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Hockey Notes re: Movember (source unknown)

Best All-Time Hockey Mo –  #1 – Lanny McDonald, #2 Wendal Clark,  #3- George Parros, #4 – Larry Robinson,  #5 – Eddie Shack,  #6  Glenn Anderson , #7-Rogie Vachon, #8 – Bryan Trottier

Best Current Hockey “Wish He would Grow a Mo” – #1 – Sidney Crosby, #2 – Jarome Iginla, #3 – Dion Phaneuf, #4 – Alex Ovechkin, #5 – Joe Thornton, #6 – Taylor Hall, #7 – Zdeno Chara, #8 – Mike Camalleri

Which Logo Could Best Use the Addition of a Mo – #1 – Ottawa Senators, #2 – Chicago Blackhawks and #3 – Pittsburgh Penguins, #4 – Phoenix Coyotes

Best Hockey Movember Promotion idea for 2011 – #1 – Replace the C & A with a Mo icon for captains, #2 – Don Cherry Mo suit, #3 – Top Goalies Moustache-inspired masks

 

Swiss Dominate BC Floorball Challenge – Canucks Outsider #55

On a summer Saturday, Dave heads to the BC Floorball’s Challenge Tournament to learn whassup with fast-paced indoor hockey sport and watch the Swiss Selects soundly defeat the Canadian Waveriders in an exhibition besides the 5-nation cup tournament.  While there, Dave talks to Switzerland’s Simon and Simon (not to be confused with the TV show), rookie player Boris Mann,StewartThe Fossil” from England (and another player from London) plus interviews with BC Floorball’s Greg Beaudin (AKA Billy Tucker) and the “godfather” of Canadian Floorball, Finland’s Juha Mikola.  Topics include rules and regulations, Swiss military training, beautifulness of Vancouver, pro players in Europe, equipment, sportsmanship and beer.

Grab Swiss Dominate BC Floorball Challenge – Canucks Outsider #55 (.mp3, 34:23, 32MB)

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Photo of StewartThe Fossil” in action by Kris Krug (arted-up by Dave O)
More Coverage from the BCFF

Kris Krug‘s (Vancouver Photographer) kickin’ at BC Floorball flickr page
via More Photos from the 1st Annual BCFF Floorball Challenge

BC Floorball’s Tournament Coverage

Richard Eriksson’Week of Floorball report on Urban Vancouver and Youtube’d floorball video

The Province (via BC floorball Federation on esports)

North Shore News (via BC Floorball Fancy Footwork)

Fancy Footwork
Action from the 1st Annual BCFF Floorball Tournament in May. Board Members Greg Beaudin and Blair Zimmerman compete for the ball as Adrian Zimmerman and David Senn look on. (Photo courtesy ofNorth Shore News)

Greg Beaudin, President of BC Floorball (greg.beaudin@bcfloorball.com) says,

“The Future of Floorball in Canada, proven by the results of the day, is not in the hands of the skilled hockey players turned Floorball enthusiasts but rather in the youth who can grow up learning the skills and tactics of the game as the Swiss team graciously made us realize with the thumping that they handed us. We hope the spectators enjoyed watching true Floorball skill and we thank them for coming out to watch.  Floorball is an amazing team sport for its accessibility, versatility, affordability, energy and sportsmanship.  It is totally Gym friendly and we hope that schools and community centers are quick to value Floorball as an ideal, safe, and economical Gym sport for girls and boys.  We hope that all of you can spread the good word and build the buzz for Floorball.

Play Floorball in BC – Drop in an to experience the co-ed fun – new players welcome and may borrow gear.

When and Where: Register – Poster

Monday Night Floorball – $7 Mondays 6pm-7.45pm at the Roundhouse in downtown Vancouver

[UPDATE] Summer hiatus Thursday Night Floorball – $7 Thursdays, 7PM Mulgrave School in West Vancouver

More Floorball:

bcfloorball.com – BC Floorball

playfloorball.com – Floorball Canada

floorballontario.com – Floorball in Ontario

floorballpro.com – Floorball Equipment

BC Floorball TournamentBC Floorball Tournament
Swiss Zimmerman vs. Canadian Zimmerman (by Kris Krug)

Bogus Coverage (no permalinks, tsk tsk …, just here for posterity and shame):

The Outlook

The Courier

 

Poetic Stories about Goalies – Postcard #62

Poetic Stories about Goalies

Poet Randall Maggs discusses his book “Night Work” about the troubled soul of legendary hockey goalie Terry Sawchuk plus the nuances of story-telling, conversations with goaltenders, Sawchuk’s Ukrainian heritage and convergence of history and hockey with host Dave Thorvald Olson at the Robson Square covered outdoor rink in Vancouver following a poetry reading promoted by publisher Brick Books.

Lace em up for Poetic Stories about Goalies – Postcard #62 (128k mp3, 36:02, 33MB, stereo)

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Bonus: Poetic Stories about Goalies – Postcards from Gravelly Beach podcast

Poetic Stories about Goalies
Episode cover art designed by Bread the Producer, photo by Dave O (Terry Sawchuk’s gear at Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto, ON)

Poet Randall Maggs discusses his book “Night Work” about the troubled soul of legendary hockey goalie Terry Sawchuk plus the nuances of story-telling, conversations with goaltenders, Sawchuk’s Ukrainian heritage and convergence of history and hockey with host Dave Thorvald Olson at the Robson Square covered outdoor rink in Vancouver following a poetry reading promoted by publisher Brick Books.

Lace em up for: Poetic Stories about Goalies – Postcard #62 (.mp3, 36:02, 33MB, stereo)

Continue reading Bonus: Poetic Stories about Goalies – Postcards from Gravelly Beach podcast

“Exploring Latvian Poets, Flags and Presidents” – from Vancouver Access 2010

Austria vs Latvia

Note: Originally published at Vancouver Access 2010 on Feb 18, 2010 as part of on-going Olympic-related cultural documentation.

Over the past 8 years since attending 2002 Olympic Winter Games in SLC, I’ve spoke to groups at colleges, bars and conferences about the difference between seeing the Olympics on TV and “on the ground.” My examples most always include the first-ever Nepali Winter Olympian (a x-country skiier) and the passion of the Latvian hockey fans as sources of inspiration for my documentation.

Despite the small population and history of totalitarian Soviet control, Latvians ice a team good enough to play in the A Pool but not necessarily good enough to win the big prize. However, you can’t tell them that as any Latvian truly believes their team is as mighty as the rest.

Austria vs LatviaThis belief comes from a long history of performing with heart and vigor although often in the Soviet system and/or on Dynamo Riga club team which is filled with Latvians.

The proudest moment for the Latvian Men’s Hockey Team was when they defeated the Russians in 2000 – in St. Petersburg, Russia – at the World Championships led by (former Vancouver Canucks) goaltender Arturs Irbe.

arturs irbe playing for dynamo riga

While speaking at Capilano University about the Olympics, I met a Lativan student named Reinis Spaile who posted my enthusiasm on a Latvian social networking website which produced a throng of Latvian fans following along with my Olympic punditry including my “People’s History” manifesto.

My pal Chris Breikss is of Latvian heritage and we’ve spoke of the unique nature of these fans from the Baltic country. He’s rallied the enthusiasm from the Latvian community into a Latvian Fan Unite Facebook group and began rallying meetups and events to both welcome visitors and explore his own Latvian ancestry (personally i am happy to provide a wee bit of inspiration as i think this internationalizing is the best part of the Olympics).

As it turns out, Chris’ Latvian story is stunning – a real life Dr. Zhivago story of sorts including poets, gulags and love.

As explained in Vancouver Sun article by Gerry Bellett: “Tragic tale prompts Canadian to fly Latvian flag – Chris Breikss’s grandfather was a famous Latvian poet and patriot who starved to death in a Siberian gulag after being arrested in 1941″

The tale involves his grandfather, Leonids Breikss, a famous Latvian poet and patriot who was arrested in 1941 when the Soviet army invaded Latvia.

He was sent to a Siberian gulag, never to be seen again by his family, and died within a year of starvation.

“He was taken because he spoke against the occupation and talked of peace and love for his fatherland,” Breikss said.

Leonids’ wife, who is still alive and lives in Toronto, was pregnant at the time with a son — Chris’s dad, Peter, who would never see his father — and the pair eventually made their way to Canada at the end of the Second World War.

“She’s 91 and still remembers the day they came and took him away from her,” he said.

To honour his grandfather, Chris Breikss has become an unofficial Latvian Olympic team cheerleader. Photograph by: Ian Lindsay, PNG, Vancouver Sun

Chris’ fellowship with the Latvians also included a meet and greet with the President and Prime Minister who visited Vancouver to support their team as evidenced in a video clip from the event: President of Latvia Meets with Vancouver Latvians: The President of Latvia, Valdis Zatlers, met with Vancouver Latvians at the University Golf Club at UBC. Later on this day the Latvian Hockey Team takes on Russia in their first game of the 2010 Olympics.

And finally, while at the men’s hockey game vs. Russia, Chris interviewed two Latvian fans with a compelling story with unfinished research, ergo:

According to Martins and Filips Andersons, the flag that they were wearing at the first Latvian hockey game of the 2010 Olympics was from 1917-1918. This was a time when Latvia was first becoming a country in the 1st World War. Could we have had one of the first Latvian flags in hand? It appears so. More details wanted…

An Original Latvian Flag

Now, how do I get my hands on English translations of the collected works of Leonids Breikss?

Hockey talk from the Winter Club with Guy Kawasaki and Pals – Olympic Outsider #14

Hockey talk from the Winter Club

Book your ice time for: Hockey talk from the Winter Club with Guy Kawasaki and Pals – Olympic Outsider #14 (.mp3, 17:32)

Almost 12 hours since I was in a hockey rink, now Thursday morning, I guess this must be day 7 of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Early morning at the North Shore Winter Club to observe a hockey game featuring a lot of the local tech industry luminaries plus tech evangelist pioneer Guy Kawasaki, plus “actual” hockey players.

Note: As soon as you open up the door to a rink specially one of these small community rinks, the thing that hits you is this smell. It’s also a thrill watching the players far down below working their magic being right here in ice level and seeing people doing it cos they love it, 8:00 on a weekday morning.

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Hockey NW Worksheet – social media community worksheet, circa 1997

Here’s my Hockey NW pre-social-media-online-community biz plan i mentioned @fergusson kinda fun to reflect upon

Hockey NW Worksheet

Goals:

— Promote Hockey culture and sport in the Pacific Northwest area by producing and marketing a destination site for hockey fans in the northwest

— Provide advanced web design & hosting services for major teams in the area

— Market “deluxe” products & services to minor hockey teams to increase excitement

— Earn increased revenues for Major teams by cross-marketing tickets, jerseys & packages to a wider, regional audience

— Build a duplicable model of creating and promoting a virtual community

What it will be:

The Hockey NW web site will be a state-of the art, “no-holds-barred” database driven, graphically involved and designed to provide a total user experience including:

— information and statistics for every player on participating teams,

— ticket purchasing, as well as tour packages including transportation, tickets and accommodations

— instructional videos about hockey, penalties, fundamentals, highlights

— “home pages” for each participating teams including schedules, pictures, “custom” hockey cards

— fantasy leagues, modifying the popular on-line models to create a game using all players from participating teams, regardless of league or level

— web-based e.mail checker so participating teams members can check e.mail from any browser

— refreshing”almost real-time” scoresheet with scores from various games

— highlight clips from games as possible

— custom hockey card creation and other fun

— live game radio broadcasts

— editorial articles and breakdowns

— guestbook, message board

— fan home pages, including preparing graphics and instructions for fans to make a page

— seating charts and maps to various arenas


Who is the audience:

Hockey fans cross-pollinated from various regional fan bases, especially grassroots support as in minor hockey, recreational leagues as well as international players’ families & fans. This will be a valuable piece of marketing data for teams looking to expand market and reach new audiences.


Revenue Streams:

— Affiliate programs (partner with on-line hockey gear and accessory sellers, collect commission from sales)

— Banner ads (sell advertising to various companies who stand to benefit from this audience) (ideas include: hotels,

— Teams jerseys and accessories sales (fulfilled by team, proceeds split with HNW & teams)

— Corporate sponsors (potential corporate sponsors include: Nike/Bauer, Koho, Jofa, US In-line, Orca-bay, IBM, )

— Web design/hosting/promotion packages to teams (web site hosting, custom design)

— Complete promo packages for minor teams including team photos, individual photos, web sites, score and statistics tracking, logo design, jersey design etc.

— In-kind contributions from major teams (board advertising, tickets for promotion)


Required from Major participants ( Sabercats, T’birds, Canucks, Winterhawks, Americans, Cougars, etc.)

— board & program advertising

— access to press/photo time with team

— cooperation and interaction with art/marketing departments

— consulation of needs (broadcast streaming, ticket selling schemes)

Halloween Week of Scary Games – Canucks Outsider #43

Waiting for the Seabus, Dave catches up with a few game recaps (Washington Nashville, Minnesota, Colorado and Dallas) and chats about Jacques Lemaire’s tan, Rolston’s language, and identifies Canuck killers and recounts Nucks struggle to hold a lead and close out games.

Canucks Outsider #43 (24:16, .mp3, 22.4MB)

canucks!

Plus he comes across a talented and enthusiastic busker named Clayton, playing the Wayne Gretzky montge song before heading across the inlet to the North Shore mountains to watch the Nucks take on the Ducks (insert foreboding organ music here) and encouraging a listen to Choogleon podcast.

More music in this episode by The (savant-like) Numbskulz of Pe Ell Washington and Sam Densmore of Portland, OR (also the co-host of Mastan Music Hour podcast and a recording engineer at Mastan Music).

 

Superior Rockstars vs. Local Thugs – Choogle On (remix’d) #81

Montage of snippets and grooving tunes for aural funtimes ergo: KDon reporting on Longboard hockey, Fr. Unabonger hi-jacking at Mind Camp, cut thumbs from bong building, Gord Downie’s Canadian Geese, neon lights, Charles Lloyd & Rocket Man.

Note: Headphones recommended for maximum pleasure.

Prepare for sliding Superior Rockstars vs. Local Thugs – Choogle On (remix’d) #81 (.mp3, 13:36)

Superior Rockstar vs Local Thug

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Gear

I use Koss Sterophones, M-Audio MicroTrack II, M-Audio Solo audio interface, Griffin iMic and Sony Microphone – in case you were wondering.

(Another) use of my Stanley Cup photo

(Another) use of my Stanley Cup photo on Real Clear Sports – Request: Write to ensure proper CC accreditation

[archived link from article May 31, 2009 / subsequently changed]