London Public Library OPEN AGAIN – No Fines During Closure!
The Central Branch of the London Public Library is open again after last week’s power outage closed it for five days. Here’s the good news, any fines you may have accumulated during the blackout will be waived…whether you were going to bring the books back or NOT. Not my business.
London Knights Lead Kitchener Series 2-0
The London Knights beat the Kitchener Rangers 5-3 in Game 2 over the weekend which means they hold a 2-0 series lead heading to Kitchener for Game 3 tomorrow night.
Toronto Maple Leafs Finish Dead Last
There’s a silver lining, let’s celebrate having the best odds for the draft lottery after our last loss of the regular season to the New Jersey Devils. No Canadian teams made the playoffs this year, who are we going to cheer for!?
The Detroit Red Wings seem like a good place to start, extending their playoff streak to 25 years in a row, the longest active playoff streak in North American pro sports. Pavel Datsyuk has warned his fans he plans to return to Russia next season whether that’s for hockey or not. Better take in some ‘Magic Man’ while you can…
And thanks to the Ottawa Sentators for taking care of the Bruins…
Here’s a list of the 5 longest playoff-streaks in NHL History from Sportsnet:
1) 29 — Boston Bruins (1968-96): The Bruins began an incredible run with two Stanley Cups (1969-70 and 1971-72) and were one of the most productive teams over the next decade with a loaded roster that included Hall of Fame players such as Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Johnny Bucyk, and later Brad Park, Ray Bourque, and Cam Neely. The team made it back to the Cup final five more times throughout the 29-year run but didn’t win another championship until the 2010-11 season, over a decade after their playoff streak had ended.
2) 28 — Chicago Blackhawks (1970-97): The Blackhawks were a consistent playoff team across almost three full decades but did not win a championship over the 28-year-period. However, Chicago made it to the Stanley Cup Final on three different occasions. The franchise took off into the early 1970s when they were moved to the West Division and had star players such as Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, and Stan Mikita and remained productive throughout the ’80s and most of the ’90s.
T-3) 25 — Detroit Red Wings (1991-present): The Red Wings’ streak is even more impressive when you consider they’ve been able to maintain their success through the salary cap era.
The Red Wings have done such a great job of drafting and developing over the past three decades and have they’ve uncovered hidden gems such as Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, and Tomas Holmstrom. They also got great production out of other homegrown players such as Nicklas Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman, and Sergei Fedorov. The team is starting to fade a little bit now but it’s a major accomplishment that they keep finding more and more talent.
T-3) 25 — St. Louis Blues (1980-2004): Similar to the Blackhawks’ run from 1970-97, the St. Louis Blues never won a championship over their 25-year playoff run. Heck, they didn’t even make it to the Stanley Cup final at all. Despite that, St. Louis had plenty of great players throughout this streak including defencemen Al MacInnis and Chris Pronger, forwards Brett Hull, Adam Oates, Brendan Shanahan and goaltender Curtis Joseph just to name a few.
5) 24 — Montreal Canadiens (1971-94): The Canadiens are the most successful franchise in NHL history, winning a record 24 Stanley Cups, but they fall to No. 5 on this list. This is undoubtedly, however, the most spectacular run because the Canadiens dominated the 1970s with six Stanley Cup championships (including four straight from 1976-79) and later winning two more in 1985-86 and 1992-93. You’ll likely never see a run like this again.
MASTERS 5 @ 5 Theme
Danny Willett won The Masters after Jordan Spieth imploded on the back nine. He shot a five-under-par 67 and he’s the first Brit to win the Masters in 20 years!
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 11, 2016
For today’s 5 @ 5 think about that Green jacket, all the strokes, equipment & rules and see what song requests you can come up with!
Buckets Blakes Makes Trick Shot from Top of Zamboni
Well this doesn’t happen everyday…
Buckets Blakes from the Harlem Globetrotters makes a trick shot from on top of a zamboni on the ice at Budweiser Gardens!
Buckets is in London for the team’s 90th year getting ready for more action at Budweiser Gardens this Thursday April 14th at 7pm!
Tickets >> http://www.budweisergardens.com/events/2190