Saturday, October 13, 2012

Minnesota Wild Best Jersey in Minnesota Tournament Update

Thanks to everyone who voted for our nomination of the Warroad Warriors jersey in the Minnesota Wild's Best Jersey in Minnesota Contest . Without your support we never would have made it as far as we did.

In the end, we came up short of our ultimate goal of winning the distinction as the best jersey for Warroad, but a fine runner up result shows that our choice was indeed a good one, as we survived a large field of choices to make to the final two.

We still believe that it is the classic hockey sweater with it's great colors, stylish vertically arched lettering and iconic Indian head logo, which combine for a perfect look.

Thanks again for following along throughout the contest and for your votes as well.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Minnesota Wild Best Jersey in Minnesota Tournament - FINALS!

We are thrilled to update you with the news that our nomination of the Warroad Warriors jersey has now made it into the FINALS the Minnesota Wild's Best Jersey in Minnesota Contest thanks to your continued support in the voting!

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Click the image to vote!

Since the voting begins anew with each round's new pairing, for one final time, we again need your help to bring Warroad home at the winner!


Not only do we believe that this is the classic hockey sweater with it's striking and intimidating colors, but the stylish vertically arched lettering and iconic Indian head logo, designed and approved by the local Ojibwe tribe, only add to this perfect look. Plus, a vote for Warroad, just five miles from the Canadian border on the shore of Lake of the Woods, is a vote for old-time, play-all-day-until-mom-calls-you-home-for-dinner pond hockey with your buddies.

To vote for the Warroad jersey, please go to the voting page on Wild.com and scroll down to see the parings where you will have another opportunity to help us get Warroad the title is so richly deserves! 

The winner will be announced on Friday, October 12th, so we need your vote today and again tomorrow because you can vote as many times as you like!


In this round we are paired with the Cloquet Lumberjacks jersey, which has an awful purple and gold color scheme with the most morose looking lumberjack in the history of Minnesota. Seriously, that dude looks completely depressed! How could that jersey have even made it this far? So do the right thing, and elect Warroad's classic black and gold indian head logo as the BEST JERSEY IN MINNESOTA!

2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan Jersey

Born on this date in 1976, Shane Doan was originally drafted by the franchise in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft with the seventh overall pick when they were still the Winnipeg Jets and he is the last remaining Coyote to have played for the Jets.


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Doan entered the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets

After relocating to Phoenix in time for the 1996-97 season, Doan worked to establish a regular spot in the lineup and, after a stint in the minors in 1997-98, has spent the remainder of his career exclusively with Phoenix in the NHL.


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Doan wearing the Coyotes highly unusual green alternate jersey

Offensively he has become a steady goal producer, having scored at least 20 goals for nine consecutive seasons, with his highest season total being 31, just last year. 2007-08 saw him reach his highest point total with 78 on 28 goals and a career high 50 assists.

Doan was named captain of the Coyotes in 2003-04 and later that season made his first NHL All-Star Game appearance. His second All-Star appearance came in 2009.


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Doan as captain of the Coyotes

In addition to his play for the Coyotes, Doan has also made a number of appearances for Team Canada, beginning with the 1999 World Championships. Since then he has won two World Championship silver medals in 2005 and 2008 and a pair of golds in 2003 and then again in 2007 while he was team captain. During the 2007 tournament he would register a hat trick against Belarus in just 6 minutes and 25 seconds.


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Doan captained Canada to gold at the 2007 World Championships

Doan also was a member of Team Canada in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and has the distinction of scoring the game winning goal versus Finland in the gold medal game.

Today's featured jersey is a 2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan jersey. This jersey was worn during the Los Angeles season opener on October 9, 2002 when the Kings retired Wayne Gretzky's #99 as evidenced by the #99 patch on the upper right chest worn to commemorate the occasion.

This style jersey was worn by the Coyotes beginning with their first season in Phoenix in 1996-97 through 2002-03 and was a polarizing design, as many fans and collectors either embraced the unusual cubist logo, southwestern inspired striping and unique color palette or were as equally repulsed by those same qualities.

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Bonus jersey: Today's bonus jersey is a 2006-07 Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan jersey that features the "Decade in the Desert" patch worn to celebrate the Coyotes 10th season in Phoenix after relocating from Winnipeg.

The jerseys are much more simplified than their predecessors and have been said to have drawn their inspiration from the old Soviet National Team jerseys of 1972.

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Plenty of video today. First up is a nice tribute to Shane Doan with a lot of goals and some of the rough stuff followed by another very well done tribute which covers more of his international career.



Next is a recent interview with Shane Doan from this summer covering several current topics, including the Coyotes current relocation situation and steroids.


Here is a crazy situation where the Flames have a possible goal scored, but play continues nearly two full minutes until Doan scores for Phoenix, causing the officials to have to go back and check the closest replay call we've ever seen to determine if Calgary's possible goal would negate Doan's! You won't believe how close the call is on the Calgary goal.


Last up today is the announcement of Doan being named the Coyotes captain in 2003 followed by an interview with him after being named captain of Team Canada for the 2007 World Championships.



Ok, ok. One more just because it's his birthday, a humorous TV commercial for a bank featuring Shane.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Minnesota Wild Best Jersey in Minnesota Tournament - Semifinals Round 4

We are happy to update you with the news that our nomination of the Warroad Warriors jersey has once again advanced in the Minnesota Wild's Best Jersey in Minnesota Contest and is now into the Semifinals as one of the final 4 jerseys thanks to your continued support in the voting!

Warroad Warriors 2001-2008 jersey photo WarroadWarriors2001-2008F.jpg
Click the image to vote!

Since the voting begins anew with each round's new pairing, we once again need your help to keep going forward! Not only do we believe that this is the classic hockey sweater with it's striking and intimidating colors, but the stylish vertically arched lettering and iconic Indian head logo, designed and approved by the local Ojibwe tribe, only add to this perfect look. Plus, a vote for Warroad, just five miles from the Canadian border on the shore of Lake of the Woods, is a vote for old-time, play-all-day-until-mom-calls-you-home-for-dinner pond hockey with your buddies.

To vote for the Warroad jersey, please go to the voting page on Wild.com and scroll down to see the parings where you will have another opportunity to help us get Warroad into the finals, which will be announced on Wednesday, October 10th, so we need your vote today and again tomorrow.



In this round we are paired with the Minnesota Moose, a jersey with the poor choices of forest green and purple side by side, colors so dark you can't tell there's two of them, so do the right thing, and send Warroad's classic black and gold indian head logo on to the finals as one of the last two!

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Click the image to vote!

2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets Lyle Odelein Jersey

Christopher Columbus left on his first voyage of exploration seeking a westerly route to southeast Asia on August 3, 1492 from Spain with three ships, the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, on a voyage which would first take him to the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa for supplies and repairs. This was followed by a five week voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, arriving in what is now The Bahamas near Florida and Cuba on October 12, 1492. In the United States, Columbus Day is now celebrated on the second Monday in October, which is today, October 8th, 2012.

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Christopher Columbus

Columbus continued to explore the region through the middle of January before returning to first Portugal and then Spain, having believed he had been in the East Indies off of southeast Asia the entire time, having both underestimated the size of the Earth and overestimated the size of Asia, partly due to different systems of measurement in use during his time, despite scholars having calculated the size of Earth as far back as 300 BC, 1800 years earlier,

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The world as it was known in the time of Columbus.
The land mass in the lower left is Antarctica.

He returned to colonize the region during his second voyage in late 1493, still believing that Cuba was a peninsula of the Asian continent, and made his third trip in 1498, which included his first stop on the mainland of South America. His fourth and final voyage took place in 1502, which included extensive exploration of the east coast of southern Central America. With his ships battered by storms and attacks by the natives, Columbus and his men were eventually stranded on Jamaica for a year before aid eventually arrive. He and his crew were finally able to return to Spain where he died on May 20, 1506 at the estimated age of 54.

While the North and South American continents were eventually named after Italian Amerigo Vespucci, Columbus was honored as a founding figure of the New World and many places were named either "Columbia" or "Columbus" in his honor following the American Revolution in the 1770's, including the District of Columbia, Columbia, the capital city of South Carolina, and the capital of Ohio, Columbus, which is now home to the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL.

Columbus Day became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937 in part due to the efforts of the fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus, although Columbus' arrival has been celebrated back to colonial times. It's particularly popular among Italian-Americans who see it as a celebration of their heritage, which dates back to 1866 in New York City.

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The New York City Columbus Day Parade

In recent times, opposition has arisen to Columbus Day, as Columbus has come under not only criticism for his treatment of the indigenous people he personally encountered, but also due to his becoming symbolic of the devastating diseases brought to the New World by the Europeans and the treatment and genocide of the local populations by the Europeans who colonized the American continents following his arrival, despite Columbus never having stepped foot on the North American mainland.

The Columbus NHL franchise, founded in 2000, selected the name "Blue Jackets", a nickname for the Union soldiers in the Civil War, to honor the contributions made by the state of Ohio during the war, which included Ohio contributing more of it's population to the Union Army than any other state and the fact that many of the Union uniforms were manufactured in Columbus.

Life for the Blue Jackets in the NHL has been a rough go, as they finished last in the Central Division in each of it's first three seasons and averaging only 69 points in it's first seven seasons, missing the playoffs each time out.

After a 92 point season in 2008-09, the Blue Jackets made the playoffs for the only time in franchise history, only to be swept in four games by the Detroit Red Wings. That glimmer of hope was subsequently dashed as the franchise sank back to the depths of last place with 65 points in 2011-12, which was then followed by losing the draft lottery and missing out on the first overall pick in 2012.

The franchise's all-time leading scorer by far is Rick Nash, who arrived in time for the 2002-03 season after being drafted #1 overall in the 2002 Entry Draft. His 547 points are currently 230 more than David Vyborny and 349 more than third place R. J. Umberger's 198! Nash tied for the league lead in goals with 41 during the 2003-04 season, earning a share of the Rocket Richard Trophy. Goaltender Steve Mason earned the Calder Memorial Trophy for his stellar debut season in 2008-09.

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The former face of the Blue Jackets franchise, Rick Nash

Today's featured jersey is a 2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets Lyle Odelein jersey. It features the Blue Jackets Inaugural Season patch, as well as one of our custom made Hockey Fights Cancer patches. Odelein was selected by the Blue Jackets in the 2000 expansion draft and later named the first captain of the franchise.

The Hockey Fights Cancer patch was first worn by the captain of each team for one game only in January of 2001. The patches from 2001 do not carry the date, as they did in the subsequent three years of the program. Each specially patched game worn jersey would then be auctioned off for charity as part of the festivities at that year's NHL All-Star Game to raise money for cancer research.

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Today's video section begins with highlights of the Columbus Blue Jackets in action.


Next up, the basics of the Christopher Columbus story as told by a real cool hep-cat.


 

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