Game On

It has started again. The sound of sticks and skates on the ice, pucks hitting leather, sticks, glass, and the boards, the miniature crowd wave that follows a sharp shot from a low angle as it deflects across the goal mouth. Hockey is back.

In their first exhibition game of the year, the Devils won in a shootout against the Islanders, with rookie Zach Parise getting the 2nd goal in regulation and the first in the shootout. You read it here first, puck fans, he's going to be Calder Trophy material.

More happy news for me: The Washington Capitals named Jeff Halpern their captain for the 05-06 season. Take a kid who grew up in Maryland (not a hockey hotbed), always wanted to play hockey, went to Princeton (hot a hockey hotbed), didn't get drafted, showed up to training camp in the summer of 1999 (a dot-com hotbed) and basically won a spot on the team through hard work.

Last year at about this time I started blogging, claiming that regular writing would get me warmed up for writing the Jeff Halpern Story. I wasn't kidding. You read it here first.

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