Back at it…

Well…I figured it’s about time to write something…hopefully everyone took the “slow-blogging” post as the lark it was…it was more just a weird sense of humor way of saying that there wasn’t much to write about.

We are now just under 30 days away from the start of the Portland Winterhawks training camp and I would expect details on the camp to come out shortly, including the schedules for scrimmages and such.  I believe the camp will be held in Beaverton at the Winterhawks Skating Center, so that works for west-siders like me!

It really has been fairly quiet for the Hawks since the NHL Draft at the end of June…but there are a few news of notes:

–          Josh Hanson attended USA Hockey’s Select 17 Camp in Rochester, NY, and after that was named to Team USA for the upcoming Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament to be held in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in August.

–          Derrick Pouliot and Brendan Leipsic are both off the Hockey Canada’s U18 Camp this weekend in Calgary to try and earn a sport for Team Canada in the same tournament.

–          Pouliot also got an invite to the NHL’s Research, Development and Orientation camp in Toronto in August, who follows Ty Rattie, who took part in the RDO camp last summer.  It is a chance for potential top draft picks in 2012 to show their wears in a different environment where possible rules changes or modifications are tested out.

–          Ryan Johansen, Joe Morrow and Rattie will head to Calgary next week to take part in Hockey Canada’s World Junior Evaluation Camp.  It is a first look for Hockey Canada to get a feel for who might represent Canada at the holiday tournament to be held in Calgary and Edmonton.

–          Meanwhile, in British Columbia, potential 16 year old rookies Nic Petan, Jarrod Schamerhorn, Steen Cooper  and Dylan Chanter all were in the top 40 1995 born players to take part in the BC’s U17 Evaluation Camp.  Petan had goals in all three games to lead the charge as this is the first step in being named to Team Pacific for the World U17 games to be held in Windsor right after Christmas.

–          Presten Kopeck, another young prospect, took part in a similar camp in Alberta for the U17’s.

Of course, if you follow junior hockey, the other big discussions going on has to do with players backing out on their NCAA commitments and moving to major junior…mainly in the OHL.  While I am very biased towards the CHL route, it is hard to criticize a player (like Rocco Grimaldi, Hawks property) for heading the NCAA route if that is what they feel is the best path for them and their devopment.

The main argument that you hear from NCAA proponents is that the players receive a better education than heading the CHL route.  And, while they are in school, that is a valid argument, but it also is a valid argument that very few of the top players in the NCAA stay for a complete four years.  Granted, some finish school later on, but it doesn’t hide the fact that given the opportunity to sign a pro deal, the players (more often than not) take that opportunity.

For me, I would like to see some changes to allow a bit more flexibility (so we don’t get issues like those that happened to Julien Laplante this summer) and make it so a player doesn’t have to make a decision at 15 or 16 on what they want to do with their hockey future.

Summer is almost over…got one more swim meet to go to and a golf tournament to play in…and then hockey starts again…I’m ready…


Slow Blogging…

I’ve been a reluctant blogger lately…maybe this will explain it…

Thanks to Todd Sieling:


Slow Blogging is a rejection of immediacy. It is an affirmation that not all things worth reading are written quickly, and that many thoughts are best served after being fully baked and worded in an even temperament.



Slow Blogging is speaking like it matters, like the pixels that give your words form are precious and rare. It is a willingness to let current events pass without comment. It is deliberate in its pace, breaking its unhurried stride for nothing short of true emergency. And perhaps not even then, for slow is not the speed of most emergencies, and places where beloved, reassuring speed rules the day will serve us best at those times.



Slow Blogging is a reversal of the disintegration into the one-liners and cutting turns of phrase that are often the early lives of our best ideas. Its a process in which flashes of thought shine and then fade to take their place in the background as part of something larger. Slow Blogging does not write thoughts onto the ethereal and eternal parchment before they provide an enduring worth in the shape of our ideas over time.



Slow Blogging is a willingness to remain silent amid the daily outrages and ecstasies that fill nothing more than single moments in time, switching between banality, crushing heartbreak and end-of-the-world psychotic glee in the mere space between headlines. The thing you wished you said in the moment last week can be said next month, or next year, and you’ll only look all the smarter.



Slow Blogging is a response to and a rejection of Pagerank. Pagerank, the ugly-beautiful monster that sits behind the many folded curtains of Google, deciding the question of authority and relevance to your searches. Blog early, blog often, and Google will reward you. Condition your creative self to the secret frequency, and find yourself adored by Google; you will appear where everybody looks – in the first few pages of results. Follow your own pace and find your works never found; refuse Pagerank its favours and your work is pulled as if by riptide into the deep waters of undifferentiated results. Its twisted idea of the common good has made Pagerank a terrifying enemy of the commons, setting a pace that forbids the reflection that is necessary to move past the day to day and into legacy.



Slow Blogging is the re-establishment of the machine as the agent of human expression, rather than its whip and container. It’s the voluntary halting of the light-speed hamster wheel dictated in rules of highly effective  blogging. It is an imposition of asynchronous temporalities, where we do not type faster to keep up with the computer, where the speed of retrieval does not necessitate the same pace of consumption, where good and bad works are created in their own time.

And I will make my own Number 7:

Just because you know something doesn’t mean you have to put it in a blog…being the first isn’t always being the best.

Training camp starts in just over 30 days…


The Off-Season?

Remember when hockey players got summers off?  Yeah…me either…

It is a busy summer for a lot of players that have played for the Portland Winterhawks as most NHL teams hold a prospect development camp in late June, early July.  Here is a list of some players are where they were:

Boston Bruins – Craig Cunningham

Buffalo Sabres – Riley Boychuk

Calgary Flames – Sven Bärtschi, Tyler Wotherspoon

Chicago Blackhawks – Mac Carruth

Columbus Blue Jackets – Oliver Gabriel, Ryan Johansen

Detroit Red Wings – Travis Ehrhardt

Edmonton Oilers – Kyle Bailey, Dustin Butler

Minnesota Wild – Taylor Peters

Nashville Predators – Taylor Aronson

New York Islanders – Nino Niederreiter

Phoenix Coyotes – Spencer Bennett

Pittsburgh Penguins – Joe Morrow

Toronto Maple Leafs – Brad Ross

Vancouver Canucks – Stefan Schneider

Also, St. Louis doesn’t have a prospect camp, but Ty Rattie was in St. Louis working out with the Blues last week.  And, while I haven’t seen anything official, the Colorado Avalanche are holding an off-ice development camp that Troy Rutkowski is attending.

For the prospects looking at the NHL draft in 2012, Derrick Pouliot and Brendan Leipsic will try-out for Team Canada’s U17 team in early August looking to earn a trip to the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia later in August.

Also, Josh Hanson is taking part at Team USA Select 17 camp being held this week in Rochester, NY.

Lastly, Johansen, Morrow and Rattie will all take part in Team Canada’s World Junior Evaluation Camp in August…

Enjoy the summer boys…the season is right around the corner.





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