Discount mulberry purse outlet uk Outlet Leafs and Capitals get ready to go Navy in outdoor game
ANNAPOLIS, Md. One team was founded in the midst of the First World War, managed by a Canadian army officer and pilot and keeps strong bonds to the armed forces a century later.
The other plays in the shadow of the Pentagon, wears red, white and blue and counts many army, navy, air force and marine personnel among its fan base.
So when the NHL sought a match for the first outdoor game hosted by a military service academy, it asked the Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals to come aboard at Navy Marine Corps Stadium. The home of the Navy Midshipmen, it can hold about 34,000, with a regulation rink built this past week for Saturday night, weather permitting. service academies joining the Stadium Series, such as Army home at West Point with the nearby New York Rangers and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, not far from the Avalanche base in Denver.
Saturday event has the drawing power of two playoff rivals from last year, as well as pitting Alex Ovechkin against the young Leafs (minus the injured Auston Matthews).
here know the Leafs by now, said Caps broadcaster Craig Laughlin, who played for both Washington and Toronto. are some neat sidebars such as William Nylander playing his youth hockey here (when father Michael was in Washington).
A Rhode Islander who grew up a fan of Bobby Orr and the Bruins, Carter played at a young age and used the call sign Slapshot while attending the Navy Fighter Weapons School, or Top Gun. As an instructor there in the 1980s, he can speak to the authenticity of Tom Cruise and the cast of the eponymous movie.
Carter made a record 2,016 landings on 19 different aircraft carriers, but nicknaming him in homage to the oddball hockey flick made more sense to his teammates on the Navy club. Carter actually had a horrible slapper and was threatened with a benching if he ever used it. Because he was nefarious in the corners, Slapshot stuck instead. very fortunate to have been blessed to be in navy jets all my life and be connected to this great sport. He still playing once a week at age 58.
At ice level, Navy Marine Corps Stadium will be decked out like a carrier, complete with a model fighter jet. About 500 Midshipmen in dress whites will be at the railing as an honour guard and 5,000 of their number will be in the crowd. Armed Forces Network.
a fantastic place for a game, Laughlin said. at all like some of the big stadiums they used outdoors, really not much bigger than the setting in the United Center in Chicago.
lived in the Annapolis area since 1982 and it like a small town. Fans there and in Washington are juiced for this game.
really can get away from the sense the military plays a big role in Washington when you at a game. It the hub of world power and there has always been a great relationship with the hockey team. The RCN Aye, Ready motto is stitched on the neck with the existing Pride, Courage a favourite of team patriarch Conn Smythe.
The Leafs will take the field first on Saturday, led by the 2nd Canadian Mechanized Bridge Group Pipes and Drums. O Canada will be performed by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brad Davidge, and the brass from the Stadacona Band of the RCN.
Shot down in the First World War and imprisoned by the Germans, Smythe formed an artillery battery of Maple Leaf Gardens workers and local sportsmen in the second conflict. They saw heavy action in France after D Day and Smythe was wounded by shrapnel during an air assault on his ammunition trucks.
Many Toronto area hockey players were killed in both wars. Red Tilson, a promising young Leaf traded to the Rangers just before shipping out, served 16 months and died during the final push through Holland and Germany. Dudley (Red) Garrett, Leafs property, was killed during convoy escort duty off Newfoundland. Both have Ontario Hockey League Trophys in their honour.
Future Leaf Howie Meeker was wounded in an army training accident in England and Johnny Bower would have been in the disastrous Dieppe raid if he not been felled by a leg injury. After farmhand Jack Fox was killed, Smythe made it his business to find his grave after the war.
The late Leafs coach and player, Pat Quinn, was always using military history analogies, some taken from his father John, who served in the Battle of the Atlantic on destroyer escorts.
can be so self absorbed that we don think of what our people gave up years ago, Quinn told the Toronto Sun in a 1998 interview. we make the same decision to go and fight as they did?
today, you could meet an older guy who says, could made the NHL if I stayed home. You might think, sure, but so many really made that sacrifice. PRACTICES SCRUBBED DUE TO WIND
The weather forecast from the crow nest at Navy Marine Corps Stadium calls for rough seas leading to Saturday outdoor game.
Instead of the two teams testing the ice which the NHL has created on the past week or so, they will practice in respective indoor arenas, the Leafs at the Navy college team rink while Caps stay at their regular base in Virginia.