From long johns to Speedos

We had a terrific time in Regina at the Heritage Classic — free tuques, a handshake from Lanny McDonald and prairie hospitality were the runaway highlights — last weekend and then went our separate ways.

Mike (aka Dump) went from long johns in the wintry Saskatchewan capital to a Speedo in warm, sunny California while covering the Jets on their latest road this week. As usual, the off-ice news never ends for this soap opera of an NHL team (i.e. the Dustin Byfuglien surgery).

Meanwhile, Jay (aka Chase) also headed west but stayed on this side of the border, enjoying some time off with Mrs. Chase in stunning Vancouver.

Divided by geography but sharing the same time zone, we were able to tag-team the production of our latest instalment of hockey horseplay. Enjoy.

Pre-game warmup

We got a chuckle the other day watching a pair of Vancouver Canucks teammates try to get each other pumped up during the pre-game warmup.

There’s no question hockey players are a different breed, and the shenanigans between Brock Boeser and Jay Beagle are something to behold.

It’s a lot easier to have fun when things are going well, and that’s certainly the case right now for the Canucks. They have a record of 8-3-1 — including 8-1-1 in the past 10 games — and are one of the early surprises of the NHL so far.

To be fair, this is pretty similar to how Dump and Chase get themselves ready to write the column every week!


Teamwork makes the dream work.

And this minor hockey squad served up a prime example of that the other day when the Zamboni flooding their ice surface suffered an unexpected breakdown.

Never fear, these girls were here. 

First period

Uh oh – the city of Washington just won another championship and Alex Ovechkin is ready to party. 

We’ve seen this movie before, of course. And it was glorious, with the Capitals captain embarking on a summer-long celebration following the 2017-18 Stanley Cup win. 

And now, following the Nationals World Series victory on Wednesday night, it seems as if Ovechkin is ready for a sequel. 

The Great Eight may want to pace himself. Unlike last time, he’s in the middle of a hockey season right now and the Capitals probably hope he conserves as much energy as possible.


The Winnipeg Jets had some fun in the great outdoors last weekend, making the most of the Heritage Classic festivities in Regina. 

Goalie Laurent Brossoit was a good sport in strapping a Go-Pro to his mask, allowing everyone to see what the outdoor practice at Mosaic Stadium looked like from his perspective. 

The cameo from Jack Roslovic is our favourite part. 


But not everyone enjoyed seeing the Jets and Flames lock up on Saturday night.

The best thing about this parody account is that they only follow two other Twitter users: the Winnipeg Jets, and U-Haul. Cheeky.

Second period

You may have seen the other day that Apple released a brand new batch of emojis, covering a huge swatch of subjects and themes: 398, to be exact.

Most iPhone users were happy, but pity the Manitoba Moose, who are still waiting for their chance to shine. 

This led to a humorous Twitter poll in which the farm team of the Winnipeg Jets asked followers to determine which new emjoi they should use instead.

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the Manitoba Waffles.


The social media team is having a lot of fun, as you can tell. But the players themselves, not so much.

It’s been a tough start for the Waffles, who are just 1-7-0 through the first eight games of the season. Injuries (Sami Niku, Logan Stanley) and call-ups (Logan Shaw) have taken a toll.

And while goals have been hard to come by, we present to you our early-season favourites for best celebratory GIFs.

Here’s Jansen Harkins sprinkling pepper (we think): 

Here’s Shaw, prior to his promotion to the Jets, with the mic drop: 

Here’s J.C. Lipon slicking back his eyebrows: 

And here’s Andrei Chibisov showing off dance moves that we assume are big back in Russia: 

Third period

Halloween is upon us, and there’s nothing ghoulish about the way the Carolina Hurricanes are playing.

Former NHLer turned head coach Rod Brind’Amour has last season’s Eastern Conference finalist rolling again, with a 8-3-1 record.

The Hurricanes aren’t afraid to flash their collective fun side for fans. The team’s famous Storm Surge celebrations were the talk of the league last year, from players leaping into the boards to paddling imaginary kayaks to riding their sticks to falling like dominoes.

On Tuesday, Carolina defenceman and Brandon product Joel Edmundson was in the Halloween spirit, tossing treats to fans at PNC Arena.

A day earlier, forward Brock McGinn took the hijinks to another level with a Halloween-themed prank on his teammates. 

Needless to say, a few lost their appetites.


Teams around the NHL have been throwing Halloween-themed parties, which are a great way to share some laughs and bond together as teammates.

Turns out David Perron and Ryan O’Reilly of the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues have been spending far too much time together already — how else to explain their choice of costumes?

If you’re wondering about the story behind the two get-ups, you can read about it here.

Overtime

We at D&C never tire of seeing a lacrosse-style goal in hockey. And accompanying play-by-play in a foreign language leaves us absolutely giddy. 

For those keeping score at home, this remarkable marker was executed by Nils Höglander, an 18-year-old prospect of the Vancouver Canucks currently playing in Sweden with Rogle BK Angelholm.

Too bad no one’s tried to pull off that manoeuvre in the NHL, yet. What? How? Carolina forward Andrei Svechnikov got it done this week, too? Unreal.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: these guys are good!


He’s got a few years to go to catch up to the likes of Hoglander or Svechnikov, but check out the move from his pint-sized player in a recent game. 

We’re not sure the alley-oop would work on an NHL goalie, but we’d love to see somebody try it.

Shootout

Bobby Ryan’s contract remains a blight on the Ottawa Senators, although one person in the organization still believes the seven-year, $50.75 million deal orchestrated prior to the 2015-16 NHL season was a good one.

That person with the dissenting opinion is none other than Ryan himself, who is grossly overpaid at $7.25 million again this season.

The 32-year-old forward has scored just one goal and set up three others in 10 games this season, and was banished to the press box as a healthy scratch when the San Jose Sharks visited Ottawa last Sunday.

Since the ink dried on the contract, Ryan’s goal-scoring totals have continued to regress. He potted 22 in ’15-16 before dropping to 13 and then to 11 before a slight bump to 15 a year ago. His name is mud in the nation’s capital this season. 

Yet, the former four-time 30-goal scorer with the Anaheim Ducks disputes that his contract stinks. 

Ryan is all but untradeable, so there’s no telling how the struggling Sens wiggle out of this mess.


The guy’s a Stanley Cup champion, known for his grit, physicality and half-decent offensive skills. But Patrick Maroon is also a pretty witty guy.

This short segment from when he was mic’d up is likely the only G-rated stuff they got out of the new member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

But, to steal a phrase from a Seinfeld recurring character, hack comedian Kenny Bania, “That’s gold, Jerry… gold.”


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