So the trend of having an outdoor hockey game is extending to the Irish. The NHL famously has The Winter Classic, pitting two good teams with awesome sweaters against one another in a huge stadium on a crisp winter afternoon. Bringing players back to their pond hockey roots.
On February 17th the Irish will face Miami in Soldier Field. The second time this will happen this academic year. To be honest I didn’t think people went to Miami to play hockey… Oh ND will be playing Miami, Ohio…. that makes sense.
The Hockey City Classic, as the event is being named is a doubleheader with the Irish facing Miami OHIO in one game and Wisconsin taking on Minnesota. Anyway. I’m pumped and even though it will be cold, it will be awesome to see the Irish outside and the atmosphere will be incredible.
So the hockey draft is a rather boring process, the kids wont be playing in the NHL for a couple years. It’s not as bad as MLB but not as good as the NFL and the first 5 picks of the NBA (Don’t tell nryan3 I said that). BUT that does not prevent me from writing a post about it even if it is months later. The reason is simple, hometown bias combined with love of ND. Is it possible to mesh these two?
IT IS! Much to my satisfaction the Capitals selected not one but two Irish players in the draft. Now I get to watch future stars of the nation’s capital play in a beautiful training facility in South Bend.
The First Irish player to be selected was Thomas DiPaulini.
Oops! He’s so good that he hasn’t even laced up for the Irish yet. Plus look at those puck skills. Can’t wait to see him smoke some fools for the Domers.
Just six picks later Austin Wuthrich was taken.
Austin had 7 goals and 10 assists last year for the Irish plus he doesn’t mind being a tough guy and heading to the sin bin if necessary. Just a great day for an Irish hockey and Washington Capitals fan.
P.S mad amounts of pictures were used in this post, I am ashamed