Five for Friday – Hockey related links worth sharing – The Pavel Datsyuk Move

Five for Friday –  the curated list of hockey links to help you put an end to the last day of the week. Nothing too serious… just some hockey links for the hockey fan in you.

  1. Learn How To Do “The Datsyuk Move
    I’m an Avs fan through and through but talent is talent and there’s no denying the magic of Pavel Datsyuk or the mystic powers of this move. The goalies reactions are almost as good as the move itself. 

  2. The first time Datsyuk did it in a game
  3. Datsyuk embarrasses Vokoun

    Note: More of Vokoun was out of the crease than in the crease by the time Datsyuk was done with him. This must haunt the poor goalie when he tries to sleep at night. 

  4. If you thought he was just a shoot out/breakaway talent – behold 14+ minutes of proof that he was, indeed, an amazing hockey player in all aspects, who just played for the wrong team.
  5. But, of all the things this guy did… that Datsyuk cutback move was my favorite. He just had guys chasing their tails when he was on his game, and when he did it against the Avs… nothing was more frustrating.

    Lastly, for those who will puff-up their homer hockey chests and say “what your a Wings fan now”… first, suck it. I’m an Avs fan through and through but I’m a hockey fan for life and I appreciate skill no matter where it comes from. Believe it or not we haven’t always had a team in Denver and you had to get your fix wherever you could.

Stay awesome!

Honorable mentions:

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Any Given October – Colorado Hockey Podcast (Bedner remix) ft Al Pacino

Lot’s of craziness to keep us Avs fans busy this off-season. Today, we emerge from our podcasting comma to share our thoughts on the departure of Patrick Roy and the road ahead.

… and to share our first ever insight on our new coach.

  • If he is successful, he remains coach Bedner
  • If he fails, he will become coach Bender (because he’ll start drinking just to stay alive)

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Five for Friday – Five hockey links worth sharing – Pavel Barber edition

Behold the Five for Friday curated list of hockey links worth clicking on. As if you had something better to do at work on a Friday:)

We’re always researching for a project/podcast and finding cool stuff worth sharing. Here’s what we’ve found this week. Stay Awesome!

  1. Pavel Barber – How to embarrass goalies.
  2. I can think of a few goalies who may have gone to the same school.
  3. Just when you thought you had some skills… a little punk shows you up on Youtube.
  4. The amazing thing about this kid is not that he can score each and every time he’s past the blue line. It’s that he passes the puck. Unheard of at this age and with that skill. Kudos, young man… Kudos!
  5. Before you head out to the local pick-up game… he’s a quick tut on how to Zoro… You know you want to. good luck!

Honorable mentions:

  • Evidently there is a real league called “floor ball”, who knew.

 

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Five for Friday – Roy… “peace out” and .. the 5 best Players Tribune Articles

Five for Friday –  the curated list of hockey links to help you put an end to the last day of the week. Nothing too serious… just some hockey links for the hockey fan in you.

We’re always researching for a project/podcast and finding cool stuff worth sharing. Sometimes it’s videos, sometimes it’s cool tweeps worth following. Other times it’s articles from folks who swim in the deep-end of the hockey knowledge pool. Here’s what we’ve found this week. Stay Awesome!

Last minute addition: WTF… Roy leaves, EJ speaks candidly about it. 

  1. A Guy Like Me – John Scott
    The timing on this article was spot on. Scott was being mistreated by the NHL after being shoved into the the social media spotlight for an All Star Game controversy that was again, shoved on him because of some social media BS and NHL F’ery. This was the first time folks got a chance to see it from Scott’s angle and to see just how F’d up it really was. The way he dealt with it after that however, was brilliant. All Star MVP, Helmet in the Hall of Fame and a huge FU to the NHL.
  2. We Need To Talk About Concussions RIght Now – Gabriel Landeskog
    I remember the game, the play, the hit and the way that it changed Landy’s play for quite a while after it happened. Landy was never really the same after getting his brain jiggled and that hit shaped the player he’s become since then. This is a great message, from a guy who knows, and to an audience who really needs to listen up. That means you too overzealous parents of athletes.

    Landy and the path to the “C”… it’ll make sense after you read the article.

  3. Adam Oates – Beta
    This is just a humbling story about a humble guy who worked his ass off to make the game look easy. How he went on a journey to be the best he could be, by studying the best there ever was. The details about Gretzky’s game like distance/space and the mental chess-play that Oates picked up from Gretzky is just fascinating.
  4. The Bravest Guy I Know – Cam Ward (his son)
    Gawwwwww. Nothing makes me watery-eyed like a story about a kid who loves his Dad. While NHL’ers are living the dream there’s also a lot of pressure that goes with being an NHL player. The kind of stuff nobody thinks of when they imagine what it must be like to be an NHL player. Can you imagine if your employer could just give you to another company and make you uproot and move overnight. You’d have no real say in the matter. You just get a call and they say…”hey, we’ve traded you to another company, report to them tomorrow in another state, thanks for everything, bye.” Nevermind you and your needs as that player – what about your family and kids that support you? Add to that a child with a disability and it’s enough to make you thankful for your safe job and stable roots in the burbs.
  5. The Zebra Kerry Fraser
    While I’m not about to become a walking posterboard for “ref you suck” cults I will say that I didn’t really appreciate what it meant to be a ref until I read this article. The part about “nobody dreams of being a ref, we all wanted to be hockey players” really hit home. How can you be a part of the game you love if you’re not good enough to make the show? For a select and lucky few, it’s the thankless job of being a referee. Also, who knew that Fraser used to be a tough guy? So interesting.

Honorable mentions:

  • The Players Tribune – Sometimes poo-poo’d because the athletes have ghost-writers, The Players Tribune is a gold mine of great storytelling in my opinion. It’s also a voice for the player without all the league oversight and media spin. If you have thoroughly explored TPT, get on it now.

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Five for Friday – Five hockey links worth sharing – cool podcasts edition

Behold the Five for Friday curated list of hockey links worth clicking on. As if you had something better to do at work on a Friday:)

We’re always researching for a project/podcast and finding cool stuff worth sharing. Here’s what we’ve found this week. Stay Awesome!

  1. T-Beauts signs on the dotted line and Avs Nation breathes a collective sigh of relief. Now that he’s locked up and getting paid the trolls will, without doubt come out in full force to attack his play and contract. Let the good times roll.
  2. Podcasts with hockey players #1 – Jonathan Toews – I know… I get it… he’s not an Avs player but this is worth a listen. It’s the most human and real-world conversation I’ve ever heard J-Toes have.  Check it out! I won’t tell anyone.
  3. Ditto # 2 but with yet another “Not Avs Player” Duncan Keith and totally worth it as well. If you want to know what hockey players are thinking doing and how some of the most successful deal with that success listed to this podcast as well.
  4. As long as we’re on a roll with hockey podcasts in non-hockey realms, check this podcast out from Surprisingly Awesome.
  5. And as always we keep tuned into the AJ/JJ fun hour,  AKA the BSN Avalanche Podcast… as well as the Burgundy Brigade Podcast.

Honorable mentions:

  • We love podcasts. Could you tell? When it comes to listening to podcast we much prefer https://overcast.fm/ over just about any other option, including iTunes.  Among many reason is the “smart speed” filter that allows you to listen to an hour long podcast in 45 minutes with seeming no speed ramping. It’s perfect for power podcast consumers.
  • Allegedly, I like to listen to music/podcast and whatnot while on the sometimes. Just don’t tell the old dude at APEX who seems to find this a bad idea. To do that you need killer bluetooth headphones at a price that doesn’t suck. Behold, the ANKER soundbuds! 
  • Ego is the Enemy has been a popular book with athletes since it came out and you’ll hear it mentioned in the aforementioned podcasts.

 

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Colorado Hockey Podcast: WTF Hockey

The game of hockey that we all know and love today is long on history and full of WTF moments. I mean, have you ever really thought about the word “hockey?” Where does that even come from? What does it mean? Did a couple of kids just sit down on a frozen pond one day and draw up the rules for the game, and therefore it existed? This is exactly the train of thought that inspired our latest series of podcast adventure that we loving call WTF Hockey… and what better place to start that series than with the name and the game itself.  Behold, the first ever episode of WTF Hockey.

*Disclaimer: We did say this was an adventure, and thusly it may not be 100% accurate. We will from time to time take some giant leaps and make some best guesses. If you feel like you know better than us, drop the metaphorical gloves and set us straight by calling the podcast and telling us how it really went. We double dog dare you!

Show notes/reference/links:

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Colorado Hockey Podcast – UFA Day FTW!

UFA Day is upon us and we have a few, very quick thoughts about some of the highlights from the Avs.

Random show notes:

  • Behold the new guy doing some “I’m going to be awesome” stuff off the ice.
  • Bye Bye Micky B (Michael bodker)
  • Zack Redmond heading to a new forever home!
  • Lucic lands in…. not Colorado. We rejoice!
  • What’s with the “Captain Material” talk?
  •  The Avs sign Tyutin-khamun  – related, we’re starting a support group.
  •  Twitter is funny –

     Avalanche close to inking a trade with the Oilers for Warren Moon. #NHLFreeagency #EveryoneJustSayingStuff

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