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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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f the Wild were Judge Charles H. Older, the judge that sent Charles Manson to the clink: “2 weeks in the workhouse and 1 month probation!”
Some facets of pressure on the local sports scene increased dramatically
esterday, and kid coaches RICH PITINO and MIKE YEO have to be excited to
Rick Pitino's son housed TUBBY'S job, and at age 30 undoubtedly will bring
a youthful excitement to the basketball offices and will bust ass to not
embarrass his dad. Gut feeling is he'll recruit the heck out of everything and
will be fine. He also came at a fair price, and in the end the AD took a stand
with this kid coach. There's pressure to be right for the AD and for the kid
coach to compete and recruit well, and if they open veins probably would say
they embrace the challenge. Good luck to all involved.
You know the pressure is on Wild HC Mike Yeo, a coach i am quite fond of. He's still relatively new to the game and has some rock-star players in ZACH PARISE, MIKKO KOIVU, RYAN SUTER and now the respected JASON POMINVILLE, the kid we nabbed from the Sabres.
Problem is, hockey is a chemistry game, and our potion of late has been off. San Jose beat us by two, the Stars zapped us six days ago, we were shoddy versus The Champs and came back and won, CULLEN is out a couple of weeks and HEATLEY was hurt last night. Will Pominville enchance a chemistry that is a tad off right now or take time to learn the system and the nuances of his new teammates? No time to play the topsy-turvy card.
Yep, our coach might have to make the playoffs to not enter the need-a-new-coach meatgrinder and his postioning right now is fine given we are the three seed with 44 points. But there are teams chomping at us, and the bottom seed in the playoffs only is like five points behind. My guess is Mike embraces this challenge because he is intense and tough and like a couple of weeks ago will find a way to get this bunch hot again. Earlier this season when we were one of the game's more boring teams, Yeo changed line combos, sent messages and finally found a hot streak that included wins at Detroit, Vancouver and Dallas.
We are not far removed from six consecutive wins, a stretch in which we snatched 12 points and gave none. Impressive. It'll get there again. I am not sure what Mike's coaching style entails, but his guys have appeared tired the last week or so. Maybe they watch too much film and need more chill time? Maybe he needs to loosen the reins and let the high-enders run?
Bottom line is the team is constructed to make the postseason this year, the owner and GM gave up a lot to get Pominville and the HC has to make it work. Yep, that's pressure, and in high-level sports, there's no better feeling.