Can't Wait for Hockey
Camp Can't Come Soon Enough, At Least Olympics A Great Distraction
Thursday, 08.21.2008 / 4:00 PM / Feature
By Seamus O'Callahan - Hockey Historian
My goodness, have these Olympic games been fun to watch. And they could not come at a more perfect time. There I was two weeks ago, just dreading the fact that NHL camps were still about six weeks away from starting when the 29th Olympiad came along. I watched the Opening Ceremonies (just because there was nothing else on) and have been hooked ever since.
Michael Phelps – greatness. Obviously he has been one of the best stories of these Olympics, especially from the U.S. point of view. But did you see the gold medal match for women’s beach volleyball last night? May and Walsh were amazing and the story surrounding May’s mother and the scattering of her ashes had me in tears.
Then NBC had to close out last night’s telecast with a very cool feature on Natalie du Toit from South Africa – a woman who lost her leg in an accident years back who participated in her first Olympics in the 10k Open Water event.
And then they had to show Matthias Steiner - the German man who won the power weightlifting event. He was jumping for joy after he lifted 568.8 pounds for the gold medal. Steiner held up a picture of his late wife, who died in a car wreck last year. It was quite touching.
NBC certainly knows how to tell stories. I hope that the network and NHL can continue to work towards telling these types of stories of our players and our league.
Back on the Ice
I was out at the Dr Pepper StarCenter on Wednesday and saw a few familiar faces – Stephane Robidas, Steve Ott, Philippe Boucher, Mike Ribeiro, Mike Modano, among others – were all working out and hit the ice for a skate in preparation for camp, which begins on Sept. 19 in Frisco.
“It’s that time again,” Modano told me. “It’s been a good summer but we’re all looking forward to playing hockey again.”
Amen to that.
I’m very excited about the Stars’ schedule, especially the chance to see some great Eastern opponents come to Dallas. Washington, Pittsburgh, the Rangers, the Devils and Montreal all come to American Airlines Center this season. I asked my daughter what she wanted for her birthday and she quickly replied, “my own mini plan with my own seats.”
Smart kid. I guess my days of simply getting just two season tickets are over. Of course she wants to pick her own games. Thank goodness the Stars have some flexible plans to take care of her need to see Alex Ovechkin paired with her infatuation with Dion Phaneuf. My thanks to Augie in sales for setting her up with a personalized plan.
What’s the Deal, Pete Delkus?
Anyone know what is going in with the weather here in Texas? This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. Two weeks ago it was 8,000 degrees and now it won’t stop raining. At least it is much cooler with that rain.
But cooler weather means that hockey is getting closer. Enjoy the rest of the Olympics and I’ll see you out at the rink for Stars Training Camp!