Thursday, October 17, 2013

Power Play Hamilton Steelheads jersey

My jersey arrived in the mail today.  Purchased a jersey from Mr. Murdoch in St. Catherines, ON.  The jersey is a Hamilton Steelheads jersey from a television show from the late 90's called Power Play.  It originally was broadcast on CTV and the series lasted 2 seasons; it was also repeated years ago on Showcase.  Apparently it briefly played in the U.S. on UPN but was pulled after 2 episodes after it bombed there.

The best fan page on the show that I found that is still running is this one:

A 1998 article from the film magazine "Take One" that the author has either quoted or has personally interviewed the producers of the show is online here:

A Canadian online movie and tv guide has a brief description and review of the series:

 If you are looking for the series on DVD or even VHS you are out of luck; none were made.  Tough to find even clips of the show.  A fan of the show made a video montage set to the Tragically Hip's song 'Fireworks'.

I would say the most well known actors/personalities that were on the show were Don Cherry (Coach's conrner on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada), Gordon Pinsent (Due South and many others), and Al Waxman (King of Kensington, Cagney & Lacey, etc.).  Famous hockey players that made appearances as themselves in the show include Bobby Hull, Guy Lafleur, and Jean Beliveau.

Onto my jersey.
Here's some pics.

The show must have renumbered a previous jersey for the Kerensky one.  You can see some glue residue around the numbers. Most evident on the sleeve numbers.

[EDIT - Oct 24th - found complete series online on You Tube.  They were uploaded by 'Twee de bourg' 3 years ago.  Here's a link to the first part of the first episode: ]

Here's a couple screen shots; first one a head shot of the player in the dressing room, others back of player on ice.


Monday, October 14, 2013

60 plus hockey games in Duluth: October 2013

My dad and most of the older guys from my Tuesday/Thursday afternoon hockey went down last week to Duluth to play a couple games on Monday and Tuesday.  Like last year they played a team from Minneapolis; in addition this year they played a game against a team from Duluth.  Lost the first game and won the second.  Think the age requirement was dropped to 60 plus in order to have enough players for all the teams involved.  Like last year the games were played in what looks like a very nice looking rink: Sill Arena at the Duluth Heritage Sports Arena.  Here's a shot of the game between Duluth and Minneapolis.

Here's a team pic of the Duluth team.

and here's the Minneapolis team.

If this mini tournament goes ahead next year they have a trophy they are going to repurpose for it.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Ball Hockey 2013 & other stuff

Haven't put anything up in the blog for quite a while.  Call it part not having much to put up (unless I put up something other than DIY jerseys or dug up some pics of some old ones), and being either sick, busy, and/or lazy.

Got some pics of this past summer's annual Ball Hockey game.  Very humid and hot that day at Charry Park in Thunder Bay.  Dave Scott, a man comfortable in goal, was goalie on one side.

With no other takers, I put on the pads on the other side either for the first 2 periods or game 1 of 2 (however it went down in the books).

A couple people had to leave after that intermission and a couple more filled in; my wife who doesn't play hockey replaced me in goal played a more stand up style and had a better GAA than I did (I had 10 goals against).  I performed a fair bit better when playing out for the last period of the game.  Dave Scott had 5 or 6 goals against after the 2nd period; not sure if this pic was taken at end of the 2nd period or a bit earlier. 

A couple more pics from earlier on in the game.  One with a player about to shoot and one that may or may not have been a goal (I think that's the orange ball hockey ball just on top of my pad).

There were a couple team pics taken, but at this point it isn't known whose camera was used. I will post them if and when I see them.

Here's some pics of the Yothers crest I made and put on a jersey for the ball hockey game.

On a more recent event.  Last week my dad and a bunch of the over 60 guys went down to Duluth to play a couple games in a sort of mini tournament.  They played one game against a team from Minneapolis and one from a team from the Duluth area.  They lost the first game and won the second one.  I'll have to see if any pics were taken.

Also, made a rare appearance in goal last Thursday afternoon.  Wore the red, black and white striped German eagle jersey (and socks).  Stunk in up the first 10 minutes and switched from the dark to the white team after five quick goals.  Was a bit shaky at first for the white team but after some lucky saves, the turning point was a left pad kick save followed by a double stacked pad save the other way on the rebound and finished the play with a glove save while still down.  Got my head and body into the game and ended up with a shutout for the white side.

In addition, may have soon have some pics of a jersey I purchased.  Jersey is from a hockey television show from a little while back.  It should be arriving in the mail this coming week.