Thursday, October 8, 2015

Jan Snyder....One of Hockey's Greatest Gifts

Jan Snyder
It was one year ago today that hockey writer, Jan Snyder passed away. Tonight, Jan's hometown team, the Pittsburgh Penguins begin their season on the road in Dallas, and I can imagine Jan's spirit will be right their with them, helping to kick off this year's quest for the Stanley Cup.

My friendship with Jan was a double blessing. I cherish all the fun we had sharing our passion for this great game. Plus, I was so fortunate when she jumped on board to become a contributing  writer for my website, For over six years, Jan brilliantly covered all things Penguins, along with conducting some fascinating interviews with a variety of hockey celebrities. She was a consummate professional, teaching me so much about EVERYTHING.

Jan was my fabulous, long distance hockey friend. We spent countless hours talking on the phone: with me in Vancouver, Canada and Jan in Houston,Texas, our conversations drifting from hockey to life in general and back again. We actually only met in person, twice...

What an awesome coincidence that she had a conference in Vancouver exactly one day before the Canucks were to play Game Seven against the Dallas Stars during the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and I had tickets. That was a loud and crazy night in Rogers Arena, but I do remember Jan yelling, "I've never been to a Game Seven of Anything!!!" With so much hockey/sports in her life, I had a hard time believing that!

Our second meeting took place about six months later. I took the above photo of Jan while we were shopping for Pens merchandise in Pittsburgh when I was appearing at a Hockey and Heels event with the Pittsburgh Penguins. She flew in to support me at the event, graciously showed me around the city, and I was also lucky that she introduced me to her wonderful sister, Kim, daughter, Jen and son- in-law, Jim. What a terrific family!

From right: Jan, Jen and Jim
Even though Jan was a displaced Pittsburgh-er living in Houston, she always managed to fly home to catch the big games with her family whenever she could, including the Winter Classic at Heinz Field. Of course, once little grandson, Ethan was born, she had an even better reason to fly home!

She didn't limit her hockey travels to Pittsburgh: Jan traveled to several NHL All Star games over the years and even braved the elements in 2003 at the historic Heritage Classic outdoor game in Edmonton, Alberta. She was my hockey hero.

I still can't believe she is gone. I get choked up from time to time thinking about her. If I ever I was going through a tough time, Jan was always just a warm, comforting phone call away. She always had the most encouraging words no matter what the situation. I am always going to miss you Jan.

The Pens and Stars game is about to start, so, I should sign off and put on my Penguins shirt. Jan's sister, Kim emailed suggesting all friends and family don the Black and Gold today to celebrate our dear, Jan.

She truly is one of hockey's greatest gifts.

Go Pens, Go Jan!!

- Lisa O 

Lisa and Jan at the Igloo, Nov.2007

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BC Lions Football on Domestic Violence: It's a Men's Issue

Because the NFL fumbled on Ray Rice's suspension (a suspension that many deemed too light of a punishment  for a domestic violence incident), which, in turn, wound up costing ESPN's Steven A. Smith a suspension of his very own, I'm just gonna leave these here...please watch!

The BC Lions are taking care of business. I would hope the NFL and ESPN have some how seen the above PSA's, which are part of a bigger awareness campaign. For more on the BC Lions Football Club's efforts to break the silence on domestic violence against the link below.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Pretty Awesome Netflix Ad for Hockey Fans!

Bravo, Netflix! Gotta love this commercial. Hope they win some awards for it.

Oh, and, GO HABS GO !!!!!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Bless all the Moms in the World

In honor of my dear, lovely, late Mom, Stella, I bought a 1/2 dozen of these specially decorated, mom inspired Donas (donuts) from the local Mexican grocery store nearby. I poured a nice glass of milk and toasted Mom with the flowered one shown above. 

 Mom did enjoy a good donut and always loved the game of hockey. (If you click the link above, you can read about her history with hockey)

Once again, bless all the moms in the world, and

thank you, Mama, where ever you are :o)

I Love You,

- Lisa

Friday, May 2, 2014

2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs:Randon Hockey Notes...

by Lisa Ovens

Could They Be That Stupid?

Montreal Canadiens’ double overtime win of Game One, Round Two in Boston last night courtesy of defenseman, P.K. Subban’s goal seemed to either inspire the stupid, or expose true colors(or both) in many Boston Bruins fans that jumped onto Twitter to negatively comment on PK, and the color of his skin.

 This isn’t a case where you'd say, “Stay Classy, Boston”, but a case where you have to say, “Do you even know what class is Boston?” The kicker is that P.K’s younger brother, Malcolm Subban is a Bruin's 2012 draft pick (goal tending) and the totally awesome right winger, Jerome Iginla plays on the Bruins right now. Yeah,  36 year old, Jerome who scored 30 goals, 61 Points for the Bruins in the regular season.   CBC story here

Sadly, this hasn't been the only time the Bruins' organization has had to distant themselves from idiot, racist Bruin for link

Here's to P.K., may you and the Habs light up Boston HARD, send them packing out of Round Two, squashing the hockey playoff dreams of these Bruin fans!
Remembering Pronger's Elbows

I've been digging through my many images on a computer and one big external hard drive, and I came across this photo I must have downloaded after laughing my ass off! I have now idea who 'shopped it, so I can't give anyone credit (wish I could!) Oh, does it bring back memories of the big, bad defender, Chris Pronger...

Last I heard Pronger was on the Flyers long term injured list (concussion symptoms), will most likely not play again and has yet to retire.

Frankie Muniz and the LA Clippers

This is obviously an NBA story, but feel it is worth a mention...

I didn't know much about actor, Frankie Muniz's personal life until I read his facebook article about his feelings on the LA Clippers basketball team and racist owner, Donald Sterling. 

I know a few Hollywood bloggers that don't really care what the former child actor has to say because of their "what have you done for me lately" attitude, but I certainly like what he, as a season ticket holder, had to say about his history and current thoughts on the team. Season Ticket Holders are the backbone of ANY sports franchise, and after being STH myself for ten years, I always like to know what others experience. You Go, Frankie! Maybe you'll own a piece of them!

Wow...I feel like I'm back in the saddle on hockey blogging again! Good to be back :o)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Stanley Cup Stolen, or...

...this is the start of a marketing campaign for the upcoming 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Or else it's an early April Fools joke! Let's wait and see how this plays out...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic gift packs Giveaway!!

I have three, awesome 2014 Tim Horton's NHL Heritage Classic gift packs to give away to lucky Vancouver residents in the next 18 hours!!! 

All you have to do 
is email me your name to:
with "Gift Pack" in the subject line

Vancouver based Twitter, Facebook Followers and Linkedin connections of h& are automatically entered!!!!

The gift pack includes...

A Heritage Classic Mug
An NHL Team Tim Card pre-loaded with $20.00
An Official 2014 Tim Horton's NHL Heritage Classic T-Shirt (size: men's large)

Contest closes at 11am, PST, Friday, Feb.28th, 2014...

Hurry up and enter now!

Draw will take place at 11:01am PST Fri. Feb.28, 2014. Winners will be notified by email shortly after. Winners will be required to provide a mailing address so your gift pack can be delivered, asap! Contest only open to Residents of Vancouver. Good Luck!!