(Credit: Steve Hiscock)
Funny how the summer always seems to fly by. The rookies hit the ice next week! Hurricanes hockey is just around the corner and I wanted to take a quick peek into the coming season. It only seems fitting to examine a few reasons fans (and management) should be excited about the coming season.
With the foundation the players and coaches were able to establish last season, it’s not hard to be optimistic about the outlook for the coming hockey season. The team is on solid footing and the players ought to be returning with gleeful energy and confidence. The Hurricanes are a good team and there’s no reason this group shouldn’t once again be competing as one of the best in the Eastern Conference.
Without further ado, I present to you five reasons Hurricanes fans should be excited for 2016-2017.
(Photos courtesy Tyler Mikla)
Let’s get a few things out of the way before we dive into this game. The Ice are having an abysmal year and injuries are a big part of it. Tonight they only dressed 15 skaters… one of them got injured and didn’t return after the 1st period. So while I would like to sing the praises of the Hurricanes, let’s keep in mind who they were playing against. I mean that with all due respect. Facts are just facts. The Ice were fighting an uphill battle, and honestly, I give them credit for their game tonight.
All that out of the way, the Lethbridge Hurricanes did exactly what they needed to do. They feasted (especially late) on a tired, hurt, and downtrodden team to get a crucial two points. The Canes took care of business so to say. BTO would be proud.
It just so happens that the Rebels also buckled down and secured a regulation victory this evening. The upward pressure from Sutter’s crew makes the triumph over Kootenay all the more meaningful.
It’s all on the line come Friday and Saturday night.
(Photo Credit: Marissa Baecker)
It’s a simple concept really – what goes up – must come down. There’s no doubt the Hurricanes were flying high prior to Friday’s loss in Victoria. They entered that game on a ten game winning streak, and despite compounding injuries, nothing seemed to slow them down. They lost an uneven affair that night to the Royals and followed up with an equally underwhelming loss Saturday to the Giants. What goes up….
Tonight things don’t get any easier. The Hurricanes are in Kelowna to visit the perennial powerhouse Rockets. Kelowna has been hot on the Canes’ heels for weeks now, and having already beaten Lethbridge twice, will be looking to take over top spot in the WHL tonight with a victory.
You know how superhero movies are all the rage right now – or rather – for the last ten years or so? We’ve seen superhero movies evolve and become so much more than a man running around in tights and a cape (hello 80’s/90’s superheros). We had the Dark Knight trilogy, an epic set of films that forced us to question our own morality and the ethics of corruption for the greater good. We’ve also seen the proliferation of Marvel films from small solo flicks like the original Iron Man, to tentpole epics like The Avengers that bring together multiple characters for a two hour romp. As more and more hero movies get produced (I’m looking at you DC cinematic universe), more people are saying superhero movies will suffocate from oversaturation.
It’s the exact thing that destroyed the Western genre…
Oh, also hockey and stuff.