Monday, June 19, 2006

Watch Out-- There's a Hurricane Coming Through

With all due respect to Gregory Helms' former WWE character, that quote is holding true this season. The Carolina Hurricanes won Game Seven of the Stanley Cup finals to bring the Cup, as well as the first professional sports title, to Raleigh and the state of North Carolina. For guys like Rod Brind'Amour, Glen Wesley, Bret Hedican, and Doug Weight to get their first Cup was a site to be seen. Especially for Weight, who could barely hold up his should after a clean seperation. The look on the young guys faces like Cam Ward, Eric Staal, and Andrew Ladd showed that the future was now for the Canes.

The Oilers shouldn't hang their heads too long. They put up a tough fight after just getting into the playoffs. They showed a lot of grit and determination to win the Western Conference, but were just three goals short of the Cup. Fernando Pisani showed he could be a big time player, Chris Pronger showed what he could really do in the post-season, and Jussi Markkanen showed he could hold up under pressure.

There's not much else I can say that hasn't been said already. For the Cup to be delivered in that fashion and for Rod Brind'Amour to just yank the Cup away was an amazing site to be seen. Of course, Cuba Gooding, Jr. was in the crowd, so it could have been the extra boost the Canes needed.

Worry not hockey fans, training camps are only nine weeks away.

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