I coach hockey players—some of them just happen to be girls. When I’m coaching youth hockey, I put the boys and girls together and they can’t tell the difference. They are just playing hockey.”
— Natalie Darwitz on her coaching philosophy (via womenshockeyhistory)
One of the lovely things about Sherlock Holmes is that about half the villains are men trying to steal their step-daughter’s (or other woman’s) inheritance. And Holmes is always absolutely on the women’s side. This is important, this is what needs to be carried over to modern adaptations, this is why we are here.
“@JB_HockeyTalk: James Neal says he was at Matt Niskanen’s wedding at the time he got traded”
Right before he caught the bouquet
Jonathan Toews on Waddle & Silvy, 17/7/14:
On what he was doing when he first got news of the finalized contract:
"The first thing that crossed my mind was - Patrick Sharp’s gonna like this - I was on vacation with my girlfriend for two weeks when I got the news, I was oversees [in Thailand], and I was like - okay, might be time to get back into shape and start working out again. So I headed to the gym right away. I was kinda feeling the pressure at that moment."
On if he appreciates how much Kane and Toews are tied at the hip and have always gone together:
"Yeah, I think maybe earlier in our career we were both determined players and determined people - we both want to be the best at what we do - and there was maybe more of a need to differentiate and set ourselves apart earlier in our careers.But I think now we’ve really embraced that, and we love being a vital part of our team together.
I think for myself, it’s an honor and a huge compliment for me to be considered in the same realm as far as a player like Kaner, with his talents. Like you said, we’re different people with different talets and we bring different things to the table, but I think it’s a huge compliment for me to be in that same sentence as him.”
On growing up in front of the media and fans’ eyes in Chicago:
"It’s been pretty cool. It’s funny, we were just young kids coming in here to Chicago. I don’t think our relationship has changed much, I think we still look at each other as just a couple of players who love to play hockey and love to be around the boys, the way we always have before we became professional hockey players, and it’s just funny when you have other people, especially my friends back home or anyone I know who think of Patrick Kane as this big superstar or famous athlete, and to me he’s just a regular guy."
On ever playing in his hometown Winnnipeg:
"To be honest with you, all due respect to all the Jets fans back home, family and friends, I love Winnipeg and what it’s given me and it’s a great place to grow up, but I mean, I tell eveyone that Chicago’s my new home and I’m so lucky to be part of the sports scene in this city, and there’s never been a doubt in either of our minds, myself or Kaner, that we want to be here. I guess it’s something that might be more of a question the next time around, but again the way I feel right now it probably won’t be. There was no doubt in my mind that this is where we want to be for a long time."
On whether he was ever legitimately concerned that Patrick Kane needed to mature quickly, all the time they’ve been together:
"You know what, I don’t think so. I’ve always known Kaner the same way, and he’s such a good teammate, a good guy, and I’ve always loved him in the locker room. […] I think in certain ways he still likes to have fun and enjoy himself with his friends and there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just that to a certain degree, for people in our position, you’ve got to kinda watch things sometimes and I think he’s really understood that. And on and off the ice he’s matured in so many ways.
BONUS: On chirping Sid a during the Stadium Series a week after they were Olympic teammates:
"I gave him a hard time cause they were already up on the powerplay, five on four, and I thought it was kind of a weak call so I just thought I’d give Sid an earful cause he went down a little bit easier than he should have [laughs]."
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I am struck occasionally, usually while snuggling the cat, with our faith in domestication.
The cat is a small, ferocious predator, twelve pounds of…well, flab and fur, frankly, in Athena’s case, but what muscle there is is strong all out of proportion to her size. I have watched three 150+ primates try and fail to subdue a ten pound cat, and consider it not at all unusual. The cat is as flexible as a snake and as strong as an ox. She has quite dainty looking teeth and claws, but there’s nothing dainty about their ability to flay flesh from bone.
If the cat and I were in a duel to the death, I would almost certainly win. I am 15+ times larger than she is, after all, and while my teeth and claws are pathetic, I have prehensile hands capable of doing terrible things. But if I had to go in naked, as the cat does, (and assuming the cat was aware that she was going to have to kill me, and not taking a nap in the corner) I can pretty much guarantee it would be a Pyhrric victory. I’d look like I’d gone ten rounds with a wolverine. I would need stitches. A lot of stitches. Possibly a glass eye. And antibiotics by the truckload. It’d be a mess, and there would even be a chance of an upset if the cat managed to go face-hugger on me.
And yet, despite the knowledge of the shocking amount of damage my small predator could inflict, it never occurs to me to worry. I pick the cat up and she tucks her head under my chin and purrs, canine teeth centimeters from my jugular, and despite the fact that I am carrying a ruthless carnivore in a position where she could, with great ease, remove me from the gene pool, I am thoroughly content with the world. Even knowing full well that cats are not even a truly domesticated animal, that Athena’s kin might best be described as “consistently tamed,” my greatest concern is that my black tank top is now coated in white cat hairs.
We have such faith in the process of domestication, despite the sheer unnaturalness of what’s happening. Small predators do not curl up on the chests of large primates and purr in the wild. And yet, every now and again, generally when my small predator is purring on the chest of this particular primate, I think How strange, how strange… that we’re doing this, and even stranger, that we both take it completely for granted, and find nothing unusual in such a completely unlikely alliance.
On nicknames for Kaner: "Well, where do we get started? Lil’ Peekster, lil’ Pipsqueak, yeah I don’t know we’ve got a couple good ones."Meanwhile, Brad Richards:
I think we scared Brad Richards. He thought he was coming on a team of complete professionals. One dance off and bickering session later he realized that are top stars are actually bickering children.
zarathuse: reblogging for poor awk brad richards#please somebody write the fic that chronicles his first few months here#as he tries desperately to figure out what he has gotten himself into#and realizes just how ridiculous k&t are about each other
emilaalou: #you can literally see in brad richards’ eyes the moment he regrets going to this team Again combining tags for easier scrolling for those not interesting. I love how the theme is basically poor Brad Richards, no one warned you. This is his first convention, he hasn’t even played with the team yet - this is basically his meet and greet for the entirety of Chicago AND his new team all at once. And they stuck him on a panel with Kane&Toews, their only panel to boot. And they didn’t even ask him to dance. Poor guy. I do wonder sometimes what other players think when they join the team. Do they expect K&T to be best friends? Do they assume they are normal players with slightly weird PR? Whatever they expect, I’m sure it’s never what they get. And that’s not even mentioning the Sharpy Prank Parade…