(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.
I spent the weekend relaxing and watching the Lord of the Rings extended editions for the hundredth time with my girlfriend. I don’t know what it is about the middle movie of a trilogy, but to me, it’s almost always the best. The Two Towers is to Tolkien what Empire Strikes Back is to Star Wars. It’s darker, grittier, and progresses the plot in interesting and increasingly dramatic ways.
Simply put, it raises the stakes.
The Two Towers, unlike the first film, doesn’t have to bother with lengthy establishing sequences, and unlike the final film, isn’t constrained by a weighty conclusion. The middle film is more efficiently paced and intelligently arched than its forebearer or predecessor. It’s nearly perfect.
The battle of Helm’s Deep is arguably the best sequence of the entire trilogy and I would go as far to say that it’s one of the most impressively paced battle sequences ever cut to film.
Tonight the Hurricanes face the Hitmen in the middle game of a seven day “trilogy.” It’s not entirely common for two teams to face one another three times in a seven day period during the regular season, but that’s the case.
“Let the horn of Helm Hammerhand sound in the deep… one last time.” – Mah Boi – King Theoden
“Diversity: An old old wooden ship” – Ron Burgundy
When I think of diversity – I think of balance. I think of the combination of characteristics and traits across the entire spectrum. It’s something we pride ourselves with as Canadians. Diversity is a good thing! There’s nothing more Canadian than diversity – nothing more Canadian than hockey – and nothing better than watching a well rounded hockey team do it’s thing.
Tonight the Hurricanes showed their disparity – their depth – and again skated away with a big win.
There’s an old fable about an oak tree and a willow tree standing in a wind-swept field. The tale goes that the willow expressed a desire to be like the strong and sturdy oak because it would never sway in the wind. However, one day a gale force storm came through and the oak snapped in two while the willow was able to survive. The willow expressed surprise at this until a farmer explained to the tree that the willow was able to bend in the wind, ensuring that it would not break unlike the oak. Well, the Hurricanes were that willow tonight, as they bent in this one versus the Blades, but they did not break. They once again rode their vaunted offence to victory and secured another 2 points to bring their record on this road trip to 3-1-0-0.