Friday, October 17, 2008

Another goalie I like...

Among my stable of goalies I'm fond of is Steve Valiquette, the NY Rangers' #2 goalie. Not sure why I like him. Maybe because he's so gracious in his back-up role and so solid when called upon. I've never heard a bad word about the guy. I contend that he's one of the best back-ups in the league, could probably be a starter, but seems content, even grateful, in his role.

Anyway, he got a rare home game start tonight and put on a clinic opposite Toskala and the Leafs, who also put on the clinic. The game finished OT 0-0 and went to the shootout.

I wouldn't normally report much Rangers stuff, but this blurb in the article made me smile.

Three of Valiquette's 11 career NHL victories have come against the Maple Leafs, including a shootout win last season. He skated off as the first star of the game to chants of "Vall-ey! Vall-ey!" from the appreciative crowd.

"It gave me goose bumps. Now I know how Henrik feels," he said.

Now, I remember sitting in Madison Square Garden last March and the "Hen-rick! Hen-rick!" chant would erupt after each great save. All I could think was, "Man, that must feel like a million bucks to be a goalie and have your very own chant." If you're a lover of goalies, it does give you goosebumps. If you're THE GOALIE, man, that's gotta kinda blow your mind. I'd have to leave the rink through the loading dock, my head would be so big.

That said... Aeros fans... howzabout a "Schae-fer! Schae-fer!" or a "Bar-ry! Bar-ry!" for the many amazing saves those guys serve up? A little goosebump-for-goosebump swap? Maybe with a little help from the big board to get it going? Just saying...

4 comments:

AJ  October 18, 2008 at 12:06 AM  

I usually just scream "NOLAN!!" really loudly. Of course, sitting in the high end of 113 doesn't help, but whatever. He knows I love him.

hipcheck  October 18, 2008 at 9:50 AM  

I found a new goalie last night. We went to the road runners game and I am so man crushing on the goalie. I didn't know his name so I just shouted GOALIE GOALIE GOALIE! after each save.

Ms. Conduct  October 18, 2008 at 9:55 AM  

LOL Awesome. Ahh. Goalie luv...

Funny, I had to look it up. Seems the RRs have one teeny tiny goalie and one REALLY BIG goalie.

http://www.phxroadrunners.com/team/roster/

hipcheck  October 18, 2008 at 9:57 AM  

Yes, it was the short goalie that played last night.

I think we are going again tonight and tomorrow so I am hoping to see the other goalie at least once.

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