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Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Hockey Show - Episode 111

The Hockey Show, Canada's only campus-produced hockey radio show, is back tonight with a special show! With UMFM's annual pledge drive, Pledge-O-Rama, currently happening, we're trying to raise as much money as we can to keep the radio station running smoothly. Costs are always increasing and revenues don't always increase, so this annual radio telethon keeps the station running and The Hockey Show on the air!

Because UMFM is a campus and community radio station, we don't rely on commercial revenues to make ends meet like most other stations. We serve the community by playing PSAs and commercials from our partners regarding community events, campus-related events, and additional spots for community-based initiatives. We don't sell commercial spots, so we don't generate the same income as most big radio stations. Repairing microphones, computers, soundboards and everything else is expensive. Expanding coverage in our FM frequency is extremely expensive. It's a business, and we appreciate all of your support and assistance in making UMFM awesome. Thank you! We cannot do this without you!

To show our appreciation, The Hockey Show will be offering up a draw for a pair of tickets to the November 6 show at Rumor's Comedy Club featuring Broken Lizard's Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme! Anyone who donates $25 or more will be entered into the draw! Tickets are $20 each, so two for $25 is a helluva deal! We're also offering up some additional incentives in addition to the draw for Heffernan and Lemme tickets, and the UMFM incentives will also be applied to any donation that meets an incentive goal! Your pledge goes a long way in helping UMFM and getting you a pile of gear from UMFM!

If you'd like to donate, you can call us at 204-474-6610 to make a donation. You can hit us via email and we'll call you back. Finally, you can always donate online as well. Again, we truly appreciate any and all support you can provide, and you'll get something in return for making a pledge to our little ol' radio station!

Tonight's hockey talk will include the tragedy in Ottawa and the postponing of the Toronto-Ottawa game, the Jets and their struggles against the NHL teams with wins on the season, Charlie Coyle signing a five-year contract extension with the Wild, the Pink in the Rink campaign that the University of Manitoba Bisons women's team is running this weekend, the Bisons men's and women's seasons thus far, and more! Again, we'll set you up with a pile of incentives if you donate on our show tonight, and we'll even try to get a few of you on the radio with us to talk some hockey!

It's the Pledge-O-Rama version of The Hockey Show! We're on the air at 5:30pm so tune in for all the action! We're on 101.5 UMFM on your radio dial in the Winnipeg region or you can listen live between 5:30pm and 6:30pm CT on your web-enabled device at the UMFM webpage! You can tweet us anytime you like by hitting us up at @TeebzHBIC on Twitter. You can also post some stuff to Facebook if you use the "Like" feature, and I always have crazy stuff posted there that doesn't make it to the blog or show.

Don't forget to call at 204-474-6610 to donate, hit us via email, or head over to the UMFM website to donate! Help us reach our goal of $28,000 today - we're not far away from breaking through that number!

PODCAST: OCTOBER 23, 2014: Episode 111

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Unthinkable

I don't like writing about senseless loss, but it happened today. The man to the left is Corporal Nathan Cirillo, and he was gunned down in Ottawa today in what seems to be a random act of violence. Cpl. Cirillo was a reservist serving in Hamilton from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada regiment. He was just 24 when he met his ultimate fate today when a lunatic - yes, I'll use that term - walked up to him, put a rifle into his chest, and pulled the trigger at close range. This was a man who was dedicating his life to keeping those who live in our borders safe, and it was a man from within our border who took his life. He was far too young, and this act of violence is grotesque and senseless. It has left me quite angry.

I will not identify the gunman. He deserves neither recognition nor infamy for the choice he made today, but he is dead as well. The House of Commons sergeant-at-arms and RCMP officers shot him to death at the Parliament Buildings after he took Cpl. Cirillo's life. Again, he will not be recognized by me other than referring to him as the lunatic.

The tragedy in Ottawa today saw the NHL cancel the game in Ottawa between the Senators and the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. No one will fault the NHL or teams for that decision. This is a day of tragedy, and I feel for all of those whose lives were touched by Cpl. Cirillo, especially his family and friends. Nathan is a hero, and we should honour him as such.

In an act of true awesomeness, the Pittsburgh Penguins played the Canadian anthem to honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and as a show of support to the city of Ottawa and all of Canada. Here's Jeff Jimmerson singing both anthems tonight. Very classy, Pittsburgh.

Rest in peace, Cpl. Cirillo. You were taken far too early from us by a lunatic who didn't deserve the protection you provided him. You're a hero, and you'll always be a hero for all eternity. While the grief and loss will always be present for your family and friends, your legacy will live on.

Until next time, raise your sticks high in honour of Cpl. Cirillo!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Live Blog: Connor McDavid Watch

Boy, he looks excited, doesn't he? That's Connor McDavid of the OHL's Erie Otters, and I'll be live-blogging tonight's battle between two bottom-feeders in the NHL in the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets. Both teams enter the game tonight on four-game losing streaks so someone will come away with two points, but this game could be tough to watch. Carolina is missing both Staals and a pile of other guys, and Evander Kane is still out for the Jets. Grant Clitsome will play his first game for the Jets, though, so there's that. Let's start up McDavid Watch here on HBIC with tonight's first battle between two teams that simply don't score goals!

FIRST PERIOD

  • Anton Khudobin draws the assignment against the Jets while Ondrej Pavelec will suit up for the Jets in tonight's game. The funny thing is that these guys used to square off against one another nearly a decade ago in the AHL. And neither is truly a starter in the NHL yet. Go figure.
  • Stacey Nattress has been the best member of the Jets franchise to wear the jersey this season. Consistent, solid effort every night. Always gives 110%. And now she's retired. Just sayin'.
  • Matt Halischuk draws in for Anthony Peluso tonight. Less fights, more hits. Seems like a smart move.
  • Doc Walker lights up the anthems. Get them a contract. More energy than Byfuglien's last game.
  • Pavelec is a career 7-7-2 against Carolina. Makes you wonder how the Jets survived in the Southeast Division with an in-division record like that.
  • Hey, Jeff Skinner is back! Only 36 hours until he's concussed again!
  • "Remember when we had Ron Hainsey?" said no Jets fan. Wait, maybe that guy in Section 213 with the Hainsey jersey, but that's it.
  • I'm not calling out the coaching staff here, but when you have a centerman of Perreault's abilities, putting him on the wing is just dumb.
  • Jets send sixteen guys into the crease. Looks like a good goal. You can hear Maurice telling the bench, "Next shift, everyone on again!" I like this strategy. 
  • This review of the Jets' goal may be longer than Carolina's offensive zone time in tonight's game. 
  • JETS SCORE! Andrew Ladd gets his first of the season. 1-0 WINNIPEG! 
  • JETS SCORE AGAIN! Adam Lowry gets his first of the season. 2-0 WINNIPEG!
  • Good call by Maurice in putting Clitsome in the lineup. His shot was deflected by Lowry. See? This is why he drops F-bombs in press conferences. He's the MAN!
  • Did you know that Jim Slater was a first-round draft pick? Seriously! I'm not sure how that happened with his NHL stats. 
  • Jacob Trouba almost concussed Jeff Skinner with that hit. Then again, the stiff breeze in Winnipeg almost concussed Skinner this afternoon. 
  • Jets are penalty-killing. Again. Ladd with a boneheaded penalty. BE A CAPTAIN! 
  • The best part of the Jets' penalty-killing is how much of a mess the Hurricanes' power-play is. Are the Hurricanes playing in the TimBits Hockey during the first intermission?
  • Stuart got a penalty for that? Throw the challenge flag, Maurice! 
  • Jiri Tlusty apparently scores on the power-play, but they'll review it. Looks like it went off his hand. How can this be inconclusive?
  • HURRICANES SCORE! Jiri Tlusty scores on the power-play. 2-1 WINNIPEG.
  • Tlusty apparently got his stick on it before the puck crossed the line. So much for that power-play being a mess. 
  • Jets fans can boo all they like, but that was a perfect hip-check by Tim Gleason to disrupt Lowry. Learn the game, Jets fans. Hip-checks are sexy. 
  • If there's a positive, the Jets have now equaled their total scoring in their previous four games. In this one period. Against a winless Carolina team. The only other team they've beaten so far? A winless Arizona team in the first game of the season. Coincidence? 
  • I don't know if Maurice got a new haircut, but you can see a lot of scalp on him tonight. Was his hair this thin when he took over last season? (Answer: NO) 
  • I'm pretty sure the Hurricanes are triple-shifting Jiri Tlusty now. They need the offence. 
  • Dennis Beyak just said Zach Bogosian made a "head-fake" when he nearly lost the puck. Dennis Beyak is trying to win a Gemini Award with this broadcast.
  • If you're lucky enough to get TSN3 for a Jets broadcast, just remember that TSN has about six commercials they play throughout the game. Six total. All game. 
  • If Clitsome had hit Skinner like that instead of Boychuk, Skinner's season may have been over. Great hit from the veteran! 
  • I saw enough of those glove saves when Khudobin was a member of the Houston Aeros when he played against the Moose. Let's not make him look better than he is. 
  • Looks like Trouba and Clitsome are having some sort of personal competition on how many Hurricanes can be laid out on the ice tonight. I have Trouba leading by one. 
  • That'll do it for the first period. WINNIPEG LEADS 2-1
  • During the first intermission, I'll be doing dishes. Get yourself a beverage, check some other scores online, or whatever. I'll be back in fifteen minutes.
  • SECOND PERIOD

  • This farce with Evander Kane in the broadcast booth is foreshadowing of his future. Like all good color commentators, he's a middling player right now. In saying that, the Jets could definitely use his services right now.
  • Interference call as Adam Lowry is taken down. Jets to the power-play.
  • Hey, Toby Enstrom... how about taking a shot? The entire arena knows you're teeing up Byfuglien, so change it up once in a while! 
  • I think Malone just left half his locker on the ice as Ladd tackled him. Hey, maybe the Bombers could use Ladd! He's made more tackles than the Bombers' defence already! 
  • I'm pretty sure Swiss Chalet is the worst Ontario import Manitoba has made since we brought in Kerwin Bell to be the Bombers' quarterback. 
  • Ondrej Pavelec showing some excellent lateral movement on that save on Semin! But the Jets will play shorthanded once more as Stuart sits for two minutes or less. 
  • I like TJ Galiardi. Essentially, we traded Setoguchi for Galiardi. And honestly, no one can be worse than "Press Box" Setoguchi.
  • Hey, who's the dude with the Eric Fehr Jets jersey? Fehr did a 35-game cameo with the Jets where he scored two goals and added one helper. Not really worth the $200 for that jersey, was it? 
  • Jets had about 13 players on the ice on that change. Refs were more concerned with Byfuglien poke-check then rag-dolling Harrison to count players, though.
  • Evander Kane as a coach? THAT is something I want to see. I can't imagine how that will go.
  • Jacob Trouba was pulled away from Jeff Skinner by the linesman pretty quickly. The linesman must know Skinner's concussion history since Trouba wasn't allowed to breathe near him. 
  • Skinner is in the penalty box. "Is this the quiet room? Where am I?" 
  • I wouldn't even have a player on Enstrom if he was at the point on the power-play. He's not even a threat to shoot at this point in his career. What a waste. 
  • Zach Bogosian: "My favorite player growing up was Jacob Trouba." 
  • JETS SCORE! Byfuglien with a burst of speed and the goal! 3-1 WINNIPEG!
  • Just wanna point this out: Justin Faulk was a defenceman for Team USA at the Sochi Olympics while Byfuglien stayed home. Just making that point here. 
  • Tim Gleason's career outside of Carolina has been abysmal. But he looks like an NHL defenceman in Hurricanes' colors. Strange. 
  • Hurricanes are the top face-off team in the NHL this season. Mainly because they keep fishing the puck out of the back of their net. 
  • Dear Mark Scheifele: look forward once in a while. You might find out that you have no one between you and the goalie. Kthxbye! 
  • Ok, that was dirty. Skinner just laid the Sherwood across Trouba's cheekbone. Skinner must be angry that Trouba keeps asking him if he rides the short bus yet. 
  • That'll do it for 40 minutes. WINNIPEG LEADS 3-1
  • I'll be honest: I don't watch the second intermission due to my hatred of the "Lawless & Order" segment. Gary Lawless is a great newspaper reporter, but he shouldn't be on TV talking about sports for any reason.
  • I am now channel-surfing. It's either Chopped on The Food Network or Alien 3 on MovieTime. I'm almost considering Lawless right now.
  • THIRD PERIOD

  • Good energy in this first minute on the power-play by the Jets.
  • Hey, Toby Enstrom shot the puck! Now, let's double that shot total, Toby!
  • Sekera is being sent off for sinning. Shame him, Jets. And score a damn power-play goal. This is getting to be a problem.
  • The oh-fer-power-play continues. Oi vay. 
  • I really want to see Matt Halischuk remain in the lineup. He brings so much more than either Peluso or Thorburn. Figure this out, Jets. 
  • Jets appear to be playing prevent defence now. Not a fan. Stay aggressive, boys.
  • I want to point something out: this is Blake Wheeler's team. If a team comes calling at the deadline for Andrew Ladd, it might be time to consider it.
  • Had Galiardi converted that off-the-bench-between-the-legs attempt, I would have bought a Galiardi jersey tomorrow. No questions asked. 
  • I wonder if the Jets can go oh-fer on the power-play for the season. Seems like it could happen at this rate. 
  • Carolina is pretty terrible. Might be a long season in BBQ country. 
  • Brian Little looked like he was trying to prevent Semin from being invisible. At least we know that Semin dressed for tonight's game, right? 
  • I'll admit that I'm embarrassed right now. I had suggested that the Jets trade Pavelec and Kane in the off-season to Carolina for Ward and Skinner. I'm pretty sure I was drunk when I suggested that. For nearly two days. What a bender!
  • I'm not suggesting anything, but maybe people in Raleigh aren't aware that these are regular season games yet. I wouldn't pay to watch the Hurricanes 41 times this season if they play like this. Hell, I'd go support Florida. They have more to be excited about. 
  • Grant Clitsome should focus on each night if he plays this well. Don't worry about the next game until game night. Unless you're back in the press box. 
  • HBIC mascot Meg the kitty has been asleep since midway through the second period. The bright side? She lasted half a period longer than the Hurricanes. 
  • I'm telling you: if the Jets play like this after Maurice drops an F-bomb in a press conference, I say MORE F-BOMBS! It only makes total sense! 
  • Khudobin heads to the bench. He got tired of watching Cam Ward eat hot dogs while laughing and pointing at him. 
  • Y'know, if you re-arrange the letters in Alex Semin's name, I'm sure you can spell Alexei Yashin. I don't do spelling so good. Or something. 
  • Well, that'll end the four-game losing streak for the Jets. WINNIPEG WINS 3-1!
  • One of Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel should probably start looking for apartments in Carolina. Or simply apply to be Jeff Skinner's live-in support worker. CONCUSSION WATCH continues!
I'll be honest: this wasn't a great game whatsoever. Both of these teams will be in the cellars of their respective divisions, so this wasn't pretty by any means. However, the Jets needed to win before Paul Maurice started killing players, so there's a silver lining on this win.

For Carolina, however, this nightmare season continues, and they're only five games into it.

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Monday, 20 October 2014

A Little Animated

Paul Maurice is usually pretty reserved. He doesn't get too high nor does he get too low when it comes to his emotions surrounding the game of hockey. He's a very thoughtful coach in terms of not showing his hand or his emotions in front of the press very often. The fact that the Winnipeg Jets have played very poorly thus far into the season have a few cracks showing in Maurice, though, and he let off some steam yesterday at a reporter in Winnipeg after he ran the players through a rather uneventful practice.

When asked about the leadership on the team, Maurice bristled at the question, stating that he was to whom the players are accountable. When pressed for more, Maurice responded that the players were also accountable to the leadership in this Jets group. However, when pressed further about being accountable to the fans, Maurice responded with a statement that had not yet been seen in Winnipeg.

"It's not the players' job to tell YOU about it," he said. "I don't have to open this book up to you and tell you everything that goes on in the room. I can make you cry in the [expletive] room. Listen, I understand you have to work with what you're given and I appreciate that. But the accountability in the room is fine. We deal with our problems directly."

Wow. I guess Maurice answered the question of who the players are accountable to in the previous questions enough for his liking.

There's no denying that the Jets have played some uninspired hockey thus far. They don't score goals, they don't seem to understand where the offensive zone is for the most part, and the opposing goal is treated like an egg in that the Jets simply don't want to direct pucks in that direction. Maurice can coach the team to shoot at every opportunity, but the players still have to do their jobs on the ice.

While everyone around the Jets franchise has yet to hit the panic button, a loss to the lowly Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow night might be the spark that sets off the powder keg in Winnipeg. Paul Maurice's influence on this team is seen every now and then, but he may have a direct influence on who stays ad goes if the Jets lay another egg against Carolina like they did against Calgary.

Frustration is growing amongst the fans, and now the cracks are showing on the franchise's happy face. Changes may be inevitable if the Jets don't change their ways.

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

HBIC's Official Mascot

It has been beyond crazy today, and the little critter to the left has been a big part of that. I was in class today, and then I decided to add the furball you see to the household. Ladies and gentlemen, I want to introduce you to Meg, HBIC's official mascot! Meg has kept me on my toes all night as she explores every region of the house while being naturally inquisitive. Needless to say, she's going to fit in quite nicely around here as her and I get accustomed to one another.

In saying that, another mascot was officially decommissioned mere days after it was introduced.

The AHL's Adirondack Flames decided that they needed a mascot, and introduced a fireball - as opposed to a furball like HBIC - named "Scorch". According to his story, Scorch is "the lone surviving flame from the fire that destroyed much of Glens Falls in 1864". He was a smoldering ember in Bride and Gown which sits upon he site of Calvin Robbin's blacksmith shop, one of the few buildings in the Glens Falls business district to survive the fire in 1864. Scorch reportedly overpowered a firefighter, showing his strength, as he associated himself with the AHL franchise.

Anyone else see a problem with "overpowering a firefighter"? Yeah, so did a pile a of other people who called the Flames out for this idea. The Flames, realizing their idea might be in poor taste, released a statement of apology despite the association with the Glens Falls Fire Department.
"Earlier today we unveiled our new mascot Scorch. In an attempt to provide background material for the character who will be the face of our team, particularly with young fans, we crafted a story that Scorch was the remaining ember from the tragic fire that destroyed much of Glens Falls in 1864.

We also crafted a skit that helped to launch the new mascot – with the help of the Glens Falls Fire Department. While it seemed in good taste when it was on the drawing board, it is evident now that it was in poor taste.

On behalf of our entire organization we want to apologize for our thoughtlessness today. We have obviously turned something good, the launch of a mascot which we will use to entertain and encourage young fans, into something that is in poor taste. That was not our intention and again we apologize.

We would like to emphasize that we as an organization take seriously the dangers associated with fire, understand its potentially devastating effects and acknowledge that those in our nation who are called upon to face and fight fires on a daily basis are truly heroes.

We apologize." – Brian Petrovek, President, Adirondack Flames.
Yeah, it's probably not a great idea to have your brand-new mascot take down a firefighter, someone who is an actual hero to many kids and should be recognized as such. Thankfully, Scorch did not appear at the Flames' home opener at the Glens Falls Civic Center last Saturday, and the team is working on a better mascot already in order to appease the masses who want a mascot that isn't going to overpower those who actually save lives.

Scorch may officially be the shortest-lived mascot in sports history. I am proud to say that Meg's legacy here at HBIC will going for much, much longer!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!