It Was a Long Winter… It Was a Long Season

I knew that the hockey season eventually had to end but I held out hope that the Stanley Cup Finals would go the full 7 games, but the Blackhawks had other ideas, winning their third Stanley Cup in six years, at home in front of their adoring fans. Congratulations to Coach Q & the Blackhawks. 

I’m sure that Manchester Monarch fans also wished that their season might have just lasted a little longer. After 20 years in Manchester the Monarchs finally win their first Calder Cup Championship but next season will defend their title in Ontario, California. I feel sorry for Manchester fans, but, unlike Worchester, they will have hockey next season because the parent L.A. Kings relocated their ECHL team in Ontario, CA to Manchester.

Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup Champions

Manchester Monarchs 2015 Calder Cup Champions

Chicago Blackhawks Manchester Monarchs

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17 Seconds that Bruins Fans Want to Forget and Blackhawk Fans Will Always Remember

2013 Stanley Cup Champions 2013 Calder Cup Champions
Chicago Blackhawks Grand Rapid Griffins

Who knows what might have happened if the Boston Bruins had hung on and eked out a win in game 6 of this years Stanley Cup Championship, but the Bruins ran out of miracles . Instead of forcing a winner take all 7th game they surrendered the winning and tying goals in the span of 17 seconds.  In a hard fought, and contentious, Stanley Cup Final Series the Chicago Blackhawks prevailed  4 games to 2, returning the Stanley Cup to the “Windy City” for the second time in the last three years.

Congratulations are also in for the Grand Rapids Griffins for clinching their first Calder Cup Championship, since joining the AHL in 2001, when they defeated the Syracuse Crunch 4 games to 2.

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The Hockey TV Takes the Summer Off

2012 Stanley Cup Champions

2012 Calder Cup Champions

L.A. Kings Norfolk Admirals

Let’s hear it for those L.A. Kings! It only took 45 years, but finally The Kings are Kings.

When the Stanley Cup Playoffs playoffs began April 11th few would have predicted that the #8 seeded Kings would beat the #1 seeded Vancouver Canucks, and in 5 games no less; would sweep the #2 seeded St. Louis Blues and complete the trifecta by beating the #3 seeded Phoenix Coyotes in 5 games.

As was their habit throughout the play-offs the Kings jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in games against the #6 seeded New Jersey Devils, but were unable seal the deal on  home ice in game four. They would lost game 5 back in New Jersey, but convincingly beat the Devils in game 6 back in L.A.

For the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League the wait for a championship wasn’t quite as long, only 14 years. Winners of their last 28 regular season games (their last regular season loss coming on Super Bowl Sunday to the Springfield Falcons) the Admirals marched through the playoffs, finishing with a record of 15 wins and 3 loses. Of course luck always plays a part, as the UTube clip of the fluke goal that won game three of the Calder Cup Finals serves to illustrate.

So now after 82 regular season Bruins games, the better part of 86 Stanley Cup Play-off games, and who knows how many regular season games on NBC and NBC Sports my television, commonly referred to around here as “The Hockey TV,” is taking the summer off. My wife says that it does get other channels, but when I watch the Red Sox on it the “The Hockey TV” complains that baseball is too slow.

Thank you NBC Universal (NBC, NBC Sports, CNBC and the NHL network). Your Stanley Cup promos promised Every Game, Every Night and for 62 days and 86 games you delivered and I watched.

Thanks to CBS Sports for televising games 3 & 4 of the Calder Cup Finals. You’re not noted for covering hockey  but  perhaps next year you can show a few more games.

And Now we return you to our regularly scheduled program, or what this blog is supposedly all about… MUSIC.

 

Fluke Goal is Overtime Winner

 

 

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Last Two Teams Standing

2011 Stanley Cup Champions

2011 Calder Cup Champions

2011 Stanley Cup Champions Binghamton Senators

In a hard fought and contentious Stanley Cup Final Series the Boston Bruins prevailed 4 games to 3 over the Vancouver Canucks, bringing Lord Stanley’s Cup back to Boston for the first time in 39 years. Once again Boston is truly “The Hub of Hockey.”

Congratulations are also in order for the Binghamton Senators, who defeated the Houston Aeros 4 games to 2, thus earning the city of Binghamton’s its first championship in 29 years of hosting an American Hockey League franchise.

 

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