Summertime Happiness

Thinking that hockey season is just a few short weeks from coming to a close is really depressing. Myself, Tina, and all other hockey fans around the world have to wait until September just for our favorite groups of guys get back together for training camp. Then, we have to wait another month for the regular season to officially start. That’s just so far away!

But then again, it’s SUMMER!

So when there isn’t hockey on tv, what is a girl to do? Oh yeah! Get on social media and find things related to hockey!

Like, “How To Be a Hockey Player” for all you summer / beer leaguers out there.

Or, “How The Playoff Beard Came To Be”

Or, there that whole, follow hockey players on social media to see what they’re up to. Because why not live vicariously through them?

Seriously, I wish I was in Matt Duchene’s shoes, hanging out with country singers in my spare time.

But let’s be honest, we’re way more excited for the new NHL season to start, especially when we have no stock in the Stanley Cup Final. Yet, I will be watching every single game, including tonight’s Game 7 between the LA Kings and Chicago Blackhawks.

P.S. – Go Hawks!! (because Patrick Kane is on a whole other level)

So during this all too long wait, players go to training camp. My particular favorites are Andy O’Brien:

And then, there’s Gary Roberts’ group / Biosteel #CAMP

To say the least, I’m excited for #CAMP 2014 and all things related to hockey players training. If it meant I could hang with those guys, then count me in for insane workouts and a strict diet.

As much as I love summer, I love hockey season even more. So I’ll enjoy the last few games before it’s 3-4 month hiatus.

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Tis the Season

No, it’s not Christmas quite yet. But, personally, this is my third favorite holiday on the calendar (after my birthday and Christmas, of course).

It’s that thing 16 teams have worked so hard to earn since October.

IT’S PLAYOFF SEASON!

These first two weeks are the ultimate test of how faithful I am to hockey. There’s either three or four games each night and with finals creeping around the corner, I will be watching (almost) all of it.

the motto until someone wins the Cup

My bracket has been officially entered to NHL.com. I’ve joined a few leagues. So we’ll see where my guessing gets me in two months.

bracketYup, 32 goals will be scored in the Stanley Cup Final between Pittsburgh and Chicago. Whether or not any of that actually comes true is a long ways away. But tomorrow night is a start in the right direction.

Good thing school is not my number one priority, otherwise I wouldn’t watch games during group meetings.

Because if I miss any game, much confusion will follow.

(via http://thg-joshifer.tumblr.com)

Because I hate not knowing what is happening during the playoffs. I’d be like a lost puppy. And that’s not good.

though terribly cute

More or less, the Stanley Cup Playoffs manage to be some form of paradise and torture. All at the same time!

It usually starts like:

Then, when the roller coaster of emotions begins, I’m like:

And at the end of the day, I remember:

So good luck to the 16 teams (more luck to some than others). May the best team win 16 games.

To the Ship!

March Madness finally ends in April. Clearly, I’m not the biggest basketball fan ever, but knowing that championship season for like every sport is about to start is really exciting.

First, on April 10th and 12th, the Frozen Four is happening in Philly! Let’s go *insert team that will beat Boston College here*. I seriously hope that Union can knock them out before the championship game, otherwise, I have the Minnesota Gophers winning the whole thing.

Then, four days after that, mine and Tina’s favorite two months of the year officially begins: the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It’s on like Donkey Kong. Yup, I just went there.

The 8 teams representing the East have been  finalized and we know the Boston Bruins will be the top spot.

The other teams that have clinched a spot in the East are:

Pittsburgh Penguins

Montreal Canadiens

Tampa Bay Lightning

Columbus Blue Jackets

New York Rangers

Detroit Red Wings

Philadelphia Flyers

ugh, I still hate them

In the West, there’s a bit more instability. The Anaheim ducks have clinched the Pacific Division, but the top spot is still up for grabs. Also, as of last night, the Sharks and Kings will play each other in the first round.

Here are the seven teams that have their spots locked:

San Jose Sharks

Los Angeles Kings

St. Louis Blues

Chicago Blackhawks

Colorado Avalanche

Anaheim Ducks

Minnesota Wild

And maybe Dallas will clinch the last spot in the West? We’ll see!

So more or less, championship season is on and I’m stoked.

Yeah, that’s all I had to say.

And We’re Back…

NHL games are BACK today and boy are we ready!!

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The last two weeks were amazing. The Olympics provided more than enough entertainment to make up for the lack of NHL games. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out so well for Team USA.

But just a few great things did happen in the world of Olympic hockey…

1) Everyone and their mother now know who TJ Oshie is

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And the majority of those people are going to claim to have loved him before this epic shootout…

but what really matters is that AMERICA loves him now.

Let’s face it.. how could you not?

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2) America didn’t suck as bad as we thought they would 

They still didn’t bring home a medal but before the games started most people predicted that Team USA would be a joke. The Olympics were going to be a great opportunity to make fun of this amazing country on the world stage.

And it’s true… Team USA didn’t have the depth or skill level.

But what they lacked in talent they made up for in HEART.

To say that we were surprised by how well their first few games went would be an understatement.

We loved it though. Every second of it.

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3. PUPPIES

Oh yeah… this happened too.

So while it wasn’t the best outcome for Team USA, it’s time for us to hug it out and move on

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BACK TO THE NHL

We’re ready for games to be on at normal hours of the day again…

And there’s a good game or two on this week.

Like this one.

So have a great week everyone. You deserve it. 

The American (Un)-Hero

So at this point if you don’t know who T.J. Oshie is, then you’re clearly not a United States citizen. Or you potentially live under a rock.

this should be the background on every phone in the nation. it is on mine.

If these facts are true of you, here is yesterday’s unbelievable shootout between Team USA and Team Russia. Or T.J. Oshie versus Sergei Bobrovsky. Whichever sounds more appealing to you.

USA v. Russia Olympic 2014 Shootout

But don’t call him an American hero. He’ll just tell you otherwise.

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There’s nothing more amazing when a newly made hero humbly deflects this new-found attention and stardom. I mean, T.J. Oshie is now a common household name here in the States. If hockey was not something you were interested in before, his going 4 for 6 on the shootout has made you 110% invested in the remainder of the Olympic tournament.

Now that you’re all T.J. Oshie fans, here are some of his top moments from his NHL career.

First NHL shootout attempt.

Luongo no longer feels bad about this happening.

T.J. has also beat his USA teammate, goalie Jonathan Quick, one-on-one a few times.

Then, when you think he decided to show-boat, he doesn’t, because T.J. couldn’t be more of a down-to-Earth, humble guy.

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Thanks for being perfect! As if I needed any more heart break!

If you don’t catch my drift, the 27-year-old is recently engaged and about to become a daddy. Al Michael’s made it a point to awkwardly bring that up at the end of his post-game interview yesterday.

T.J. Oshie Post Game Interview

Oh! In case you weren’t completely aware of this either, Oshie amd Jonathan Toews attended the University of North Dakota together. Yeah, they were on the same college hockey team. Can you imagine the parties? Well, kinda.

Best part: They’re still friends.

Ok, back to the Olympics.

don’t forget Quick’s unreal play as well

Whether he wants to be called a hero or not, T.J. Oshie is officially an American icon and will forever be remembered for his unbelievable shootout performance.

You all should be hardcore Team USA fans and cheer them on when they play in the quarterfinals in a few days.

Bowling for Smiles

There’s nothing like when hockey player’s are performing charity work within the community. Last night, the Pittsburgh Penguins took a break from being the on-ice idols to become friends with children who are in less than fortunate circumstances.

2014 “Pens & Pins” Make-A-Wish Charity

It’s events like this that make my heart melt. Seeing guys who are larger than life, take time out of their busy schedules to have fun with well deserving kids, is a sight that is always welcome to any fan.

It’s these kind of moments that bring a smile to anyone’s face. Not only does it make you want to restore faith in humanity, but it makes you want to try to be a better person.

It’s no secret that all NHL teams perform acts of charity, like going to local children’s hospitals to deliver Christmas presents. But every time it happens, my overall “level of happiness” soars through the roof.

Whenever any hockey player performs charity work, it completely reaffirms the reasons why Hockey Players are Actually Sweethearts.

Like #4 Can Make a Difference.

24 Reasons Why Hockey Players Are Actually Big, Cuddly Sweethearts

And #7 They’re Very Caring.

But they're also very caring.

Hockey players are the most awesome athletes in the world. Bringing smiles to well-deserving kids and their families warms my heart beyond belief. So, thank you NHL players for being the amazing guys you are and being a part of something that’s greater than yourselves.

It’s a Christmas Movie Miracle

… Well, not really. More like the Chicago Blackhawks are taking some time off from hockey to discover their acting (or lack thereof) talent.

I mean, who could resist Corey Crawford as Jacob Black?

so heart-felt

What’s even more irresistible? Patrick Sharp as Batman. As if Ben Affleck had any chance of actually pulling off that role.

But he’s got some competition with Ben Smith as Captain America.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is a classic John Hughes movie that everyone needs to see at least once in their lifetime. Rather than Mr. Rooney on a manhunt for Ferris, it should have been Marian Hossa.

But what about the childhood classic “The Karate Kid” starring none other than Andrew Shaw!

wax on, wax off

When you’re looking for an up-lifting quote that makes you realize things aren’t so bad, it’s Brandon Saad to the rescue.

he kinda pulls off the “grunge” look

Then there’s that really weird movie no one stops talking about. Like, EVER. In this instance that would be Nick Leddy as Napoleon Dynamite.

“Tina, you fat lard!”

The best are saved for last, especially here on For the Love of Goons. This time it just happens to be Patrick Kane as Anakin Skywalker and Jonathan Toews as Wolverine.

First, Kaner. Let’s remind all those non-Star Wars people out there that Anakin Skywalker is the guy that becomes Darth Vader. So does this make Patty Kane evil? Probably not. (We’re willing to overlook previous incidents to the contrary.)

Finally, Toews as Wolverine. I’ve never seen these movies before, but I wish he would use those razors to shave those awful side-burns.

All in all, this is the kind of Christmas cheer that I love the Blackhawks for spreading (though it has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas). I just hope Santa can grant my last minute wish to get these fantastic movies under my tree!

And the Oscar Goes To…

It’s no secret awards season is officially upon Hollywood. The Golden Globe and Grammy award nominations were released not too long ago, meaning (my favorite part) the red carpets will be rolled out and the glamazons get to show off what great (and not so great) dresses their stylists picked out for them.

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And when Jennifer Lawrence isn’t tripping up the stairs to receive her Academy Award, I’m totally wondering about whether or not this will be the year Sidney Crosby gets another Hart Trophy or if Steven Stamkos will (eventually) make an impressive return from a broken leg and receive the Masterton. Casual thought process right?

Since this is my “happy place,” when the NHL’s hottest best players get dressed up in John Varvatos suits, strut their stuff on the red carpet, and then eventually up onto the stage if and when they receive their award. As much as I want to talk about seeing all of this in July, I think some predictions are required at the almost-halfway point of the season.

Hart Trophy (League MVP) – Sidney Crosby

Sid the Kid (although he is 26) has been, once again, on a roll with points and making some stellar plays in the process. I must pick him. Here are a couple highlight reel worthy moments from this season:

Art Ross Trophy (Most Points) – Sidney Crosby

If you’re going to be league MVP, you may want to have a substantial amount of points. Please see above if you forgot why already.

Rocket Richard (Top Goal Scorer) – Alex Ovechkin

As much as it is to my disdain, Ovi is probably going to run away with this award, unless Alexander Steen goes on some insane goal bender. Or my other theory that Steven Stamkos makes some miracle-like come back and scores 30 goals in his first 15 games post-injury. Oddly enough, Ovi did have a four goal night against the Tampa Bay Lightning not too long ago.

Norris Trophy (Best Defenseman) – Duncan Keith

He’s been on fire as of late, with an overall 28 assists and 30 points. He essentially is running the Blackhawks dominant power play. Let’s be honest, the guy has won it before, what’s to say he can’t do it again.

Goal vs. Flyers (12/11/13)

Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year) – Tomas Hertl

Anyone else remember that really impressive four goal night against the New York Rangers? You know, when that fourth goal is probably going to be nominated for goal of the year? Hertl is still rolling with the Sharks and leading all rookies in goals (15) and points (24).

Vezina Trophy (Best Goaltender) – Josh Harding

The guy has been impressive. He’s the reason the Minnesota Wild are actually doing well right now. He’s second in the league for games won (17) and tied for first with 3 shutouts. Harding has also posted a current league best of 1.49 Goals Against Average and is second with a Save Percentage of .939. Impressed much?

Selke Trophy (Best Defensive Forward) – Patrice Bergeron

Umm, hello! The guy is a class acts as well as an insanely amazing two-way player. His only competition at the end of the day is going to be Jonathan Toews. But I think since Patrice kinda got snubbed last year, he’ll definitely receive the Selke this year.

Jack Adams  (Coach of the Year) – Bruce Boudreau

The Anaheim Ducks are playing some great hockey as of late. It’s not just the big guys like Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, and Teemu Selane that are doing all of the heavy lifting, all members are contributing to their success. They have a home record of 13-0-2 and through the last ten games are 7-1-2. There’s no other explanation that some great coaching by Boudreau.

Any agreements? Disagreements? Leave some thoughts in the comments!

What We’re Thankful For

Tina and I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. We go to an awesome college, there’s no lockout this year, and our favorite players have continued to impress us with their good looks and charm throughout these past few months.

Here’s some of our favorites:

But most importantly Tina and I are most thankful for all our loyal readers. Without you guys, this blog would not exist!

Happy Birthday, Kaner!

Patrick Kane, welcome to the quarter of a century old club. Although, it’s not that cool yet seeing as Tina and I have yet to be inducted. But today you have made it a significantly better place to be.

It’s hard for us to image that you’ve been dangling your way through the NHL for the last six seasons. We’ve for sure crowned you the prince of dangle-city, especially when it comes to shootouts.

You also have two Stanley Cup Championships, a Conn Smythe, a Silver Medal from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and a Calder Trophy to your name. Pretty impressive career for a guy who’s only 25 years old.

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Oh and did we forget to mention you got the 2010 Stanley Cup winning goal in overtime of Game 6 and no one but you knew it went in? Yeah, that happened.

What we love the most is your ability to surprise us.

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with a mullet

 

Speaking of “business in the front, party on the back”, as college girls, we understand the brief phase you had. Because really, everyone should experience college in one way or another.

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Now, you’re 25. Mature. Well-dressed. And love to dance. Especially with Jimmy Buffett.

Margaritaville anyone?

Margaritaville anyone?

some good looking teammates too

some good looking teammates too

So all in all, happy birthday Kaner! We love you! But celly reasonably after your game tonight.