Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

Broke My Hockey Stick

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Dang. Time to cut another one. That one lasted over a year though – not bad.

New OMHA Referee Level 2

Monday, September 15th, 2008

This past Sunday I spent the day in Georgetown upgrading my referee card to a level 2. Of course it had to be the muggiest and hotest day of the summer which was just before hurricane Ike came to town that evening.

This will get me out of house league and doing some rep and travel games.
Looking forward to the new season.

New Skates

Friday, December 28th, 2007

I picked up some new skates from the Burnhamthorpe Hockey Experts store. I ended up spending a little more than I wanted, but I use them enough so it’s worth it.

I’ll be riding in a pair of Mission Fuel 120XPs come the new year. Now I’m looking forward to Friday morning hockey. Even though they have been baked and feel like my current boots I wonder how many blisters I’ll get breaking them in. They are definitely a stiffer boot.

MacGyver Hockey Skate Repair

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Last night my hockey skate blade was loose and I couldn’t tighten it. There are 3 bolts on each of my Mission skates which I bought in the late ’90s.

I played on them last night since there are 2 other bolts still holding the blade in the plastic holder but when I walk “heel to toe” on the rubber mats the steel noticeably moves around instead of just creaking.

Before my game today I took them into a hockey shop near the rink. These guys specialize in hockey. There were a pair of Graf’s on the wall for $750. The younger guy in the shop started talking about drilling out the bolt since it is was just spinning and wouldn’t tighten any more. The problem being that they can’t get any hardware for the skates since they are at least 7 years old.

The shop couldn’t help me so I played on them again. I don’t think they affected me on the ice, but on the bench they sounded bad and I was a little concerned about going over the boards and cracking the steel blade when I landed. I’ve done that before and had them replaced just a year ago now it seems.

On the way to pick up Laurens car at the rental place we stopped off at the Hockey Experts store on Burhamthorpe near Mavis. The guys there took it in, started breaking them down and checking things out. Then they discovered the plastic holder was eaten into by tightening the bolts over and over again. Using a copper rivet and a nylon washer they were able to tighten the bolt down.

It doesn’t quite use a stick of gum, a scuba mask and a lighter, but hopefully it holds out until Christmas time. There should be a new pair of Mission skates on sale with my name on them.

The guys at Hockey Experts were amazing and didn’t charge me a thing for their time and a few pieces of hardware. A great experience even though the floor staff is young the guys behind the counter at the repair shop knew their skates. I’d suggest you visit for your repair and replace needs.

Toronto FC

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Lauren and I went to the Toronto FC game vs. New York Red Bulls at BMO field. It’s at the Exhibition grounds which is right by the lake. There was some interesting weather patterns moving through the area and we were submerged inside a cloud for most of the game. The good news is even though everything was moist there wasn’t any problems seeing the pitch. There isn’t a seat more than 60 to 80 rows back at the field and I don’t think there actually is a bad seat in the house.

I took this neat shot of the field, CN tower and light stand at the game. The fog rolling in off the lake gives it a much softer look.

We had a scotch egg which is a hard boiled egg surrounded with sausage meat, battered and deep fried. Yup, it was as good as it sounded.

Canada Day Fishing

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Lauren and I went up to Trevor and Carly’s “camp” (aka cottage) on a small island north east of Manitoulin Island for the Canada Day long weekend. Trevor kindly played tour guide and outfitter for the weekend captaining the boat and showing us the way to the fish.

The big fishing didn’t happen during the mornings though, but in the mid afternoon. I pulled in a 4lb smallmouth bass by jigging off the dock. It was a bit of a surprise as Jen and I were pulling in little perch and bass, some fish so small they were barely larger than the hook. All of a sudden, Jen, myself and Rich had a bunch of large fish on the lines.

Pictures are found here.

May 24

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

For the Queen’s birthday I’m going to be spending some time in Guelph playing with power tools and helping Grant construct some built in shelves for his apartment storage space.

After that we’re taking his new canoe out onto Guelph Lake to do some fishing. I picked up two new Rapala lures from Canadian Tire – the countdown sinking (CD-9) and the original (F-7). These are my first multi-hook lures (one in the body, one at the tail) which is something to look for when taking the flopping fish off the hook.

Then it’s BBQ time and Sunday night we’re going to go see some fireworks. Perhaps the best part is not working on Monday.

Buffalo Vs Montreal

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

When in Montreal for the software conference I was able to take in a hockey game at the bell centre. I watched the first 10 minutes of the game in my hotel room to see if it was going to be any good then walked down to the bell centre to see if I could get a ticket.

This was my first game at the bell centre, and the first game when I’ve entered the seating area through the gate and was actually able to walk down to my seat instead of climbing up the stairs into the cheap seats.
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San Jose Has The Worst Hockey Fans

Monday, May 15th, 2006

I was watching sports center this morning and the Oilers – Sharks highlights from last night came on. I was confused at first why they would waste air time showing the Canadian national anthem at the beginning of the game — then the booing started.

Sharks fans don’t deserve a game seven. I hope the Oilers wrap it up at home and finish the series.
I wonder how the Canadian players on the San Jose team feel since many hockey players are Canadian to begin with.

I’m sure the media will blow this out of proportion. I was impressed with Craig MacTavish’s comments after the game when asked. He didn’t think much about it, but said he knew the Oiler fans would not boo the American national anthem when the series goes back to Edmonton.

Next thing you know they’ll be flying our flag upside down.

UPDATE: Thanks Mark for pointing out my mis-appropriated hate, the Ducks aren’t that bad a team I guess. ;)

Friday of Productivity

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

Friday was a busy day. I started out with hockey in the morning after a night out at Ned’s with Kurt and some skiers. In the bottom of my hockey bag was my missing iron ring. It must have come off in my hockey glove and ended up in my bag.

After some 4 on 4 hockey – without a sub on the white team – it was back to work where I brought my chili in to heat up for the contest at lunch. 3 people voted for chili number one, 2 for mine and 1 for chili number two. But when the weighted matrix was added up I placed first. Those that liked mine, liked it a lot!

My .Net web services book showed up so I did some reading and then it was off to ZMP for a meeting about some corporate databases and a sub project I’m working on. Not too shaby for a Friday.

Oh, by the way. I’m sick like a dog too.