is tilted as much towards love of the game as he however.

Mock delusional players like Roenick, but admire the Luke Richardson, Eric Weinrich guys that play for the love of the game even if their skills have declined.

August 16, 2007 Posted by | NHL-Other | Leave a comment