They think, emote and imagine. They make the world a better place by adorning it with their artistic visions. They are forceful and passionate about their craft. When I worked in the music recording industry, many guitarists I worked with used amplifiers that had actual vacuum tubes inside of them for power amplification. The reason for using such primitive components was sound. Something about the way those tubes worked produced a very unique sound that artists would often insist upon.
And Canada are the only multiple gold medal winners since then.At the NHL draft, the total number of Canadians picked has dropped below 100 the last three years, the first time that has happened in, like, forever. In 1995, Canada had 138 players taken in the draft.The Americans had 16 selected.Since then coinciding with the USA Hockey decision to centralize its under 17 and under 18 teams starting in 1996, under the National Team Development Program banner the number of Americans drafted has climbed steadily through the decade (2000 2009), topping 60 players in five of those 10 years, 59 in another and never less than 45.We seen the number of Canadians taken dip to decades low levels.We call them “damn Yankees,” tongue in cheek, of course.But in the depths of this lockout, Canadians might be feeling like hockey at its highest levels the game whose character reflects what we perceive to be our own, unflinching in a sometimes cruel and cold environment, the game we nurtured before sending it out into the world is slipping away from us.And it not the Russians, who first made us realize hockey was not ours to exclusively dominate. Instead, it America which has slipped an arm around hockey shoulder and is whispering sweet nothings in its ear.On a Saturday night at the First Niagara Center in late September, 40 top American prospects squared off in the first CCM All American Prospects Game, a showcase that saw the rink jammed with NHL scouts and general managers like Brian Burke of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ray Shero of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Americans themselves.Just the fact the Americans can put together a game of 40 prospects, including big Portland Winterhawks defenceman Seth Jones, projected at this point to perhaps go first overall at next summer NHL draft, shows how remarkably far the game has grown over the last decade south of the border.
When starved, Bacillus forms a rigid, dormant spore, a survival mechanism to protect its genetic material. In humid conditions the spores absorb moisture from the air, expanding up to 40 percent in volume. In dry conditions, the process reverses. So though McGarret may not have the black dye job of the first series, Alex O’Loughlin is just as rigid as Jack Lord was. And while the original McGarret’s whole face seemed to crack whenever he smiled, this still remains in the script with the character as maudlin as ever. A comforting factor to all those who prefer their characters a little but down in the dumps as opposed to happy go lucky..