First: I may not post tomorrow. I'll be in Austin tomorrow night for a performance at Brannockburn Baptist Church. They'll be putting us up in a motel, so at this time I don't know if I'll have Internet or not. So if I don't post tomorrow night, just breathe. It's gonna be okay, I promise.
All right: Hockey season starts tomorrow, October 1st. It's been a bizarre summer (Hossa, Heatley, the Coyotes, Versus/DirecTV, Paul Kelly), but at last the games can start again. So here are a few clips to get you excited for the 2009-10 season.
First, here's a reminder of where we left off (in FRENCH! One word I definitely understood: "Wow.")
Up next: One of the greatest solo effort plays of the 2008-09 season:
A fantastic highlight video for Official WBW Fan-Favorite Cal Clutterbuck! Would have been even better if it had audio...
Although, if it's BIG hits you're looking for, you're looking for Milan Lucic of the Bruins.
How does Unofficial WBW Celebrity Louie get in shape for the new season?
Hey, you know who has awesome commercials? Hockey.
Plus, this year is EXTRA special, because right smack in the middle of the season, we'll take a two-week break for the Olympics! (You just remember one thing, Simon Gagne...)
Things we will likely not see this season: one player, on one shift, tackled by a ref, kneed in the back of the head, taking a puck off the visor, and then scoring one of the most amazing goals of the year. Just doesn't happen like that all too often.
Okay, I'm not a huge fan of the shootout in the NHL. Still: wow.
Finally, I know we're light years away from it now, but there's really nothing in all of sports like the NHL Playoffs. This past year, we were really treated to an outstanding tournament, and (not surprisingly) Hockey Night in Canada put together one of the best playoff tribute montages I've ever seen.
Enjoy the season, no matter who you root for nor how much of a die-hard you really are. Just enjoy the ride.