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Thursday, 28 April 2016

The Hockey Show - Episode 188

The Hockey Show, Canada's only campus-produced hockey radio show, is back tonight with a guest who I looked up to for a long time. It seems we have some awesome local deejays here in Manitoba as we've already had Brody Jackson and Samantha Stevens on from QX104FM to talk about their hockey tie-ins (Brody is the in-game host for the Jets while Samantha was learning hockey at a local Canlan hockey class!). Today, we have the man who is in charge of the Winnipeg chapter of Canada's largest street hockey tournament in the Play On! 4-on-4 street hockey tournament who was also part of one of Manitoba's best radio morning shows in recent history!

Tonight, we meet Mr. Tom McGouran who is getting the Winnipeg portion of Play On! onto the streets at the University of Manitoba! Tom has been on-and-off radio across Canada for a few decades now, but he was part of 92CITI-FM's fantastic morning show in the 1990s with co-cohort Joe Aiello! Tom and Joe were the originators of some of Winnipeg's best radio, and they were my choice for morning radio when I was getting ready for school and university in the morning! We'll talk with Tom about his involvement with Play On!, his radio career, who his picks are for Round Two in the NHL, and the Brandon Wheat Kings as Tom's a huge hockey fan!

Play On! is the ultimate summer street hockey experience, and you should be a part of it! It doesn't matter what your skill level or age is because Play On! offers recreational and competitive street hockey tournament divisions for every weekend warrior! The Play On! event will tour across Canada this summer, so make sure you get registered for some exciting and fun street hockey action in your city! All details as to when Play On! will be in your city and what the costs are for your skill and age level can be found on the Play On! website! See you out there!

The phones are closed tonight with Tom joining us in-studio! To hear this great interview, make sure you tune your radio dial in the Winnipeg region to 101.5 on your FM dial or listen live between 5:30pm and 6:30pm CT on your web-enabled device at the UMFM webpage! Tweet me anytime with questions you may have by hitting me 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. We might also try to get some Facebook Live footage of Tom in-studio up there as well! We talk to Play On! Winnipeg organizer and Winnipeg radio legend Tom McGouran tonight on The Hockey Show only on 101.5 UMFM!

PODCAST: April 28, 2016: Episode 188

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Round Two Starts Now

Well, I guess that title isn't entirely true. The second round actually started earlier tonight, but you may have caught yesterday's post that said that everyone would get the free three points because the NHL scheduled the second round to start before the first round had ended. Yeah, it's dumb, but this is the NHL and their magical scheduling. So while the second round has officially started, the HBIC Playoff Pool moves into Round Two officially right NOW!

To get you going, I have created another pretty little Excel document that can be opened in both Microsoft Excel and OpenOffice Calc. Fill this out and send it back to me WITH YOUR NAME AS THE NAME OF THE EXCEL DOCUMENT just like you did in the first round, but note that it is a Round 2 spreadsheet (ie. TeebzR2.xlsx). Send all picks to the pool email address: hbicplayoffpool-at-gmail-dot-com. Easy, right?

I will say this about the Nashville Predators: they got a helluva performance out of Pekka Rinne tonight. I'm not sure how they're feeling after a game in which they appeared to be running on fumes, but they'll have to get themselves ready for another West Coast team that looked pretty solid in the San Jose Sharks.

The will be the third time that the Predators have played in the second round, ousting Anaheim in 2010-11 and Detroit in 2011-12. The Predators have never been further than the second round, though, as Vancouver knocked them out in 2011 and Phoenix killed Nashville's season in 2012. It will be another tough test for the Predators in this series against San Jose, but they played very well against Anaheim to close out this series after being down 3-2 in the series.

For the Ducks, this is the fourth-straight season where they have been up 3-2 in a series only to lose the series on home ice in Game Seven. That's a record, folks, and not one that Ducks fans or the team should celebrate. As much as saying this sounds crazy, Bruce Boudreau's job will come under scrutiny once again as he's lost his sixth Game Seven in his coaching career as well. Despite all the regular season success Boudreau has led the Ducks to, it will ultimately be up to management and the owners to decide if Boudreau comes back for another season.

We'll see how this Predators win affects brackets as well.

With the Lightning-Islanders series already underway, I was impressed to find every single HBIC Playoff Pool entrant calling the Islanders with a John Tavares game-winning goal! Well done, all! Get your second round entries in before the start of the games tomorrow evening, and everything will be alright. If, for some reason, you can't get that done, EMAIL ME ASAP.

May the odds be ever in your favour!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Scheduling Problems

For the first time in a long time, the NHL has decided to start a round before the prior round has finished. This, of course, throws some issues into the HBIC Playoff Pool, but fear not, worthy competitors! I believe I have a solution to this that will work out well for everyone thanks to the Nashville-Anaheim game being the late game tomorrow night! If you don't like this solution, I can't please anyone, but what can I do? I'm not scheduling stuff for the NHL. Otherwise, I'd have the rounds separated by a day or two! Just go back to scribbling in your colouring book, NHL. Ok? Ok.

To resolve this scheduling conflict, every competitor in the HBIC Playoff Pool will receive the full three points for the Lightning-Islanders Game One game! That's right - everyone gets the correct game and the correct game-winning goal scorer points on this night thanks to the NHL messing everything up with their scheduling quirk.

Tomorrow, I will post the new spreadsheet, and you'll have until the start of the games on Thursday night to submit your new bracket predictions. It will be posted late thanks to the west coast Game Seven game between the Ducks and Predators, but the post will go up as soon as there is a definite winner in the series. In other words, if it's close into the third period, it won't be posted yet!

The leaderboard will be posted on Friday thanks to Thursday being the preview day for The Hockey Show. This weekend, I'll be posting the prizes for those participating, and I'll also add that there are still prizes trickling in to HBIC Headquarters. That means you can win what's in the pictures as well as getting some additional stuff not yet shown! WOOT WOOT to free gear!

Tune in tomorrow, kids, and we'll get that new bracket up ASAP. Who are you taking in Game Seven - Anaheim or Nashville? Sound off in the comments!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

That Didn't Go So Well

The U18 World Championship took place in Grand Forks, North Dakota over the last week and a bit as each nation's best young players showed up to show off their talents and try to bring home some hardware. Overall, it was an excellent tournament on the ice and in the stands, and I have to commend the people of North Dakota for their excellent work in volunteering at the tournament. All reports had the tournament running smoothly and everyone was happy. After losing to the Swedes in a shootout in the semi-final, the Canadians were set to take on the Americans who lost to the Finns in their respective semi-final - ok, so not everyone was happy. In any case, the two North American nations were going to face-off for the bronze medal in what was expected to be a very entertaining game.

Except that didn't happen. I won't do a lot of explaining, but let's just say that the Americans came to play in a big way that I'm not sure Canada ever expected.
Yikes. I will say congratulations to the American squad who laid an ass-whipping on the Canadians like no one expected. They took home the bronze medal after their setback the day earlier. The Finns, to their credit, went on to defeat the Swedes in the final where Jesse Puljujärvi had a whale of a game in helping Finland capture the gold medal.

Congratulations to the gold medalists in Finland, the silver medalists in Sweden, and the bronze medalists in USA on successful tournaments! For Canada, they'll return home where they'll lick their wounds after that severe beating they took, and it will be a chance for some of the young men of this country to prepare for the NHL Entry Draft!

Until then, let's hope that 10-3 beatdown doesn't haunt their dreams!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Rocking Out In A Jersey

I want to point something out that hadn't dawned on me when posting these musicians-in-jerseys articles. Arena organists are musicians too! I just wanted to shout-out to the arena organ players who keep the crowd rolling night in and night out with their renditions of popular music and traditional songs at arenas! The commercials musicians, however, aren't normally cheering on a home team as they tour the world, but they still occasionally will don a jersey for the home faithful to thank the fans who come out to support them. It's another look at musicians who wear jerseys on stage here on HBIC!

Let's start with the most recent news as the revolutionary Prince passed away at the age of 57. Prince Roger Nelson was a proud Minnesotan, and he was born into music as his father was a pianist and songwriter and his mother was a jazz singer. His influence on the music world was immense, and he has often been regarded as one of the world's best guitar players among the many instruments he mastered. His Paisley Park recording studio was located in Minnesota, and he was a major supporter of the arts and music scenes in and around Minneapolis-St.Paul. In saying this, the Minnesota Wild produced a jersey in Prince's memory with his famous symbolic name on the back. Rest in peace, Prince.

As you may be aware, Dan Boyle was once a San Jose Shark, but did you know he was also a music roadie? The New York Rangers defenceman joined alt-music group Faith No More on the road where he served as one of the group's roadies during the East Coast swing of the tour for Sol Invictus! Boyle helped out for four shows with the band where he'd spray down Mike "Puffy" Bordin with water while he played or assisting Mike Patton with his microphone cable whenever the singer dove into the pit! Boyle is a huge Faith No More fan, so he invited the band to practice with the Sharks in 2012! How cool is that?!?

KISS bassist Gene Simmons has appeared on the musicians list already, and now he is the first musician to have a daughter appear on the list! Sophie Simmons is a blossoming musician, model, and businesswoman who has developed a brand unto herself already. Sophie and the Vancouver Canucks have worked together on a number of occasions for various charities in and around the Vancouver area, and the Canucks were lucky enough to have Sophie sing the Canadian national anthem for them!

Brad Paisley is probably one of country music's biggest stars. I say "probably" because I don't listen to country music, but I hear a vast number of people talking about him and his music. He sells out arenas and concerts regularly, his music is always near the top of the charts, and he seems to be a favorite of the fairer sex due to his rugged, manly looks. The AHL's Syracuse Crunch also like him, and gave Paisley a jersey when he stopped in their city!

The New York Rangers have a pretty important Swede playing for them in Henrik Lundqvist. He appeals to many, but Swedes are fiercely proud of their countryman who has brought them an Olympic gold medal among his various accolades. One such Swede is Ansel Elgort or, as he is known on the music scene, Ansolo. Ansel is an actor and DJ, and he regularly shows up at Madison Square Garden. How often, you ask? So much so that he has a home, road, and alternate jersey!

You may not be familiar with Us3's music, but they are a jazz-rap group from London. Their biggest hit was "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" which can still be heard on various stations playing hits from the 1990s, but they haven't cracked any major charts for some time. That being said, they still do perform for their faithful, and John M. pointed out that they were a part of the rap scene that wore hockey jerseys for a while! Here is one of the members of Us3 in a Blackhawks jersey!

We have a shot on the musicians list of The Who's Roger Daltrey in a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater, but it's in black-and-white. So how about a colour version?

The Rolling Stones might be one of the original rock groups when rock-and-roll got big. There is no doubt that the Stones have had a massive influence on the music industry, and Mick Jagger's look and sound has been revered and duplicated on a number of occasions by many artists. That being said, it seems only appropriate that one of the Original Six NHL teams honours the legendary rock singer with his own jersey! The Boston Bruins did exactly that, and Jospeh C. sent me the photo!

Just because I keep finding them, here's Shania Twain in another Toronto Maple Leafs jersey.

Like Ozzy Osbourne, the hockey jersey look isn't really in Steven Tyler's wardrobe. The Aerosmith lead singer has his own eclectic style that rarely weaves into the sports world, so capturing a picture of him supporting a team is a rarity. Joseph C. sent along Steven Tyler showing support for the Boston Bruins!

There's no denying that Justin Bieber is a polarizing figure in the world of music, but he seems to be taking notes from another tween favorite in Taylor Swift. The Biebs is starting to amass his own closet of hockey jerseys, and this entry has three, maybe even four, entries from Canada's unwanted singer. Somehow, Bieber got to pose with an Edmonton Oilers jersey with Wayne Gretzky! Yet it appears he took the stage in Edmonton wearing a different jersey. He posed at the iHeartRadio Music Award in what appears to be a Gretzky New York Rangers jersey. And just for good measure, he took to the stage in Glendale wearing a Max Domi Arizona Coyotes jersey.

And to finish this one off, Joseph C. brought forth an amazing picture of one of music's greats. Stephen Stills is probably best known for his work in Buffalo Springfield and, of course, the iconic Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Stills' solo album is the only album to feature both Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, and he's been writing musical hits all his life. He is the first man to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice for both Crosby, Stills, and Nash and for Buffalo Springfield. Apparently, he was also a Philadelphia Flyers fan!

As always, you should check out all the musicians listed on this page. Thanks to many people's help, I've amassed a heckuva collection of images on there, and there are probably a ton more that should be added that I don't know about. If you want to submit a photo, please send it here!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!