In the bar car of a Connecticut-bound New Haven Railroad train following a Yankee-Red Sox confrontation, Jim Powers breaks into song: "Who's better than his brother Joe? Dominic DiMaggio...", thereby attracting the attention of like-minded Sox fan Henry Berry. The two become friends and fellow pillars of the BLOHARDs. Red Sox miraculously win the pennant.
The BLOHARDS (Benevolent Loyal Order of Honorable Ancient Redsox Diehard Sufferers) are a New York City based group which supports the Boston Red Sox baseball team. The organization was formed in 1964 following a chance meeting on a New Haven Rail Road bar car between Henry Berry and Jim Powers, both native New Englanders living in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Berry died in 1996 and Powers in 2005, but the organization carries on. At present its activities include twice-yearly lunches at Manhattan's Yale Club when the Red Sox come to town to play the Yankees, a bus trip to Fenway park for each season's home opener, and occasional "viewing parties" of away games at local watering holes.
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Former NHL coach Dave Tippett is expanding his responsibilities with the group looking to put an expansion team in Seattle.
The former coach of the Arizona Coyotes and Dallas Stars has signed on as senior adviser for Seattle Hockey Partners LLC. Tippett was already working under President and CEO Tod Leiweke on infrastructure projects two-plus years before a franchise could begin play. It’s his first job since mutually parting ways with the Coyotes a year ago and taking last season off.
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Seattle is in the middle of the expansion process with the goal of renovating KeyArena and starting up for the 2020-21 season. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league’s board of governors could vote to approve a 32nd franchise as soon as this fall but has emphasized there is no specific timetable.
Tippett, who turns 57 in August, jumped at this opportunity when approached by Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke about the possibility of working for potential owners David Bonderman and Jerry Bruckheimer. His eldest daughter, her husband and Tippett’s three grandchildren live in nearby Bremerton [url=http://www.authenticspittsburghsteelers.com/cheap-mason-rudolph-jersey]Mason Rudolph Color Rush Jersey[/url] , Washington.
That family connection to the Pacific Northwest helps, even if an office job is different for someone who has coached at some level for more than two decades. He has a hand in helping with renovations, the design of a possible practice facility, the efforts to line up an affiliate in the American Hockey League and the beginnings of what the front office might look like.
”There’s lots of things that go in before you start selecting players,” Tippett said. ”Just lots of little things from the hockey side that I’ll be involved in, just helping to try to get the thing up and moving.”
Tippett knew Tim Leiweke during his time as a Los Angeles Kings assistant from 1999-2002. He coached the Stars for six seasons and then the Coyotes for eight, taking each team to the Western Conference final.
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”I’m not going to rule anything out,” Tippett said. ”But right now this is intriguing to me. ”Very few people get an opportunity to be involved with a group to start a team from the ground up and when that opportunity kind of got put in front of me, it was very exciting. So I’m looking forward to trying to build something that could be a great franchise.”
It has been a busy year for Miro Heiskanen and it’s not over yet.
The talented defenseman opened it at the junior world championship in Buffalo before becoming a mainstay on the Finnish men’s national team at the next two top tournaments: the Pyeongchang Olympics and the ongoing world championship.
In that time the 18-year-old has established himself as a reliable defenseman who has passed the test against top NHL talents at the tournament in Denmark. He plays in the top unit, meaning he has to stop the offensive aces of the opposition and that’s exactly what he has done.
NHL leading scorer Connor McDavid could attest to that.
On Saturday, Finland upset star-studded Canada captained by McDavid 5-1 and Heiskanen contributed a great deal.
He played 18:25 but his best moment came in the middle period when Canada was trailing 3-1 and desperately pressing to score. At one point, McDavid had just an empty net in front of him. Goaltender Harri Sateri was still at the far post and McDavid’s shot from the left circle was heading for goal.
But then Heiskanen came seemingly out of no where to Finland’s rescue, tipping the puck to safety.
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When the two met in the third period, the result was a two plus two-minute penalty for high sticking for a frustrated McDavid, effectively ending Canada’s chances of a comeback.
Finland captain Mikael Granlund praised Heiskanen.
”I have seen him at the games here and nothing really surprises me about him,” Granlund said. ”The way he skates, the way he handles the puck and sees the ice. He can play these games. He’s been really, really good this tournament. He’s got a great career ahead of him.”
The obvious next step is the NHL.
The Dallas Stars picked him with the third overall selection in the 2017 NHL draft and signed him to a three-year entry level contract. He spent last season on loan with IFK Helsinki where he played since he was 17.
He finished with 23 points including 11 goals in the regular season and added three goals and nine points in the playoffs.
He said the transition has not been a problem.
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The Denmark tournament proved he is ready to stop the best.
”It’s nice to face those guys and see where I am,” Heiskanen said. ”It’s a good test to play them, maybe I will play them next year in the NHL. I want to play there as soon as possible, that’s my goal.”
There’s no doubt that he has the skills to make him a highly effective defenseman. But he knows he still has homework to do.
”I have to practice hard this summer and get little bit stronger,” he said.
It’s not clear when he might get the call from Dallas, though it’s likely to be sooner rather than later.
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