Leafs are Summer D League Champs
Posted by: Lindsay Aspegren on Tue Sep 02nd 2014 2:41pm
In the final game of the Summer D League title series, the Leafs dominated the Goal Diggers 4 - 0 to win the Championship Series 2 - 1. Utilizing an unconventional 7 person line up throughout much of the regular season, the better conditioned Leafs used a seldom seen 9 person playoff contingent to easily win the final two games and take the Commissioner's Cup after a long summer season.
Lindsay “A Train” Aspegren led the Leafs with 13 assists in the regular season and 4 in the playoffs. With no goals and only 3 penalties in 10 games played, A Train was not concerned about his statistical decline. “I have always been a team guy and I fit in well with the Leafs,” A Train said, “The puck bounced my way.”
Hugo “Hugs” Braun, Darren “Lax Bro” Millman, Ryan “Johnny” Waddington and especially the phenom Al “The Kid” Braun, all turned in strong performances for the Goal Diggers throughout the summer regular season. Unfortunately, space proved to be in tight in games two and three against the Leafs when the Kid’s torrid scoring pace came to an end.
“The Lax Bro sat the last game as a healthy scratch. I’d like to think that we scored one goal for every Coastie on the ice,” A Train said.
North Coast's Old Men Fight For Roster Spots
Posted by: Hugo Braun on Thu Apr 17th 2014 11:55pm
The four oldest Coasties are always fighting to retain their roster spots and are using different strategies to do it. The Professor (Charles Conrad) always seems to find a way to step up his game when he needs to and secured a spring roster spot by finishing second in goals and fourth in points for the just completed Winter season. The great wisdom of Sensei (John Ford) has led him to join the Wheels In Motion bike racing team to rejuvenate his mind and body. The other two, Hugs (Hugo Braun) and The Rapper (Tim Allen), are using the old fashioned strategy of working their asses off in a likely futile attempt to retain some of their physical capabilities. Only time will tell how many of these old men will remain Coasties for long.
Winter Season Wrap-up
Posted by: Hugo Braun on Wed Apr 09th 2014 12:33pm
Missing many key players due to AAPS spring break induced vacations, North Coast fell to Mott in the D2b semi-finals to end their season.
Mad Dog (Craig Hysong) had a very strong winter season leading all three major offensive statistics categories. Final North Coast Winter Season stats leaders:
Scoring - Mad Dog 18 points, A-Train (Lindsay Aspegren) 13 points, T-Bone (Tom Bonee) 10 points
Goals - Mad Dog 10 goals, A-Train & The Professor (Charles Conrad) 7 goals
Assists - Mad Dog 8 assists, Sweeps (Mike Braun) 7 assists
Game Winning Goals - Mucho Grande (Dave Grand) 3GWG, Mad Dog, The Professor & PMac (Paul McCreadie) 1 GWG each
15 Things Every Beer League Player Wants
Posted by: Lindsay Aspegren on Thu Mar 20th 2014 11:27am
By: Kyle Stevenson - March 18th, 2014
We’re all competitors and still want to win every game, but a little while ways down the road, after trading in the ‘competitive’ skates for their beer league counterparts, priorities begin to shift a bit.
1. The opponents’ average age to be the same or higher than your team’s.
We worked all day, we don’t work out nearly as much and bluntly, we’re mostly out of game shape. We’re here for some time with the boys and aren’t looking to chase around a bunch of 20 year-olds home for summer break.
2. Wives and girlfriends to instinctively understand that no matter if game time is 7:00pm or 10:40pm, we’ll be at the rink until 1:00am.
We love you, we truly do, but yes this is in fact way more enjoyable than cuddling on the couch and watching the bachelor with you. Please don’t make us answer that question, because you wont like the response. Whether we won a nail-biter or lost by 20, there will be more beers waiting in the locker room than Oktoberfest and yes, we will be here until we finish them.
3. To not have the last game of the night.
Remember back when you didn’t care what time the games were because you could just sleep in until 11 AM anyway? Yeah, those days are long gone. You’ve been doing this long enough to know the 10:30 PM game really starts at 11:15 and inevitably you’ll end up looking like George Costanza rocking a nap under the desk tomorrow morning.
4. The refs to find a happy medium between not wanting to be there and thinking they are officiating game 7 of the cup finals.
We’re going to complain about every hook, hack and off-side you do or don’t call all night because for a couple hours a night, we have the delusion that you are the sole reason our team isn’t undefeated. It’s not our diminishing skills that weren’t great to begin with, or the fact that we can barely skate up and down the rink twice without needing an oxygen tank. Until the final buzzer, we are going to be all over you and if you can take that in stride, we’ll be glad to toss you a couple beers, hang out and laugh in the parking lot later.
5. Hot showers at the rink.
This one is a no brainer. We’re going to shower when we get off the ice and hot water is great, post-game hypothermia isn’t. The only thing that should be cold after the game is the case of beer. Every beer-leaguer is accustomed to hearing “Water hot?” asked of the first teammate to turn on the showers. We don’t want to drive home smelling like a foot because we have to get in the same car in work clothes in 8 hours.
6. To leave the rink with the same number of teeth as we arrived with.
Yes, I’m wearing a visor. No, it’s not an invite to catch me in the chicklets with your stick. You wear a full cage? Great, I’m not going to chirp you unless you start waving your stick around my ears like you’re the long lost musketeer. You have that cage on and I don’t, keep your stick down champ. It might only be 2-minutes for you but it’s a long trip to the dentist for me tomorrow.
7. For that one guy on the opposing team to bring it back a notch.
Hey practice hero, it’s a B- level beer league. Phil Pritchard and the cup are not in the building; Pierre is not between the glass. You don’t need to hack my wrist off on my follow-through, relax on finishing that check in the corner and no scout is taking notes of your awesome back-check. We all have to work in the morning and not limping around the office is the goal.
8. The guy on the other team wearing #69 to just stop.
We all remember when #69 was hilarious a joke as any, we were 7. Pick a real number and move on.
9. Both goalies to show up.
Contrary to popular belief, the other team’s goalie not showing is almost as frustrating our own goalie not showing. Yeah, we’ll probably (god I hope) win the game. But it’s boring as hell. You look like a jerk for shooting it into the net and a jerk for holding off.
10. To be on the team with the sweet uniforms.
Every league has one team that spent $500 per guy on uniforms and they look like an NHL team walking out of the room. Matching jerseys, socks, gloves, helmets and pants. They’ve been playing together forever, it’s the same guys every season and you hate them mostly out of jealousy.
11. All 5 guys on your team to attempt to play defense.
None of us are Nick Lidstrom, but if I look up from the corner I’d love to see all 5 guys within driving distance of our defensive zone. If I get the puck and look up to see you wildly waving your stick at me from the far blue, you probably aren’t getting the puck and it’s out of spite.
12. Everyone to show up sober.
Boys, there are plenty of beers waiting AFTER the game.
13. The captain of the team to calm down.
Yeah, we all want to win. I don’t need to get screamed at for not being on the boards on the break-out or half-assing it on the backcheck. The goalie looked like he had it under control anyway. Just because you filled out the team’s online registration form doesn’t make you de-facto coach/GM.
14. To make it through a game with all sticks intact.
These aren’t you’re grandfather’s Christian wood sticks. Do they improve my game? Probably not, but I ponied up the $260 a piece for them so if you slash it in half, I’m going to be more pissed than if you slashed my leg in half, there’s no medical coverage for composite sticks.
15. To laugh at the guy with the tinted half shield.
Hey Ovi, is the NHL lighting in the municipal arena getting to your eyes? The only thing more embarrassing than the halfy is the toe drag you’ve tried to pull and failed at the last 9 consecutive shifts. If you spent as much time practicing that move as you do staring at your reflection in the glass, you’d have perfected it by now.
Legion of Boom Leader: Richard Sherman or Pat Kurth?
Posted by: Lindsay Aspegren on Mon Jan 27th 2014 4:05pm
Richard, let me ask you, the final play, take me through it.
Well I'm the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you gon' get! Don't you ever talk about me!
Who was talking about you?
Crabtree! Don't you open your mouth about the best! Or Imma shut it for you real quick! L-O-B! Me and Kurth!
Who is Kurth?
Shee.....ttt! It ain't no choice but Pat, he's the best damn goalie in the game, Bitch!
Alright, before... And Joe, back over to you