Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Luck of the Irish

I've been extraordinarily absent of late and send my sincere apologies. On the plus side we've added some terrific new ladies to the G5H family.

To make up for my absence I've decided to bring you someone I find completely shiver inducing.
His name is Patrick Killeen. They call him Killer and for good reason. He is big, bendy and deliciously aggressive.

All of this documented amazingness has been provided courtesy of the lovely Swamphockey. I close with this warmup video.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I promised pictures

Let me just tell you, She was so excited to get her picture taken with Bobby the Goalie, and the reason her mouth is open in the second picture, is because she was saying "I love you Goalie"!!!!! So damn cute!!!!

A HUGE Thank you to Bobby for being AMAZING to my little one, even though his team lost, he smiled and let Emma have her Goalie moment with him :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

She's in love......

So this past Sunday, I was lucky enough to take my daughter to see her Uncle play hockey. Now my brother has played since he was 5, and he's been playing ever since. He's 25 now, and he plays in the adult league at Germain Arena. I hadn't seen him play in a few years, and I'm glad I got the chance to see him skate again.

Now Uncle Tyler made SURE that Bob, the teams goalie, knew that Emma was coming to watch and she was in love with goalies. So before the teams went onto the ice, I walked Emma down to where Tyler's team was waiting, and let me just say, my daughter seeing a goalie, up close, was more exciting to her than meeting Mickey Mouse! I didn't think that was possible!  Her whole face lit up and she had the biggest smile! She got a hug and a high five, and honestly, I know I've said this before, but this is the start of a serious love for hockey and the masked bendy men :)

I'm very happy that my daughter is falling in love with the sport, she knew who to cheer for and yelled at the other team when one of their players knocked "Her" goalie over!

She's too damn cute... I promise pictures are coming :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Meet the latest object of my goalie love.


That's John Muse by the way. He's a Charlotte Checkers prospect that was sent down to my Everblades. He's also totally adorable and pretty inspiring goalie love-wise.

You could almost call him... my new MUSE!

I'm so sorry. I had to do that. It was just sitting there waiting to be said and you know you thought of it too.

One of my favorite things about him is how adorable he is. Watch this video and tell me you don't want to smoosh his face and feed him homemade apple pie. He's just so cute!

Now, if your one of those people who loves flashy goalies he's probably not your cup of tea. He's not going to drop into incredible contortions to make the save. He's was too busy setting himself up and anticipating what was going to happen so that he didn't have to.


Really, he gets my heart racing by not giving me regular heart attacks. And you know what? It's a very refreshing change of pace not to have the object of my goalie love attempting to put me into the hospital.


That's not to say he never throws himself into contortions, he does, He just doesn't do it with the regularity that forces me to keep a copy of heart attack symptoms on hand.


He's on that newfangled Twitter thing too. I find him pretty hilarious.

Did I mention he's won to NCAA championships and currently has the third best GAA in the ECHL right now? Awesome.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

YouTube Tuesday: La Fleur de Mon Cœur

We've done posts on Marc-Andre Fleury before, but let's be honest, he's just too fantastic to only do one post on him. On top of him being awesome, is my excitement at getting to see him when I make the haul up to Tampa Thursday to see him. SQUEEEEE!

Consider this a warm-up for hump day people. Tomorrow I have a post on the newest target of my goalie love and he is pure adorkable.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Reasons To Get To Your Seats Early

Sure you want to avoid the rush at the parking lot, get in line first at the concession stands, take your jacket off, get settled in but this is the reason I always make sure to get to my seats early...You don't see much in the first 20 seconds but trust me, you'll want to hang around til about the 22 second mark...this is Semyon Varlamov of the Washington Caps settling in for another day at the office....

Don't always count on seeing that during warm ups (although it is always a nice way to start the game off if you do) but who doesn't love the variety of the "goalie warm up". No two masked men do the same thing but rumor has it, their routine, uniquely their own, is the same day in and day out.  A ritual if you will and we're all invited to watch! A close second to bearing witness to any man that can do the splits is watching them chalk the crease. For those who don't know, exhibit A...chalking the crease...brought to you by Caps Prospect and Hersey Bears netminder Braden Holtby

And when the goalie warm up ends with Brian Elliott my future husband doing this

You too may be finding you need a bit of H20 to cool yourself off rehydrate. And just in case you were going to get up to use the ladies room, grab a drink, or stretch yourself you may want to stick around for the start of the 2nd and 3rd periods or you may miss Neuvirth doing this

Or  Bryan Pitton doing this

What have we learned today? Sure there is a ton of action during three periods of hockey, but if it's the goalies that hold a special place in your inappropriate "I hope nobody can see what I am currently thinking" daydreams heart, the real action happens before the game /period even begins!

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Little of This A Little of That....

Hello everyone! I too am very excited to be here (writing at G5H that is) and hope that you'll enjoy my posts as much as I enjoy reading (ya right, reading!) the ones that have been posted here before me. I am relatively new to the world of hockey fandom (only a few years now) and wonder how as a Canadian I didn't fall in love with the game (or the goalies) earlier in life. I don't have a "favourite" team so to speak. In truth, I just love hockey so  I will watch any hockey I can find be it on tv or here in the city. I'm lucky enough to live in Ottawa where we have both an NHL team (Sens) and an OHL team (Ottawa 67s) so there is definitely no shortage of hockey here. So that's me, now I'd like to introduce you to the man who introduced me to the world of goalie love, meet Brian Elliott:

Look at those eyes. They did it for me. And not only is he incredibly adorable, I've met him and he is incredibly sweet. There were tears when he got traded here:
And a few more when he left there to go here:
Because we don't get too many visits from either of these teams in the course of a season. So, I am left to flip aimlessly through my NHL tv package desperately trying to find a St Louis game just to get a glimpse.

So that's a bit about me! I look forward to sharing more of my goalie love with all of you!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Introductions and such ;)

So hello everyone! I'm Jess, a mommy, full time student and lover of all things hockey. I've been following this blog and Swamp Hockey for a while now, and jumped at the chance to write for G5H! 

Let me give you a little background: 
* I'm originally from Buffalo NY, YES the Sabres are my favorite team, and YES I love Ryan Miller! (*Swoon!*)
* I have grown to love the Tampa Bay Lightning ( Not just a bandwagon type of love, a honest to goodness love)
* I have a almost 4 year old daughter who is IN LOVE with Hockey and Goalies ( I know I'm in SO much trouble!)
* I hate being called a "Puck Bunny!" Seriously, I know the sport! I love the sport and I know how much time and energy and determination it takes for these guys to be on their game each night. 
* I have a  amazing fiance who I've introduced hockey to, and he LOVES the game now!

I'm excited to share my hockey love with you all!
Thanks for having me!

And I leave you with the first (of many I'm sure) picture of my Daughter.... This was at the College Classic last December, her first ever hockey game, and where she discovered her absolute love for Goalies :) *Like Mother Like Daughter*

Almost There...

So far, we've managed to add two new contributors to our roster here at G5H. I'm pumped that we'll be able to bring you lovely stretchy goalies more often. Until we get our new goalie lovin' ladies up and running, please enjoy this video @icebaby20 was kind enough to tweet a link to earlier today.

As I said to my cat (good lord that makes me sound like a crazy cat lady), I have no clue what he's saying, but he can babble away in Finnish as much as he wants.


 I'm pretty sure if it all came down to deciding between a Finnish goalie of my own to... uh... cuddle (because that's what we'd all do with our own Finnish goalie, amiright?), or never eating peanut butter cups again, I would have a new ginger, bendy man, that I couldn't understand in my life.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Well, it turns out we're the worst bloggers on Earth. The good news is, I've come up with a brilliant idea! We need more writers on this blog! I figure with more people we'll have a better chance of reducing the slacking and actually getting you guys a regular serving of yummy goalie.

So, how do you get in on this? Simple, shoot an email off to If it's in English and there are no typos you're in. If you can geta  post up every other week at the very least I'll be happy. My main goal is to keep this blog going.

Think about it, you too can write barely subtle double entendres about goalies like our lovely friend Jonathan Quick.

Good lord. He's so fabulous I can't think of anything clever to say.

Um... anyway... yeah, shoot me a line if you think you can handle staring at picture and videos of goalies all day.