Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!!

by Lisa Ovens

Well, well, well; it's been far too long since I posted here at Lisa's Lounge. Although I have been quite busy, writing thousands of words, unfortunately, not one of those words had anything to do with hockey. I had to put my hockey musings on hold in order to write another person's book. That book has been my biggest ghost writing project to date, and it was an honor to write it. I am pleased to report the book is "in the can", so to speak!

 Now, I sit in front of the TV, watching the Winter Classic Alumni Game on NBC Sports Network. The first thing that caught my attention was hearing the awesome voice of Jim Hughson from Hockey Night in Canada! Living in Florida, well, that isn't something I hear every day, and boy, it was music to my ears and my soul.

My plans for 2014 definitely include a return to my beloved hockey, and continue to share my thoughts and experiences with the game right here at Lisa's Lounge. But, for now, as it is New Year's Eve, I should finish watching the Alumni Game and enjoy this personal thrill of my return to hockey!

Happy Hockey and Happy New Year Everyone!

Monday, April 15, 2013

"Pray For Boston"

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Sending my prayers
and thoughts of comfort and courage 
to the people of Boston

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Happy Birthday, Louie....and Sorry About that Contract!

by Lisa Ovens

It's safe to say not every birthday can be "The. Best. Birthday. Ever." I for one have had fantastic B-Day celebrations (like the one I just had on Sunday), as well as unspectacular ones. One time, I was laid off from a job on my birthday. The first two birthdays after my mother passed away were also very difficult.

Today is Canucks' goal tender, Roberto Luongo's 34th birthday. Here's hoping he has a nice day and eats some delicious cake. Here's hoping he can accept being shackled by that miserable contract of his for a little while longer.

If it makes Luongo feel any better, many Canuck fans feel just as imprisoned by his contract as he does.

I'm sure Luongo knows the goal tending position in Vancouver has been a subject of controversy for many years. Having been nicknamed "The Goalie Graveyard" in the past, the Canucks for some reason,  just can't get it right when it comes to net-minders.

The Canucks actually made Luongo team captain in the fall of 2008. Who the heck makes a goalie a captain at the NHL level? Isn't that only legal in beer leagues? I thought the Canucks had officially lost their collective minds when they pulled that one out of the hat. But they didn't stop there: a year later they gave a 12 year, $64 million dollar contract to Luongo, subsequently upping the ante at the ca-razy decisions table.

So, Roberto, do as you say....collect yourself and your thoughts and focus on your job as goal tender, giving 100% of yourself to the Canucks and the fans. Somehow this mess will sort itself out. And don't forget to enjoy your cake!

Friday, March 15, 2013

RIP Stompin' Tom Connors


Stompin' Tom's
 spirit will live on
when we clap our hands to the Hockey Song
 in our hometown rinks
from sea to shining sea

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Return of NHL Hockey...and me ;o)

By Lisa Ovens

I didn't think this season would happen. I honestly did not expect the NHL Lockout to end in time for a mini season. Back in September, I put all things Lockout related on the back burner because I have begun work on my third hockey book. Aside from the occasional hockey talk with my friend, Marie in Nashville and my friend, Jan in Houston, I've kept things pretty quiet here in the lounge.

I didn't know how I would react to seeing the opening day action on television today. Naturally, I was completely against the lockout. I felt the owners and the players were really pushing their luck this time around.

Looking back to 2004, the game sorely needed the lockout. As tough as it was to deal with back then, there were so many issues on and off the ice, the Hockey men needed to sit out that year and get everything in order.

But in 2012, they didn't need this break. Much of the game was doing just fine.They should have made it a goal to hammer out the deal by summer's end. I was pissed. That's another reason why I hung up my skates, and turned the other cheek on the hockey world back in September: I was pissed off!

So, about 1.5 hours ago I turned on the TV to NBC. The Pens and the Flyers game was on. I was aloof, as I watched the game. Aloof, up until a stoppage in play. The camera scanned the crowd, stopping at a Pens fan and a Flyers fan seated next to each other, with ice cold beers in their hands. As they horsed around for the camera, I looked at all the fans in the seats beyond them. I felt the aloofness melt, instantly, as an old familiar feeling of warmth and comfort came over me. "I want to be there!" I thought, "I must go to a game, as soon as possible!"

As they say, Hockey is Back. However, more importantly for me, its back in my heart.

Enjoy the mini season, everybody :o)