the innocent can never last…..wake me up when September ends”.
Seriously Billie Joe? It’s August 26th and the last thing I want is 35 doses of Ambien.
WAKE UP people, hockey season is here.
I played in Joe Sakics’ Celebrity Golf Tournament benefitting The Food Bank of Colorado last week and saw plenty of reasons to be wide-eyed for this upcoming Avalanche season. First and foremost, Joe Sakic looks like he could still log 20 minutes of ice time, crippling defensemen along the way. He’s in amazing shape. If any current players need some inspiration on how to show up to camp, just take one look at the Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, he’s a beast.
I also met the newest member of the team, the soft spoken, well-mannered, 210-pound scoring machine, named Jarome Iginla. He’s also known as Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla in case you didn’t know. (I had no idea, but I will get to the bottom of that one soon)
I didn’t speak with him long, just simply introduced myself, shook his hand and went directly to the on- site medical staff to have my hand examined for broken bones. I love this guy, always have. The numbers speak for themselves, 560 career goals, 1,167 points and a whopping 887 penalty minutes…not to mention he’s collected 2 Olympic Gold Medals. Trust me when I say this, the line of Iginla-Mackinnon-Landeskog is going to be lethal. And let’s not forget about a healthy Alex Tanguay, paired with Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene. Staying healthy is the key on offense.
I know I’m a homer, but I’m not stupid. Every team inside the division got better. I won’t bore you with free agent pickups, but trust me when I say that there are 5 teams in the Central Division alone that can win the Stanley Cup.
That being said, you have every reason to be optimistic about this Avalanche squad. Great goaltending, speed, youth, veteran leadership, and of course…the coach.
So for the record, don’t sleep until September ends, wake up now, Training Camp starts in 3 weeks.