Thursday, 13 October 2011

Senators 2011/2012 season preview

Hi Ambassador fans,

Well........Our Ottawa Senators are in a rebuilding year. Which means expectations are low but our spirits
are HIGH ! We have some great young players who are literally still growing. Young guys like Da Costa,
Zibanejad,Cowen, and Runblad are stars in the making. This team is so young that Erik Karlsson who seems
like a veteran [ in his 3rd year ] is just 21 YEARS old ! So even though it will be a struggle this year, this team
is going to be fun to watch. In fact I was at their first home game last Tuesday night and The Bank was
rocking ! Chris Neil had a great game with a goal , assist , and some awesome hits including one on Heatley.
When Alfie scored in the shootout the arena erupted !
So we will hang in this year and cheer them on. NEVER GIVE UP !

Go Sens Go !!!! The Ambassador


Well, me and my family have moved back to Ottawa (home of the Sens) from London (where I supported Liverpool Football Club). I am ready, willing and able to start blogging again. Stay tuned, all you Hockey Ambassador fans!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Canadian Rugby Team visit

Today I got a special visit from Canada.

As you can see in the picture three spectacular players from the Canadian Rugby Team came to visit me.
I had such a good time.

I hope I can go to see them playing on Sunday at Twickenham.

Thanks guys for coming to see me.

Good luck on Sunday. I will be supporting you!

Go Canada Go!


Monday, 14 March 2011

Chara’s hit bring attention to Hockey violence:
“…the NHL’s quick and ineffective ruling on the Pacioretty Chara incident of last Tuesday is totally unacceptable, as it does nothing to try and reverse the alarming trend of vicious hits that have sidelined some of the games greatest talents”
So read the letter sent by Via rail to the NHL on Friday, threatening to pull their sponsorship, and they are not the first. On Wednesday, Air Canada’s chief executive also had a letter sent to the NHL threatening to pull their sponsorship and called on the NHL to “protect both the players and integrity of the game” before a “fatality” occurs. (11th March Globe and Mail)
Air Canada has gone quiet in the meanwhile (after the League lashed out at them) but this is only closing the stable door after the horse has bolted!

And the sponsors are not alone in their criticism. Even in Political circles, there has been a lot of talk concerning the level of violence and the number of concussions in the game. Many are also concerned about the example being set to young Hockey players.
An article by Ken Dryden, former Canadiens goaltender and current Canadian politician in Saturday’s Globe and Mail (12th March 2011) highlights the consequences of this problem. Dryden gives examples of several former NHL (Reggie Fleming and Bob Probert) and NFL players, who where found in post mortem autopsies to have suffered from Chronic-Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) a condition with Dementia like symptoms caused by frequent concussions and trauma to the head. Dryden feels that in this day and age it is unacceptable for this problem to be ignored and he feels the NHL should address the spate of head injuries.
An opportunity for this has arisen, cause as we are speaking NHL General Managers are having a weeklong meeting in Florida. One can only hope that they make this topic a priority on their discussion lists.
In the meanwhile players are continuing to make illegal and dangerous moves, and in my opinion, this was only to be expected after all the recent rule changes the NHL has made in recent years (especially the 48’s- see October 5th blog entry)
Solving this problem isn’t as simple as just changing the rules back though; the problem lies in the NHL itself. Bosses are trying to make the game faster to attract more viewers, and this is what it comes down to in the end. Hockey is being played purely for the purpose of making a profit and we are losing touch with the true meaning of the game.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Sens on the RUN – Please sing with the “You Learn” by Alanis Morisset rhythm

I recommend winning much more face offs to Alfie
I recommend Chris Neil shooting the puck into the net
Don’t slow it down (I know it’s hard but I hope that you will do)
It would feel so good (to win at least one more game)
Don’t wait until the East conference is history

They Backcheck we run
They beat the defence we run
They score we run … to the bench

I recommend Brian Murray to take some off at anytime
I certainly do
I recommend all the players to get grip or just leave
Feel Free
Skate it down (It puts you closer to the win)
Slap shot (to the net)
Please hit the ice and you’ll see their defence clear

They clear the puck we run
They scramble we run
They score we run … to the bench

Wear them out (the way Bobby Orr would do)
Fire Leclaire (you're gonna have to eventually anyway)
If the Sens don’t change we are going to washout in the end

They Backcheck we run
They beat the defence we run
They get the jump we run
They score we run … to the bench