A recent story by Ben Sumner of Caps Outsider revealed that it’s not just frosty Russian beauties and GMs who find Alexander Ovechkin cuddly. A toddler decided her best buddy Ovi was the perfect companion for a brief hospital stay. It seems that Ovi, or at least his Bleacher Creature counterpart, may have a soothing effect on little ones. Not too long after the story appeared, someone added a comment that their nineteen-month-old son cuddled a stuffed Ovi while recovering from heart surgery.
Somewhere in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the office that serves as nerve central for the administrative body that determines the fates of young hopefuls all over the country has been busy. While other hockey entities may lay claim to down time and an off-season, USA Hockey (originally known as AHAUS until 1989) has been in a state of perpetual motion since 1936.
The Seventh Man has been showing the NHL the money for quite some time and did so in a big way this year. Subjects of the Los Angeles Kings snapped up all but a little less than hundred premium season ticket packages on their July 30th Select-A-Seat event. On August ninth, the Sabres Organisation announced that their renewal rate for season tickets was at 99%.