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Lord Stanley

Lord Stanley by Sydney Marsh
bronze, granite
8'H (2.4m)

Stanley Park
Vancouver, British Columbia

Stanley Park is named for Lord Stanley of Preston, Governor General of Canada in 1888 when the park was officially opened.

The Stanley Cup, notably the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America, was donated in 1892 by Lord Stanley. He purchased the trophy for 10 Guineas ($50.00 at that time) to be presented to "the championship hockey club of the Dominion of Canada." The first team ever awarded the Stanley Cup was the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association in 1893.

Les Habs

Jan. 27th, 2009 12:04 am
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100 years of Canadiens hockey! :)

Les Habs

In Memory

Jun. 1st, 2008 02:53 am
piscesdreams: (goalie)
A memorial was set up at pillar by GM Place to remember Vancouver Canucks' promising young defenceman, Luc Bourdon. He tragically passed away in a motorcycle accident near his hometown.

Luc Bourdon
(February 16, 1987 – May 29, 2008)
Thanks for all the memories...

In Memory
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General Motors Place
Vancouver, British Columbia

Stretching Circle

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Obligatory end of season group photo.

Last Game of the Season
piscesdreams: (goalie)
No... I don't play for the Canucks... :P

Richmond Ice Center

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I am soo lucky. Peter Smith, the person who made my goalie pads, just raised his prices today. The price of my pads have gone up by $100USD. I knew his prices were amazingly low for such a very high quality product... and they are all custom-made. I am so lucky I didn't wait too long to order them. Whew.
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My new goalie pads have finally been finished and I've been told it will be shipped out after the long American weekend. Finally... after 10 weeks. My sister will be receiving them in Seattle and bringing them back for me.

I can't wait until ice hockey season starts up again. I'll look soo snazzy as I dig those pucks out from the back of the net! :P

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I now have a large, puck-shaped bruise under the hollow of my throat. The shot just somehow went under my hanging throat protector. I thought my chest pad covered that area. Since this is the second time it has happened, I guess I should look into a padded collar.

I was playing really good for the first half until a play where I quickly cut across to catch a passed shot. Everyone thought I caught it and so did I until I looked into my glove. It was empty and the puck was sitting behind my leg just over the goal line. I lied that it didn't go in. :P
I felt so guilty about lying and felt so flustered that I played terribly for the rest of the evening. I'm such a bad fibber.

The screens appeared again. I'm really going to put my anti-screen plans into action in the next game.

The ferret sleeps a lot. It has continued to ignore the litterbox and use my hallway instead. At least it isn't using my carpeted area. I'm also don't have to clean the litterbox but I'm sure using up a lot of toilet paper to clean up!
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I'm home, dinner is almost ready and it's time for me to watch the Canada/Russia Olympics hockey game that I came home earlier from work to videotape! Everyone at work knew I wanted a blackout on any talk about the results of the game around me. However, i received an email from someone that revealed the outcome. :(

I'm still going to watch it and keep myself in denial about ever having a glimpse of that email.

Edit: Go Finland.
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I had a very good hockey game on the weekend. I think I made some breakthroughs in the way I play. The score was unusually low as the other goalie had a good game as well. It was fitting that it ended up in a tie. I was so focussed that the game was over before I knew it. I do have a deep bruise on my chest near my sternum. A slapshot snuck between the bottom of my mask and my chest protector during the warmups and got me good. Any lateral movements with my arms and shoulders have been met with a sharp little pain. I'm hoping that I recover enough to play without pain next week.

I have been doing some research and have come to a point where I have to consider getting new goalie leg pads. I have been using my current ones for almost 15 years now. I love them but they are fairly heavy and my style of play has evolved to a method my pads were not designed for. The weight of my pads and the way my legs have adapted them into my play is placing extreme stress on my hips. There have been days that I have had trouble getting up or even walking because of the pain and soreness the morning after a game. I have been looking at a new pair that are lighter and reduce the stress on one's legs because of their design. They are also designed for my style of play. Unfortunately, they are also very expensive. Motorcycle season is also coming up in a few months so I have to make sure I have enough money to insure my bike.

So, I have to decide if I should take the plunge and get a new set of pads that would likely prolong my ice hockey career. I can still play in my current pads but the new ones would be better for my legs and hips. My performance would also likely improve since the new ones are designed for my playing style. I just don't know if I can afford or justify spending such a large mount of money, especially since I am already pretty tight with my budget. If i decide to get the new pads, I probably won't get them until next season anyway as they're custom-made and take about 2 months to complete.

Or I can just play less or even stop playing after another year or two before I really develop serious hip problems.
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I picked up the tickets yesterday and I'll be taking my brother out to another one of William Jan's multi-media shows tonight. This one will be about his trip to South America. I have been to two of them in the past and have enjoyed them immensely. He is a very good storyteller and puts together interesting photos & video clips from his travel adventures. I love the fact that he socializes and gets to know the locals at the places he visits. I am quite inspired by him and his approach to travel has had quite an influence on me.

I am feeling the results from playing hockey last night. My muscles are sore but that's nothing new after playing. I twisted my knee at the start of the game and it even locked for a moment. It did not affect my play at all but it's feeling tender now. I also have a bruise at the top of that knee after a slapshot snuck through my pads and hit me there. I had one of my best games last night. It was nice having the players compliment me on my performance after it was over and in the change room. I think it only looked like I was playing well because things were bouncing my way for once. There were also a lot of new players who were really good. Some of them played defence for me and cleared all the rebounds after I stopped the shots. But then again, I've been working hard and fixing all the weak parts in my play so it's probably paying off.

Since I'm up so late at night waiting for the andrenaline to wear off after playing hockey, I put that time to good use by doing my laundry. I keep bumping into this elderly Asian couple in the laundry room. We have gotten used to seeing each other every Sunday morning but I still find it odd that a couple like them are up at 3-4AM doing their laundry.
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The day started off earlier than it probably should as I had just played a hockey game and didn't get to bed until 2:30 because of the adrenalin that was still in my system. I was still making saves in my sleep... :P

After getting through a lot of construction work, I met up with SovietNimrod's better half for a ride around town. It had been a long time since I rode for fun as I was using my motorcycle for commuting all season. Bug was very good company and I was impressed to see her improvements throughout the day. I was fortunate that she had her cell phone when I had to call BCAA to jumpstart my dead battery when I accidentally left my headlight on at a stop we made.

I had a relaxing, fun ride and most importantly, Bug returned safe and sound to her hubby.


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