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We celebrate the 1983 Wayzata Club Hockey Team and one of its stars, Jonny "The Mouse" Mikkelson, who once told me "Our team was so good the varsity wouldn't play us." When asked why he didn't play varsity Mouse said, "Too little." Cutest ever. So, we salute the greatest Club Hockey Team ever, a squad so vaunted even Jim Craig's Miracle team wanted nothing to do with it. Trottier, Bossy, Gretzky, Messier ... dead! Long live the 1983 Wayzata Club Hockey team!
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NHL DRAFT B/B ...
Even though we are closer to the 4th of July than Memorial Day, the NHL is still extremely intriguing to hard-core hockey fans. The playoffs have been outstanding. The Cup final is shaping up to be a classic with two classic, old-school squads. Two of the best uniforms in hockey too. Once the Finals are over, the much-anticipated NHL draft is next. Well, it’s probably as anticipated as the new phone books arriving at your house in that plastic bag which 98% of people just toss it into the recycling bin, but I digress….
That leaves Halifax Moosehead Nathan MacKinnon going to the hockey hotbed Florida Panthers. Me and my hockey-playing buddies have gone to visit Halifax for the past 8 years. Through business and friendships with Moosehead owner Bobby Smith (yes, former North Star Bobby Smith), we go up to Halifax, play against Moose coaching staff, trainers, and yes owner. We get our butts kicked. Hitting many of the local watering holes, golf, boat rides, more watering holes and going to Moosehead games is included. The Mooseheads got to the QMJHL finals against Sid the Kid back in ’05. Then got really bad. Then, through multiple trades, this year Bobby Smith got the Mooseheads to win the “Q”, then the coveted (well, in Canada anyway) Memorial Cup. Nathan MacKinnon being the main reason (hat trick in final game.) Smith traded 3 first-rounders for MacKinnon. Worth every penny. Projected to go right after the Shattuck-St. Mary product MacKinnon will be Jonathan Druin. He will go to Tampa Bay. I have seen these guys play in person and they’ve been jaw-droppingly good. (yea, I even have a #22 MacKinnon Moosehead t-shirt…)
I would love to see Chuck Fletcher make a move to get the 2nd pick, but it would cost the farm. The Wild don’t have the farm. It won’t happen. So, long story longer, you have read it here first. Nathan MacKinnon will be the best player in the NHL in a few years. The thing that sucks is it will be for a team nobody cares about, the freaking Florida Panthers.
(I’m guessing this will be the only NHL draft-related material on this website. PA, if you were going to break this down too, I apologize…)
Twitter (@pakfanvikes) has so consumed me I am making today a day of clarity. Instead of plopping down in the sinkhole and eliminating email, my show page and writing for tomorrow's show, I am chaging my routine. I have become so excited about communicating via Twitter work-related things have been placed on the proverbial back burner.
Not anymore -- when I head into phase two of my work day I am using Twitter as the cliched icing on the cake and taking care of business first. I know, you are happy for me, but this needed to be done because I have become a serial tweeter and it needs to slow down a tad.
I am very excited to get to Soldier Field Sunday and take pics and tweet them. Expect that and become excited by it. I have yet to venture on a Vikings' roadie while tweeting and the possibilities are endless. To wit, the road announcer's booth at SF is right next to the fans, and I can tweet exactly what it looks like so you can better visualize the "wordseye View." Cool. Let's play.
And when we get to the game and after watching the Bears last night I feel we need to pass to run. I very much like what MUSGRAVE did versus Detroit, spreading the field and letting PONDER play quarterback, and the only offensive way to win thids game is to be able to throw the ball. They will go "single-high safety" like they did last night, and Christian needs to burn them. They will try to sucker him into stupid throws and he has to know that.
ADRIAN is the gravy on top of this potentially wonderful meal. His on-tape equity the last month should give them fits. Use his prowess as the proverbial bread-and-butter approach, but come out throiwing the ball to show them you are not afraid to pass. This stuff is key in my estimation. I LOVED our passing game versus Detroit (Ponder hit 10 targets), and given I believe PERCY will make the dance that's an option that, too, should give Chicago fits.
This Bears team we will hook Sunday at Noon will not be the ratty bunch we saw last night. Instead, they will play better and use the imposing crowd as fuel to the proverbial fire. If we win this game we will make the playoffs because the confidence will be off-the-charts high. Big, big spot and I cannot wait for the test.