Hog Shack slideshow

Is there anything more breathtaking - at any level of hockey - than a player who goes mano-a-mano* with the goaltender? Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head* Or womano-a-womano! We're definitely not trying to pull a rangers.com on you ladies!

Is there anything more breathtaking than a player who goes mano-a-mano* with the goaltender? Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.
* Or womano-a-womano! We’re definitely not trying to pull a rangers.com on you ladies!

Those of you who follow Pucked in the Head know that we believe hockey is beautiful, and that the beauty is not limited to the NHL level. We love AHL, CHL, BCIHL, CIS, NAIA, NCAA, pee wee, midget, bantam, atom, and every other level you can think of.

Yes, we even love rec league! So in a blatant attempt to out-Hog Shack the Canucks Hockey Blog, we didn’t just go to the Hog Shack Restaurant, invite the owner to appear on the podcast and shove our BBQ-holes full of pulled pork and delicious burnt ends. No, no, that would be easy. WE WENT TO A HOG SHACK HOCKEY GAME.

And we’re going to give away a Hog Shack t-shirt to the first person to tweet me with the answer to the following question:

In one picture of the slideshow, the Hog Shack goalie is seen underneath the Richmond Olympic Oval scoreboard. The team is down 6-5 late in the game. How much time is left on the clock?

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The Flames just don’t trust Brust

Abbotsford Heat goaltender Barry Brust has played his pads off this season, much of it against NHL-calibre players. For contractual reasons, the Calgary Flames are not giving him the look he deserves. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Abbotsford Heat goaltender Barry Brust has played his pads off this season, much of it against NHL-calibre players. For contractual reasons, the Calgary Flames are not giving him the look he deserves. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

If you paid any attention to the Abbotsford Heat during the recent NHL labour dispute, you took notice of a couple of things:

1) The Heat gave up fewer goals than any other team in the league.

2) Barry Brust gave up fewer goals than any other goaltender on the Heat roster.

It’s a strange thing, even for longtime fans of the Heat. I mean, who is this guy, right? Brust came in on a one-year contract, but his name seemed to ring a few bells… And Flames fans are asking questions after looking at the numbers for their farm team.

More on Brust’s frustrating dance with the Flames after the jump.

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Photo Gallery – Abbotsford Heat vs Milwaukee Admirals

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Abbotsford Heat all-time leading scorer Ben Walter gets his stick on a point shot during a 2-0 win over Magnus Hellberg and the Milwaukee Admirals on January 20, 2013. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

The Abbotsford Heat won their fourth game in a row with a 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon. Barry Brust, fresh off being named to the AHL All-Star Game being played in a week’s time, collected his fourth shutout of the season.

It was a good end to a 10-game home stand for the Heat, who had at one point fallen from first overall in the American Hockey League to eighth in the Western Conference. With the perfect weekend against the Nashville Predators farm team, the Heat now have 49 points in 40 games, good for fifth in the West. They are tied in points with the North Division leading Toronto, but have played two more games than the Marlies.

The Heat got goals from forward Krys Kolanos and blueliner Brett Carson, the same two goal-scorers from the previous night’s 2-1 victory over the Admirals. Below you can listen to Carson’s post-game reaction from that game. It marks two goals in two starts for Carson, who took 34 games to score that many in the AHL last season. Both players were on the bubble of making the opening night Calgary Flames roster, but were late cuts in the shortened training camp once the NHL lockout ended 10 days ago.

More pictures and video after the jump.

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Goalie controversy in Vancouver? Nah.

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider leans against the wall post-practice at UBC's Thunderbird Arena. He's entitled, after a 20-hour commute, a morning workout and a full practice with his NHL teammates. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider let in 5 goals on 14 shots in his first game as the #1 goaltender in Vancouver. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Coming into the 2013 season, Cory Schneider looked forward to his first action as an NHL starter. Halfway through his first game as the #1 guy in Vancouver — a game that was essentially a pre-season game, just with points that count in the standings — he had let in five goals on 14 shots, and the guy wearing #1 on his back was taking over the crease.

Immediately, people all over Twitter, on radio call-in shows and even in the booth on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada started talking about goaltending controversy in Vancouver. What they didn’t talk about was the invisibility of Alex Burrows, the ineffectiveness of the second and fourth lines, or the shakiness of the “deepest defensive corps in the NHL”.

But yeah, goalie controversy, right? We thought we’d look at each goal one at a time to determine just who the goat and/or goats were. Here it is, right after the jump.

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Alex Edler signs extension

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler readies to take part in a two-on-two scrimmage during a practice on January 8, 2013. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler readies to take part in a two-on-two scrimmage during a practice on January 8, 2013. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

The Vancouver Canucks signed Alex Edler to a six-year, $30-million contract extension on the eve of the shortened 2013 season, according to General Manager Mike Gillis.

The move means two big things for the Canucks: 1) the team medical staff is confident that Edler’s back is 100%, despite spasms and pains that kept him out of a number of games over the past two seasons. And 2) Vancouver will continue to have one of the deepest bluelines in the league for the foreseeable future.

More after the jump.

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Episode 49 – Jason’s Questionable Ethics

Rochester Americans forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Cody Hodgson was kind enough to sign an 8x10 of a shot I took the night before. Photo of a Jason Kurylo photo for Pucked in the Head by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head. Whoa. Meta.

Rochester Americans forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Cody Hodgson was kind enough to sign an 8×10 of a shot I took the night before. Photo of a Jason Kurylo photo for Pucked in the Head by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head. Whoa. Meta.

Jason and Chris dance around the line between blogger and journalist. Just how much fanboy should creep into a blogger’s actions should they garner media accreditation — partial or full — with the teams they cover?

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Sleepless in St. Boniface; NHL lockout rankles Winnipeg

Sleepless in St. Boniface; NHL lockout rankles Winnipeg
By Jim Chliboyko

Many fans feel that Olli Jokinen, the rest of the players and the NHL collectively turned their backs on Winnipeg when they allowed the 2012-13 season to be shortened for purely financial reasons. Photo by Jim Chliboyko.

Many fans feel that Olli Jokinen, the rest of the players and the NHL collectively turned their backs on Winnipeg when they allowed the 2012-13 season to be shortened for purely financial reasons. Photo by Jim Chliboyko.

There’s a Twilight Zone story in here somewhere, submitted for your approval:

Picture, if you will, a city… a city that’s been abandoned, then embraced again, by the same organization that had previously abandoned it. The organization returns just long enough for the city to get a taste of its presence for one triumphant year, until the league… erm… self-destructs, the Martians’ book is actually a cookbook, the librarian at the end of the world sits on his own glasses and it turns out that the demon on the airplane wing is real! Or something twisty like that.

In short, Winnipeg loses the Jets in the ‘90s, the city waits a decade and a half for them to return, and then once they return, almost within the year there’s a league-wide NHL lockout. Especially since the former Moose (current Ice Caps) are still playing in Newfoundland. Unfair!

Okay, maybe it wouldn’t make Rod Serling’s shortlist, but the irony is there. In survivalist parlance, this is known as the “worst-case scenario.” If you had told someone that this was the fate of the Jets in the autumn of 2012, as well as the rest of the league, said person would have laughed, then punched you, being careful not to get blood on their Pavelec-autographed jersey. And like most worst-case scenarios, this one was entirely avoidable, totally regrettable and has left a trail of damage in its wake. In this case, it’s mostly been economic damage.

More after the jump.

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Ich bin ein frustrated fan of German hockey.

Wolfsurg Grizzly Adams has suffered the curse of Chris Withers this season.

Wolfsurg Grizzly Adams has suffered the curse of Chris Withers this season.

I probably should have done a little more research before I picked my “lockout team”. Of course, that would have flown in the face of the pact that Jason and I made early on never to research when sheer speculation and gut instinct could be used instead.

When I settled on EHC Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams, it was primarily based on my German heritage and the team’s shall we say distinct uniforms. Little did I know that it would be next to impossible to watch the team. Continue reading

Photo Gallery – Abbotsford Heat vs Chicago Wolves

The Chicago Wolves won back-to-back games against the Abbotsford Heat this weekend, including a 1-0 shutout win on Saturday night. Here’s a collection of images from that contest, for your ogling pleasure. All photos by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Abbotsford Heat all-time leading scorer Ben Walter races up the wing with seconds left in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Wolves on January 13, 2013. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Abbotsford Heat all-time leading scorer Ben Walter races up the wing with seconds left in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Wolves on January 13, 2013. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

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A Little Bit of Id Salad, by Kennedy Goodkey

Abbotsford Heat forward Brett Olson was sprung for this shorthanded breakaway in the first period, but it was Brad Hunt and the Chicago Wolves who would win this game 1-0. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Abbotsford Heat forward Brett Olson was sprung for this shorthanded breakaway in the first period, but it was Brad Hunt and the Chicago Wolves who would win this game 1-0. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Pucked in the Head is happy to have the one and only Kennedy Goodkey guest posting for us this evening. Please hold your applause until the end of the introductory paragraph. Mr Goodkey has joined us for a couple of podcast episodes in the past, most notably in Top 7 Canucks Nicknames, Part I & Part II.

This marks the first time he has trekked up the road to an Abbotsford Heat AHL game, and it happened to be on the very day that NHL hockey was officially announced to be coming back from the lockout. He decided to record a running commentary of the evening as he went, warts and all. By ‘running commentary’, I mean just that. He goes from folk rock to sports aha-moments to popcorn in, dude, mere seconds. And by ‘warts and all’, I mean ‘complete with double spaces after periods, like some retired receptionist who still thinks Robert Goulet is just the dreamiest. I can say that because I am, in fact, Robert Goulet.

Not to take anything away from Kennedy’s usage of the word ‘antipodal’ — which is awesome, by the way, my favourite part is when he writes, “I must be some kind of elitist hockey-jerk.” But don’t let me spoil everything for you. Have a gander after the jump, and enjoy! Just remember that Mr Goodkey’s opinions are entirely his own, and with the exception of his loathing for the song Cotton-Eyed Joe, they do not reflect the deep, inner love and respect for all human life levels of hockey that Chris Withers and I hold dear.

— Jason Kurylo, who is, like, totally bogarting Kennedy’s opening

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