HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY.
Sorry, we’re just a little bit excited that HOCKEY IS BACK! The Leafs play tonight! Hockey will be on our televisions/laptops/phones/whatever tonight, this evening, in like…5.5 hours. This is a glorious day.
Anyways that’s the column for this week, see you next week folks.
….nah. There’s some fun stuff to look at, I suppose. Let’s start with Leafs-land.
Everyone’s favourite back-up goalie celebrated a birthday this week! Wish Jack Campbell a happy birthday!
Happy birthday Jack! 🎂 pic.twitter.com/2jgyJdlCoz
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 9, 2021
And he got some adorable birthday notes from his new neighbours, who are apparently big Leafs fans:
jack campbell got birthday cards from the kids next door 🥺 pic.twitter.com/TCphkOPrsO
— mitch marney (@marnylandersen) January 10, 2021
Meanwhile, the new Leafs are settling in:
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 11, 2021
And celebrating well, during the Leafs televised scrimmage over the weekend:
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 10, 2021
Seems like the players are also excited to have hockey back!
Another week with a whole header for the Bruins, what is happening?!
Over in Boston, the B’s named a new captain – unsurprisingly, Patrice Bergeron got the nod:
Integrity. Humility. Resiliency.
The Boston Bruins are proud to announce Patrice Bergeron as the 20th captain in team history.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 7, 2021
And the Bruins are making a new, tiny, addition, as David Pastrnak announced the upcoming arrival of Baby Pasta (can we call him Penne Pasta?):
Pasta bringing that dad energy in 2021. pic.twitter.com/gXzXuPbbYd
— Locked On Boston Bruins (@LO_BostonBruins) January 9, 2021
Scenes in San Jose
All is not well for Evander Kane, unfortunately, as he files for bankruptcy amidst growing debt:
— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) January 12, 2021
We hope this all gets sorted out for everyone involved.
Odds and Ends
NBC made an interesting move with their NHL broadcast team for the season, and responded very thoughtfully when asked about it (/sarcasm font) :
I asked NBC's Sam Flood about the baggage Mike Babcock brings with him to his new gig as an analyst. pic.twitter.com/fn5E7nxutd
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) January 11, 2021
The Habs placed Corey Perry on waivers, which delighted many Leafs fans:
Montreal Canadiens forward Corey Perry and Vancouver Canucks winger Loui Eriksson were among the 89 players placed on waivers Monday as teams look to set their opening-day rosters before Wednesday: https://t.co/hsLvE5BWRj#TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/wU0nu6C0ap
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) January 11, 2021
And the NHL announced the latest league-wide COVID numbers, which has many people questioning the safety of hockey resuming – especially with the Dallas Stars having to delay games already.
#NHL announces 27 players tested confirmed positive for COVID-19 during training camps, including a whopping 17 (!) from the Dallas Stars. 12,000 tests to more than 1,200 players.
Players testing positive will now be identified publicly moving forward with reg. season starting.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) January 12, 2021
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 8, 2021
While we are thrilled that hockey is back, we continue to hope that the players and coaching staff, media members, arena staff, and all their families remain healthy and safe during the season. We can’t wait to watch the Leafs, and look forward to a season sometime soon that isn’t threatened by COVID.
Check us out on Twitter, if you please. Happy Hockey Day!