NLL TO BEGIN 2021-22 SEASON IN DECEMBER
NLL Board of Governors Approves 18 Game Schedule; Playoffs and Championship Series
PHILADELPHIA, March 11, 2021 – The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the largest and most successful professional lacrosse property in the world, today announced that the NLL Board of Governors has officially approved the start of the 2021-22 season for the weekend of December 3rd-4th. The schedule will call for 18 regular season games followed by Playoffs and a Championship Series.
“During what has been a very challenging year and uncertain times we are thrilled to finally announce that the NLL will return to play in December. We want to thank everyone that has helped us navigate the last 12 months with tough decisions, learning new innovations and, most importantly still finding a way to grow,” said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. “We are very excited to welcome the NLL’s 14th team, Panther City Lacrosse Club to the upcoming season and confident it will be another record setting year.
The 2021-22 season will be the debut of the NLL in Texas with Panther City Lacrosse Club playing at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as the return of the NLL to the Capital Region, New York with Albany NLL (team name contest currently underway visit albanynll.com to learn more) and its new ownership group at the Times Union Center.
Details about the 2021 NLL Draft, player training camps, player combine, broadcast partner(s), the relaunch of the NLL Hall of Fame and other league and team information will be coming in the next few months.
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2019-20 SEASON UPDATE – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For season ticket members and game day buyers:
We are grateful for your understanding and patience. We understand that fans are concerned and want answers. Much of what we are facing is uncharted territory for all of us. We will communicate regularly with our fans to keep them informed as details are available.
Have games been cancelled?
The season has been paused and currently no games have been cancelled. Tickets for any postponed games will be valid for the rescheduled date.
Season Ticket Refunds
For season ticket members, payments will remain on account and will be applied to the rescheduled games. Should a game not be rescheduled at a later date, season ticket holders will receive a credit to their account. Additional information regarding this will be communicated when details regarding games are made available.
Will the payment deadlines be pushed back for renewals and playoffs?
We are grateful for your understanding and patience. At this time we will delay the renewal deadline and the payment deadline for 30 days until April 23. We will continue to communicate regularly with our Season Ticket Members and communicate prior to any payments being processed.
Can I get a refund on my game day tickets?
Currently NLL games have been suspended and tickets will be honored at future games or refunded if games are cancelled. Once additional information pertaining to future games is available, game day ticket buyers will be contacted with their options. Should game day buyers want a refund immediately, refunds are available through your point of purchase.
I won’t be able to make a rescheduled game, I would like a refund?
The NLL has postponed their games until further notice. Tickets held for any postponed game will be valid for the rescheduled date, once determined. Refunds may also be obtained through point of purchase.
Season Ticket Members and Ticket Package holders will have any credits for cancelled games applied to their account. Additional information regarding this will be communicated as game and schedule issues are finalized.
How will resale tickets be handled?
All tickets purchased through a resale site (e.g. Ticketmaster Exchange, NHL Ticket Exchange, Vivid Seats, StubHub etc.) will be subject to the refund policy of that ticket marketplace.
When games are rescheduled, will people that have the tickets transferred to them be the recipient of the make-up game tickets or will the tickets go back to the Season Ticket Member?
Once a ticket is transferred it belongs to the recipient. That ticket will be valid for the rescheduled game.
How long will the season remain paused?
It is currently unknown how long the season will be paused but games will resume as soon as it is appropriate and prudent to do so.
SALES – GROUP AND PREMIUM FAQ
Can I get a refund on my group tickets?
The NLL has postponed their games until further notice and the rescheduled date for your game is currently unknown. Tickets for any postponed games will be valid for the rescheduled date, once determined. Refunds may also be obtained through point of purchase.
Can I get a refund on my premium experience?
The season has been temporarily paused and we hope games will be rescheduled.
In the event that games are cancelled, will I be incented to keep my money with CSEC?
When future games are scheduled, you will be notified of any options at that time.
What if my company creates a policy for employees and going to events?
When the regular season schedule is safe to resume we will receive direction and guidance from Alberta Health Services and the NLL regarding live sporting events. CSEC will take all the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our fans.
If I can’t make the rescheduled event can I get a refund?
The NLL has postponed their games until further notice. Tickets held for any postponed game will be valid for the rescheduled date, once determined. If games are cancelled, we will contact ticket buyers with refund options.
How will season work when resumed, including playoffs?
When it is safe and prudent to resume the season, we will do so. The timing of re-scheduled games and the playoff format have not been determined.
My premium experience included access to the event level, will I receive the same experience when games resume?
Any and all precautions necessary to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our fans, players, and staff will be taken when we return to play. Additional information on event level access will be provided to you at that time.
How are Scotiabank Saddledome concerts impacted?
If a concert date is impacted by the COVID-19 situation, communication will be sent to ticket holders through regular channels.
We can confirm that the April 5th JoJo Siwa concert, the April 19th James Taylor concert, and the May 5th Rage Against the Machine concert all at the Scotiabank Saddledome have been postponed to a later date due to the COVID-19 outbreak. An update on the new date will be sent to ticket holders once confirmed.
When will decisions on future events be made?
We are monitoring the situation daily and are in consistent communication with the NLL. We will provide regular updates to our ticketholders and fans as they are confirmed.
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JOIN THE C OF RED FOR THE 2021-22 SEASON!
Now is your chance; sign up now to be part of the C of Red ticket registration. Signing up will grant you priority access to purchase your choice of: 2021-22 season tickets, half season tickets or 9-game packs. A limited number of memberships will be released so sign up early to secure your spot this year!
Dreamed about experiencing all the highlight reel goals, sensational saves, and nail biting Flames wins live from your very own seats? That opportunity is right now – we absolutely cannot wait to hear the roar of the C of Red when the doors to the ‘Dome open again this fall. Here are some of the special benefits you can look forward to:
If you’re interested in learning more about what it means to be a Calgary Flames Season Ticket Holder, or would like more information on the variety of package options that are available, we’d like to hear from you. Act quickly to receive access to the best seating availability!
Did we mention ground is expected to break for the new Calgary Event Centre in January 2022 and all Season Ticket Holders will maintain the closest similar seat in the new venue? That’s going to be something special!
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Buy Calgary Roughnecks Tickets, Prices, Lacrosse Games Schedule
Calgary Roughnecks Lacrosse Tickets
Purchase Calgary Roughnecks tickets to watch a professional lacrosse team with over two decades of history compete live. The Roughnecks are a professional box lacrosse team that is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The team competes as members of the National Lacrosse League’s Western Division. Founded in 2001, they competed in their first season in 2002 and are known for their consistent performance throughout the season. The team qualified for the NLL postseason 13 years in a row from 2003-2016.
The Roughnecks have won multiple division championships and NLL Championships in their run as one of the top teams in professional lacrosse. The squad has been home to many of the league’s best players, with many of them taking home the title of MVP and Rookie of the year along the way including stars Shawn Evans, Dane Dobbie and Curtis Dickson. In 2007, Tracy Kelusky was named “Sportsman of the Year” by the NLL. In 2019, under head coach Curt Malawsky, the team took home another league championship after defeating the Buffalo Bandits.
Grab your Calgary Roughnecks tickets today and prepare to cheer your team on. You can catch a home game at Scotiabank Saddledome in Stampede Park near downtown Calgary. The venue holds over 8,000 fans and is also home to the NHL’s Calgary Flames hockey team.
Calgary Roughnecks Ticket Prices
Seat location and ticket demand will be the two biggest factors in Calgary Roughnecks ticket prices. Matchups between two teams at the top of the standings will likely be more expensive and can sometimes sell out. Premium seats and spots near the glass can also carry much higher prices. Seats in the second level of an arena will normally be much cheaper.
How much are Calgary Roughnecks tickets?
NLL tickets are usually in the range of $30 to $150 for a single game. Seats behind either goal and spots in the corners will usually be the cheapest with a price tag starting at $30. Spots located next to the glass at midfield are usually the spendiest with price tags often over $100. Sideline spots can run around $60 to $70. Grab Calgary Roughnecks tickets effortlessly with TicketSmarter.
Calgary Roughnecks Schedule
The National Lacrosse League season is 22 weeks long and runs from November to April. Playoffs take place in May with the NLL Championship Game in the end of May or early June. The league also awards a special trophy, the Alterna Cup, to the top Canadian team at the end of the regular season. The Alterna Cup is given to the Canadian squad with the best record against other teams in the Great White North. Lacrosse fans can find MLL Lacrosse, NLL Lacrosse or NCAA Lacrosse games to watch with TicketSmarter on our complete listing of events to satisfy your sporting event needs.
When do Calgary Roughnecks tickets go on sale?
You can buy lacrosse tickets on TicketSmarter soon after the NLL releases its schedule. The league normally makes the announcement in August or September. Playoff tickets will usually be available as soon as a matchup is set, even if there are regular-season games still to be played. Bookmark this page to be one of the first to buy Calgary Roughnecks tickets online.
Calgary Roughnecks Seating Chart
National Lacrosse League teams play in indoor facilities all over the United States and Canada. Most arenas are fairly large with capacities between 7,000 and 12,000. Many teams share venues with local hockey teams. For the best angles to watch the action, look for spots right next to the glass or seats at midfield. Many teams also offer premium or club seats. Find the best spots available at any NLL arena by purchasing Calgary Roughnecks tickets with TicketSmarter. Our seating chart allows fans to click through available options and find a spot that you will enjoy.
Calgary Roughnecks home games are played at Scotiabank Saddledome, which is located at 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary, AB. The Calgary Roughnecks seating chart at Scotiabank Saddledome provides excellent views of the lacrosse field from every angle.
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The SADDLEDOME LIVE app presented by Scotiabank will enhance your visit to the Scotiabank Saddledome like never before! You’ll have access to exciting features and guest services at Flames, Hitmen and Roughnecks games. UP YOUR GAME. GET THE APP.
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- TAP ON <PAYMENT METHOD> AND ADD YOUR PREFERRED METHOD OF PAYMENT TO YOUR ACCOUNT TO MAKE INSTANT IN APP PURCHASES
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- IF YOU’RE A SEASON TICKET HOLDER TAP ON <ACCOUNTS> TO ADD YOUR FLAMES/HITMEN/ROUGHNECKS ACCOUNTS TO ENSURE YOU RECEIVE ALL OF YOUR SEASON TICKET HOLDER BENEFITS WITH ANY IN-APP PURCHASE.
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ALBANY FIREWOLVES SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
ALBANY, NEW YORK – The Albany FireWolves, the Capital Region’s Indoor Lacrosse team playing out of the Times Union Center beginning in December, today announce that season memberships for the team’s inaugural year are on sale now. In addition, fans who have already placed a season ticket deposit with the team can now begin selecting their seats.
A 2021-22 season membership to the Albany FireWolves includes exclusive benefits such as:
- Tickets for all nine regular season home games.
- Tickets to the first home playoff game.
- First right of refusal for all other playoff games.
- Access to the Ticket Exchange Program (never waste a ticket!).
- Merchandise discounts.
- Unparalleled access to year-round, members-only events.
- Lowest price on additional tickets when needed.
- Payment plans to fit your budget.
Season memberships for the FireWolves begin as low as $150. Options for season memberships range from VIP to upper bowl seats. Proceeds from all ticket sales will go to the Albany FireWolves Foundation to support the “PACK Gives Back” campaign, further solidifying the FireWolves commitment to give back to the community.
The Albany FireWolves also announce that the team has partnered with Saratoga Eagle to create a unique section within the Times Union Center for all FireWolves home games. The “Michelob ULTRA Party Zone,” located directly behind one of the goals, will offer fans a unique tailgate experience with an up close and personal view at a great value.
Season tickets for the Michelob ULTRA Party Zone membership includes all-you-can-eat burgers and hot dogs, sodas, and Michelob Ultra beer specials for every FireWolves home game.
“The Albany FireWolves are open for business! As we developed our season ticket plans, we wanted to offer the Capital Region a fun and affordable entertainment option,” said George Manias, President of the Albany FireWolves. “With plans priced as low as $15 per game, we did just that. In addition, the Michelob ULTRA Party Zone will create an atmosphere that will be sure to give our team playing on the turf a true home field advantage. I would like to thank Saratoga Eagle for their partnership and giving us the ability to bring this great and exclusive experience to our fans.”
“We are thrilled to get the opportunity again to work with George Manias and his team,” said Jeff Mueller, AB Manager at Saratoga Eagle Sales and Service. “When George reached out to us a few months ago to partner up again, it was a no brainer. We are looking forward to bringing back the excitement, the energy and the engagement fans experienced in the Party Zone which is unlike anything else in the Capital Region. Together, we are really going to take the Albany FireWolves’ fan experience to the next level with the Michelob Ultra Party Zone.”
Do not miss your opportunity to witness history! Fans can secure their season tickets for the inaugural 2021-22 FireWolves season today! For more information regarding season ticket memberships, visit https://albanyfirewolves.com/tickets/season-tickets/ or call 518-362-4900.
The Albany FireWolves 2021-22 Inaugural Season is presented by CDPHP.
About Albany FireWolves
The Albany FireWolves is the Capital Region’s very own Professional Box Lacrosse team, playing in the National Lacrosse League beginning in the fall of 2021. For more information, contact the Albany FireWolves Front Office at (518) 362-4900 or by going to AlbanyFireWolves.com. Follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/AlbFireWolves, Twitter @AlbFireWolves, and Instagram @AlbFireWolves.
About the National Lacrosse League
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 14 franchises across the United States and Canada: Albany FireWolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (TX), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors.
For more information, visit NLL.com and find @NLL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information visit NLL.com.
About ASM Global
ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention, and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences. ASM Global’s diverse portfolio of clients benefit from the company’s depth of resources and unparalleled experience, expertise and creative problem solving. Each day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world deliver locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to deliver maximum results for venue owners and amazing experiences for guests. By consistently looking for new ways to envision, innovate and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the highest value for all stakeholders. For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com.
About Times Union Center
Times Union Center is a full-service entertainment and sports facility featuring a wide variety of family shows, sporting events, trade shows and concerts. Owned by Albany County and managed by ASM Global, Times Union Center opened in 1990 and is home to the Albany FireWolves of the National Lacrosse League, the Albany Empire of the National Arena League and the Division I Men’s College Basketball Siena Saints. For more information, please visit www.timesunioncenter-albany.com.
Established in 1984, CDPHP is a physician-founded, member-focused and community-based not-for-profit health plan that offers high-quality affordable health insurance plans to members in 26 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Daire Newbrough Selected By Calgary Roughnecks in NLL Draft
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With the 68th-overall pick in the 2021 #NLLDraft the Roughnecks have selected Daire Newbrough! pic.twitter.com/32L8mPBpxz— Calgary Roughnecks (@NLLRoughnecks) August 29, 2021
2021 continues to be a history-making year for the St. Bonaventure men’s lacrosse program.
Saturday night it was Bonnies graduate Daire Newbrough who wrote his name into the SBU record books by becoming the first player in program history to be selected in the National Lacrosse League Draft. He was chosen by the Calgary Roughnecks in the fifth round of the draft with the 68th overall pick.
Newbrough, a native of Waterloo, Ontario, was one of seven players selected by Calgary. He joins a franchise with a history of success: Calgary qualified for the postseason each year from 2003 to 2016 and won the NLL Championship in 2019. The Roughnecks are coached by Curt Malawsky, a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
“As a staff and program, we couldn’t be happier for Daire,” St. Bonaventure head coach Randy Mearns said. “He has great size, great character and a passion for the game that you can’t teach. Coach Malawsky will get a player who is as advertised. This is a great day to be a Bonnie!”
A team captain for the Bonnies, Newbrough graduated this past spring after playing with the program the past three years.
He started his collegiate career at Ohio Valley University where he played as a freshman in 2018, transferring to St. Bonaventure for the 2019 campaign. He battled injury during his Bonnies career, but started five of six games played during his senior season, recording an assist, nine groundballs and three caused turnovers.
Despite an injury earlier in the spring, Newbrough battled back to play in Bona’s first postseason game this past April as well, helping the team to a victory while advancing to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference semifinals.
Thankful for the opportunity and can’t wait to get started! #ComeForTheParty https://t.co/UB6U4fhUfx— Daire (@dairenewbrough) August 29, 2021
For the latest news on St. Bonaventure athletics, stay connected on social media. Follow the Bonnies on Twitter @GoBonnies and get men’s lacrosse updates @BonniesMLAX. Keep up with the Bonnies on Facebook /GoBonnies and on Instagram @GoBonnies.
HC “Avangard” | News | Fate is a villain. Soviet ice hockey stars with whom life was unfair
Vikulov became a homeless person, Kharlamov died in a car accident, Yakushev died after being beaten by hooligans.
The Soviet Union raised and educated a huge number of magnificent masters, many of whom became not just stars, but real legends of world hockey. The fates of some famous players from the USSR were successful: someone is still in sight and in demand, someone just lived a long and happy life.But, alas, there were also opposite examples. We tell the stories of famous Soviet hockey players who were not lucky enough to finish their life with dignity, or it turned out to be too short, and its end was tragic.
The most talented Soviet goalkeeper of the 80s, the “heir to Tretyak” in CSKA and the USSR national team could not realize his enormous potential due to a destructive addiction to alcohol and an inability to withstand the blows of fate. Belosheikin burst into the base of CSKA at the age of 18, a year later he was already the main goalkeeper in the USSR national team.Eugene won the allied championship three times, won gold at the 1986 World Cup and was supposed to go in the role of the first number to the Olympics in Calgary, but a few days before the start of the tournament he broke his leg in training and went to Canada only as a tourist.
This circumstance broke Belosheikin, who, even in his best years, often tried to touch the bottle. Eugene began to drink drunkenly, which as a result led to expulsion from CSKA and the collapse of his sports career. He tried to revive her in his native Leningrad, where he was given several chances, but nothing helped.Belosheikin was finished off by everyday difficulties: first, his beloved wife left him, and already in the 90s the bandits killed his father. In the last years of his life, Evgeny did not work anywhere, drank a lot and lived in a dorm room. There, in November 1999, he took his own life. Belosheikin was only 33 years old.
Yakushev is probably the most titled Soviet hockey player who has never played for CSKA, Dynamo Moscow or Spartak. Throughout his career, Victor was devoted to the capital Lokomotiv, for which he played for 24 years.Now such a team does not exist – the Moscow “railroad workers” were disbanded three years after the end of Yakushev’s playing career.
However, the unpopular club registration did not prevent Yakushev from being regularly called up to the USSR national team in the 60s. In that invincible “Red Car” Victor played an important role, Tarasov and Chernyshev appreciated him for his universalism (Yakushev played great with any partners) and the ability to do rough work. As a result, from the lower ranks of the national team, Yakushev won five world championships, as well as Olympic gold in Innsbruck-1964.
Victor did not want to leave hockey until the last moment, played for Lokomotiv, which eventually slipped into the second league, until the age of 42. Yakushev admitted that he simply could not do anything else in life, and Victor did not have the education to start a coach’s career. But he was not left in his native Lokomotiv: Yakushev was hired to work first as the team’s second coach, and after the railroad workers were disbanded, Viktor found a place in a youth sports school. Yakushev worked as a children’s mentor for eight years, and ended his career as a watchman.At the same Lokomotiv stadium.
In the 90s, Yakushev was diagnosed with a serious illness of the hip joint (the ex-hockey player could barely walk), but the famous Swedish player Sven Tumba-Johansson helped Victor to cope with it, collecting money for an operation in Sweden. And at the beginning of the 2000s, Yakushev’s life was tragically cut short. On June 27, 2001, he was severely beaten either by hooligans in the street, or by police officers at the police station (according to relatives and friends). Victor, who claimed that he did not remember the details of the attack, refused hospitalization and lay at home for four days, and when he finally got to the hospital, it was already too late.Yakushev died in intensive care on July 6, he was 63 years old.
“The wizard of the puck” and the most cunning striker of Soviet hockey – that is how Vladimir Vikulov was often called in the 60s. The renowned soldier possessed brilliant skating technique, unique speed, powerful throw and subtle scoring flair, and his legendary troika with Anatoly Firsov and Viktor Polupanov terrified any rival, both CSKA and the USSR national team.
Vikulov became a two-time Olympic champion and a seven-time world champion, took part in the famous 1972 Super Series.Alas, the fate of Victor after the end of his career was sad. He worked with children in an army sports school, shared his skills, and then suddenly started drinking. People who knew him claimed that Vikulov the hockey player was almost an absolute teetotaler, and it is not clear what made Vladimir break down.
Due to constant drunkenness, Vikulov was eventually demobilized from the army and fired from the club, and he was left completely alone. Without a family, without support, alone with his addiction and sore legs, on which it was more and more difficult for the former hockey player to move around every day.Vikulov was forgotten by everyone, they say that at the end of his life he even had to be homeless. The legendary hockey player died in August 2013, he was 67 years old.
Almetov is another famous striker of CSKA and the USSR national team, who failed to find himself in life after the end of his career. Alexander was the most talented, intelligent center forward, a member of the “grandmaster” troika Loktev – Almetov – Aleksandrov. Anatoly Firsov recalled him: “The extremely high technique allowed him to work miracles in the most difficult situations.Its performance was sometimes astonishing. ”
Almetov won four world championships and one Olympics with the USSR national team. Not so much for the great generation of “hockey players – the sixties”, but Alexander finished playing at the age of 27. All because of his cheerful attitude to life, chronic non-compliance with the sports regime and addiction to alcohol.
After hockey, Almetov disappeared from the radar, was socially unclaimed. In the 90s, he left for the USA with his wife, but returned a year later, and, they say, even worked as a gravedigger in a cemetery for some time.And in 1992, forgotten by everyone, Alexander died of pneumonia. 52-year-old Almetov was buried at the Vagankovsky cemetery next to Eduard Streltsov.
Babich is one of the pioneers of Soviet hockey. At the end of the 40s, he stood at the origins of the USSR national team and the CDKA, played in the top three with Vsevolod Bobrov and Anatoly Tarasov. Later, Babich, by the decision of Vasily Stalin, moved to the Air Force of the Ministry of Defense, won three allied championships, and then took part in the 1954 World Cup and 1956 OI – the first international tournaments of the Soviet team, which ended in winning gold medals.In Cortina d’Ampezzo, Babich authored the first Olympic puck in the history of the USSR national team.
Babich played hockey until 1957, after retiring Evgeny Makarovich worked a little as a coach at CSKA, SKA, and even at German Forverts and Omsk Kauchuk. However, alas, Babich did not manage to really rebuild his life after hockey. He had a family, money was abundant, but he still suffered from severe depression and saw no reason to continue his existence. The life of one of the founders of Soviet hockey ended at the age of 51.
Blinov – the legendary pupil of Omsk hockey, the famous defender of the Moscow “Spartak”, distinguished by an incredible shot. According to some reports, after Blinov’s “shot” the puck flew at a speed of more than 200 kilometers per hour.
Victor opened up early in his hometown, moved to Moscow early, drank world fame early. Blinov was distinguished by his courage and strength, the audience went to his famous click, and Victor’s finest hour came at the OI-1968 in Grenoble.Blinov scored four goals in seven matches and became the Olympic champion.
This award was the first and only one in the life of a Siberian hero. Blinov worked a lot in training, was tireless during matches, but with the same frenzy he consumed spirits. Leonid Kiselev, the famous coach of Avangard, once said that Blinov had a unique body immunity to alcohol – in order to get drunk, Viktor had to take an elephant’s dose of alcohol. The defender did not know the measures at all, and this ruined him already at the age of 22.
After OI-1968, Blinov went to Omsk, where he went into a binge with endless people who wanted to “have a glass” with the newly-made Olympic champion. Victor could not (and did not want to) refuse anyone, so by the beginning of the season at Spartak he came up in a terrible state. Blinov started the training process, but during one of the basketball lessons his heart could not stand the load. The talented hockey player died of alcohol addiction at only 22 years old.
Drozdetsky is one of the best pupils of Leningrad hockey, a bright CSKA forward of the 80s, who won two world championships and gold at the Sarajevo Olympics with the USSR national team.“Kolya was to some extent a sloven, but he became an outstanding hockey player,” his CSKA partner Viktor Zhluktov once recalled. In the USSR championships, Drozdetsky played 503 matches and scored 252 goals in them – this result allowed Nikolai to enter the Vsevolod Bobrov scorers club.
Drozdetsky was not a malicious violator of the regime, problems with alcohol bypassed him, unlike many of the heroes of our text, but still the fate of Nikolai was tragic. After CSKA, he left to play in Sweden and it was there, in the summer of 1995, after another season for Boros, Drozdetskiy died of an exacerbation of diabetes.Nikolai was only 38 years old.
Speaking about the great Soviet hockey players who were treated unfairly by fate, it is impossible not to mention the great Valery Kharlamov. Legend No. 17 of CSKA and the USSR national team, two-time Olympic champion and eight-time world champion, one of the main characters of the 1972 Super Series, lived only 33 years. Kharlamov’s life was cut short on August 27, 1981 by a car accident. The hockey player’s wife Irina was at the wheel of the Volga, the woman lost control on the road slippery from the rain on the Leningradskoye Highway and made a head-on collision with a truck.
It is known that Kharlamov at that time could be in the location of the USSR national team at the Canada Cup, but Viktor Tikhonov did not take Valery to the tournament. The villainous fate ordered the great athlete to die at the age of 33.
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If sports were music, then it would not be difficult to determine its genres.Football, of course, would become pop music (in the best sense of the word) that breaks all the world charts, and where performers are quickly becoming world idols – from Patagonia to Kamchatka. The NBA is necessarily hip-hop and rap, especially since many NBA players themselves are not averse to reading something to the beat. But dynamic and hard hockey is undoubtedly rock.
Sports.ru editors decided to dream up and presented what the NHL clubs would look like if they were rock bands.
Anaheim – Jonas Brothers
It is unlikely that Californians will ever get rid of the Disney brand.The club has not belonged to the cartoon empire for almost 10 years, but everyone yearns for the old-school emblem of the 90s and is reviewing the film that gave the name to the franchise. Since Disney has spread its tentacles throughout the entertainment industry, they have taken young pop rockers under their wing as well. The similarity is enhanced by the fact that the Niedermeier brothers played in the last championship line-up of the Ducks, and the Jonas (who would have thought!) Are brothers to each other.
Arizona – Guns N’Roses
The Glendale Problem Club, already transported once, has risen to the brink of ruin several times.The brilliant management led the team to a financial disaster, from which it took a very long time to get out, fighting off constant rumors about moving somewhere where hockey is more fond of. Even the city council almost kicked out the restless team “into the cold” in every sense (Quebec was already preparing).
Californian rockers were much more successful, but one of the most influential bands in history was on the verge of complete collapse due to reasons that the members still do not name or are limited to excuses.From the original line-up, only the frontman Axl remained, having recruited, in fact, a new team under the old name. So in Arizona for several years only Shane Dawn remained from the old line-up.
Islanders – Nirvana
The rise of Nirvana was truly explosive. Did another group know the period of such a dizzying take-off, when almost every American student played Smells Like Teen Spirit in his head, and almost all the players, televisions and irons were on to him? And who knows where all this would have gone if one April day, Kurt Cobain had not picked up a gun lying next to him.
A similar thing happened to the Islanders. Four cups in four years in the early eighties – the club has never again achieved such success, only once reaching the final of the conference. And the arrival of Mike Milbury is not just suicide, this is quartering with your own hands. Without the destructive activities of its general manager, New York could have had a roster with Luongo, Hara, Specza, Heatley and Bertuzzi, but remained with Yashin, whose name was crossed out on the jersey, and years of hopeless depression, comparable to the state of Nirvana fans in April 1994- th.
Buffalo – Ramones
All sports teams in the city bear an unknown curse, because of which none of them has ever been able to win any of the major sports leagues in the United States. The Blades are no exception: the 1999 final was lost to a goalless goal by Brett Hull. The next time Buffalo reached the cup as close as possible, in the East final, injuries sequentially mowed down four of the club’s leading defenders at once, due to which the bloodless club lost to Carolina.
Ramones are also considered by many critics to be damned bands. Although now the gang rightfully has the status of a cult, during the life of the group they trailed in the tails of all kinds of charts and did not record a single gold album. The fate of the gang members is also in many ways tragic: Joey and Johnny Ramone constantly clashed at once due to several reasons, the musicians never communicated with each other off stage, and after the group broke up, all its members died for various reasons.
Boston – Dropkick Murphys
We say Boston – we mean Dropkick, we say Dropkick – we mean Boston.Punks of Irish origin have long been inscribed in the cultural code of the city, which, since the 18th century, has been carrying the traditionally crazy Irish spirit, because all the band’s work is saturated with traditional Celtic folk motifs.
The guys themselves, like the patriots of Boston, are fans not only of the “bears”, but also of the baseball “Red Sox”. In honor of the former they played on the Winter Classics, in support of the latter they recorded a separate album. And the clubs from Massachusetts themselves gladly use Celtic punk in their matches.
Vancouver – Nickelback
Vancouver has emerged as the perfect target for league-wide ridicule in recent years for a variety of reasons. Here you have an incompetent general manager who does not seem to know the rules of the league and receives fines out of the blue, violent fans who staged a riot after the defeat in the final, the recent saga with the appointment of Tortorella, which ended in a mess. Benning and Linden are fortunate enough to have Edmonton in Canada, otherwise all the offensive jokes would be at their expense.
Nickelback, another Canadian band, is in approximately the same position. It seems that the group is popular and holds on in the charts, but the popular hatred is too great – the British The Word called them the worst rock group of our time, the Rolling Stones awarded the second place in the anti-rating of the 90s. The most severe blow was struck by users of one of the music dating sites, who preferred to listen to even Justin Bieber together, but not the unfortunate Canadians.
Washington – Die Toten Hosen
Surprisingly, punks from Dusseldorf, tearing apart German festivals and standing on the same level of popularity with the same Rammstein, are almost unknown in Russia.For the uninformed, let us explain: like almost all self-respecting punk bands, Dead Pants (as the group’s name is literally translated) are anti-fascists, anti-globalists, animal rights activists.
“What does this have to do with Washington?” – you ask. Yes, the most direct, because Washington, as the capital of the United States, is the city that attracts all the protest actions of a wide variety of movements, including defenders of the rights of blacks, rallies of anti-fascists. Despite the fact that right-wing rallies are held in the capital, the city still carries the powerful protest spirit inherent in punk culture.
And so that you are finally convinced that only a German band can symbolize “Caps”, listen to the main hit of the group, and especially the chorus:
Hey, here’s Alex!
The curtain goes up for his horror show.
Winnipeg – Lordi
Winnipeg is the harshest of the major cities in Canada, with average temperatures in January reaching -20 Celsius. Even in Edmonton, not more attractive for a hockey player’s life, this figure is -12 degrees.Because of the climate, Winnipeg doesn’t even have parks. It is not surprising that the NHL franchise lasted only a decade and a half here, leaving the city without hockey for the same period, and the main star of the club in history – Teemu Selanne – played in Manitoba for only four years.
Winnipeg’s musical image should combine severity with notes of the Finnish epic. And no one better than Lordi meets those criteria. For a long time, the men from Rovaniemi were almost unknown outside their cozy Suomi, but once they won the selection for Eurovision, where they lit it so that all of Europe began to wonder who was hiding behind the terrible masks, and Dima Bilan realized that in order to win the Eurovision song contest he you need a heavier artillery than a ballerina crawling out of the piano.
Dallas – ZZ Top
Another simple geographic association. Texas was rarely associated with hockey, even during the Hull-Modano-Lehtinen link, but the cowboys and the blues will always be part of the “lone star state” image. Well, the cheeky bearded men from ZZ Top are those who support this image and popularize it all over the world.
Detroit – Scorpions
“Scorpions” are deservedly ranked among the fathers of hard rock as a genre in music, as Detroit, the Original Six, are among the fathers of the NHL.And the creative path of the teams is somewhat similar – while some were trying to go to glory, others were getting out of the Dead Wings era, while Wind of Change was breaking the charts, Steve Yzerman grew every season, and finally, by the mid-90s, both bands reached the highest flowering.
Even the recession follows the same scenario: some fans grumble after each new album that “Scorpions” are not the same, but buy the next one, the fans of others gabble after each playoff: “To what Holland has brought the franchise” – but buy season tickets for the next season.However, if Herr Meine, alas, continues to grow old, then the young growth of “wings” in the person of Larkin and Mrazek can still sing “We Will Rise Again”.
Calgary – KISS
And here everything is very simple and connected with the team’s nickname. Who else is wasting such an insane amount of fire and flames at their concerts, how much these guys with painted faces? Watching some of the band’s concerts, one gets the impression that they are needed not so much for music as for demonstrating new skills of pyrotechnics.
Carolina – Decyfer Down
Welcome to North Carolina! This is a quiet hinterland of the United States, the majority of the population of which are rare – although not educated people, but hardworking and hard-working. Rednecks are not at all shy about this name, using it on posters in support of their favorite “Hurricanes”, which 10 years ago pleased the hard workers, many of whom did not even know all the intricacies of playing with the puck, winning the Stanley Cup.
Another distinctive feature of the state is a high proportion of believers, 50% of the state’s residents call themselves “very religious.”Therefore, rock in Carolina is only Christian. Yes, yes, Butters:
Local guys from Decyfer Down quickly conquered the top of the Christian rock charts with their songs. Funny enough, however, that their debut album was released on June 6, 6 months 2006. Although, who knows, maybe, as another Christian rock group sang, it was a kind of message: “Hey, Satan, get out!”
Columbus – Leningrad Cowboys
It is very difficult for a club from Ohio to find an analogue in the world of music, because for almost 20 years of its existence it has not been remembered for anything really significant, even attempts to assemble a playoff-level team around Rick Nash in his prime failed.Columbus as a band is a band with no hits, no gold albums, but somewhere you must have heard something about it.
And the Leningrad cowboys are quite suitable for this. The group never got noticed with savory singles, mainly doing covers and reworking of Russian songs, as well as appearing in two semi-absurd films of the idol of art house lovers Aki Kaurismaki. And also these guys played hockey with another group of our top – Die Toten Hosen.
Colorado – Korn
The end of the 90s in the NHL was marked by an epic confrontation between two great franchises – Colorado and Detroit.The great trio Rua – Sakik – Forsberg managed to bring two Cups to the city and presented many more memorable series. However, after the golden 90s, a period of free fall began – even the first round of the playoffs was a huge success, and the greedy Stan Kroenke does not allow spending money to correct this situation.
Much the same thing happened to Korn. Collected from the former members of one group that never took off (hello, Quebec!), They turned the music world of the 90s, mixing several musical styles at once into a cocky mixture, and began to consistently write platinum albums.But the harsh zeroes came, and the group rushed downhill, starting to engage in even the disgusting dubstep, forcing the true fans, sighing, to remember the golden 90s.
Los Angeles – Red Hot Chili Peppers
The life of the “peppers” is so firmly saturated with the intoxicating smell of joints and strewn with used syringes that they stand out even against the background of many other rockers: Anthony Kiedis and Flea became addicted to marijuana at the age of 13-14, the first guitarist of the Hillel Slovak band died of an overdose, and John Frusciante, who replaced him, began to “communicate with the spirits” so actively that he almost turned into a skeleton with punctured hands.However, it is worth noting that Kiedis and Frusciante overcame their habits, hitting yoga and oriental meditation practices.
NHL – this is not the NBA for you, unlike cheerful African-Americans, it is somehow not customary for tough white men to score. However, the capital of US hedonism distinguished itself here – Jareth Stoll and Mike Richards were caught red-handed. Worried Kings management hired Brent Myers to work with the players, who also had to undergo rehab after being disqualified for drugs.True, both defendants in the cases in Los Angeles are no longer there.
Minnesota – Soul Asylum
Against the background of other clubs that joined the league at the turn of the century, Minnesota made the fastest powerful playoff run, reaching the 2003 West Finals. Jacques Lemaire put a boring but effective defensive play on the virtually starless Savages lineup. However, since then, “Minnesota” has not repeated its success, although with the arrival of Suter and Parise it was even considered a contender.So far, it seems that time has already passed.
Almost countrymen of the franchise, the Minneapolis-based band Soul Asylum, made their very first album, Grave Dancers Union, platinum and cult, and their most successful single, Runaway Train, won a Grammy. After such a start, a lot was expected of the gang, but they did not achieve anything that would surpass the glory of their first album, and quickly left the covers of music magazines.
Montreal – AC / DC
The Canadiens to this day remain in the history of the NHL as the most titled team.In Montreal of the 50-60s, which were the absolute dominant of the NHL, sweeping everyone out of their way, all other teams were equal, and future great coaches grew up on their game. The Hubs were even able to fundamentally change the basics of hockey with the Beliveau Rule – they were so good at the time.
The Australian band sold an unimaginable 200 million albums around the world, gathered overcrowded stadiums on every tour, almost every rock artist was influenced by their music, and all the Australian bands that appeared after the mid-70s inevitably carried their style.But in the harsh 2010s, some are struggling with time and disease, while others have been trying to get to the Cup final for 20 years.
Nashville – Willie Nelson
Well, what hard rock in Tennessee, what are you talking about. In the capital of American country music, even rock is obliged to bear the imprint of songs about the simple joys of life of the same simple people. Willie Nelson is already 83 years old, but he still travels around the one-story America with his simple guitar, continuing to sing. David Poyle is 66, but he has been the general manager of NHL teams for 40 years: first Washington, then Nashville.Poyle is clearly not going to leave yet, after all, he has not come to the main goal for 40 years.
New Jersey – Slipknot
By the standards of just recently entirely puritanical America, the guys from “New Jersey” have the harshest name. Sergei Kalinin in his interview said that his grandmother was even worried that he was leaving to play for the “devils”. In general, all Ave Satani!
Slipknot has been fighting off accusations of Satanism for a long time, saying that their songs are not about that at all and have a completely different meaning, but few of the popular groups also often use cut off goat heads, the numbers 666 and nine-pointed stars, which are fighters for morality mistaken for pentagrams.What to do, first you work for the reputation, and then the reputation – for you.
Ottawa – Rolling Stones
Isn’t it an unexpected association? And everything is very simple. The owner of the Senators, Eugene Melnik, along with Stan Kronke, is perceived by many as one of the main Scrooges of the NHL, limiting the financial needs of management also with an internal ceiling.
Sir Mick Jagger, in turn, regularly makes the top lists of the world’s most greedy celebrities.Unexpected character traits of a person with the image of a rebel were revealed by one of the journalists, who wrote a book about her presence next to the musicians – according to her, the young Jagger strictly recorded and controlled every penny, including trips to prostitutes, and considered the main sign of a man to be success in business.
Pittsburgh – System of a Down
By 1984, the Pittsburgh franchise had existed for 17 years, but was absolutely uninteresting to anyone outside the city, floundering in the lower stages of the playoffs.The arrival of Mario Lemieux gave the team an extremely bright, but very short peak, which ended with the departure of the player. When Magnificent returned, the franchise was in ruins and had to be rebuilt. Since 2006, a new era began in the history of the team, not inferior to the gold 90s.
The peak of the Armenian folk group from the United States was quite comparable to those cup trips in the early 90s, when the group, which dabbled mainly with demo cassettes, went to the world level. The glory halo was short, but then the gang just decided to take a break.True, a three-year break is not 17 years between cups, but SOAD’s return to the arenas of festivals was just as triumphant as the beginning of the 87/71 era.
Rangers – Bon Jovi
New York “majors” personify New York: expensive tickets, stars in the stands, and before the era of the merciless ceiling – and on the ice. The world’s most famous metropolis, the embodiment of huge advertising screens and glamorous life, the symbol of the “American Dream” should represent the most glamorous of rockers.And Bon Jovi, one of the glam metal “atz”, perfectly suits this role, as outwardly the sleekest star of the genre.
San Jose – Metallica
And here everything is quite simple: James Hetfield has long and firmly supported Sharks as a California native. On this business, he hooked other members of the legendary group, who are ready to do anything, “if only not to write an album” ©. However, this joke of Metallica fans will soon become irrelevant – shortly before the start of one of the matches of this year’s final, Hatfield promised the release of a new album in the fall.The club itself also reciprocates and uses the famous “Seek and Destroy” when entering the team on the ice.
St. Louis – Megadeth
The St. Louis has never been cursed like the Buffalo. However, for almost 50 years of its existence, the team has never been able to win the Stanley Cup, despite the fact that it was a regular participant in the playoffs, and the stars were never averse to visiting the “bluesmen” – Gretzky, Hull, Pronger, McInnis, Fur.However, in the spring they all watched how their rivals rejoiced, but did not rejoice themselves.
Dave Mustaine’s gang has been nominated for a Grammy in a record nine times. But there is not a single gramophone in their collection. The group itself, although it has always been popular and ranked among the titans of the genre, most often was in the background compared to the same “Metalika”. Even the formation of the group looks like a kind of “expansion draft” – after all, Mustaine was kicked out of Metallica for alcoholism.
Tampa Bay – Deep Purple
Steve Yzerman is carefully trying to overtake Roman Rotenberg in terms of building the Russian national team in a single franchise.The years spent next to the “Russian Five” were clearly not wasted, so the main team of “Tampa” already has four holders of red passports, and several more are listed in the prospectuses. Without a doubt, Tampa is the most Russophile club in the NHL # right now.
In the world of rock, such can be called the already mentioned “Scorpions”, as well as the British classics from “Deep Purple”. The group has been giving concerts in Russia on a regular basis since 1996; they paid tribute to the corporate headquarters of Gazprom, which was then headed by the highest-ranking fan of the group in the world, Dmitry Medvedev.And one of the former vocalists Joe Lynn Turner said at all that Russia is the only country where truth lives, and that he is going to move to Belarus for permanent residence.
Toronto – Sum 41
For 50 years without a cup, Toronto finally despaired and decided to go through a total restructuring and accumulation of young talents. In a couple of years, when all the bad contracts are over, the face of the franchise will be guys who will be a little over 20. Young “Leafs” of the future can only be punks, since in Ontario there is a famous team Sum 41, which has already been noted for the soundtrack for NHL 02 – the one that is considered by many to be the best of the whole series.
Philadelphia – Rammstein
The legendary “Philadelphia” of the 70s remained in the memory of many as a rude and blockhead team, from which the hockey aesthetes of those times “what are you, how can you turn up their noses,” but which was extremely effective. The leader of Broad Street Hooligans, Fred Shero, began wearing outrageous suits long before Don Cherry, and trash, frenzy and sodomy were constantly happening at the pilots’ matches. The glorious traditions of power play were continued by the famous “Legion of Doom” led by Eric Lindros, who made the entire East of the 90s tremble.
In the same way, the musical aesthetes spit from the German band: “Well, what kind of true metal is this, why are the riffs so simple?” However, the Ranmas are a resounding success, because their energy and drive are as insane as the furious attacks of the “Legion of Death”, and the sparks that are plentifully pouring over the audience at the fiery live are comparable to the sparks that sometimes flew out after the deafening hits of Dave Schultz. However, there is a difference: it is unlikely that the harsh team of Shero Sr. had its own Flake, over whom Lindemann mocks on almost all live shows (and clips).
Florida – The Clash
British punks, already at the peak of their fame, sold tickets at a completely symbolic price of $ 1, even at a loss, in order to please the fans once again. But if The Clash are guys who are not keen on making profit, then Florida arranged a sale forcibly – so no one would go to them in the southern region. However, Dale Tallon has assembled such a squad, for which it may soon be difficult to get an extra ticket.
Chicago – Linkin Park
Successful people are not particularly fond of. The rise of “Chicago” in recent years, which even the pre-ceilings “Detroit” and “Colorado” did not dream about, was accompanied on the one hand by a stream of glors, and on the other hand – by the rays of popular hatred. American variants of “Meme One” are full of referees of the “Chicago” matches, who call directly to the White House, and jokes about Johnny Taves’ points. To all this, the fans say, “We have three Cups, so haters, go to the garden.”
Linkin Park is a group that combines incredible adoration with streams of not just hatred, but HATE. The reasons for criticism are different: “Yes, your soloist can’t sing!”, “Yes, your drummer can’t play!” For all this, the band members make their faces with bricks and show how many platinum and even diamond albums they have.
Edmonton – Tokio Hotel
Now the reader will ask: “What do they have to do with rock?”To which we answer: “What does Edmonton have to do with hockey clubs?” Jokes are jokes, but the parallels are easy to see: the founders of the group at the time of its creation were not even 14 years old, original (God forgive me) musical “nekstvans”. And both teams generate offensive jokes and ridicule around themselves in the same way. All this is watched with sadness by the fans of the Oilers, whose mood has long been at the level of those who listened to the German VIA in 2007 that way.