It’s nearly 6 a.m. EST on Sunday morning, but staying up was worth it to post this simple message on Backhand Shelf:
THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE IS BACK.
Again: The NHL is back.
That felt glorious to type, twice. Sunday, Monday, we’ll have all the news and previews for you (in article and podcast form), but the most important thing is that life for hockey fans is back to how they know it. I’m genuinely happy for you. (…Okay, “us.”)
Kudos to those of you who were optimistic the whole time like me, and to those of you who were pessimistic….kudos for being realistic. As I said, more on this tomorrow, but for now, again, let’s settle on this piece of simplicity:
Brianna Decker is a senior at the University of Wisconsin. She captains the women’s hockey team, and holy hell did she score a sick goal this weekend.
I’ll spare the two defenders an advanced “Systems Analyst” breakdown, as I’m pretty sure your average hockey fan is aware what went awry there. First girl is caught outside the dots, pivots to forwards(?), and the other almost backs into the crease. We’ll leave it there.
STILL! You can only play the players you’re playing, and that shouldn’t take away from Decker’s nasty double toe-pull-to-low-blocker-snipe.
I’ve berated you with gloom and sadness today — Gary Bettman & Teemu Selanne retiring are worthy of emotional Nicolas Cage — so I’ll take this moment during the mid-afternoon to provide you with something uplifting today.
If you are Canadian it will make you cry. If you’re American, you’ll be mildly bitter, but still get chills. If you’re a fan of anything, you will appreciate this deeply. Read the rest of this entry »