Posts Tagged ‘Hockey’

My Thoughts on the Vancouver Riots

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
photo credit: Mark Donovan

photo credit: Mark Donovan

Last night the inevitable happened. My Vancouver Canucks (of whom I’ve been a fan for over 15 years) lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. I say inevitable because a storybook ending to a storybook season would have been too good to be true. When the Canucks finally win a Cup, it will be in a year that they finish seventh or eighth in the Western Conference. (more…)

What Happened In Buffalo Yesterday?

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

A lot of Canadians spent the day today saying to themselves (and anyone else): What happened in Buffalo yesterday? How could things go so wrong? What are we going to do about it?

Well, here’s just a sampling of what happened in Buffalo yesterday:

How could things go so wrong and what are we going to do about it? hates Canadians

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Here’s the story…


  • Purchase a $50 (US) Gift Card at for a relative in Michigan.

Steps Taken:

  1. Go to
  2. click on big ‘Gift Cards’ link in the header
  3. Select $50 gift card
  4. Create account (username/password)
  5. Enter billing info… here’s where things get weird… there’s no Canada in the list of countries
  6. Call Customer Service
  7. “Go back to the main page, click on the little Canadian flag in the corner and start over…”
  8. Great, Ok.
  9. Click on flag… Big ‘Gift Cards’ link disappears
  10. Search ‘Canadian’ site for gift cards… no dice.
  11. Call Customer Service
  12. Them: “Go back to the main page, click on the little Canadian flag in the corner and start over…”
  13. Me: “But then I can’t find any gift cards.”
  14. Them: “Really? Oh, you’re right!”
  15. Me: “Soooo, can I buy a gift card or not?”
  16. Them: “Do you have a credit card with a non-Canadian billing address?”
  17. Me: Dumfounded silence. “No.”
  18. Them: “I guess you’re out of luck, sorry.”

Just to be clear, if I lived in Singapore or the Phillapines or Pakistan or just about anywhere BUT Canada, I could have billed my purchase anywhere and had it shipped within the US… but us poor Canadians are just special enough to get the shaft.

Random Thoughts in Philly

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

(Details on these to follow)

People are walking around in short sleeves — in Philly — in November!

McGillins Pub is awesome – but you’d never find it if you didn’t know it was there.

I learned something about hockey in America – which led me to realize something about newspapers and local search. No really.

Quality beats volume EVERY TIME.

I love my job. ;)

BlackBerry News This Week

Friday, October 6th, 2006

There were two announcements this week regarding the founders of RIM, makers fo the BlackBerry. First, it was announced on October 3rd that Jim Laziridus would become an Officer of the Order of Canada. Second, it was announced last night that Jim Balsillie has purchased the Pittsburgh Penguins.

As both a political junkie and hockey fan, I’m not sure which is cooler. Um, wait. Yep, the hockey team is definately cooler. :)

EDIT: The Penguins site appears to be crumbling under the weight of the attention imposed by all us CrackBerry addicts – it’s currently ‘unavailable’.

First Double-Header

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

So last night (Monday) was my first hockey double-header. Every monday for the winter hockey season I’ll be playing at 6:30 in the office pickup game and then again at either 10:00 or 10:30 in my new favourite rec league, Warren Hockey.

I had anticipated the the office game would be pretty slow and low-intensity since many of the players hadn’t played in several years. Wow, did I underestimate these guys. John, in particular, impressed me – this was a guy who needed coaching in the dressing room to get his equipment on right, yet once on the ice made smart play after smart play. The play overall was a little disjointed as far as positional play goes, but, hey, we’re just out there to have fun – which I did.

Game 2 was phenomenal! It was easily the best game of my rec ‘career’. Playing D on a team that has so many skill players is just simply a ton of fun. Especially when the opposing team is so cocky that they think they can skate into the zone without consequences. My defensive partner and I broke up play after play – I think I was grinning the whole time. In the end, it was a draw at 2, but the chances were clearly in our favour. This game brings our season record to 1-1-1 (apparently we won a game while I was in LA last week), which is nice, since I’ve never actually been on a team where the L column is not the highest number.

My goal next week is to take less injuries during the warm-ups – 1 elbow to the jaw and 1 puck to the head this week alone!