September 25th, 2016

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Prince Edward Reports From the World Cup of Hockey

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Our special friend cat Prince Edwards is currently on a mission supporting Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins who are playing for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.


Team Canada advanced to the final after winning the semifinal game vs Russia 5-3. Bruins’ Brad Marchand scored two goals (game changing goals – second and third for Team Canada).


The Crosby line was superb and Prince Edward called us with an exclusive report:


“It’s official now. This is the best hockey line in the world. Lets go Bruins!”


It might be a bit premature to say that because the tournament isn’t over but we tend to agree – the line is very impressive!


The rumor says that the KHL offered a big time contract for the new line Crosbinsky-Bergeronsky – Marchandsky.


Nah.


Just a silly joke in Prince Edward’s style of reporting jokes.


Great game tonight!





 

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Legendary Tammi Piermarini

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Legendary female jockey Tammi Piermarini is getting ready for the next race at the Suffolk Downs in September 2011.


It’s always a pleasure to watch her competing.


Besides her outstanding career track, she is a mix of true professionalism, charisma and success in what she is doing.

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Now and Then (1972-2016): The Red Machine

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At the press conference after Team Canada defeated Team Russia in the semifinals of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Russian head coach Oleg Znarok was asked a question if it was possible to beat this Team Canada machine.

“Machine?” answered Znarok. “They ain’t machine. There are ways to play them.”

Somehow, it reminded me how similar question was addressed to Team Canada in September 1972 when they were facing another machine – “The Red Machine” in the 1972 Summit Series. Back then someone answered:

“Machine? They ain’t machine. Machines don’t sweat and machines don’t get hurt. We can beat Russians…”

Celebrating the anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series in the middle of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey brings back memories and parallels between times and eras.

Back then, the Soviet team offered a new style of hockey that was a challenge to the established North American style. Bobby Orr even said that Russians were ahead of Canada in hockey development and innovations. It was a cutting edge style and trend of the time. The Russian hockey phenomenon was nicknamed as the “Red Machine.”

Time passed.

Teams from both sides of the Atlantic ocean learned from each other and preempted from each other. Very few teams in Russia play pure Russian style and the same goes with the North American teams.

Hockey evolved and moved on absorbing the best from both styles.

There is no more “Red Machine”.

Russia came up with the newly “Re-built Red Machine” term but it seems more like a use of a history for publicity purposes.

It seems ironic that now, in September 2016, Team Canada is being called by Russian media as the “Canadian Machine”.

Perhaps, it signifies that Canada plays the best hockey in the world now.