a terrible blight on our fine country
Please recall last week when former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Mike Comrie(notes), 30, announced his NHL career is on hold until his injured hip is properly healed. "I will return to the NHL when I am healthy and able to play at the level I have come to expect of myself," said the free agent, through the NHLPA.
Turns out there's another reason to hang at home for a bit: Comrie's wife, actress and singer Hilary Duff, is pregnant with the couple's first child. And nothing says "injury rehab" like "no, honey, I said I wanted Chunky Monkey not Cherry Garcia. Back to the Safeway!"
Congrats to them!
EDIT: For the football-centric folk, a few things about Mike's time at Michigan
- 1999: CCHA All-Rookie Team
- 1999: CCHA All-Star Game
- 1999: CCHA Rookie of the Year
- 2000: CCHA All-Star Game
- 2000: Hobey Baker Finalist
|1998-99||U. of Michigan||CCHA||42||19||25||44||38||19|
|1999-00||U. of Michigan||CCHA||40||24||35||59||95||19|
After some speculation earlier this summer with a supposed announcement being called off at the last minute, there are reports that a press conference at 2 PM today at Progressive Field will announce a Michigan/OSU outdoor game played at Progressive Field on Jan. 15, 2012. Maybe the Tigers will be on hand to watch the presser?
Link to the USCHO article here http://www.uscho.com/2011/08/11/ohio-state-michigan-outdoor-game-to-be-o...
M Downing shaking hands pregame. Taller than all the refs... nice.
I had the pleasure of attending the U17 5 nations tournament last night in A2. Team USA's captain is the newest UM hockey commit Michael Downing. He is every bit as big as advertised, just needs to fill out a bit, which will not be an issue as he only recently turned 16.
In his own zone, he was physical showing a quick stick and a bit of a nastiness to his game. His break out was good, both passing and skating, will just need to improve on the quickness of his decisions in this area as he move up competition. His skating was very good and he used it to jump into the offensive rush on several occasions. He was part of the first PP unit and scored a PP goal as he crashed the net, grabbed a rebound, made a move and roofed it from in tight. Showed some real nice hands for a big kid and a Defense man at that. Did all that
In short, I was very impressed with the kids game and size. And the coaches must be impressed with some intangibles to have named him captain. To my untrained eye UM is getting (please no more defections) a very good one.
I was also impressed with a couple other kids. Big forward Michael Turner showed great hands, with decent skating - this look to be a little awkward maybe due to recent growth spurt? But when he fills out and gets his feet under him, he will be tough to stop.
Adam Erne was also very good. Always seemed to be around the net with a good control on the puck. Another kid with some size, seems to have grown into it a little quicker than Turner.
The Goaltender Demko was top notch. Big kid, stayed square to shooters, only let one in. Was very good at controlling the puck for the most part, smothering it when needed, kicking it way out or deflecting it up into the netting. i think he was 6-3.. little different look than UM has currently.
Lastly, my favorite kid to watch was Daniel Vanderwiel. A little shorter, but very well built and loved to use it. Several nice open ice hits, rubbed guys out along the boards. Was very physical all game long. The Czech players were looking out for him all game. Just has to do a better job of controlling the puck once he crushes the puck carrier and holding it along the boards, then you might have a little Tkachuk on your hands.
Saw a ton of NCAA coaches there including Billy Powers. Hopefully he was making some inroads with a few of the other kids.
UPDATED: Thanks folks, I'm going to end the search now, though. I have emails out to a few people and I'm going to cap it. Thanks again.
My new job has made me realize that I am just god awful with computers. I have seen some of the best photoshop work right here on this site. Maybe you have some extra time on your hands? Here's a chance to help me market an actual professional athlete. Here is what I need:
- Help with editing a wikipedia page, specifically uploading pictures.
- Creating kickass photoshop jobs relating to this particular athlete. They have to be professional looking, so only volunteer if you are very good at it.
If I deem your attempt to be good, you will receive:
- I will immediately give you $50 through paypal for your photoshop efforts.
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I have seen threads here about the possibility of an Mgo-job-board. Well, here is a chance to do something that probably comes easy to you and get something in return. If you are very good, there is a good chance I will use you again.
However, please note that by agreeing to this, you forfeit the rights of your work to me. Also, this will be done behind the scenes of mgoblog, so whoever I choose will need to post their email in this thread and then I will contact you.
Hopefully this is within the rules of this board, if not, mods do with it what you will. For now, pick any athlete, make a sweet photoshop picture and post it here, then I will choose from there. Think the Barry Sanders billboard that used to be in Detroit, that is the type of thing I'm looking for.
Is anyone aware of options Red is exploring to fill the recruiting void at goalie? Seems like a program like Michigan would have a few viable options even this late in the game. Was Gibson defecting that unexpected since he already de-committed from our "favorite" school.
I will be visiting my home state of Michigan in October and was looking at going to a Michigan hockey game with my wife. I can't seem to find out when individual tickets go on sale for the 2011-2012 season. Any help? MgoBlue just has info on the 2010-2011 season.