Feel good stories are tough to come by during a lockout, so this one made me smile:

Yesterday Mike Richards and Andrew Ladd threw together an impromptu road hockey game, and took to Twitter to invite people to play.

Charitable events are excellent of course, but sometimes it’s neat to do something small and simple that the fans will appreciate without all the fanfare. Here’s the Richards tweet:

And the Ladd response, which is excellent:

Geez, deep cuts.

On Twitter this afternoon I came across some pictures from “Zach Wolf” (via Reddit Hockey), a photographer who happened to be in attendance.

His website is here, follow him on Twitter here, and you can see the rest of the pictures here. Below are a few of the better ones:

Jim Slater and Mark Stuart were in attendance, sporting a little Movember fuzz. How cold does it look there right now? Is that Siberia? Do Siberians use “Winnipeg” as their “really cold far away wasteland” joke? (And no, I’ve never been to Winnipeg, just…look.)

Mike Richards, using the perfect road hockey ball.

Devon Shmyko, according to the website, has a favourite player. Yeah, the other guy in this picture. See, I told you: what an awesome day for some people.

And finally…

Andrew Ladd rocking the coolest toque of the day, complete with shades. Richards is open!

Full credit to those guys. That looks like a ton of fun, and some kids will have a story to tell way down the road.

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Update: Puck Daddy had video of the game too:

Comments (13)

  1. “How cold does it look there right now? Is that Siberia? Do Siberians use “Winnipeg” as their “really cold far away wasteland” joke?”

    I’m going to say that the Winnepeg tourism board has its work cut out for it.

  2. Born in Winnipeg, from Edmonton and living in Saskatoon I can’t help but take a little offence and so will respond in kind. Though I’ve long compared my homeland to Siberia, I can’t help but think that if you had somehow managed to play more than 16 games in the AHL, you might have made it to Winnipeg at least once.

    What I’d really like is for us prairie people to embrace our Siberia-ness and tell the rest of you to go to hell. But we can’t because we’re over-sensitive, it’s really cold here, and we wish we lived somewhere warm.

    • I hear Siberia is nice this time of year…

    • Winnipeg’s “Siberia-ness” should definitely be a point of pride for locals.

      It’s the gawddamned mosquitoes in summer that are truly un-be-fucking-lievable. Though, I’ve heard tell that entomologists have dubbed Churchill, Manitoba as the worst place on the planet for those rat-bastard blood-suckers.

      Just sayin’…

      • “Churchill, Manitoba as the worst place on the planet for those rat-bastard blood-suckers.”

        Churchill is infested with NHL owners?

    • I love the cold! For 4+ months of the year we can just walk down to our local outdoor rink and strap on the skates whenever we want. Not many cities get that privilege.
      Also, Sponge Hockey!

  3. Does shades mean something different in Canadialand/Long Island? Because that’s just the pattern on Ladd’s hat.

    • They looked like sunglasses over the top of the hat to me as well.

      Since I was born on Long Island myself, this may prove nothing… or everything.

  4. I’ve never been to Winnipeg, but I live in another cold place (Calgary). And my first thought when I saw these pictures was that it looked really warm. Richards is wearing a hoodie and sneakers, not a parka. Ya you can get pretty warm playing shinny, but it was a busy PR event, I doubt Richards was playing full out.

    • Considering the lady in the last pic has shants on, i’d tend to agree.

      Verdict: Winnepeg is just grey and dreary, not Siberia.

  5. I was there, and no, it really wasn’t cold at all. If had been windy, it would have been cold, especially on top of the parkade.

    It was a hell of a lot of fun, even just to be a spectator.

  6. Its 80 degrees in LA right now what the heck is Mike doing up there? Also shouldn’t they be playing with skates? You have ice covering every square meter of that country.

  7. Hello Justin,

    I’m glad you enjoyed my photos!

    And for the record, Prairiedaun is right, it wasn’t really that cold, but for the sake of the story we’ll say it was.

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