Monday, February 19, 2007

Monday Potpourri and Linkages

The Anchorage Daily News actually managed for the first time in my season memory to publish a profile-style article on one of the players. Blair Tassone was singled out for an article highlighting his excellent play over the last part of this season. It's nice to see. The paper has done a decent job covering the normally newsworthy events and has even occassionally strayed into an article or two that revealed interesting things about the players. So, I think Andrew Hinkleman's profile of Blair is great and I hope to see more of that in the paper in the future. Such coverage had been the norm in the past but ADN has clearly downgraded UAA Hockey coverage this year. You may have noticed that road game stories haven't included comments from the coach with a "Coach Shyiak did not return calls" comment. I guess if the ADN would send Hinkelman on the road (as they'd done for the last 15 years with Woody) with the team then they'd be able to find him for post game stories.

In an ADN related story, RunninWithTheDogs is reporting on her blog that I'm enveloped in my own Shyiak-esque immigration battle to continue as the UAA Blogger. I'll get back to y'all on that.

I hadn't mentioned it before now (and since RWD has some sort of provincial belief that Anchorage isn't sophisticated enough to support multiple bloggers) but another famous UAA hockey fan has started JimmyJam's World. I've been lazy and (since that has pretty much workin out good for me) I simply haven't gotten around to mentioning it before. I liked his post about no "state of hockey" team ever winning the Stanley Cup. And he hit the nail on the head calling Mexican national team goalie Oswaldo Sanchez a douchebag.

Tommy Grant, Winston Daychief and Chris Rengert have apparently decided to cluster themselves together on the BCHL scoring leaders board at 15th, 16th, and 17th. Rengert's 50 assists are 8th best in the league. Tommy Grant's 34 goals are 11th best in the league. Brad McCabe has 2 goals and 2 assists in his first four games with Texas; a nice start on his new team. Jeff Carlson continues to lead the NAHL in goals by defenseman and is 3rd amongst defensemen with 35pts (15g, 20a in 50 games). Kane Lafranchise is cruising along on the strength of the sports coolness of his surname.

Eric Carlson's UAF blog was busy last week after a hiatus. Have you noticed they're bringing in a pretty damn nice list of recruits? I have. They might be a team to watch out for next year. No worries though for Seawolf fans, UAA will definitely be improved so beating the Nonookies 4 times next year is pretty much a sure thing ... but hey, the CCHA better watch out.


Runninwiththedogs said...

Shouldn't you be proud that I featured you as the premier UAA blogger? And took swipes at your enemies in the process?

Donald said...

I'm filled with pride every time you pour out your adulation for me on your blog.

Jimjamesak said...

Holy crap I'm famous.

Donald said...

Famousest even.

Anonymous said...

So, who starts in net tonight? I remember the last time UAA played Duluth, Lawson was trying to compete with Tormey. You had a good article here about that series. I hope history doesn't repeat itself tonight.

Jimjamesak said...

Donald, why do have I had more updates on my blog then you do on yours? I know we finished last and things sucks right but the UAA fans need your sarcastic humor and sharp wit to get us through these tough times!

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