"There's massive appetite for a second team in Toronto," said Global managing partner Don Mayo. "There's about 800,000 people in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) right now that have NHL hockey as a passion that haven't been able to attend a hockey game in the past two years."
How are they surviving up there with going 2 years without going to a game? Jesus. This is worse then I thought.
"Zach had the empty net breakaway. I was thinking he was going to put it in," Kovalchuk said. "It says a lot about his leadership. We were talking about getting the third one right before that. He said, 'Even if I get an empty net breakaway I will spin and try to find you.' And he did."
Kovalchuk did bury the puck for his first hat trick with the Devils and his first in almost three years to do the day. "I don't remember when I got my last one," said Kovalchuk, who now has 25 goals this season. "But this is my first one as a Devil and it's nice."
His last came on Feb. 15, 2009, for the Atlanta Thrashers in Anaheim.
"You don't get opportunities for a hat trick very often," Parise said. "I don't think he was expecting that pass. He wasn't ready for it."
"Kovy deserves the hat trick. I think he's been a force," Sykora said. "I can't say enough about how good he plays. He plays for the team and he's created so much offense out there. He's playing really fantastic hockey. "I've always been a fan of Kovy's. Even when he played against me I always liked him. On top of how good a player he is, he's a great guy, too. You don't get that combo very much. He's a great guy in the locket room. He's playing great defensively, too. I don't know why everybody is always kind of saying he's not that great on the defensive side of the puck. I think he's playing as good as anybody on this team on the defensive side of the puck and the way he's creating offense, he's just great."
Its nice to see the chemistry among the lines and team for that matter growing each game. I think last night, Kovy getting the hat trick, added greatly to the positive chemistry. It also says alot about what kind of Captain and player Parise really is. He has grown into the role and has done a great job thus far. This is just another reason why he needs to stick around.
Honestly, we all know that we will not be in this event for a long long time if at all. All I want is some different teams in it once in a while, even though Toronto hasn't been in a winter classic yet. Start incorporating other teams not just the original 6. Its getting boring.
I wouldnt mind seeing Moose for another year. I think he has been one of the most solid backups this team has had. You can almost count on him every game and he always gives it 100%. I would just hate to see him sign for another year, and retire along side of Marty saying he retires next year also.
Also for those of you who are going to the game tonight, I offer you a challenge:
When the Devils score and the You Suck cheers are over, those few seconds of pure silence when everyone is settling back down, chant SOMEBODY LEFT THE GATE OPEENNNNNNNNNNN! My mission is to get this into a new chant form at the games. Ill be at the game on the 31st with some friends and we are going to do it.
Like I have told other members in the same boat, if you are going to spend the money, send it to a place that you know does quality work. I would send it to EP. Thats just me. Its a nice expensive jersey so I would want to do it right the first time. Hope this helped.