Wanna see a sick goal? Check out this jaw dropper Minnesota freshman Kyle Okposo dropped on Minnesota State-Mankato last weekend. Gee, wonder why the Islanders made him the seventh pick overall in last summer’s draft? And get a load of that no-look pass furnished by Ryan Stoa, the 2005 second-round pick of the Avalanche? (Aces fans may remember Keith Street pulling off the same move as Okposo).
Seawolves fans will be able to see Okposo, Stoa and company Feb. 2-3 when the Gophers come to Sullivan Arena. Okposo entered Friday night leading the nation's freshmen in goals with 12. Then he added two more and an assist in a 4-1 win at Michigan Tech, giving him a team-leading 14-8--22 in 17 games for the top-ranked Gophers. Here’s Okposo's Alaska connections: He played last season for the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers, the league champs whose head coach is none other than former Seawolves captain Regg Simon. At Minnesota, Okposo’s head coach is Don Lucia, the former UAF head coach and former UAA assistant. One of Okposo’s assistant coaches is John Hill, the former UAA captain and head coach.
If you’re Jonesing for hockey highlights, you can always get your fix of Alexander Ovechkin Highlights right here. This four-minute-plus package shows Alexander The Great pretty much tooling defenseman and goaltenders without mercy. (If you're not into Aerosmith, you might want to engage your mute; if you favor Aerosmith, well, Party On, Garth!) Ovechkin's goals come with his signature salute: He kisses his left glove and points to the crowd -- the kid's a showman.
And if you’ve got a puckhead in your life who has most things hockey, but still needs a special Christmas gift, go online (eBay, for instance) and see about buying DVDs or videos of the 1987 Canada Cup, namely the epic three-game final between Canada and the Soviet Union. (Game 2 is the greatest game of all-time, it says here) Yeah, sure it’s almost 20 years old, but it’s still the best hockey your faithful correspondent has ever seen. Gretzky led the tournament in points and it was Mario Lemieux’s coming-out party -- Super Mario led the tournament in goals. Goalie Grant Fuhr was at his acrobatic best and defenseman Paul Coffey showd flashes of his brilliant skating. Plus, you can check out the Soviet Union’s potent KLM line (Vladimir Krutov, Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov – those three cats could wheel and dangle with the best of them. Best of all: All three games were 6-5, and, if memory serves, Game 1 went to OT and Game 2 went to double overtime.