Thanking the city holding the NHL draft in any particular year is a custom, but why?
“The Calgary Flames would like to thank the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Canucks, Francesco Aquilini, the cute barista in our hotel, and Officer Thompson who was totally cool when pulling us over at 4:00 a.m. last night despite all the empty beer bottles in the car.”
Is it essential for every team to thank the city, organization, and owner before each first-round pick?
What is this, the mob?
“Don Legsnapperochio, I and my family wish to pay our respects.”
NHL Rivals Play Nice…ish
Seriously. The Flames and Canucks try to rip each other’s heads off each season, but now the executives are going to pretend to play nice? Pfft…
I’m not a big NFL fan, but that is a group that knows how to do the draft right and how rivals should treat each other. You know what I’m talking about. Yes, Cowboys Legend Drew Pearson nearly starting a riot when the draft was held in the city of the arch-rival Eagles.
“Announcing the Calgary Flames first-round pick tonight will be Matthew Tkachuk.”
“Yo, bitches. I want to think our hotel concierge for making sure we all wore boots when leaving the hotel. Never seen so many used needles on sidewalks in my life! And those Sedins. Well, I guess we know who modeled for those giant heads on Easter Island! But in all seriousness, let me congratulate the Vancouver Canucks on their Stanley Cu…oh, right. Flames take Jakob Pelletier. And if you don’t stop mouthing off there in the stands, we’ll be taking your pick as well. Podkolzin – I’ll be waiting for you.”
Would. Be. Epic.
Bettman – Make it happen. If you can embrace the booing, you can get the team picks to be less painful. Maybe get a comedian from each city to come up and roast other cities.
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Kiss My Boots
Ever notice how Gary Bettman always stands at the top of the stairs while waiting for team staff and players. There is a certain air of, “I am your king. Bend the knee!” to the act. The Mad King approves. About the only time Bettman gets to look down.
Thanking the city holding the NHL draft may be polite, but does the city and team owner really need that much butt smooching? Seems like we could move things along at the draft without the drawn-out statements of respect.