Archive for June, 2011


Do the Habs suck at the draft?

With the NHL draft at hand in Minnesota tonight, it’s been 18 years since the Montreal Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup (the year Patrick Roy won the Conn Smyth for playoff MVP) as well as 9 years since a Habs player has won the Hart MVP and Vezina Trophies (Jose Theodore),  39 years since the Calder Rookie Trophy (Ken Dryden), 33 years since the Art Ross Top League Scorer (Guy Lafleur),  22 years since the Norris Defencman trophy (Chris Chelios), 19 years since the Selke Trophy for top defensive-forward (Guy Carbonneau) and lastly 21 years since a member of the team has scored 50 goals (Stephan Richer).

What’s going on with the Montreal Canadiens? Their trophy showcase has been empty for years now?  It all comes back to the NHL draft. The have made some really big mistakes in the draft over the past few decades (and thus missing out on high-calibre and award winning players) specifically the following:

– In 2004, the Canadiens selected WHL player Kyle Chipchura (C) with their 1st round 18th overall pick passing up Mike Green (D) later chosen by the Washington Capitals in the round.

– In 2003 the Habs picked Andrei Kostitsyn with their 1st round 10th selection instead of League MVP Corey Perry selected later in the round

– In 2002, the Canadiens selected Tomas Linhart (D) of the Czech Republic with their 2nd round 45th overall pick passing up Duncan Keith (D) later chosen by the Chicago Blackhawks in the round.

– In 1998, the Canadiens selected Gord Dwyer (LW) with their 6th round 152nd overall pick passing up Russian great Pavel Datsyuk (C) later chosen by the Detroit Red Wings in the round.

– In 1990, the Canadiens selected Turner Stevenson with their 1st round 12th overall pick passing up Martin Brodeur (G) later chosen by the New Jersey Devils in the round.

– In 1989, the Canadiens selected Pierre Sevigny with their 3rd round 51st overall pick passing up on Nicklas Lidstrom later chosen by the Detroit Red Wings in the round.

– a player by the name of Luc Robitaille was drafted in the 9th round 171st overall in 1984 by the Los Angeles Kings as the Montreal Canadiens had wider eyes set on no name American born Brad McCaughey.

– In 1980, the Montreal Canadiens, with access to the first pick overall in the first round of the draft decided to go with Doug Wickenheiser instead of the talented player from Pointe Gatineau, Quebec named Denis Savard.

– In 1977, the Montreal Canadiens decided to draft Toronto native Mark Napier as their 10th overall pick in the first round instead of taking Montreal native Mike Bossy who was selected in as the 15th pick of the 1st round by the New York Islanders.

Now it is much easier to understand why the Montreal Canadiens are so far from their winning ways. Poor scouting and ultimately drafting.


Is the 11th an Omen?

After the recent Japanese earthquake and fresh memories of September 11th in recent years, do you often wonder if there is something bad about the 11th day of each month. Is there a link between the 11th and tragedy or death?  On 11th day of each month in history, the following disasters have occurred which re-inforces that this day is an Omen:

January 11
1693 – Mt. Etna erupts in Sicily, Italy. A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta.
1962 – An avalanche on Huascaran in Peru causes 4,000 deaths.
1998 – Sidi-Hamed massacre takes place in Algeria, over 100 people are killed.

March 11
1864 – The Great Sheffield Flood: The largest man-made disaster ever to befall England kills over 250 people in Sheffield.
1888 – The Great Blizzard of 1888 begins along the eastern seaboard of the United States, shutting down commerce and killing more than 400.
2004 – Madrid train bombings: Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid, Spain, kill 191 people.
2011 – An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes Japan, triggering a tsunami killing tens of thousands of peopleand a nucleur meltdown.

April 11
1965 – The Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1965: Fifty-one tornadoes hit in six Midwestern states, killing 256 people.
2002 – The Ghriba synagogue bombing by Al Qaeda kills 21 in Tunisia.
2007 – Algiers bombings: Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers, kills 33 people and wounds a further 222 others.
2011 – 2011 Minsk Metro bombing in Belarus

May 11
1907 – 32 Shriners are killed when their chartered train derails at a switch near Surf Depot in Lompoc, California.
1953 – The 1953 Waco tornado outbreak: an F5 tornado hits downtown Waco, Texas, killing 114.
1970 – The Lubbock Tornado, a F5 tornado, hits Lubbock, Texas, killing 26 and causing $250 million in damage.
1996 – The 1996 Mount Everest disaster: on a single day eight people die during summit attempts on Mount Everest .

June 11
1184 BC – Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations
1805 – A fire consumes large portions of Detroit in the Michigan Territory.
1955 – Eighty-three are killed and at least 100 are injured after an Austin-Healey and a Mercedes-Benz collide at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the deadliest ever accident in motorsports.
1981 – A Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude earthquake at Golbaf, Iran, kills at least 2,000.

July 11
1983 – A Boeing 727 crashes into hilly terrain after a tail strike in Cuenca, Ecuador, claiming 119 lives.
1995 – Over 8,000 Bosnian men and children (all Bosniaks) are killed by Serbian troops commanded by Ratko Mladic in Potočari near Srebrenica Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2006 – 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai, India.

August 11
2003 – A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to 112 °F (44 °C), leaving about 144 people dead.

September 11
1916 – The Quebec Bridge’s central span collapses, killing 11 men.
1944 – World War II: RAF bombing raid on Darmstadt and the following firestorm kill 11,500.
1968 – Air France Flight 1611 crashes off Nice, France, killing 89 passengers and 6 crew.
2001 – World Trade Center Bombings IN nyc

October 11
1138 – A massive earthquake struck Aleppo, Syria.

November 11
2000 – Kaprun disaster: 155 skiers and snowboarders die when a cable car catches fire in an alpine tunnel in Kaprun, Austria.

December 11
1993 – Forty-eight people are killed when a block of the Highland Towers collapses near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1998 – Thai Airways Flight 261 crashes near Surat Thani Airport, killing 101
2007 – Two car bombs explode at the Constitutional Court building in Algiers and the United Nations office. An estimated 45 people are killed in the bombings.