Archive for November, 2013
2013 has literally been a career year for Chicago Blackhawks left winger Bryan Bickell, both professionally and personally. In only his third full season in the NHL, the 27-year old native of Orono, Ontario played all 48 games of the shortened 2012-13 season, scoring nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points, and in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he played in all 23 games, scored nine goals and eight assists for 17 points. The first playoff goal was an overtime winner (second career playoff overtime GWG), and the last goal tied Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final with 1:16 left in the 3rd period; a game the Blackhawks would win 17 seconds later. It was Bickell’s second Stanley Cup championship with Chicago, but the first where his name was engraved on the Stanley Cup. However, none of those achievements mattered on August 3, 2013. In Canada’s national capital of Ottawa, in the shadows of the Rideau Canal, Bryan Bickell married Amanda Caskenette in a ceremony at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Wedding filmmaker Eduardo Reyes chronicled the entire day from before the ceremony to the reception at the Ottawa Convention Centre. You might get to see cameos from fellow Blackhawks teammates Andrew Shaw and Corey Crawford, who served as some of Bickell’s groomsmen. The reason I’m showing you this video is this will hopefully give you a fresh perspective of one of the most hard-working power forwards in the NHL. So get your tissues ready…this is going to be an emotional roller coaster!
To read more about the wedding, please check out the official Bickell wedding blog: amandaandbryanswedding.wordpress.com. This blog gives you more “behind the wedding” info and how you can donate to the Bickell Foundation.
When a team usually sells vials of melted hockey rink ice, it usually means that the arena that the team called once called home is ready to be demolished. In 2010, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins sold vials of melted hockey rink ice to commemorate the final seasons of play at the Spectrum and the Civic Arena, with all proceeds from the sale benefiting charity. During the summer of 2013, the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks decided to do the same thing. However, the United Center, at twenty years of age, won’t be demolished for a LONG time. Here’s the video promoting the “Own The Ice” campaign:
For only $99, you get a vial of official melted 2013 championship ice from the United Center with engraved rubber puck stoppers with an etched signature from Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz, a collectible leatherette box with a debossed Blackhawks logo on top, and a letter of authenticity signed by Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough. A limited number of 2,013 vials are available for purchase, and all proceeds benefit Chicago Blackhawks Charities. There is a purchase limit of three vials per customer, and vials will be shipped in December, with delivery before Christmas. FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL SAFETY, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO INGEST THE WATER INSIDE THE VIAL.
Here’s a somewhat humorous edition of “Comparing the Broadcasts.” During Wednesday night’s tilt between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Winnipeg Jets, Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig checked Jets defenseman Adam Pardy into the glass so hard, that the glass popped out. However, the hijinks continued after play stopped because of the glass popping out of the stanchions.
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