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Best Of The Web: February 8-15

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning


Last week as you may recall, a Best Of The Web segment entitled “The Pelican Brief” shed light on the inadvertent, but successful, catch and release tactics of a pelican by Lightning forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie during a fishing trip with Bolts teammate Keith Aulie.

In case you missed it, here’s a brief recap:

Aulie and Labrie went fishing. Labrie’s bait was accidentally mistaken as a tasty snack by a pelican, which proceeded to nose dive into the water to retrieve it, only to emerge on the surface with a fish hook in its beak. The accompanying photo went on to be a huge hit both on Twitter and among Lightning players and coaches, so much so that the incident became official this past week in the team locker room.

So there you have it.

Apparently though, in order to have a little fun with Labrie, an anonymous member of the team’s personnel legitimately filed legal papers to have the pelican adopted in Labrie’s name.

Such thing actually exists, as seen here.

Furthermore, Labrie received official recognition for the good deed made in his honor, which this week was all the buzz in the Lightning locker room.


In honor of Valentine’s Day yesterday, as well as appropriately featured a video clip that seemed all too perfect for the festive occasion.

It’s from some years back, but it features Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, then captain of the Detroit Red Wings, land a wet one on the cheek of Wings teammate Martin Lapointe, which for whatever reason doesn’t yield much of a reaction from Brendan Shanahan.

It appears Yzerman was just trying to break the ice (no pun intended), as Lapointe and Shanahan weren’t exactly willing to give attending fans a good chuckle at their own expense by being show arena-wide on the ever-popular, yet often embarrassing Kiss Cam.

We’re not judging either, because from the looks of it, Yzerman might have been way before his time.


Well, perhaps he’s somewhat of an innovator, for he executes the ultimate “video bomb” some 10-plus years before it became popular on the likes of Tosh.O, while also pre-dating the YouTube era.

These days though, the video oddly enough is actually on YouTube, and can be seen here.

So is this, which naturally, just comes to mind.


If you thought watching Steven Stamkos score 60 goals last season was impressive, you might also want to check out this:

In what sounds like a story that would be featured on The, this tale comes to us from the other side of the world and is as sad as it is all too real.

In a far off land on the shores of the Caspian Sea, there exists a hockey tournament called the Turkmenistan President’s Cup, where according to the local state-controlled media, the local teams have been racking up “decisive victories.”

While all hockey powers can’t be as prolific as the United States, Canada, or Russia, there are those that are developing the game within their own borders.

One in particular, is the United Arab Emirates, who have had success recently at the IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia, where it won gold medals in 2009 and 2012.

But it’s probably safe to assume that a team such as United Arab Emirates isn’t quite ready to go up against a hockey superpower, like say, Russia.

Well, assume no more.

This past week, the United Arab Emirates sent its U-17 team to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to compete in the aforementioned Turkmenistan President’s Cup. There, they faced off against the U-17 HC Silver Lions from St. Petersburg, Russia, and well, things didn’t go exactly as planned.

They lost by a score of 60-0.

Now I’m no mathematician, but if that match was anything like the ones we’re used to that are comprised of 60 minutes, that means that the Russians, on average, were scoring one goal every 60 seconds.

Most versions of the story, which can be found from a basic Google search, cite the Arab nation’s desire to one day make an entry in the IIHF World Championship program for 2013, first qualifying for Division III. The ultimate goal, of course, would then be to become either the first or just one of few Arab nations to challenge traditional powerhouses from North America and Europe.

Clearly, it seems, that dream is still way off.

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