Archive for November, 2009

Asia league on a 2 week break!!!

November 9, 2009

Hello Hockey fans I am back after a long hiatus and ready to give you some insight into the Asia league,the Boston Bruins,fantasy hockey and our hockey pool.

Let us look at the Asia league first,The Nippon Paper Cranes are tied for first place with 30 points with Anyang Halla from Korea and Oji Paper is in 3rd with 26 points,all these teams having played 12 games. High1 from Korea which has the two leading scorers Alex Kim and Tim Smith is in fourth with 25 points but they have played 15 games,the Nikko Ice Bucks are in fifth,the  Tohoku Freeblades the newest team in the league has 13 points and in last place the China Dragon with 0 points and no wins after 15 games.The Dragon have a Japanese goalie and he has been peppered with pucks every game as they could go winless for the whole season.I hope to get to some games this weekend in Yokohama as there will be four games played on Saturday and  Sunday by the four Japanese teams.Pictures to follow in the next blog post.DSCN1949_2Here is a picture of Chris Yule from last year he presently has 6 goals and 5 assists for the Nippon Paper Cranes in 12 games this season,he was born in Edmonton,but has become a naturalized Japanese citizen and has played for the Japanese national team at the Nagano Olympics and other international tournaments.

On to the Bruins they have made it back to .500 hockey with a great 4-2 win over the Northeast leading Buffalo Sabres last Saturday which I watched on NHL Gamecenter with much hooting and hollering from 9-12 in the morning,however they are not in the playoffs at the moment due to having some injury problems right now as their leading scorer Marc Savard  is on the shelf for 4-6 weeks.The other injury is to Milan Lucic the reincarnation of Bruins legend Cam Neely who broke his finger and is out for 4-6 weeks as well.Tuuka Rask the backup goalie for the Bruins is playing well and got the win for the Bs on Saturday.Here is a picture from 2006 of the Finnish Junior team of which Rask was a member in downtown Vancouver during the World Junior Championships which Canada won of course.DSCN2953Next on to Yahoo Fantasy Hockey,I am in first place as all my players have been scoring and racking up the penalty minutes.My 3 goalies are Tim Thomas,Steve Mason and Evgeni Nabokov.Thomas and Mason have been below average so far but Nabokov has been stellar.Arrogant Dave is in second and his players have been heading to the injury list in droves.Spruce Grove Jeff  my fraternity brother is in third and has been trash talking me quite a bit.Johnny boy from Vancouver in 4th with Luongo on the injured list,Kevin from Toronto in fifth and Thomas in last.The lack of players is disappointing but oh well lots of players available on the waiver wire.

In the main pool,Patrick the newcomer is in first,but the beginners luck should wear out soon,Johnny boy in second,Jay the minister in third,me in fourth,Papa Rog in fifth and Brian the sophomore in last.I have 3 players on the injured list Briere,Toews and Setoguchi and am contemplating making my first trade.It is rare for me to have not pulled the trigger on a trade by now as all other poolies have made at least one trade.This strategy could pay off for me in 2010 when I will be able to bolster my team for the  stretch run in march and April.

One last thing before I go,my Dad will probably kill me for posting this picture but here is a pic of the oldtimer who just celebrated his 66th birthday on November 5 some time in the 1970s in the dressing room for his army team.img113See you soon and enjoy the hockey wherever you are!!!!!