One of my favorite NHL defensemen, P.K. Subban, who just yesterday signed a new contract with the Habs. 10-6 are good hits; the last five are incredible.
Ian is one of my favorite hockey players. He is one of my all-time favorite Colorado Avalanche players.
My favorite memory of him: I was in Ohio and went to see the Avs play in Columbus. I sat right behind the bench—the guy in the Blue Jackets team shop set me up, very very cool. I took major shit from the home crowd all game and the Avs players were aware of what I was going through. It got funny a couple of times. I must admit that though drunk and rowdy the Columbus fans made me feel safe and bought me drinks while torturing me. The Avalanche gave up an early lead to lose. It was a frustrating loss. The bench was not happy. After the game I yelled down to Lappy fully expecting to be ignored because of the guys’ moods, and he smiled, said something I didn’t hear, and gave me his stick. I felt like a kid. It was pretty hilarious, me walking around downtown Columbus with a hockey stick in an Avalanche jersey.
I gave the stick to a close friend in Denver when I moved to Korea. I hope he still has it.
I’m happy for Laperriere. It doesn’t look like he’ll play again, but I think he deserves the award.
Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 8:31 PM / News Associated Press
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere won the NHL’s Masterton Trophy for his perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey following a likely career-ending injury in 2010.
Laperriere blocked a shot with his face during last year’s playoffs, suffering a concussion and fractured orbital bone. He has said he wants to play again but doctors don’t believe he should.
Emery went through bone-graft surgery last April. More than a year after a puck hit his spine and fractured a vertebra, Langkow returned to play on April 1.
Sean Avery publicly supports equal rights for all Americans in a Human Rights Campaign ad. I’m surprised about this, quite frankly. I love hockey, but the NHL is populated with right wing hicks and corporatist asshats.
Way to go, Sean. Here’s a little more on the story.