Saturday, June 23, 2012

Penguins Draft Picks

Derrick Pouliot

North American Skater - Portland, WHL

Final Rank:    12    Midterm Rank:    10
Position:    Defenseman    Shoots:    Left
Height:    5' 11"    Weight:    186
Born:    January 16, 1994    Hometown:    Weyburn, SK
Born in:    Estevan, SK, CAN
Drafted:    PIT (1st Round / 8th Overall)

• In 2011-12, Pouliot finished second in scoring among Portland defensemen with 59 points (11-48--59) in 72 games.

• A first overall selection in the 2009 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, he played his first season in the WHL in 2010-11 leading Portland’s rookie defensemen in scoring with 30 points (5-25--30) in 66 games. Portland finished atop the Western Conference last season for the first time since 2001.

• Pouliot was selected to represent Canada at the 2011 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial where he collected three points (1-2--3) and Canada captured gold. He also competed for Team West at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he had three assists in five games.

• A Weyburn minor hockey product, he was called up by the Moose Jaw Warriors AAA midget team for the 2009-10 season, recording 43 points (14-29--43) in 43 games. Pouliot was also called up for a short stint with the Portland Winterhawks as a 15 year old playing in seven games.


Olli Maatta

North American Skater - London, OHL

Final Rank:    8    Midterm Rank:    6
Position:    Defenseman    Shoots:    Left
Height:    6' 2"    Weight:    202
Born:    August 22, 1994      
Born in:    Jyväskylä, FIN
Drafted:    PIT (1st Round / 22nd Overall)

• Maatta made his Ontario Hockey League debut during the 2011-12 season, leading all rookie defensemen with 32 points (5-27--32) in 58 games.

• He was selected to represent Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship, but was injured in Finland’s opening game and was unable to participate in the remainder of the tournament. Maatta played in six games at the 2011 World Junior Championship, becoming the first player since 1998 to represent Finland in the tournament at the age of 16.

• He also represented Finland at the 2011 World Under-18 Championship, recording four points (1-3--4) in six games. He was voted one of Finland's top three players at the tournament.

• The Maatta family keeps in close contact despite being separated by the Atlantic Ocean. . Olli Skypes with his family in Finland three times a week, and his mother regularly watches his OHL games via live Internet streams -- “It’s late when she watches, around 2:00 a.m., so she’s tired.”

• Maatta credits former teammates and fellow draft prospects Samu Markkula (No. 61 ranked European skater) and Topi Nattinen (No. 115-ranked European skater) as having a big influence on his career -- “We talked about hockey all the time and had a competition about everything.”

• Maatta started playing hockey in 2000 after he complained to his parents that all of the other kids were allowed to play hockey – “They didn’t have any other choice but to buy hockey equipment.”


Theodor Blueger

North American Skater - Shattuck-St. Mary's, HIGH-MN

Final Rank:    116    Midterm Rank:    69
Position:    Center    Shoots:    Left
Height:    6' 0"    Weight:    171
Born:    August 15, 1994      
Born in:    Riga, LVA
Drafted:    PIT (2nd Round / 52nd Overall)


Oskar Sundqvist

European Skater - Skelleftea Jr., SWE-JR.

Final Rank:        Midterm Rank:  
Position:    Center    Shoots:    Right
Height:    6' 3"    Weight:    172
Born:    March 23, 1994      
Born in:    Boden, SWE
Drafted:    PIT (3rd Round / 81st Overall)


Matt Murray

North American Goalie - Sault Ste. Marie, OHL

Final Rank:    18    Midterm Rank:    2
Position:    Goalie    Catches:    Left
Height:    6' 4"    Weight:    162
Born:    May 25, 1994      
Born in:    Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
Drafted:    PIT (3rd Round / 83rd Overall)


Matia Marcantuoni

North American Skater - Kitchener, OHL

Final Rank:    59    Midterm Rank:    42
Position:    Right Wing/Center    Shoots:    Right
Height:    6' 0"    Weight:    194
Born:    February 22, 1994      
Born in:    Woodbridge, ON, CAN
Drafted:    PIT (4th Round / 92nd Overall)


Sean Maguire

North American Goalie - Powell River, BCHL

Final Rank:    28    Midterm Rank:  
Position:    Goalie    Catches:    Left
Height:    6' 1"    Weight:    203
Born:    February 2, 1993      
Born in:    Edmonton, AB, CAN
Drafted:    PIT (4th Round / 113th Overall)


Clark Seymour

North American Skater - Peterborough, OHL

Final Rank:        Midterm Rank:   
Position:    Defenseman    Shoots:    Right
Height:    6' 4"    Weight:    205
Born:    May 18, 1993       
Born in:    Brockville, ON, CAN
Drafted:    PIT (5th Round / 143rd Overall)


Anton Zlobin

North American Skater - Shawinigan, QMJHL

Final Rank:    137    Midterm Rank:    128
Position:    Right Wing    Shoots:    Right
Height:    5' 11"    Weight:    195
Born:    February 22, 1993       
Born in:    Moscow, RUS
Drafted:    PIT (6th Round / 173rd Overall)  


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

NHL Draft Dek Hockey Game

Twitter came up big today. Here are some shots from the Dek Hockey game on the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

This Day in Penguins History - June 10

On this day in...

1966 - Les Binkley became the first Penguins player to sign a contract with the team.

2004 - Former Penguins Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy are named to the Hockey Hall of Fame's class of 2004.

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Hockey Coach Suspended for Allowing Players to Study for Finals

Brian Cranford, coach of the Mount Pearl Junior Blades has been suspended for one year and fined $2,000.  The reason for his suspension?  Allowing his players to study for finals rather than attending an opening ceremony for a tournament.  Cranford appealed the suspension and lost.



Semi-Charmed Call - Mashup (Third Eye Blind vs Carly Rae Jepsen)

I know you are all here for the download link to Semi-Charmed Call. Mad props to Chambaland for this mashup.  Here is the download link.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

This Day in Penguins History - June 7

On this day in...

1989 - Pens center Mario Lemieux won his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer with 199 points.

1966 - LW Stephane Richer
1969 - RW Trevor Buchanan

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

This Day in Penguins History - June 6

On this day in...

1967 - Jack Riley starts as Pens general manager as the NHL expansion draft took place in Montreal. - Obtained Paul Andrea, Dunc McCallum and George Konik from the New York Rangers for Larry Jeffrey.
1969 - Pittsburgh obtained Ron Schock and Craig Cameron from St. Louis for Lou Angotti and a first round choice in the 1971 Amateur Draft.
1992 - Mario Lemieux, the first Penguins player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, appeared on his second of four covers.
2009 - Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood stopped all 22 Pittsburgh shots in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, defeating the Pens, 5-0, to take a 3-2 lead in the series.

1934 - G Les Binkley
1946 - LW Bob "Battleship" Kelly
1950 - RW Al McDonough
1958 - RW Wayne Babych

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Farmers Only

This advertisement was on NBCSports during the intermission of Game 4.  At first I thought this was a joke or a parody, but no, is a legit website.  This website is for "Farmers, Rachers, and good ol' Country Folks."

"You don't have to be lonely at"

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

This Day in Penguins History - June 5

On this day in...

1960 - Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Lundberg was born.
1967 - Penguins franchise joined the National Hockey League.


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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Foot Jugglers

During the off season, it is our goal to entertain you with ridiculous things from the world wide web.

Here is today's video, from 1969: The Baronton Sisters.

This Day in Penguins History - June 3

On this day in...

1981 - Penguins defenseman Randy Carlyle was named to NHL First All-Star Team.

2008 - Petr Sykora scored with 10:03 left into the third overtime to push the Penguins past the Red Wings to stave-off elimination in Game 5 of the final. Detroit leads the series, three games to two. (Game started on June 2)

1954 - D Wally Weir
1959 - G Nick Ricci
1983 - C Chris Thorburn

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Squidney Crosby

In our first of many "miscellaneous" posts, we present to you "Squidney Crosby"

This is a part of ZOOperstars.  These characters are based off of athletes and celebrities' names and appear to dance in costumes.  I'm still kind of speechless, but enjoy the video.

Now, I will have Weird Al Yankovic stuck in my head for the rest of the night.

Also a member of ZOOperstars is Mario LeMule (yes there is a capital M). Speechless right now...

This guy's no jackass - it's Mario Lemule! The goofy grinnin' donkey gets really funky when he hits the ice. This guy slips and slides, jumps and jives to the hottest, horse hoovin' hip-hop hits. Mario spends a lot of time in his private stallion stable in a prominent part of the Pittsburgh suburbs. Look out pooper-scoopers...don't step in Mario's manure!

Height: 8 feet 5 inches
Weight: 1,066 pounds
Resides: A Barn in Suburban Pittsburgh
Characteristics: Enormous ears that flap freely. Naughty "snotty" nostrils on the end of his snout. A goofy growl on his grill that makes everyone giggle. Huge hooves for reeking havoc.

This Day in Penguins History - June 2

On this day in...

2008 - Petr Sykora scored with 10:03 left into the third overtime to push the Penguins past the Red Wings to stave-off elimination in Game 5 of the final. Detroit leads the series, three games to two. (Game ended on June 3)

2009 - Maxime Talbot scored twice and Sergei Gonchar's powerplay goal in the third period proved to be the winner as the Pens took Game 3 in the Stanley Cup Final from the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2. Detroit led the series, 2-1.

2009 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hockey writer Dave Molinari was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame with the Elmer Ferguson Award.

1962 - RW Dan Frawley

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Friday, June 1, 2012

This Day in Penguins History - June 1

On this day in...

1992 - The Penguins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in four games to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup Championship. Ron Francis scored the Cup-clinching goal.

1996 - The Penguins lost to the Florida Panthers, 3-1, in Game 7 of the the Eastern Conference final.

1949 - G Michel Plasse
1961 - D Paul Coffey
1965 - C Dan Quinn
1992 - 1/2 of GotKasparaitis (Mike)

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