Thursday, June 24, 2010

But The Winners May Be...Closer Than You Think.

The distraction: The 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Los Angeles, CA.

Why: Six Portland Winterhawks are in the running, and at least two (Ryan Johansen and Nino Niederreiter) are expected to be taken high in the first round. Four more will easily hear their names called in the second or third rounds, if predictions are right. And according to an article in today's Oregonian, two more may join them.

How excited is Portland?: So excited that loyal fans who can escape from work tomorrow will convene downtown for a party to watch the future of the NHL unfold live on Versus.

But I might be even more excited about this: Among the free goodies that season ticket holders receive this year is a Nino bobblehead. Yes, I love bobbleheads. No, I don't have any shame about it. And since it's Nino, it will be worth more one day than that Fiat he has his eye on. So there. Laugh all you want to. I don't care. I'll be too busy watching the UPS truck for my special delivery.

Weather report: The temperature's rising all around. Here in Portland, at long last, we are celebrating the start of summer with 80 degree weather and cool breezes. The barbecues are fired up and the beer is chilling. And tonight I'll go to sleep, and wake up pretty much the same person with the same job. But somewhere in Los Angeles, a gaggle of teenage boys will go to sleep as junior hockey players from a small city and wake up as NHL athletes. No matter where they land, or where they are 24 hours their whole world, and their whole future, will be different.

So to those about to rock, we salute you. And look for updates this weekend with the final Portland Winterhawk-related draft results.

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