New Kid on the Block

Move over Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon is driving the Halifax domination bus now.

Basically, the kid’s got 7 points. In two playoff games. His first two Stanley Cup Playoff games. Which also coincide with his rookie season.

These first two games have looked like a walk in the park for him. Did anyone else see the INSANE goal he scored during Game 2?

If not that, did you catch any of his 6 assists from the last two games?

Did I mention he’s 18? Let’s leave it at: I’m reeeeeeeeally looking forward to seeing what the rest of his NHL career is going to bring.

But obviously, there’s more to Nathan than just hockey.

He’s an excellent student.

His four-month-old puppy, Duke, is the love of his life.

Nathan’s still a kid a heart.

but really though

(via http://ryankesler.co.vu/post/80542027515 )

His bromance with Gabe Landeskog and/or Ryan O’Reilly is probably one of the best new bromances to bud this season.

I could go on forever about Nathan MacKinnon, but….. Well I don’t think there’s a downside if I went on forever about him. He’s a pretty cool 18-year-old, that also happens to be one of the NHL’s and Avalanche’s emerging stars. Can’t wait to see what he’ll do the rest of the playoffs!

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Happy Birthday, Dutchy!

On this glorious January day in 1991, Matt Duchene graced the world with his presence and we immensely thank his parents.

He’s officially a member of Team Canada, meaning he’s going to tear it up in Sochi, if and when he’s Sid’s and or John Tavares’s winger. Yes, either of those good-looking men since they workout together in the summer!

It’s so easy to love a guy who keeps really great company. But if you’re an Avalanche fan you know he’s capable of magical goals that leave everyone speechless and 29 other goalies looking like helpless kittens.

Just watch the first one again, close-up.

how does he do it?!

Not only does the birthday boy have unbelievable hockey skill, he’s actually a huge country fan. So much that his dog, Paisley, is named after Brad Paisley.

Oh yeah, he plays the guitar too! In related news, all the single ladies just put their hands up to volunteer to be his girlfriend.

Just to make all you country girls fall in love just a bit more, over the summer Matt and a few teammates attended Luke Bryan’s concert. Then, they casually met him afterward!

If you didn’t love Matt Duchene already, you do now.

Happy 23rd Birthday, Dutchy! Celebrate wisely after playing the New Jersey Devils tonight!

obviously with Pauly

Mr. 250

On November 22, 2013, Sidney Crosby scored his 250th career goal against the New York Islanders. Only in true Sidney Crosby fashion would it happen to also break the tie and be the game winning goal with 1:16 left in the third period. As if he needed any more interesting facts to add to his already impressive résumé.

Do we really need a reminder of his stellar career? As a bias Penguins fan, the answer is always YES.

Being the #1 overall draft pick in 2005 was just the tip of the iceberg for the kid.

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Then (after getting snubbed for the Calder Trophy), Sid went on to become the youngest player (and only teenager) in any league’s history to capture the scoring title, the Art Ross Trophy, at the age of  19. That same year he also won the Hart Trophy for the NHL’s Most Valuable Player and Lester B. Pearson Award for Most Outstanding Player, as voted by his peers. High praise for a guy who had just completed his second professional season.

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At the end of the 2006-07 season, Sid was named captain of the Penguins. At the time he was the youngest captain in the league (now second to Gabriel Landeskog by 11 days, but who’s counting). The 2007-08 season produced the first ever Winter Classic, which was the most storybook of them all. Per usual, Sidney made his mark by scoring the game winner in a shootout goal. Here’s the whole shootout:

Despite an amazing 2007-2008 season where the Penguins made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final to lose to the Detroit Red Wings, they would reach that same summit just a year later. In one of the greatest moments of Pittsburgh Penguins history, the most amazing trophy in all of sports returned to the ‘Burgh. Oh and in case you didn’t think that was awesome enough, Sid the Kid is also the youngest captain to ever raise the Stanley Cup.

I think they're excited

I think they’re excited

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Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings - Game Seven

 

2009 team

 

party hardy, capy

party hardy, cappy

Oh! But it doesn’t end there! Remember the 2010 Vancouver Olympics? Yes, I do too. But let’s be real. Many Americans (me and Tina) secretly cheer for Canada anyways. (Team Canada 2014!!!)

Here’s the infamous “Golden Goal” by none other than Canada’s “Golden Boy”

And do yourself a favor by watching Canadian comedian Shaun Majumder predicted this incredible feat.

Ya’ll already knew this but, Sidney Crosby is awesome. There’s nothing more to say than that. I’d also thought of doing the courtesy of reminding everyone that he’s a mere 26 years old AND a human being. Just in case you ever forgot. You’re welcome.

insanely human

insanely human