Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
- born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- plays center, shoots left
- played with the OHL Kitchener Rangers
- named to the 2000 OHL All-Rookie Team as well as the OHL Rookie of the Year
- named to CHL All-Rookie Team in 2000
- received CHL Awards (2000): Plus/Minus and Most Sportsmanlike Player
- part of the Memorial Cup Tournament All-Star Team in 2003
- won the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy in 2003 (Memorial Cup Tournament - MVP)
- was Buffalo's second-round draft pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (AND was 32nd overall)
- spent first 2 years on Buffalo's AHL affiliate team, Rochester Americans (returned in 2004 during NHL lockout)
- made his NHL debut in 2003
- re-signed with the Sabres on July 27, 2007 to a reported $24 million / 6-year contract
- won a silver medal in the World Ice Hockey Championships (in 2000 and 2008)
- current season: led team in scoring, has 9 multi-point games - including three 3-point games, scored points in 27 / 41 games with 6 game-winning goals
Roy is a blond-haired, blue-eyed Canadian. He's 5'9 and weighs 188 pounds, so he's pretty short for a hockey player. His nickname is "Royzie."
Family and friends motivate Roy and always keeps in mind that:
"There are a lot of kids out there that would love to play in the NHL so I can not take this opportunity for granted."Although he thinks there's a lot of great players that are / have been a part of the NHL, he respects players like Steve Yzerman, Peter Forsberg and Eric Lindros.
According to SabreSFan.com, Roy has speed, good vision, and is "a budding playmaker with a bit of an attitude. Shifty, creative and determined enough to compensate for his lack of size."
After this was posted to HftL, I received a comment from sabreschic87 who wrote:
Derek Roy is my favorite Sabre. He is the nicest guy too...I have waited out behind the arena after practice for autographs and such and he always stops and signs things for everyone no matter how many people are there. And the pictures of him that are posted on here are nice...but you should see him in
person...it's even better than the pictures :)
THANKS for the "inside info" sabreschic87!!!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
COLLEGE: Boston College (played three seasons)
HOTTIE [CAREER] HIGHLIGHTS:
Close to recording 300 career games and 400 career penalty minutes; made Penguins and NHL debut during 2002-03 season, became a regular in 2003-04; played career high 79 games and registered career-high 127 penalty minutes in 2003-04; named to Eastern Conference Young Guns roster at 2004 NHL All-Star Game; played for the US in the 2007 World Championships.
Season Highlights (2008-2009)
- recorded his 16th assist of the season March 14th versus Ottawa.
- registered his fourth multi-point game of the season with two assists on March 5th against Florida.
- set a new career-high in points (18), surpassing his previous total of 11 (1G-10A) set during the 2007-08 season.
- has a plus-12 rating over his last 18 games.
- Ranks second in the NHL and first on the team with 284 hits this season and second on the team with 145 blocked shots.
Friday, March 27, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM -- Hall Gill on the Ellis Cannon show at 104.7 FM
AND DON'T FORGET
Autograph Signing at Tom Clark Chevrolet
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Brooks Orpik, Eric Godard, and Phil Bourque!!
HUGE THANKS to loyal HftL reader, Lauren, for sending a link to this video our way!! For those of you who aren't familiar (which I wasn't until Lauren so nicely introduced it to HftL with this video), the segment is from TheScore.com and called "Cabbie on the Streets." The most recent episode is Cabbie interviewing various hockey players about their hockey stick and of course all the questions are "loaded" with sexual innuendos which makes for really fun banter!
And guess who happens to make an appearance -- none other than our very own Sidney Crosby and it's classic as they discuss his "knob" (on his hockey stick, ladies -- minds out of the gutter, please!) and he even gets Crosby to crack up laughing ("a real, genuine laugh" as Lauren put it!)!!!
This is pretty amusing all around and I'd have to say that my favorites (aside from Sid, of course) are Ryan Getzlaf and Jarret Stoll - just plain silly!! And Mike Commodore keeps a pretty straight face and does fairly well with the whole interview (knows what's going on but it doesn't seem to phase him; plays right along with Cabbie).
See for yourself!!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Well, it seems as though Godard also shares in Gill's interest in putting a smile on kids' faces. THIS is too adorable and just reading that it was Godard's idea makes it that much more endearing (Is he a sweetheart or what?! No need to reply to that Kylie -- it's sort of a rhetorical question for you - although I guess it could be for all the ladies!)!!!
“It’s for the kids,” Godard explained. “I can’t put my finger on why I like to do these things, but it’s fun to go and play some games and have some fun with the kids.”
“Finger painting with the kids was pretty fun and they seemed pretty excited about it,” Staal said. “Just kicking a ball around and playing with them on the playground is really fun, just to see their faces light up and just to enjoy this time. It’s neat.”
“We just came by the Children’s Home and I met a lot of awesome kids who are having fun,” Godard said. “I also met a lot of awesome people who are really putting in their time helping out the kids with all of their needs, so it was a good day.”
“Godard is a great role model,” Staal said. “This is special for the kids and it’s so simple for us to make their day.”
BTW -- for you Tangers fans (and who isn't? -- he's another one of our team teddy bears!), he makes an appearance at the end just in time to sample the results!!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
IMPORTANT HOCKEY STUFF: He played Jrs. in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for four seasons, beginning in 1998–99 with the Quebec Remparts. The next season, he joined the Victoriaville Tigres and posted 71 points in 71 games. Awarded the Mike Bossy Trophy at the season's end as the league's top prospect, he was selected 55th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Played 2 more years in the QMJHL. Earning an MJ Career high 112 points his next to last year then battling an injury which kept him sidelined most of his final year. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he returned to Binghamton and scored 28 goals and 45 assists, second in team scoring only to Jason Spezza. After his stint in Binghamton during the lockout, He continued to improve, increasing his points total to 39 points, spending the majority of the season on a checking line with fellow penalty-killer Chris Kelly. The duo were rarely apart. On December 2, 2006, he famously scored from behind the net through his legs (plenty can be said for flexibility, right ladies) on the short side against the Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Johan Holmqvist. The goal became well-known around the league and was named TSN's Goal of the Season. During the playoffs, he recorded 5 points in 20 games and helped the Senators to the Prince of Wales Trophy as Eastern Conference champions before losing the Stanley Cup to the Anaheim Ducks in five games. He recorded his first career hat trick on April 3, 2008, against Vesa Toskala in a 8-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF: 6'1" 197lbs. Pretty dark haired French Canadian [LOVE those accents, right ladies!] [OF COURSE!!] So you'll all have to excuse me while I go drool. I'm sorry, but the pictures with this post just simply made me lose my train of thought. Look at that awesome little "I'm a sneaky little boy" grin - SEXY!!! [Kena is just SO AWESOME with descriptive words, don't you think?!!] And that little lock of hair that falls over his eyes at the most opportune of times (like when it'll make him look about 1,000 times hotter). The long lean "swarthy" type. Um, lets see, what else ... of course he's a defensemen what I feel to be the very hottest of "positions" (you naughty girls, but, you are thinking along the same lines as I am so what can I say?) [why doesn't that surprise me?!!] in the game of Hockey.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
From time-to-time, HftL wonders whether or not we're doing a good enough job and if there's anything our readers would like to see more / less of (or if there's something we're missing altogether keeping in mind that our area of expertise is the NHL).
If you haven't noticed, there's a new poll posted on the sidebar to the left asking what you want to see more of on the blog. The first two (and last one) are pretty self-explanatory; however, the choices for "variety" and "other" are choices that would need to be elaborated on, so if this is one of your choices, we ask that you send us an email (at firstname.lastname@example.org) -- or leave a comment ; ) -- to explain your choice and why (making "HftL Poll" the subject).
We're not promising that we'll implement your idea(s), but we'll definitely take them into consideration (again, we know the NHL, so we'd like to stick with that as the main focus of the blog; however, that's not to say we wouldn't have a special post focusing on "subjects" outside the realm now and again). This poll is just a way of seeing whether or not HftL is on the right track with what our readers want on / enjoy about the blog.
THANKS, ladies (let us know what's on your mind)!!
I received an email from Lizzy letting me know about seeing Eric Godard in a red suit and it included a link to the photos of him posted on the Pensblog. I was somewhat concerned seeing as how it IS a red suit; however, our boy was ROCKIN' that suit and looking too fine!!! See for yourself!!
And, YES, we get 2-for-1 on this one -- that is Mr. Jordan Staal walking in with him also looking quite dapper in his suit!!
I swear we're the luckiest female hockey fans around seeing as how the Penguins have some of the most delicious men in hockey on our team!!!
THANKS for the tip, Lizzy (and the Pensblog reader for sharing the pics!)!!!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
COLLEGE: University of Wisonsin
HOTTIE [CAREER] HIGHLIGHTS:
skated with Hudson High School where he was a member of the school's 2001 WIAA State Championship team (was a three-time all-state player; named Wisconsin Mr. Hockey and team MVP his senior year); skated with the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) in 2003-2004 leading the team and tied for 13th in the league in scoring by a defenseman with 23 points (4-19=23); had 21 points (5-16=21), 46 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating with the Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA) appearing in all 40 games for the team; served as the Badgers’ captain; tied for the team lead in goals by a defenseman (5) and finished second on the team in points scored by a defenseman (21); during his Badgers career, he appeared in 152 total games, scored 41 points (12-29=41), logged a plus-28 rating and recorded 136 penalty minutes; recorded a collegiate career-high 21 points (5-16=21) and 46 penalty minutes while appearing in all 40 games; had a plus-6 rating; his five goals was tied for first among Wisconsin defensemen, while his 21 points ranked second among team blueliners; served as Wisconsin’s team captain
Season Highlights - AHL Manchester Monarchs (2008-2009)
- March 20th was his second call-up of the season
- recorded 14 points (1-13=14), 95 penalty minutes and a plus-5 rating in 61 games (at the time of his second call-up)
- his plus-5 rating was tied for third and his 95 penalty minutes was fourth
- made NHL debut February 3rd at Ottawa
- recalled from Manchester February 3rd
- recorded 11 points (1-10=11), 63 penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating in 46 games (at the time of his first call-up)
- his plus-4 rating was tied for second and his 63 penalty minutes was third (at the time of his first call-up)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
ON THE ICE: Just look at the number of goals compared to the number of assists he has this (or any) season and it's clear that Sid is more willing to pass the puck for a teammate to score rather than scoring himself (currently, Crosby has 92 points this season which is a total of 27 goals and 65 assists).
OFF THE ICE: Listen to what he recently had to say about Malkin (and the possibility of his earning the Art Ross Trophy) - which is only one prime example:
“I think that’s very important,” Crosby said. “You see the guys who have won it here before in Pittsburgh it’s pretty amazing and it would be great to add (Malkin) to the list. I love to see him do well. He deserves it. I’m happy for him and as long as we keep winning I think everyone is happy and when he is playing like that we have a great chance to win.”
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
- born in L'lle-Bizard QC, Quebec, Canada; currently resides in Tampa's Davis Island
- plays center, shoots left
- wears number 4 to honor Jean Beliveau
- featured in "The Rocket: The Maurice Richard Story"
- attended John Rennie High School and Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
- referred to as the "Michael Jordan of Hockey" by Art Williams (former Lightning owner)
- named to QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1997); was also QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1997)
- was the Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year (1997)
- named to QMJHL First All-Star Team (1998)
- named to Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (1998)
- was Tampa Bay's first-round draft pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft (AND was first overall!)
- named the captain of the Bolts on March 1, 2000 (at the time making him the youngest captain in NHL history at 19 years and 11 months old), but was later stipped of the title prior to the 2001-2002 season by HC John Tortorella after demanding more accountability of his players (Lecavalier missed the start of the 2001-2002 season due to contract negotiations)
- help lead the Lightning win the Stanley Cup Championship in 2004
- became the first Lightning player to record 50 goals in a season on March 30, 2007 and finished the season with 52 goals
- named to NHL Second All-Star Team (2007)
- won Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (2007) and King Clancy Memorial Trophy (2008)
- played in NHL All-Star Games (2003, 2007, 2008)
- signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), November 4, 2004 (during the lockout)
- holds the franchise single season points record for the Lightning with 95 points
- agreed to an 11-year, $85 million contract extension with the Lightning on July 12, 2008
- was re-named the captain of the Lightning prior to this season (2008-2009) on September 18, 2008
Lecavalier is the epitome of a sexy hockey player, ladies (and he's SINGLE!) - just look at him, he's simply YUMMY!!! He's 6'4 and weighs 219-223 pounds, so he's ALL hockey player. His nickname is "Vinny." The night before a game, he always eats steak with mashed potatoes and mushrooms.
He created his own foundation (VL-4 Foundation). He helped create a charitable program benefiting the All Children's Hospital (Kane's 4 Kids) when, in October 2007, he pledged $3 million to the facility which was under construction in St. Petersburg, Florida. The facility will be named the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in his honor.
He spends his off-season in Montreal; plays golf and enjoys boating. He was a fan of the Detroit Red Wings and Steve Yzerman growing up (but I won't hold that against him) and says his most memorable hockey moment was getting drafted by the Lightning first overall in 1998 and winning the Stanley Cup.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
PLAYED: three seasons of varsity hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary's
COLLEGE: University of North Dakota (Fighting Sioux)
POSITION: Center / Left Wing
HOTTIE [CAREER] HIGHLIGHTS:
Named to WCHA Third All-Star Team (2003), WCHA All-Rookie Team (2003), WCHA First All-Star Team (2004) and NCAA West First All-American Team (2004); International experience includes 2003 and 2004 World Junior Championships; was tournament MVP, named to the All-Tournament Team and Best Forward in 2004; recorded tourney-leading 6 goals - 5 assists - 11 points en-route to Gold Medal; and was a member of the United States Development Program in 2001-2002.
Season Highlights (2008-2009)
- leads Devils with career-high 40 goals/80 points
- is first with 288 shots, 12 power play goals, seven game-winning goal
- is second with plus-27 mark (T. Zajac, +33) and second with career-high 40 assists (P. Elias, 44)
- recorded points in career-high eight straight January 17-February 6 (5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points)
- matched team mark with goals in six straight October 18-November 1 (7 goals, 4 assists, 11 points)
- recorded two four-game point streaks, most recently December 16-21 (2 goals, 5 assists, 7 points)
- has points in back-to-back games March 10-12 (currently 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points)
- posted 21 multiple-point games, including three four-point efforts, most recently 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points February 11th vs. NY Islanders
- stats include two team season-high four-assist efforts: December 19th vs. Ottawa and December 12th vs. NY Rangers
- recorded four three-point efforts, most recently 2g-1a-3pts February 28th vs. Florida
- two-point matches include 2 goals February 9th vs. NY Rangers, December 30th at St. Louis and November 1st vs. Atlanta
- reached 100-goal mark January 10th at Los Angeles
- reached/surpassed 200-point mark December 27th at NY Rangers
- recorded two game-determining goals, as well as two overtime goals
- is 3-7 (42.9%) in shootouts
- finished first on NJD with 32 goals, 33 assists, 65 points last season
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Alot of you ladies would like to know a little more about one of the newest members of the Penguins (and the only one of the three newbies that HftL hasn't done yet) - Craig Adams.
Say "hello" to Mr. Adams, ladies!
He is the only hockey player hailing from Seria, Brunei (Brunei is a small, wealthy kingdom on the north coast of the island of Borneo), but he was raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada which is where he discovered hockey. He was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the 9th round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft (223rd overall) and his rights were later transferred to the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997 (after Hartford relocated). In 2005 he signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Ducks, but just two months later was traded back to Carolina and helped them to become the 2006 Stanley Cup Champions.
Sorry ladies, Craig is married to Anne Cellucci who's father was the former governor of Massachusettes and former US Ambassador to Canada, Paul Cellucci. Craig and Anne have a son named Rhys Argeo. They make a really sweet family. They met each other while they were attending Harvard where Craig majored in history and played hockey (1995-1999). The couple were married in Ottawa.
Here's a recent interview with him on a Penguins "off-day" (03/11/2009):