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Month: August, 2013

Wacky injuries

by barbaragarn

Claud Giroux was in the news this week after a golf club shattered and splinters sliced open his index finger, damaging some tendons. Yikes!

I was thinking about other wacky hockey injuries. First to mind is Pancakegate, from 2012. Dustin Penner threw out his back eating a stack of delicious pancakes. He wrote a hysterical open letter to fans and conspiracy theorists, very tongue in cheek.

Here are some others:

  • Glenn Healey of the Maple Leafs lacerated his hand while cleaning his bagpipes.
  • Wade Belak (also of the Leafs, hmmm) had to sit out a game due to a spider bite.
  • In another freaky back injury, Brent Sopel of the Canucks suffered spasms after bending over to pick up a cracker his young daughter had thrown on the floor. Hint: get a dog.
  • Remember Erik Johnson’s golf injury? He got his foot stuck between the accelerator and the brake on a golf cart (or did he??) during a team outing.
  • Manny Legace injured his hip after stepping on the red carpet placed on the ice to honor Sarah Palin (then VP nominee, who was dropping the puck for the ceremonial face-off).
  • Beware the deadly blister:  Mikael Renberg (during his Maple Leafs tenure–what IS it with this team?) got a blister. From tying his skate laces. It got infected enough that Renberg was hospitalized with a dangerously high fever. Doctors actually considered taking his hand off. Poor Renberg had already faced the thought of amputation a year earlier while boating: he jumped in the water to retrieve the anchor and the propellor sliced through his right bicep!
  • Let sleeping dogs lie: when Sharks goalie Arturs Irbe was doing sit-ups next to his sleeping pet (“Rambo,” no joke), he spooked the pup, which attacked Irbe, damaging the goalkeeper’s hand.
  • Don’t look into the light: In 1988, Sylvain Turgeon (Hartford Whalers) was working on his car. While welding, he looked into the torch light too long and suffered welder’s burn to his eyes.
  • Popcorn purple heart: Mark Reeds (now assistant Ottawa coach) missed a part of the 1987 season after suffering second- and third-degree burns on his hand during a “popcorn making accident at home.”


I bet we’ve all heard some good excuses from pals when they miss a game! Share in the comments below.

League play with JMS Hockey Clubs!

by ericmjorgensen

For years, JMSers have been asking for a league play option. We want to keep the quality you expect but provide the options you’d like. After a lot of thinking and planning, we are ready to test this new concept.

Launching in September as a small pilot program with the potential for expansion to more teams, JMS Hockey Clubs adds a dash of competitiveness and teamwork to the existing JMS formula that people love — fun, friendly, fair and safe hockey.

We are testing at Eden Prairie on Friday nights and have invited a small group of JMS regulars to try the program and work out any bugs. The pilot program will be just eight weeks long, and we’re starting with upper level skaters (Levels 3 -5). We hope to expand if this test program works well.

The four teams will play one another in refereed games with three 17-minute stop-time periods. Each player will receive a JMS Hockey Club jersey in the colors of their team. Team captains and JMS admins will set the rosters and monitor play throughout the season. Each club of the four JMS Hockey Clubs will have its own special section of the JMS website.

JMS Hockey Clubs is fun competition with players you already know and like — to play with and against!

We hope this pilot program goes well and that we can expand offerings soon.

If you are interested, please let us know by contacting JMS Support at