Hope everybody out there had a Happy Halloween without the NHL because now we’re on to November. We’ll take one look back at some spectacular hockey-themed costumers for Halloween including mini-Herb Brooks and close-to-life-size Mike Eruzione.
Great costumes are born from great opportunity. 🇺🇸🙌 pic.twitter.com/rI862uzAwl
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) October 31, 2020
Speaking of the Miracle on ice, look what this San Jose Sharks did combining Halloween decorations with a scene from the movie about the 1980 US Olympic team. That’s amazing. As we wrote about earlier this weekend, the Bruins players were fully invested in Halloween and did a great job dressing up like Sesame Street characters while entertaining some kids at local Boston hospitals earlier this week. The sense of community and giving really never goes away from hockey players even if they are uncharacteristically in the offseason at Halloween-time for the first time, probably, in their lives.
Let’s all hope that by this time next month we have a start date for the 2020-21 NHL season, are a few weeks away from training camp and can fell the hockey juices flowing while getting through the “dark winter” portion of this COVID-19 pandemic.
Now on to the hockey links:
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Kingerski has a daily double over at PHN with an early look at the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft and a mailbag answering all of the burning Pittsburgh Penguins questions out there. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*Excellent piece from fellow FOH Kevin Paul DuPont over at the Boston Globe about the legacy of Travis Roy. I agree with the sentiment that he ended up touching so many more lives in his 45 years than he probably would have had he simply been a hockey player. (Boston Globe)
*It’s really cool to see the recognition that Val James has received lately as the first US-born hockey player to break the NHL’s color barrier after Willie O’Ree did it for Canadians. (NHL.com)
*Ryan Clark looks at the many hurdles that Mitchell Miller faces to get to the NHL after both the Arizona Coyotes and the University of North Dakota have cut ties with him. My advice to him: Start with an apology to the kid you terrorized, and to his family. Until you do that, nobody is going to buy your apologies as anything more than quid pro quo actions for your hockey career. I really wonder where Miller’s family was in all of this. If you knew your kid did something like that, how is a personal apology not the first thing you make a kid do after bullying another boy? (The Athletic)
*FOH Adrian Dater continues to be on the trail of the third jersey for the Avalanche, which has been slowly getting revealed through the Instagram accounts of some of the Colorado players. (Colorado Hockey Now)
*Looking for some hot fantasy hockey tips headed into the new season? Well, look no further. (Dobber Hockey)
*For something completely different: Love the SNL choice of Dave Chappelle to host the first Saturday Night Live following the presidential election after he was the first host following Trump’s election four years ago. Something tells me he’s going to be a lot less subdued than he was the last time regardless of what happens on Tuesday. (Rolling Stone)