The Long, Drawn Out Summer


New York City Newspaper Stand (Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

 

It has been 151 long, hot and, in the hockey world, rather dull days between the Hurricanes last game on April 9th, 2011 and today, September 7th, 2011. That’s 4 months and 29 days…or 3,620+ hours…or more than 217,440 minutes…or…well, you get the point. It’s been a long time since Caniacs have seen their team play hockey. What has happened in around the world since then? Well, let’s take a look (all information came from www.infoplease.com) …

April

  • President Obama Releases Birth Certificate (April 27)
  • Series of Tornadoes Devastate Southern States (April 27)
  • Three Billion People Watch Prince William Marry Kate Middleton (April 29)

May

  • Osama bin Laden Is Killed in Pakistan (May 1)
  • MTV Chief Resigns After 30 Years (May 5)
  • Derek Boogaard found dead (May 11)
  • IMF Head Arrested for Sexual Assault (May 14)
  • One of the Deadliest Tornados in U.S. History Hits Joplin, Mo (May 22)

June

  • Romney Formally Announces His Candidacy (June 2)
  • Li Na and Rafael Nadal Win French Open (June 5)
  • Toxic E. Coli Outbreak Linked to German Sprouts (June 5)
  • Dallas Beats Miami for NBA Title (June 12)
  • Representative Gabrielle Giffords Released from Hospital (June 15)
  • Bruins Beat Canucks for Stanley Cup (June 16)
  • Congressman Anthony Weiner Resigns Over Online Scandal (June 16)

July

  • Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty of Murder (July 5)
  • The Atlantis Begins Final Mission (July 8 )
  • South Sudan Becomes a Nation (July 9)
  • Scandal Brings End to The News of the World (July 11)
  • Japan Beats USA to Win Women’s World Cup (July 17)
  • Influential Singer Amy Winehouse Dies (July 23)

August

  • Giffords Returns for Debt Crisis Vote (August 1)
  • Standard & Poor’s Lowers the U.S. Credit Rating (August 5)
  • American Forces Experience Deadliest Day in Afghan War (August 6)
  • Google Acquires Motorola Mobility (August 15)
  • Rick Rypien found dead (August 15)
  • Rebel Forces Advance in Libya (August 18)
  • Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO (August 24)
  • Hurricane Irene Hits the East Coast (August 27)
  • Japanese Parliament Selects New Prime Minister (August 30)

It has indeed been a long, horrible summer for the NHL and for hockey in general, including the deaths of Derek Boogaard in May, Rick Rypien in August and Wade Balak earlier this month. On top of those players we all have lost, hearing the tragic news out of Russia this morning makes this off-season even more tragic. Thoughts and prayers from the entire CardiacCane staff goes to the families, friends and loved ones of those who were lost during one of the worst off-seasons the sport of hockey has seen in quite some time.