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#2263005 Bethann Salei: Her heart goes on

Posted by jeff48109 on 26 February 2012 - 12:49 PM

Bethann Salei: Her heart goes on

He was certain his papa was still looking down on him now, as certain as he was before that airplane took off and, despite never getting high enough off the ground, still landed in heaven.

Daddy was watching from above back then, too. He knew it. Why else would Mama have told her little boy to smile his biggest smile into the camera and wave?

Sitting on the other side of the world, Ruslan Salei would wave back at his laptop screen, his eyes and his heart having returned home again even as his body and his tomorrows remained in Russia.

Mama never really had cared if her little boy played hockey. That was her husband's life, Bethann Salei always figured, and a 4-year-old shouldn't have to worry about doing anything more than being a 4-year-old.

But everything changed in September when that plane fell from the Yaroslavl sky, taking 44 of the 45 souls onboard. Now, it mattered. The game mattered. Hockey mattered. A father's memory depended on it.

So, to get little Aleksandro back on the ice after the accident, after he had decided he didn't want to play the game anymore if his papa couldn't play the game anymore, Bethann had to bribe him.

With a balloon.

Every day before practice, for three weeks, they would stop at Pavilions, buy two balloons one for Aleksandro and one for his sister, Alexis go outside, allow the strings to slip through their hands, tickling their tiny fingers, and watch as the balloons floated away.

Higher and higher and higher still, until finally disappearing.

"It's gone, mama," Aleksandro would say then. "Papa caught it."




#2259017 2/19 GDT : Sharks 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by jeff48109 on 19 February 2012 - 03:29 PM

This is why you don't read other teams' message boards after losses.


why not? i find it amusing :yowza:


#2258497 2/19 GDT : Sharks 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by jeff48109 on 19 February 2012 - 12:28 PM

Ken Daniels calling the game?


according to HF boards, yes. thank goodness no edzo


#2258116 2/17 GDT : Predators 1 at Red Wings 2

Posted by jeff48109 on 17 February 2012 - 09:59 PM

OH MY DATSYUK!!!


#2257162 Blackhawks' Losing Streak: Nine Games and Counting

Posted by jeff48109 on 15 February 2012 - 12:46 PM

i wonder what our favorite Eddie Olcyzk has to say? i thought Duncan keith is the best damned dman in the league???


#2256812 2/14 GDT : Stars 1 at Red Wings 3

Posted by jeff48109 on 14 February 2012 - 08:47 PM

there's ott lol


#2255295 Joe Thornton... class act

Posted by jeff48109 on 11 February 2012 - 07:52 PM

my question is, why do most commentators call joe thornton a class act? based on what?


#2252241 2/4 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Oilers 5 (SO)

Posted by jeff48109 on 04 February 2012 - 10:39 PM

our enforcer is doing really well


#2250092 ASG Draft

Posted by jeff48109 on 26 January 2012 - 08:14 PM

Alyonka Larionov!


#2249243 1/25 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Canadiens 7

Posted by jeff48109 on 25 January 2012 - 10:57 AM

looks like our favorites, Edzo and Pierre, will be calling the game

Your NHL National TV Schedule for the Week of January 23

Wednesday, January 25
Detroit vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m. ET
National TV (US): NBCSp
Play by Play: Dave Strader
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire




#2247474 1/19 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Coyotes 2 (SO)

Posted by jeff48109 on 19 January 2012 - 11:45 PM

bert's spin-o-rama!


#2246801 1/17 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Dallas Stars 2 (SO)

Posted by jeff48109 on 18 January 2012 - 11:18 AM

When it comes to Hwipping boys, any Wings forum in general is a bad place for a fair evaluation because they're great outlets for fans to unleash their irrational thoughts and behaviors.


2 subjects make men irrational: hot women and sports.


#2243224 1/8 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Blackhawks 2 (OT)

Posted by jeff48109 on 08 January 2012 - 10:07 PM

did you all hear Edzo's reaction when dats scored??? lol


#2239785 12/30 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Blackhawks 3

Posted by jeff48109 on 30 December 2011 - 10:21 AM

1st unit doesn't get any better than toews, kane, hossa, sharp and keith.


you mean the core?


#2236996 Turris speculation

Posted by jeff48109 on 18 December 2011 - 05:19 AM

Because he's horribly inconsistent. For every 10 games where he puts up points, he goes 10 more where he isn't even visible on the ice.


how many wingers with a cap hit of less than $3 million are consistent?