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ONE goal, and one very tired Amy!

Wow, words really can’t even come close to describing what it was like to be at the game Sunday night/Monday morning.

My parents and I got to the AAC around 6:15. I like to get there early – you will never see me walking in halfway through the first period. My mom and I went down to the ice for the pregame skate. She’s the alternate Sign Girl when Sarah isn’t there. We were on the jumbotron a few times and I flipped when Hagman just stared at me. It was some intense staring too 🙂

Before the 3rd period, a nice lady sitting a few seats down from me informed me that a bunch of the young guys were sitting 2 suites away from our seats… so I spent a good chunk of the 3rd period looking at Nisky, Connor, Barch, Neal, and Pushkarev wishing I could be in the suite next to them. I actually missed San Jose scoring their goal (so it definitely didn’t happen in my book) because I was taking pics of them. It was cute how Connor and Barch had their playoff beards going even though they haven’t been playing.

I wasn’t surprised that Mittens scored. He may not score a whole lot, but that was his 6th goal that he’s scored this season when I’ve been at a game! The Finns always seem to do well when I go… maybe they know my secret desire to get a mail-order Finnish husband!

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One of the random, yet great things I love about hockey is the names. Hockey players have, by far, the best names in all of sports! Our Stars have had some great ones in Lundqvist, Miettinen, Turco, Lehtinen, Langenbrunner, Tjarnqvist, Niewyndyk ect, but I’d say the Chicago Blackhawks take the cake on this one; Byfuglien, Khabibulin, Zyuzin, Wisniewski, and Bourque all on one team! I can only imagine the stress some young announcers would have encountering those names for the first time!

Kwiatkowski (Atlanta), Afinogenov (Buffalo), Bouwmeester (Florida), Devereaux (Toronto), Beauchemin (Anaheim), Isbister (Vancouver), and Woywitka (St. Louis) are some of best in the league. Having such diverse backgrounds in the talent pools each team draws from makes hockey one of the more fascinating sports to watch little things like names. Sure, you’ve got your Smith’s and Jones’ and such, but you’ve also got the impossibly long and the obscure. Name-watching is one of my tiny little pleasures in watching hockey….besides the hockey part.

Dan Hinote. A not-so-ordinary name, yet not really odd though, right? Sure, but take a moment and think of his team. Got it yet? None other than the St. Louis Blues! I know, it’s pathetic, but I get a kick out of it.

There are two groups of names I’d LOVE to see out on the ice together, or at least on the same team:

Cheechoo, Tootoo, and the Ruutuu’s. It just sounds great. Grant it, both Ruutuu’s are right-wingers and Cheechoo and Tootoo are both left-wingers and only two at a time would probably be on the ice at a time, it’d still be great.

Wisniewski, Wozniewski, Visnovsky, Vishnevski, and Vishnevskiy. Now, that would be an amazing group of defenseman to try to call a game with! Soon, maybe, our Ivan Vishnevskiy will get his chance on the team and we’ll play Vitaly Vishnevski and his New Jersey Devils. That would entertain me to no end!

 What are some of your favorite hockey names of all-time?

Sarah

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Here you are guys. The pictures are all after the jump since there are a lot of them. All of them are now up. I noticed we got several views before they were all up, so go look again 🙂 I got stuck uploading pictures while I was reading about Piaget’s stages of development for the millionth time, helping my roommate find a bank, and eating dinner… but they’re all good now.

Practice was great. It was really good to see Boo skating again. Plus Steve Ott really liked his sign 🙂 I just wish Hagman and Brenden had come out… I wanted my hugs! (more…)

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