Monday, January 25, 2010

Manchester Mondays

In this week's edition of Manchester Mondays we take a look at two of the Kings top prospects playing for the Monarchs, Jonathan Bernier and Viatcheslav Voynov; the AHL All Star Game; haircuts; Avatar: and game worn equipment for sale.

* Bernier started the All Star Game for Team Canada, playing only the first period and stopping 10 of the 15 shots he faced. Canada was down by four goals to start to the third and they were able tie it and force overtime - then, eventually a shootout, where they won 10-9. Voynov started for TeamUSA (don't ask, I know he's Russian), but didn't factor in the scoring. Besides Bernier, nine other former NHL first round picks played in the game - including rookie Tyler Ennis, who was voted the game MVP with three points (1g, 2a).

* The Monarchs played three games over the weekend, including two against the Hartford Wolfpack. Friday: 3-2 loss in OT, goals by Gauthier and Elkins...Saturday: 5-3 loss to Norfolk, goals from Gauthier, Walker and Westgarth (his 8th of the year!)...Sunday 6-1 win on two goals each from Holloway and Campbell - plus others from Gauthier and Elkins. Next game is Tuesday when the Monarchs visit the Portland Pirates, recent hosts of the All Star Game.

* The AHL is selling a ton of game worn equipment from the All Star Game; like jerseys, helmets, gloves, etc. Bernier's jersey from the first period is available now -auction ends tomorrow night. Click here to access the Bernier auction or click here to see the full AHL game used store.

* Voynov cut his hair off. Not sure when he did it. However, this could spell big trouble for the rising defenseman. You may recall he had the long flowing locks at Rookie Camp back in September (even longer than in the picture to the right). Cutting ones hair has caused problems for people from Andre Agassi to Jennifer Aniston, from Metallica in '96 to...well, just about everybody that was once known for long hair. Cutting the hair is usually followed by a lose of power, cool factor or unique abilities. Why do you think Fabio won't cut that crap after all these years? Still holding on to his 15 minutes. Keep your fingers crossed so the fate of these lost soles doesn't fall upon Voynov now that he's clean cut. Hope it wasn't the hair that made him so good.

* The Monarchs website currently features Corey Elkins' review of the movie Avatar, which he thinks might be the greatest movie he's ever seen. IMAX in 3-D was almost too much for him the handle. You can read the review by clicking here or wait till next week when he'll have a review of Sherlock Holmes. Things move a little slower in New Hampshire, so I'm not sure if that's the original or the remake that came out last year. We'll have to wait and see.

Now back the the NHL and our regularly scheduled programing...

The Mayor

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