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The game goes on: more to do in less time for Sharks

(Originally published at Kukla’s Korner, January 10, 2013)

A couple of days ago we got news that Katie Moore, wife of Dominic, passed away.  I can’t think of any words to make sense of this sorrow.  Dominic tweeted a few words yesterday:

@mooredom: I’d like to express our deep appreciation for the overwhelming care and sympathy we have received since my wife’s passing on Monday. The example Katie displayed throughout her life and in particular during her illness is a source of continued strength and inspiration, as is the love and support of those around us. Donations can be made to the future Katie Moore Foundation at katiemoore.org

The outpouring of support and condolences has been recognized and appreciated, but I can’t help thinking it is better that the family was able to go through the ordeal without any public attention.  I do think the hockey community gives people their space in such times, but on hearing the news I was reminded and glad of it.  In the case of such an awful loss, it is a good thing if the family can be together without distraction.  Healing thoughts to the family. (more…)

The End of the Lockout, or What You Will

(Originally published at Kukla’s Korner, January 6, 2013)

The lockout was announced as over on January 6, Twelfth Night.  Was it an industry-wide epiphany?  Was it time to clean up, as is traditional in many Christmas-celebrating households?  Was it just Ed Snider’s birthday present?  Was that the prize in the plum cake?

It seems like I should be feeling something like this:

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again! it had a dying fall:
O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound,
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more:
’Tis not so sweet now as it was before.

Hm.  Nope.  I mean I can see how it would fit but the strain and the dying and the sickening and the sweetness just aren’t there. (more…)

Finishing the game

(Originally published at Kukla’s Korner, December 22, 2012)

For me, Friday’s Bulls game started with a long drive through the rain. This demonstration of diligence and commitment is less impressive if you know that I had a thrilling Worcester Sharks game to listen to on the way. No hardship there. It was probably exactly the sort of game I would never want to watch (I think they may have broken some season penalty minute records, could hardly go five minutes without a fight.  I believe Frazer McLaren alone racked up 27 minutes before being excused.) Still, the back and forth scoring and right up to the last second suspense made for a great listen.

SF Bulls defenseman Sacha Guimond has gone back to Canada.  This tweet from Simon Danis-Pepin sat there in my Twitter timeline for days:

@Simon_D_Pepin: “Having a good hangout with @Guimond15 before he heads north. Feel like my son is going away to college. #lesbulls #ledream” (more…)