Catching Up…

First off, congrats to the Kelowna Rockets for rebounding in Game 6 on home ice and defeating the Calgary Hitmen and advancing to the Memorial Cup in Rimouski.

The Rockets peaked at the right time and surprised pretty much every one with their run over the Hitmen.

Kelowna will look to bring home the Cup for the third straight time for the WHL after Spokane won it last year and Vancouver captured it in 2007.

86298776CC062_Vancouver_CanIf you didn’t enjoy the Vancouver/Chicago series (especially Game 6 last night), I don’t how you can call yourself a hockey fan.  I know that Vancouver fans are a bit down after falling to the Blackhawks, but man, did those two teams put on a show.

Great skating, incredible offense, some mean streaks, big saves and big hits…it doesn’t get much better than that.

I am rooting for Chicago, mainly because of their many WHL ties, but also it is hard to root against any team in that jersey.

If Detroit can knock off Anaheim tonight, the Red Wings will host Chicago in the Western Conference Final and putting Marian Hossa one step closer to a Stanley Cup.

If the Wings/Hawks meet, I will be rooting for Chicago, but hoping that Hossa has a dominant series.

In the East…I’m sick of hearing Crosby vs. Ovechkin and I was hoping Pittsburgh would end it last night so that would die.  But, Game 7’s are always entertaining…and the series has been hard fought and I don’t expect tomorrow night to be any different.

Carolina is much like Kelowna, IMO…a bit under the radar and underdogs in just about every series…but, they keep advancing.  I like them to knock off Boston tonight and think they could do damage against either Pittsburgh or Washington.

Back to the Winterhawks…it is interesting to read and hear the reactions on the changing of the spelling of the ‘Hawks name.   Some fans thought it was clever….while others thought it was shameful.

In the end…it did get some people talking…and since when is that a bad thing?

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