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Sunday, August 21, 2011
Where has the time gone?
Seems that the last post I did for OOTP was almost a year ago, and I was still living in Olympia, WA.
Now, let's quickly sum up what has happened since then…
I moved back home to SoCal in Nov. Returned to watching a lot of Ducks games inside the Pond with my better half, Lauren! And I mean A LOT! Anaheim went on an amazing run towards the end of the season to nab the 4th seed in the WC for the post.
They were matched up against the Nashville Divers.. *cough* excuse me, Predators. i don't want to relive that series, so I'll just say that it didn't go so well for the Ducks, but we all know that. The season was over. The Boston Bruins went on to take the Vancouver Canucks in the SCF and won it all. Anaheim finally got rid of Andy Sutton(sorry that it didn't work out Andy, you screened our goalies too many times and couldn't make it as a forward). After the All-Star Game, Jonas Hiller had a really bad case of the Vertigo, no, not with Jimmy Stewart, and missed the rest of the season. Anaheim traded MacBackup for Dan Ellis and also brought in the netminder that they beat to win the Cup in '07, Ray Emery. That worked out well but it still didn't work out with the result that every hockey fan has for their team, which is to win Stanley's Hardware.
Then there was Corey Perry… what a beast!
Perry went onto win not only the Rocket Richard Trophy, but also won the coveted Hart Trophy for the 2010/2011 season. Selanne was another notable player who didn't even look a day over 30, while outplaying those who were way younger!
It was a better result than the 2009/2010 season, but still felt like a long summer, which is starting to come to an end. All the teams in the NHL will soon be getting together to start their training camp, and as of yesterday, the countdown to the first preseason game began: one month exactly! It was a great revelation as I celebrated my birthday.
So there you have it. I'm back. Time to wipe the dust off and get back into this here blog!
And as The Singing Cowboy once sung…
"I'm back in the saddle again."
Posted by gcducksfan at 3:34 PM
Friday, October 15, 2010
And here we go...
And we begin the 2010-2011 NHL season, which so far, isn't so great. As of tonight the Ducks are 1-3-1 however, it's they are looking better than their first 3 games on the road to Detroit, Nashville, and St Louis. Those 3 were embarrassing to say the least but before all that nonsense, I flew back down to SoCal and attended training camp as well as 2 pre-season games.
It was fun being back home amongst my fellow Ducks supporters a
nd of course being back in the Pond. I met more great people, took some photos with a few players and hung out. I miss it so much.
My good friend Nick joined me for the first pre-season game against the Coyotes. Anaheim lost and I went alone to the 2nd one the following night against the Sharks, which we won. Both nights I was able to become a seat ninja and got to sit very close to the glass: 3 rows from in the 1st game and up against in the 2nd. Hey, it was pre-season and not many people where there, figured that I would help warm those cushions wait tushins!
So here we are now, 5 games into the season and the Ducks are 3 points in so many games. Getzy was named the Cap'n, which I was hoping it would be Koivu, he got the A along with Selanne. Like I said, the first 3 games were a disaster with Anaheim getting out played, out shot, out everything in each. The Ducks would get blanked out in Detroit(0 - 4), they would lose in Nashville the following night(1 - 4), and in St. Louis, it would be the same result(1-5).
Next would be opening night at home and knowing their record for winning home opener games, things weren't too optimistic.
The team that were visiting that night would be the Vancouver Canucks who are favoured to be the big Cup contender this year. Anaheim would score first but the Nucks would answer back quickly with 2 goals. Things started to get gloomy. Selanne would tie it up, however Vancouver would go-ahead. That's when the big RPG line would finally produce and answer back in fine fashion get two unanswered. Although it wasn't a pretty win, it was a win nonetheless, one that was needed. The team effort was there where in the first 3 games, it wasn't near anywhere.
Tonight, Atlanta was in town and they would get on the board first, literally. The first shot on goal was theirs and it was in the back of the net. Anaheim would answer on a PP goal from Perry. In the 2nd period, Anaheim would get two, one from dman Toni Lydman who made his debut after having double vision before the pre-season games started. Getzy would get the Ducks 4 goals to 2 over the Thrashers in the 3rd but Anaheim would fail on 2 PKs and Atlanta would tie it up, sending the game into OT and into the shootout where only one player would score, unfortunately it would be a Thrashers player. Anaheim lost 4 - 5 but not without showing better play yet not good of defense on the PK.
With that, my trip was great though I could say less for the start of the season.
And sadly, I won't be doing OOTP much for next two weeks being that things are happening in my personal life and I pretty much will be without a laptop and monitor for my other computer, thus begins a hiatus or rather "until I can write when I find a CPU with proper display". Same goes for the Ducks Vlogstrosity. However, I am hoping to be back in SoCal, living on Nov 3.
Until then, I wish everyone the best and as always + forever:
Posted by gcducksfan at 11:53 PM
Friday, September 10, 2010
Quick hit for today...
Being that I am currently living in the PNW and sans the Canucks, the only hockey teams in the area play in the WHL and that I get news regarding the Seattle Thunderbirds, I figured that I would share the email that I have just received.
It seems that a couple of T-Birds players will be attending NHL training camps. And one of those players will be at the Ducks camp starting on the 18th of this month.
Seattle defenseman, "Scott Ramsay left for the Anaheim Ducks Training Camp on Friday. Ramsay, a 19-year-old defenseman, is a free agent invite to the Ducks camp." That was the line that opened up my eyes up a bit. Ramsay was acquired by the T-Birds in a trade last season with the Chilliwack Bruins. He appeared in 64 games with the T-Birds and had a goal and three assists with 129 PIM.
I will be keeping my eyes open whilst at training camp for Ramsay. Hopefully he will be a promising player for Anaheim in the future.
Posted by gcducksfan at 12:05 PM
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Do you feel it?
That change in the air (unless you're living in SoCal)? All the annoying teeny-boppers going back to school? August being over?
It feels great to be back! No, I'm not talking about freaking American Football, I am talking about Hockey! Training camp is just around the corner! All the players return while some have questions whether or not they'll be returning to the same team. And some will be playing along side new faces. And last but not least:
OUT OF THE POND + DUCKS VLOGSTROSITY IS BACK IN ACTION!
Been a pretty eventful, then un-eventful summer! The Cap'n and Aaron Ward say goodbye to hockey. Selanne signed on for one more, Koivu for 2. Wiz and Mikey B are gone. Danny Syvret, Toni Lydman, and Andy Sutton come on to a help out on the blueline while Aaron Voros and Trevor Smith sign on for the front. All the while the main thing is...
"Will we have Bobby Ryan re-signed before camp??"
Things have progressed but anything final has yet to be determined. We all sit on edge and wait.
Also, I brush off the rust and dust and bring you a new installment of Ducks Vlogstrosity!
Have a look and enjoy! Like I said before, it's feel good being back!
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