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October 16, 2008

NHL – The October Surprise(s)

Filed under: NHL/Ice Hockey, Spark Of Life Sports — spark @ 7:07 am

After a summer of doubts and an entire nation of people having to reduce themselves to 2nd class entertainment. The NHL has finally started up again. As always the early fall and the beginning of the season always comes with a load of surprises, though it is hard to say if anyone could have predicted what the league has seen in the past few weeks.
It was easy to say that in Leaf’s nation the biggest surprise game on opening night when the Buds ‘spoiled the party’ so to speak in Detroit, beating the Wings 3-2 in Detroit’s banner raising home opener. Though it was quickly under achieved after a 6-1 shellacking by Montreal the fallowing Saturday and a 5-4 Shootout loss to the Blues most recently. The leafs are a young team and though they show some character at times, they are still a ways away from being very competitive. They have speed up the middle which they were missing last year and some of their mid-aged veterans may finally be taking the next step into the leader role this team desperately deserves. Either way Leafs’ fans are going to have to wait a few more years to see the glory come ‘home’

While just a few hours east of the 401 an other Canadian team is gearing up for what could be their most successful campaign to date, not to mention their 100th season. The Montreal Canadiens unveiled their ‘Ring Of Honor’ at their home opening win against Boston on Wednesday and with that the ‘Habs’ showed poise making their first few strides to what looks to be an exciting season.

Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

What should come with no surprise is the return of persistence in Alexie Kovalev. His magic, almost better then last year was evident during their home opener. The magic could be seen most notably in the first period when Kovalev had great hands down low and converted his chance into a goal (assisted by Plekanec & Markov) (PP)

These are only signs of what is yet to come in Montreal. Could this be the year ? 100th Season, 25th cup ? It almost seems poetic.

Another strong looking franchise above the 49th is the Edmonton Oilers. Only playing 2 games into the season it is tough to judge what this team is capable of, but not forgetting about their miracle run in 2005, the Oilers may be set to make a deep run into the post-season with a fresh batch of new and otherwise prized talent. While season vets like Hemsky and Horcoff still lead the 1st line, the 2nd line is made up of two sophomore phenoms by the names of Cogliano and Gagner. The oil show more depth then they have in years and with the right leadership (Sheldon Souray) the Oilers may be able to make up for their 2005 failure.

What this season is looking like it may be about is the ‘every day superstar’ style of entertainment that is the NHL. Meaning that some times 3rd and 4th liners may end up in the highlight reel. Take for instance Fabian Brunnstrom. On Wednesday October 15th, Brunnstrom became apart of NHL history playing in his first game and scoring 3 goals within 14minutes becoming only the 3rd NHL player in history to score 3 goals in their first game. Fabian is a free-agent rookie from Sweden who is most famous for his You-Tube highlight reel videos that have taken Scandinavia by storm.

The Canadian Press, TSN)

One of the more unpleasant surprises was the passing of Alexie CHEREPANOV. The cause of his death was still under investigation, federal investigators said Wednesday. A first-round draft pick for the New York Rangers, Cherepanov collapsed on the bench during a game Monday outside Moscow.

“It is hard to evaluate today the depth of the loss felt by the family of Alexei, Russian sport, and the Avangard team,” said Leonid Polezhayev, the governor of the Omsk region, in comments to Russian agency Regnum.

“Alexei Cherepanov wasn’t only a talented athlete and a reliable comrade, he was an idol of modern youth.”

Moscow regional investigators said Cherepanov apparently had chronic ischemia – a medical condition that means not enough blood gets to the heart or other organs. They have raised questions as to why the condition went undetected.

It has been reported that negligence of the EMS crew may have been a factor in the death of Cherepanov. What is most evident that heart safety equipment should always be properly maintained at arena’s around the world and that life, even when feeling most invincible. Is still very, very fragile.

Alix MaxiMilyin – Spark Of Life Media

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