Today marks another important step for Taylor Hall, as he continues on his path to the NHL with his first pro training camp.
It’s been a long summer for the number one pick in the 2010 draft, with plenty of lessons learned – including what it’s like to be under the microscope.
Hall learned first hand that you have to watch what you say in a town like Edmonton – just take the example of Sheldon Souray, who was asked not to come to camp after blasting the Oilers organization last spring.
“A word can change a sentence and a sentence can change the whole story,” Hall told the Edmonton Journal this week, “You do have to watch what you say.”
That’s why Hall took a proactive step and deleted his Twitter account after word got out that he had an account on the site. Hall told the Journal his phone “blew up” and he couldn’t get to sleep because so many people were trying to get at him.
That’s too bad! Personally, I wish more pro athletes used things like Twitter, it’s a fun tool to communicate with the fans if used properly!
Together At Last
Quite the story developing in the world of hockey this week as finally, Crosby and Lemieux will play together this coming season.
Don’t believe me? Even ESPN is covering this story!
Okay, well it’s not quite as awesome as I tried to make it sound – Mario Lemieux’s 15-year-old daughter Stephanie and Sidney Crosby’s 14-year-old sister Taylor will both suit up for the Shattuck-St. Mary’s school girls’ hockey team this season.
Sidney scored 72 goals and 162 points in 57 games at that Minnesota school in 2002-03, but it’s highly unlikely that his sister will come anywhere near those stats, since she’s a goalie like her dad.
Who knows, maybe in a decade it’ll be Taylor stonewalling her brother in the big leagues…but probably not.
The New Chelios?
Speaking of a decade from now – Ottawa Senators forward Alex Kovalev said this week that he hopes to still be playing when that time rolls around.
In fact, the 37-year-old told reporters that his goal is to play until he’s 50, as long as he can still get a gig and contribute.
Kovalev had surgery in the off-season to repair a torn ACL and says he feels fine and is looking to build on his 18-goal, 49-point 2009-10 season. Part of the reason he didn’t score as much last year, he says, was due to a sore wrist which slowed him down quite a bit.
Now, I think Kovalev is an awesome player and I think it’s awesome that he wants to play until he’s 50, but I can’t help but have a bit of a laugh at his expense, as I wonder if this play here was the root of that wrist problem:
In all seriousness though, I think it’s quite possible that Kovalev could have a better year than he did last year – and as long as he stays healthy, I’m sure can play deep into his 40’s. If not in the NHL, I’m sure the KHL will have him (if it’s still around).
To the people that don’t think he gives his all, all of the time, Kovalev had this to say:
"We all care for what we do, and we're responsible for what we do on the ice. That's the way it should be. Same thing with me. I'm responsible for what I do. Hopefully, I'll do a better job this year.”
The Russian maintains that he doesn’t really think about the fact that he’s in the final year of his current contract. He says too many players get caught up in that and play a different game than they’d play if they weren’t thinking about it.
Yeah, usually they play better!
Yes Way, Jose!
Well, it’s September, and as usual, the Toronto Blue Jays aren’t in the playoff race – there is something to cheer about this season though if you’re a Jays fan.
His name: Jose Bautista.
Coming into today’s series opener with the Boston Red Sox, Bautista leads the league with 47 home runs, which puts him in a tie with George Bell for the Jays’ franchise record. He also has the second most RBIs in the league with 111.
Not bad for a guy who once suited up for six teams in less than a year. I bet you didn’t know he’s got a 95-mph fastball too!
I didn’t know that either, until I stumbled upon this great piece from the Toronto Sun on Bautista’s rise through the ranks!
Toronto fans are the biggest haters in the game? It’s true, says Slam! Sports columnist Steve Buffery. Whaaaaaaaaaat?!
Not to make light of a serious situation – but if Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t want to fight Manny Pacquiao, he should just say so!
Reggie Bush forfeited his 2005 Heisman Trophy this week…but not because he was guilty of anything. He just did it so people would stop talking about how he was ruled ineligible that season because of the money he received. That’s all!