Thrasherville NHL Team Adoption Center

Sheeze! Has the Thrashers schedule early on been aggravating or what?

Five days in between the first game and the second game…then our patience was rewarded with a pair of games toward the end of last week…but now we are dealing with six days in between the 4-2 loss in Ottawa and the next game scheduled for this Friday in New Jersey.

Thrasherville won’t host another home game until the 22nd when the Caps come to town.

However, I do have my NHL Center Ice…and for that, I am truly thankful. Without this wonderful gift from the hockey gods, I might just have gone stir-crazy by now.

Which west coast team are you looking to "adopt" this season?

  • Anaheim (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Calgary (10%, 12 Votes)
  • Chicago (13%, 16 Votes)
  • Colorado (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Columbus (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Dallas (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Detroit (8%, 10 Votes)
  • Edmonton (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Los Angeles (10%, 13 Votes)
  • Minnesota (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Nashville (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Phoenix (4%, 5 Votes)
  • San Jose (3%, 4 Votes)
  • St. Louis (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Vancouver (1%, 1 Votes)
  • None!If they ain't Thrashers, they ain't $#@! (28%, 34 Votes)

Total Voters: 124

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Because of the Center Ice package, one of the things I’m able to do is follow the teams out west that we don’t get to see very often play in Atlanta. And, as I normally do, I tend to focus in on one particular team and “adopt” them as my second team. Naturally, the Flames are one that I, as well as many others, keep an eye on given their roots. But I also like to choose another squad as well… one that is poised to make a run for the Cup or a team that is making great strides to get back into contention after a re-building period.

For the past few years, the team I have chosen to take on has been the San Jose Sharks. They’ve been stacked with quality players and have been positioned to contend for the championship over the course of the last couple of years. Their fans are super, supporting them the way they do, and all of the ones I’ve ever met are classy people…so that helps.

But their recent playoff shortcomings have me considering a different team in which to give my attention.

Possible selections are…

Chicago Blackhawks: Great run in last spring’s playoffs and exciting to watch. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp are all entertaining players as well. But they seem to be the chic team that many people are bandwagon-ing.

Edmonton Oilers: Could be a very interesting team to follow as they look to make a return trip to the postseason for the first time since 2006. Mike Comrie, Shawn Horcoff and Dustin Penner have gotten the Oilers off to a 3-1-1 start.

Minnesota Wild: They fell just shy of that 8th and final spot last April…and I gotta tell ya, I love Minnesota hockey fans…Oh Yeah, you betcha! I’d pull for them for that reason alone.

Colorado Avalanche: Here’s an interesting story in the making…69 points last season and rock bottom in the Western Conference standings. However, are off to a 4-1-1 and seem to have found the answer to the question between the pipes. Craig Anderson now possesses a 1.98 GAA and .940 SV% after the Avs’ 4-1 win in Toronto Tuesday night.

Phoenix Coyotes: Certainly some could argue that they get the sympathy vote given what they’ve been through lately.

Detroit Red Wings: While there are many who’d take in the Winged Wheels…given their hometown loyalties and all…I just can’t seem to bring myself to root regularly for the Big Red Borg. Besides, if you saw their recent loss to Buffalo, they just look old and slow right now. Could the past several years being catching up with them?

Regardless, if you have a team you’ve decided to adopt this season, let me know. I’m still trying to decide myself.

Big Blow Out Thrashers Viewing Party At TJ’s Saturday

The Thrashers play in Buffalo on Saturday night, but its not being aired on local TV….again. If you don’t have Center Ice, it’s yet another night of not being able to watch our team play.

Unless….

You get your lazy carcass up off the couch after an afternoon of watching college football and make your way over TJ’s Bar and Grill for what promises to be an exciting, fun-packed evening of Thrashers hockey.

The Thrashers Fan Club will be there along with a DJ to play the music we’re accustomed to hearing at Philips Arena…and they’ll even be bringing a goal horn as well.

I’ll probably get stuck at the table right next to that.

I was chatting with Sean Grace the other day and he told me that Fan Club members will receive a 15% discount on food and drinks that night as well as be eligible for prizes, (tickets, equipment, signed stuff), that they will have to raffle off. Anyone signing up to become a member of the club will be able to enjoy all benefits that very night!

The Thrashers have armed me with some tickets to upcoming games for a couple of lucky attendees to go home with as well. I’ll also have information available for anyone still interested in getting aboard the Party Bus next Saturday to the game against the Sharks…there are just a few seats left for that gala-extravaganza!

So come join us to watch the Thrashers take on the Sabres in an environment that’s just as rowdy and raucous as if we were there in person!

118 comments Add your comment

Russian

October 15th, 2009
11:05 am

Hockey in Mexico!!!!! :-) LOL
I could not buy this it is absolutely CRAZY IDEA that I ever heard. :-)

Mrs. DWTOO

October 15th, 2009
11:12 am

Five_hole – wasn’t there a riot in Montreal during one of the Canadiens’ playoff years over the fact the Rocket Richard was penalized a play-off game (maybe 2) for a bad penalty?

Unfortunately, I, too remember the great Jack Benny. Some of his jokes are still timeless!

Thanks for the info on the streaming through nhl.com. I’m gonna try it in just a few since I’m done with work for the day. I need a hockey fix!!!

Dandylions

October 15th, 2009
11:15 am

Never watched a hockey game in my life (except “Do you believe in miracles”) until the Thrashers came to town. Growing up in Chicago we were into the Cubs and Da Bears but did not follow hockey until a friend moved here from Pittsburgh (I know, I know) and introduced me to the game. If she wears her Lemieux (sp?) jersey on the bus she will be sitting alone!

Buzilla in CT

October 15th, 2009
11:23 am

Rawhide

October 15th, 2009
11:38 am

kracker – The contact person is Karin Beckman. I saw her just yesterday and spoke with her about your deire to be on the bus…you’ve got a spot. She is out of town today through the weekend…shoot me an e-mail at rawhide528@yahoo.com and give me your phone number so I can call you.

Will you be at TJ’s Saturday for us to discuss as well??

Russian

October 15th, 2009
11:42 am

Oh Yes! It is great. Wait few years and this kid will be in NHL. :-) May be he is next Crosby or Ovechkin.:-)

R. Stroz

October 15th, 2009
11:55 am

That kid’s goal is sick. I imagine the goalie’s parents gave their kid a pass if he said WTF after that goal.

Toby

October 15th, 2009
12:03 pm

Viv is reporting that Kovy is not at practice today…nothing new yet…

World Be Free

October 15th, 2009
12:16 pm

five_hole-Toe Blake, Eddie Shore, Dit Clapper (Reg Dunlop’s favorites)

Toby

October 15th, 2009
12:18 pm

K….nevermind…he was just given the day off.

Carry on…

World Be Free

October 15th, 2009
12:20 pm

Dandylions-thanks for jogging our memories and reminding us how old we are!

Toby-maybe he’s signing his new contract?

Stroz-Maple Leafs are moving to the Philippines; they will be remaned the Manila Folders.

Toby

October 15th, 2009
12:23 pm

WBF…Best weekend ever if true!!!!!

five_hole

October 15th, 2009
12:27 pm

Dandylions How could you grow up in Chicago & not be a Blackhawks fan? I grew up in St. Louis when the Blues franchise started and I remember listening (on the radio) about Stan Mikita and Tony Esposito in goal? Later, going to the games, Stl & Chi were huge rivalries and those were always the biggest games to see.

Mrs. DWTOO and World Be Free that was before my time. Sorry couldn’t resist. I don’t remember the Rocket being suspended for a playoff game, but I bet that would have caused a riot.

World Be Free

October 15th, 2009
12:40 pm

I cannot pickup Comedy Central at work, so I turn the Toronto newspapers on line for my comedy entertainment. Brian Burke is in the papers today saying “it’s no time to panic” after 6 games.

The Leafs won’t panic until they hear Gary Bettman say- “With the 1st overall pick in the 2010 NHL entry draft, the Boston Bruins select……”

Glovesave29

October 15th, 2009
12:44 pm

Yup, Rocket was suspended for punching an official in the 55 playoffs.

Wonder if that riot was as damaging to the city as the one Axl Rose set off after playing a short set…just after James Hetfield of Metallic was taken off on a stretcher having been burned badly after a flash pot blew underneath him.

R. Stroz

October 15th, 2009
12:50 pm

Another rumor just crossed my desk concerning the sale of the Maple Leafs. Certain business leaders in Nevada are discussing purchasing the Maple Leafs and renaming them the Mustang Ranchers because they get scored on so often.

five_hole

October 15th, 2009
1:16 pm

R. Stroz The difference would be the fans of the Mustang Ranch leave happy.

five_hole

October 15th, 2009
1:18 pm

Glovesave29 Do you remember the riot at the Who concert in Cinncinatti? It was ‘open seating’ and people got trampled to death by others trying to get there first. It was late ’70s/early ’80s.

Tony C.

October 15th, 2009
1:41 pm

Comcast doesn’t do CenterIce here (ATL region) because the lack of people 10K> who order CenterIce is miniscule when compared to the 100s of thousands of people who order the SEC football pkg, and the NBA league-pass pkg. The bandwidth is dedicated to the most-demanded product-consequently, Comcast Detroit does offer CenterIce in full HD as CenterIce is usually either the #1 or #2 most ordered sports pkg. in that region.

I am fixing to order the NHL GameCenter-I’ll have a review for yall by the end of the month.

Oh I’m adopting the BlueJackets as I like their team make-up and it’s been nice to watch the maturation of Nash. Also Mason is a treat to watch as well.

kracker

October 15th, 2009
2:07 pm

Thanks, Bill! I sent you the email. I do plan to be at TJs for the Sabres beatdown.

Viking

October 15th, 2009
2:11 pm

Tony C,

Maybe you are referring to only HD broadcasts, but I am currently watching daily free CenterIce on Comcast (Channels in the 700s) until end of October – unless my wife has killed me by then – only one TV goes to more than 99 Channels . I live in Decatur.

Zoomo

October 15th, 2009
2:16 pm

Just a quick heads-up. Someone had posted a blog or so ago about Dick’s Sporting goods having some Thrashers jerseys on clearance. I needed to stop by there today (the NorthPoint location) for something else, and lo and behold that had about 7 XL and XXL Kovy Reebok replicas ~ $35 after the 75% discount (from the $129 marked price)

Dwayne

October 15th, 2009
5:23 pm

poor Goalie, so, does the 9 year old get credit for the goal, was that a shot out? Or an all_star game? Or did they just want to scar the poor goalie for life?

Rightshot

October 15th, 2009
6:15 pm

Heads up ya’ll! Just got my jersey from Dicks in Buckhead. They still had about 3 or 4 large and several XL and XXL. BE WARNED! only the blue jersey is for sale at %75 off. They have 3rd jerseys there too but they are NOT on sale ($129 plus tax)

Girl friend was not as excited about my purchase as I thought she’d be. Go figure.

World Be Free

October 15th, 2009
6:24 pm

Rightshot-new girlfriend?

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 15th, 2009
6:42 pm

I hear new girlfriends are 75% off on Craig’s List…

Hockey Biltong

October 15th, 2009
6:52 pm

MRS. DWTOO, I went to high school in Jo’berg. What got you to got to Pretoria??? I miss my rugby, sniff.

Tony C.

October 16th, 2009
4:39 am

Viking-yes, I was talking about the HD CenterIce feed. Apologies for any confusion.

The Kovy gear @ Dick’s is it RBK or CCM?

NorthStarsDave

October 16th, 2009
6:55 am

What…no North Stars!

GO WILD!!!

Or better yet…Friday night is WCHA College Hockey Night…GO GOPHERS!

Zoomo

October 16th, 2009
8:14 am

>>The Kovy gear @ Dick’s is it RBK or CCM?

RBK

Toby

October 16th, 2009
8:37 am

Wow…arguably the two most popular franchises in hockey, Habs and Leafs, are tanking early on…

Rawhide

October 16th, 2009
8:44 am

Hi all…I just got an e-mail from Mark Ecclestone this morning. TJ’s will be offering all of “Rawhide’s Rowdies” a 15% discount on their food and drinks tomorrow night. He said to just mention it when the server gives you your ticket.

Hope to see ya’ll there!

pond scum

October 16th, 2009
10:16 am

Sign up the 9 year old as our shootout specialists.

Desert dawgs do it in OT, Jovo was dropping F-bombs on the refs as they reviewed his game winner late last nite.

J.B.

October 16th, 2009
10:30 am

I don’t go to SI for hockey news very much as I think their coverage is pretty abysmal… however, Darren Elliot has an EXCELLENT article posted today featuring Slava Kozlov discussing the differences between hockeyin the Soviet Union years back and the NHL now.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/darren_eliot/10/13/russian.hockey/index.html#

World Be Free

October 16th, 2009
11:58 am

JB-for the most part, the ESPN hockey writers are idiots.

Darren doesn’t get enough credit – he’s one of the best and from what I have heard, he’s a great guy too. Glad to have him here.

Paminski

October 16th, 2009
1:39 pm

I’m a Darren fan. I miss JP tho. Matt just doesn’t do it for me.

Mrs. DWTOO

October 16th, 2009
2:47 pm

Biltong – LOL – that explains your blog name Hockey Biltong! Pretoria has the Blue Bulls rugby team and apparently they’re a championship calibre team. They play out of Loftus Versfeld, one of the 2010 FIFA World Cup venues. I haven’t been to Jo-Burg yet. I’m working on the South Africa HIV/AIDS country operational plan for 2010 and the 2009 PEPFAR annual report to Congress, and have been pretty busy with these but I really do want to go see Johannesburg before returning to the States.

Buzilla in CT

October 16th, 2009
3:26 pm

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Jersey-Fouls-The-Ovechkin-conundrum-Fouls-on-B;_ylt=AmkMyiWcGBwZ54Z725fTYGZ7vLYF?urn=nhl,196082

Someone do me a favor and take a picture of the knob who has “Skywalker” on the back of his Thrashers jersey and send it in to Puck Daddy. I apologize if that guy posts here or if someone knows him, but that one is pretty bad.

Buzilla in CT

October 16th, 2009
3:33 pm

I forgot. Someone take a picture of that @ss clown “Rabid Fan” and send that in as well

A27

October 16th, 2009
3:36 pm

Zoomo thanks for the heads up on the Thrasher jerseys at Dick’s. Just had the wife pick me up one today. Just in time for me to wear to the Caps game on Thursday!!!

Buzilla in CT

October 16th, 2009
3:42 pm

Careful what you put on the back A27

Buzilla in CT

October 16th, 2009
3:52 pm

I think I know someone that has “Rawhide” on the back of his jersey…but I can’t remember who that is…

Buzilla in CT

October 16th, 2009
3:55 pm

Sara

October 16th, 2009
3:57 pm

“Someone do me a favor and take a picture of the knob who has “Skywalker” on the back of his Thrashers jersey and send it in to Puck Daddy. I apologize if that guy posts here or if someone knows him, but that one is pretty bad.”

I’ve known him for a few years … cool guy.

Buzilla in CT

October 16th, 2009
4:00 pm

Cool guys can still make Jersey fouls

J.B.

October 16th, 2009
4:01 pm

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 16th, 2009
4:44 pm

Unless his last name is Skywalker I would agree that it’s pretty stupid…

Bill

October 16th, 2009
4:45 pm

I’d like to make a case for the Phoenix Coyotes…after growing up in the northeast and spending 5 wonderful years in the Atlanta area, I have been a die-hard fan since ‘99. Phoenix is now my hometown, and if you have the Center Ice package i’d definitely say they’re worth a look. Even if they don’t last here in the desert beyond this season, they have some great young talent. (Never mind a goalie in Ilya Bryzgalov who has been standing on his head so far this season). Don’t be quick to criticize the lack of fan-base considering all we heard all summer from Balsillie was that he’d move them ASAP. I’ll be taking advantage of Center Ice in a few hours, sitting here in the sun watching the Thrash in NJ. I’ll predict that Kovy keeps pace with that other Russian up in Washington and knocks two past Marty Brodeur tonight. Lets go Thrashers!!

Brendan

October 16th, 2009
5:00 pm

The Dan Snyder article by John Manasso is now on NHL.com. You can read it here. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=502375

R. Stroz

October 16th, 2009
5:03 pm