Morning Free Association: Grzelcyk and the Terrible, No Good LBI

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Another day passes, another injury to Matt Grzelcyk emerges. For the fourth time in this young season, Matt Grzelcyk has a lower body injury. The first three were distinctly different injuries. As for his latest one, not much is really known. He is doubtful for tonight’s matchup with the Rangers.

This kid can’t get a break. He’s out for a while, cleared then is injured while playing in his return game.

First two injuries: Injured, cleared, injured again

First and second injuries

Third injury: Cleared and hurt again in that nights game

Second

Fourth injury: Cleared, then…

Cleared

Fourth

Poor guy.

The Bruins also made an announcement regarding the number retirement ceremony for Willie O’Ree. The team along with the NHL have decided to push back the ceremony to January 18th, 2022, the 64th anniversary to the day of his NHL debut when he broke the color barrier for black hockey players.

I just finished reading Willie his autobiography and highly recommend it. He opens up about his life and talks fondly of black contemporaries who should have had the chance before or with him. Hockey is the love of is life and he as a real fondness for the Boston Bruins, the only NHL team he played for.

Moving this ceremony is a great idea because he deserves to have tis honor in front of the fans. I hope I’m there to see it.

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My neighbor in CT has been giving me some work! Little jobs, but since I no longer have an employer, it’s appreciated.

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After yet another mind-numbing acronym-soup morning meeting yesterday I actually feel like I got something done for work yesterday (well, last night, I guess).
Yay, self-esteem.

GH has an appointment to get her first COVID shot today at the state vaccination facility at Gillette Stadium. (She delivers meals to old folks, and the group she works for told her she can/should get vaccinated. She’s got an authorization letter indicating what priority group she is in, as opposed to the rest of us shlubs.) So I guess I’m on dog-sitting duty today.

I’m not sure I’m up for the “excitement” of another game vs NYR tonight. The last one gave me plenty of material to talk about, but I hadn’t sworn at the TV like that in a while.

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Great news! Lots of the family have their first shots. Not heard of anyone having any side-effects at all as yet.

I’m not sure I’m up for the “excitement” of another game vs NYR tonight. The last one gave me plenty of material to talk about, but I hadn’t sworn at the TV like that in a while.

Only saw the highlights but I got the impression it was a frustrating watch!

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Glad GH got on the list! I feel Jo should be able to get it. She has been going to work every day through all this!

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Good Morning!
Back in CT after two days of sheetrock. Very cold this weekend so we’re going to get cozy and keep the stove cranking all weekend. Valentine’s Day!!

Looking forward to watching some hockey tonight. Hopefully, adjustments will be made to escape that trap the Rags play. Way too many turnovers last game. Cliffy Hockey it is!!!

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Hi folks,

Poor Grizz. Take some time to heal properly.

That’s a good decision about the ceremony. I hope it’s not wishful thinking to believe there will be fans in the building on that date.

Although Willie broke the colour barrier, as I understand it it was quite some time before there was another black player in the league? I’m not sure what the answer is to increasing diversity in a sport that is very expensive to get into.

It’s even worse in my other main sport of interest – F1 racing – where nearly all the drivers are either sons of billionaires or sons of former drivers. There is a ray of light though, in that the only one from a relatively normal background, Lewis Hamilton, is a) black, and b) the most successful driver of all time!

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Almost every NHL team and affiliate has a program to encourage hockey in inner cities and poor neighborhoods. Even Danbury Arena has programs like this. My kids wore hand me down equipment often when they played. The equipment was just too expensive to buy new, especially when kids grow out stuff every year.

The London Bear
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Ah, that’s great!

As a teenager I was into karting and we got friendly with a guy who was doing the national championships. He would use a set of tyres once and then give them to us – we couldn’t afford new tyres and he had no use for used ones! That sort of thing was quite common in the karting community and I imagine it’s a similar thing with hockey.

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My community growing up had a strong used equipment market for kids hockey gear. I still needed new stuff from time to time, but at least we saved on skates and shin-pads a couple of times. I used to wear hand-me-down socks & garters from my brothers.
I wanted to get a helmet like theirs (one of those horrible 3-piece Cooper monstrosities) but my mom insisted that I get a modern helmet with padding, a cage & shield. That mofo used to fog up like it was getting paid to do so. But unlike my brothers, my brain was actually surrounded by shock-absorbing material.

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One of my boys had the Jagr style Jofa helmet… That thing was fugly

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Yup, not so pretty.
The current helmets are fairly good looking, though I feel like they should have better padding now that we know concussions really are bad. Fortunately mouth guards are commonplace in the NHL, since shocks from the jawbone are apparently the fastest path to a concussion.

The London Bear
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Yes indeed – teeth clattering together sends the shock right through the skull.