I am excited to finally put my thoughts and theories onto paper… er… computer, in my first blog here on Hockey Independent.
I have been a follower of the Gallof’s work since the inception of the site and thrilled to be able to now contribute myself.
I’d also like to thank Al Cimaglia (who you are familiar with here on HI as well as his work at my Fox Chicago) and John Jaeckel over at HockeyBuzz. I encourage you to read their work on a regular basis, they truly are tops in their class.
Who am I you ask? I’m a small town gentleman at heart coming from a town of 500 people where all there was to do was to latch on to a your favourite sports team and emulate the top players on that team in a day long game of road or pond hockey.
Crawling out of my shell I moved on to “the big smoke” to earn a degree in Radio Broadcasting/Advertising and then found myself working at The Score Television Network, one of 3 sports stations in Canada. I’m a part of an awesome sales team and am completely inundated in sports 24 hours a day. Obviously, all of these opinions are my own and not of the Score.
I know it’s been a long and painful off-season already, which has Hawks fans wanting more (sorry Sheldon Brookbank).
It’s been a long off-season for hockey fans in general as we all remain cautiously optimistic that cheering on your favourite team is even an option come October as CBA negotiations are on-going.
I would love to be sitting here writing about all of the great acquisitions Stan Bowman made this summer and that we know for sure that on Saturday October 13th fans will be flooding into the United Centre to see their beloved Blackhawks take on their Central Division foes, the (likely Nash-less) Columbus Blue Jackets.
… unfortunately this is not the case. I sit here wondering if that Carly Rae Jepson song didn’t burrow itself into Stan Bowman’s brain as it did mine to pick up the phone and call some people maybe. It appears Stan has attempted to be active, getting in on the Parise and Suter sweepstakes but ultimately leaving us all as disappointed as the president of the Milli Vanilli fan club.
In light of the 5th annual Blackhawks convention I do however have some comments on how the marketing guru/spinster John McDonough worked his magic to get the fans to continue to drink his ever-so-tasty Kool-Aid.
At this time the Blackhawks seem to be pushing the “we like our team” speech once again and believe me it’s not going to go unnoticed for too much longer. Sure, fans are not happy with the last two 1st round exits so why do they buy in to this alleged system that McDonough, Bowman and Coach Joel Quenneville have implicated?
It’s quite evident that the roster they have polished as the shiniest ring in the store is not working. Call it too many cooks in the kitchen on the executive level, call it a miscommunication between Stan and Q or call it a mismanagement of players by the coaching staff. I honestly don’t’ know where the problem lies but something has to change.
As it stands now it looks like Q better find a cozy spot for Brandon Saad in the top 6 whether he’s prepared to or not. I know his absence at the convention was questionable but all signs point to him being there come October. I would strongly disagree with this if was involved in training camp selections but alas I am just a blogger 500 miles away from the situation.
I will still hold my breath on 1 or 2 more moves this summer from Stan as I do think it will happen. A Dominic Moore type would be ideal, someone who can win faceoffs and help out with special teams as well as another grinder who is strong on the forecheck to compliment the skill upfront.
I will stay on the scene until something like this comes to fruition. Stay patient Hawk friends.
I will end all of my blogs with a couple of headers, one being the top Non-Hawk Hockey Topics on the Brain as well as Non-Hockey Topics on the Brain.
Non-Hawk Hockey Topic on the Brain: it looks like there is serious reason to be concerned about the start of the 2012-13 season. Trust me I’m not going to be your main “source guy”, I do however come across the odd tidbit being in the sports circle that I am, that I don’t mind sharing and I know the NHLPA ramped up their PR efforts as they have switched to a new firm here in Toronto. This coupled with the original pitch from the NHL that you have heard as well doesn’t bode well for a timely start.
Non-Hockey Topic on the Brain: thanks to Jef (we’re still wondering where the other F went) I won a Bachelorette pool with the girlfriend – dinner and drinks of my choice this week… thank you Jef!
I look forward to engaging with you in the comment section and/or on twitter (@tycam).
Ty Cam out!
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About the Author: I am a rare Chicago Blackhawks fan from Canada, one might describe me as a hockey connoisseur and a solid checking line centre to your local rec hockey team. I once lived in a town of 500 people and now work in the hockey mecca that is Toronto. I work for the Score Television Network so I couldn't get away from sports if I tried. These opinions are one of my own and not of Score Media Inc. - don't get it twisted.