Draft Day and Happy B-Day, JAHL

It’s time for the NHL Draft, and I am woefully unprepared. Luckily, since the Avs traded away their first round pick – if they even had one (I told you I was unprepared) – there is little I have to know today.

For anything I really need to know about the Avalanche and their draft, I can turn to the excellent blog Colorado Avalanche Prospects. Jori keeps us updated on all the action around the leagues pertaining to players in the Avs system. I don’t know how many other teams have a blog like this, but it’s unique as far as I have seen. If you are interested in Avalanche prospects, go check it out.

Last year, I was able to attend the draft, so I had all my reading material ready. This year, I busted ass on the drive from Tampa to Washington DC, just to get here in time. Aside from XM Radio, I have very little idea of what to expect, other than the obvious conclusion that Samkos is going to be selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Either that, or they wasted a lot of money in web development.

As a side note, and to stoke my own vanity, today is also the second anniversary of Jerseys and Hockey Love. Two years in blogging years feels like about 14 in real life (any real connection between blog years and dog years is strictly coincidental), and if I were to have an honest assessment of this past year of blogging, it would be a little disappointing on my end. I feel like I had things I wanted to say, but felt I shouldn’t, and that, as necessary as it was at the time, took too much time off from writing. if I had kept the pace, I feel like JAHL would be a little better place, and the quality of writing would have been better. I also miss some of the humor that I used to bring to the blog, that has fallen by the wayside (aka, I used to be funnier).

For what it’s worth, I plan to do more. By more, I mean that I have a new (hockey related) project in the making, and it’s going to need some help. I should be ready to announce what I plan on doing in about a month (hey, that’s better than Battlestar Galactia).

I do want to thank the people who read this blog, and especially the people who comment. I started Jerseys and Hockey Love to talk about hockey, and even though a blog is more of a one way conversation, it’s the commenters that make it fun. If you haven’t commented here before, take the ten seconds to say hi, and make sure to comment on other blogs. It makes the bloggers feel like they are fighting the good fight.


  1. Happy birthday, JAHL!

    Two years is a pretty big deal, no need to sell yourself short on that.

    Also impressive: starting a hockey blog in the offseason. That took some guts.

    Enjoy it!

  2. megmegmeg says:

    Happy Birthday!! I hope you celebrate with lots of beer and Peeps!!

  3. A very happy Birthday JAHL, 2 years is a long time to blog, so good job. I look forward to the next 2

  4. Happy Birthday from me, too! :)

  5. Happy B-Day JAHL. Hope you celebrated with a tasty Chipotle burrito.

  6. A few days late on this but hope you had a wonderful birthday! JAHL is one of the first blogs I read and is still one of my favourites! Keep on rocking!

  7. I swear I read ‘Happy BJ-day’ the first time I scrolled down the page. B-day is still good though…

    Happy B(J?)-day JAHL!

  8. hockeychic says:


    (sorry I am a bit late)

    Thanks for the great work you do, I always enjoy reading your blog.

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