From Puck Daddy, via HF Boards & In Goal Mag, this is the back plate on Josh Harding's new mask. As you can see, it honors Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien, and Pavol Demitra. The imagery used on Harding's masks has always been powerful, and once again, Harding shows he is a true class act. For the full story of the mask, please visit the story on Puck Daddy.
Episode five of Becoming Wild is now available for our out of town friends. Please enjoy, and be sure to visit Wild.com/BecomingWild for all of the episodes, plus teasers and out takes.
Two years ago, in August, Ryan Boogaard had a disturbing phone conversation with his older brother. "He was just out of it. He wasn't Derek," Ryan said. "I had no idea what was going on. I hung up, immediately called my parents and said, 'There's something wrong with Derek.'" The same introverted Derek Boogaard was observed at the Minnesota State Fair around the same time. Out to model the Wild's new third jersey, the fun-loving enforcer looked sluggish and unhappy. "A month later," Ryan said, "we found out he was hooked on painkillers." It would be an addiction Derek Boogaard would never beat. On May 13, he died from a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkiller Oxycodone.
In which I help out our friends at Fantasy Hockey Scouts to determine who the breakouts and busts for the Wild will be this season. Last season, my prediction was Guillaume Latendresse. Whoops. For those of you who play fantasy hockey, be sure to check out their Breakout Bible, Fantasy Scouting Report, and other excellent resources, all for purchase at their site. Enjoy.
How does Hockey's Future compare to our Hockey Wilderness reader list? Who's rated too high? Too low?
Our friends over at Icethetics have images of the new sweaters from the Houston Aeros. As they mention, the jerseys look like they are meant to pull the Aeros more inline with the Wild branding, which is a good idea for marketing reasons, as well as to give the taste to the players. Head over and check out the photos, let us know what you think.
From FinnPryde earlier today in the FanShots section comes this video. It is an English language promo for HIFK Helsinki. You may know a guy who plays for them. Maybe not. Either way, enjoy.
Since there isn't much else for us hockey fans to watch in the dead of summer, check out the preview for HIFK Helsinki, the SM-Liiga defending champs. You might notice a few Granlund highlights. Too bad we don't get him for another year.
He was 27