Saturday, January 8, 2011

Top Ten Hockey Players On Youtube.

Ok, this is for all the hockey players out there.  I don't care if you love roller hockey/inline hockey or ice.  It includes both types of players.  So here we go.  I'll start off with the number one and go down to number ten.  The top ten hockey players of youtube are:

1.) Rob Hisey - This guy has done a whole bunch of sick goals and started the whole "How to do the Michigan Hockey Goal" Tutorials craze.  He even has fans claiming he is one of the greatest players of all time, despite not being in the NHL.  His most famous goal is the lacross style shootout goal.

2.) Itan Chavira - Itan Chavira is an interesting case.  He's a roller hockey player.  A pro one and a very good one at that.  He is sponsored by Reebok hockey and I believe he plays overseas as well as in the United States.  He actually transitioned to ice hockey for a few years and made it into the ECHL.  He was eventually cut from the ECHL team.  His nickname is the Dangler and he has a ton of videos on youtube of him doing some sick roller hockey dangles.  Say what you will about inline hockey, but there is a whole lot of talent there.  He also has his own mass of followers online.  He should've probably tried to stick it out with the ECHL and develop more to make it even further in the sport of ice hockey.

3.) Mike Ribeiro - Ok, this guy is in the NHL.  So what?  He had a cool goal that everyone plays rock music over in their videos.  Yeah, sounds kind of lame, but the goal aint bad.

4.) Alexander Ovechkin - Ovie has some good goals, but his most famous one is the one that they made a whole damn feature for in a hockey videogame.  The one where he fell on the ice but still managed to get a shot off and score.  It was ridiculous that game developers touted this as a brand new feature in a hockey videogame and made such a big deal out of it.  Still, a good goal none the less.

5.) Sidney Crosby - Ah yes, the best player everyone loves to hate.  He's had similar goals to Alexander Ovechkin.  He's also had more.

6.) Chris Avery - Probably the very first fashion guru/hockey tough guy.  He had a rule invented after him.  The Avery Rule.  It basically stipulates that you can't waive your arms around in front of a goalie and act like an asshole.  He IS the most hated player in the NHL, voted by the players themselves! He is popular on youtube though.

7.) Gerald "Jerry" Osterkamp - Wow.  Another roller hockey player.  I told you this sport has talent.  Look for him on youtube and see what I am talking about.  He has a slick and smooth skating/stick handling style.  I also believe he is sponsored by Labeda Hockey Wheels.

8.) Brian Boucher - His best years may passed him, but there's no denying that his no helmet save in 2000 was one of the best ever.

9.) Ron Hextal - He held the record for most goals by a goalie.  Nuff said.

10.)Steve Levine - Awsome roller hockey goaltender.  Check him out.

Where Have All The Old Hockey Equipment Companies Gone?

If you follow the sport of hockey, you know what I am talking about.  Alot of hockey equipment companies aren't what they used to be.  If you read Hockey Warriors Post On CCM, you'll know more than you need to.  Basically, its like this the gear you used to buy has probably changed.  We aren't in the age of options.  We are in the age of take over.  This company is richer, so it takes over that company.  This has alot to do with the economy and it sucks for us hockey players.  I know there are a whole bunch of new hockey players that don't care about this type of thing.  They don't care about Bauer, CCM, Mission, Reebok, Jofa or Cooper.  They only care about what type of hockey equipment Sidney Crosby wears.  That's understandable, but they should know wear such equipment comes from.  Of all those companies mentioned only two still really exist.  The rest are now taken over by one of the two.  It's basically Bauer and Reebok that own this sport now, atleast that's how I see it.  I don't know what they plan on doing with the other brands.  I know right now, I still see them in stores, but I wouldn't be surprised if they eventually get phased out.

Oh, and incase you were wondering, Sidney Crosby wears Reebok hockey gear.  This post is going to go off on a tangent, but did anyone catch HBO's 24/7 Road To The Winter Classic?  It was cool to see a behind the scenes look at the NHL like that.  I bet hockey gets more popular because of it.  I actually came away from it liking Alexander Ovechkin more than Crosby.  Ovechkin's life story was far more interesting and it was nice to see him and his team go on to win the winter classic.  I've come along way from disliking Ovechkin.  He just seemed cooler and less smug than Crosby.  If only he could out point him this year.  That's the only thing Crosby has going for him, he's good, but how can anyone cheer for him?  I just don't get it.  I guess that's the reward for destroying your washing machine or dryer with a hockey puck when you are young.  If I had one question to ask him it would be why choose Reebok?  Is it the money?  Or is their hockey equipment that much better than everyone else?