Tag: J.P. Arencibia

New Jersey Devils v Florida Panthers

PHT Morning Skate: Panthers are so hot, they’re stripping in practice

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Stephen Weiss would rather you not give a nickname to his line with Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann.They will do a strip shootout in practice though. (On Frozen Pond)

If the Ducks are going to turn things around, it’s going to be up to the players and not coach Randy Carlyle to make it happen. (OC Register)

Duncan Keith is owning his poor play so far this season in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)

Steve Mason probably has a concussion due to Rick Nash’s shot off his head in practice. Maybe it’ll knock some good goaltending back into him when he feels better. (Puck Rakers)

Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia has some double-secret hockey skills as well as being a baseball pro. Someone should get the Maple Leafs on that. (Sportsnet)

Cam Fowler is also owning up to his mistakes. Any other defensemen out there want to say, “My bad?” (OC Register)

The Blackhawks’ Vegas vacation may be just the thing to make them forget about getting lit up by the Oilers. (ESPN Chicago)

Remember the red balloon in Washington we told you about yesterday? It’s got it’s own t-shirt and Twitter account now. Oh, Caps fans. (Russian Machine Never Breaks, @RallyBalloon, CSNWashington.com)

Matt Carkner will be back soon and he’ll keep cracking jokes too. (Ottawa Sun)

Florida’s Shawn Matthias is lucky to escape the watchful eye of Sauron, I mean, Brendan Shanahan. (Fire & Ice)

Meanwhile, Shanahan is happy that players are adapting to the rules the right way. (TSN)

Finally, Toronto’s Matt Frattin made a pass to Joe Colborne to set him up for his first NHL goal was something ridiculous. (NHL)

Shocking news: Preseason hockey more popular in Toronto than regular season baseball

Senators Maple Leafs Hockey

In America we’re used to hearing about how baseball is the “Great American Pasttime” and as hockey fans we’ve (mostly) accepted our role that our favorite sport isn’t just going to club sports fans over the head and make them watch it.

In Canada, however, life is a little different as was evidenced in Toronto last night when the Toronto Blue Jays drew just over 11,000 fans for a home game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim while the Toronto Maple Leafs drew 18,556 for a preseason game against the Ottawa Senators.

Take that, baseball! Canada won’t love you again until next July.

If you needed to have the priorities spelled out any clearer for how much hockey means to sports fans in Canada, in Toronto especially, there’s no real way to do it unless you sat in the stands at Rogers Centre for a Blue Jays game and saw how many fans camped out in the stands in Leafs gear.

We’re just bummed out there aren’t Montreal Expos games anymore for Habs fans to hang out at and do the “Olé!” chant during the doldrums of the season. As Chris Johnston finds out from Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia, even the Jays players are pumped up for hockey to start.

Baseball players know where they stand in the city and weren’t surprised to learn the Leafs came on top in the fan department.

“I know that Canada is pro hockey and they’re just starting up,” said Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia. “So I’m just as pumped as everybody else. If I didn’t have to goaltend tonight I would have been at the game as well.”

Yes, Arencibia is the Jays catcher and he called it goaltending. Guess we weren’t paying attention at how wild Jays pitching has been. Toronto is, and always will be, a hockey city and that’s a major reason why a lot of people figure having two NHL teams in Toronto could work out. Besides, having a second team in town to challenge the Leafs and their astronomical ticket prices could work out for all the fans. Hey, they might even get a winning team there on top of it all.