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If you’re not a frequent reader of In Goal Magazine, then what you should do is become a frequent reader of In Goal Magazine. It’s a great place for all things goaltender, from the latest gear news, technique critiques, equipment pictures and more. Kevin Woodley is a pro.

Anyway, above is a shot of the pads Jonathan Bernier will be wearing, and wooo-ee are they sharp. Retro look, vertical lines, simple and clean. You can check out the rest of Bernier’s new Leafs gear, including a particularly ferocious helmet, here.

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The Five Spot

Pavel Datsyuk may lose a few admirers

Ahhh, crap. Below is something that’s both unfortunate, and disappointing.

Sovsport.ru asked Pavel Datsyuk to weigh in on Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva’s comments in support of banning homosexuality at the Olympics. You get the impression he didn’t want to say much – he seemed to want to avoid the question entirely, actually – but he does have his beliefs:

dats uh oh

In sum, he thinks they should be banned too. Or at least, his faith indicates that’s a thing he should think. His teammate, Henrik Zetterberg, feels differently (and I do too, if you recall).

Ahh the Olympics. Always a delight.

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Some of Steve Mason’s new gear will be…retro-ish? this year as well

Because, zombies.

Are zombies retro? In a way, right?

I’d like to put myself out there as someone who thinks zombies, and the rise of zombie-fetishism are both terrible and lame. Also, with Mason putting this on his helmet juuust as the zombie wave has seemed to crest, I could see his lid getting increasingly less relevant as the season goes on. BUT OTHERWISE I’M A HUGE FAN.

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Some doctors recommended hockey players stop hitting other hockey players in the head

From a Globe & Mail article titled “Canadian Medical Association comes down hard on NHL owners over hockey violence”:

Delegates to the Canadian Medical Association’s annual meeting on Wednesday voted to “condemn the complacency” of NHL team owners.

“What we want to do is make it crystal clear that violence must be addressed,” said Louis Francescutti, an injury-prevention expert and president of the CMA. “Don Cherry may not agree with me … but purposely hurting someone is not part of the game of hockey.”

Shortly after, Lou Franceschetti punched Louis Francescutti in the face.

In all seriousness, it’s easy to sit back and say we’d like to see players better protected, because (sits back), I’d like to see players better protected. But what are the solutions? You could A) ban fighting, B) ban hitting, and/or… C) ??? Ban skating fast, maybe?

Hockey players and fans alike agree that B) is a ridiculous suggestion for where hockey is currently at. You accept the inherent risk of injury when you decide to play hockey for a living, and we’re not willing to change the game that drastically yet.

So, A)… you are where you are on that as a fan. I like some fights. Hell, I like most fights. Doctors filling me in that “it’s really not good to get a fist in the face” isn’t exactly news to me, so…neither is this, really. But it’s August so…DEBATE.

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THIS IS IT

I mean, come on, with this video. Coach Q’s day with the Cup got the “This Is It” treatment:


Probably nothing is as funny in that video as the picture of Q taking the Cup to…the Post Office?

Okay, yeah, the video’s still funnier. Great outfit though.

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Six outdoor games seems like a lot

We knew that at the outset. And now the word is, tickets for the Heritage Classic “outdoor”(ish) game are not moving so quick:

From News1130:

Kingsley Bailey with Vancouver Ticket doesn’t have hard numbers, but says there are a few reasons people aren’t snatching up the tickets. ”It’s a one-off game but it’s buried with six Heritage Classic games this year. We don’t have the best Canadian team as our opposition and the prices are way too high.”

Bailey thinks you should wait to buy tickets because they are likely to drop in price.

What, you don’t want to spend quadruple the normal price of a ticket for a worse view of a game against two teams with zero animosity towards each other?

Comments (28)

  1. I get the impression that more outdoor games only work with interesting matchups. Tickets for Devils/Rangers at Yankee Stadium are going to go rapidly, no doubt. You could probably have the Flyers and Penguins play in Happy Valley once a season and it would sell out every year.

    But what stretches things a bit thin is when some of the matchups just aren’t as exciting. I’m not an avid college football fan, but I wonder if bowl season suffers from this as well.

  2. I’m disappointed in Datsyuk.

    I don’t think it’s a gay rights issue, I think being able to show your beliefs is a human rights issue.

    • That is a completely hypocritic statement. It is his belief (and mine) that homosexuality is wrong. You are saying it is ok to show your beliefs that being gay is fine, but if someone has a different belief, you (and so many others) say shame on those against it. I am happy that Dats said what he really thought.

      • The statement wasn’t hypocritical at all. Gay rights issues are human rights issues, and in the case of the Russian law, it is doubly so because the law targets speech and actions in support of gays. No one is saying that Datsyuk can’t have or express his opinion (in the sense of him being fined or jailed, like Russia says it will do to supporters of gay rights at the Olympics). Zach was just expressing our disappointment with Datsyuk’s opinion.

        Freedom of expression doesn’t mean freedom from shaming or criticism of your opinions. Whenever people complain about shaming as not respecting free speech on this issue, it comes off as: “Help! Help! I’m being oppressed! People think I have an out-dated, retrograde opinion about sexuality! And they’re telling me so!”

      • If I understand correctly, the law basically says that homosexuals in Russia can’t tell or show people under the age of 18 that they are gay, whether through holding hands or wearing a rainbow pin and looking happy.

        I think it is a human right to express your beliefs, within reason; wearing a rainbow pin or holding hands should be fine.

        If I understand correctly, you mean that you disapprove of their lifestyle, and it should be okay for you to disapprove. It is totally okay for you to disapprove, but you can’t take away their right to expression, or denigrate their lifestyle.

        I’m disappointed in Datsyuk not because he expressed his views, but because he seems to indicate he is okay with taking away homosexuals’ right to express their beliefs.

      • So much reasonable discussion happening here, are we sure this is the internet?

        I’m disappointed in Datsyuk too, although I’m hoping his statement is clarified further.

        My initial thought was it’s too bad Russia’s crazy anti-gay law had to politicize the Olympics. I mean I could’ve gone the rest of my life not knowing what Pavel Datsyuk’s opinion on homosexuality is and I would’ve been perfectly fine with that. I look to ice hockey players to be really excellent at the playing of ice hockey, and that’s kinda good enough for me. A lot of humans have fucked up opinions, and the best I hope for is that they can still walk around and not hurt or oppress people based on those fucked up opinions. If Datsyuk snubbed a fan because he/she was gay, or kicked out a gay kid from his hockey camp, he’d be a failure as a human being in my eyes. But so far all he’s communicated to us is “I’m uncomfortable with homosexuality, but I’m not such a homophobe that I’ll rant and rave to anybody about the evils of it at the drop of a hat.” It sucks, but from a hockey human I’m willing to be conditionally OK-ish with this.

  3. While I’m not a fan of Russia’s Olympic policy, and I get we should celebrate those who stand up on this issue, but do we have to shame and point out those that don’t?

    • We shame racists. We shame sexists. Seems like ‘shaming’ might be a big part of advancing rights and equality.

      Unfortunate, and I understand where he’s coming from. It is hard to change how one was raised. But, I’m a bigger fan of rights than I am dekes.

  4. ” But what are the solutions? You could A) ban fighting, B) ban hitting, and/or… C) ??? Ban skating fast, maybe?”

    Other than these strawmen (other than banning fighting, which may be one of those things we look back on in 50 years, but wouldn’t change any time soon)… there are certainly other options.

    How about continuing to fine-tune treatment of headshots? We’ve made some progress in the years since, say, Scott Stevens retired. There’s more to be made. Players’ careers and lives are still being jeopardized, and while some level of risk is understood in hockey, it’s beholden on us to try to minimize that.

    We have different options; we can change penalties or helmets or pads or punishments, or we can try to change the culture. Any or all of those might be helpful in reducing the risk of permanent brain damage while maintaining the aspects of the game that we all love.

    But there HAS to be motivation for this. The CMA is saying that the owners need to own up, which seems like a big part of it.

    If we make changes, we won’t ever eliminate concussions and other injuries, but we can try to minimize them. If we just give up and say that traumatic brain injury is a part of the game, and we’re comfortable with the level it’s at now… well, it certainly won’t get any better.

  5. My guess is that Coach Q in shirt, shorts, and sandals was after a night of celebrating. Maybe with just a few adult beverages?

  6. Couldn’t agree more about zombie’s, full grown adults are making this more foolish by the day. If my goalie put that on his helmet I would hope he never asked how I felt about it, would be tough to conjure up some sort of BS answer about how rad it is as I stared at the ground with a blank expression. I likely would incorporate the word “neat” in my rsponse.

  7. big·ot intolerant person: somebody with strong opinions, especially on politics, religion, or ethnicity, who refuses to accept different views

    I do find it hilarious all the people going around calling anyone who doesn’t fully support homosexuality bigots are intolerant of other peoples religious beliefs. You will assimilate!

    • You find it funny that someone would be intolerant to intolerance?

    • Having different religious beliefs or beliefs about sexuality is fine by me.

      Curtailing one group’s human rights because the government does not agree with their set of beliefs is not fine.

      • Besides, it is worth asking who exactly is being intolerant. The intolerant ones are the supporters of the law that bans public expression of homosexuality and support gay rights. For people criticizing Datsyuk to be intolerant, they would have to be saying that he should face legal punishment. Instead, they are just saying (correctly, in my opinion) that Datsyuk’s opinion is disappointing/wrong/whatever even if he has or should have a right to express it.

      • To me, the saddest thing about Datsyuk’s statement is that he’s letting someone else tell him what his opinion should be instead of thinking for himself. But then again, that’s religion for you…

    • There is a big difference between saying, “I disagree with your opinion and will publicly criticize you for holding it,” and, “Anybody who says it’s okay to be gay should be put in jail.” This “if you don’t tolerate my intolerance YOU are the intolerant one” business is just goofy. I mean, hey, why are you intolerant of my intolerance of your intolerance? Shouldn’t you tolerate that, since you’re so tolerant?

  8. I have to disagree with the thinking on this. You cannot choose who you love. You cannot choose the way you are. It just isn’t possible. We need to learn to be tolerant of others. We weren’t given a choice. Why punish a person for something they had no say in?

  9. Actually, plenty of us Orthodox Christians are extremely pro-gay-rights, so his statement means less than he probably intended it to. The Orthodox Church is less anti-gay, as a whole, than Roman Catholic or many Protestant variants, so maybe he was going another way with it (though the Russian Church has gotten disappointingly more and more hard-line about things in recent years).

  10. I have to admit that it’s hard for me to watch the discussion about this. Some people spend their whole lives without being able to express who they are because of the repressive weight of society.

    I think it’s wrong that people have to be closeted about their beliefs. And that includes homophobia.

  11. Pavel Datsyuk is brainwashed by the church, and you people are brainwashed by the jewish media, this should be fun.

    • Can someone point me to a link on what exactly the new Russian law is? For some reason I can’t find specifics and I wouldn’t out it past the media to be blowing this thing way out of proportion. As for Datsyuk, I don’t know what people are getting upset about. He is choosing to stay out of this discussion by saying as little as possible. Anyone who is offended by what he says really needs to check themselves. He didn’t wish any malice on anyone, and simply stated his religious affiliation. People need to save their energy for issues and athletes that/who deserve it.

      • From Russian news site RT.com: http://rt.com/news/russia-gay-law-myths-951/

        Basically, you can’t talk to people under 18 about homosexuality, or show that you are homosexual in a public place (holding hands, etc) or you risk being fined.

        Further, that article states that the “The Church is vehemently opposed to homosexuality. Besides standard dismissals of gay behavior as “immoral” and “abnormal”, the Russian Patriarch Kirill recently said that recognizing same-sex couples is “a sign of the Apocalypse”. “

        • Yes these are the beliefs of the Russian state ( and maybe its people ) but we over here in the land that knows everything, and whats right for everyone will cram our morality down their throats until we leave a big wet mess that lingers in the back of said throat.

  12. who cares about someones belief the americans hate muslims (at least 60% of americans) who cares as long as he isnt out there burning gays and lesbians alive who gives a flying shit

  13. Pavel Datsyuk is one of the most hard-working, unselfish, respected players in hockey. He gets badgered into publicly providing an opinion that lines up with the moral views of 99% of people around the world throughout human history, but happens to be unpopular in some parts of the world. And the hate-on begins. When did hockey blogs become so politicized? Why is this news?

    Look, I agree, Russia’s law is a little overreaching. But now there’s talk of boycotting an Olympics? You boycott a Russian Olympics in 1980 because they are a totalitarian communist regime that sends people to death camps and they just invaded Afghanistan without provocation. You don’t boycott a Russian Olympics in 2014 just because gay people in Russia have to be a little less flamboyant than they would like to be.

    I wonder if Datsyuk’s highly-respected personal character has anything to do with being a devout Orthodox Christian….no, that couldn’t possibly be it.

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