Morning Free Association: Everybody Loves Noelly

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Well, last nights’s game was postponed. It might have had something to do with this.

It’s just a little floody.

While we wait for the next game on Saturday against Carolina, here are some things about one of my favorite players and yours, Noel Acciari. Mark Divver of the Providence Journal (ProJo for the Rhode Island peeps) has been covering all things hockey in Rhode Island forever, or some similar timeframe. Part of his beat is covering the Providence College Friars hockey team. You know them, they won the NCAA Championship in 2015 with Noel Acciari as co-captain. Well, as it turns out, his contributions to the team were not just limited to his time there- his former coach uses video of his play to teach the current team how to play Friars Hockey. Oh, and we learned that his nickname was “Noelly”. I wonder if that’s carried on to Boston.

Everyone knows Noel Acciari was a heart-and-soul contributor to Providence College’s 2015 NCAA championship, but he’s doing his part for the Friars this season, too.

Coach Nate Leaman this week showed his players video of the Boston Bruins winger – who is having a terrific season along with linemates ex-Friar Tim Schaller and Sean Kuraly — to reinforce how he wants PC to play.

Acciari’s recent goal against Washington caught Leaman’s eye.

“He takes the puck to the net hard, stays on the rebound and scores. That’s Friar hockey,″ Leaman said after his team’s 5-0 win over Brown in the Mayor’s Cup.

A week before Christmas, with the Bruins holding a late 1-0 lead in Buffalo, Acciari sacrificed his body to block a slapshot in the Boston end, leading to an empty-net goal for Schaller.

“That’s why Noelly’s out there. He’ll do that stuff,″ said Leaman.

The video work paid off against Brown. “One of our guys blocks a shot with 30 seconds to go in the game. We’re up 5-0, but it’s how we play the game. To me, that’s got to be in your DNA if you want to be a championship caliber team. It was something that in the first half hasn’t been in our DNA,″ Leaman said.

One of the more remarkable NHL stats to this point in the season is that Acciari has zero penalty minutes even though he’s one of the hardest hitters in the league.

Acciari is a great example for any player. He knows only one way – all out. And that’s why every coach he’s ever played for — from Jim Creamer at Hendricken to Bruce Cassidy in Boston — loves him.

Yeah, anyone who likes hockey pretty much loves his style – clean hard hits, defensive responsibility, and hustle. Since the season opener, I’ve cringed a little when I see him block a shot since he missed 6 weeks with a broken finger but I love that as a player he’s willing to do that.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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I am really confused as to why the flooded Causeway St tweet is a reply to a Rutland Animal Control tweet.
Rutland being about 80 miles away from Causeway St. …

phonymahoney
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I was wondering the same thing yesterday

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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We’re finally doing Christmas with my kids tonight! Hey, it’s almost little Christmas so we’re cool. Only thing is now I have to do Christmas shopping. Meh…

phonymahoney
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How are Brett and Lisa doing, anyway? Glad you guys are getting together.

Satan81
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I just beaned a cow-orker with a nerf football because he wouldn’t stop humming Waltz of the Flowers.

Satan 81's Sister
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This was appropriate action.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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May I recommend a brick next time?

Satan 81's Sister
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I need to borrow the football to bean a client. STOP OVER COMPLICATING EVERYTHING!

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all, Hope you are all dug out. I had no desire to leave the house and go to work. Suppose to warm up last week so hopefully the next few days should be end of OH MY GOD IT’S FUCKING COLD weather. I’m over it and over thinking “Wow, anything above zero is pretty nice.”

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It’s supposed to get back above freezing come Monday & into the 40s Thurs/Fri*, so it’ll seem like summertime compared to what we’ve been dealing with!

*The sudden warm-up right after a big snowstorm will undoubtedly cause flooding. I’m SO glad I don’t live next to a river anymore!

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Morning, pals!

  • Well, we got the most snow in MA yesterday. 19″. That was LOVELY. Clearing it was just great.
  • Acciari was one of my favorite Bruins since he started getting ice time because he hits hard and is defensively responsible. I’ve kind of lost the fever since other people have gained it. He doesn’t feel like my little secret anymore, I guess!
  • Noelly is so lame. I hate hate hate “Kaner” as a nickname (and a person), and I really think the hockey world could do a lot better with their nick names. I’m actually impressed at my niece’s nickname from her teammates. She is Brenna and they call her Brenn and Butter.
  • I NEED ALL THE PEOPLE TO GO INTO THEIR MEETINGS SO I CAN GET SOME WORK DONE. HELP!
  • Satan 81's Sister
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    One year I went to the Snoopy Cup with the NY Commuters (put together from teams in the Commuter League). We were short guys so the tourney peeps hooked us up with a guy who had no team. I swear this is how the intro went ” Okay Ray, welcome aboard. Meet the guys – Temple, Spider, Trey, Freck, JP, Smitty, Henri, Joe, and Joe.” The poor guy looked truly grateful for the two Joes!

    phonymahoney
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    Ha!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    I think if we got 19″ here no one would leave their houses for a week. Still, snow shovelling is cheaper than a gym membership! We’re off to Slovakia next month so no doubt I’ll be doing my share!

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    Noelly is so lame.

    Is it NO-elly or NOLE-ee?

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Must be NOLE ee, I mean the guy IS a hockey player!!

    MadScientist72
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    My wife’s peeps originally came from Noli, Italy, which sounds the same. It’s in the “toxic triangle” near Naples.

    One of the more remarkable NHL stats to this point in the season is that Acciari has zero penalty minutes even though he’s one of the hardest hitters in the league.

    He also leads the team (and is 33rd in the NHL) in hits/game. To do that AND have 0 PIM is nothing short of incredible. I vote his nickname should be “Mr. Clean”.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    I’ve been estimating that we got 10″, but it is really hard to tell due to all of the drifting.
    I was on a conference call a couple of hours ago and a guy from the next town over said “I’ve got somewhere between 1 inch and 24”

    It’s nice and light snow inland, but when you shovel it, it blows around everywhere due to the continual wind.

    phonymahoney
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    Yeah, it was light and fluffy for us but when we did the driveway a few hours after the plow went by, it was super wet and each shovelful weighed about 25 pounds.

    The London Bear
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    Hiya!

    Big fan of Noelly – that line fit together so well. Worker Bs is the perfect name for them and their style.

    I’m having a lazy day, working my way through the new series of Black Mirror and playing music and stuff, but I’ve just been ordered to go to the supermarket. At least that’ll get me off the sofa!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Watched the new Black Mirror episodes over the weekend. Overall it was thought it was okay. Couple of good ones, couple I’m rather meh about. Nothing that tops 15 Million Merits and Nosedive as my favorite episodes.

    The London Bear
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    Seen the first four so far. Loved the USS Callister one. So far this season hasn’t really blown me away but it had a lot to live up to.

    Nosedive is a brilliant episode. I definitely prefer the lighter episodes to the really grim ones (Crocodile, I’m looking at you!)

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Crocodile kind of bored me. USS Callister was really good and enjoyed the little cameo at the end.

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Oh cool, I didn’t realise it was his voice!

    phonymahoney
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    You know them, they won the NCAA Championship in 2015 with Noel Acciari as co-captain.

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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Hey Pals!
    No doubt about it, you have to love the way Acciari plays.
    Jo has been fed, shoveled free, and sent to work. I’m having a lil warm up before returning to the task at hand.
    Watched some of the Devils / Stars game last night. Devils and Bruins will be a fast paced affair. Looking forward to that on the 23rd.
    Back to the grind!!!!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Jo has been fed,

    I read that as “fired” and was ready to round up Richie, Brett, and Lisa to go kick some ass.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    This will never get old.

    Also, my company is very family style (duh, family owned). We have a Richie, Brett, and Lisa, and I’m laughing my head off at the idea of those three sending a Christmas card together.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I wish I had one more to send you. The pictures! Americana!!! I sent the other to an old friend who figured it out after a week or so – even though I had Jo fill it out and send it from another town, with different stamps than we used. Sonofabeas

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    I had Jo fill it out and send it from another town, with different stamps than we used

    Now that is admirable commitment to a prank!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Always in it to win it!!!!

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Hahahahaha fantastic

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Sadly there are now at least two families out there who are very upset with Richie, Brett, and Lisa because they didn’t get a Christmas card from them. Lives have been ruined here!