Dater’s Daily: What Georgiev’s New Mask Will Look Like and Kessel’s Vow Bounces in Vegas

A good Friday to all. Overcast, cooler weather today in Thornton as I sit on the deck, ever-present cup of coffee to my left. August and its slower hockey news cycles are winding down. I always hated the month of August when I was a kid, because I always felt like the clock was ticking to the end of my beloved summer vacation from school. You know what sporting event I really hated? The US Open tennis tournament, around Labor Day in early September. The US Open finals were always held on the Sunday before school started the next day. Just thinking about it scares me. Needless to say, I hated most of high school.

Let’s do some quick hockey links:

  • I checked with the guy, Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt, who designs many NHL goalie masks, including one for new Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev. He said he finished Georgiev’s new avalanche mask and shipped it to Denver. But until the Avalanche agrees, he can’t post pictures yet. You can see his gallery of work here (DaveArt)
  • Who had the most unique goalie mask in Avalanche history so far? I will always go with Peter Budaj’s “Simpsons” mask. (
  • Phil Kessel promises a year back in Vegas (Vegas Hockey Now)
  • Elliotte Friedman says Paul Stastny rejected return offer to Golden Knights (Vegas Hockey Now)
  • The Flyers suck. At least that’s what head coach John Tortorella tells his team and that’s what others think. Torts says they should be motivated by that. Philadelphia Flyers.
  • Washington Hockey Now: The NHL has tiptoed around the issue, but if Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, it will face the political reality of denying a Russian team to the 2024 World Cup of Hockey.
  • I go through many seasons of “Bar Rescue”. I love shows like that and “Kitchen Nightmares”. Jon Taffer is my new idol. No nonsense, tell it like it is.
  • Documentary recommendation: I watched one about the late celebrity and entertainment writer, Dominick Dunne. Absolutely fascinating. It’s called “After the Party” on Prime Video.
  • Is Mike Babcock secretly planning a comeback as an NHL coach? (Detroit Hockey Now)
  • Bon voyage to Mike Chambers, who leaves the Denver Post after 27 years. When I started, Mike and I closed down a lot of bars after Avalanche games. Always a good time. (Yeah, it was almost always at the hotel we were staying at, or we took a taxi. No driving. I’m 57 and have never been impaired driving, which… OK, never mind).
  • Peter Forsberg wants World Junior Tournament overhaul (Detroit Hockey Now)
  • Vancouver Hockey Now’s Rob Simpson thinks the Canucks should stack up in the middle of the ice this season. Vancouver Canucks
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Please have a nice Friday night.

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