Marvin Birnbaum gets two minutes
in the penalty box for excessive whining.
Join the Crowd ...
The usual large and loud crowd gravitated to ballroom B, celebrating
the unofficial end to another WBC. We welcomed back the familiar
voice of Slapshot, Keith Hunsinger, for the traditional
reading of the rules. This year's raucous preliminaries featured
the usual crazy announcements, the most exciting one was the
report that Slapshot will be brought back into print in
the near future. We also witnessed the debut of the Shirtless
Rangers Fan Parade. If you saw it, you remember it. If you didn't,
well, you're better off. Just consider yourself lucky that you
don't have those disturbing images burned into your brain for
the rest of your lives like the rest of us. And finally, Bruiser
Bruce again tested the sturdiness of Host's chair inventory from
his vantage point near the signup kiosk and pronounced the rink
safe for the rest of us mere mortals.
There was yet another
aspect of the Slapshot tournament that made this year's
event the subject of many whispered conversations as the week
progressed. Many times, you'd hear someone say "Is it true
that our beloved Don Greenwood, wargamer extraordinaire, has
made Slapshot his team event?" Yes, it was true,
and he sat down at the table with the CABS folks, and made his
first bold play - stealing the green pawn from Bruce Reiff, who
always plays green in every game he plays. Bruce tried to explain
this to Don, but couldn't get his green pawn back as Don evoked
the heirarchy of the minions rule to send Bruce back to the bench.
Sadly, that was to be the highlight of Don's team game experience
as he drew a good team, then got fleeced by Lisa Gutermuth in
a trade and proceeded to trade down in every trade for the rest
of the game, and generally got crushed. The table went three
times around challenging Don to games, none of which he won.
Sneaking to victory was Nate "triple-wood winner"
Hoam, who made it into the semifinal as the table engaged in
a Don-bashing frenzy.
Highlights from other first round games included Dan Dolan
"losing his way into the Final" (which would become
a trend for him), Tom Paruda's table having Tiny Tim scoring
two overtime playoff goals, Bruce Widgor getting pucked twice,
losing his semifinal game, but bruising his opponent into a loss
in the Final, and Harald Henning being jeered in the Final, because
he "wanted to go to bed".
The annual semifinal "lightning round" advanced
six players to the Final round, each with their own lame choice
Greg "Barrel of Monkeys Monkey" Berry
Steve "Still has a pen on Saturday night" Scott
Harald "Is that a piece of bark or are you just happy to
see me?" Henning
Jeremy "Old-school red pawn" Billones
Brian "It's just a piece of paper" Mountford
Dan "Look! A dime!" Dolan
The quality of pawns has gone down from last year. I don't
know whether to blame the Slapshot players as a whole,
or just chalk this year's selection up to a random event.
Dan managed to survive the shirtless Ranger fan table, and
make it to the Final. He must have gotten lessons from Don Greenwood,
because he had a horrible team. For most of the game, he had
no players higher than a 3. Whenever he drafted a new player,
he ended up with someone worse. The table played-and beat-him
for seven straight rounds. When Dan finally won a game, Jeremy
immediately traded with him because "he must have a good
team now". Needless to say, Dan went home in sixth. Brian
also failed to qualify for the playoffs, leaving us with four
semifinalists. Jeremy beat Steve in three straight games, but
not before Steve's bruisers sent Jeremy limping into the Final.
Greg swept Harald's team, only allowing one goal over the whole
series. Steve's bruisers beat Harald for the third place plaque,
leaving us with the Greg vs. Jeremy finale.
Greg's team was too much for Jeremy's injury-laden squad,
sweeping the series in four games while only allowing three goals.
The final teams had Greg with three level 4 players on offense,
two level 7 players on defense, and a level 8 goalie. Jeremy
had a 5, 3, and 1 on offense, a 2 and a 7 on defense, and a level
7 goalie. This made it very unlikely that Jeremy could possibly
win a game.
Congrats to Greg Berry for the win, and thanks to everyone
who make Slapshot such a memorable cap to a wonderful
I didn't know they played "Shirts
vs Skins" at WBC.
thoughts of the lockout/strike were a distant memory for 24 "owners"
in the Junior Slapshot tournament. Three prelims with eight
eager players each were used to determine the top six to enter
into the final. To the surprise of everybody, it seems that the
kids behaved better than the adults. (There wasn't as much yelling
and mischief as there was Saturday night!) No one went home
empty handed for actual pucks were handed out to all of the participants.
For some reason the blue pucks (Yes they do have different colored
pucks!) were the most popular for there wasn't any left after
Of the six finalists, two were from the Lewis family where
Danny proved to be the top dog and was able to get his first
"wood". Rumor has it, he was the only one in the family
to be able to claim such a prize this year and let everyone know
that he was the first one to get wood for his family at the 2005
I wish to thank both Bruce Monnin and Kaarin Engelmann for
their help officiating the games. Without their help I am sure
that a true hockey game might have broken out.
2nd: Gino Sinigaglio
3rd: Carolyn Strock
4th: Andrew Sinigaglio
5th: Wes Lewis