Monday, January 15, 2007


Random Bric-a-Brac

A random grab-bag of assorted stuff...

1. Joeri @ Eurohockey sent me a link to a story about SC Bern and SCL Tigers playing a hockey game in a soccer stadium.

They broke a European record with an attendance of 30,076 fans, who watched Bern beat the Tigers by a 5-2 score. There were some ex-NHLers in the game, with Christian Dube getting 3 assists, and Christian Berglund and Simon Gamache each notching 2 points.

2. To say that Marc Chouinard has been a tremendous bust for the Vancouver Canucks is to understate the obvious. He's below 50% on face-offs, which is supposed to be his best attribute. He's slow, clumsy, ineffective offensively, and has a rather poor work ethic for a 'role player'.

If you ever needed proof of Jacques Lemaire's coaching ability, just look at Chouinard's career stats.

Year Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM
00-01 ANH 44 3 4 7 -5 12
01-02 ANH 45 4 5 9 2 10
02-03 ANH 70 3 4 7 -9 40
03-04 MIN 45 11 10 21 4 17
05-06 MIN 74 14 16 30 1 34
06-07 VAN 31 1 2 3 -2 6
Career 309 36 41 77 -9 119

Somehow, Lemaire coaxed two pretty useful seasons out of Chouinard. The rest of Marc's career has been atrocious.

3. Marek Malik's amazing shootout goal last season was beautiful, but it wasn't the first time that such a goal had ever been scored.

His inspiration? Robert Kysela, a well-known Czech Extraliga veteran who pulled this move out of his hat in 2001.

This wasn't some meaningless post-game shootout for a bonus point, either. No, this was a playoff game (First Round match-up) pitting Litvinov against evil Sparta Praha. Kysela had a regulation time penalty shot against Petr Briza and made a name for himself with one of the more amazing goals in league history.

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Holy shit, right under the bar too yet! Wow.
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