As many of you may know I play Sled Hockey which is Ice Hockey for disabled people. More specifically people with lower body injuries or deficits, such as Spida Bifida, Scoliosis and other Spinal Cord problems. I'm going into my 4 season on a team named the Grand Rapid Sled Wings. We are in a 5 Team League named the Mid-American Great Lakes Sled Hockey League. We play 5 Tournaments a year each team hosts a tournament from the Months of October through March and our National Disabled Festival is in April. The teams in our league are the Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins (which is a team sponsored by the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins), Ohio United ( a team comprised of a combo of teams from Cincy, Colum, and Cleve.) Fort Wayne/Turnstone Flyers, Michigan Sled Dogs (Fraser, Michigan) and the team I'm on the Grand Rapid Sled Wings. For the past few months this off-season I've decided that I'm going to try to Bulk Up and try to gain some Muscle for my Up-Coming season. I've been working out for 6 years but this summer I've really tried to up my Training and Gain some Muscle Weight and Mass. I've been taking vitamins and supplements to help the cause. Whey Protein, Creating, Glutamine and Branch-Chain Amino Acid. I am one of the few people on my team that can walk and use my lower body as most of my teammates are in a wheelchair. So I have a routine that I go through every week but being that my type of Hockey we use only our upper I've been concentrating on mostly my Upper Body; Arms, Shoulders Chest, Back, and Abs. As I've said that been using some supplements to help me out and I've noticed a few very good differences in using these products and how my preformance has been and I hope that it will translate on the ice this coming season. I try to lift as heavy as I can but due to my heart problems I can only lift a certain amount without causing anymore cardiovascular problems for myself. This thread is to discuss if you play hockey what you do to help get ready for your season so you can play the best you can play. Feel free to share workout-tips or Supplements that you use that have helped you or whatever. What do you do to help yourself get ready for another season of great Hockey action?? Please Share!!
At this point I'd just want to address our Defensive issues right now and hopefully we can land Suter to solve that. It's something like this is why I hate the signings of Tootoo and Samuelsson on Day 1 of Free Agency if it's a money issue we could have had a better chance at getting both of them. Now I'm not so sure with only around $17 Million based on what Cap Geek says we will land even one. If it's just about money than we will lose both of them IMHO but if it's about making a better career choice as to haveing a successfull career and winning a Stanley Cup the Wings should still be one of the top teams in contention for these big-name players. As much as I want Parise we need Suter the most but if they both wanna go to the same team than we may lose both of them and that's a scary thing to think about especially still needing a Big D-Man to replace Liddy and another one to replace Stuart. I personally would rather see Parise either come here go to Minnesota or stay in New Jersey. Philly or Pittsburgh would be just too much for me to handle, though I may have to if it comes down to it. I hope something is decided soon becasue I didn't sleep worth a crap last night and when I did sleep all I could dream about was getting or losing one or both of these players to many more night's like this and I'll be part of the Walking Dead. Let's just get this done and move on.
I'm all for going with a youth movment if we can't who we need. Parise and Suter would be great to have but you've got to realize they are going to be pursued by a lot of teams as well as the teams they are currently on. We defintely need to constantly bring up players from GR and such but it has to be at the righ time. I'm even all for trading for a player that has either gone high in recent previous drafts that could possibly come in right away and help us or trading for a 1st Round Pick this Draft and bringing them up right away. I realize that our system develops players slowly and Holland likes his players over-ripe but forgive me when I say this but Holland is Stail and his way of thinking has been great for us in the past but the League is getting younger and we to try to keep up and do what we can to stay youthful, which I believe will give us a necessary spark on our team. Haven't really looked at the Free Agent Market to know who else is a UFA but if we can't get Parise or Suter I would imagine we could get someone or make a trade, that would be the way I'd go.
I'm sorry please forgive me if I'm being stupid but what the Hell is Holland doing. Why are we trading Brad Stuart's rights for Andrew Murray's rights and a 7th Round Condiotional Draft Pick. What's the point of Andrew Murray and this is Brad Stuart he was very solid on this team; another elite team like the Sharks. We can't get at least a 4th Round Draft Pick that we actually get instead of a 7th Round Cond Pick?? This just sounds to me like we're getting the worst end of this deal. I would think we could get a lot more for Brad Stuart's Rights. I realize they are only rights but this just doesn't sound like a good deal for us. I mean if nother works out than neither team get's anything and what was the point of that. I'm sure that Stuart will most likely sign with SJ so we'll most likely get our 7th Round Draft Pick but do the Wings really need a guy like Andrew Murray? Seems to me like we need more Impact Players and not ones like Murray. Just my opnion take it for what it is, but I'm losing faith in Ken Holland.
For me it's Wake me up when the Summer ends!! September is the start of my favorite time of the year. I'm only truly happy from September 1 till December 25th about 9PM. I'm still watching Hockey I love hockey to much to not want to get as much as I can so I'm definetly still watching the Stanley Cup Finals in hopes that the Kings Win!! I'm also playing NHL 12 for PS3 in the Be A GM Mode. Once the season is completely over I will be anixously awaiting the NHL Awards Show, the NHL Draft, and the Opening of the Free Agent Market on July 1. In between those times than after July 1 right up until September 1 I'll be watching a bunch of old tapes that I've taped off the tv from past years hockey games. I've taped a bunch of Hockey games in the past and the beauty of it is that I seem to forget the results of alot of them so it's like watching it for the firs time. I've taped just little peices of games a to just highlights and entire games. I've taped some Pro Beach Hockey and some ECHL and AHL All-Star Games so I usually try to drown myself in old hockey until the new stuff comes along. I'm also considering going to the Detroit Red Wings Development Camp in July up in Traverse City ans well as going to the NHL Prospect Camp and Detroit Red Wings Training Camp in September as always. I'm always in my driveway in the summer shooting at my net plus I just got my very own Sled for Sled Hockey so I'll be spending a ton of time at the rink trying to get better and prepare for the coming Sled Hockey Season. Oh and I'm also always looking to help my coaches make the schedule for the up-coming season so I'm always trying to make contacts with as many Michigan teams as possible to maybe get a game or event scheduled for the up-coming season(s). I hate just about everything about summer so I really try to keep myself emersed in Hockey all year long.
IMO NO to Oshie or Kane. Let's go after Parise and Suter and see who we can bring up from GR. Maybe we can even make a couple trades at the Draft and get a couple good picks and maybe a 1st round pick back.
I have to say this is quite a suprise but I do recall hearing rumors about him possibly wanting to be traded out of Boston. I don't know how true it is but I did hear it from a couple different sources, perhaps that has something to do with his decision to take next season off. Whatever the reason I hope all is well with him and he returns to the NHL soon.
This was going to happen sooner or later and I for one am glad it happened sooner. Yes we will have to find a suitable replacement for him and that will not be easy at all and I hate to say it I'm losing my confidence in Kenny Holland as a GM to get players in here that can get us back to the Cup. It's better to happen now while he can leave on a semi-positve note that he didn't stay and become a liabilty to our team like we've seen in the past he's leaving knowing he game his best and did all the could to contirbute to the team. We will now have the space to go after some big-name UFA's that can provide a youth injection to our roster which I think is what we need. I still have faith that our newer younger players like Mursak, Emmerton, and Kindl as well as Smith and Nyquist will get better in the years to come given they get ample ice-time to improve their skills. Obviously I want the Wings to get back to the Cup ASAP but it may take a bit longer to gather a team with the right chemistry and nucleas to do so. This is a changing of the gaurds but it doesn't have to be a bad thing. I'm anxious to see what is to come.
I have to admit that I didn't not see this being a sweep. I mean I knew if LA could beat Van and they were the best team in the Regular season than they could easily beat the #2 seed as long as they played as hard as they did against the Canucks. It was a great effort for the Kings. Hopefully if all goes well it will be LA and Phx in the Conference Finals. As far as that goes I hope the Coyotes can come out on top especially since I was hoping it was Stl Vs NYR in the Cup Finals with New York Winning the Cup. Hopefully it will be PHX and NYR IMO and I'd still be rooting for the Rangers but it wouldn't break my heart if th Yotes did win and Shane Doan got his Cup. Nice Work Kings!!