Christmas Jerseys 2009: Part One

Christmas may come but once a year, but… yeah, I got nothing. But hey, who cares when you can share your holiday jersey gifts.

Last year, I was the proud recipient of an Alaska Aces Game Worn Chris Beckford-Tseu jersey, which was timely since I was going to spend some time in Anchorage. This year, I got three jerseys.

Three.

Who’s the luckiest guy ever?

I’ll split this up into two posts, because I don’t think your heart can handle all the awesomeness at once.

First up, the Moscow Penguins:

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This is not a game worn jersey, but it sure is awesome. It’s obviously referring itself to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the number, 66, is a reference to Mario Lemeiux. But I don’t know a lot about this jersey. Other than I love it.

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The jersey is made by Lutch, like most of my Russian jerseys. They are some of the softest jerseys around.

How about them logos (click on any image to make it larger):

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Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy and several other places (including being a guest on The Rink Podcast) tells me this translates to “Moscow Hockey Federation.”

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Next up, the first Rebook EDGE jersey to find it’s way into my collection. It’s a John-Michael Liles practice used jersey:

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Now, this is my first Rebook EDGE jersey I have ever owned, and I have a few impressions.

First, it’s weird. It feels weird, it hangs weird, it lays down weird. You know how, with an old jersey or a t-shirt, when you lay it down, it flattens out? This doesn’t. I couldn’t make the damn thing lie flat for the photos, no matter how much I tried.

Then, there is the reflective piping. There is more piping on this thing then on the previous Rebook practice jerseys. And boy, does it catch the light. Look what happens when I turn the flash on:

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Holy cow! I’m blinded!

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These guys aren’t riding motorcycles at night, they are playing hockey. What is the point of all that?

Anyways, a few more. I wanted to compare the new jersey to my old Skrastins practice used jersey, so here you go.

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Oh wait, there’s more, but you are going to have to check back in a day or two. One last jersey to come.

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Player Tries to Drop Gloves with Ref

This is one of the reasons I hate all the ire that gets thrown at hockey officials.  Sure, it’s all fun and games, until people start acting like maniacs, then it’s the refs job to clean things up.

At an All American Hockey League game (yeah, I had never heard of them either) between the Chi-Town Shooters and the Evansville Icemen, a line brawl turned bizarre when a player tried to fight a linesman. From HockeyRefs.com:

At the end of the second period, Chi-Town defensemen Clay Lewis received a match penalty for slashing, a match penality for spearing and a game misconduct for Category I Abuse of an Official for an on-ice incident where Lewis threw off his gloves specifically to fight a linesmen.

Reports from the game indicate that Lewis pulled the linesmen’s jersey over his helmet, and threw off his helmet before an IceMen player intervened.

In an unusual move, the team posted the video of the incident on YouTube.

And the video tells the story:

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And don’t give me the “refs lost control of the game” line.  How do you control that sort of thing?  How do you control people that plain out and out want to brawl, fight, and push you around?

Refs have the hardest jobs on the ice. I don’t care how many times they blew a call against your team, they aren’t there to hose one more than another, they aren’t there to make things right for the fans.  They are some of the biggest hockey fans out there, and they take more abuse from people who have zero understanding of their jobs. I doubt this ref woke up thinking he was going to have to defend himself in a fight at work.

A Few Quick Things

Just a few notes around the hockey and blogging world (most of them are a little selfish, but there you go):

– One of the funnier reviews of my podcast, The Rink I have ever seen came from Dirk Hoag, AKA The Forechecker on his excellent blog, On the Forecheck:

James “Tapeleg” Gralian and Tom Luongo break down the NHL from their perspectives in Denver and Buffalo, respectively. Tom can get a bit cranky at times, but that makes for a nice foil to James’ genial style.

Yeah, I’m a little less genial on this weeks episode. Tom and I get into it a little – not a lot – about a few things. Go and have a listen.

– I changed the theme of the site finally. It was much easier than when I first set up the blog on my own hosting three years ago, which was basically burnout point number one for me. There were more several burnout points for me, but getting this blog away from blogspot was one of them. If you only read this blog in a feed reader – which I encourage you to do – pop by the main site and take a look. I think it looks nifty, but if you have any problems with it, let me know. It would be greatly helpful.

Jibblescribbits finally moved his blog away from Blogger. Now on the Bloguin network (I really have no idea what that really means), he has a new domain, so if you want your Avs hockey fix, update those links and feeds. He is joining some excellent blogs at Bloguin, like Cycles Like the Sedins, and Barry Melrose Rocks. Good on ya, Jib!

– I went to a San Antonio Rampage game on Sunday. The hockey was fast and fun, and much better than the game we saw in Anaheim when the Ducks gave the game to the Leafs. And it was about a third as expensive, with much better seats. As far as the live game is concerned, the minor leagues is where it’s at for me.

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